Friday, August 29, 2014

Oct: iPads, Mobile Devices, and the Library (Infopeople)

October 16, 2014  12noon Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Your library is offering iPads for patrons to use and large numbers of users are bringing in their own mobile devices into the library.
•    Are those mobile devices really small computers or a different animal altogether? Should different policies apply to each?
•    What is the FCC’s current stance on the Children’s Internet Protection Act compliance and mobile devices?
•    Is the library concerned about privacy and copyright issues when the public presses a tiny virtual shutter or record button?
•    Are you loading content onto devices for users without considering patrons with disabilities?
Since mobile devices are so commonplace, it may be time to consider some legal issues regarding their use in libraries. They may affect your library’s photography, audio and video recording policy. The way you select, load content, and lend mobile devices may be influenced by licensing agreements and ADA compliance issues.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nov-Dec: Process Mining: Data science in Action (Eindhoven University of Technology)

Nov 12-Dec 24, 2014 through Coursera

Process mining is the missing link between model-based process analysis and data-oriented analysis techniques. Through concrete data sets and easy to use software the course provides data science knowledge that can be applied directly to analyze and improve processes in a variety of domains.

Nov-Dec: E-learning and Digital Cultures (University of Edinburgh)

Nov-Dec 6, 2014 through Coursera

This course will explore how digital cultures and learning cultures connect, and what this means for the ways in which we conduct education online. The course is not about how to ‘do’ e-learning; rather, it is an invitation to view online educational practices through a particular lens – that of popular and digital culture. Follow this course on Twitter at #edcmooc.

Oct-Dec: Software Security (University of Maryland)

Oct 20-Dec 6, 2014 through Coursera

In this course we will look at how to build software that is secure. At the conclusion of the course, the student will know how to "build security in" rather than consider it as an afterthought, and will have a plethora of skills, applicable at each phase of the development cycle, that can be used to strengthen the security of software systems.

Oct-Nov: Power Onboarding (Northwestern University)

Oct 12-Nov 29, 2014 through Coursera

In an engaging six-session format, Power Onboarding will provide practical, easy-to-use tools to guide an individual who is transitioning to a new job. Students will prepare a custom, actionable personal onboarding plan that will set them up for success in their new role.

Oct-Dec: Successful Negotiation: Essential Strategies and Skills (University of Michigan)

Oct 6-Dec 12, 2014 through Coursera

This course provides you with a practical, holistic introduction to the strategies and skills that can lead to successful negotiations in your personal life and in business transactions. The course covers the four key stages of negotiation: planning, negotiation, creating a contract, and performance.

Oct-Dec: Programming for Everybody (Python) (University of Michigan)

Oct 6-Dec 15, 2014 through Coursera

This course aims to teach everyone to learn the basics of programming computers using Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course.

This course is specifically designed to be a first programming course using the popular Python programming language.  The pace of the course is designed to lead to mastery of each of the topics in the class.  We will use simple data analysis as the programming exercises through the course.    Understanding how to process data is valuable for everyone regardless of your career.  This course might kindle an interest in more advanced programming courses or courses in web design and development or just provide skills when you are faced with a bunch of data that you need to analyze. You can do the programming assignments for the class using a web browser or using your personal computer.   All required software for the course is free.

Oct-Nov: Understanding Media by Understanding Google (Northwestern University)

Oct 6-Nov 24, 2014 through Coursera

Google Inc. is one of the key success stories of the Internet era. The company has expanded beyond its original search business through innovation and acquisition to touch the lives of nearly every person who lives life online. For example, Americans spend more than 3,400 hours per year using consumer media, the field where Google’s impact is most profound, and citizens around the world must understand what the company has wrought not only to control their offline and online environments, but also to interact and engage successfully with anyone in our professional and personal lives.

Enrollees in this course learn how to understand the tactics that modern media companies, journalists, marketers, politicians, technologists, and social networks are using to reach them and affect their behavior. They learn how to adopt strategies that put them on an even footing with these entities in achieving their own communications goals.

Oct-Dec: Internet History, Technology, and Security (University of Michigan)

Oct 6-Dec 22, 2014 through Coursera

The impact of technology and networks on our lives, culture, and society continues to increase. The very fact that you can take this course from anywhere in the world requires a technological infrastructure that was designed, engineered, and built over the past sixty years. To function in an information-centric world, we need to understand the workings of network technology. This course will open up the Internet and show you how it was created, who created it and how it works. Along the way we will meet many of the innovators who developed the Internet and Web technologies that we use today.

Oct-Dec: Social Network Analysis (University of Michigan)

Oct 6-Dec 8, 2014 through Coursera

This course will use social network analysis, both its theory and computational tools, to make sense of the social and information networks that have been fueled and rendered accessible by the internet.

Oct-Dec: Better Leader, Richer Life (Wharton)

Oct 5-Dec 14, 2014 through Coursera

The Total Leadership approach will help you become a better leader by having a richer life and have a richer life by becoming a better leader. Learn a practical, proven method for how to articulate your core values and vision; build trust with your most important people; and achieve "four-way wins" -- improved performance at work or in school, at home with your family, in your community, and for your self (mind, body, spirit). It's not about "work/life balance"; it's about creating harmony among the different parts of your life as a leader in all of them.

Sep-Dec: Mining Massive Datasets (Stanford)

Sept 29-Dec 1, 2014 through Coursera

This class teaches algorithms for extracting models and other information from very large amounts of data. The emphasis is on techniques that are efficient and that scale well.

Sep-Nov: Surviving Disruptive Technologies (University of Maryland)

Sept 29-Nov 17, 2014 through Coursera

The purpose of this course is to help participants and the organizations they encounter survive the waves of technological disruptions facing business, government, education and their daily lives.

Sep-Nov: Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems (University of Maryland)

Sept 26-Nov 21, 2014 through Coursera

Part of the "Mobile Cloud Computing with Android" Specialization »

Introduction to the design and implementation of applications for handheld systems, such as smartphones and tablets, running the Android Platform.

Sep-Nov: From GPS and Google Maps to Spatial Computing (University of Minnesota)

Sept 23-Nov 15, 2014 through Coursera

This course introduces concepts, algorithms, programming, theory and design of spatial computing technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), Google Maps, location-based services and geographic information systems. Learn how to collect, analyze, and visualize your own spatial datasets while avoiding common pitfalls and building better location-aware technologies.

Sep-Oct: Usable Security (University of Maryland)

Sept 15-Oct 25, 2014 through Coursera

This course focuses on how to design and build secure systems with a human-centric focus. We will look at basic principles of human-computer interaction, and apply these insights to the design of secure systems with the goal of developing security measures that respect human performance and their goals within a system.

Sep-Jan: Information Theory (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Sept 8, 2014-Jan 12, 2015

This course is an introduction to information theory, which emphasizes fundamental concepts as well as analytical techniques. Specific topics include: Information Measures, The I-Measure, Zero-Error Data Compression, Weak Typicality, Strong Typicality, Discrete Memoryless Channels, etc. Course taught in English.

Sep-Oct: Solid Science: Research Methods (University of Amsterdam)

Sept 1-Oct 26 through Coursera

Discover the principles of solid scientific methods in the behavioral and social sciences. Join us and learn to separate sloppy science from solid research!
About the Course

Can we still put our trust in the social and behavioural sciences? Cases of social scientists exposed as frauds keep turning up and many disciplines are under fire for their failure to replicate key results. No wonder the integrity of our field is being questioned; sloppy science is starting to seem the norm rather than the exception!

As social scientist Daniel Kahneman suggests, it is time for the social sciences to clean house. We will try to answer his call with a series of courses that explain the scientific principles of research and how methodology and statistics can help to ensure that research is solid. We will explain the basics and put them into context by showing you how things can go horribly wrong when methods and statistics are abused. And we will teach you how to recognize these questionable research practices - after the fact - in published articles.

This first course, Solid Science: Research Methods (in the Social and Behavioral Sciences), will cover the fundamental principles of science, some history and philosophy of science, research designs, measurement, sampling and ethics. This basic material will lay the groundwork for the more technical stuff in subsequent courses. The course is comparable to a university level introductory course on quantitative research methods in the social sciences, but has a strong focus on research integrity. We will use examples from sociology, political sciences, educational sciences, communication sciences and psychology.

Please note that this course will focus on quantitative methods, qualitative methods will be treated in a separate course.

Sep-Nov: Data Analysis and Statistical Inference (Duke University)

Sept 1-Nov 10, 2014 through Coursera

This course introduces you to the discipline of statistics as a science of understanding and analyzing data. You will learn how to effectively make use of data in the face of uncertainty: how to collect data, how to analyze data, and how to use data to make inferences and conclusions about real world phenomena.

The goals of this course are as follows:

    Recognize the importance of data collection, identify limitations in data collection methods, and determine how they affect the scope of inference.
    Use statistical software (R) to summarize data numerically and visually, and to perform data analysis.
    Have a conceptual understanding of the unified nature of statistical inference.
    Apply estimation and testing methods (confidence intervals and hypothesis tests) to analyze single variables and the relationship between two variables in order to understand natural phenomena and make data-based decisions.
    Model and investigate relationships between two or more variables within a regression framework.
    Interpret results correctly, effectively, and in context without relying on statistical jargon.
    Critique data-based claims and evaluate data-based decisions.
    Complete a research project that employs simple statistical inference and modeling techniques.

Sep-Oct: Networked Life (University of Pennsylvania)

Sept 1-Oct 20, 2014
Networked Life will explore recent scientific efforts to explain social, economic and technological structures -- and the way these structures interact -- on many different scales, from the behavior of individuals or small groups to that of complex networks such as the Internet and the global economy.

About the Course

  • What science underlies companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google?
  • How does your position in a social network (dis)advantage you?
  • What do game theory and the Paris subway have to do with Internet routing?
  • How might a social network influence election outcomes?
  • What are the economics of email spam?
  • How does Google find what you're looking for... and exactly how do they make money doing so?
Networked Life looks at how our world is connected -- socially, strategically and technologically -- and why it matters.
The answers to the questions above are related. They have been the subject of a fascinating intersection of disciplines, including computer science, physics, psychology, sociology, mathematics, economics and finance. Researchers from these areas all strive to quantify and explain the growing complexity and connectivity of the world around us, and they have begun to develop a rich new science along the way.
Networked Life will explore recent scientific efforts to explain social, economic and technological structures -- and the way these structures interact -- on many different scales, from the behavior of individuals or small groups to that of complex networks such as the Internet and the global economy.
This course covers computer science topics and other material that is mathematical, but all material will be presented in a way that is accessible to an educated audience with or without a strong technical background. The majority of the course is grounded in scientific and mathematical findings of the past two decades or less (often much less).
Networked Life is the flagship course of the new Networked and Social Systems Engineering program at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sep: Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of MailChimp (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)

Sept 26   9-10am Central

Technology trainer Christine Walczyk demonstrates the popular email marketing service, MailChimp.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)

Sept 25  11am-12pm Central

Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. This session, geared to the novice grantseeker, will cover such topics as: what is included under the "personnel" section and how to calculate it?; what level of detail do you need to include for non-personnel expenses?; how do you determine reasonable costs?; what types of expenses are considered "overhead"?; and what other financial documents will funders want to see? Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics (see Sept. 24) is strongly recommended.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Discover National Library of Medicine Resources and More (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Sept 24   2-1pm Central

This month one of the NN/LM MidContinental Region coordinators will offer topic specific queries in public health.

No registration needed. For more information: or contact Jim Honour at or 307-766-6537.

Sep: Help! I'm an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Data & Statistics for Researching Education (North Carolina Library Association)

Wednesday, Sept. 24 (10-11 am Central)

This webinar will provide an overview of statistics and data available from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and other sources including: key statistical publications, online analysis options, and survey datasets.  Learn how to find local-level data, such as for a specific school, school district, or city, as well as national-level research on the condition of public school facilities, dropout rates, assessment, students with disabilities, income distribution of college graduates, and more.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Teaching the Next Generation to Participate in Open Source Communities (Lyrasis)

Sept 17  11-12pm Central

During this hour long session, Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, the Director of Emerging Technologies & Services at Oregon State University Libraries & Press, will walk you through how she set up a library Open Source training program up at her institution, the learning goals and outcomes associated with this kind of experiential learning, and some of the skills and philosophies you're providing your students to help them thrive in a collaborative, open, and consensus driven environment – like those found in Open Source communities.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Breezing Along with the RML (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

Sept 17   10-11am Central

Copyright topics by Marie Reidelbach and Heather Brown, librarians at the University of Nebraska Medical Center Library

No registration needed. For more information:  or contact Jim Honour at or 307-766-6537.

Sep: Database of the Month: National Geographic Virtual Library (Wyoming State Library)

Sept 16   11:15-12pm Central

Join Chris and explore this wonderful addition to our databases. The Virtual Library includes the complete archive of National Geographic magazine - every page of every issue from 1888 to the present - along with a searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos. Now includes National Geographic Kids.

For more information and to register for this program

Sep Wayfinding the San Jose Way (Demco)

Sept 10  12-1pm Central

Ruth Barefoot, Special Projects Coordinator for San Jose Public Library, joins Demco’s Director of Library Engagement and Solutions, Janet Nelson, to discuss how San Jose’s wayfinding plan improved the customer experience throughout their library. n this webinar you will learn what is involved in developing a wayfinding plan for your building; understand how San Jose leaders decided what was needed in their libraries; discover how wayfinding impacts customer experience; explore lessons learned and best practices that the San Jose libraries found, and learn how a wayfinding plan and signage impacts your library’s brand

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Tons of Money in the Mail! (Wild Woman Fundraising)

Sept 9   11-12pm Central

How much money do you get a year with mailings? Would you like to double or even triple that? How can you write a more effective appeal letter? This webinar will show you how to make your mailing plan, segment your mailing list into different types of donors, get deals on your mailing costs and more!

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)

Sept 4  11-12 PST

Learn how to become a better grantseeker! In this class we will cover: what you need to have in place before you seek a grant; the world of grantmakers; the grantseeking process; and available tools and resources.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Stressed About Pests? Treating Infestations (Connecting to Collections)

Sept 3, 11-12pm Central

The goal of Integrated Pest Management programs is to reduce the need for toxic chemicals to prevent and combat pest infestations.  Despite efforts in prevention, monitoring, and identification discussed in the first Stressed about Pests? webinar, sometimes remedial action is necessary. This webinar will discuss how to recognize an active infestation, what actions you can take, and how to productively work with a pest management professional.

For more information and to register for this program:

Sep: Storymakers: Tell Your Library's Story! (TechSoup)

Sept. 17    11am-12pm PDT

What is your library's story? How do you tell it? Where should you share it? Your library is full of stories to tell, and those stories can be leveraged for advocacy and community engagement. Join us at this webinar to learn how to gather and share stories about your library.

We will share tips and ideas to help you begin to collect stories and use them in a meaningful way using technology. Hear from these special guests:
•    Ale Bezdikian, Interactive Events and Video Producer at TechSoup, will provide a framework for storytelling. She will also share tips and best practices for capturing your library's story and tell us about how to participate in the Storymakers campaign.
•    Sharon McKellar, Community Relations Librarian at the Oakland Public Library (CA), will share her experiences gathering and sharing community stories, including the #weneeddiversebooks photo campaign and the OPL blog. She will also talk about how community stories can help be utilized for library advocacy.
•    We will hear from the Norton Public Library about the inspiration behind their 2012 video submission, 12 Things to do in a Library, which won the prize for Best Library Video.

Sep: Around the World in 60 Minutes: An Exploration of Historical Collections for Today’s Researcher (Choice/ACRL)

Sept. 24, 2014  11am-12pm PST / 2-3pm ET

How many questions and research topics have you longed to help your researchers with, but you didn’t think digital collections existed for them? Want a new research topic for your next article? Want to discover some hidden gems in a research collection that you didn’t expect to find? Speaker and trainer Sarah Palmer will take you around the globe without leaving your library, through a variety of ProQuest’s Historical Collections, providing examples and use cases that librarians, researchers and faculty can use in their research and teaching.

Unlock key primary source materials with History Vault modules on topics such as: NAACP Papers, Black Freedom Struggle, Women’s Rights, World War II, Immigration, Slavery and the Law, and more!
See example assignments and how to access millions of articles to quickly find full text and images via Periodicals Archive Online, British Periodicals, American Periodicals Series, Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, and more!
Embark on new explorations into British colonial history in the Americas, access manuscripts chronicling the reign of Elizabeth I and rare early English and European books.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Sep: The Reference Interview Today: Practical Principles, Timeless Tips (Library Journal)

Tuesday, Sept 9
3-4pm ET  12-1pm PT

Every time you look around, methods of conducting the reference interview have changed. Patrons are asking questions via email, chat, Skype, FaceTime….the list goes on, and there’s still a line at the desk!.

Tune in to this free, one-hour webcast to learn how to best conduct an interview that takes into account patrons’ various approaches to the library as well as the new modes of discovery and delivery of answers. Dave Harmeyer, author of The Reference Interview Today (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), will outline his approach he takes to conducting a successful reference interview every time. He’ll be joined by representatives from reference publishers SAGE and Credo, who will offer more information and share additional research on how the reference landscape is changing as well as what librarians can ask and do today to get to the heart of patron needs.

Sep: Supporting Research Methods in the Library (ACRL/Choice)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Pacific | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 11:00 -12:00 p.m. Central | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Eastern

Students of all levels are tasked with conducting research, and many have to collect their own data. Their familiarity with the project design process and methodology can vary widely, and often librarians are called upon to guide them.  Our panelists will give you their tips and tools to assist researchers of all levels.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Sep: Discovering a Gold Mine of US Government Information: Exploring the HathiTrust Catalog and Its Rich Veins (FDLP)

Thursday, September 25  2:00 pm Eastern Time

The digitization of thousands of U.S. Government documents by the HathiTrust catalog and its participating institutions expands access to a tremendous volume of historical U.S. Government information not digitally accessible through GPO or agency Web sites. This webinar will demonstrate how users can find historical information such as agency annual reports, Congressional hearings, statistics, and numerous other materials on historically significant and contemporarily relevant Government policymaking issues.
No prerequisite knowledge required.
The webinar is free, but registration is required. Upon registering, a confirmation email, which includes instructions for joining the webinar, will be sent to you.

Sep: Grant Writing for Preservation and Access Digitization Projects (FDLP)

September 16, 2014   2 p.m. Eastern Time

The webinar will cover: preparing for your grant proposal, matching your project to the appropriate funding agency, writing an effective grant proposal while avoiding common faults, and understanding the review process.
No prerequisite knowledge required.
The webinar is free, but registration is required. Upon registering, a confirmation email, which includes instructions for joining the webinar, will be sent to you.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Oct-Nov: Fundamentals of Preservation (ALA)

October 20 - November 14

Four-week online course that introduces participants to the principles, policies and practices of preservation in libraries and archives. It is designed to inform all staff, across divisions and departments and at all levels of responsibility. Provides tools to begin extending the useful life of library collections.

$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

Oct: Three Keys to Making Your Internal Coaching Program a Success (Training Mag Network)

Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

For many years, costly coaching programs were reserved for senior executives and emerging leaders. Organizations now offer coaching beyond the executive suite. The difference is that these new coaching programs and services are provided by internal coaches: individuals who may not be certified in coaching, but are trained in a set of coaching skills to support a specific business need and produce monetary business impact. Attend this session and learn how to create a successful internal coaching program.