Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nov: Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Using the Arduino to Develop Coding Literacy in Libraries (Nebraska Library Commission)

Wednesday, Nov. 26 (9-10 am)

In this talk, John LeMasney will discuss the trials, tribulations, and successes of creating and teaching classes on Arduino as programming at several New Jersey libraries across the state. Arduino is an open source hardware platform for learning about and making electronics prototypes to scratch your own itch. It is a well-supported, low-threshold-of-entry approach of inviting those new to electronics to create their own working circuits at a low monetary cost and little existing knowledge. I'll demonstrate what Arduino is in the larger sense, and why it's fun and easy to get started with Arduino.

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Nov: Revisiting Reformatting (Connecting to Collections)

Thursday, Nov. 20 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Questions about digital asset migration and access? Lynda Schmitz Fuhrig of the Smithsonian Archives will address the challenges associated with digital preservation. By taking into consideration user needs and reformatting options, effective planning will ensure access to digital content in the future.

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Nov; Measuring America: Your Guide to Income and Poverty Statistics (United States Census Bureau)

Wednesday, Nov. 19 (11-12 pm Mountain)

This webinar will help data users in the search and navigation of the Census website, and in locating data on income and poverty. We will touch upon some data examples through visuals, show you the actual data tools to locate and access the data, and how this data could be used. Some familiarity with Census Bureau data would be helpful before viewing this webinar.

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Nov: Building a Website with WordPress (O'Reilly)

Wednesday, Nov. 19 (11-12 pm Mountain)

WordPress is a world-renowned platform for building blogs and complex websites. More than 20% of the web is built on the platform. In this quick overview we'll talk about what WordPress is and isn't. We'll explain the differences between and You should get a good sense of why WordPress might be a good fit for your next website project.

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Nov: Open Access: Looking Back at Ten Years of Open Access Publishing (Library Journal)

Wednesday, Nov. 19 (10-11 am Mountain)

Join our panelists as they reflect on a decade of Open Access publishing at Oxford University Press and explore the challenges and opportunities of Open Access for publishers, scholars and librarians.

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Nov: Common x 3 (Public, Academic, School): Designing next generation gathering and learning spaces for libraries of every type (Library Journal)

Tuesday, Nov. 18 (1-2 pm Mountain)

Join us on November 18th for our “Commons x 3” webcast, and you’ll get to hear from a panel of expert architects as they explain critical elements of creating a successful commons space in a wide variety of environments while showing you some of the best examples of uncommon commons” out there today.

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Nov: Creating Even More with Google Drive! (EasyBib)

Monday, Nov. 17 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Are you ready to take your use of Google Drive beyond Docs, Sheets, and Slides? Did you know there's lots of awesome apps available to you in Google Drive that make it do even more! Come to this session to learn about all of the extra awesome things that Google Drive can do for you and your students!

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Nov: Data Visualization, Smithsonian Institution, and Public Humanities (Cengage Learning)

Friday, Nov. 14 (9-10 am Mountain)

We are honored to say that we will be joined this week by Professor Steven Lubar, director of Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Professor of American Studies, and former Chair of the Division of the History of Technology at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. Dr. Lubar will be joining us to discuss new innovations and philosophies around data visualization and analysis, what they offer the public humanities, and what, exactly, “digital humanities” means. You won’t want to miss it!

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Nov: Digital Literacy for Everyone: Going from Tech Averse to Tech Savvy (Colorado State Library)

Thursday, Nov. 13 (1-2 pm Mountain)

Looking for ways to get you and your staff up to speed? If you can figure out Dewey, you can figure out Windows! This CSL In Session offers practical tips, tools, and techniques to help bridge the digital divide at your library and create a culture of learning around technology. Bring your ideas and issues as we discuss common barriers to learning technology and explore three solutions to help staff become more tech savvy. Participants will walk away with a process and a plan to increase learning in your organization.

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Nov: Success Strategies for Electronic Content Discovery and Access (OCLC)

Thursday, Nov. 13 (9-10 am Mountain)

We invite you to attend a webinar with authors of the white paper from OCLC, Elsevier and University of Delaware. This new white paper, authored by a cross-industry group of professionals from libraries, content providers and OCLC, identifies problems with data quality in the content supply chain and gives practical recommendations for improved usage, discovery and access of e-content in libraries.

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Nov: Beyond data management plans, creative data services in libraries (Library Connect)

Thursday, Nov. 13 (9-10 am Mountain)

As researchers and scholars increasingly move toward data-driven research, librarians are offering a growing number of services to support a diverse set of research needs. In this webinar, presenters will discuss large-scale projects and one-to-one consulting at the institute, university and consortium levels. They will explore services provided by librarians with technical expertise in areas such as linked data and data visualization, as well as the role of liaison librarians.

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Nov: Put a Goal on It: WebJunction and Self Directed Learning (WebJunction)

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Get ready to embark on a learning adventure! This session will provide a manageable approach for library staff looking for ways to learn on their own or together with others. We’ll take you on a tour of and supply you with practical tools and resources to develop and implement a learning plan, which will equip you with the skills needed to navigate through the ever-changing library landscape. You’ll also learn how to access WebJunction’s free, online courses developed by librarians and library staff from around the country. We look forward to sharing all that WebJunction has to offer!

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Nov: Get Mobile-Ready for Year-End Fundraising (Network for Good)

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (11-12 pm Mountain)

There are now more cell phones than toothbrushes, and as of last year, smartphones surpassed regular phone sales by leagues. How can your nonprofit use mobile for good, especially as it relates to your crucial end of year fundraising efforts? Join BetterWorld Wireless founder Darian Rodriguez Heyman for this free webinar as he walks through building a mobile website, explains text to donate campaigns and lays out social media integration. You'll leave with a full understanding of why mobile presents a huge opportunity for any nonprofit along with a practical checklist of the most important mobile tips and tools for your cause.

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Nov: Open Access and Libraries (American Libraries Live)

Thursday, Nov. 6 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. For a candid discussion of what OA is (and isn’t), tune in Thursday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) for “Open Access and Libraries,” the next free, streaming video broadcast of American Libraries Live. Our panel of experts will give their unique perspective on what OA means now and how it will shape the future and will answer your questions.

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Nov: Behind the Scenes: Running Webinars (TechSoup)

Thursday, Nov. 6 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Ever wonder how we run webinars here at TechSoup? Well, get a behind the scenes look at our webinar process, including lessons learned of what NOT to do, best practices, and tips on which tools work best for which scenarios from the six years we've been running our program.  We'll show you how we do it and talk about other methodologies for online conferencing, online trainings, webinars, and meetings. Walk away more prepared to host your own online events - whether to simply meet with remote board and staff members, to run webinars like ours, or to hold day-long online conferences. Join us for a free webinar about webinars!

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Nov: New Approaches to Existing Spaces (Demco)

Wednesday, Nov. 5 (12-1 pm Mountain)

Library needs are rapidly changing, creating a need for space refreshes or renovations to keep up. Many libraries find themselves in a position where they need to address new carpeting or furniture, shelving layouts that are not working, inefficient staff desks, challenging sight lines, changing technology or just want to change their user experience — all on a limited budget. This is an opportunity to take a fresh look at how to support your vision for the future and better position your library to meet those needs. Whether a single space or an entire library, you will discover new ideas to help realize your vision.

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Nov: Collection Assessment and Preservation (Connecting to Collections)

Wednesday, Nov. 5 (12-1 pm Mountain)

The Preservation Self-Assessment Program (PSAP) is a free online tool that helps collection managers prioritize efforts to improve conditions of collections. Through guided evaluation of materials, storage/exhibit environments, and institutional policies, the PSAP produces reports on the factors that impact the health of cultural heritage materials, and defines the points from which to begin care.

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Nov: Finding the Public Domain: 19 Institutions Making an Impact (EDUCAUSE)

Wednesday, Nov. 5 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Working together through the IMLS grant–funded copyright review management system (CRMS), 19 libraries collaborate daily in identifying public domain volumes held in the HathiTrust Digital Library. Led and coordinated by the University of Michigan, trained CRMS reviewers assess and determine the copyright status of digital books. When a work has entered the public domain, CRMS reviewers facilitate access to digital collections and expand the universe of freely available online library resources. Collectively, CRMS reviewers have performed over 312,631 copyright determinations for U.S.-published books and an additional 105,977 determinations for books published in Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. What does the CRMS project mean, and how does it inform standards for a responsible search for the public domain?

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Nov: From Librarian to Proficient Manager: Uncovering the Transitional Journey (WebJunction)

Tuesday, Nov. 4 (12-1 pm Mountain)
Many librarians find themselves challenged to make the transition into proficient managers, often without clear guidance. For her dissertation on front-line public library managers, Michele Leininger, a PhD candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, chose to investigate how and where new managers find the help they need. Through a series of diaries and interviews at one library system, Michele’s research tells both the individuals' stories about how they learned and transitioned from librarians into managers, as well as the story of the library organization and its peer support network. Discover what the research has revealed and what it means for others interested in the transitional journey to proficient manager.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mar/Apr: Assessment of Student Learning for Instruction Librarians (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

March 16 - May 8
2.6 CEUs/26 LEUs

Assessment of student learning is an important competency for librarians working in information literacy programs. Systematically gathering, analyzing, and acting on information about student learning can guide your work, and having data to share about the library’s contributions to student learning can improve your collaborations and relationships with faculty, administrators, and other stakeholders. Yet many librarians are unsure of where to start with assessment and how to focus assessment projects to have maximum impact. In this course, we’ll discuss the purposes of assessment, look at real assessment examples, and experiment with practical approaches to assessing student learning.

Mar/Apr: WordPress for Libraries (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

March 9 - April 17
2.0 CEUs/20 TLEUs

WordPress is simple to use, easily customizable, and popular in libraries as an open source content management system. In this six week online course, you will begin learning the basics of WordPress sites and move towards more advanced topics by the end of the course, like theme editing and multi-site administration.  While you’ll follow a set curriculum each week, you’ll be encouraged to develop your own learning goals, allowing you to focus on particular aspects of WordPress that suit your professional development needs.

Feb: Using Pinterest and Tumblr in Libraries (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

February 16 - March 1
0.7 CEUs/7 TLEUs

Social media is visual – as people are pressed for time and exposed to huge amounts of information, images are a short-form way to communicate information quickly and succinctly.  Learn how to use social media networks Pinterest and Tumblr to show & tell your library’s story, and to showcase services & collections in a visually-appealing way.

Feb/Mar: Introduction to XML and Linked Data (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

February 9 - April 3
2.6 CEUs/26 TLEUs

Have you had "XML" and "linked data" explained to you, but never worked with any? Want some guidance while you dig into the code? This course will give you the basic jargon, tools, and techniques you need to jumpstart your learning and practice.

Feb/Mar/Apr: Organization and Management of Collections (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

February 9 - May 1
3.0 CEUs/30 LEUs

In order to be an effective director or staff member, you must understand the basics of collection management and how the collection is organized. This class will give you tools to create a dynamic library collection and expose you to the fundamentals of library cataloging.

Feb/Mar: Personnel Management for Libraries (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

February 2-March 6
1.6 CEUs/16 LEUs

In almost every library, personnel costs make up the largest part of the budget, and the quality of your library’s service is determined in large part by the quality of your staff.   This course offers a foundation for successful management of this most valuable asset.

Jan/Feb: Copyright in Libraries (UW-Madison SLIS-CES)

January 26 – March 6
2.0 CEUs/20 LEUs

New technologies give rise to incredible new possibilities for libraries and the communities they serve - and yet, copyright law sometimes seems to get in the way of realizing all those exciting new potentials. In this course you'll get a solid grounding in the basics of copyright law, with particular attention to legal issues relevant to libraries. You'll also have opportunities to explore specific issues of interest to you in your daily work.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Dec: Broadcasting Happiness; Fueling Success through Positive Engagement (TrainingMagNetwork)

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

Effective, positive communication is the single biggest driver of success for business teams. New research in the fields of neuroscience and positive psychology is showing the incredible ripple effect positive communication can have on employee engagement, productivity, and happiness at work.

Nov: Developing the 30-Second Perfect Learning Moments (TrainingMagNetwork)

Date: Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Time: 10:00AM Pacific / 1:00PM Eastern (60-Minute Session)

Pictorials, symbols, emoticons, visualizations and snapshots are 30-Second Learning Moments. However, they are challenging to create and construct because of pressure to deliver massive amounts of content. There is fear that our learners may not grasp what we want them to learn. This is the "They Must Learn All Content" mindset of trainers and designers.