Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Live Webinars: April 2010

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.

The iPad's First 48 Hours: Impressions and Reactions (O'Reilly)

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.

Register ($)

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.

Returning Net-Gen Users to the Academic Library (Library Journal)

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
Register ($)

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.

Register ($)

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

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

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?

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
Influence Without Authority (ACRL)

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.

Register ($)

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 Fran├žoise 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

April 8 - Getting the Most out of your 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
(College of DuPage)

April 9, 12noon EST.

When President Barack Obama declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month, Information Literacy received national attention. The declaration stated: “In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them.” He asked “people of the United States to recognize the important role that information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact.”

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 Florida: April Webinars

Florida Electronic Library (numerous)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Webinar with Chris Anderson

I recently blogged about a great book I read, Free: The Future of a Radical Price. The author, Chris Anderson, will be doing a free webinar on Tuesday. He will be answering questions about his book and other subjects, as he is the editor of Wired magazine.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Building Cyberinfrastructure into a University Culture

Tuesday, March 30, 1:00pm EST.

Over the past five years, Princeton University has built a strong, coherent, centralized research computing program. While most of the attention is focused on the big clusters and computers that researchers use directly, cyberinfrastructure is necessary to enable such research on campus. People and partnerships are a very large component of the cyberinfrastructure that is essential to the success of a research computing program. This presentation will follow the path that Princeton has taken to enable and accelerate scientific discovery by building partnerships across the organization.


Monday, March 22, 2010

Webinar Archive: The Power and Pitfalls of RFID

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology offers a host of benefits to libraries - improved customer service, ergonomics, labor savings, and a more enjoyable experience for both patrons and staff - but only when things are done right.

Our panel will discuss the power as well as the pitfalls of RFID and share their experiences of libraries that discovered the power only after feeling the pain of the pitfalls.


  • Shai Robkin, Co-author of “Radio Frequency Identification Handbook for Librarians”
  • Sloan Sakamoto, Manager, Automated Services, Long Beach Public Library (CA)
  • Gia Wilhelm, IT Director, Harford County Public Library (MD)

View Archived Webinar

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Best Practices for Webinar Presenters

Tuesday, March 23, 3:00pm EST.

This is a great opportunity to get advice on how to become a more comfortable, confident, and effective webinar presenter. If you are a moderator or event organizer, let your presenters know about this session and suggest that it will make them feel more relaxed about their presentations.

Speaker: Ken Molay, Webinar Success


Friday, March 19, 2010

Webinar Archive: College of DuPage

Replays of many previous College of DuPage Programs are available to view on your desktop via streaming video.

3/12/10 “Information Literacy Education: A National Overview”

2/19/10 “Cataloging: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?”

1/29/10 “Making the Best of a Shrinking Budget: Creative Practices in a New Economy”

11/13/09 “Millennials in the Library”

4/16/09 “An Ounce of Prevention: Health Reference Basics”

4/3/09 “Diversity Beyond the Obvious”

2/13/09 “Targeting the Ages: Programming that Hits the Mark”

11/21/08 "Information Literacy for Life"

11/7/08 "Reversing the Ratchet: Technology Adoption Strategies for Library Workers"

5/9/08 "Tools of Engagement: Attracting and Engaging Library Users"

4/11/08 "Trends, Fads or Folly"

3/7/08 “Library Spaces: Future Needs”

2/8/08 “People Watching with a Purpose”

10/26/07 “Finding the Trends That Matter: Get Your Environmental Scan On”

6/1/07 “Copyright in the Digital Age: An Update"

5/11/07 “The Relevance of Libraries in a Digital Age”

4/27/07 “Library Education: Facing New Realities”

4/13/07 “The Best from the Web”

3/23/07 “Library Transformation: Making It Happen”

2/9/07 “Next Gen Librarianship: Where Do We Go from Here?”

10/27/06 “Best New Technologies: Keeping Up with the Storm”

NEFLIN also has many of these programs on DVD and VHS for our members to borrow through the Multimedia Lending Library ( Permission is given to copy the DuPage DVD or VHS and keep the copy.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Broadband Stimulus

Broadband Stimulus Kicks In: Where, When, and How Much?

As the funding provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is beginning to flow in 2010, the information and communications technology (ICT) industry is poised to kickstart the U.S. economy. Broadband stimulus funds will contribute to double-digit growth in backbone infrastructure spending during the next two years, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) reports in its 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast. Broadband growth will be fueled by penetration into rural areas, in large part because of the stimulus package. During the next four years, more than 37 million broadband subscriptions will be added, bringing the total to nearly 119 million, a 46 percent gain from 2009.

Register for this Free Webinar Broadband Stimulus: Where, When and How Much? - to be held on Friday, March 19 at 2:00pm. Economist Arthur Gruen, principal author of TIA's 2010 ICT Market Review & Forecast, will discuss the report, then Danielle Coffey, TIA Vice President for Government Relations, will give an overview of the National Broadband Plan that the FCC unveiled and delivered to Congress this week.

Learn more about trends and predictions through 2013 and get answers to these questions, and more:

  • How much did data services - broadband, IPTV, business data — rise in 2009 and what growth can we expect in the near future?
  • What other factors will boost infrastructure spending through 2013?
  • What will be the growth rate for VoIP?
  • What can we expect service providers to do to moderate declines in the circuit-switched market?
  • How much will IPTV spending rise by 2013?

Directions in MetaData with Karen Coyle

Thursday, April 1, 4:00pm EST.

Directions in Metadata with Karen Coyle is a free webinar offered by ALA.

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.

Open Q&A and discussion will follow the presentation.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Cloud Computing

Thursday, March 18. 1:00pm EST.

Your host, Steve Worona, will be joined by John L. King, and the topic will be "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing".

Gartner says the hype cycle on cloud computing is at its peak, with a long slide into the “trough of disappointment” about to begin. Why is higher education still so excited about cloud computing? This is a sober look at a complicated subject.


Monday, March 15, 2010

E-books and Libraries

Tuesday, March 23, 9:30am EST.

Join us for a morning of sharing and discussion on e-books, their benefits, features, and future in libraries from the perspective of LYRASIS and five e-book publishers including IGI Global, Sage, Gale, Books 24x7 and Springer.

Building on a previous event which focused on best practices for libraries just being their electronic collections, discussion will center on business models, issues of adoption in public and academic libraries, and licensing and digital rights management. Interaction from online participants, via microphone or typing questions, is encouraged.

Tim Cherubini, Director of Content Innovation, Lyrasis


Thursday, March 11, 2010

More Quality Archived Webinars

The South Jersey Regional Library Cooperative (SJRLC) has hosted a number of great webinars over the past year. They have generously allowed us to access their archived webinars.

Webinar Archive

Some of the topics:

  • Fighting the Filter: Tips for Delivering a Knockout Punch to Censorship
  • How to Keep Up with (Almost) Everything
  • Identity Theft
  • Library Mashups
  • Programming on a Shoestring
  • Raucous Reader's Advisory for Teens and Tweens
  • Your Social Media Strategy

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Around Twitter in 60 Minutes

Tuesday, March 16, 2:00pm EST.

Twitter has claimed its place on the short list of communications tools for nonprofits and libraries to consider when designing online strategies. This webinar will survey the Twitter landscape, explaining core concepts, enumerating best practices, and describing the tools and tactics that exist to leverage Twitter's strengths.

Kami Griffiths will interview Allen Gunn, Executive Director of Aspiration, who will offer a balanced perspective, assessing both the pros and cons of Twitter and helping you understand how best to use it. This webinar is ideal for anyone interested in getting started using Twitter. It's especially relevant if you're unsure about the terminology or where to begin. Sign up for this one soon, as it is popular!


Gaming: All Libraries & All Ages

Saturday, March 13, 1:00pm EST.

Gaming: All Libraries & All Ages will be a webinar highlighting collection development and advocacy issues that all libraries deal with when implementing video games into library collections and services.

Attendance will be fun and free. There will be an interactive chat box for the entire session, and the event will be presented as an un-conference collaboration.

All you have to do to attend is go to URL on March 13th at 1:00pm EST. We’ll have about 45 minutes of webinar time, with plenty of time after for chatting and collaborating. We hope you can be there.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Art of Suggesting Books

How do you know when Baldacci is a better match for a Grisham legal-thriller reader than Turow? The answer is appeal. Readers’ advisory pioneer Joyce Saricks created an appeal vocabulary to help her and her staff find the best books to suggest to the readers at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. Learn how you can use storyline, pacing, characterization, frame/setting, style/language and mood/tone to find the books that are just right for your readers.

Fiction Librarian Jen Baker will discuss how she uses appeal in her work with readers everyday at the Seattle Public Library and Victoria Caplinger from NoveList will demonstrate how NoveList is bringing appeal terms to the profession’s most used readers’ advisory resource.

Victoria Caplinger, an adult fiction cataloger at NoveList, leads the team of library professionals who are adding appeal terms to the NoveList database.

Joyce Saricks is the author of several books on readers’ advisory including The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA, 2009). She is a nationally recognized teacher and consultant on readers’ advisory topics and a recipient of the Allie Beth Martin Award from the Public Library Association.

Moderator: Duncan Smith, NoveList creator and co-founder, received the Margaret Monroe Award for Library Adult Services from RUSA for his work on NoveList and research in the area of readers and reading. His latest article “Your Brain on Fiction,” appeared in Reference and User Services Quarterly (Fall 2009).

View this archived webinar

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sizzling Summer Reading

Programming Tips and Titles for Children and Teens

Tuesday, March 30, 2:00pm EST.

Summer reading is hot, and in this informative hourlong webinar, youth librarians will discover a wealth of tips and ideas for improving their summer reading programs and inspiring children and teens to crack the books during the warmer months.

Join us as expert librarians and summer reading mavens Carole D. Fiore and Jeanette Larson, as well as presenters from Candlewick Press and HarperCollins Children’s Books, share their knowledge and offer sneak peeks at new titles. You’ll come away better prepared for this summer and beyond. Sponsored by Candlewick Press and HarperCollins Children’s Books.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Get Started on Facebook

Thursday, March 11, 1:00pm EST.

Many nonprofits and libraries are using Facebook to interact with their constituencies and reach out to new audiences - but what's the best way to get your organization started on this hugely popular social networking site?

In this webinar Kami Griffiths will interview social media consultant John Haydon, who will walk through the essential steps to establishing and managing a successful Facebook presence for a nonprofit or library. We will also hear from Gabe O'Neill of Kids Are Heroes, who will share lessons learned from developing their own Facebook page. Get practical how-to information, learn best practices, ask questions, and leave with action items that will help you create an engaging Facebook presence for your organization.

This TechSoup webinar is for people who are beginning to explore Facebook and have questions on how to get started.


Tuesday, March 2, 2010