Minutes of Smathers
Middle Manager's Meeting
May 15, 2003
Present: Rich Bennett, Tom Caswell, Trudi DiTrolio, Lori Driscoll, Carol Drum, Leilani Freund, Martha Hruska, John Ingram, Iona Malanchuk, Cathy Mook, Patrick Reakes, Sean Saxon, Jan Swanbeck, Vicki Kitts-TurnerComputer Challenge IT Track
- The UF IT Training Coordinator, Vicki Kitts-Turner, attended this Middle Managers Meeting to ascertain what we want to do what goals do we have for IT training within the Libraries?
- Our liaisons have a part-time assignment: .1-.3 FTE is used as a liaison. It predominately incorporates basic computer skills and requires these 30-40 people within the Libraries to work with Systems.
- The general Library staff works in a Windows Excel environment. We require a basic computer literacy on the Library system for all staff. The liaison level is more technical.
- There are lots of options within the NetG courses from basic computer usage to networking administration and certification. Many of these courses are incorporated in UF IT Training.
- The training consists of the basic courses plus electives. There are two re-defined tracks: desktop user (basic) and IT Provider (IT management & Web design).
- The IT Provider track can be customized. The Journalism college has done just that. Their core courses are different (with two exceptions). Their courses are focused specifically on the Web.
- The mandated IT Provider courses are: Acceptable Use Policy and Web Standards.
- Desktop Users learn basic skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. Other Library options and specialization could be incorporated.
- IT Provider includes database management. The Library track could include multiple specialization courses: Hardware installation, software installation and network management.
- The timeframe for course completion is about 18 months. Is there an evaluation component or is completion simply based upon attendance? Attendance.
- Net G courses are a bit different there is no attendance. There is a method if completed it is divided into components if you get at least 50% of the answers correct you get the credit.
- CIRCA had a Tech Assistant Program with an evaluation component (it cost to attend), but they are phasing it out.
- If we can customize the Library track, can we customize the evaluation? We could set a standard create something ad hoc training classes by vendors built into the program.
- Desktop with specialized courses without the development track. LibSys temporary track core courses 2 mandatory 2 electives (broken down to categories). Would be geared primarily to faculty and staff.
- Required courses are offered through CITT, HR, etc. If the interested party is a student, the Net G courses are probably their best bet. Times vary for the classes some are full day, some are half day.
- Handouts about the UF Computer Challenge Certificate Information were distributed.
- Certifications are signed by the IT Provost. The goal is to get UF to recognize the completion of these courses in job promotions.
- If the Library designs its own class, would Library staff teach the course? Can do it both ways. Instruction does not have to come from Human Resources.
- With the UF Computer Challenge, they want to provide something fun, encouraging and structured to people.
- If the Libraries are interested in pursuing an IT training track in conjunction with the UF Computer Challenge, we should contact Vicki Kitts-Turner at NERDC.
- MMM does not usually run the whole time slot normally last about a half an hour. Can we possibly move the second MMM of the month to a 9:00-9:30 AM timeslot to make way for another group meeting immediately afterwards?
- The next group is a meeting of staff who are getting together to discuss supervisory issues. Any supervisors are invited to stay and participate.
- They are starting a Web site and discussion list. The URL will be sent out to MMM.
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