Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Live Webinars for December 2010

Not surprisingly, the events in December are heavily front loaded. Most appear in the first two weeks and then few after December 15.  Many good topics as we head into the holidays.

Hosting Your First Webinar: Understanding What's Involved (Adobe)

December 1, 1:00pm EST.

Ken Molay, president of Webinar Success, will lead you through a beginner’s guide to web conferencing including proper planning, delivery and follow up for an effective and compelling web seminar.

Is Your Internet Use Policy Social Media Proof? (Webex)

December 1, 2:00pm EST.

This session is ideal for IT decision makers and administrators in schools — anyone responsible for adopting and enforcing the Schools email and Web Acceptable Use Policies (AUPs) for staff as well as students. You’ll receive practical guidelines for updating your Internet Use Policy to accommodate the increasing demand for and use of social media in the education environment and some tips on how to monitor and enforce this policy. Plus we’ll identify some of the complexities schools face in balancing Internet Use enforcement in a Web 2.0 world.

Facebook for Nonprofits: Features Update (Common Knowledge)

December 1, 2:30pm EST.

We'll be covering the following recent developments on Facebook:
  • Facebook Messages (the most recent Facebook innovation)
  • Expanded Page tabs
  • Facebook Single Sign-on
In this interactive webinar, we highlight the newest features released from Facebook, explain their function and role in Facebook, and most importantly dig into why and how they are valuable for nonprofits – for fundraising, marketing, communications, advocacy, events, etc.  Along the way, we take your questions, talk over your suggestions, and explore your cool new ideas about the innovative, evolving, sometimes hectic world that is Facebook for nonprofits.

Using Social Software in Library Marketing (ALA TechSource) ($)

December 1 and 8, 2:30pm EST.

The popularity of social networking software continues to skyrocket, particular among younger populations. For libraries in the 21st century, a presence on these social networking sites is an essential part of library outreach and patron services. In this exclusive event, librarians and social software experts David Lee King and Robin Hastings will teach you about what tools you can use to engage with your patrons and the best practices for using them.

You’ll learn about:
  •    Collaboration with libraries and patrons using YouTube, Flickr and Dropbox
  •     Marketing your library with Facebook and Twitter
  •     4 things you must do when signing up for any social media (listen, plan, respond, and opening up)
  •     Time-savers and tools to use for maximizing your library's social media reach

How to Make Your ILL Statistics Work for You (OCLC)

December 2, 1:30pm EST.

Join us for a live session to hear Collette Mak of the University of Notre Dame explain what you can do with ILL stats to take the numbers from something only an ILL person could love to something that is useful for a library director. 

Public Outreach and Collections Care (IMLS)

December 2, 2:00pm EST.

Public awareness is the key starting point for building support –from individuals, from local government, from the private sector. When people have first-hand experience with the issues facing your collections, they can become effective advocates in the community. Susan Blakney has helped many small museums with which she has consulted involve their communities in their collections. Beth Tice has reached beyond the university community to show the residents of Waco ways in which the library’s collections and resources can help them preserve their own treasures. Amber Kerr-Allison has conducted public outreach activities at the Smithsonian’s Lunder Conservation Center.

Technology's Role in the College Completion Agenda (Educause)

December 3, 1:00pm EST.

It is estimated that, by 2018, jobs requiring some kind of postsecondary education will make up 64 percent of the workforce. Yet, for an increasing number of young adults in the United States, a postsecondary credential is out of reach. On our own campuses, the road to completion is often complicated by the demands on students’ lives and the costs of higher education. Just over half of those students who do enroll will graduate and as few as one-quarter of low-income students will obtain a degree.

The realities of college completion in the United States have garnered considerable attention in recent months, but what role do we, as IT professionals, have to play? How can we leverage technology to help students engage more deeply and master content more quickly in the face of shrinking budgets? Are there ways that today’s tools can help us intervene with at-risk students and keep them on the path toward graduation?

Building Community Partnerships (Texas State Library)

December 6, 11:00am EST.

This webinar is for public librarians who want to build community partnerships and produce sustainable and innovative library programs with minimal cost. Come and learn from the experience of the Frisco Public Library on how they build successful relationships with local businesses, sponsors, volunteers, advocacy groups, city departments and external organizations.

Bringing Home and Garden Into the Library (Booklist)

December 7, 2:00pm EST.

Stitching in the sewing room, digging in the garden, looking information up in the library—these activities are often closely related for book-oriented home gardeners and crafters. If you find inspiration from yarn and paper, if you inhale wholesomeness while seeding and weeding, and if you take comfort from gathering instructive advice by experts (or, of course, if selecting books for your library on either subject is your fond duty), then this webinar on crafts and gardening is for you. Join crafts expert and Booklist reviewer Tina Coleman, Kansas City Public Library readers’ advisory librarian Kaite Mediatore-Stover, and representatives from Storey Publishing; Creative Publishing, a division of the Quayside Publishing Group; and Wiley Publishing to learn about what’s new in crafts and gardening books and how those books are used in the public library.

Using the Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List (Texas State Library)

December 8, 11:00am EST.

Confused about graphic novels and manga? Need to know what to order for your collection? This webinar will show you what to look for, resources for ordering, and reader's advisory for all age groups, kids through adults, using the Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List.

WyLaina Hildreth is a Senior Librarian with the Denton Public Library in Denton, Texas. She is also the current Chair of the Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List for the Texas Library Association. If she had a superpower, it would be invisibility.

Competency Cavalcade (WebJunction)

December 9, 1:00pm EST.

Our work with libraries and educators around the country for several years helped to create the Competencies Index for the Library Field, published by WebJunction in 2009. In this year-in-review session, we'll discuss the powerful, free resources you can access to make competencies work for you and your library, including the new expanded and indexed document that can help you locate more customized competency resources. We'll also visit with several special guests who are front-line competency builders. Come and listen, learn and ask your questions about how you can use competencies in your library.

Care of Paper, Photographs, and Audiovisual Collections (IMLS)

December 9, 2:00pm EST.

More than 3,000 libraries, museums, and archives now have the Connecting to Collections Bookshelf, a set of collections care resources designed to assist small institutions in caring for their collections. While rich with information, the Bookshelf can be challenging to navigate.

Kristen Laise, who organized selection of the Bookshelf texts and prepared the User’s Guide, will lead participants through means to find the information they need in the Bookshelf and its companion Guide to Online Resources. Julie Page, a librarian, consultant, and expert on emergency preparedness, and an editor of Promoting Preservation Awareness in Libraries, Jean-Louis Bigourdan, a contributor to the IPI Media Storage Quick Reference, and MJ Davis, a paper conservator who consults regularly with small museums, libraries, and archives, will answer questions about steps you can take at your own institutions.

Blending Traditional and Online Learning

December 9, 2:00pm EST.

Today, the blending of traditional classroom instruction with online learning is bridging the achievement gap and marking the biggest single shift in public education in more than 100 years. Innovative public schools are opting for blended or hybrid classroom environments, with 70% of learning taking place in a traditional brick-and-mortar setting and the remaining 30% of learning happening online. Hybrid models offer a powerful mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning styles, enabling students to master core content online while deepening critical thinking, problem solving and application of content mastery in a face-to-face setting. Blended or hybrid learning models not only make pedagogical sense, they also make financial sense.
This presentation, presented by Aventa Learning/K12, Inc. in partnership with the Santa Clara County of Education, will offer real-world examples of how schools can successfully incorporate a hybrid model.

eGov: Make It Work @ Your Library (ALA)

December 9, 2:30pm EST.
  • Use new e-government resources and data to help patrons
  • Develop and market e-government partnerships
  • Address key challenges to meeting patron e-gov demands
  • Use e-gov data to make the case for your library
New Technology Training Materials (WebJunction)
December 14, 1:00pm EST.

Find out about our newly developed training resources collection, and get tips and techniques for incorporating these materials into your public training programs. This webinar will be great for all public library trainers, whether you are a new technology trainer struggling to design your workshops for the first time, or a seasoned expert who just wants a few new ideas. Stephanie Gerding, author of The Accidental Technology Trainer: A Guide for Libraries, will highlight this truly valuable collection of free, downloadable library technology training resources contributed by library staff. Thank you to all of you who helped reduced the burden of developing materials!
FRBR: Cataloging's New Frontier (Nebraska Library Commission)

December 15, 11:00am EST.

Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records, or FRBR, is a conceptual model used to understand bibliographic records and the ways in which users of library catalogs interact with these records. Join Emily Nimsakont, the NLC’s Cataloging Librarian, to learn about basic FRBR concepts, see examples of "FRBRized" resources, and find out about FRBR’s influence on cataloging rules.

December 15, 1:00pm EST.

Digital preservation is a phrase that is thrown about frequently in the archives and library world. And, responsibility for saving our era from being known as the "Digital Dark Age" has fallen to us. But, do you really understand what it means and is required to preserve digital objects? Join us for this 2-hour online webinar for an introduction to terms, concepts, and some methods for beginning your institution’s foray into this important and challenging area.

Launching a Netbook (Mobile Learning) Program

December 15, 2:00pm EST.

This webinar features one school district’s story of launching a Netbook program. Lake Tahoe Unified School District embarked on a journey in 2009 to capitalize on smaller, low cost Netbooks to increase student engagement and save money on textbooks. The district began with a pilot program and almost immediately noticed improved classroom results as a result of greater student engagement. The district plans to expand the program, as a result, by putting a Netbook in hands of every student in grades 3 – 12 by the end of 2012. Dr. James Tarwater, Superintendent of Lake Tahoe USD, will present his first hand perspective on launching this program and its impact to date. He will address issues such as funding, organizational buy-in, and technical issues to consider. Dr. Tarwater will also review the key benefits the district has experienced, including cost savings, teacher time savings and increased student enthusiasm.

InfoPeople's December Webinars
Dec 2.  Re-Energize Your Preschool Storytimes.
Dec 7.  Using Video Book Trailers to Reel in Readers.
Dec 8.  Marketing as a Team Sport.
Dec 9.  User Experience Design for Web Services.
Dec 14.  Leading from any Position.
Dec 15.  E-rate, CIPA and Library Filters. 

Dec 8.     Graphic Novels and Manga.
Dec 15.   FRBR.
Dec. 29.  Tech Talk.

ALA's December Webinars
Dec 1.  An Active Learning Approach to Teaching FRBR. ($)
Dec 1.  Submitting for Publication. ($)
Dec 13. Nancy Pearl's "Books That Make Great Gifts". ($)
Dec 15.  FRBR as a Foundation for RDA. ($)
Dec 16.  Gear Up for Summer Reading. ($)

Online Conferences
Serving the 21st Century Patron (WebJunction)

December 1 and 2. 12 noon - 5:00pm EST.

WebJunction's second online conference is coming December 1 & 2, 2010. Topics will focus on the changing needs, approaches, challenges and opportunities related to customer service in your 21st Century library. Browse the conference program, consider attending the conference with others in your library or region as an online conference cohort, and register now for this FREE 2-day event!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Archived Webinars

Archives are now available for the following webinars:

As more library patrons are obtaining eReaders, many libraries have questions about why some of the devices work with our services and some don't, and why the books won't work on the different devices.

Open Source Software in Georgia Libraries' with Jason Puckett

What is open source software? Why should it matter to you, and how are Georgia librarians using it to their advantage?

A new 1080 Group survey reveals that "the quality of the presenter's voice and delivery" fundamentally affects the success of a webinar.  The good news? Sure, you can't change the voice you were born with, but you can change how well your voice communicates confidence, conviction, trust and authority.  Join Roger Courville, webinar expert and author of The Virtual Presenter's Handbook, for a practical 50-minute demonstration of how to transform your voice to grab attention and deliver impact.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Holiday Shopping Online?

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Monday, November 15, 2010

Top Tech Trends for the Non-Technical

Tuesday, November 30, 3:00pm EST.

When it comes to technology, the gap between "I can't believe the library has that!" and "I can't believe the library doesn't have that!" is getting shorter and shorter. Even if you're not a techie at heart, you probably agree that staying abreast of new tech tools and techniques is an important part of providing relevant library service. But isn't there some easy way to keep up with all the changes without bogging down in impenetrable details or permanently ruining what's left of your work/life balance?

The answer, of course, is yes! Just spend an hour with Joan Frye Williams, Infopeople's own trend spotter and tech explainer extraordinaire. Joan will bring you up to speed on what's hot, what's not, what you can just ignore, and what you need to know to stay in the mainstream. She'll describe the technologies that are most likely to change the way you work, and how you can prepare for those changes. She'll also point you towards the best technology investments for people with limited time and dollars.

Joan promises to deliver a technology update that is both painless and practical. Don't miss it!

Link to Webinar will be available here starting Tuesday, Nov 30, 2:30pm EST.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Floating Collections: An e-forum

If you Love Them, Let Them Float!: An E-Forum Discussion on Floating Collections
November 16-17, 2010

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

With many libraries facing budget cuts and looking for more efficient ways to manage services, the option of floating collections has entered the spotlight again.  Once considered a radical approach to collection management, floating a few or perhaps all of a library’s collections is becoming more mainstream than revolutionary.  What are the benefits of this model and how does it impact patrons, library collection development, and library staff?  If you are just curious, considering moving toward this model, or about to flip the switch and set your collection free, you’re bound to find useful information for your floating toolkit in this discussion. 

What is an e-forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.

To register:

Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

Deborah George is the Division Director of Materials Management at Gwinnett County Public Library in Lawrenceville, Ga., where she supervises Materials selection and cataloging, as well as Technical Services and Interlibrary Loan.  Deborah received her MLS from Florida State University.  Her previous positions include working as a children’s and reference librarian, as well as serving as a manager of both a physical branch and the library website. 

Barbara Spruill is the Branch Services Division Director for Gwinnett County Public Library, which has been floating all collections (except Reference materials and magazines) since 2004.  Barbara received her MLS from Florida State University and has worked with library collections throughout her career.  She recently moderated a panel presentation and virtual program -  “Adrift or Right on Target:  Perspectives on Floating Collections” at the national PLA conference  in Portland, Oregon.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The New Virtual Body Language

November 16, 12noon EST.

A new 1080 Group survey reveals that "the quality of the presenter's voice and delivery" fundamentally affects the success of a webinar.  The good news? Sure, you can't change the voice you were born with, but you can change how well your voice communicates confidence, conviction, trust and authority.  Join Roger Courville, webinar expert and author of The Virtual Presenter's Handbook, for a practical 50-minute demonstration of how to transform your voice to grab attention and deliver impact.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A National Digital Library System

November 17, 12noon EST.

On November 4th David Rothman, the founder of Teleread, the oldest English language site offering general e-book news and views, had an essay published in The Atlantic titled "Why We Can't Afford Not to Create a Well-Stocked National Digital Library System." David will join us for this online conversation with librarians, policy makers, and the general public about the need to develop a system in the U.S.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Live Webinars for November 2010: Part 2

November 8, 2:00pm EST.

Pattern Research, Inc., currently uses GoToWebinar®, Camtasia For Mac® and Screencast.com® to produce and distribute our webinars; the combination has made a big difference in how they look and sound. Tim Sullard, our operations manager, will share what he is using, why he chose these tools, and how you can make this combo work for you. Even if you use a PC or other platforms to record and post your webinars, the concepts could be applied to your productions.

Because these technologies are relatively new, we are all experimenting together to find creative work-arounds and tease higher-quality results from limited technologies. Please join us and see if we have something to teach each other.

Best New Youth Books for 2010 (Nebraska Library Commission)

November 9, 11:00am EST.

Sally Snyder, Coordinator of Children and Young Adult Library Services at the Nebraska Library Commission, will present brief book talks of new titles you may or may not have heard about, and that could be good additions to your library’s collection. Titles starting with teens and going back through preschool age will be highlighted.

November 15, 2:00pm EST.

Would you like to learn about a simple, effective strategy that will make you, your library, and our profession indispensable? It does not require changing anything we do. What is involved? Modifying what we say. 

Based on the instructor’s award-winning  article, “Transforming Our Image through Words that Work—Perception is Everything” (Valerie Gross, Public Libraries, Volume 48, Number 5, (2009): p. 24–32), this webinar will describe a straightforward concept that enables public libraries to heighten their importance by replacing traditional terms with powerful, intuitive, value-enhanced terminology. Join in to learn how strategic vocabulary can immediately convey your true value—even to someone who has never set foot in a library.

November 16, 2:00pm EST.

Encyclopedias are the cornerstones of a library’s reference collection, but traditional encyclopedia publishing has been transformed over the past several years. Join Reference Books Bulletin editor Mary Ellen Quinn for an up-close look at how encyclopedias have changed. Joseph Janes, Associate Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, will discuss why encyclopedias exist, what they do, what they tell us, and how they’ve evolved. Representatives from Britannica, Grolier, and World Book will also talk about and demonstrate their newest encyclopedia models. Since general encyclopedias range from the elementary to the scholarly, there’s something here for librarians from every type of library.

Open Source Software (Georgia Public Library Service)

November 17, 10:00am EST.

What is open source software? Why should it matter to you, and how are Georgia librarians using it to their advantage? You don't have to be a programmer to understand how the open source software movement can benefit you and your library, from the web browser to media production, research tools and the ILS. This session will cover the advantages and disadvantages of using open source software in libraries with practical examples and ideas you can use.

How Ebooks, File Types, and DRM Affect Your Library (Georgia Public Library Service)

November 17, 11:15am EST.

As more library patrons are obtaining eReaders, many libraries have questions about why some of the devices work with our services and some don't, and why the books won't work on the different devices. The eReader market is confusing and this session will explain the differences of format, device, and their overall importance to your library and how they effect all facets of service.

November 22, 11:30am EST.

One of the biggest challenges in moving ahead with collections care projects can be finding adequate funding. Donors, board members, and even your own development staff often see collections care as less than compelling. The speakers in this webinar have achieved success in raising funds for collections care, both on behalf of their own organizations and for others. Debbie Hess Norris will demonstrate how enthusiasm in making the case, coupled with a rich understanding of the stories behind your collections, can yield success in fund-raising. Lee Price will discuss strategies for successful grant applications.

Becoming a Great Trainer (Training Magazine Network)

November 23, 1:00pm EST.

Do you want to be a great trainer? Do you know what it takes to be one?  Bob Pike CPAE-Speakers Hall of Fame, says that a great trainer is one that adds value and makes a difference. In this fast-paced, content rich webinar.

Included will be:
  1. The HDB to BDH Paradigm Shift - and why it is so important.
  2. Clarifying what adds value.
  3. The Iceberg Model of Human Behavior.
  4. What it means to be a participant-centered trainer.
  5. Getting to the C.O.R.E. of training
  6. Understanding the ONLY purpose of training
  7. Bob's top ten training lessons
  8. The one thing that must be added to every training program NOW (hint: it doesn't exist in 90% of all training programs - a fatal flaw!) and more!!

November 23, 2:00pm EST.

The current generation of teens is the most ethnically diverse and technologically plugged-in ever. Is your library ready to serve them? YALSA's Competencies for Librarians Serving Youth play a key role in everyday service to young adult patrons. Join Sarah Flowers, YALSA President-elect and author of Young Adults Deserve the Best: Putting YALSA's Competencies into Action, to discuss practical ways to promote and apply the competencies to ensure quality library service to the teens in your community. WebJunction is pleased to host this webinar in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).