TOMORROW – OPALescence: FREE Online Library Conference…08.12.09

12 08 2009

OPALescence

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Noon Eastern Time, 11 a.m. Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific, and 4 p.m. GMT:

Nate BoltOpening Keynote: The Future of User Experience in Libraries
Speaker: Nate Bolt
The User Experience (UX) primarily involves the experience of the library user, drawing from the successes and failures of human-to-technology interface design. Usability, aesthetics, community, collections and customer service are the key tenants of this user-centric service initiative. But you don’t have to have a huge staff or big tech budget. UX Expert, Nate Bolt shares ideas for free and easy Library UX improvements.
Location: Rialto

1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, 10 Pacific, and 5 p.m. GMT:

Alison MillerTopic: Librarians in Virtual Environments: From Classrooms to Communities
Speaker: Alison Miller
Libraries and librarians have made great progress in engaging in virtual environments. We are often the first to try new things: technology, social media/networks, enhanced services, etc. Alison will share ideas and examples of successful engagement along with areas identified as needing improvement.
Location: Rialto

Unconference Session: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
Discussion Facilitator: Joshua Neff

Location: Strand

2 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 Central, noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific and 6 p.m. GMT: One-Hour Break Time!

3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, noon Pacific, and 7 p.m. GMT:

Robin HastingsTopic: Collaboration 2.0
Speaker: Robin Hastings
Join Robin in a discussion of the use of cloud computing tools (Google’s Apps, Blogs, Wikis & other social networking sites) as they are being used in libraries. Learn real-world uses of these tools and discover other ways that libraries could make use of free, easy-to-use cloud computing resources.
Location: Rialto

Cindi HickeyUnconference Session: Building a Learning Culture
Discussion Facilitators: Cindi HickeyBrenda Hough, Stephanie Gerding, Betha Gutsche, Kim Priest
Location: Strand

4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, 1 Pacific, and 8 p.m. GMT:

Erin Downey HowertonTopic: Erin’s Hour of Awesomeness: Best Practices for Web 2.0 in Schools
Speaker: Erin Downey Howerton
Find out what Web 2.0 tools are being used by teachers around the world to pump up their lesson plans, and what learning institutions can do to help them succeed.
Location: Rialto

Kaijsa CalkinsUnconference Session: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
Discussion Facilitator: Kaijsa Calkins
Location: Strand

Friday, August 14, 2009

Noon Eastern Time, 11 a.m. Central, 10 Mountain, 9 Pacific, and 4 p.m. GMT:

Kaite StoverTopic: Listening to the Future of Reading: Readers’ Advisory and Audio Books
Speaker: Kaite Stover
Audiobooks have been steadily increasing in circulation for many libraries in the past five years. Patrons are beginning to demand certain titles in audio and library staff need to know how to suggest titles to avid listeners. Learn how to employ standard readers’ advisory training to promote titles to library patrons, including “how to listen to a book in fifteen minutes.”
Location: Rialto

Joe KrausUnconference Session: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
Discussion Facilitator: Joe Kraus
Location: Strand

1 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11 a.m. Mountain, 10 Pacific, and 5 p.m. GMT:

Curtis RogersTopic: How American Libraries Are Using Web 2.0 Tools for Marketing
Speaker: Curtis Rogers
Location: Rialto

Unconference Session: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
Discussion Facilitator: Kendra Levine
Location: Strand

2 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 Central, noon Mountain, 11 a.m. Pacific, and 6 p.m. GMT: One-Hour Break Time!

3 p.m. Eastern Time, 2 Central, 1 Mountain, noon Pacific, and 7 p.m. GMT:

Brenda HoughTopic: Beyond the Basics: Training for Technological Fluency
Speaker: Brenda Hough
Are you offering technology training for staff and patrons? Join this discussion to share ideas and interactive techniques to address varying skill levels, adapt to multiple learning styles, and deliver technology with greater impact. Provide opportunities for learners to develop skills that will help them adapt and succeed tomorrow as well as meet their needs today.
Location: Rialto

Unconference Session: Discuss the topics and trends you want!
Discussion Facilitator: Michelle Boule
Location: Strand

4 p.m. Eastern Time, 3 Central, 2 Mountain, 1 Pacific, and 8 p.m. GMT:

Andrew PaceClosing Keynote: Networking Library Services: A Glimpse at the Future–Moving Library Management Services to Web-Scale
Speaker: Andrew Pace
In April, OCLC announced a strategy to create the first Web-scale, cooperative library management service, extending WorldCat Local to include delivery and circulation, print and electronic acquisitions, and license management. This highly scalable service will allow libraries to preserve the core functionality they require to manage their collections while also creating a platform on which they can better manage and evolve library workflows. Moreover, the service-oriented architecture will allow libraries to interoperate more easily with other local business process systems. Andrew Pace will give a summary of the effort, highlighting key milestones for the project and the opportunities for positive change in libraries.
Location: Rialto





Online Conference for ALL Librarians – OPALescence…07.15.09

15 07 2009

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OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries)

OPALescence 2009

A Free Online Library Conference for Everyone

Thursday Aug. 13th and Friday Aug. 14th

Registration is free, easy, and online: tinyurl.com/N4JMV7

Conference Wiki: http://opalescence.wetpaint.com/

Hosted by OPAL:  Online Programs for All   (http://www.opal-online.org)

(Psst:  Sponsorships are available for as little as $250)

Contact Tom Peters for more info:    tpeters@tapinformation.com or  816.616.6746

“Opalescence:  The state or quality of being luminous, iridescent, and lustrous … like an opal”





Couldn’t Attend SLA? Can’t Make It to ALA? Try OPALescence Online August 13th…06.26.09

26 06 2009

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NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL

ALL Librarians Can Support & Participate

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All Librarians

    Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues?

    Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements.

    Host: TAP Information Services






FREE This Friday Online – An Informal Conversation about the Future of ALA, Libraries, and Librarianship…06.16.09

16 06 2009
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Friday, June 19, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time, noon Central, 11:00 a.m. Mountain, 10:00 a.m. Pacific, and 5:00 p.m. GMT:

    ALA Connections Salon: The Future, with Special Guest Joe Janes, Assoc. Professor in the Information School at the University of WashingtonJoin us for an informal conversation about the future of ALA, libraries, and librarianship.

    Host: American Library Association

    Location: ALA OPAL 100 Room

    Note: All OPAL public events are free of charge and open to everyone worldwide. Most OPAL online programs last about an hour.




Not Going to SLA, ALA, etc.? – Attend OPALESCENCE Online this August for FREE…06.15.09

15 06 2009

OPAL

NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL

ALL Librarians Can Support & Participate

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All Librarians

    Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues?

    Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements.

    Host: TAP Information Services






7 Inexpensive Library Workshops Online this Summer…06.10.09

10 06 2009

This is from the Library Professional Development blog featurine the following inexpensive, online, library workshops:

“…1. Jobs and Employment Reference on the Web: Core Tools for Librarians
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/jobscoretools.html – Register:http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50 – 5 hours

2. Beyond Boolean: Effective Web Reference Strategies
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/bb.html – Register: http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
Free but requires registration.

3. Powerful Web Reference Strategies
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/powerfulreference.html – Register:http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50  – 5 hours

4. Basic Legal Reference on the Web: Core Tools for Librarians
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/legcoretools.html – Register: http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50  – 5 hours

5. Basic Business Reference on the Web: Core Tools For Librarians
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/buscoretools.html – Register:http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50 – 5 CE from the MLA

6. Basic Medical Reference on the Web: Core Tools for Librarians
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/medcoretools.html – Register:http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50 – 5 CE from the MLA

7. Evaluating Medical Information on the Web
Syllabus: http://www.kovacs.com/mlaceeval.html – Register: http://www.kovacs.com/register.html
$50 – 5 CE from the MLA…”





FREE August 13, 2009 Online Conference for ALL Librarians…06.09.09

9 06 2009

OPAL

NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL

ALL Librarians Can Support & Participate

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All Librarians

    Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues?

    Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements.

    Host: TAP Information Services






Library and Information Professionals – Learn How to Teach Online FREE…06.09.09

9 06 2009

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The Web-based Information Science Education blog is offering a FREE online courseIntroduction to Online Pedagogy” described as:

“… a free, on-demand training workshop designed for faculty and doctoral students in library and information science with little or no experience teaching online who wish to develop their skills in teaching online courses. Those who have more experience in online teaching are also welcome to participate.”

Here is an excerpt from the post On-Demand Website Has New Home New Content:

“…Learn how to teach online on your own time! WISE Pedagogy offers an open-access training experience for its Introduction to Online Pedagogy workshop. Learn effective teaching practices anytime, at your own pace, without the necessity of enrollment in a program or adhering to a semester schedule. Interact with other learners/instructors via linked forums for pedagogical discussion, course development exercises, and continuing your education in new developments for distance learning.

A Certificate of Completion is available to those who finish the workshop and participate in each exercise.

Introduction to Online Pedagogy is a free resource for LIS instructors, students, and professionals from beginners to seasoned instructors looking for new ideas in online instruction.

Click here to access the on-demand website: http://introductiononlinepedagogy.pbworks.com/

For more information, please contact Anne McKinney.”





FREE Webcast “Understanding the Next-Gen User”…06.03.09

3 06 2009

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Thanks to the Distant Librarian for noting the following FREE webcast:

“Library Journal is hosting a series of free webcasts on Returning the Researcher to the LibraryThe first runs this Thursday from Noon – 1PM EDT – you can register online.

Title: Returning the Researcher to the Library: A Series in Four Parts

Part 1Understanding the Next-Gen User

Sponsored by Serials Solutions

Live event: Thursday, June 4, 2009 – 12:00 pm (noon) Eastern Daylight Time – 60 minutes

Users’ expectations of information search changed dramatically in the wake of Google and continue to evolve. Some studies point to a slow, but steady disintermediation of the library from the research process. Yet, libraries have a powerful competitive advantage in the quality, breadth and authority of their content – an advantage recognized and valued by users, especially in the academic library. This four-part series explores how libraries are taking back their role as the starting point for research by focusing on the user experience and supporting it with innovative technology. The opening learning session in the series – Understanding the Next-Gen User – brings together Joan Lippincott and Alison Head, leaders in research on next-gen research habits, for an insightful exploration into the needs and expectations of students and how libraries can respond in ways they respect and understand.

Panelists:

Joan Lippincott, Associate Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an authority on learning, engagement and technology

Alison Head, acclaimed researcher on user experience, currently leading Project Information Literacy

Moderator: John Law, Vice President, Discovery Services, Serials Solutions

Register now for the inaugural Understanding the Next-Gen Webcast, sponsored by Serials Solutions, Thursday, June 4, 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Daylight Time. If you can’t join us on June 4, register now and we’ll send you an email when the archive is ready to be viewed, at your convenience.”





FREE Webinar – “Technology Stewardship @ Your Library”…05/29/09

29 05 2009

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This is WebJunction‘s description of the FREE June 10 webinar with Nancy White:

Mark your calendar on June 10 for this free WebJunction webinar with Nancy White, co-author of the forthcoming book Digital Habitats: Stewarding Technology for Communities (with Etienne Wenger and John E. Smith). Nancy is recognized internationally for her research exploring online communities today, and in her work as a technology steward, designer and builder of online interaction spaces.

In this webinar, Nancy will focus on librarians as community technology stewards. She will offer practical steps for you to begin to understand your community, assess the technology needs of your community, and how to select, configure, and support the online technologies your community uses. Here’s a sample of her well-stockedslideshare account to give you a taste of her passion and commitment to building relevant online communities. The definition of ”technology steward” (slide 9 & 10 ) sounds so much like our work in libraries, that I’m sure there are many of us in libraryland who are eager to change our job titles!…”

Register now for the webinar »





NEW ONLINE Library Conference for ALL Librarians – OPALESCENCE…05.28.09

28 05 2009

OPAL

NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL —- Just Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All LibrariansHas your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements.

    Host: TAP Information Services Schedule of Events:OPALESCENCE Conference Schedule (coming soon)




Learning – Personal Knowledge Management…05.28.09

28 05 2009

PKM

Here is an excerpt of the clear, interesting,  and useful description of personal knowledge management by Harold Jarche from his post Sense-Making With PKM:

We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. People learn socially. In looking at how we can make sense of the growing and changing knowledge in our respective professional fields, I see two parallel processes that support each other. One is internally focused, as in ‘How do I learn this?’ and the other is external, as in ‘Who can help me learn this?’.

We constantly go through a process of looking at bits of information and trying to make sense of them by adding to our existing knowledge or testing out new patterns in our sense-making efforts. The Web has given us more ways to connect with others in our learning but many people only see the information overload aspect of our digital society. Effective learning is the difference between surfing the waves or being drowned by them and PKM (personal knowledge management) can be your customized surfboard.

Here is an internal process based on repeating four activities:

Sort Categorize Make Explicit
Retrieve
Observations

& Readings

Tag, List, File,

Classify

Write Look-up as/when

needed

These can be combined with three external activities:

  1. Connect – with others via various platforms and extend my reach
  2. Exchange – ideas and observations
  3. Contribute – to conversations

In a connected world it is getting much easier to contribute, whether it be with words, pictures, music, or actions. Not only that, it may be our social responsibility to be contributors to our common knowledge.

How else will we be recognized as professionals in our fields unless we actively contribute to them?

TOOLS EXAMPLES
OS = open source
INWARD
SUPPORT
OUTWARD
SUPPORT
Aggregator Bloglines

Google Reader

Sorting

Categorizing

Connecting
Social
Bookmarks
Delicious

Diigo

Sorting

Categorizing

Making Explicit

Connecting

Exchanging

Micro-blogging Twitter

Jaiku (OS)

Yammer

Sorting

Making Explicit

Connecting

Exchanging

Blogging Blogger

Typepad

WordPress (OS)

Making Explicit Contributing
Photo-sharing Flickr

Photo Bucket

Sorting

Categorizing

Making Explicit

Exchanging

Contributing

Social
Networking
Facebook

LinkedIn

Elgg (OS)

Making Explicit Exchanging

Contributing

What I have found out over several years of using PKM methods and tools is that I have been creating a powerful resource…”





Learning and the “Influence Landscape”…05.27.09

27 05 2009

Harold Jarche’s recent post A Landscape of Influence highlighted “more exciting pattern and sense-making from Ross Dawson, this time with the Influence Landscape Framework Beta v. 1:

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This adds to other conceptual frameworks to inform us on how we can look at learning, work and especially communication in this era. The comment on influence networks echos of connectivism (just replace influence with learning):

Influence flows through networks – it cannot be understood as a linear mechanism focused on individual influencers. There are a number of key aspects of influence networks that need to be addressed to tap the power of influence.

I view the influence mechanisms as sources that one can tap when creating a personal knowledge management system. The landscape graphic also enhances the framework of wirearchy, showing that influence is dynamic and non-linear, as our working relationships must become in a networked environment…”





OPALESCENCE – NEW FREE Online Library Conference…05.26.09

26 05 2009

Redux: Important NEW and FREE Online Conference OPEN TO ALL

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Cool – you don’t have to join a club :-)

NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL —- Just Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All Librarians Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements.

    Host: TAP Information Services Schedule of Events: OPALESCENCE Conference Schedule (coming soon)




FREE Online Conference for ALL Librarians – “OPALESCENCE”…05.22.09

22 05 2009

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Cool – you don’t have to join a club :-)

NO FEES – NO DUES – NO TRAVEL —- Just Right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is planning something special:

Thursday, August 13, 2009 beginning at noon Eastern Time, 11:00 a.m. Central, 10:00 a.m. Mountain, 9:00 a.m. Pacific, and 4:00 p.m. GMT:

    OPALESCENCE: A Free Online Conference for All Librarians Has your travel budget dried up? Still want that conference experience of fresh ideas, lively conversations, and networking with colleagues? Participate in OPALESCENCE, a free online conference for all librarians and fellow travelers. We’re planning a series of interesting and informative presentations and discussions spread over a two-day period. Watch this space for more announcements. 

    Host: TAP Information Services Schedule of Events: OPALESCENCE Conference Schedule (coming soon)




FREE Webinar – “Innovation Starts with ‘I’”…05.20.09

20 05 2009

Helene Blowers mentioned that she will be featured in the following FREE webinar Friday:

“…Project Play is a collaboration of South Central Library System, Outagamie Waupaca Library System, and Winnefox Library System in Wisconsin that encourages the on-going exploration of new technologies. The collaboration, as you might guess, started out as combined effort to support 23 Things and has successfully grown beyond the original objectives into an on-going commitment to staff development.

This Friday, I happen to be the guest speaker for one of their popular ‘play dates’ (aka webinars) and will be doing a talk about innovation. Registration is free and I’m told open all. So if you’re in the mood for a ‘play date‘, why not join us!

Innovation Starts with “I” - webinar, Friday, May 22, 11am est...”

Register Here





FREE Library Webinars at OPAL…05.13.09

13 05 2009

OPAL (Online Programming for All Libraries) is presenting the following FREE Webinars this week:

Friday, May 15, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 6:00 p.m. GMT:

    ALA Connections Salon: Education and Recruitment, with Special Guests Connie Paul and Julie Brewer

    Join us for a lively, informal conversation about educating and recruiting library workers for the 21st century. Connie Paul is the director of the Central Jersey Regional Library Cooperative, which hosts Become a Librarian. She also serves as co-chair of ALA’s Emerging Leaders Program, and she had been involved in the ALA Recruitment Assembly since its inception.

    Julie Brewer is the Coordinator of Personnel and Staff Development at the University of Delaware Library. She also is the current chair of the ALA Scholarships and Study Grants Committee, and the former chair of the ALA Human Resources Development and Recruitment Advisory Committee, and the ALA Recruitment Assembly.

    Host: American Library Association

    Location: ALA OPAL 100 Room

Friday, June 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time, 1:00 Central, noon Mountain, 11:00 a.m. Pacific, and 6: 00 p.m. GMT:

    ALA Connections Salon: The Future, with Special Guest Joe Janes, Assoc. Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington

    Join us for an informal conversation about the future of ALA, libraries, and librarianship.

    Host: American Library Association

    Location: ALA OPAL 100 Room





New Online Workshop: “The Career-Savvy Information Professional”…04.08.09

8 04 2009

There is a new online workshop offered through the GSLIS Continuing Education Program of Boston’s Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science:

The Career-Savvy Information Professional

Online: May 1 – 31, 2009 OR August 1 – 30, 2009
SPECIAL OFFER for all registrants – $85
PDPs: 15

“Are you looking to get back into the library field and need some help getting up to date on all the new skills and trends? Are you interested in exploring different kinds of library careers, or looking to move beyond traditional library jobs? Have you recently entered the job market and are eager to learn ways you can stand out from the many other job applicants? Or would you just like to learn how to become a savvy career professional? If so, or if you’d just like to be sure your skills are keeping up with new developments in the LIS field, then this workshop is for you.

As a participant in this workshop, you will build a personal career plan. First, learn how to assess your current skills and compare them with expectations in today’s LIS job market; next, identify the transferable skills you bring to a desired position; and finally, create a plan to address any potential gaps.

Workshop topics will include career opportunities within all types of libraries, as well as alternatives to traditional library jobs. We will cover online career research tools and show ways you can structure and organize your career search process. We will also help you develop individualized strategies for updating your resume and new networking techniques to advance your career search, such as conducting effective informational interviews, researching and reaching out to employers, and broadening your professional network. Lastly, you will find out about a broad array of LIS professional development resources, including an optional workshop module that will help you develop and practice your skills with web web 2.0 technologies. A brief reading list (optional) will be available prior to the workshop.

Faculty: Kelly Jo Woodside, Information Literacy Librarian, Simmons College; woodside@simmons.edu, and Cheryl Kohen, Career Resource Librarian, Simmons College; cheryl.kohen@simmons.edu





Watch: “How to Create a Great Powerpoint Presentation – Take 2.0″…03.18.09

18 03 2009

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Emerging Diary of a Library points out today a good video titled “How to Create a Great Powerpoint Presentation – Take 2.0” from Alvin Trusty which would be worth the time viewing.

Watch How to Create a Great Powerpoint Presentation – Take 2.0





NEW – “Conversants Conference”…03.18.09

18 03 2009

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I usually don’t post about conferences and infrequently attend.  However, I would like to pass along information about the “Conversants Conference” – “…the movement to create and share information through worldwide coordinated conversations” being headed by R. David Lankes with support from the Information Institute at Syracuse University, librarians and library students.

This is from the Virtual Dave blog posting today Announcing Conversants Conference :

“Call for Participation and Collaboration

Announcing “Conversants :-) A Participatory Conversation,” a new idea in professional development for challenging economic times.

We invite you to join the movement to create and share information through worldwide coordinated conversations. Library communities and organizations are uniquely poised to employ the latest collaborative resources; the conversations that result from these collaborations hold great promise for students and practitioners across the information professions. Sharing knowledge and expertise via these collaborative conversations as part of a united effort is both beneficial and necessary, so we invite you lend your voice and join us in this unique event. Become a Conversant!…

Theme: Participatory Librarianship

Save the date: Session Proposals are Due April 16th and Ongoing Virtual Sessions will begin April 30th, 2009. A Hybrid Event will take place at ALA in Chicago.

WATCH:  Introducing Conversants video


Call for participation:

Virtual sessions will be coordinated through the conference site, but can take place anywhere on the Internet. Blog posts, Second Life presentations, FriendFeed rooms, videos, etc., are all encouraged…”





FREE Webinar Tomorrow – “Social & Informal Learning”…03.17.09

17 03 2009

Thanks to Lori Reed “The Library Trainer ” for letting us know about the following FREE webinar:

Social & Informal Learning: The Business Opportunity
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

If learning were an iceberg, then formal training and development would only be the tip. Most learning is “informal” in nature, but this portion lies beneath the proverbial waterline, virtually invisible and, therefore, much harder to navigate.

  • But such navigation is becoming increasingly important. New research from an i4cp survey, commissioned by the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), reveals social and informal learning opportunities for companies that need to improve productivity and performance in 2009.
  • Social and informal learning already has a strong presence in many organizations and is expected to increase.
  • Very little of most firms’ training budgets are devoted to informal learning
  • Using social and informal learning pays dividends, as there is a significant correlation with reported market performance

Join internationally recognized futurist Elliott Masie and i4cp’s VP of Research Jay Jamrog as they examine this research and provide solutions on how to drive productivity and performance by implementing effective social and informal learning strategies. Takeaways include:

  • What social and informal learning approaches are currently working for organizations
  • Where are the gaps that can serve as opportunities
  • How can organizations put social and informal learning strategies into action sooner rather than later

Register here: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/195339614





“Free webinar: Producing Webinars for Nonprofits & Libraries”…03.13.09

13 03 2009

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(Image: blog.sapha.com/?cat=16)

Thanks to Beyond the Job for pointing out the following:

Producing Webinars for Nonprofits & Libraries
Thursday, March 19, 11:00 a.m. Pacific
Register at: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/1xht29fk8prxd

This free TechSoup Talks webinar will help you learn how you can utilize online conferencing tools to deliver training, conduct outreach, raise awareness, host a conference or build community with only a phone or VOIP headset, computer, and an internet connection. The webinar will cover:

* best production practices for delivering webinars
* other organizations who have used webinars to develop awareness and build online community
* and how to inspire participant interaction and engagement before, during, and after the webinar

About TechSoup.org
TechSoup.org is a trusted technology resource that offers a variety of information and services for the nonprofit sector. In addition to accessing articles and worksheets, social benefit organizations can connect with a lively online community of peers for hands-on help, or receive product donations from major vendors through its product philanthropy service. This popular program has enabled organizations to save over $1.2 billion in IT expenses as of September 2008.





FREE Technology 101 Grants for Library Webinar March 12…03.09.09

9 03 2009

From the MaintainIT Project:

Technology Grants for Libraries 101
When:  03/12/2009 11:00am - 12:00pm America/Los_Angeles
Where: Online
Duration: One hour

“Discover the confidence and knowledge to successfully receive library grant funding. Find out where to easily locate grant opportunities, learn a step-by-step method for writing grant proposals, and discover real library grant success stories.Stephanie Gerding, an expert at providing practical advice, will facilitate this webinar (ideal for new grant writers).

Stephanie is a library consultant and author, presenting workshops around the country on grants, training, collaboration, leadership and technology topics. She has in-depth knowledge and practical experience with grants, having worked as both a grant writer and a grant reviewer. She co-wrote the book, Grants for Libraries (http://www.neal-schuman.com/bdetail.php?isbn=1555705359), published by Neal-Schuman, which received a starred review in Library Journal. She co-authors the Library Grants Blog (http://librarygrants.blogspot.com), a free resource for library grant announcements, and has written dozens of articles on library grants and fundraising, including the Nov/Dec 2008 cover feature article for Online (http://www.onlinemag.net/nov08/index.shtml).” 





2009 Top 10 E-Learning Tools…02.06.09

6 03 2009

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Michael Hanley has posted his E-Learning Tools List – Top 10 for 2009 on Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies which are listed here with his comments:

  • Adobe Acrobat Connect Enterprise - I could have picked any from the range of Adobe Flash-based content development tools, but I chose this application because of its multi-functionality, and because it manifests what Flash, Presenter, Dreamweaver etc can do. Enables collaboration, content storage, management, distribution, and (a certain degree of) tracking. A powerful content delivery platform to enable learning professionals and organisations distribute informational and training content effectively.
  • Audacity - I recommend this open source tool to Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who wish to create podcasts and/or software demos when using a Rapid E-Learning approach. It’s easy to use, and enables SMEs and training professionals create high quality audio quickly and efficiently. 
  • Techsmith Camtasia - A SERIOUS rapid e-learning authoring tool for demonstrations, simulations, evaluation, and scenario-based learning. Would be Number 1 Tool on this list if I went for a merit-based rather than alphabetical format. 
  • Blogs - The platform doesn’t matter, but the concept of providing a means to create, share, and deliver content is the basis for a new way of learning. 
  • Del.icio.us - Personal bookmarking at its best. If, like me you work on a number of machines in a number of locations, it is useful to access stored links and documents from a browser regardless of where you happen to be, once you have an internet connection. 
  • MindJet Mind Manager Pro - Mind-mapping – using diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks, and concepts linked to and arranged around a central topic (and used to generate, visualize, structure ideas), is central to the way I work, research, organize, solve problems, and make decisions. I built the framework for my MSc. in Education thesis in Mind Manager. It is powerful intermediary in developing ideas, concepts, and course design. 
  • Moodle - An institution in institutions! Martin Dougimas’s erstwhile thesis project continues to meet the learning management requirements of any number and type of organization. Social Constructivist? Virtual Learning Environment? Easy-to-use? Great Platform. 
  • Sony Vegas Video - Easier to use than Premiere, more powerful than MovieMaker; Vegas is my post-production “weapon of choice” for 90% of the video elements that appears in courseware developed in my organisation. Whether you’re just “topping and tailing” a piece of video or creating the elements for a sophisticated soft skills course, Vegas is a must.
  • StatCounter - every learning professional knows that “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it”. This mantra has an extra resonance in the online learning world. StatCounter is a Web and blog analysis tool that enables me to understand the requirements of learners who use my courseware, as well as how visitors interact with my blog. 
  • TextPad - I would have chosen pen and paper, but decided to keep this list digital; TextPad is an advanced text editor that enables users to create and edit text documents, XML, JavaScript and other interpreted content without the extraneous “bloat” of word-processing applications. I find it useful to develop content in this stripped-down environment before transferring to Word, PowerPoint, Blogger or some other application for final enhancement and publishing (this list was created in TextPad, for example).”




  • Digital Preservation Video Training Course…03.03.09

    3 03 2009

    Digital preservation is a topic of particular interest to me and something which my organization needs to begin on several fronts.  To get up to speed on the topic, I plan on using the Digital Preservation Europe‘s Digital preservation video training course that I learned about today from DigitalKoans

    This is from the course description:

    “…Training goals

    The training introduces participants to a number of key digital preservation principles. Participants will leave with:

    • an awareness and understanding of key digital preservation issues and challenges,
    • an appreciation of the range of roles and responsibilities involved with digital preservation activity,
    • knowledge about the reference model for Open Archival Information System (OAIS),
    • a familiarity with file formats currently considered beneficial for preservation,
    • a developed understanding of the role and use of metadata and representation information,
    • knowledge of the preservation planning process and its benefits to overall digital preservation strategies,
    • an insight into the concepts of trust and trustworthiness in the context of digital preservation,
    • a working knowledge of the issues surrounding audit methodologies and self-certification of digital repositories.

    Target Audience:  This training event was aimed at practitioners and researchers from the archives, libraries and museums sector, as well as other institutions such as data archives, government departments, legal and commercial sectors with an interest in the topic of digital preservation…”

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    (Image source: www.icpsr.umich.edu/…/program/framework.html)





    “Who Should Pay for the Training or Learning Required to Perform the Job?…02.22.09

    22 02 2009

     

    Does it Pay Off to Invest in Knowledge during Non-Billable Time?

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    (From Billing Knowledge blog)

    This is a very interesting and relevant to information professionals, librarians and others, short post from Bill Bennett on the Knowledge Workers blog titled Investing in knowledge training and James Whistler and will give us much to ponder:

    “It’s not brand new, but  Does it Pay Off to Invest in Knowledge during Non-Billable Time? posted in December by GG Bari at Billing Knowledge gets right to the heart of a problem many freelance or consultant knowledge workers face. That is, whether or not customers should pay for the training or learning required to perform the job they hired you for. And, if they don’t pay for training, how much needs to be loaded onto the fee to take the learning component into account?

    These are difficult questions for anyone who bills by the hour and remind me of the kerfuffle over James Whistler the painter. Whister would sometimes create a painting in a day or two, but charge his usual hefty fee. When questioned about the morality of expecting to be paid what amounted to a huge hour rate he replied he wasn’t charging for the hours worked, but for a ‘lifetime of expereince’.”

    The Billing Price Does not Run Parallel to Knowledge Investments

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    (From Billing Knowledge blog)





    Next FREE SirsiDynix Institute…01.22.09

    22 01 2009

    Stephen Abram pointed out the next SirsiDynix Institue in Stephen’s Lighthouse today in his post March 20th SirsiDynix Institute:

    The Collaborative Mind: Tools for 21st Century Learning 
    Date: Mar 20, 2009
    Start Time: 11 a.m. Eastern
    Length: 1 hour

    Register Now here!

    21st Century Learning standards (AASL & ISTE to name a few) highlight the importance of collaborative learning and thinking. What tools can foster collaborative student engagement while also addressing budgetary and infrastructure limitations? This institute will offer participants a look at tools which address this question, including Google Education Edition, Noodle Bib, and wikis with Ernie Cox, Media Specialist, St. Timothy’s School

    Ernie J. Cox received his MLIS from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. He is the Library Media Specialist at St. Timothy’s School (K-8) in Raleigh, N.C. and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His research interests include: reading comprehension and the web, educational leadership & collaboration, youth literature & services, and educational technology. Cox is serving as the Programming Co-Chair for the 2009 AASL National Conference.





    “How Librarians Who Were Not ‘Born Digital’ Are Keeping Up”…01.05.09

    5 01 2009

    Since I would be labeled a “digital immigrant” as opposed to a “digital native” and because I am a librarian “keeping up” with the profession, etc., I found the following article from “Library Administration and Management” 22.4 (Fall 2008): 172-182 about digital libraries interesting.

    Bridging the Gap in Digital Library Continuing Education: How Librarians Who Were Not ‘Born Digital’ Are Keeping Up” is available to download in a PDF file [https://idea.iupui.edu/dspace/bitstream/1805/1714/1/bridging.pdf ].

    Although bridge generation librarians were not born in the digital era, they seem to realize that in order to provide the best service to their users, they must continue to reinvent themselves.” [article, p.181]

    The abstract describes the article as follows:  “Studies on the continuing education pursuits of librarians are prevalent in library literature, but none has focused on the efforts made by librarians trained in the pre-Internet era to keep abreast of the skills needed in the digital library age. This study collected data from randomly solicited members of the Indiana Library Federation, a statewide library association including librarians from all types of libraries. Qualified respondents were those who received their M.L.S./M.L.I.S. prior to 1996. Participants were asked about the digital library-related topics they had studied in the past two years, the continuing education methods they had used, and how helpful they had found the activities in which they had engaged. Analysis of the responses reveal that a large majority of the librarians in this study see training in digital library skills as important and they seem to be making the acquisition of these skills a priority.”





    ALA Accredited MLS & Graduate Certificates “On the Cheap”…12.17.08

    17 12 2008

    VERY reasonably priced graduate courses are available with in-state tuition rates for online students regardless of geographic location at Wayne State University.  Check it out:

    “… We are the top-ranked ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program that caters solely to master’s students. Our program is well-known for training tech-savvy graduates prepared to work in diverse library and information science environments. In addition, our tuition costs are among the lowest nationwide.

    Our fully-online programs include:

    Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)…
    Graduate Certificate in Information Management for Librarians: this 15-hour (5 course) certificate focuses on the tools needed to use technology efficiently and effectively in gathering, storing, and disseminating information.
    Graduate Certificate in Records and Information Management (RIM): this 15-hour (5 course) certificate provides professional education to individuals wishing to successfully manage records and information within public and private sector organizations…”

    For details: www.lisp.wayne.edu





    “The Informed Librarian Online”…11.21.08

    21 11 2008

    This might be a valuable resource to keep tabs on as noted by LIS Wire [http://liswire.com/]:

    The Informed Librarian Onlinewww.informedlibrarian.com) is the information professional’s current awareness service.

    Each month, we link you to the contents of 300+ valuable domestic and foreign library and information-related jourrnals, e-journals, magazines, e-magazines, newsletters, e-newsletter, and blogs.

    In addition, Premium Members get free access to 15+ premium content articles each month, from Emerald, ScienceDirect, Sage, Taylor and Francis, Haworth, and IOS Press. A highlight of our site is ILOSearch, a database of 87,000 documents that are fully indexed and searchable. ILOSearch enables you to search through all the journals we link to.

    All this and much more is accessible to our subscribers. Free memberships with limited access are also available. For more information go tohttps://www.informedlibrarian.com/authorize.net/premium_member.cfm

    Arlene L. Eis
    Informed Librarian Online
    140 Norma Road
    Teaneck, NJ 07666
    Phone: 201-836-7072 Fax: 201-357-5575
    URL: http://www.informedlibrarian.com
    Serving the Information Professional since 1981″








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