Sunday, April 29, 2012

Find, Point, Scan: Using QR Codes in your Library

Speakers: Elizabeth Graves, Head of Technical Processes, Northwestern State University of Louisiana Watson Library; Julie Obst, E-Learning Librarian, Central Piedmont Community College

Smartphones are being used by an estimated 100 million people, and each of those phones has the capability to scan QR codes.  Think of the possibilities! Elizabeth Graves, a head of technical processes, and Julie Obst, an e-learning librarian, both have extensive experience introducing QR codes into academic library settings. They’ll spend this session discussing the planning and implementing QR code projects at their libraries as well as explain why it is critical to use QR codes in a manner that will produce statistics, the difficulties of promoting the codes, and how the project is or is not scalable. Come to this session with questions about QR codes and leave with ideas about how to use this tech tool in your library!
Reserve your seminar seat for Monday, May 14th at 10:00 AM EST / 7:00 AM PST / 3:00 PM UTC:

Reserve your seminar seat for Wednesday, May 16th at 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST / 6:00 PM UTC:

Credo Reference Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012Tech Tools and their Place in the 21st Century Library

Information Literacy and E-Resources: Moving Beyond the Chalkboard


Speakers: Shiva Darbandi, Solutions Associate, Credo Reference; Amanda DiFeterici, Head Librarian, South University; Jackie LaPlaca Ricords, Credo Evangelist, Credo Reference; John Shawler, Solutions Analyst, Credo Reference

Ask any twenty-first century librarian and they will tell you that the traditional chalkboard is not the instructional tool of choice anymore.  This panel discussion will address the place of free and subscription e-resources in information literacy instruction and will feature librarians from South University and representatives from Credo Reference, the database that was voted Library Journal’s “Best Overall” in 2012. This will be a collaboration-focused session so bring your ideas to share!
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Credo Reference Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012Tech Tools and their Place in the 21st Century Library

When the Archives Get Social: The Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis Project


Speaker: Donnelyn Curtis, Director of Research Collections and Services, University of Nevada at Reno

Donnelyn Curtis, the Director of Research Collections and Services at the University of Nevada at Reno, recently introduced Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis, two early twentieth century students, to the digital age. Curtis is the creator of the Facebook pages where Joe and Leola post about poignant song lyrics, parties on the Reno campus, and "current" (that is, current in 1913) bills in the legislature. Curtis will join us to talk about the creative process that led to the Facebook project, the hurdles that she's had to overcome (including Facebook's deleting the profiles for violating the terms of service), and what the future holds for Joe and Leola.
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Credo Reference Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012Tech Tools and their Place in the 21st Century Library

The Future is Coming! What Does That Mean for Public Libraries?


Speakers: Renee DiPilato, Central Library Manager, Alexandria Library; Lynda Rudd, Technical Services Manager, Alexandria Library; Mary Weiss, Director of Sales--Public and School Libraries, Credo Reference

This brainstorming session is the culmination of a month-long campaign for public libraries on Libraries Thriving. It will feature a discussion panel of library supporters sharing their visions of the public library of the future. The discussion will build on the results of Libraries Thriving’s survey of public libraries and also incorporate discussion forum conversations around the prompt "It's the year 2022. The public library of today differs from the public library of 2012 in these three ways..."

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Credo Reference Online Seminar Series—Spring 2012Tech Tools and their Place in the 21st Century Library

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Carterette Series Webinars Archive


WordPress for Library Websites
Presented by Polly-Alida Farrington, April 25, 2012
Polly-Alida Farrington shows you how WordPress can be used to power a library website and help you build a dynamic web presence for your library, school, personal web site, business or other project. Polly blogs at
Improving the User Experience Through Usability Testing
Presented by Stephen Francoeur, March 28, 2012
Stephen Francoeur, a user experience librarian at Baruch College (New York, NY) gives an introduction to usability testing and how it can assist in creating a more user-friendly library website. Check out Stephen's website at

Content Creation for Teens (Begins at 1:15)
Presented by Justin Hoenke, March 28, 2012
In this webinar, Justin Hoenke (Teen Librarian, Portland (Maine) Public Library) discusses the current trend of content creation at libraries. He also shares details about how to start up your own content creation programs and discusses his own content creation programs such as Make Music At The Library and Game On! Envisioning Your Own Video Game.
Ebooks, Discovery and the Library
Presented by Kate Sheehan, January 18, 2012
This session Kate Sheehan, Open Source Implementation Coordinator for Bibliomation, explores some possibilities for libraries as channels of discovery in an ebook-dominated market.


Presented by Michael Sauers, November 16, 2011
In this session Michael Sauers, the Nebraska Library Commission's Technology Innovation Librarian, takes you on a tour of Google+, Google's latest attempt at creating a social network.

Training the New Generation: Teaching Through Volunteerism
Presented by Laura Starratt, September 21, 2011
This webinar covers projects and techniques used in the past year at the Kenan Research Center to train and retain volunteers.

A Comedy of Errors: Library Marketing to the Youth Demographic (Begins at 1:50)
Presented by Christian Steinmetz & Charlie Bennett, July 20, 2011
Libraries inherently have difficulty marketing to youth, because strategies that work in other industries have the potential to offend taxpayers, donors and librarians themselves.

Podcasting in the Library
Presented by Chris Pollette, July 20, 2011
Podcasting is an inexpensive and fun way to inform, entertain, and engage your patrons. But how do you get started, and what are the best ways to attract and build an audience?

Unconference Planning (Begins at 1:15)
Presented by Andrew Shuping, May 18, 2011
Come find out what an unconference is, ways to organize it, and what the benefits are for having an unconference vs. a conference.

Project Management 101
Presented by Emily Almond, May 18, 2011
How to apply the principles of PM in libraries without alienating everyone you work with. Covering the basics and nothing but.

Branding and Influence: Establishing your Digital Identity and Reputation (Begins at 1:13)
Presented by Robin Fay, March 16, 2011
What is your library brand? Do you have one? What about your own brand?

Strategy for Blogging and Social Networking
Presented by Casey Long and Sarah Steiner, March 16, 2011
Blogs and social networking tools enable libraries to market resources, educate users, and build community relationships.
Building Library Websites with Weebly
Presented by Holly Frilot, February 17, 2011
Awesome websites CAN be easy and free to create! Join this session to learn a little more about Weebly, a great company that makes website creation as easy as drag-and-drop.

Personal Knowledge Management: A Framework for Librarians
Presented by Elisabeth Shields, January 25, 2011
Searching is the “easy” part. But what do you do with all the material you’ve collected? What happens when you find an article that reminds you of something someone said in a meeting two weeks ago (or was it three)?

Choosing Technology: How We Decide What Technologies Work Best in Our Libraries
Presented by Tim Daniels, January 19, 2011
In today's environment librarians are constantly bombarded with new and emerging technologies. These technologies can run the gamut from smart phone applications to enterprise-wide systems.


How e-Books, File Types, and DRM Affect Your Library (Begins at 1:11)
Presented by Brian Hulsey, November 17, 2010
As more library patrons are obtaining e-Readers, 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
Presented by Jason Puckett, November 17, 2010
What is open source software? Why should it matter to you, and how are Georgia librarians using it to their advantage?

GALILEO and the Digital Library of Georgia (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Karen Minton, September 15, 2010
The Digital Library of Georgia, a part of GALILEO, is a unique gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.
Money Matters: Teaching Financial Literacy Skills
Presented by Trudi Green and Teri Hanna, September 15, 2010
Financial literacy is one of the 21st century library competencies outlined in the 2010 IMLS 21st Century Museum and Libraries Report.
Tech Tips Training Series (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Karen Douglas, August 18, 2010
The "Tech Tips" series at the Athens-Clarke County Library was created in 2009 to provide public and staff training on current software, technology, and social media trends.

Free Learning: Developing No Cost, Online Learning
Presented by Jay Turner, August 18, 2010
Jay Turner, maverick Training Manager of the Gwinnett Public Library knows that keeping library staff current and up-to-date when valuable resources (time and money) are decreasing can be challenging but not impossible.

Library on the Radio (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Charlie Bennett and Ameet Doshi, July 21, 2010
Since January 2010, members of the Georgia Tech Library have produced a weekly library-themed radio show on WREK-Atlanta.

The Social Library
Presented by Cliff Landis, July 21, 2010
Join Cliff Landis as he talks about the ways social media has transformed the library users interact with each other, with the library, and with information.

Pivot Points for Change (Begins at 1:12)
Presented by Buffy Hamilton, June 16, 2010
The skills needed to be an active participant in today's In this webinar, we will explore how small changes can lead to innovation, professional growth, and more responsive service to patrons for libraries and librarians.

Introducing Transliteracy
Presented by Bobbi Newman, June 16, 2010
The skills needed to be an active participant in today's society are rapidly evolving. Literacy is changing, more is needed than the ability to read and write.

Content Management Systems: Drupal

Carterette Series Webinars

Highlighting Trends, Innovation, and Best Practices in Libraries

Presented by Dr. Vandana Singh Wednesday, May 16, 2012 3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME
This session will introduce you to the concept of Content Management Systems and will take Drupal as an example to explain the concept and its implementation. We will discuss the various capabilities of Drupal and go through some examples of Drupal sites.
Dr. Vandana Singh is an Assistant Professor in School of Information Sciences at University of Tennessee Knoxville. Her research interest areas are Open Source Software, Computer Supported Cooperative Work, Human Computer Interaction, Online Communities and Information Systems. Dr. Singh received her PhD from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds two masters degrees, one in Computer Science from University of Chicago and the other in Knowledge Management Systems from Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Dr. Singh has received multiple research grants from federal agencies, including National Science Foundation, IMLS and USGS and her work has been published and presented in national and international conferences and journals.

QR Connections: QR Codes in Libraries

Carterette Series Webinars

Highlighting Trends, Innovation, and Best Practices in Libraries
Presented by Krista Godfrey Wednesday, May 16, 2012 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME
QR codes are popping up everywhere! This session will highlight how libraries are using QR codes, the benefits and drawbacks of using them, and best practices for getting the most out of QR codes.
As a liaison librarian, Krista Godfrey became interested in instructional technologies. Her growing interest in the use of technologies in libraries recently lead her to a position as Web Services Librarian at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where she concentrates on the library website, usability, user experience and mobile library resources. She is presently the past president/treasurer of the Ontario Library Information Technology Association.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Delivering Distance Library Services: What Works, What Doesn't, and Where Do We Go From Here?

Register Today!  Go to the online website:

Date:          Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Time:          3:00pm - 5:00pm PDT
Location:      Online via WebEx

Workshop content
With the major push in e-resources and distance education, it is imperative that librarians begin to plan and assess distance library services. This webinar will walk you through the opportunities for offering exemplary distance library services without huge financial investment. Many libraries do not have a designated distance services librarian, and even when they do, providing distance services often falls upon librarians who have not been trained in this area.

The USC Libraries have been providing library services to distance students at a rapid pace. Over the last few years USC has expanded its online master's degree programs to over 3,000 students. With no extra budget, the librarians have stepped up and worked with their departments to lead the way in providing valuable and innovative library services to students who never set foot on campus.

This webinar will guide you through the process and allow you to plan, assess, and learn from the pitfalls of librarians on the frontline of distance education.

Registration deadline is April 27, 2012
   $20 non-members
   $15 CLA members
   $10 student members

Dr. Jade G. Winn, Associate University Librarian | Head, Education and Social Work Library Services, University of Southern California
Melanee Vicedo, Assistant University Librarian | Social Work Librarian, University of Southern California

Questions? Please email Jade Winn (

Developing Online Tutorials for Patron and Staff Instruction

An Infopeople online course, May 15, 2012 to June 11, 2012

Would you like to develop short online tutorials using available free and industry leading tools? From library tours to task-oriented skill building and staff training, this course will provide options for developing effective online tutorials. Instructor Dawne Tortorella will help you:

  • Track and evaluate appropriate tutorial topics for both staff and users.
  • Develop a storyboarding process for rapid outline of tutorial content.
  • Create online tutorials using free and low-cost software and web-based tools.
  • Publish and publicize online tutorials to your library users.

For a complete course description and to register go to

Using the Library of Congress Classification P Schedule

ALCTS webinar

Date: May 9, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: This webinar will cover some of the more complex aspects of using the "P" schedule to create classification numbers, including use of various tables, with a focus on individual literary authors of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Learning Outcomes: At the end of the presentation, attendees will be able
- classification numbers for individual literary authors
- identify and use appropriate internal tables to shelflist an author's collections, individual works, and criticism
- apply external tables from CSM: Classification and Shelflisting Manual to shelflist translations, abridgments, and criticism of individual literary works

Audience: The presentation is geared toward catalogers with some experience using the "P" classification, and thus will not cover basic skills.
Presenter: Elaine A. Franco has been Principal Cataloger for monographs at the University of California, Davis, since 1990, and served in a similar position at the University of Nebraska--Lincoln, where she began her career over thirty years ago. In her capacity as Principal Cataloger, Elaine has served as a resource person for interpreting cataloging rules, training new catalogers, and maintaining quality control. She has used each of the LC Classification Schedules at some point, specializing in the humanities.

Elaine is currently the Vice Chair of the ALCTS Affiliate Relations Committee.


For additional information, including pricing options and links to registration, please click on the following link:

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or