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4 Free and Easy Ways to Display a Live Tweet Wall

In February I organized a pecha kucha style panel discussing topics related to law librarianship in the digital age and I ran a live competition looking for who could tweet the most about the panel. The prize was a copy of the book Law Librarianship in the Digital Age which was appropriate as the panel of speakers was made up of many of the contributing authors. It turned out to be a great way to get people excited and engaged with the speakers and it worked really well, resulting in many people tweeting about our discussion. Therefore, I wanted a way to display the live tweets as they were coming in to keep everyone excited about the contest. But I had a very hard time finding a good, free application which would enable me to project the display I wanted. Since then I’ve found four tools that will easily allow you to display a live tweet wall as the tweets come in, whether it’s for an event you’re hosting, for your library’s flat screen TV display, or simply for following a topic.

 

1) HootFeed

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This fantastic service is provided by HootSuite and is absolutely free. Simply enter a keyword or words you’d like to display tweets about and click “Launch”. You’ll notice that HootFeed also has an optional profanity filter which may really come in handy on conference day!

 

2) Tweet Beam

Tweet Beam

This service is definitely the most visually appealing of all the tweet walls available. Simply enter a hashtag or keyword you’d like to include and get ready to behold an image assembly of Twitter profile pics of everyone who is currently discussing that topic. As each tweet comes in it is displayed front and center with the user’s profile pic.

 

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10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014

Information Today’s excellent Computers in Libraries conference took place in Washington DC last week and featured top-notch presentations by librarian on the cutting-edge of technology.  If you didn’t get a chance to attend you’ll want to check out these great presentations by talented info pros!

1.) Rock Your Library’s Content With WordPress

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Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill
Chad Boeninger, Head of Reference & Business Librarian, Ohio University

This session looks at the strengths, scalability, and flexibility of WordPress for library applications. Haefele describes how UNC Libraries selected and implemented WordPress as a content management system for their large university library website. Take a look at the power, ease of use, and customization offered by WordPress as well as tips on supporting a complex site.With years of experience using WordPress to power his business blog, a website designed to help business researchers at his institution, Boeninger demonstrates why he prefers WordPress as an alternative to commercial applications such as Libguides and showcases plugins, taxonomies, and techniques for organizing and promoting library research guide content.

 

2.) Re-Imagining the Library Website Experience

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Kim Vassiliadis, Head, User Experience, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries
Chad Haefele, Emerging Technologies Librarian, UNC Chapel Hill
Emily King, Coordinator of E-Learning Services, User Experience Department, University Library, UNC
Kelly Coulter, Vitual Services Manager, Richland Library

Think redesigning your website is a big task? Imagine tackling 30,000 hand coded web pages. The UNC team did just that, striking out to create a user-focused, visually stimulating website built using responsive design. They share insights into taking the UNC library’s web presence to the next level and describe how they analyzed their web presence, conducted usability testing, redesigned content, made design decisions, and developed a content management strategy. Coulter describes Richland Library’s quest to create the ideal library user experience. Transforming Richland’s library site from a portal that sends library users off to different vendor platforms, Coulter shares how it is improving fragmented experience by offering library patrons an integrated user experience via custom modules in Drupal. Learn about the pieces of the integration puzzle and lessons learned as a new library user experience is crafted.

3.) Tools & Idea Blitz: Steal for Your Website!

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Chad Mairn, Information Services Librarian, St. Petersburg College (Presentation Link)
Jenny Brandon, Web Designer/Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries (Presentation Link)
Rick Bearden, Automation Librarian, Ferris Library for Information, Technology and Education, Ferris State University (Presentation Link)
Emily R Mitchell, Librarian / Webmaster, SUNY Oswego
Amy Deschenes, Systems & Web Applications Librarian, Beatley Library, Simmons College (Additional Presentation Link)

This session looks at some new and sometimes overlooked ways of enhancing the library’s web presence and shares new tools, design themes, and applications. Mairn shows how you can revolutionize mobile phones with your floorplan. He describes how places like libraries or campuses can work with Google to get their physical space mapped for indoor guidance with Google Indoor Maps.When someone zooms in on your library building on Google Maps, floorplans automatically appear. In your library, users would have point-by-point navigation via their Android smartphone or tablet (soon on iOS devices too) to reference desks, study rooms, computer labs, etc. Brandon looks at theming in Drupal and illustrates the steps, from the selection of a base theme to those involved in setting up a subtheme, using HTML/CSS to design multiple layouts. MSU Libraries’ chose the Omega base theme, the second-most-installed theme for Drupal CMS. Working with this theme, MUS Libraries’ web team created a responsive design for their academic library website. Bearden and Mitchell describe some of the hurdles they faced to keep their library website accessible, including a battle with Google.With the pace of tech change and job mobility, the old paradigm of solving problems by knowing who to ask is shifting to knowing what to ask. Find out what to ask when you’re faced with ensuring accessibility of link resolvers, authentication systems, proxy services, and other systems essential to libraries. Sharpen up your skills (and your mind) to help keep your library site accessible. Deschenes looks at custom development of a new tool for sharing information about Simmons College library collections and services with patrons and stakeholders. Many libraries are focusing on measurement and assessment and Deschenes used Zoho Creator as a statistics management tool to share library data. She illustrates a lightweight, dynamic online dashboard built to visualize data stored in a Google spreadsheet using Sheetsee.js. Not only will you have a chance to see the dashboard, you’ll get the steps to create one for your library.

 

 

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Top Trends, Themes, and Quotes of SXSW Interactive

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin each spring. The SXSW Interactive event is focused on emerging technology and has a reputation for top-notch presentations on the latest trends and innovations. This year’s presentations and talks focused greatly on topics such as privacy and data ownership, wearable technology, 3D printing, virtual currency and much more. Here are ten of the best round-up slide decks that will get you caught up on exactly what happened at this amazing event:

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How to Organize a PechaKucha Panel

I’ve been to many conferences and events and I’ve seen a wide-range of presentation styles and formats, but the one that I’ve found to be most engaging is the PechaKucha.  The PechaKucha 20X20 style is a Japanese presentation style in which each speaker prepares a PowerPoint presentation consisting of 20 images (or slides), each of which is shown for 20 seconds. The slides advance automatically and so the speaker must talk to each slide as it changes.  They are highly visual and very fast-paced presentations – each lasting only 6 minutes and 40 seconds total!

This year I’ve volunteered to organize two such panels and while I’ve attended many of these events I really had no idea what was involved in planning one until now.  I’ve found that they take quite a bit of forethought and planning, so I thought I’d share my research and experience with organizing twoof these panel events.

 

PechaKucha Panel Planning

 

Choose a Theme: You’ll want to choose a theme which will tie all of your presenters’ talks together.  The theme that I chose was Law Librarianship in the Digital Age and I filled the panel with speakers who contributed a chapter to that book.  Each will be speaking on their respective topics that they wrote about.

 

Recruit Speakers: A PechaKucha panel or event can have any number of presenters.  The two that I’ve been organizing contain 8 and 10.  You’ll want to make it clear to prospective participants that preparing a PechaKucha presentation can be quite time consuming, and let them know the “rules” or guidelines involved ahead of time.

 

Find a Moderator: In order to keep a PechaKucha on track, you’ll want to have someone moderate who isn’t speaking. They can load up all the presentations, introduce the panel at the beginning of the session and explain the Pecha Kucha style to the audience, and introduce the speakers..

 

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35 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in December

‘Tis the season for online learning, especially in the library field!  December’s calendar is brimming with exciting and free learning opportunities for librarians looking for professional development.  Check out this list of 35 gratis webinars, just in time for the holidays!

  1. Wednesday, Dec 4
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Serving the DIY Patron: Library Instruction at the Point of Need (Florida Library)
    What DIY patrons want most isn’t traditional person-to-person reference services, but rather web- and mobile device-based resources so they can serve themselves through the library. In this workshop, Farkas will explore the DIYmindset and ways to embed online instruction and live virtual reference help at patrons’ points of need, whether online, in the library, or out in the world.
  2. Wednesday, Dec 4
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Future is Now: Rural Library as Innovation Incubator (WebJunction)
    With the technology landscape constantly shape-shifting, libraries must respond as futurists to changing patron needs. Learn how to remain relevant, if not core, to your community’s needs by providing the means and support for patrons to create and innovate. Rural and small libraries with limited resources can become community innovation incubators, by providing patrons access to transformative technologies and by providing space for new ideas to be explored. Beyond makerspaces to editing suites and digital learning labs, libraries are empowering and impacting their communities, now and in the future. Bring your own story of library as innovation incubator and learn from others!
  3. Wednesday, Dec 4
    2:00 – 3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Managing Changes to Reference Services: Keeping Reference Services (and Reference Librarians) Alive in a Turbulent Environment (Reference and User Services Association)
    Being a librarian isn’t what it used to be, but how do you deal with and manage this shift? Libraries and the services they provide are adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of their communities. How can reference librarians embrace and lead change to keep their services relevant, while staying sane and healthy? This webinar, featuring Gail Griffith, will discuss change and transition as it relates to reference librarians and departments. Using online discussion and activities, Griffith will not only ask participants to define current reference trends and models, she will discuss how reference librarians and professionals can manage change on a personal and professional level.
  4. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Financial Education Webinar for Libraries (Institute of Museum and Library Services)
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are partnering to develop financial education tools and share best practices with the public library field. The goal of our partnership is to provide tools and materials to help libraries provide free, unbiased financial information and referrals in their communities, build local partnerships and promote libraries as community resources The webinar will feature representatives from the CFPB, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Library Association and two of our local public library partners.
  5. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Life After Desk: Implementing the New Service Models (Infopeople)
    We’ve all heard how progressive libraries are experimenting with new ways to deliver service. Recent years have brought news of shrinking circ desks, roving reference, virtual branches, after-hours lockers, unattended kiosks, information neighborhoods, zone staffing, imbedded librarians, and other service innovations. In this timely webinar, library consultant and futurist Joan Frye Williams will bring us up to date on how new service models are performing in a variety of settings.
  6. Wednesday, Dec 4
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Is a Data-Driven Academic Library? [DDAL Pt.1] (Library Journal)
    This is the first in a series of three webcasts. This webcast will give an overview of how academic libraries are using data to drive decisions. The presentation will touch on the terminology, tools, services, and data available to libraries and provide real world examples of how academic libraries have used data to enhance services, improve online tools, and develop collections. Sarah Tudesco will also touch on how to communicate data to various stakeholders. Attendees will depart with a number of resources to learn more including the best books, blogs, journals, Twitter handles and more to continue learning as well as maintain a solid command of the progress and practices of the data-driven academic library.
  7. Thursday Dec 5
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Achieving Thresholds for Discovery: Addressing Issues with EAD to Increase Discovery and Access Webinar (OCLC)
    The recent Code4Lib Journal article “Thresholds for Discovery” reported results from an OCLC Research analysis of 120,000 Encoded Archival Description (EAD) encoded finding aids; the article also highlighted issues with current encoding practices that would inhibit access and discovery. In 2012, Princeton University’s Archival Description Working Group undertook an ambitious project to upgrade their finding aids delivery system, addressing many of the issues identified in the “Thresholds” article. Join us for a joint presentation of the OCLC Research and Princeton work, and discussion on steps that institutions can take both individually and collaboratively to improve their own thresholds for discovery.
  8. Thursday Dec 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing Communities of Learning (Florida Library)
    We often are inspired by what we learn, but far less often find ways to apply newly-gained skills and knowledge once we leave our physical and virtual learning spaces. Communities of learning—including those we create and nurture within libraries—can help assure that learning accompanies learners out of the classroom and back into those settings where it can produce positive results.
  9. This one-hour interactive webinar includes reviews of and discussions about resources that help us establish and maintain effective communities of learning; helps us see how approaching learning as a process rather than as an event increases the impact of any learning opportunity; and encourages you to apply these discussions and resources to your own libraries to create communities of learning that produce positive, measurable results for all involved.
  10. Thursday Dec 5
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
    Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organizations. This webinar will include components that should be included as well as ideas for working with organization leaders to include strategic goals for volunteer engagement in your organization’s overall strategic plan.
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The Best of Internet Librarian 2013

Every year there are two amazing conferences focusing on information technology and libraries hosted by Information Today – Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian. They feature the field’s top innovators sharing their insights, recent project experiences, and practical tips. If you couldn’t make this year’s event, here are 10 stellar presentations that will catch you up:

Managing Devices & Gadgets

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Monique le Conge Ziesenhenne, Library Director, Palo Alto City Library
Martha Walters, Business Analyst and System Administrator, Palo Alto City Library

The Palo Alto Library provides services in the heart of Silicon Valley through five branches. As new technological tools continuously mushroom in the community it serves, the Library constantly explores and identifies tools to effectively deliver the high level of services patrons expect. Hear their experiences in developing Chromebook lending and Magazine-on-iPad programs. Learn how they keep up and decide on their Next Big Thing!

 

Open Source Solutions & Apps


Jim Peterson, IT Manager & Media Relations, Simpson County Library District, Franklin, KY
Steven Irving, Electronic Services Librarian, Southern Utah University
Richard Eissinger, Instructional Services Librarian, Southern Utah University

This session is all about using creative open source solutions in libraries—from libraries to afford accepting credit and debit card payments (without chargeback fees) for fines and lost items, as well as donations electronically to demonstrating Untangle, an open-source Super Friend to help you manage access to the internet for all your users. The software is free and will likely run on an old PC you have lying around. Peterson illustrates how to upgrade on your PC, gives a broad overview of Untangle’s features and capabilities, and discusses how easy it is to block bad stuff while allowing the good stuff. The second half of this session focuses on Android and iOS apps, including free apps for wireless and remote systems administration as well as others for saving time and being more efficient.

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The Future of Libraries: Searching for the Deep Field

Last week I had the pleasure of presenting at the amazing Online Information 2013 conference in London, England.  Here are my presentation slides, as well as the companion eBook that I created from my speaker notes and other research.

 

 

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The Future of Libraries: Searching for the Deep Field [Kindle Edition]

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The Future of Libraries

I will be giving the Track 3 keynote on the first day of the upcoming Online Information 2013 conference in London, England on November 19th. If you’re in the area, please come by and check it out and say hello. Here’s the abstract:

The Future of Libraries and Information Services

With more and more content going digital, many in the library world are questioning what the future holds for us in this new landscape. Libraries are faced with responding to a dramatic shift in how patrons are accessing and consuming information in this new digital age in tandem with dwindling budgets, fierce competition from other markets, and rising patron (and organisational) expectations. We used to be the only game in town, but now we share it with the likes of Google, Amazon, Netflix, and Apple. Can we compete in an instant access, on-demand world? Do we need to? Will libraries continue to serve as the connection between people, information, and technology? Or will we be the next Blockbuster or Encarta, marginalised to extinction? What do we need to do in order to survive and thrive in this ever-changing, technologically robust era?

I will also be publishing a white paper which will be a companion to and expansion of this presentation topic. Stay tuned for more details!

35 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in October

This Fall is full of opportunities for learning new skills and techniques. Here are 35 free professional development sessions that will be held live online this month. Check them out:

  1. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Creating a Makerspace Culture (Booklist)
    Some of today’s most incredible innovations are coming from the global community of makers–thinkers, inventors, and programmers sharing information and using technology to push new ideas forward. Through programming and community partnerships, your library can help drive this powerful new movement forward by becoming a makerspace. In this hour-long, free webinar hosted by University of Michigan School of Information professor Kristin Fontichiaro, authors from Cherry Lake Publishing’s Makers as Innovators series will share their lessons learned from creating a makerspace culture. Tune into this exciting webinar to learn tips and secrets to unlocking creative energy, innovation, and action in your library, staff, and patrons!
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  3. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Geek the Library: Launch a Local Campaign (Geek the Library)
    Get a complete Geek the Library overview and your questions answered in a live format. Our informational webinars are a simple way to learn about the details before committing to participate in the program.
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  5. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Instructional Design for the Real World (InSync Training)
    Join in for a fast, fun tour of quick tools and tricks that will support rapid instructional design, cut to the heart of needs analysis, and improve communication with subject matter experts and managers and others requesting training solutions.
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  7. Tuesday Oct 8
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Serving Readers: Beyond the Basics (WebJunction)
    As libraries evolve and adapt to changing circumstances, it is crucial to our continued community relevance that we retain and serve our core constituency of readers. Reader’s advisory specialists from The Seattle Public Library will expand on the basic premises and practices of reader’s advisory, sharing how to apply these practices across new platforms and technologies, enlist social media and catalogs to serve readers, and use form-based and virtual reader’s advisory. Learn expert techniques for using the latest generation of advisory resources and other ways to better serve readers in libraries large and small.
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32 Free Library Webinars in September

It’s back to school time but learning doesn’t need to be limited to those enrolled in formal classes, there’s a vast amount of knowledge to be gained through free webinars and online tutorials.  Here are 32 free webinars that are relevant for librarians and information professionals.

  1. Thursday Sept 5
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Affordable Care Act – Assisting Your Library Patrons (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    In this webinar, Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region), will help librarians prepare for the questions they may receive from patrons regarding the Affordable Care Act. What are the best resources to use for questions from library patrons? How much assistance can and should you provide as a librarian? Join us for this “can’t miss” event — offered again on September 26 for your scheduling convenience.
  2. Monday Sept 9
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Going Digital (LYRASIS)
    Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
  3. Monday Sept 9
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
    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.
  4. Monday Sept 9
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Adults Programming Beyond Lectures (Libraries Thriving)
    Many public libraries promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning, but fail to engage adults 20-55. Both notoriously underserved “emerging adults” in their 20s and 30s and middle-aged adults who find that there are more learning opportunities for their children than for themselves need creative, social hands-on programs to attract them back to the library. Learn how to remind your adult patrons–and yourself!–that lifelong learning really is fun and fulfilling during this online session.
  5. Tuesday Sept 10
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    A Passion for Romance (Booklist)
    Find out about newly available classics and the most alluring of soon-to-come titles in this free, hour-long webinar that highlights the rich and pleasurable happily-ever-after variety this ever-popular genre generates.
  6. Wednesday Sept 11
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Manage Millennials and Keep Them Engaged (American Management Association)
    In this webcast you’ll hear about the differences between Millennial, Gen X and Boomer employees; ways to effectively reach and work with them; and  practical methods from case studies of companies that are managing them successfully.
  7. Wednesday Sept 11
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Introduction to Finding Funders (GrantSpace)
    This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your nonprofit organization’s funding needs.
  8. Wednesday Sept 11
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Common Core State Standards and Public Libraries (Infopeople)
    With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards now occurring in 45 states, the time is perfect for public libraries to be seen in their communities as an integral piece of the CCSS. Participants will learn what the CCSS are, how they will affect students, as well as simple and effective ways to incorporate them into existing library programs and services.
  9. Thursday Sept 12
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Up Next: We Talk Databases with Marshall Breeding and an Expert Panel (American Libraries Live)
    Marshall Breeding will lead our expert panel in a discussion of how databases are changing and shaping the present and future of libraries. This interactive discussion will incorporate live audience questions and comments.
  10. Thursday Sept 12
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Google Analytics for Nonprofits (GiftWorks)
    Join us for this overview of Google Analytics, a FREE web analytics tool that shows you how visitors are using your site. We will start with how it is possible to capture data on visitors and then hit the highlights of using Google Analytics to improve your website. This overview is for anyone that wants to know the value of using web analytics!
  11. Friday Sept 13
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    There’s an APP for that! 4.0 (The TLT Group)
    In this session will be showing some of the best apps for education across multiple types of devices. It doesn’t matter if you use an iPad, Android device, or even Google Chrome, more often than not, there is in fact an “app for that”. Get some new ideas for your classroom and share some of your ideas of how apps can be used in education.
  12. Monday Sept 16
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Proposal Writing Basics (GrantSpace)
    Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation. This class will cover how the proposal fits into the overall grantseeking process, what to include in a standard proposal to a foundation, tips for making each section of your proposal stronger, and more.
  13. Tuesday Sept 17
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Representing Reference – Measuring Success: How one institution is determining the impact of bibliographic instruction and what they are doing with the results (LYRASIS)
    Staff at the William C. Jason Library at Delaware State University. They’ve developed a tool called Knowledge Check Survey – a survey administered (through LibGuides) to first-year university seminar students to assess the impact of information literacy (IL) sessions. They will discuss how the results are used to improve IL classes for future students.
  14. Tuesday Sept 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Geek the Library Q&A with Mary Stein (OCLC)
    The Geek the Library community awareness campaign at East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) activated both internal and external library advocates, and got the community talking about the library. Learn more about the EBRPL story and get your questions answered live!
  15. Tuesday Sept 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    What’s New in Youth Nonfiction: Fall 2013 (Booklist)
    Don’t miss the latest titles from three top youth nonfiction publishers in this free, hour-long webinar! Join representatives from Boyds Mills Press, DK, and Simon & Schuster to learn about new nonfiction titles, plus ways to incorporate these titles in the library and classroom.
  16. Tuesday Sept 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Kevin Henkes Live! (School Library Journal)
    Join us for an exclusive webcast with beloved children’s book author Kevin Henkes, creator of nearly 50 picture books and novels for children. He will talk about his work, his inspirations, and The Year of Billy Miller–an acclaimed and irresistible story about friendship, siblings, and the perils of elementary school. Take this chance to ask him your questions live!
  17. Tuesday Sept 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing a Strategic Plan for Volunteer Engagement (VolunteerMatch)
    Are you engaging volunteers with an eye to the future? Do you know what your volunteer program should look like in 3 or 5 years? Join us as we talk about the fundamentals for creating a strategic plan for volunteer engagement for your organization.
  18. Tuesday Sept 17
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Public Libraries and the Homeless: Legal Issues (InfoPeople)
    Because courts give greater latitude to library rules that are behavior focused, and a tighter scrutiny to rules based on status or speech, it’s important to know the how to frame your policies, especially when dealing with specific populations such as the homeless. This one-hour webinar will look at the movement for Homeless Persons’ Bill of Rights and Fairness, and the current legal rights and professional ethics as they apply to public libraries.
  19. Tuesday Sept 17
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Early Literacy as Library Culture (Texas Library Association)
    Early literacy development serves as a critical foundation for later learning and academic success.  In this webinar, staff members of Lewisville Public Library will share simple tips and practical suggestions for easily integrating early literacy into library services for young children and their families.  Learn how one library has put early literacy at the heart of its early childhood services, incorporating it throughout programming, community outreach, and marketing.
  20. Wednesday Sept 18
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)
    In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. Includes Q&A.
  21. Wednesday Sept 18
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    What Every Director Needs to Know about Credit Cards and Patron Privacy (Library Journal)
    Credit cards are a way of life, even at public libraries.  However, many library decision-makers are unsure of how to meet their obligations when it comes to protecting patron information. This Webcast will provide clear-cut, definitive answers about how to accept credit cards, protect patron privacy, and comply with the PCI Standard.
  22. Thursday Sept 19
    6:30 pm – 7:30 pm (Eastern)
    Everyday Technology for Learning Differences: Use the Tools You Already Have (Accessible Technology Coalition)
    Participants will learn how everyday tech –word processors, Web browsers, consumer electronics, and more – can assist students who struggle with reading, writing, notetaking, math, organization, time management, and attention.
  23. Monday Sept 23
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Conversation Sparks: Community Partnerships (Southern Maryland Regional Library)
    Do you want to know what others in the country are doing in their libraries? Are you curious about the library world beyond your own stacks?  Join Conversation Sparks!  Our 9/session focuses on Community Partnerships with examples from libraries across the country. Examples from our guest speakers include school-library partnerships, museum-library partnerships, community sharing programs, and One Book programs. If you have an example of a community partnership, share it with us during our Open Sharing portion of the session.
  24. Monday Sept 23
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Proposal Budgeting Basics (GrantSpace)
    Learn to prepare and present a budget in a grant proposal. Session geared to the novice grantseeker. Prior attendance at Proposal Writing Basics is strongly recommended.
  25. Tuesday Sept 24
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
    Leaving Fort Ref: Frontiers of Embedded Librarianship (WebJunction)
    At the innovative Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries, librarians don’t just wait for the questions to come to them. This webinar explores new approaches to reference that embed the librarian in the community, answering questions at the point of need, and growing community connections.
  26. Tuesday Sept 24
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Book It: Fall Titles for Youth (Booklist)
    Get the inside scoop on new youth titles for fall and beyond. Representatives from Annick Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Running Press, and Teacher Created Library Materials will spotlight their favorite upcoming fiction and nonfiction titles.
  27. Tuesday Sept 24
    2:30 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Hacking, Making, & Creating – at the Library! Technology Innovations & Customer Created Content (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    Traditionally, when our library customers wanted to make something, we’d send them to the craft section or to the “how to write a poem” section of the library. Today’s makers want to make gadgets, 3D-printed prototypes, and a video series. And guess what? They want the library’s help! In this webinar, renowned librarian/author/blogger David Lee King provides an overview of technology innovations that focus on “making” – including hackerspaces, digital media labs, co-working spaces, and self-publishing tools, and provides ideas on how to incorporate these innovations into your library.
  28. Wednesday Sept 25
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Genealogy Resources for Librarians (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Join Cindy Cochran and Judi Cook, from the Lincoln-Lancaster County Genealogical Society, as they guide you through the many historical resources available for librarians assisting anyone with an interest in genealogy and family history.
  29. Wednesday Sept 25
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Going First: The Edge Pilot Project and Rural Libraries (TechSoup)
    The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools and resources that support continuous improvement and reinvestment in public technology services. A group of pilot libraries has been testing the benchmarks. Join us as we talk with participants from pilot libraries located in rural communities.
  30. Thursday Sept 26
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Affordable Care Act – Assisting Your Library Patrons (Texas State Library & Archives Commission)
    This is a repeat of 9/6 session. In this webinar, Cheryl Rowan (Consumer Health Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, South Central Region), will help librarians prepare for the questions they may receive from patrons regarding the Affordable Care Act. What are the best resources to use for questions from library patrons? How much assistance can and should you provide as a librarian? Join us for this “can’t miss” event.
  31. Thursday Sept 26
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Fall Teen Book Buzz (School Library Journal)
    Summer vacations and summer reading programs are just distant memories now. School is back in session, and now it’s time to restock the library shelves! Join us for our fall Teen Book Buzz webcast to be sure you have the latest releases ready for your teen readers.
  32. Monday Sept 30
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Maximizing the Value of WorldCat.org (OCLC)
    This course provides a brief introduction to the Worldcat.org platform and illustrates how libraries can help patrons derive maximum advantage from the service.

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