Talks & Workshops

These are my current available talks, webinars, and workshops. I speak at national and international library and information technology conferences as well as library consortia, and many other venues. I offer 60-90 minute technology talks, as well as half, full, and 3-day workshops, and live webinars.  I also have a large online audience – over 300,000 views of my online presentations on Slideshare.

DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library Webinars

Escape rooms are immersive, live-action games in which a group of participants enter a room where they must solve puzzles and collect clues in order to “escape” or win the game. These engaging and captivating games can be designed around nearly any theme from zombies to pirates to detective dramas and are being used by libraries in a multitude of ways. They can be employed simply for outreach and to engage library patrons, for incorporating instruction and experiential learning outcomes, as well as for internal staff team-building and training. You too can create this type of captivating programming for your own library for both promotion and education!

Webinar participants will learn: 

  • How to host ready-made escape rooms in their library
  • How to design their own escape rooms from scratch, including puzzle creation
  • How other libraries are using escape rooms
  • Multiple programming ideas based on escape room games and immersive experiences

 

flyer_smMakerspaces in Libraries Workshops and Webinars

Makerspaces are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.  Forward-thinking libraries are already building their own dedicated makerspaces and developing valuable STEM programming based on the tools and technologies found therein.  Learn all about the essential tools and technologies found in makerspaces and how you can host engaging STEM programming using tech such as Raspberry Pis, wearable electronics, virtual reality, and robotics in your library whether you have a dedicated makerspace or not!

 

 

cosplay_workshopCosplay in Libraries Workshops and Webinars

Cosplay, comics, anime, and geek culture have exploded into the mainstream over recent years and have resulted in a thriving community of costume enthusiasts and pop culture fans.  Libraries on the leading edge are already embracing this new worldwide sensation by integrating cosplay into their programming and events. Learn all about the world of cosplay and how you can host cosplay events, workshops, makerspaces, clubs, and more in your library!  Workshops for librarians and/or library patrons of all ages!

Related Workshops and Talks:

  • Cosplay 101: How to Cosplay
  • How to Host a  Library Comic Con
  • How to Host a 3D Props Making Event
  • How to Host Budget Cosplay Events and Themed Library Lock-ins
  • How to Host Cosplay Contests

 

19+ Free Technologies for Libraries

Libraries are continually faced with the challenge of making the most of their budgets while progressively increasing efficiency and library services.  Learn about the benefits of many different types of free software and open source applications to improve your internal operations, market library services, and encourage staff collaboration.  Find out what types of free applications are available for electronic resources management (ERM), private intranets, reference statistics tracking, email management and more in this informative session!

 

 

 

 

 

 Upcoming Talks

2019

  • 15 Free Technologies for Libraries, Webinar. Capital District Library Council 1/2019.
  • 15 Free Technologies for Libraries, Webinar. Central NY Library Resources Council (CLRC) 1/2019.
  • Makerspaces in Libraries, Webinar. Capital District Library Council 2/2019.
  • DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library, Webinar. American Library Association 2/2019.
  • Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library, Webinar. Massachusetts Library System 2/2019.
  • DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library, Webinar. Massachusetts Library System 2/2019.

 

Past Talks

2018

  • Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library, Webinar. Utah State Library 12/2018.
  • DIY Escape Rooms and Other Immersive Experiences in the Library, Webinar. Utah State Library 10/2018.
  • Makerspaces: Embracing DIY Culture at Your Library, Webinar, The American Library Association 5/2018.
  • Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library, Webinar. The American Library Association. 1/2018

2017

  • Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library, Webinar. The American Library Association. 5/2017

 2016

  • “Makerspaces in Libraries/Cosplay in Libraries” Indiana State Libraries Week long tour – Sept 19-23.
  • “Cosplay 101: How to Cosplay” Cherry Hill Public Library Cosplay Day, Cherry Hill, NJ April 2016
  • Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your LibraryAmerican Library Association Chicago, IL January 2016.

2015

2014

2013

  • “The Future of Libraries”Online Information 2013, London, UK, Nov 2013.
  • “How To Implement/Access an eBook Collection in a Law Library” AALL 2013, Seattle, WA, July 2013.
  • “How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence” West Cork Literary Festival, Bantry, Ireland, 3-day Workshop, July 2013.
  • “Evaluating e-Book Offerings”, METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, June 2013.
  • “Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, May 2013.
  • “How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence”, METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, April 2013.
  • “How to Create Your Own Library (or Personal!) Knowledge Base”, METRO, New York, NY, Webinar, March 2013.
  • “Going Digital: The Challenges of eBooks in Law Libraries”, LLAGNY, New York, NY January 2013.

2012

2011

2010

  • “Libraries and the Cloud”, Online Information Conference, London, England Dec 2010
  • “Personal Digital Archiving”, METRO, New York, NY Dec 2010
  • “How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence”, METRO, New York, NY Oct 2010
  • “Personal Digital Archiving”, iPres2010, Vienna, Austria, Sept 2010
  • “Cool Tools” Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, April 2010
  • “How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence”, Tech Talk – Barnard College, New York, NY April 2010
  • “Libraries and the Cloud”, IT-faggruppen, Copenhagen, Denmark, March 2010
  • “Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Nylink, Webcast Feb 2010

2009

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  • “The Mobile Web and Libraries”, NEASIS&T Mobile Mania, Nov 2008
  • “The Open Movement and Libraries”, METRO, Nov 2008
  • “Libraries and the Hive Mind”, METRO, Webcast June 2008
  • “Drupal and Libraries” Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2008
  • “Industry Learnings & Libraries” Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2008
  • “Industries Using Hot Tech” Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2008
  • “Folksonomies and Social Tagging”, ABQLA, Montreal, Quebec Apr 2008
  • “Presentation Skills”, Columbia University, New York, NY Apr 2008
  • “Online Community”, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT Apr 2008
  • “Technology Solutions Planning”, METRO, New York, NY Apr 2008
  • “Web 2.0 for Librarians & Info Pros” Education Institute, Webcast, Apr 2008
  • “Card Sorting from A-Z” Simmons College, South Hadley, MA Mar 2008
  • “Social Software in Academic Libraries”, New York Public Library, New York, NY Mar 2008
  • “Social Bookmarking Complete”, METRO, Webcast Feb 2008

2007

2006

2005

  • How to Create an Online Interactive Map Using Microsoft Visio Professional METRO, Oct 2005