The monthly list of live webinars. (It's like the smell of fresh wildflowers blooming in an open field).
Directions in Metadata with Karen Coyle (ALA TechSource)
April 1, 4:00pm EST.
Bibliographic data is in the midst of a major transition. With the emergence of the semantic web, the very purpose of this data is evolving from an entity meant for interpretation by humans to one meant for interpretation by machines.
Karen Coyle, digital library consultant and bibliographic data expert, will discuss the future of metadata and its role in bibliographic data and the semantic web. Coyle will address what the major transformations in the use and structure of data already underway mean for libraries, and what librarians can do to prepare, adapt, and take advantage of new possibilities.
April 5, 4:00pm EST.
The iPad has finally gone from mythical dream device to an actual product. Join us for a roundtable video discussion where we'll weigh in on features we like and dislike, look at surprising functions or oversights, and see how the iPad compares to our expectations.Library Service to Older Adults and Baby Boomers (WebJunction)
April 6, 2:00pm EST.
Douglas C. Lord, of the Connecticut State Library and active WebJunction contributor will share best practices related to services to older adults with a special emphasis on the baby boom generation. We'll discuss the characteristics and needs of boomers, and share ideas on how library programming can respond to those needs. We'll also look at what the future holds as boomers continue to age and the next generation enters seniority.
Creating iGoogle Gadgets for your Library Users (ACRL)
April 6, 2:00pm EST.
Research habits are as unique as fingerprints. Library users benefit by being enabled to customize their own search environment and have it ever present where they choose. For many, this can help to relieve the unwanted clutter and information overload that afflicts so many researchers in today's abundant environment. Find out how MSU Libraries has maximized Google gadget API technology to allow students to create their own search dashboards filled with library modules, and much more.
Tales from the Tech Sandbox (TechSoup)
April 6, 2:00pm EST.
According to Kieran Hixon, it’s all about the sandbox at his library. Don’t expect to get sandy or dusty, instead, learn how testing new ideas and innovations in a controlled environment — the sandbox — helps the John C. Fremont Public Library District use technology to meet the needs of their rural community.
Learn from Kieran’s experiences with gaming, wikis, open source, skill bartering, and creative approaches to library fine amnesty. Expect to hear new ideas that stretch your mind and your budget.
Wireless Video Streaming that Works (eschoolnews)
April 7, 1:30pm EST.
Wireless technologies are dramatically changing the way school districts prepare their students for the digital age. Hear Keller Independent School District (ISD) and Craig Mathias, leading Wireless analyst and founder of Farpoint Group, discuss the latest technology trends that are enhancing the learning experience in forward thinking school districts.
Keller ISD, one of the fastest growing school districts in Texas serving over 30,000 students is implementing district-wide visual learning by streaming high-quality video and other multimedia resources to the classroom wirelessly, providing on-demand access to digital content and instructional tools for teachers and students.
They installed the Video-on-Demand and Digital Media management solution to deliver rich digital education content to classrooms throughout the school district over the new wireless network. This cost-effective solution now provides high-speed, district-wide access and ensures seamless delivery of multimedia content to students & teachers.
April 8, 2:00pm EST.
Innovative libraries around the world are embracing web-scale discovery as a powerful new ally in bringing net-gen users back to the library as the starting point for research. This groundbreaking new technology exposes content riches in a way that "millenials" and other end-users expect and understand: from a single search box and an appealing, easy interface.
The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Techologies (Educause)
April 9, 1:00pm EST.
While it is difficult to predict the future, it is essential to plan for it. The Horizon Report is an established planning resource, designed to catalyze discussions around emerging and arriving technologies and the impact they will have at learning-centered organizations. They’ll highlight how institutions around the world are implementing these technologies at various budgetary levels.
The State of America's Libraries (SirsiDynix)
April 13, 1:00pm EST.
In a SirsiDynix Institute event celebrating National Library Week, join American Library Association President-Elect Roberta Stevens for ALA's annual report on the state of America's libraries. Ms. Stevens, who presently serves as outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and as project manager of the National Book Festival, has spent more than 35 years in librarianship. Register now for this unique opportunity to hear from the next president of the ALA as she details the latest trends, challenges and triumphs of libraries in America.
RFID in Libraries (NISO)
April 14, 1:00pm EST.
- ISO Standard on RFID in Libraries Vinod Chachra, CEO, VTLS, Inc.
- U.S. Implementation of RFID in Libraries
Paul Sevcik, 3M Library Systems
- Case Study of RFID Library Implementation Speaker TBA
The Rise and Fall of Reference Collections: Strategies for Managing Change (ALCTS)
April 14, 2:00pm EST.
Thorough analysis of the current state of reference collections, usage of traditional resources, and strategies for the future.
David Tyckoson is Associate Dean of the Henry Madden Library at the University of California Fresno. He is past President of the Reference and User Services Assication of the American Library Association and won the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award in 2005 for his contributions to reference librarianship.Register ($)
Getting Started with the Mobile Website (ACRL)
April 15, 2:00pm EST.
More and more studies are showing that the trend towards usage of mobile devices has moved beyond early adopters into the mainstream. Are you interested in launching a mobile-optimized website for your library, but not quite sure where to begin? Constrained budgets don't have to limit an institution's ability to remain flexible and dynamic in the face of the constantly moving target of emerging technologies. Participants will benefit from this timely snapshot of what is rapidly becoming an essential venue for library access.
Librarians as Leaders of the 21st Century (School Library Journal)
April 15, 3:00pm EST.
Twenty-first century skills provide a natural context for school library programs as shown in the skills framework from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. In this special School Library Journal webcast, Bernie Trilling, global director for the Oracle Education Foundation and co-author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times (Wiley 2009) will give an over of 21st century skills, followed by school librarians Sophie Brookover and Melissa Techman, who will demonstrate how their work supports 21st century skills.
Leading in the New Business Reality (Webex)
April 20, 12noon EST.
Scott Blanchard leads this webinar and will share three key elements for creating this type of organization.
LinkedIN: Beyond the Basics (O'Reilly)
April 20, 1:00pm EST.
While there are many opportunities to connect and showcase yourself online, there is no way around the fact that you simply must be using LinkedIn. If you aren't using its features to their fullest, you may likely be missing out on opportunities to connect and impress.
Competency Success Stories for your Library (WebJunction)
April 20, 2:00pm EST.
Competencies are descriptions of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes associated with a job position, and are often compiled into an organized index that can be referenced for hiring, training, and evaluation purposes. Come and discover ways that libraries around the country are putting library competencies to practical use, saving time and money while increasing staff skills and expertise. Our panel will field questions and share free resources you can use in your library to promote staff development and continuing education, and improve efficiency and work quality.
Filbert Roundtable: The Future of Libraries, Books, and Reading (OPAL)
April 20, 2:00pm EST.
The shared futures of libraries, books, and reading seem very hazy at present. Join us for a monthly, lively, informal discussion of new developments, challenges, and opportunities. It'll be a roundtable, so everyone is welcome to chime in.
The Secrets of Search: How to Find Anything on the Web (AMA)
April 22, 12noon EST.
Google is the most utilized search engine on the Internet. Millions of people use it, and other search engines daily to find out about almost anything. However, these tools have dozens of advanced capabilities of which most people aren't even aware. With billions of information-rich Websites (a number that's growing daily), the task of finding the piece of information you require for your job is becoming even more arduous.
This session is for everyone from Google novices to search engine pros. It will demystify how to use the various search tools to find what you need…and do so in a minimal of time. Google will be utilized primarily; however, advanced search features from other sites will also be discussed.
Gadgets: Personal Electronics for your Library (WebJunction)
April 22, 2:00pm EST.
Personal electronics such as ebook readers and MP3 players are now a common part of our media infosphere in the library world. Patrons are checking gadgets out from us, asking us for content that can be loaded on them, asking us for advice on how to use them more effectively. Join us for this webinar brought to you in collaboration with ALA TechSource and presented by Jason Griffey, author of the upcoming April issue of Library Technology Reports on the topic of Gadgets in Libraries. Jason will discuss current popular gadgets, talk about new gadgets on the horizon, and answer a few common questions about the best way to deal with gadgets both personally, and at your library.
Religion & Public Libraries: Do you Dewey 200? (Infopeople)
April 23, 3:00pm EST.
Although public libraries may not support a particular religion, the area of religious inquiry by library users does need support, just as other community and individual interests receive. Differentiating between support of a particular religious system and support of religious inquiry by any and all is what we'll explore in this session. We'll refine how the public library can and should:
- Evaluate and build appropriate collections in the Dewey 200's...etc.
- Respond to religion-specific reference questions
- Train staff and volunteers to distinguish between their personal beliefs and their role in delivering promulgation-free services
- Reach out to community partners who may be faith-based affinity groups
April 28, 2:00pm EST.
Regardless of what position you hold, much of your success in the library profession will depend on your ability to enlist the support of others. How can you influence people even when you don't have (or don't want to rely on) formal authority? This webcast will focus on three components that have a major impact on your ability to influence: you, your audience, and your message.
How to be More Genuine in Virtual Presentations (Adobe)
April 29, 2:00pm EST.
Whether you routinely present in business meetings or as a trainer, you have no doubt been told “be real,” “be authentic” or “be yourself.” But what does that mean? How do you bare your soul in front of an audience, especially in virtual presentations where you don’t see them and they can’t see you? How do you prevent anxious thoughts and self-consciousness from interrupting your authenticity?
Dr. Carmen Taran of Rexi Media, will work with you in this hands-on program to help you most successfully connect with an anytime, anywhere audience. We’ll show you the warning signs of missed engagement and help you connect with the audience by showing the authentic you.
Kids' Comics in Classrooms and Libraries (Booklist)
April 29, 2:00pm EST.
Graphic novels continue to be red hot, and in this authoritative webinar, children’s librarian and comics expert Eva Volin and Booklist Books for Youth associate editor Ian Chipman join Françoise Mouly of TOON Books, Roger Rosen of Rosen Publishing, David Saylor of Scholastic, and Mark Siegel of First Second to talk about the latest trends.
Whether you are new to comics or a seasoned graphic-novel veteran, you’ll come away from this hourlong session with an array of ideas for collection development, tips on integrating comics into the curriculum, and sneak peeks of the newest titles.
BCR's Free Friday Forums:
April 8 - Text a Librarian
April 30 - Hot Tools for Tough Times, Part 2, Strange but Free
April 6 - Getting Started on Ancestry.com
April 8 - Getting the Most out of your Ancestry.com Subscription
Elluminate: April Webinars
April 1 - Key Steps To Preparing Great Synchronous Interactions
April 5 - How To Make It Big In A Small Market: Part One
April 6 - Learning In 3d: Adding A New Dimension
April 6 - How To Dance The Dance Your Customer Wants
April 7 - Lessons Learned From Web 2.0 Technology Development, Implementation And Support: Non-Technical Perspective
April 7 - How To Make It Big In A Small Market: Part Two
April 8 - How To Make It Big In A Small Market: Part Three
April 12 - Using Emotional Intelligence To Improve Decision Making
April 13 - How To Use Puzzles In Your Training Session
April 14 - The Psychology Of Growing A Large Learning Community
April 15 - Our Unified Learning And Collaboration Philosophy
April 27 - Beyond Slideshows: Influence Decisions With Effectively Planned And Delivered Web-Based Presentations
April 29 - Eco-Tain Your Meeting Attendees: Ideas For Engaging Your Attendees And Making Green Meetings Fun
Online Conferences: April 2010 (Day long events)April 13 - Trendy Topics: Teens and Technology
April 22 - Virtual FETC: Florida Education Technology Conference
The events below are for Florida library staff only
Technology Trends in Libraries (
April 9, 12noon EST.
In this context, Lisa Stock, Dean of Learning Resources at College of DuPage, and Jean Donham, College Librarian, Cornell College (Iowa) will give a background briefing on the working standards and assessments for national literacy and open a dialog on what librarians can do to strengthen efforts to encourage and build information literacy efforts not only in your own library, but in concert with your colleagues around the country.
State Library of