Friday, January 27, 2012

Live Webinars for February 2012

February webinars. Go learn stuff!

Feb 1.  Composition and Layout of PowerPoint in Online Learning (Adobe)

Feb 3.  Take Control of iCloud (O'Reilly)

Feb 8.  Real Life Examples of Library Cloud Implementation (NISO)  $

Feb 9.  Building a Successful Online Learning Community for Librarians: A Conversation with Steve Hargadon (Blended Librarian)

Feb 9.  Nonfiction Spring Book Buzz (School Library Journal)

Feb 14.  Teen Spring Book Buzz (School Library Journal)

Feb 15.  Composition and Layout of Photoshop in Online Learning (Adobe)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
Over a dozen events in February.  Click the link if interested.

Jan 31. Connecting with Struggling Readers
Feb 7. What's New in Y.A
Feb 21. Books for Youth Alert

Feb 2. Children's Literature Update
Feb 7. Storing and Managing Digital Collections
Feb 8. Youth Media Activities in Your Community: Teaching Digital Natives
Feb 14. Top Tech Trends in Materials Handling
Feb 16. Best Business Books of the Year
Feb 29.  Techsoup: Technology Resources and Donated Software

Feb 15.  Meet the Power Patron
Feb 16.  Building a Library Aware Community
Feb 21.  Your Library at Webscale
Feb 23.  Census 2010 and American Community Survey
Feb 24. Directors' Summit

Feb 1.  SOPA and PIPA: What Libraries Need to Know
Feb 8.  AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner
Feb 15.  Turning Your Library Around
Feb 22.  Learning to Live without a Statistical Abstract
Feb 29.  Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Feb 3.  Tech Tools: Dropbox
Feb 9.  App Development:  The Why and How
Feb 10. Tech Tools:  Shelfari and GoodReads
Feb 16.  Libraries as Content Collaborators
Feb 21.  The Accidental Library Marketer
Feb 28.  Writing Good Press Releases and Working with the Media

Jan 31. Developing and Maintaining E-Reader Policies and Procedures
Feb 2.  Building Bridges #4: Your Library's Future
Feb 9.  Cloud Computing 101
Feb 23.  Twitter for Job Seekers:  Helping Job Seeking Patrons

Feb 1.  Make Your Grant Proposal Stand Out from the Pack
Feb 9.  Creating an Effective Volunteer Handbook
Feb 17.  Investing in Infrastructure
Feb 22.  Advisory Boards

Friday, January 6, 2012

Handheld Librarian VI

FEBRUARY 1-2, 2012

Join us once again for what will be an intense online professional development opportunity for librarians who love technology!

Mobile solutions for libraries that work!

We invite you to the 6th Handheld Librarian conference, a place where interested librarians bring their tools and strategies to the learning scene. The conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians. This is the grass-roots nature of our highly successful program. Handheld Librarian VI will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. You can see the quality of the content by looking through our past archives.
Our exciting one day conference, February 1, will feature presentations from your peers, along with two keynotes from respected thought leaders in the library world.

Michael Stephens, Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, will address the conference in the morning. His research focuses on use of emerging technologies in libraries and technology learning programs. He currently writes the monthly column “Office Hours” in Library Journal exploring issues, ideas and emerging trends in library and information science education. Stephens has spoken about emerging technologies, innovation, and libraries to audiences in over 26 states and in five countries, including a 2009 speaking/research tour of Australia.

Our afternoon keynote features Stephen Abram. Stephen has over 30 years in libraries as a practicing librarian and in the information industry. He has visited hundreds of libraries in many different countries and is uniquely positioned to spark ideas and insights. Stephen is currently Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Markets at Gale Cengage in Toronto, Canada. He has been Vice President Innovation for SirsiDynix and the Chief Strategist for the SirsiDynix Institute, VP of Corporate Development for Micromedia ProQuest, and Publisher Electronic Information for Thompson

New* Post-Conference Skill Builders Workshops – Two additional opportunities!

New this year, a post conference experience focused on giving participants explicit hands on skills through extended workshops. For a nominal fee, participants can register for the following two-hour synchronous workshops on February 2.
• Broad mobile development, including jQuery
• Empowering your E-readers; teaching your readers to access content
Each workshop will not only provide a conceptual framework, but will ask the participants to try their hands at either developing or implementing specific strategies. After the workshop, audience members will be provided with additional ongoing tutorials and access to the experts for mentoring.

Individual, group and site registration is open at

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

WordPress and eBook Webinars

WordPress for Library Websites
Presented by Polly-Alida Farrington
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST


Does your organization need a new web site? One that is more dynamic, easy to update and can easily incorporate social media and other ways to communicate with your library’s patrons/customers? WordPress (free, opensource) may be the answer. WordPress is a powerful web Content Management System (CMS) that has grown far beyond its origins as a blogging tool.

WordPress can be used to power your library website and help you build a dynamic web presence for your library, school, personal web site, business or other project. Its ease of use and flexibility make it a perfect choice for libraries that are struggling to keep their websites up to date and/or looking for a more up-to-date look for their website. Its extensibility via plugins and other customizations make it a great choice for more complex sites as well.

This webinar will cover:

  • Examples of sites built with WordPress
  • Why WordPress is a great choice for schools & libraries
  • Hosting options and requirements
  • vs
  • Making it look great: Themes
  • Building blocks of WordPress: Posts & Pages
  • and more!

Ebooks, Discovery, and the Library
Presented by Kate Sheehan
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EST


Publishers, authors, booksellers, and librarians have traditionally thought of discovery as something that happens in a physical place. A patron browses the shelf, a librarian offers some reader's advisory, a new author is picked up from an artfully created display. Online discovery lags behind, despite Amazon's best efforts. People still pick books up based on word of mouth. Libraries, with entire sections of staff devoted to helping people pick out books, are word of mouth engines, but struggle to prove our worth to the rest of the book ecosystem. Ebooks make that even more difficult when the library as place is taken out of the equation. This session will explore some possibilities for libraries as channels of discovery in an ebook-dominated market.