I have spent much of this day in database training.
I am training in databases I have known and loved for nearly 15 years. I have another hour and a half to go.
I don’t know why I am here looking at screen shots of sources I use every day of my life. I suspect the majority of this very polite audience is also very familiar with these databases.
I reached the peak of my anger when the presenter said: "Click on the printer icon if you’d like to print."
There’s got to be a better way. A handout of new features? Examples of effective practice with these tools? New learning and integration ideas? Highlights of just the new features? A database challenge or smackdown? Hands-on, perhaps? Video we can watch from the comfort of home?
These people are so well intentioned. These databases rock. I love the few new features I am seeing now that it is 2 PM, especially EBSCO’s folders and feeds and visual searches.
But . . .
There’s got to be a better way.
Update: It’s 2:27. They’re introducing the new federated search application. This is cool.