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    Boot Camp on Online Production for Librarians Announced

    January 16, 2009

    LAS VEGAS—Erie Looking Productions announces today that it is arranging an intensive training workshop geared to the needs of librarians. The workshop would involve theory as well as actual hands-on practice producing online content. Our program is focused on being a less high-pressure learning environment than that found at larger conferences such as Computers in Libraries.

    The event will run from 8 AM until 5 PM Pacific Time on Saturday, February 21st. There will be a complimentary catered buffet luncheon provided for attendees. Potential attendees are asked to advise in advance relative to particular dietary concerns. Recommended airlines for use in reaching Las Vegas are Southwest Airlines and Frontier Airlines. A two night stay at the Fiesta Henderson was found to cost USD$100 although prices can change with time. Staying there or at any other “locals casino” for Friday and Saturday would be the most cost-effective course for lodging.

    The workshop is planned to start with an informational and eye opening Internet security lecture by a special guest that will include practical demonstrations. Mike Kellat of Erie Looking Productions, creator of the segment series known as “Tech for Techies”, will talk about the mechanics of production and provide opportunities for librarians to try out the basic tools of production that were not taught in library school. Stephen Kellat, the writer/presenter of LISTen: The Podcast, will discuss planning content releases and will engage in role-playing exercises with participants relative to the process of securing program guests. After navigating the realm of public relations gatekeepers and learning how many times his background has been investigated in the past twelve months, Kellat will share insights about what it takes to secure guests and successfully navigate PR gatekeepers. Subject to the availability of time, participants will have the opportunity to help create an episode of LISTen as part of their experiential learning.

    Beyond travel and lodging costs, the event will cost USD$249 per person. A non-refundable deposit of USD$100 will be required by February 9th to secure a space. Space is limited and unless significant demand requires it there will not be room for more than fifteen librarians to attend. Librarians located in the Commonwealth of Nations are specifically encouraged to attend the event.

    ”Lectures at CiL and elsewhere are great. Lectures can be cool. For creative enterprises like new media, hands-on experience is a better way to learn that is worth a fortune,” Stephen Kellat remarked about the event.

    Pamela Munson is coordinating the business side of the event for Erie Looking Productions. She is also the designated point of contact for registration. Mrs. Munson can be reached via electronic mail at Potential event attendees must include “ELPEVENT” on the subject line to keep their messages out of spam traps.