TechTalk Available to Idaho Library Staff July 1, 2016

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Announcing that as of July 1, Idaho library staff who would like to have a weekly technology-focused e-newsletter may request access to TechTalk! These subscriptions are supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Library Services Technology Act. TechTalk has been creating e-newsletters on technology topics since 1997. There is a vast library of resources and the answer to your technology question is waiting for you!  If you can’t find it in the archive, connect with a live support person who will get back with you within 48 hours.

What is TechTalk?

TechTalk (tour: )supports professional development for weekly learning in bite-sized chunks through e-newsletters. TechTalk will help you and other staff increase job
productivity and foster innovation to achieve goals. It focuses on the two critical skills needed to succeed in the workplace:  MS Office and communications!

What do you get?

  1. Weekly e-newsletter featuring one technology
  2. 24/7 Access to the library of archived articles for reference (both articles and videos)
  3. Access to live tech support via the phone

Topics Covered:









Web Tools

Desk Top


Web Design





Social Media


Who should subscribe?

  1. Any library staff whose daily workflow includes problem-solving related to technology.

What is ICfL’s expectation of me?

  1. Each subscriber will be asked to complete 1-2 online surveys per year as to how they have used the tool, its usability, and,of course, the success stores! Of course if for some reason you are not able to complete the surveys, we will have to have a conversation about the subscription renewal!

The participants in the March beta test had the following comments:

  • After receiving an issue, I actually just had a coworker ask me this exact question last week….. I’m really impressed with their (TechTalk) utility, and applicable nature.
  • The step by step instructions were well done, super helpful,and came in short, time-friendly, chunks.
  • Even if staff don't get to the TechTalk website, the articles provide enough useful information on commonly used products to be of interest. I did enjoy exploring the website for more information and tips on software I use frequently (mostly Office products)
  • One downside: it is PC/ Microsoft centric. However, the information presented was easy to follow, and could be a useful database to have at any service point.
  • The tools discussed seemed to be very useful and applicable for a librarian's normal day.

If you would like to start receiving TechTalk in your weekly email after July 1, complete the request form at

NOTE: Please do not share your subscriptions with your colleagues, there are plenty available so have them sign up for their very own!

Questions can be forwarded to