Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Managing Your Library's Online Reputation

Wednesday, June 30, 11:00am EDT.

Provider: Texas State Library (TSL)

Wondering what people are saying about your library on Twitter or other social media platforms?

Join Meg Canada, Senior Librarian and Social Media and Public Training Coordinator at Hennepin County Library (MN), to learn about tools you can use to track and engage your audience. Meg will introduce tools, tips and tricks for monitoring the Twitter-verse and other sites to capture what people are saying—the good, bad and ugly—and how you can respond.


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Getting Started with a Social Media Plan

Wednesday, June 23, 11:00am EDT.

Provider: Texas State Library (TSL)

Wondering what all those people do on Twitter and Facebook? Not sure how you would use them in your library? Join Meg Canada, Senior Librarian, Social Media and Public Training Coordinator at Hennepin County Library (MN) to learn about Twitter and Facebook and how they can fit into your library’s outreach, marketing, and programming efforts. Meg will introduce the tools, the plans, and the questions you should answer before launching social media at your library.


Community Cloud vs. Outsourced Cloud

Wednesday, June 23, 1:00pm EDT.

Many institutions in the education community are considering moving some aspect of their business to "the cloud." Moving to the cloud could mean outsourcing your e-mail to Google or migrating your existing server infrastructure to a virtualization platform such as VMWare. What are some of the alternatives in between? Can our community apply some of the lessons learned in developing advanced networks for education to so-called community clouds?

One of the useful ways to look at cloud computing is through the variables of access and control. At one extreme everyone has access to resources in the cloud, while at the other access is limited to only the owner. Looking at control, the owner can have complete control or a third party can be making all the key decisions. In the middle of this matrix lies a hybrid that is best called "community cloud computing." A community cloud seems to be particularly attractive to educational institutions. The reasons why educational institutions have chosen community cloud–based applications and resources include to reduce cost, improve performance, ease troubleshooting, and enhance privacy and control.


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Online Conversation with the State Librarian

State Library and Archives of Florida: An Online Conversation with the State Librarian

Tuesday, June 22, 10:00am EST.

State Librarian Judith A. Ring will provide an update of the activities of the State Library and Archives of Florida, including the status of statewide projects and an overview of activities, issues and programs that impact the Florida library community. Join colleagues from around the state for this free webinar and your opportunity to interact live with your State Librarian.


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

E-Government Webinar: Archive

If you missed the June 3 E-Government webinar hosted by WebJunction, here is the link to the archive.

(I probably should have gone with an exclamation point after archive. Without a doubt the most thorough, detailed, expansive, archive that I've ever seen for a webinar. My jaw is still in the dropped position.)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Large Archive of Library Webinars

The Nebraska Library Commission has hosted over 60 webinars the past two years. They have generously allowed us to access their archived webinars.

Webinar Archive

Some of the topics:

  • Cataloging with RDA
  • Computers: What to know before you buy
  • Do you Moodle?
  • E-rate 101: The Basics
  • Google Secrets
  • Tech Talk
  • Trustee Tips
  • What to Read?

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Flip-in' Out at the Library

Thursday, June 17, 2:00pm EDT.

TechSoup's product donation program includes easy-to-use Flip video cameras that allow you to share your library and community stories. Find out how public libraries are using this technology as a tool for making connections, recording library events, and sharing knowledge. Flip Video's simple camcorders can be used by people with any level of video experience to create, edit, and share movies. Libraries use these camcorders to give their staff, volunteers, and constituents the ability to further their causes through digital storytelling.

We'll showcase several libraries. The Tonganoxie Public Library in Kansas rocks the flip at their library. They use Flip cameras to produce videos of library events, to record staff training, and to share advocacy techniques. The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library uses Flip cameras within their system for programming at their branches. The cameras are used to film anything from library advocacy and outreach to answering questions about current events.