Monday, February 28, 2011

March Webinars List will be Delayed


Sorry to report that I have been ill recently. The list of March webinars will be delayed until later this week.


Friday, February 18, 2011

Ten Tips for Web Searching

Thursday, March 17, 2:00pm EST.

Internet searching is easy to do; actually finding the right information for you and your library user is harder. One problem is that even experienced library reference staff can treat online searching as a superficial tactic. Learn some practical tips that can improve the quantity, quality, and focus of your internet search results.

Kit Keller is the director of Library Services and Student Achievement at Chancellor University in Cleveland and the author of "Online Research Strategies for Librarians", a new self-paced continuing education course for anyone interested in improving their reference skills from the University of North Texas Lifelong Education @ Desktop (LE@D) project.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

George and Joan on Conflict Resolution Techniques

Tuesday, March 8, 3:00pm EST.

There are many approaches to resolving conflicts. Some of these approaches are positive, resulting in an outcome that moves an idea or a project forward while protecting everyone's self-respect. Others are destructive, leaving people emotionally battered and looking for a chance to get even. And then there's that old tried and true approach: ignoring the conflict and hoping it will go away.

In this one-hour webinar, consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham will discuss:
  • Solving disagreements before they escalate into conflict
  • Recognizing when you have a conflict
  • Identifying your personal conflict resolution style, and understanding the styles of others
  • Picking your fights
  • Understanding and ameliorating passive-aggressive behavior
 With their characteristic humor and energy, Joan and George will present real world examples of ways to approach conflict honestly, to find common ground, and to come to a mutually agreeable outcome.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Evaluating a Campus-Wide Mobile Learning Initiative

Thursday, February 17, 1:00pm EST.

Abilene Christian University continues to explore innovative uses of mobile technologies in higher education. Deploying devices to all underclassmen has created unique opportunities to assess the impact of academic and social usage of hand-held devices among the university community. An overview of findings from research targeting faculty perspectives, classroom application evaluations, and student engagement will be presented and current challenges and interesting questions articulated. Additionally, initial findings from pilot projects investigating digital texts and iPad platforms will be summarized.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

RDA Ask-The-Experts Webinar

Thursday, February 17, 2:00 pm EST.

You may have attended RDA webinars and programs, or followed discussions about RDA on lists and blogs, but you still have questions. ALCTS is holding a free webinar with RDA testers and experts to provide some answers.

The survey to collect questions was closed on January 25, 2011. The questions have been collated and submitted to our experts, who will try to answer as many of them as they can in the available time.

Who are the Experts?
  • Linda Gabel, OCLC
  • Erin Stalberg, North Carolina State University
  • Trina Grover, Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Kathryn La Barre, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, GSLIS
How do you attend? Sign up here. The webinar is free.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Designing and Delivering Technology Workshops

Wednesday, February 9, 11:00am EST.

Join TechSoup for this free webinar to find out how to make your training job easier, more fun, and an even better learning experience for your participants. Learn to use a lesson plan to organize your workshops and facilitate sharing with your co-workers and other organizations. Discover how identifying objectives and incorporating activities can help your classes run more smoothly while also providing better learning opportunities. Trainers Stephanie Gerding and Brenda Hough will also share sources for training materials already available for your use. Whether you are new to technology training or a seasoned expert, we’ll have something new for you to use in your job.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Ten Tips to Effectively Serve the Genealogy Searcher

Wednesday, February 9, 2:00pm EST.

Not every library is blessed with a competent genealogist. What if you are the staffer faced with a library user's questions about Grandma's grave, Great-Grandpa's last name, or the family jewels (or scandals) – and you haven't a clue where to begin? Join us for a free webinar giving you "Ten Tips to Effectively Serve the Genealogy Searcher" from an experienced librarian and genealogist, with decades of practical know-how to share. Willie Braudaway is the Director of the Del Rio (TX) LDS Family History Center and the author of "Genealogy: An Introduction for Library Staff", a new self-paced continuing education course for anyone interested in genealogy service from the University of North Texas Lifelong Education @ Desktop (LE@D) project.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Moving Library Cooperation to Web-Scale


Libraries have been cooperating on cataloging, collection management and resource sharing services for decades. In that time, we have enjoyed the benefits of networked services—no local software or hardware, elimination of maintenance and support costs, lower overall expense and better scalability.

Now, Web scale offers libraries the chance to revitalize traditional services by sharing workflows, activities, data and standards as part of a cooperative.

At these events, you and your staff will:

* Discuss ideas with experts, colleagues and early adopters
* Learn the benefits of moving library services to Web scale
* Take away practical tips on how to fit Web scale into your long-term strategy
* Engage in readiness activities to help you in your planning discussions.

Take this opportunity to find out how Web-scale cooperation can lower your costs, make your services more efficient and improve your users’ overall experience.

OCLC Web-Scale Management Service

Thursday, February 3, 2:00pm EST.

If you’d like to hear more from libraries that are using OCLC Web-scale Management Service, register for this webinar on February 3.

Jackie Beach of CPC Regional Libraries in North Carolina, Michael Dula of Pepperdine University and Jason Griffey of the University of Tennessee Chattanooga–-all early members of the user community–-will explain why they chose Web-scale Management Services for their libraries and will share their progress to-date.

Additionally, Andrew K. Pace, OCLC Director of Networked Services, will host the Webinar and talk about the strategy of Web-scale Management Services.