A Quick Guide to Green Libraries

Libraries are moving toward a green and sustainable model for their library architecture, interior design, and energy consumption. They are keeping the future in mind and taking action to protect the environment through the greening of their buildings. According to the LEED, (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), framework developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, a sustainable building is one that was built with the following in mind:

  •  The structure was designed and built by utilizing sustainable site development
  • Water savings
  • Energy efficiency
  • Green materials selection
  • Indoor environmental quality

Independent, third-party assessors measure these criteria and rate each category in order for a building to qualify for LEED certification. Here are 3 examples of libraries doing it right:


Green Library Superstars


Taipei Public Library in Taiwan
This beautiful library opened in November 2006 and was the first green building in Taiwan. Not only is the building made of all recycled materials, the roof contains solar cells that that convert sunlight into electricity. The sloping roof also collects rainwater which is used to flush the toilets. Read more here.


Battery Park City Library
The Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library is the greenest library in the system. The library opened in 2010 and featured “wood floors constructed from window frame scraps, old truck tires laid out as carpet, and a terrazzo staircase made of recycled glass and mirrors.” Flat screen TVs display how much energy and water is being consumed up to the minute. Read more here.


My Tree House
The world’s first green library for children opened in May 2013 featuring “energy-efficient LED lighting, refurbished bookshelves and sustainable carpets were used. The visually-arresting centrepiece in the library is a treehouse whose canopy is made from more than 3,000 recycled plastic bottles collected from the public.” Read more here.

Blogs About Green Libraries

Resources on Green Libraries

Articles on Green Libraries

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Are You For or Against Dust Jackets?


I read an interesting article on Flavorwire today titled Against Dust Jackets in which the author provides four reasons why you should join her in loathing them. This got me thinking that there may be some pretty strong opinions amongst iLibrarian readers about the need or lack thereof for dust jackets. So, where do you stand?

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15 Cool Ways Libraries Can Use Vine to Create Social Videos

Vine is a new social video application from the folks at Twitter that will let you create and share short and sweet 6-second videos that loop.  This exciting free app is available for both iOS and Android devices.  And libraries have already begun adopting this popular new format.  If you’re wondering what can be accomplished in a 6-second video, here are some ideas for ways libraries can use Vine videos:

  • #1) Highlight New Books

    Use these quick and looping videos to show off your new acquisitions, recent release walls, and other bookshelves.

  • #2) Showcase Library Exhibits

    What’s the best way to draw people into your library to see an exhibit? Show them a quick preview of the treasures they’ll see if they make the trip.

  • #3) Offer Micro Library Tours

    Just finish a renovation? Want to show off your improvements or just your library in general? Create a quick, looped video showing off the highlights of your library.

  • #4) Spotlight Library Events

    What better way to let people know about your fun and educational events than to show them quick video clips from the gatherings.

  • #5) Offer Instruction and Tips

    Not all library instruction can be accomplished in 6 seconds, but some quick tips for how to find resources or access materials can be demonstrated quite neatly in that time frame.

  • #6) Introduce Your Librarians

    Offer and online meet and greet through a Vine video post where you spotlight your helpful library staff.

  • #7) Show Off the Library’s Artists’ Books

    Vine videos are the perfect medium through which libraries with collections of artists’ books can really show them off to their patrons and beyond.

  • #8) Spotlight a Makerspace or Other Unique Space

    If your library has a makerspace, 3D printer, or other unique space or library service to offer, a Vine video is s great way to make it visible to the world.

  • #9) Aggregate Content into “Best of” Videos

    Why not spotlight the “best of ” a journal or publication, an author or actor through a Vine Video.

  • #10) Highlight Your Patrons and Their Work

    If your library shows off student or patron art work, etc. within the library, why not share it with the world as well?

  • more…

    I can think of a number of other great ways that libraries can utilize Vine videos. Has anyone created these types of videos for their libraries? If so, please post links to them and other innovative Vine videos in the comments!!

  • #11) Snaptshots of Professional Library Conferences & Events
  • #12) Quick Book, DVD, and App Reviews
  • #13) Behind-the-Scenes at the Library Vids
  • #14) Breaking News at the Library
  • #15) Mobile App Tips & Tricks



How to Get Started with Vine

Vine is relatively straight-forward to learn since it basically only involves creating short videos so if you’re just getting started you should be up and running very quickly. Here are some great resources with tips, tricks, and recommendations that will have you shooting videos like a pro.



Vine and Libraries

For more on the many different ways that libraries are making use of the Vine application, check out these great resources:

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10 Great Slidedecks from SLA 2013

1) KM Content that Delivers: Learn from the Early Adopters

Catherine Monte – Chief Knowledge Officer, Fox Rothschild
Nina Platt – Senior Director, Legal Market Services, LAC Group
Nola Vanhoy – Director of Practice Innovation, Alston & Bird LLP

The legal profession has tough requirements for its information providers. Not surprisingly, the legal community was among the early adopters of knowledge management practices to help manage their information systematically and efficiently and convey information to their stakeholders. The legal environment thus is in a unique position to provide “lessons learned” from their KM programs. Hear how the legal environment has raised the standards, workflows, and processes to deliver true efficiency in service delivery and agility in performance outcomes.


2) 60 Sites in 60 Minutes

John DiGilio – National Manager of Research Services, Reed Smith
Gayle Lynn-Nelson – LexisNexis
Samuel Wiggins – Information Officer, Norton Rose LLP

This wildly popular session that explores new and under-utilized Websites returns for another year. Fast-paced and fun, it offers a glimpse of what you may be missing on the Web.


3) The Accidental Systems Librarian: Using Our Librarian Competencies in Managing Systems

Nicole C. Engard – VP of Education, ByWater Solutions

This workshop takes the approach that anyone with a solid foundation in the practices and principles of librarianship and a willingness to confront and learn about changing technology can serve effectively in a library systems position—with or without formal technology training. Nicole C. Engard, author of The Accidental Systems Librarian, shares her practical advice on using research, communication, and organizational bibliographic skills to solve various systems problems is geared to helping both “accidental” and “planned” systems librarians develop the skills they need to succeed and the confidence they need to excel. This course will introduce systems librarian to the basics of what it means to work in systems in libraries and provide them with a toolbox to both succeed at their job and keep up with technologies.


4) Where Did the Books Go? Exploring E-Library Models at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries at Cornell University

Jeremy Cusker – Earth Science & Engineering Outreach Librarian, Cornell University
Dianne Dietrich – Phyiscs & Astronomy Librarian, Cornell University
Jill Wilson – Outreach Coordinator, Cornell University
Within two years, both the Physical Sciences Library and Engineering Library at Cornell University closed their stacks and transitioned to e-libraries. These changes were largely in response to a declining budget and recognition that our users largely coexist in the online environment when conducting research. This new business model presents challenges to the PS and Engineering librarians, including communicating where the print resources have gone and how to access online material and get help from librarians. The new e-library models encourage us to reinvent ways of performing outreach and to develop virtual tools and services to further assist our science communities.

5) Implementing Open Source

Nicole C. Engard – VP of Education, ByWater Solutions

This program will introduce attendees to the concept of open source and discuss how it can be used in libraries. The speaker will provide tips on the decision making process for implementing open-source software, focusing on integrated library systems. She will also address the factors that need to be considered and explain how to decide which is best–commercial off-the-shelf, institution-supported open source, or vendor-supported open source.


6) The Key Success Factor in Knowledge Management…What Else? Change Management

Patti Anklam – Principal Consultant, Net Work
Ethel M. Salonen – Department Head, Information Services, The MITRE Corporation
Change is inevitable, yet organizations and their employees typically find it difficult to adapt. Learn to use change management as part of a knowledge management strategy to effect change within the social infrastructure of the workplace. Knowledge sharing is not rewarded in many organizations, and a well-executed change management program may be required before taking on knowledge management efforts and/or achieving desired business outcomes. This session will explore change management solutions with a panel of KM practitioners who will share case studies, practical tips, and lessons learned on how best practices in change management can affect the success of knowledge sharing initiatives.


7) SharePoint Speed Dating: Tips and Techniques from the Pros: Quick Tips for Creating a Competitive Intelligence SharePoint Site

Nedra Allmond – Technical Consultant, K2
Megan Buttita – Senior Information Specialist, Allstate
Mike Doane – Term Management LLC
Chris Givens – CEO, Architecting Connected Systems
Karen McQuillen – Manager, Library and Informaiton Services, ETS
Catherine Monte – Chief Knowledge Officer, Fox Rothschild
Fred Wergeles – Fred Wergeles & Associates
Join us for a dynamic session to “speed date” with six SharePoint pros who will share their favorite techniques and best practices for using this popular platform in their daily work. Presenters will use laptops and/or mobile devices to walk you through topics such as mobile content delivery, hacking SharePoint to get to do what you want, pitfalls in getting started, taxonomy and managed metadata tips, gathering knowledge from your sales force, and integrating SharePoint with other CI software. Intended to be lively and interactive, this session gives you the opportunity to learn and share your own experiences as you travel from table to table.


8) SPOTLIGHT SESSION: The Race to the Patent Office – the Impact of the America Invents Act

Moderator: Betty Edwards – Senior Research Analyst, Draper Laboratory
Denise Chochrek – Sr. Knowledge Analyst, Frito Lay
Janet Gongola – Associate Commissioner Patent Reform, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
James Hagler – Senior Patent Counsel, Qualcomm, Inc.
The America Invents Act (Patent Reform Act) went into effect on 16 March 2013. It switched the U.S. patent system from “first to invent” to “first to file” and is the most significant change to the system in nearly 60 years. The act has wide ramifications concerning the kinds of innovations that are patentable, who owns inventions, who can use inventions, and how patents are challenged and defended. A panel of speakers will discuss how the act has affected the patent process and the dramatic and unforeseen impacts they have seen since the law went into effect.

9) Just Say No to Aimlessness! Strategic Leveraging of Social Media Content

Ethel M. Salonen – Department Head, Information Services, The MITRE Corporation
Cheryl Yanek – Senior Associate Librarian, Catalyst, Inc.
The goal of any successful social media initiative for a public or private organization is to create useful output that benefits the organization and the contributors using these platforms. Learn how to assemble attractive and fun social media environments that stimulate strong participation, effective knowledge sharing, and customer feedback that can finally bridge the communication gap between the organization and its clients or customers.


10) Next Generation Sci-Tech Librarians: Helping Institutions and Researchers Increase Their Impact

Moderator – Lutishoor Salisbury – Chemistry Librarian, University of Arkansas
Elizabeth Brown – Scholarly Communications and Library Grants Officer, Binghamton University Libraries
Susan Makar – Research Librarian, US National Institute of Standards & Technology – NIST
Jason Priem – Co-founder, ImpactStory
The role of the sci-tech librarian is changing – it’s not just reference assistance and cataloging anymore. The sci-tech librarian of the future is an analyst using citation and publication data to demonstrate the impact of a customer’s research and, in turn, the impact of the parent organization. Librarians will share practical information about how they serve customers in this non-traditional role.

And find even more listed here: http://competitiveintelligence.ning.com/forum/topics/sla2013-conference-decks-links-embedded-include

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5 Awesome Librarian Business Cards

I’ve been using Moo cards for years because I love the slender, slick business cards that they provide from my photos but I’m always on the lookout for new and interesting ways to display information on them as well as design inspiration.  I was very pleased to come across these 6 superbly designed librarian business cards.


Superhero Librarian Business Cards



These snazzy cards started off as a student project led by Kristin Popham, a graphic designer who was attending the Rochester Institute of Technology.  She and her classmates designed these exciting business cards for the college librarians as a way to show them how much their dedication was appreciated by students.  More here: http://www.kristinpopham.com/Superheroes.html



Librarian Heroes Business Cards


Kristin Partlo, Librarian at Carleton College, Gould Library has some pretty engaging business cards, and the rest of librarians do as well!  check out their Trading Card Gallery.  More here: http://apps.carleton.edu/campus/library/help/help/liaisons/cards/




Library Card Business Cards


I absolutely love these old-fashioned library card inspired business cards created by the Tower of Babel Graphic Design Studio.  More here: http://www.babeldesign.com/#


Daring Librarian Business Cards


Gwyneth Jones, aka The Daring Librarian uses QR Codes on her business cards as well as comic style in order to really stand out.   More here:  http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2013/06/5-easy-tips-to-making-out-of-this-world.html

More Library Card Inspired Business Cards


card_catalog_biz_cardsAuthor Olivia Waite had these retro library card  business cards designed by Boxcar Press.  These are simple yet beautfully designed.  More here:  http://pinterest.com/pin/251286854179519046/


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42 Library Stories You May Have Missed in June

The month of June has been a busy news month for libraries.  If you’re still catching up on your reading you’ll want to check out this list of articles, blog posts, and infographics!

  1. The Future of Libraries: Short on Books, Long on Tech
  2. Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations
  3. Tacit Knowledge and the Student Researcher
  4. The Card Catalog is Dead; Long Live the Card Catalog
  5. Library Infographics: 1930′s style
  6. Analyzing the MISO Data: Broader Perspectives on Library and Computing Trends
  7. Google vs. the Library: Student Preferences and Perceptions When Doing Research Using Google and a Federated Search Tool
  8. The Bartending Librarian: How Past Odd Jobs Help You Now
  9. Writing for the Profession: Paving a Path to Publication
  10. The Ultimate, Mega, Essential Website Design Guide – 115 Tools and Resources
  11. 30 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Technology News and Insights
  12. A Librarian’s Guide to Space Tourism – 32 Resources
  13. 10 Treehouse, Dollhouse, and other Truly Unique Libraries – Part I
  14. 10 Treehouse, Dollhouse, and other Truly Unique Libraries – Part II
  15. 10 Fun Ways to Feed Your Mind this Summer
  16. ALA Annual 2013 Newbies Twitter List
  17. Heard Off the Street: Library’s 3-D printer spits out all kinds of fun and learning
  18. Digital ‘Library For All’ Brings Books to Developing World
  19. Library of Congress Transitions to Free, Online-Only Cataloging Publications
  20. The Librarian’s Love/Hate/Love Relationship with Books
  21. Academics will need both the physical and virtual library for years to come
  22. Toronto library study aims to put a dollar figure on their value
  23. The Library Test Kitchen at Harvard
  24. The Best Uses for Your Local Library (That Aren’t Just Books)
  25. Every Library and Museum in America, Mapped
  26. Library Budgets, Journal Bundles, Reference Staffing
  27. Designing Libraries That Encourage Teens to Loiter
  28. Universities and Libraries Envision a ‘Federated System’ for Public Access to Research
  29. 10 Resources for Community Digital Archives
  30. The Library Is Open: A Look at Librarians and Tumblr
  31. My Library Usability Study Stage 1
  32. Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?
  33. ALA vs NSA: Reflecting on Libraries and Social Media
  34. Paper rules: Why borrowing an e-book from your library is so difficult
  35. What Kids Are Reading report
  36. Embedded Librarian 101: How to Get Started
  37. NSA Surveillance Reflects a Broader Interpretation of the Patriot Act
  38. Awesome Bookish Flooring
  39. A Brief Guide to Bookstagram
  40. Simple Ideas for S.T.E.M. Programming in Libraries
  41. Library-Related Acronyms
  42. What students need from reference librarians

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35 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in July

Summer is a great time for learning new skills before the craziness of back-to-school season is upon us again.  Here’s a slew of free learning opportunities for libraries and librarians.

  1. Monday July 8
    10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)
    The 3P’s in Strategic Planning for the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)
    Many organizations desire to improve their training departments by ‘going virtual’ or they have been in the virtual classroom for a while but are not sure what they can do to take their programs to the next level. This seminar will discuss the 3 P’s in strategic planning for the virtual classroom: People, Process and Programs.
  2. Tuesday July 9
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
    Events for (Almost) Everyone (Washington State Library)
    Events can be an excellent way to connect with patrons, volunteers, your partnering organizations, and your surrounding neighborhood. They build good will, educate about your services, and add to your list of annual successes.  This presentation will share the rudiments of low- or no-cost events for which the idea and spirit behind them are as important as the successful execution.
  3. Tuesday July 9
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Build Websites Like Hollywood Builds Movies (O’Reilly)
    In this webcast, we’ll look at the lifecycle of various Web development projects through the lens of Hollywood storytelling. Learn how to deliver successful projects that are on time, on budget, and meet customer expectations through a comparison of how the narrative structure of various films compares to different process models for site development. Not only will you come away with a better understanding of how to approach your next Web development project, but you’ll also gain a greater appreciation for the life lessons taught by some of your favorite Hollywood films.
  4. Tuesday July 9
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Grantseeking Basics (GrantSpace)
    Gain an introduction to the world of foundation fundraising. Are you a representative of a nonprofit organization? Are you new to fundraising? Do you want to learn how the funding research process works, and what tools and resources are available? 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.
  5. Tuesday July 9
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Libraries, Children and Families: new research and policy recommendations on role of libraries in early reading (WebJunction)
    The importance of early childhood education was underscored by President Obama in his most recent State of the Union address: “Study after study shows that the sooner a child begins learning, the better he or she does down the road.” Join us to hear Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, present on a recent report, Growing Young Minds, developed with the Campaign for Grade-level Reading, that highlights the role of libraries in early learning. The report also offers a plan of action for policy makers to build on current research and include libraries in early learning strategies. Attendees will learn about best practices for enhancing reading programs and how to participate in your community’s efforts to address literacy concerns. In addition, Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, will describe the Project’s newly released report about the special role that libraries play in the life of families with children. Attendees will learn what matters to parents about their library experiences with their children, and how library programs and outreach can address those needs.
  6. Tuesday, July 9
    3:00 pm  – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    How to Use Technology to Help Your Board Become More Effective
    This NonprofitWebinars.com session will help you to learn how to use technology to improve the overall effectiveness of your board.  Takeaways: Learn how to use a free board portal to increase your board effectiveness, Learn how to take web-based evaluations to improve overall board governance, Learn how to encourage board engagement and increase stakeholder value.
  7. Wednesday July 10
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     Learning in the Learning Commons: How UNK Moved Out of the Silos and into a Dance Hall (Nebraska Library Commission)
    The UNK Learning Commons opened softly the Fall of 2010 with the goal of coordinating multiple academics student services in one convenient place. Now, nearly three years later, the UNKLC has become a hot spot for campus partnerships that contribute to the students’ academic success. Learn out why it started, how far it’s come, and where it’s going next. Speakers: Keri Pearson, Interim Assistant Director, UNK Learning Commons; Dr. Ron Wirtz, Assistant Director of the Learning Commons for the Library.
  8. Wednesday July 10
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
     Kiss Your BUT Good-Bye to Achieve Professional and Personal Success (American Management Association)
    Joe and Bob Azelby are seasoned business executives who believe that a career stalls because an individual lacks a certain skill or has a behavior that makes them a less qualified candidate. We all have weaknesses, which the Azelby brothers refer to as “BUTs.”  For example: Bill is a hard worker BUT he can’t influence people and Larry is a great producer BUT he is a lousy manager.  Most people do not have any idea how their BUTs are inhibiting their career advancement because their colleagues and even their managers are unwilling to provide much needed candid feedback. This webcast will help you identify your BUTs and provide the tools necessary to shrink them. In addition, they’ll explore the importance of strong managers and demonstrate how a manager’s BUT can h ave a negative impact on his or her team.
  9. Wednesday July 10
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    3D Printing for Everyone: What you need to build your own 3D printer (O’Reilly)
    In this webcast, I will introduce you to my open source 3D Printer that I built from a kit. I’ll share my experiences of both joy and tears, from assembly and tuning, to modeling and printing. We’ll cover the kinds of open source models, compare their commercial counterparts, talk about heat, plastic types and potential. If you are curious about 3D printing, but don’t know much about it, I hope to cover all of the basics. If you have been doing your research, but have some pointed questions that will get you off the fence, I hope to answer those too. By the end of the session, my hope is you will all want to build 3D printers of your own, and have all of the information you need to get started.
  10. Wednesday July 10
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Engaging Pro Bono and Skilled Volunteers (VolunteerMatch)
    Integrating skilled volunteers into your existing volunteer program is both exciting and scary. If you’re thinking about adding skilled volunteers to your program, or if you’ve just started, this seminar can help you make the experience successful for both the volunteer and the organization. Navigating the introduction of the idea into your organization, developing the art of delegating work to volunteers, and setting achievable outcomes will be covered.
  11. Wednesday July 10
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data: Navigating the latest release of the American FactFinder – Part 1 (InfoPeople)
    Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database. At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to: Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S., Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories, Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography, Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups, and Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer! This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.
  12. Wednesday July 10
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
    Hire Like A Pro: How to Avoid the 4 Fatal Hiring Mistakes That Almost Everyone Makes (NonProfit Webinars)
    Hiring the right people is absolutely critical to the success of any organization. Your team dictates your ability to execute your organization’s mission. Unfortunately, so many managers are using old hiring strategies that are not effective any longer. They ask the wrong interview questions and they make poor hiring decisions. The result? An inadequate team, or a lot of bad turnover. The team suffers, the manager suffers, and no real work gets done. In this webinar we will describe the 4 most common hiring mistakes and how to stop them immediately.
  13. Thursday July 11
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
    Using Census Data to Apply for a Grant (United States Census Bureau)
    Practice accessing statistics from the decennial census, the American Community Survey and economic information from American FactFinder in order to complete a grant scenario.
  14. Thursday July 11
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
    Developing Mobile Apps from Idea to Launch: A Case Study. (TechSoup)
    Want to create a mobile app for your nonprofit or library? Then this is the webinar for you.
  15. Friday July 12
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Making Difficult Conversations Easy (Effectiveness Institute)
    Do you shy away from conflict? In organizations across the world conflict is avoided. Expectations go unmet, values are violated, and overall under-performance exists because people do not know how to effectively resolve issues without resorting to the use of power. This one-hour session introduces you to concepts that enable you to begin to “integrate conflict” – to walk into it and effectively handle it – rather than avoid it.
  16. Tuesday July 16
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Book Group Buzz (Booklist)
    Leading a book group can be a lot of work, from finding new titles to searching for discussion questions. In this free, hour-long webinar, Rebecca Vnuk, Reference and Collection Management Editor for Booklist, will be joined by representatives from HarperCollins, Random House Library Marketing, and Sourcebooks for a discussion of upcoming and backlist titles that are a perfect fit for adult book groups, as well as a whirlwind tour of must-know websites for book discussion leaders.
  17. Wednesday July 17
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
     Leading Organizational Change (NonProfit Webinars)
    In a rapidly changing world, every leader needs to understand how to effectively guide organizational change. Change may be necessary for many reasons, such as meeting new customer demands; implementing a strategic plan; upgrading technology systems; or coping with challenges. Leaders often wonder how to promote buy-in and engagement during what is sometimes a difficult process. This webinar for staff and board members will focus on: principles of change; understanding how people react to change; common mistakes and how to avoid them; working with resistance; and maintaining open communication. You will learn practical tips and be introduced to resources for further learning.
  18. Wednesday July 17
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Library Social Media Use (WebJunction)
    Over half of the world’s 2 billion internet users interact with social media tools to create, share, and exchange information and ideas while online. Libraries are using these tools to market programs and services, and to connect and engage with their communities beyond the library walls. Join us as we explore Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest as examples of tools that are being used successfully by libraries. The webinar will cover how to create, administer, moderate, and leverage your library’s online presence. Some basic security settings for each social media tool will be discussed as well.
  19. Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    3:00 PM – 4:00 PM (Eastern)
    How to Approach a Foundation (GrantSpace)
    Learn how to build relationships with foundation prospects and prepare for calls and meetings with funders. From initial contact to getting funded, following field-tested best practices will increase your chances of getting the grant. This Foundation Center webinar will teach you how to: Initiate contact with potential funders, Plan calls and meetings, including site visits, Effectively communicate with funders during the grant process.  Prior attendance at Grantseeking Basics is strongly recommended.
  20. Thursday July 18
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
     An eBook Publishing Primer – what librarians need to know to help local authors (Montana State Library)
    Where do local authors go to find out about self-publishing an eBook? Why, they should go to the library, of course!  Jo Flick of the Montana State Library and Jodi Christophe of the Missoula Public Library’s Web-On-Wheels branch library will introduce librarians to several epublishing options that they can share with local authors interested in self-publishing.  Jodi and Jo will explain the issues and decisions that authors face when choosing which service they use to self publish, they will provide links to many resources available to authors from epublishing to researching copyright issues. Participants will leave this session with a working knowledge of how epublishing works.
  21. Thursday July 18
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    DIY Options for Mobile Websites (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    Are you interested in do-it-yourself options for developing a mobile website for your library?  The Texas State Library is planning on offering training on this topic, but we need your input.  Christine Peterson of Amigos Library Services is conducting a 1 hour webinar, showcasing the following common DIY mobile options: Google Sites mobile templates, Kurago Kurogo Mobile Platform, jQuery Mobile, and Responsive Web Design using CSS media queries.  In conjunction with the webinar, you will have an opportunity to vote via survey for the solution you would like to receive training on.
  22. Friday July 19
    10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)
    TEAL Library Highlights: Technology Training at the Library (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    Libraries are on the front lines of digital inclusion and digital literacy efforts across the state. This webinar will feature a panel of Texas library staff from Gilbreath Memorial Library (Winnsboro, TX), Rita and Truett Smith Public Library (Wylie, TX) and the Library at Cedar Creek (Seven Points, TX). Panelists will share their experiences planning and offering computer classes as part of their participation in the Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans project (TEAL).  Is your library thinking about offering classes?- Join us to learn from the experiences of other libraries!
  23. Friday July 19
    1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Eastern)
     Information Literacy Assessment: What Works? What Doesn’t? (LYRASIS Polite Debate Society)
    During the last Polite Debate Society, we addressed Information literacy from the teaching perspective… How to teach the Hard Stuff (Recording: http://lyrasis.adobeconnect.com/p42slccadgz/).  In part 2 of the series, panelists from the information literacy community will spend 90 minutes discussing key issues in information literacy assessment. The teaching landscape for IL librarians continues to evolve rapidly. Assessment strategies used previously in the traditional classroom environment are challenging, if not impossible to implement in an educational setting where we use both the physical and virtual classroom, where technology dictates our approach to teaching so heavily, and where many deal with the pressure cooker of the “one shot” class.   Still others are learning what kinds of assessment strategies are most effective in the semester long credit bearing information literacy course. In our Polite Debate Society session, our panel will review and critique some common assessment strategies, discuss what works and what doesn’t in a variety of settings, and share ideas for best practices in information literacy assessment.
  24. Monday July 22
    10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)
     Learning and Support @ the Point of Work (Insync Training)
    The increasing velocity of business places urgency on creating and sustaining workforce capability. Workflows and the need to learn are converging. Continuous work demands and mission-critical needs for our workforce to learn should not force us to choose one or the other. Traditional training methods, delivery venues, and learning management systems are not agile enough to address this convergence @ the point of work. Informal learning becomes critical, and is shrinking to meet the demands of just-enough-just-in-time-just-for-me. This expanded learning environment is loaded with interdependencies and is requiring us to treat it as a dynamic learning ecosystem.This session examines a framework called the PDR Learning Continuum that serves as an overlay to the ecosystem concept and integrates learning and support @ the point of work.
  25. Tuesday July 23
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (Eastern)
     Localize, Mobilize, and Spotlight Your Library Services and Outreach (WebJunction)
    Libraries play a critical role in their communities that goes beyond their collections, focusing on events, outreach and library as place. In an increasingly digital and mobile world, libraries need new ways to reach out and engage. Now with the new OCLC Library Spotlight program (www.worldcat.org/spotlight), you can set up a dynamic mobile view of your library and dramatically extend its visibility into many popular web services—in just 10 minutes. Learn about this free service, available to all, that will make it easier for your library to be found on the web and through highly trafficked services like Yelp. Hear how one library focused its messaging and engagement through coordinated efforts at a local level to maximize their web presence and reach.
  26. Wednesday July 24
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    NCompass Live: The Digital Public Library of America: a New Resource for Our Communities (Nebraska Library Commission)
    The Digital Public Library of America is a newly launched resource that is a portal, a platform, and an advocate for the free and open access to the cultural heritage of America. The site brings together a diversity of resources, including images, words, sounds, and more from libraries, archives, and museums across the nation. Learn about what the DPLA offers for libraries and their communities from Jamie Hollier, DPLA board member.
  27. Wednesday July 24
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
    SummerTeen: Hot Books for Young Adults (School Library Journal)
    SummerTeen presents popular YA authors talking about their writing experiences and current and forthcoming titles in a conversational panel format, including Q&A sessions with the audience. Presentations led by school and teen library experts will address the hottest trends in YA literature including mystery/thriller, historical fantasy, technology and diversity. And you’ll hear directly from publishers about the newest books you’ll want for your teens this year. SummerTeen is a free, must-attend online event for teen and young adult services librarians and educators from public and school library settings, as well as teen advisory groups, book clubs and anyone who loves YA/teen literature.
  28. Wednesday July 24
    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Eastern)
     5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity (American Management Association)
    Attend this webcast and learn about FranklinCovey’s program called “5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity.” The program, supported by science and years of experience, will give you an overview, key concepts and elements of a process that has helped countless individuals yield a measurable increase in their productivity. It will also give you hope, a renewed sense of engagement, and show you how implementing these tools and concepts can make or break your ability to achieve the most important outcomes in your work and personal life.
  29. Wednesday July 24
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
     Accessing Employment Statistics Using “OnTheMap” (United States Census Bureau)
    Uncover a wealth of information available on U.S. workers in an overview of this online mapping and reporting application. See where they are employed and where they live with companion reports on worker characteristics and optional filtering by age, earnings, or industry groups.
  30. Wednesday July 24
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (Eastern)
    Building Social Capital to Enhance Collaboration (NonProfit Webinars)
    Typically when people think about social capital, it is associations, networks and relationships that result in a gain. I believe that organizations tend to build partners with those who are similar (bonding social capital) instead of bridging, another form of social capital with those who are different. In this workshop, participants will learn more about social capital and how to leverage networks that can increase program partners and potential funders.
  31. Friday July 26
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Eastern)
     Early Literacy Programming in the Digital Age (InfoPeople)
    Check the Infopeople website for more information on this program.
  32. Wednesday July 24
    3:00 pm – 4:30 pm (Eastern)
    TEAL Library Highlights: Mobile Technology Training for Your Community (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
    As libraries become experts in digital literacy, they are expanding library service offerings and reaching beyond their physical walls. This webinar will feature a panel of Texas library staff from Arlington, Lancaster Veterans Memorial and Salado Public Libraries, all participants in the Technology Expertise, Access and Learning for all Texans project (TEAL). Marc Marchand from Arlington Public Library will discuss the creation of a new, library-run computer lab within an existing Parks and Recreation facility, and he will explain how the TechLink Mobile Technology lab is expanding the reach of the library. Robin Hall from Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library will share her experience offering computer classes at the local Senior Center, and Jeanie Lively from Salado Public Library will provide an overview of the innovative Tech-To-Go Program, which provides laptop computers to patrons for check-out (just like books!).
  33. Wednesday July 31
    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. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.
  34. Wednesday July 31
    12:00 pm -1:00 pm(Eastern)
     Keys to Improving Project Team Performance Using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (American Management Association)
    If there weren’t people involved, my project would have been delivered on time and under budget! Sound familiar? Unfortunately, the reality is that people are involved in the execution of every project and not even the most sophisticated software or project template can change that fundamental truth. Communication, interpersonal skills, and an understanding of team dynamics are a project manager’s greatest asset for driving optimal project performance, and the MBTI tool can fast forward that competence exponentially. This webcast will present an overview of personality type and how the different types can be leveraged to form a team that harnesses the best of all of them.
  35. Wednesday July 31
    1:00 pm -2:00 pm(Eastern)
     Accountable Fundraising: You Can Integrate Achievement, Long-term Success and Stewardship (NonProfit Webinars)
    Suggested practices in this webinar will significantly improve your bottom line as you gain better results for your cause, increases loyalty from staff and board, and deepen the level of appreciation from those who support your mission.


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