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.
Virtual Services in the Library: Synchronous and Asynchronous Events
Learn how to teach with technology and provide library patrons with exciting remote instructional events ranging from screencasts, slidecasts, podcasts, side-by-side tutorials, and teaching live. Tour the latest technologies such as Zoom, Camtasia Studio, and LibWizard as well as hosting platforms, and marketing outlets. Learn about how to host engaging live and pre-recorded sessions, what to do in post-production, and how to analyze metrics to inform future sessions.
Virtual Programming A-Z
Learn how to create engaging virtual programming ranging from virtual storytimes to virtual maker activities to cat cafes. Offer your patrons remote language and career programming, author talks, and writers programs using technology such as Zoom, Facebook Live, Youtube Live, and Instagram Live. This session will discuss specific guidelines for holding live sessions, post-production tips, instruction on where to embed and market your media, as well as how to stream your events to multiple outlets simultaneously.
Virtual Gaming Events
Learn how to create enticing virtual gaming programs for your library patrons ranging from video game tournaments, Dungeons and Dragons online, virtual escape rooms, scavenger hunts, chess tournaments, and more. Learn about the latest technology such as Twitch, Discord, Roll 20, and GoogleSites and how to use them to design winning game programs.
Cybersecurity for Librarians
The cyberthreat landscape has expanded across all sectors of business and industry and has now grown to include libraries. While most libraries have IT measures in place to ensure cybersecurity it is oftentimes not enough to combat today’s evolving cyberattacks. What can you do to help your library fight this very real threat? Learn how to spot phishing attempts like a hacker in this interactive webinar. Educate yourself about password management, social engineering, computer security, and protecting the data you’re handling.
How to Create Free Digital Breakouts for Libraries
Digital breakouts are immersive online experiences not unlike their wildly popular counterparts, escape room games. These interactive diversions pose exciting challenges for players to overcome and along with them opportunities for libraries to impart learning outcomes and skill sets. Explore the ins and outs of setting up these engaging games for patrons and students. This webinar discusses all of the details of how to set up Google sites to host games, Google forms for creating virtual locks to challenge patrons, what types of puzzles to create, how libraries are already using them, etc. Here is just one example: https://sites.google.com/view/draculascurse
Kawaii Craft Programming for Libraries
According to a recent Library Journal survey of 7,000 public libraries, craft programs are the number one most popular maker activity offered in libraries. Get inspired and learn all about the essential tools and technologies used in today’s crafts programming and how you can host engaging craft programming in your library whether you have a dedicated makerspace or not! Teach patrons how to create “super cute” crafts such as felties, plushies, fluffies, stickers, jewelry, charms and more using an array of materials and tools ranging from 3D printers to vinyl cutters, to polymer clay!
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
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, 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!
- January 2024: Developing a Graphic Novel Collection – Northern New York Library Network
- January 25, 2023: Sustainable-Living-Library-Programs – LILRC Long Island Library Resources Council
- April 20, 2023: Sustainable Living Library Programs – American Library Association
- October 11, 2023: Empowering Creativity: Exploring Makerspaces and Engaging STEM Programming in Libraries – Florida Libraries
- January 12: How to Create Free Digital Breakouts for Libraries, Florida Library Webinars
- March 23: Cosplay in Libraries Workshops and Webinars, Florida Library Webinars
- Virtual Gaming Events, Florida Library Webinars, 11/3
- Opening Keynote Panel Reinventing Libraries for a Post-COVID World, 6/2021
- Cybersecurity for Librarians, NY Library Council, 7/2020
- Librarianship in the Age of AI Panel at the Ark Group’s Law Firm Libraries 2020 online conference. 6/2020
- Cybersecurity for Librarians, The American Library Association, 5/2020
- 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.
- 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
- Programming with Cosplay: Embracing Costume Play in your Library, Webinar. The American Library Association. 5/2017
- “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 Library” American Library Association Chicago, IL January 2016.
- “Cosplay in Libraries” South Central Library System Madison, WI Dec 9, 2015.
- “25 Free Technologies for Law Libraries”. AALL 2015, Philadelphia, PA, July 19, 2015.
- “Free Technology for Libraries” SLA-NY Annual Conference & Expo, New York, NY Sept 2014.
- “Law Librarianship in the Digital Age” AALL 2014, San Antonio, TX, July 15, 2014.
- “Law Librarianship in the Digital Age” Best Practices & Management Strategies for Law Firm Library, Research & Information Services, New York, NY, Feb 20, 2014.
- “Evaluating eBook Offerings” LLAGNY’s 75th Anniversary Education Conference, New York, NY, Jan 14, 2014.
- “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.
- “Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, KEYNOTE m-libraries Conference, Milton Keynes, UK Sept 2012
- “Libraries and Mobile Technology”, KEYNOTE Handheld Librarian Conference, Online Aug 2012
- “Leveraging Technology for Better Services, Collaboration, and Organization” Track Chair/Moderator,PLL Summit, Boston, MA, July 2012
- “Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, KEYNOTE 41st LIBER Annual Conference, Tartu, Estonia June 2012
- “Evaluating e-Book Offerings”, DLIS St. John’s Symposium, New York, NY Mar 2012
- “Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Online Information 2011, London, UK Nov 2011
- “Using Card Sorting to Improve Information Architecture”, ASIS&T, New Orleans, LA Oct 2011
- “Using Card Sorting to Improve Information Architecture”, METRO, New York, NY Jun 2011
- “Personal Digital Archiving”, METRO, New York, NY Apr 2011
- “Libraries to Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY Apr 2011
- “Personal Digital Archiving”,Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Mar 2011
- “How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence”, Barnard College Career Services, New York, NY Mar 2011.
- “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
- “Next-Gen Libraries”, Online Information Conference, London, England Dec 2009
- “Open Movement in Libraries, Technology, and Education”, Track Chair/Moderator, Online Information Conference, London, England Dec 2009
- “Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Long Island Library Resources Council, Long Island, NY Nov 2009
- “Social Networking and Libraries: Best Practices and Challenges”, Suffolk County Library Association, Long Island, NY Oct 2009
- “Card Sorting from A-Z”, North Suburban Library System, Chicago, IL Sept 2009
- “Open and Libraries”, North Suburban Library System, Chicago, IL Sept 2009
- “Libraries To Go: Mobile Tech in Libraries”, Law Library Association of Greater New York (LLAGNY), New York, NY May 2009
- “Open Libraries” Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Mar 2009
- “Online Communities”, Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY Jan 2009
- “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
- Emerging Tech for Library Staff, METRO, New York, NY Nov 2007
- “Social Software in Academic Libraries”, ACRL/NY Symposium, New York, NY, Nov 2007
- “Tagging, Folksonomies, and Libraries”, Education Institute, Webcast, Nov 2007
- “Web 2.0 and Library Services”, session in Information
Sources & Services Course, Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Nov 2007
- “Improving Web Site Access: Card Sorting A–Z”, Internet Librarian 2007, Monterey, CA, Oct 2007
- Five Weeks to a Social Library: Training Underserved Professional Populations with Social Software, ASIS&T, Milwaukee, WI, Oct 2007
- “Online Communities and Libraries”, Darien Public Library, Darien, CT July 2007
- “Folksonomies and Social Tagging”, Ohio State University Libraries Library 2.0 Conference, Columbus, OH, June 2007 (simultaneously Webcast live)
- Social Software in Action Track Chair/Moderator, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2007
- Information Design for the New Web, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC, Apr 2007
- “The Hive Mind and Libraries: Folksonomies and Tagging”, Computers in Libraries, Washington, DC April 2007
- Five Weeks to a Social Library Planning Chair/Moderator, online course, Feb-Mar 2007
- Web 2.0 Technology Tour, session in Collaborative Technology Course, Long Island University Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Jan 2007
- “Web 2.0 Technology” Beta Phi Mu Theta Chapter of Pratt University, Nov 2006
- Online Community and Libraries METRO, Nov 2006
- Technology Solutions Planning Internet Librarian 2006, Oct 2006
- Wikis: Enabling Library Knowledge Bases Wikimania Aug 2006
- Web 2.0 Technology METRO, July 2006
- Creator and organizer of the NY Librarian’s Meetup Group a social networking organization with over 90 members, started in May 2006
- “Folksonomies and User-Based Tagging” Columbia University, Mar 2006
- Key Web 2.0 Technologies Columbia University, Mar 2006
- How to Create an Online Interactive Map Using Microsoft Visio Professional METRO, Oct 2005