1. Title of the course: Introduction to the Internet

2. Department  Department of Library and Information Studies

3. Workshop coordinator  W.F. Gordon

4. Duration of the workshop  3 hours

5. Rationale

To build capacity in the public library sector to meet the challenges presented by developments in information and communication technologies.

6. Aims

The workshop is intended for staff employed in the public library sector. Persons participating in the workshop will be competent at applying basic Internet information retrieval strategies in the process of the provision of a public library information service.

In particular, participating persons will be able to:

7. Programme

  1. 9:00 - 9:15 Welcome. Introduction to the Internet.
  2. 9:15 -9:45 Work through the Introduction to the Internet programme (Concepts of menu, navigation, links, interaction, CAL)
  3. 9:45 - 10:00 Access the Internet using the Microsoft Explorer (Identify the Location window, the Home, Back, Forward, Reload icons and their use; the Active task bar at the bottom of the screen.)
  4. 10:00 - 10:30 Navigate the directories and subdirectories of the browser (Reference - Libraries - Public.)
  5. Tea 10:30 - 10:50
  6. 10:50 -11:30 Insert a known URL into the location window such as the http://www.ipl.org and investigate nature of information available.
  7. 11:30 - 11:45 Download information from a web site on to a stiffy disk.
  8. 11:45 - 12:15 Identify different search engines and use a general search engine http://www.altavista.com to locate specific information.
  9. 12:15 - 12:30 - Identify South African search engines and use the http://www.ananzi.co.za to locate local information.
  10. 12:30 - 13:00 Assessment and Feedback