Beyond Consumer Reports roundup

We had 36 in attendance last Tuesday to hear Shannon Scanlan and Alex Todd discuss consumer-related websites.  This was also our first ‘handout free’ workshop with the handouts and links available online instead of on paper.  We did have Official RLA-CE Scratch Paper for folks to take notes on and I think the attendees appreciated the paper savings.  One suggested that we have the handouts available online before the program so if people want to print them out early and bring them, they can.  We’ll definitely make an effort to do that.

We also had several excellent ideas for potential programs, including medical consumer websites (i.e. how to find a reliable doctor, comparing medical equipment, etc); language learning collection development; and the old standbys of business, legal, and medical reference.

The response from the attendees were very favorable as a whole though one comment stood out to me:

“I could come b/c this was free.  My budget for training is low to non-existent.”

We’ve always kept our programs free and our goal is to keep them free as we go forward!  A big reason we are able to provide quality, free programs is through the grant assistance we receive from HW Wilson and Gale .

We’re glad you were able to come and benefit.


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