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34 Library Stories You May Have Missed in April

April was chock-full of great library-related blog posts, articles, and presentations.  Check out this list to get caught up on everything from evaluating the eBook reader market to the EPCOT Center Library!  Here are 35 library-related stories you may have missed last month:

  1. 10 Awesome Presentations from Computers in Libraries 2014
  2. License to loan: Academic Library Directors Reject Licensing Agreements
  3. Managing a Library of Congress worth of data
  4. 10 Great Literary Mugs for Librarians
  5. Beginner’s guide to the professional book review
  6. Becoming a solo librarian
  7. Keeping Up with MOOCs
  8. Why I don’t buy print reference books
  9. Learning to Read: Navigating the ebook reader market
  10. 15 books about libraries and librarians
  11. Rethinking the model for library book groups
  12. Acquiring books and people
  13. Harvard book bound in sheepskin, not human flesh
  14. Libraries are dying? Think again
  15. Which metrics really matter?
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6 Great Resources to Reinvent Your Career, Yourself

Librarianship is a second-act career for most of us, but it’s not the only path available.  If you’re stuck in a career rut and thinking about striking out in a different direction, check out these stellar websites to help you find your way.

1) HuffPost Reinvention


The Huffington post has a robust corner of their website focusing only on reinvention stories.  These articles are truly inspirational.  Find out how to make doing what you love work for you and your career.

2) Live Your Legend


This website community is dedicated to the exploration and discovery of the work that makes you the most happy and alive through free resources, advice, and inspirational articles.  Geared toward people of all ages.


3) More’s Second Acts


More magazine has an entire section of their website dedicated to stories of reinvention at all ages.  Learn how women in their 30′s, 40′s, and 50′s reignited their passion for their careers.


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6 Free Platforms for Teaching Online



Have you thought about teaching an online course, or simply supplementing your face-to-face course with an online component?  Whether you’re considering sharing your expertise via a completely online course or creating a hybrid, you now have a universe of options available to you.  Educators will want to explore these platforms and all of the features they offer.


  1. Udemy
    This is a massive online teaching platform with over 2 million students worldwide and 13,000 courses.  It lets instructors design robust classes including video lectures, PowerPoint files, screencast videos, documents, audio files, text, and mashup videos.  The platform is completely free for instructors to create their courses which they may offer for free or for a fee.  If there is a fee involved, Udemy takes a percentage of that.  This is a very professional-looking platform that has a lot to offer.

  3. Odijoo
    Odijoo is a free e-learning platform which allows educators to create online courses or even set up their own private campus for training employees (campus seats must be purchased, however).  This online learning application enables instructors to design a classroom setting with group discussions, news postings, quizzes, modules, file hosting, and certificate creation.

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7 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

Technology trends in both higher ed and K-12 classrooms continue to evolve and transform traditional learning environments. New learning analytics, mobile devices, open online learning, and 3D printers are some of the many Educational technology trends to be on the lookout for in 2014.  Here’s a detailed discussion.


1) 3D Printing

3D Printers which enable makers to create whatever they can imagine and design have exploded into mainstream culture over the past year.  Libraries are creating DIY makerspaces and providing these new tools of production to their communities along with opportunities for skill-building in math and engineering which are required to design 3D objects.  And schools aren’t far behind, realizing the many educational possibilities of the devices.

The Poland and Hong Kong based GADGETS3D  has launched an initiative called the “3D Printer in Every School” project in which they have designed a low cost, small 3D printer specifically created for the classroom.  Schools will be able to purchase the RepRap G3D printer for $245 as part of an educational kit.  They will also be donating to a free printer to 500 schools around the world.  The printers will be able to be access remotely by students doing homework, via their smartphones. The NYC-based MakerBot Academy has launched an initiative to put a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer in every school in the United States of America by crowdfunding the costs.


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2) MOOCs

MOOCs or massively open online courses have exploded in popularity over the past two years and will continue to grow over the next several.  These (usually) free courses are attended by hundreds of thousands of students at the same time and offer both certificates of completion and occasionally college credit.  Online students can learn anything from basic computer skills to art history from Ivy-League professors at well-respected institutions such as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Duke, and more.  Although they have their challenges, mainly in the area of assessment, these online courses have demonstrated significant value to millions of students who would never have had the opportunity for such an educational experience if not for MOOCs.  I believe we will be seeing much more of these online courses in the coming years as they work out the kinks in the evaluation of large numbers of students and refine their focus.  I think we’ll also start to see platforms dedicated to corporate MOOCs providing online training for businesses.  For more on MOOCs, check out my previous article: The Future of MOOCs.




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3) Big Data

Educational institutions, both higher ed and K-12, are making use of student data to improve classes, teaching methods, and entire programs.  Just as businesses have been mining such data for years in order to predict trends and consumer behavior patterns, schools are now finding that such “learning analytics” will be effective in personalizing the educational experience for students at the individual level as well.  This year’s NMC Horizon Report – 2013 Higher Education Edition on emerging technologies in higher ed identifies Learning Analytics as a significant trend on the horizon with adoption over the next two to three years.  They also provide many examples of learning analytics in use in higher education settings.


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The Future of MOOCs



According to the New York Times, 2012 was the year of the MOOC – a massive open online course.  These courses are usually open access and free, and although they don’t usually offer course credit for participants some do offer certifications of completion.  They can be attended by hundreds of thousands of students at the same time who interact in community forums surrounding course materials and resources.  They offer amazing opportunities for those who lack the funding to attend traditional universities, especially those in developing nations.  MOOCs have democratized learning and opened up education to the masses who may now attend and learn from quality courses at elite universities as if they were enrolled.

Born of the Open Education movement, MOOC’s have risen to remarkable levels of popularity over the past few years with offerings from such high-ranking colleges and universities as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Duke, and more.  But not everyone is sold on this new format of remote education.  In addition to their many benefits, MOOCs do pose several challenges.  The responsibility for evaluating the quality of participation and even the completion of these online courses falls squarely on the shoulders of the student.  MOOC professors, even with the aid of teaching assistants, cannot hope to provide meaningful feedback and assessment to hundreds of thousands of students taking part in these courses.  In addition to the lack of student evaluation, many people criticize the absence of face-to-face interaction with professors and other students.  There’s also the research aspect of these courses which may necessitate access to vendor databases and/or toll-access journals, although many of these courses have avoided copyright and access challenges by utilizing open access reading assignments.  Additionally, plagiarism is said to be a major issue in these courses.

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31 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in November

November is chock-full of great opportunities for continued learning in the library field. Several of these look amazing including the webinars on the new website, responsive web design, and apptastic marketing.

  1. Tuesday Nov 12
    10:30 – 11:30 am (Eastern)
    Establishing Your Library’s Footprint in Your Community (Florida Library)
    Who’s walking through your door, who isn’t, and what can you do about it? Every community needs a library, and the library needs an active community. Being more than relevant in today’s world is a tough challenge for every library. Good News” You are not alone! Becoming the community’s “go-to” place for information and more is a daunting task! This fun and interactive webinar will start you on your way to establishing your library as the community’s first and foremost source for collaboration and information.  During Andrew Sanderbeck’s interview with Kathy, participants will learn how to:

    • Navigate their community in a productive and beneficial way using specific techniques
    • Identify potential collaborators
    • Gather the tools to help their library to become a more relevant fixture in the community
  2. Tuesday Nov 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Teen Services Amplified! with Everyday Advocacy (YALSA)
    Investing in teen services isn’t just good for teens; it’s good for libraries and for communities. But sometimes we don’t know how to get started making the case for teen services, or we’re not sure what we can do. Fortunately, we’re not alone—we have each other and we have resources like YALSA’s Advocacy Toolkit to help us amplify our message.
  3. Tuesday Nov 12
    2:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Grace Under Pressure: Tips and Tricks to Cultivate a Positive Approach (WebJunction)
    This webinar explores stress-reduction skills and strategies to help face challenging situations that impact our personal work styles, our organizations, and the communities we serve.
    Working in a library can feel like a constant juggling act. We navigate competing demands and challenging situations on a daily basis in order to meet our mission and transform our communities. In this interactive session, discover how to handle these challenges proactively. Learn positive, practical tips, stress-reduction skills, and ideas for changing your personal work style. Learn strategies to help you face challenging situations that affect your whole organization and society-wide issues that impact the communities we serve. Feel better and be more effective at your work.
  4. Tuesday Nov 12
    3:00 – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    The Evolution of Usage Statistics (Library Journal)
    The ability to prove library value enables institutions to maximize budget dollars, properly allocate their spend, and improve user satisfaction. We have come a long way in the types and quality of data as well as methods for collecting and analyzing that information. Join our webinar to discuss how metrics have evolved to their current state and what direction we can take with new and alternative metrics in the future. Our panelists will address their methods for measuring library value from the data they choose to evaluate, to the tools they utilize, and how they perform their analysis and utilize it in real practice.
  5. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Navigate American FactFinder (Census Bureau)
    Gain experience in using the American FactFinder data access tool. Learn how to use the search and navigation features to access some of the Census Bureau’s programs, datasets and topics.
  6. Wednesday Nov 13
    12:00 – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Apptastic Marketing! (Florida Library)
    A smart phone and a few apps are all you need to put together some fun, engaging marketing tools for your library. Social media, videos, photo processing, memes and more, learn how you can use this little tool effectively. It doesn’t even have to be all on the library, apps allow you to get your community involved in marketing as well. An overview of some specific apps will be included.
  7. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Implementing change: Realizing the results of collaborating in the cloud (Library Journal)
    Libraries share many common challenges: scarce resources, increased user demand and ever more complex collections, systems and workflows. To help manage these challenges, today’s cloud-based library management services are offering workflows that save time and discovery solutions that meet users’ expectations. Libraries using these services are seeing drastic reductions in the time it takes for routine tasks because of the integration in the cloud between libraries, applications, partners and data. Not only can information be shared between departments, but between libraries, improving quality and relevance as it’s enhanced along the way.
  8. Wednesday Nov 13
    1:00 – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    What’s a Mission Statement Worth? (Nonprofit Webinars)
    Could your mission statement describe any of several other organizations that are similar to yours? Do you just haul it out once a year for your annual report and 990? If you’ve been around for many years, you’re clear about your nonprofit’s value to your community, your stakeholders and/or your cause, why bother to revisit your mission statement? The answers to these questions can make the difference between sustainable success and failure in several ways. Organizations that have a page-long mission statements and think that any effort to review it would be just empty wordsmithing may want to join us for this webinar to see what a rigorously crafted mission statement can do for marketing, fundraising, stakeholder loyalty, strategy, and managing change.
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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!

  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.

  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.

  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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A Librarian’s Guide to Space Tourism – 32 Resources


There has been a lot in the news this year about the burgeoning space tourism industry.  Much of what used to be purely science fiction has now become a reality and today everyday citizens can take a trip to outer space…for a price.

And that price has come down substantially since Dennis Tito, the world’s first space tourist coughed up $20 million for an eight-day trip to the International Space Station aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in 2001. Today, a Virgin Galactic ticket for a seat on board SpaceShipTwo will set you back $250,000 for a suborbital flight.  So far nearly 600 people have put down deposits.  Alternatively, XCor is offering suborbital flights aboard the Lynx for $95,000 per flight, including medical screening and G-Force training.  And if you’re looking for something more long-lasting, you might apply to become one of the first inhabitants of the Red Planet within a permanent human settlement on Mars planned for 2023.

The first thing I thought about when I started reading about all of this was…do they need librarians?!


If you’re just getting caught up on the latest in space tourism, here are 32 resources to get you started:


  1. How Space Tourism Works – HowStuffWorks
  2. Space tourism industry seeks new heights – Daily Breeze
  3. How Space Tourism Could Help Save Planet Earth –
  4. Virgin Galactic Pulls Off First Successful Rocket-Powered Flight – Gawker
  5. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Makes First Powered Test Flight – Huffington Post
  6. Justin Bieber Is Going to Space – Mashable
  7. Private Spaceships for Space Tourists to Launch Big Test Flights –
  8. Millionaire Space Tourist Reportedly Planning Mars Trip – Mashable
  9. The Engadget Interview: Sir Richard Branson on Virgin Galactic and space tourism for the everyman – Engadget
  10. Space tourism industry faces safety concerns – CBC News
  11. Private Moon Travel Startup Launches Crowdfunding Campaign – Mashable
  12. Space industry gears up crew training – AOPA
  13. Axe Body Spray Will Send 22 People to Space – Mashable
  14. Way, Way, Way Over the Rainbow: Space Travel –  Huffington Post
  15. Space Tourism Society
  16. Space Tourism News


  18. The Evolution of Space Tourism
  19. Space Toursim Pinterest Board

    Space Tourism Pioneers

  21. Virgin Galactic
  22. XCOR Aerospace
  23. TSC – The Spaceship Company
  24. Space Adventures
  25. Spaceport America

    The Colonization of Mars


  27. Mars One
  28. Private Mars colony won’t seek life on Red Planet – Fox News
  29. Life on Mars to become a reality in 2023, Dutch firm claims – The Guardian
  30. 78,000 Apply for Private Mars Colony Project In 2 Weeks –
  31. The Call of Mars (by Buzz Aldrin) – The New York Times
  32. Buzz Aldrin calls for US colony on Mars – France 24
  33. Mars is no place for children – yet – Science
  34. Colonization of Mars – Wikipedia
  35. The Mars Foundation




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10 Fun Ways to Feed Your Mind this Summer


1. Learn a new language

Summer is a great time to learn new things, why not study a new language?  There are plenty of free online tools to help you such as Duolingo that will guide you through learning Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese.  Once you’ve got some phrases down, check out a language learning meetup group in your area and test them out such as the French Language Meetup Group where local French language and culture lovers meet up for conversation and fun.  For more online resources for language learning check out 10 Good Sites & Apps for Learning a New Language.


2. Register for a MOOC – Massive Open Online Courses

Through free online courses offered by universities and educational programs you can study anything from the philosophy of the ancients to fashion and pop culture!  Check out this easy to use directory of over 10,000 free online classes here at the OEDb, or see a listing of 375 free MOOCs from great universities from Open Culture.


3. Watch Videos from Recent Conferences

Whatever your field there will be major conferences and events in which the latest and most cutting-edge developments and projects are discussed.  Much of these sessions can be found online either through YouTube or directly on the conference website.  Here are over 650 videos from the SXSW conference – the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin.  And here’s over 1,500 TED Talks, a global set of conferences presenting the most innovative ideas in the research and practice of technology, science, and culture.  


4. Create an Awesome Summer Reading List

The Goodreads application is chock-full of recommended reading lists including both Fiction and Non-Fiction book lists as well as lists for particular genres such as teen and horror, etc. You can also create our own.  You can also check out the Amazon Best Sellers as well as the ALA’s Recommended Reading page which includes links to ALA’s literature award winners and various notable reading lists for all ages.  But some of my favorite reading lists have been spotlighted in ALDirect such as 22 Pandemic Books to Read Before the H7N9 Virus Kills Us All , 20 Books for the End of the World, and Top 10 YA Books that Buffy fans will want to read .


5. Play an Educational Game

Remember Highlights?  The hidden picture game that was strangely addictive and could almost always be found at the dentist’s office?  Well, now it’s online and available as an iPad app along with many other brain-tingling educational games such as Math Ninja, Monster Physics, Civilization Revolution, and more.  Online eduational games are available for all age ranges from kids to adults.  To find some check out 30 of the Best Educational iPad Games, 50 Free Online Educational Games That Are More Fun Than You’d Think, and 50 Great Sites for Serious, Educational Games.


6. Learn how to play an instrument

With all of today’s online resources is easier than ever to take up a musical instrument and learn to play it for free, or nearly free.  There is a surplus of tutorial apps available for both iPhone and Android devices for nearly any instrument. For example if you wanted to learn the violin you could check out the Learn Violin app for iPhone, the Magic Fiddle iPad app, the Violin Lesson Tutor for Android, or FiddlerMan on your desktop.  There’s also a wealth of free YouTube videos offering instruction on the violin and other instruments.


7. Listen to Some Smart Podcasts

Feed your brain some educational podcasts from academics, researchers, and experts that you can listen to on the way to work, school, or at the gym.  Here’s a giant list of University & College Podcasts – Free Educational Podcasts to keep you busy.  And if that’s not enough check out 13 Smart Podcasts That Will Feed Your Hunger for Knowledge and Ideas and the The Top 5 Podcasts for Smart People.


8. Download Free Audiobooks

The leading provider of audiobooks is Audible which offers over 100,000 downloadable audiobooks, but there are also plenty of apps and websites which provide audiobooks for free. More than 3,000 public domain audiobooks and eBooks are available at Books Should Be Free.  There are also several mobile apps available with packages of audiobooks contained within such as the Free Audiobooks app for .99 cents which has nearly 5,000.  Here’s a great list from Open Culture: 525 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free, and an article discussing the best websites for free audiobooks.


9. Install Educational Apps on Your Tablet

Thousands of educational apps such as the Khan Academy library of over 3000 free videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, Shakespeare in Bits, Star Walk, Monster Anatomy and more.  Check out Apple’s Education Apps section, 48 Free Education Apps Sorted By Grade Level, and the Next Web’s 12 of the best educational apps of 2012.


10. Read Free eBooks

There are so many ways to download free eBooks for your iPad, Android tablet or other mobile device, why ever pay for an eBook?  You can easily search for your local library on OverDrive to see if they are offering free e-Books via their subscription service.  You can also check out this post I wrote in November linking to 5 e-Book Collections with Over 100,000 Free e-Books.  And if that’s not enough, check out: 225 Free eBooks: Download Great Classics for Free and the 20 Best Websites To Download Free EBooks.


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16 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in June

There are plenty of free learning opportunities for librarians online, and this post will list many, but this upcoming webinar titled “Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library” was particularly intriguing to me, and I caught up with one of the presenters to ask him a few questions!

Featured Webinar: Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library

Presented by the Colorado State Library
Wednesday, June 12
2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.


Q.) Tell us about yourself in 140 characters or less
A.) Kieran Hixon is passionate about rural libraries. His focus has low cost tech solutions for small rural libraries. He is a proud member of ARSL.

Q.) What types of libraries/librarians is your webinar aimed at?
A.) The webinar is aimed to help all sorts and sizes of libraries.

Q.) What is HOMAGO and why should librarians know about it?
A.) HOMAGO is short for Hanging out, Messing around, Geeking out. It comes from the book Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. by Mizuko Itō.

HoMaGo can help librarians engage teens and change the way teen programs are run and how the physical space of the library is set up. In this webinar we are considering not just teens but also adults. We will also be looking at creation spaces in libraries and thinking about ways to take a library from just a place to find information to a place where information can be transformed…. we are aiming high. We believe that the 21st century library is no longer a conduit to bring information to people, but also a way to bring our communities to the world.

Q.) What are some learning points that participants will learn from attending this webinar?
A.) We are hoping in this highly interactive session that folks get a sense of what is possible in the realms of physical space, policy and activities. We will be covering HoMaGo, expectations of a library, and physical space. Aaron Bock from Anythink Libraries will be joining Sharon Morris and me.

And here’s a monthly roundup of other great-looking online webinars and free educational opportunities for librarians in June.

  1. Friday, June 7
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Why Google? (OCLC)
    In this webinar, Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway will discuss results of multiple user behavior studies and recommendations for promoting user engagement with library services, sources, and systems.
  2. Wednesday, June 12
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Working with Wikipedia (Nebraska Library Commission)
    Next to Google, Wikipedia is the major source of information used by people today. But libraries also own much content that isn’t available on Wikipedia, so how should we make sure users don’t stop there? In this session, Aaron Tay, Senior Librarian & eServices Facilitator at National University of Singapore, will cover ideas on how to link resources from Wikipedia to library resources using various tools including John Mark Ockerbloom’s Forward to Libraries service. In the opposite direction, libraries can also move in and use Wikipedia entries to enhance findability of their collections.
  3. Wednesday, June 12
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Uncovering Free and Low Cost Legal Resources (Wyoming State Law Library)
    There are an abundance of free legal research resources available. Some resources provide all of their content for free while others provide a mixture of free and fee-based information. We will review a variety of electronic resources including university and nonprofit organization sites, government sites, and more. As with any resource, we will discover that one legal resource is more valuable than another for particular types of research.
  4. Wednesday, June 12
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Support Patron Learning in Small Spaces with Small Budgets (WebJunction)
    In small communities, libraries can often be the only provider of free public access to technology and the internet. And as more people turn to their library to learn technology skills, even the tiniest of libraries are faced with the challenge of providing training to patrons with limited staff, resources, and space. Learn from small and rural libraries who are making training a reality for their patrons, using volunteers, leveraging partnerships and integrating learning into everyday interactions. Whether the technology training you do (or want to do) is one-to-one, on-the-fly or a more formal program, this session will include tips and suggestions for improving the effectiveness of the training you provide.
  5. Wednesday, June 12
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Data-Driven Libraries Part 2: Understanding Customers Through Segmentation Analytics (Library Journal)
    Customer segmentation studies and data analytics combines demographic data with lifestyle information to help public libraries better understand who their customers are and what services best meet the community’s need, whether school-aged children or empty-nester couples. This type of GIS-based market segmentation can also help inform strategies around such initiatives as a levy ballot and also eliminate inefficient marketing efforts.
  6. Wednesday, June 12
    2:30-3:30 pm (Eastern)
    Why aren’t they reading quietly?! Messing around at the library (Colorado State Library)
    Do you seek ideas on how to turn your library from a grocery store to a kitchen? Are you looking for ways to engage folks in your library? Come hang out, mess around and geek out with us. Get inspiration from others about letting creation and HOMAGO happen in your library.
  7. Wednesday, June 12
    3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Community Led Library Service Development (InfoPeople)
    Instead of adding projects or tasks to library staff in an effort to promote library services, the community-led approach establishes the library staff as trained listeners and brokers of awareness to provide service development for both marginalized and comfortable community sectors. The community-led approach helps the library to identify which traditional library roles are now redundant, and thus of little worth to the community, allowing both professional library staff and support staff to concentrate on those services that are meaningful to the public. Community-led service development allows both the community and its library staff to grow, become engaged in the civic sphere they share and find the best venues for individuals to pursue their aspirations for their primary needs of health and welfare, as well as life-long learning and the support of personal values.
  8. Thursday, June 13
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Web and IT Accessibility Policies in Higher Education (AT Coalition)
    How many higher education institutions in the United States have web or technology accessibility policies? What do these policies look like? Are they effective? What constitutes a good accessibility policy? Presenters in this session will be exploring these questions with results from their recent research project on this topic, and by sharing their own experiences with policy development and accessibility-related planning.
  9. Monday, June 17
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    Digital Content Creation and Collection Development (LYRASIS)
    Join us for a one hour free webinar that briefly introduces the critical components of digital content creation and collection development.
  10. Tuesday, June 18
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    New Kids on the Block (Booklist)
    While there won’t be any serenading from the beloved boy band, this hour-long, free webinar is sure to be almost as swoon-worthy! Hear from Algonquin Young Readers, Blink/Zondervan, Soho Teen, and Sourcebooks Fire as they present middle grade and YA titles from their new imprints hip to all things tween and teen. Moderated by Booklist’s Books for Youth associate editor Annie Kelley.
  11. Tuesday, June 18
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Public Libraries: Become a Community Publishing Portal (PLA)
    Last year Los Gatos (Calif.) Library began a partnership with e-book self-publishing company Smashwords to offer a three-part series of e-book self-publishing seminars. This partnership has grown to include a co-branded publishing portal managed by Smashwords. Linked from the library website, the portal enables local authors to publish and distribute e-books at no cost and allows them to “Publish to the Library” if the library chooses to purchase their work. Find out how Los Gatos Library developed this partnership and how your library can easily do the same.
  12. Wednesday, June 19
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    eBooks – The Changing Landscape in South Dakota Schools (NCompass Live)
    25% of schools nationally have access to downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. What’s the scene at your school? Attend this session to hear more about your options and learn where to look to bring eBooks into your student’s lives. Content covered will include popular eBook models, platform choices and things to consider when looking at adding eBooks to your library’s options. Speakers: Joan Upell, School Library Coordinator and Julie Erickson, Electronic Resources Coordinator, South Dakota State Library.
  13. Wednesday, June 19
    2:00-3:00 pm (Eastern)
    RDA Essentials for Public Services (Carterette Series)
    After years of buzz, the Library of Congress implemented the new cataloging standard RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. What is RDA and why should I care? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data with an objective of responsiveness to user needs. Susan Wynne will discuss the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects user displays and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere.
  14. Thursday, June 20
    2:30-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Deliver Great Library Customer Service (ALA Editions)
    Drawing on 20 years’ experience as a trainer and coach, Laurie Brown will show you how to create a welcoming, friendly experience for patrons, students, and other library users. Satisfied customers mean good vibes, and happy library users are part of a strong library. In addition to learning how to fulfill the expectations of the people who use your library, you will also get pointers on listening and communications skills to help your conversations with angry, chatty, or overly demanding patrons as gracefully as possible.
  15. Tuesday, June 25
    3:00-4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Data-Driven Libraries Part 3: Decoding Data to Plan for the Future (Library Journal)
    Data-driven decision making is creating large pools of data around which public libraries are trying to define everything from overarching strategies to granular collection development strategies. Although the analysis of this data is often left to third-parties, some libraries are taking the step of hiring their own data analysts to help administrators decide what the data means, why it matters, and how best to present it to other stakeholders.
  16. Thursday, June 27
    11:00am-12:00 pm (Eastern)
    MOOCs and More! (Wyoming State Library)
    What’s a MOOC? It’s a Massive Open Online Course — higher-level learning coming from top universities, all online, all free. Join Susan Mark to learn how to put your patrons in touch with MOOCs and other quality learning interests that suit their needs.

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