Information Technology for Library and Information Professionals ensures that those in the field have an adequate background understanding of technology infrastructures, a strong grasp of current technologies as they pertain to library workers and patrons, and a roadmap for future technology uses in the information profession. The course covered hardware, software, databases, networks, Internet and World Wide Web concepts, tools and applications. Additionally, the course examined the social uses and ramifications of technology in libraries and in society at large.
The Google Hangouts tutorial I created is a nine-minute video that takes an adult user through the step-by-step process of implementing their first Google Hangout videoconference for business, service group, or social use. The video itself was uploaded to YouTube upon completion and has received over 3,000 views in the first year since it was posted. Additionally, the video has multiple positive comments relating to its efficacy in teaching novice users how to utilize the Hangout videoconferencing software. The creation of this tutorial helped me understand more about emerging technologies and the need for people to learn how to use them in order to improve their lives. I was able to capture multiple learners by implementing audio, video and text instruction. This project also taught me how to use new software for video creation and editing, and how to apply my skills to repackage existing information to create content for disseminating complex information to users.