Internet/PC Training Center at LASA97

As part of ongoing efforts to bolster scholarly communication via the Internet among the Latinamericanist community, the University of Texas Latin American Network Information Center (UT-LANIC) will be running a PC-Training Center at the LASA97 Congress in Guadalajara. Equipped with 20 Internet-ready PC microcomputers supplied by the University of Guadalajara's ComLex, the focus will be on hands-on activities.

The Training Center, located in the EXPO Guadalajara Convention Center near the bookseller and paper distribution area, will host a series of workshops, training sessions, and demonstrations designed to help Congress participants enhance their Internet skills. With the exception of the Pre-Congress Workshop, all activities in the Center are free of charge for Congress participants.

On Wednesday, April 16, professional trainers will give a 3/4-day Internet tools, Pre-Congress Workshop at the Center. A fee of US$35.00 will be charged for the workshop.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Training Center will be open from 8:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M. During these hours, a series of two-hour Internet training sessions and demonstrations of on-line resources and services for Latinamericanists will be held in the Center. These activities will be arranged to accommodate a variety of skill and experience levels, and there will be sessions in Spanish and Portuguese, as well as in English. All activities will be listed in the official Congress Program and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Proctors will be on hand to answer Internet-related questions and times will be scheduled to allow Congress participants to send and receive e-mail, or to browse the World Wide Web, from the computers installed in the Center.

LANIC would like to thank the Ford Foundation-Mexico for its generous support of this project.

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