DUBLIN, Ohio, May 5, 1994--A training package for using the PRISM service, OCLC's cataloging and resource sharing system, will be available this summer with both computer-based training (CBT) and standard paper instruction.
PRISM Basics Training Materials will provide instruction for searching and navigating PRISM. The package is designed for new employees, student assistants and others who have never before used the PRISM service, or those who would like a refresher course in the basics.
By offering training materials in both CBT and paper form in the same package, students can learn at their own pace and can choose a learning style that is most comfortable or practical for them.
"We wanted to give students an option. If they don't have access to a workstation for the CBT, they can use the paper instruction," said Lynn Ziegler, OCLC training and implementation specialist.
The training materials were developed in response to requests by users and OCLC-affiliated regional network staff. The package was designed with input from the networks, and the materials have been tested in the OCLC Usability Lab.
"The PRISM Basics training package is not a replacement for network start-up training," said Penny Mattern, OCLC consulting user training analyst. "It is meant to be used as a supplement to start-up training."
PRISM Basics Training Materials will be available from OCLC-affiliated regional networks.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Nita Dean (614) 761-5002