Friday, October 17, 2014

Oct: 20 Apps in Putting Apps to Use in the Classroom (Blended Librarians)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST

Webcast presentation and discussion with Sherri Hope Culver, Associate Professor at Temple University. In this high energy and interactive presentation, a wide range of apps and online activities will be shared that many teachers are using (or could use) in the classroom.

To learn more and register for this free event visit:

Nov: Business Faculty Use and Perception of Research Resources (ACRL-CHOICE)

Weds, Nov 12 / 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET

In an ACRL/Choice webinar last year ProQuest shared the results of a large survey of business faculty into the types of non-journal information they use when conducting research. Join us at 2:00pm ET on 12 November when we will share the findings of a follow-up survey conducted in May 2014. In this lengthier survey business faculty responded to questions about their research behaviors and experiences using resources such as the library website, databases and Google Scholar; what kinds of information they expect students to use for completing course work; and their use of data sets.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Dec: Responsive Web Design for Libraries (Infopeople)

An Infopeople 4-week* online course, December 2, 2014 to January 5, 2015

Did you know there are more active mobile devices than people on the planet? How can you ensure that your library's online services work as well on smartphones and tablets as they do on desktop computers? What about devices that haven’t been dreamed of yet? Instead of reacting to each new device, you can build websites that adapt to any device. In this online course you will learn:

•    The basics of responsive web design (RWD)
•    How to compare RWD against other solutions to the “mobile problem”
•    How to implement best practices for website design in an increasingly mobile world even if you don't use RWD

You can stop worrying about how well your online services work on each new device and instead focus on providing quality content.

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
*NOTE: Because of the December holidays, there are five weeks in what would normally be a four-week course.

For a complete course description and to register go to

Nov: Soil Surveys for Architecture Students (FDLP)

Thursday, November 20, 2014 // 2:00 pm Eastern Time

Individuals often hesitate at the cost of a site survey, which is used to determine the suitability of a location for a proposed project. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, however, can provide a Custom Soil Resource Report generated by the Web Soil Survey, which is the next best thing. This resource, combined with archived Soil Surveys that are available for download, helps determine the suitability of a site for a building location or recreational uses. A site can also be evaluated for the availability of construction materials such as gravel and sand, while recommendations for trees and other plantings are provided to help with landscaping decisions. Attendees will learn how to evaluate potential sites for these criteria and generate a PDF report that can be used in the decision-making process.

Oct: Participatory, Continuous, Connected: Top Trends from Library 2.014 (Library Journal)

Thursday, October 30, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PT

Participatory, hyperlinked library services; DIY and maker movements; emerging technology in academic and research libraries; Google Glass—the Library 2.014 conference covered a broad range of topics and these were among the most notable. Join us for this free LJ webcast, where we'll cover the highlights of each one and offer key takeaways.
•    Michael Stephens will discuss participatory, hyperlinked library services in a connected world of "continuous computing."
•    Susan Hildreth will reflect on how the DIY and maker movements—particularly as they relate to STEM education (with badges to certify skill development)—place libraries as central learning hubs for their communities.
•    Samantha Adams Becker taught the first online course ever to take place in Facebook. She will explore emerging technology uptake—especially digital communication formats—in various education sectors including academic and research libraries.
•    Ayyoub Ajmi will describe experiences using Google Glass at the UMKC School of Law Library—what they did with it, what they couldn't do, and what's for the future.

Dec: Developing Leadership Agility for an "All of the Above" World (TrainingMagNetwork)

Wednesday, December 3, 2014
10 AM Pacific / 1 PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

What's your biggest leadership challenge? Engaging employees? Preparing emerging leaders to step up? Building high-performance teams? Developing a leadership mindset across the organization? If you're like most training leaders today, the answer is "all of the above." The good news is, you and your leaders already have the best tool for navigating an "all of the above" world: the brain. You just need to know how to consciously shift your thinking when the situation requires it. Learn how to do it in this interactive webinar!

Drawing on current engagement studies and more than 30 years of research on thinking, learning and the brain, this session will demonstrate an easy-to-apply model for building your own thinking agility and developing leaders at all levels who know how to make their thinking work for them when they're being pulled in every direction at once.
Discover how a foundation of thinking makes leadership agility a tangible and achievable goal, one that will deliver the engagement, performance and strategic results every organization needs to thrive in an "all of the above" world.

Nov: How to Run Great Technology Training Workshops for Patrons (ALA)

Wednesdays, November 5 and November 12
2:30pm Eastern|1:30 Central | 12:30 Mountain|11:30am Pacific

In this two-part workshop, you'll gain the skills, confidence, and knowledge needed to run great technology classes in your library. In the first session, Phil Spirito will teach you how to create curriculum, handouts, and slide presentations. In the second session, you'll learn about different learning styles, teaching tricks, and presentation best practices.