Monday, March 31, 2014

May: Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff (Infopeople)

An Infopeople online course, May 6, 2014 to June 2, 2014

Are you disappointed with the publications you’ve been creating? Do you feel you are targeting the right audience with the type styles and graphics you’re using? From simple bookmarks to signs to handouts of all kinds, the care and attention you pay to creating attractive and informative publications reflects the respect your library has for its customers. In this course, you will learn quick and easy ways to get positive results for your basic desktop publishing needs including how to:

•    Analyze the placement of basic shapes
•    Work with text for maximum effect
•    Find, use and manipulate images
•    Improve your proofreading skills
•    Set up a system to organize your workflow

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
For a complete course description and to register go to

Apr: Choosing Wisely: Using Creative Presentation Tools to Encourage Audience Engagement (Tennessee Library Assoc)

Laureen Cantwell, Instructional Services Librarian at the University of Memphis, will lead us in this technology-rich discussion on ways to engage and hold the interest of an audience, whether they be students or community members or conference attendees.

Apr: Security in the Library (First Tuesdays)

Security in the Library, presented by Rob Layman, April 1, 2014, 9:00 AM PST

Learn tips from the security experts on safety in the library. Brent Martin will share information on security as well as how to recognize someone under the influence.

May: Introduction to Web Service APIs Using PHP and HTML (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, May 5
APIs open up a world of content to your library and get your vendor products working in unison. Without a basic knowledge of APIs, you can't even be part of the conversation. Recognized as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for "forward-thinking digital services," Jason Paul Michel will get you started with the basics. By the end of the ecourse you will be writing PHP scripts to pull data from Twitter or the Digital Public Library.
Michel's ebook Web Service APIs and Libraries is free with your course registration, and offers many other sample codes and project ideas.
When completed, participants will
•    understand what an API is and why APIs are important
•    understand how APIs have been applied in library settings and ways in which they can be in the future
•    obtain the coding skills necessary to produce or contribute to API projects of their own

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

May-Jun: Becoming a Resilient Person - The Science of Stress Management (edX)

9 week course begins May 6 (or audit on your own time)

The purpose of this course is to teach individuals the science behind becoming a resilient person. Stated simply, resilience is the ability to survive and thrive. Resiliency is not only about your ability to positively adapt in the face of adverse or challenging circumstances (that is, survive), but it is also about learning the positive skills, strategies and routines that enable you to live a happy, fulfilling, and meaningful life (in other words, thrive). This course gives you the permission to take care of yourself in order to effectively manage life stressors and do what matters most in life. This captures the notion of being from the inside out, which is a phrase that highlights the importance of promoting core resilience skills, strategies, and routines among early childhood educators. In turn, resilient people are more capable of creating and maintaining nurturing, supportive, and effective learning environments while also optimizing their own wellbeing and love for both the big and small things in life.

By the end of this course, you will have learned about the knowledge and skills that you can apply in your life now and in the future to be a resilient person.

May-Jun: Inspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence (Coursera)

8-week free course begins May 5, 2014

Great leaders move us through our emotions. They establish a deep emotional connection with others called resonance. Their own levels of emotional intelligence allow them to create and nurture these resonant relationships. They use their EI as a path to resonant leadership through mindfulness, hope, compassion, and playfulness. Unfortunately, most people in leadership and helping positions (i.e., doctors, teachers, coaches, etc.) lose their effectiveness over time because of the cumulative damage from chronic stress. But humans can renew themselves, neurologically, hormonally, and emotionally.

Apr: Making Their Debut: Four First-Time Authors Talk about Terrific New Books (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 3

2:00 PM Eastern - 1:00 PM Central - 12:00 PM Mountain - 11:00 AM Pacific

Be the first to hear from four debut authors already getting plenty of buzz! Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Makiia Lucier, Rebecca Behrens, and Sara Polsky will introduce their new standout titles, discuss their writing process, and reveal their inspirations to Booklist Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg and Books for Youth senior editor, Ilene Cooper. Don't miss this free, hour-long webinar with these soon-to-be-favorites authors presented by New Leaf Literary & Media, and sponsored by Albert Whitman, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers, and Sourcebooks.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Apr: The Future of Librarianship: A Blended Perspective (Blended Librarian)

The library profession is in the midst of a paradigm shift, thanks to technology and its impact on literacy and learning. With it have come new leadership roles for librarians, roles that require knowledge and skills not traditionally taught in library school programs. Blended librarianship is one way to embrace these new roles. Join Amanda Hovious as she discusses her journey toward becoming blended, and her perspective on what librarianship will look like in the (not too distant) future.

Hosted by John Shank.

Friday, March 21, 2014

May: Teaching Information Literacy with Discovery Tools (ALA)

Thursday, May 15, 2014
2:30pm Eastern | 1:30pm Central | 12:30pm Mountain | 11:30am Pacific
90 minutes

Discovery tools change the way students search your resources. Have you changed the way you teach information literacy?
Offering the use of a single interface for teaching information literacy, discovery tools free you from the cumbersome necessity of toggling back and forth between multiple screens. Instead you can focus on developing students' skills with search terms and strategies, simultaneously training them how to use a critical eye while sifting through results. Applicable for teaching one-shot sessions as well as curriculum-embedded instruction, this workshop will show you valuable skills such as:
•    How to teach students the unique qualities of discovery tools
•    How to draw from discovery tool features to engage students in evaluating sources
•    The basics of integrating discovery with subject specific databases to scaffold instruction for advanced research and upper-level courses
•    Putting discovery tool instruction into practice immediately with a ready-to-use sample lesson plan, provided to all workshop participants


Apr-May: Getting Started with GIS (LITA)

April 21 – May 11, 2014 with asynchronous weekly lectures, tutorials, assignments, and group discussion.

Three week course provides an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in libraries. Through hands on exercises, discussions and recorded lectures, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, map making, digitizing, and researching for geospatial data. This three week course provides introductory GIS skills that will prove beneficial in any library or information resource position.
No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.  Some of the mapping applications covered include:
 Google Earth and KML Interactive Sampler
•     Google Maps Engine Light (just released)
•     BatchGeo
•     Google Fusion
•     ArcGIS for Desktop
•     Quantum GIS
 Learning Outcomes
 Participants will gain the following GIS skills:
 Knowledge of popular online mapping resources
•    ability to create an online map
•    an introduction to GIS, GIS software and GIS data
•    an awareness of how other libraries are incorporating GIS technology into their library services and projects

•    LITA Member: $135
•    ALA Member: $195
•    Non-member: $260

Apr: All Aboard – The Party’s Starting! Setting a Course for Social Media Success (LITA)

April 2, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.
Social media is more than a way to inform users; social media is a powerful way to build community online. Presenters will go beyond the basics by demonstrating how to create a social media guide for developing communities on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest.  We will explore data tracking and assessment tools such as ThinkUp, HootSuite, Google Analytics, focus group data, and survey methods. We will also discuss strategies for integrating social media efforts into your organization’s strategic plan and educating peer organizations about best practices.
Learning Outcomes

Participants will take home a template for creating a comprehensive plan for social media usage and assessment, with an emphasis on creating a meaningful voice and a compelling personality.

    LITA Member: $39
    Non-Member: $99
    Group: $190

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Apr: Saying Goodbye to the Electronic Resources Fund (ALCTS)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
the sessions begin at 11 am Pacific | 12 Mountain | 1 pm Central | 2 pm Eastern and last about an hour

This presentation introduces new concepts and a new way of thinking about the library budget as more than just a way of spending funds, but also as a tool for planning and reporting, for both management and selectors. It will give attendees ideas about restructuring their own library budgets in ways that will facilitate more accurate tracking of increases in ongoing expenses, annual reporting for associations’ statistics, as well as better control over budget expenditure throughout the year.
Learning Outcomes

Participants will get ideas for restructuring library budgets in ways that will facilitate more accurate tracking of increases in ongoing expenses, annual reporting for associations’ statistics, as well as better control over budget expenditure throughout the year.
Who Should Attend?

Anyone who deals with planning, allocating, and expending library budgets can benefit from this webinar.

      Fee ($USD)
Participant     Each
ALCTS Member (individual)     43
Nonmember (individual)     59
International (individual)     43

Apr: Weeding: The Plan (Florida Libraries)

Date/Time Date(s) - 04/10/2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm 

“Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word.  Why would we want to get rid of anything?  Or maybe you have experienced a backlash or resistance from the community, persistent patrons, your board, your staff, or even yourself.  How we approach the task is as important as how we carry it out. Preparation, publicity, timing, mindset, and creating your strategy all figure in the first steps of de-selection.

After this webinar participants will:

    Understand how weeding fits into the larger scheme of collection management
    Understand more fully the need for de-selection of materials and the reasons for resistance to weeding
    Understand the need for transparency and working with public relations in relation to weeding
    Be able to get started on a strategic plan for weeding in their library

Can’t attend the live event?  Register over here for access to the recording, made available within 7 days of the live webinar.

Apr-May: Better Leader, Richer Life (Coursera)

Begins April 20 - 10 week course from Wharton

Life is a zero-sum game, right?  The more you strive to win in one dimension (such as your work or school), the more you have to sacrifice in the other dimensions (family, community, and the private self).  Described in the best-selling, award-winning book Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life (Harvard Business, 2008), this course teaches you a proven method that shows how you don’t always have to make trade-offs between life’s most important domains, and certainly not as often as you think.  Nor should you!  A trade-off mindset makes people feel all manner of stress – unfocused, resentful, and overwhelmed.  It hurts those you care about and prevents you from performing effectively to produce results that matter in every part of your life.

This practical course has been taught to thousands of students at Wharton and elsewhere by professor Stew Friedman since 2001.  You will learn how to articulate your values and personal leadership vision, cultivate supportive relationships with people who matter most in all parts of your life, and continually experiment with how you get things done to better align your actions with your values -- and so produce positive sustainable change.  This step-by-step method for pursuing what Friedman calls "four-way wins" has enabled people all over the world to become more successful and satisfied leaders in all parts of life: work (or school), home, community, and the private self (mind, body, and spirit).

Apr: Getting and Cleaning Data (Coursera)

begins April 7 - 4 week course from John Hopkins.

Before you can work with data you have to get some. This course will cover the basic ways that data can be obtained. The course will cover obtaining data from the web, from APIs, from databases and from colleagues in various formats. It will also cover the basics of data cleaning and how to make data “tidy”. Tidy data dramatically speed downstream data analysis tasks. The course will also cover the components of a complete data set including raw data, processing instructions, codebooks, and processed data. The course will cover the basics needed for collecting, cleaning, and sharing data.

Apr: The Data Scientist's Toolbox (Coursera)

begins April 7 - 4 week online course from John Hopkins.

In this course you will get an introduction to the main tools and ideas in the data scientist's toolbox. The course gives an overview of the data, questions, and tools that data analysts and data scientists work with. There are two components to this course. The first is a conceptual introduction to the ideas behind turning data into actionable knowledge. The second is a practical introduction to the tools that will be used in the program like version control, markdown, git, Github, R, and Rstudio.

Apr: Open Source Tools for Libraries ... Continued (Lyrasis)

4/8/2014 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM EST
$25 non-member

The library community is a buzz about open source software (OSS). What will it mean to our libraries? Would it help if you knew that it is not just about programming, but a philosophy? This class will review with you the facts about OSS by not only introducing you to what OSS is and what it means for libraries but by providing you with a toolbox of open source applications you can use at your library. This session is a continuation of Open Source Tools for Libraries offered in February 2014 and will introduce you to even more tools than last time!

Nicole C. Engard is the Vice President of Education at ByWater Solutions. Her primary role at ByWater Solutions is to educate librarians about open source software with a focus on the Koha ILS. In addition to her daily responsibilities, Nicole keeps the library community up to date on web technologies via her website "What I Learned Today..." ( and volunteers as a community moderator on In 2007, Nicole was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers and in 2009 she was the editor of “Library Mashups,” a book published by Information Today, Inc. and in 2010 she authored “Practical Open Source Software for Libraries,” a book published by Chandos Inc. and in 2012 the second edition of "The Accidental Systems Librarian" which she worked on with Rachel Singer Gordon was released.

Registrations for this class must be received at least one week before the class date. Registrants should receive an email offering detailed login and setup instructions. Please call 800.999.8558 if you do not receive this email at least three days before the class. This class is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.

Apr: Evaluating Discovery: How tools Affect Undergraduates’ Research Practices (ASERL)

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Using mixed-methods data from two universities, this presentation examines how students utilize various search and discovery systems (including Ebsco Discovery Service, Summon, Google, and Google Scholar) to identify and locate information for academic assignments. Moving beyond user needs analysis, this presentation will focus on how these tools affect students’ approaches to information evaluation and evaluates how search tools may be performing an epistemic function within students’ research practices.   Based on these conclusions, this presentation will discuss possibilities for modifying search tools to respond to students’ research practices.  These findings have been published in "College & Research Libraries" -- see the full text at:

Apr: Scholars Trust - Show & Tell Series (ASERL)

The Show & Tell Series premiers with Carol Cramer, Head of Collection Management at Wake Forest University and Ben Walker, Chair, Digital Services & Shared Collections at the University of Florida for FLARE (the FLorida Academic REpository)  Please join Carol and Ben as they share their journal retention facilities, collections and programs with the ScholarsTrust Community.

Apr: Successful Faculty Outreach Strategies in ASERL Libraries (ASERL)

ASERL librarians describe their experiences working successfully with faculty to advance scholarly communication issues on their campuses:

• Beth Bernhardt will describe the scholarly communications committee created recently by the faculty senate at UNC Greensboro, including representatives from each division on campus. The committee meets to plan programs to disseminate information across campus.

• Christine Fruin has developed Scholarly Communications workshops for the University of Florida, each with specific objectives and audiences in mind.  They are marketed through campus newsletters, banners, and screen-savers on library PCs.  A survey has also been sent out to workshop participants to determine both convenient workshop scheduling and also future topics of interest.

• Micah Vandegrift and Josh Bolick will talk about the how the Scholarly Communication Office at Florida State University uses information from the faculty CV database to analyze the publishing habits of a department prior to conducting outreach to them. This allows very specific and targeted messages based on actual, practical examples, rather than speaking in generalities about open access, self-archiving and publishing. 

• Nathan Hall from Virginia Tech will describe how the repository librarian has conducted semi-structured interviews with faculty to better understand their attitudes toward scholarly communication.  Based on the findings, staff and student workers upload articles in a way that serves those interests and attitudes.  The library also hosts repository workshops and Open Access Week events tied to the repository, and managed an open access subvention fund.

• Stephanie Brenenson will discuss how the inception and marketing of the Open Access Fund at Florida International University  has been the catalyst for several OA conversations on campus, including presentations before several policy making committees across campus.

Apr: The Hyperlinked Library MOOC: An Overview of Research & Findings (So Far) [SLIS Colloquium Series]

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Time: 12:00pm PST - 1:00pm PST
Location: Online via Blackboard Collaborate

This presentation will explore the experiences and insights of LIS professionals who participated in “The Hyperlinked Library MOOC” offered by the San José State University (SJSU) School of Library and Information Science in 2013. Stephens and Jones will share highlights from their ongoing research project to evaluate and refine the MOOC. They will share perceptions from participants related to the course design, provide insights into roles librarians can play in MOOCs, and discuss the creation of new platforms for learning.

  • Dr. Michael Stephens
    Assistant Professor, San José State University School of Library and Information Science
  • Kyle Jones
    Lecturer, San José State University School of Library and Information Science

Apr: Ask-Measure-Learn to Gain Actionable Insights from Your Big Data (O'Reilly)

Thursday, April 3, 2014 Time 10AM PT, San Francisco 

 Making sense of your data doesn't require mountains of data; it requires a systematic approach that leads to actionable insights. But how to get there? This webcast shows how to extract significant business value from big data with Ask-Measure-Learn, a system that helps you ask the right questions, measure the right data, and then learn from the results. Using this system can help you learn to:

    Focus on business-related questions
    Find measures that have high causation, a low error rate and a low cost
    Create actionable insights by starting with predictions, benchmarks or recommendations

Apr: Romancing the Library (Library Journal)

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 AM - 1:00 PM PT

Romance ranked third among the top five fiction circulators in libraries, combined print and ebook, according to LJ’s Materials Survey 2014, and librarians will want to know all they can about what’s available and what’s hot. Since LJ began reviewing original romance ebooks in mid-2011, we have worked with a number of publishers new to our pages and opened a fresh world of content and services for libraries and their users.

Simultaneously, a certain numerically named novel that features erotic elements blasted its way to the top of best sellers lists and library holds shelves. Ebook romance and erotica were off and running. Among the companies bringing the fruit of these endeavors to readers are Samhain Publishing and Riptide Publishing. And reviewers seem quite taken with the output so far. Of Aleksandr Voinov and L.A. Witt’s If It Drives from Riptide, LJ’s reviewer wrote, “Erotica takes the stage front and center in this edgy tale of role reversal.” Cynthia D’Alba’s Texas Fandango from Samhain lets readers “enjoy the sensual fun in the sun…. This latest offering gives readers a sexy escape and a reason to seek out D’Alba’s earlier titles”.

Apr: Digital Literacy: Libraries Respond to Community Needs (WebJunction)

April 12, 2014
2:00 Eastern / 11:00 Pacific

In this webinar, learn about curricula, resources, and tools to support your library's efforts in helping people attain new digital literacy skills.

Libraries know digital literacy; they’ve been the go-to resource for their communities for years. Yet the need continues to grow as the demand for basic skills intensifies and new skills emerge. Whether supporting job hunters, students, older adults, or anyone seeking new technology knowledge, find out how trainers in libraries are using curricula, resources, and tools to help people in their communities advance their digital proficiency. Explore practical ways for all libraries to address digital literacy programming and training—from classroom settings, drop-in classes, or responding to patron needs on the fly. Learn about:

    750+ free self-paced online classes from, with examples of how trainers in libraries are using their curriculum., a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy, and a community of practice for digital literacy trainers to share resources, tools and best practices.

Share your ideas, best practices, and resources as we work together to help people attain new digital literacy skills.

Apr: Becoming a Valued Player: A Toolkit for Personal and Professional Success (AMA)

Practical Tips and Tactics for Becoming an MVP at Work and in Your Personal Life

With the growing trend of distraction and dysfunction in the workplace, more people are seeking to be the valued team member they feel they should be.

Consultants and authors Mark Thompson and Bonita Buell-Thompson, along with researcher Clifford Nass, have assembled new, clear strategies for anyone wanting to become a truly valued contributor both at work and in their personal lives.

This webcast will present recent study data and lay out the tactical, practical steps required for this type of change.
What You Will Learn
Sir Richard Branson will be a special guest on this program, answering questions program registrants have submitted in advance. Topics to be covered include:

    The myth of multitasking
    The power of reciprocity
    Removing the distractions

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Apr: Speaking with Presence: Delivering Your Message with Authority and Confidence (AMA)

Discover How Leaders Communicate with Authenticity

With their warmth, confidence, and ability to connect, many leaders appear like they were born to the role. But that is actually rare. What seem to be innate gifts are often the result of learning and practicing communication skills.

And, as a leader, your most important job is to communicate effectively.

Whether in a meeting, presentation, water-cooler conversation, or formal speech, your ability to deliver a clear, believable message is the tipping point between forgettable and transformational.

This webcast gives you a concise starting point to improve your communication skills. You’ll get dozens of practical tips for creating and communicating meaningful messages with presence and authority.

What You Will Learn
To be a truly effective leader, your words need to ring true, and your delivery needs to be authentic. Join us as we explore:
    How to present your ideas clearly and provide appropriate context
    Tips for grounding yourself and radiating confidence that will put your audience at ease
    Steps you can take to refine your public speaking delivery
    How you should use stories to inform, involve, and inspire
    Ways to leverage the energy of any room

This program will help you achieve the kind of genuine presence that leads to lasting trust and quantifiable influence. While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

Apr: The Scoop on Series Nonfiction: What’s New for Spring 2014 (Booklist)

A free, hour-long continuation of our popular series of webinars on series nonfiction for youth featuring presentations from five of the top publishers in this booming field: Capstone, DK Publishing, Lerner, Rosen Publishing, and Scholastic Library Publishing. Moderated by Booklist senior editor Daniel Kraus.

Apr: Have no fear, Poetry is here (Again!): Getting children and young adults excited about poetry (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 11:00 am
Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)

Join us for an hour-long, free webinar with Poetry Foundation’s Library Director Katherine Litwin and Youth Services Assistant Mairead Case who will discuss tips and techniques for developing poetry collections and designing exciting programming for children and young adult patrons. Moderated by Booklist’s Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.

Apr: Literacy Solutions for Struggling Readers: High-Interest Fiction and the Common Core (Booklist)

Tuesday, April 8

2:00 PM Eastern -- 1:00 PM Central -- 12:00 PM Mountain -- 11:00 AM Pacific

In order to reach struggling readers, teachers and librarians need to be responsive and adaptive. Additionally, the Common Core asks that students are comfortable with a wide range of text formats. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Orca Book Publishers and Saddleback Educational Publishing will offer Common Core-linked suggestions for sharing high-interest fiction with struggling readers, as well as solutions that can work in multiple formats, from print and audio to multi-user ebooks and digital reading aids. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth editorial director Gillian Engberg.

Register here

Can't make the date? Register anyway so a link to the video archive of this webinar can be e-mailed to you after the event.