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Using CoSpaces Edu to Create Virtual Reality Experiences

Using CoSpaces Edu to Create Virtual Reality Experiences

Virtual Reality (VR), a simulated computer environment in three dimensions, is becoming more popular for gaming, movies, and education. According to CoSpaces Edu, their creative platform “complements traditional teaching methods by immersing students into a world where they can create, consume and connect with the curriculum on a completely new level, even though the revolutionary visual mediums of Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR).” Take what you learn here to create your library programs to teach your users how to create meaningful and interactive experiences using VR/AR.

In this webinar:
· Discover what Virtual Reality is and gain a brief historical summary of it.
· Learn and explore the differences between virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.
· Explore 360° video and photograph technologies to include in a variety of formats.
· Create your own 3D/360° environments using CoSpaces EDU to test in Virtual Reality.
· Learn how to use CoSpaces EDU as a student and as a teacher.

Slides

Original broadcast November 14, 2018

Biography ~ Chard Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

 

Questions to Ask When You Are Buying Technology for Your Library

Questions to Ask When You Are Buying Technology for Your Library

 

 

any hardware and software purchases fail because the buyer didn’t ask the right questions, such as how easy is it to repair mistakes when content is entered incorrectly, how stable is the company selling the products, and how good is the online help desk when everything goes wrong.

Using a case study approach, we will move through the crucial steps for buying hardware and software for your library, starting with a plan that includes your prioritized goals. This webinar is inspired in part by the memory of the employee who was given a list of features that the platform for our new online service needed to provide. He managed to buy software that did not fulfill any of our goals. Hopefully, this will never happen to you.

This session will include the following topics:

 Who’s in charge of evaluating purchases
 Preparing your library for new hardware and software
 Setting goals and priorities (you can’t have everything)
 Avoiding cutting edge “unicorns” and custom fixes
 The life cycle of 21 st century technology: the myth of planned obsolescence
 Estimating the “real” costs of new toys
 Gathering library customer input
 Checking online user boards for critiques
 Understanding the differing motives of the person who sells you the product, the person who fixes the product, and the person who actually
designed the product

Slides

Original broadcast November 7, 2018 

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

 

Marketing Your Programs and Services to Millennials

Marketing Your Programs and Services to Millennials

Despite using the library more than generations before them, Millennials and Gen Z remain difficult to reach through traditional forms of library marketing. If they didn’t grow up in the library or have kids of their own, we probably aren’t seeing them in our buildings. As the demographics of our patrons change, so must the ways we communicate with them. So how do we reach this demographic in a way that won’t make them roll their eyes or throw our carefully crafted newsletters directly into the recycling bin?

Learn how to market your library’s programs and services to ages 18-35 through a combination of in-house marketing, social media, email newsletters, and branded content. This presentation will look at digital trends, the habits and interests of Millennials and Gen Z, and provide practical solutions to help libraries reach young adults.

Attendees will learn how to:
Identify where to focus marketing energies and resources to best reach Millennials and Gen Z
Create an eNewsletter unique to the 18-35 demographic
Understand the digital trends and social media use unique to each generation
Adjust tone in marketing based on audience and content
Utilize practical tips to springboard your marketing on social media and in physical spaces both within and outside of the library

Original broadcast October 20, 2018

Jez Layman ~ Biography
Jez Layman is an Adult Services Librarian in the west Chicago suburbs. When she’s not on the reference desk, she’s planning programs for 20-30somethings, creating reader’s advisory resources, or teaching classes on job hunting. She has a deep love for audiobooks and has a spreadsheet for every occasion.

 

Reference Tools to Help Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs

Reference Tools to Help Job Seekers and Entrepreneurs

 

Many people come to the library as part of their job search, and libraries have many tools to help them. In this webinar, you will learn about websites, databases and apps to help people find information about job skills, creating resumes, searching reliable job websites, and interviewing. We’ll also look at sources that can help people build their own businesses.

Resources

Original broadcast October 24, 2018

Kira Smith ~ Biography
Kira Smith is a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.

Teaching Tech to Library Patrons: The Current Landscape

Teaching Tech to Library Patrons: The Current Landscape

 

Staff have long served as technology instructors to our communities; what does that role look like in the year 2018 and beyond? This presentation will look at common topics, suggested curriculum, and best practices. A variety of approaches will be covered, including one-on-one, small group, drop-in, and passive instruction. With the right preparation, libraries can continue to help our patrons navigate the rapidly changing tech landscape!

Original broadcast October 17, 2018 

Slides

Biography ~ Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi, Assistant Director, Technology Services Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
Nick Tanzi is the Assistant Director of Technology Services at the Mastics Moriches-Shirley Community Library in Suffolk County, NY. He has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on digital services in libraries, 3D printing, video game design, staff training, social media marketing, and other technology-oriented topics. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections Through Training and Outreach, which received a starred review from Library Journal. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as Vice President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.

The Future of Libraries: Exploring Lifelong Learning, Artificial  Intelligence, and Entrepreneurship Training

The Future of Libraries: Exploring Lifelong Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Entrepreneurship Training

With lifelong learning at the center of much of what we foster in contemporary libraries, we can sometimes be overwhelmed by the flood of information about developments, trends, and challenges that help shape our possible futures. Without a grounding in rapidly-evolving topics including artificial intelligence and entrepreneurship training, we may find ourselves ill-prepared to serve library users face to face and online as that future continues to unfold.

This highly-interactive one-hour exploration of how recent developments in artificial intelligence, programs focused on developing entrepreneurial skills (particularly through library makerspaces), and learning initiatives overall will help us take advantage of those developments to continue creating a library of the future that meets our communities’ varied needs.

Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
Have at least three resources that can be incorporated into strategic-planning efforts to help shape the library of the future
Be able to cite at least three current developments that are likely to have tremendous impacts on how the library of the future continues to develop
Have identified at least two concrete steps they will take within the next month to prepare themselves and their colleagues for the library of the future

Those interested in pre-session preparation for the discussions are encouraged to skim the following resources before attending the webinar:

“Library of the Future: Trends”
ALA Center for the Future of Libraries
http://www.ala.org/transforminglibraries/future/trends

“Emerging Technologies in Libraries: Artificial Intelligence”
Jason Griffey, The Aspen Institute, Posted on YouTube December 18, 2015
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y31FS-G790w
“Leadership Brief: Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs”
Urban Libraries Council, 2018
https://www.urbanlibraries.org/assets/Leadership_Brief_Strengthening_Libraries_as_Entrepreneurial_Hubs.pdf

Handout

Original broadcast October 11, 2018

Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, author of the forthcoming Change the World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, winter/spring 2019) and co-author of Workplace Learning & Leadership with Lori Reed (ALA Editions, 2011), served as director of staff training for the San Francisco Public Library system before becoming an independent writer-trainer-presenter-consultant.

He collaborates with clients and colleagues to identify and work with current trends in ways that help them better serve members of the communities with which they work; served on New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Project expert panels identifying and documenting educational-technology developments, trends, and challenges in libraries and other learning organizations from 2010-2017 before becoming a founding partner in FOEcast (Future of Education forecast); is a member of the ALA Library & Information Technology Association (LITA); and writes extensively to document and promote ed-tech innovations.

He earned his MLIS through the University of North Texas online program, and remains active in training-teaching-learning through ALA and ATD (the Association for Talent Development) at a variety of levels.

Digital Toolkit for the Reference Desk: Handy Tools to Solve Digital Issues & Reference Questions

Digital Toolkit for the Reference Desk: Handy Tools to Solve Digital Issues & Reference Questions

Are stuck in the tried & true resources, going back to the same resources again and again? Do you wonder if there are more tools you could add to your tool box? Or do you just “Google” wondering if you are finding the best resource? In this session, we’ll explore free tools & apps for solving issues with technology and answering reference questions. Join us and add to your toolbox!

Handout

Original broadcast October 10, 2018

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is the Metadata Analyst with Orbis Cascade Alliance, a multi-state consortium serving academic libraries in the Northwest. Robin has over 10 years experience in library technology, with an interest in metadata and emerging technologies. in addition to that experience, Robin is an avid designer. Find her on social media @georgiawebgurl.

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Keeping Kids Safe Online

Since the Internet is playing a huge role in most everything we do today, it is vitally important to understand how to stay safe online. Going further, children and young adults are immersed in technology these days and there are things they must know now to keep safe; plus, they will do much better throughout their lives if they continue to be aware of security concerns and subsequently learn how to stay safe online. In this workshop, learn tips and best practices to keep you and your kids’ digital lives secure, specifically:

o Understand the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Rule (COPPA) and other Internet safety laws.
o Teach kids about the importance of privacy and how to secure their apps and online accounts.
o Avoid identity theft, Internet scams, malware, phishing, and other malicious attacks.
o Develop a toolkit to help monitor how kids access content online.
o Explore educational apps and learn best practices in limiting screen time

Handout

Original broadcast October 3, 2018


Biography ~ Chad Mairn

Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.

Shelving Social Media: Steps to Quit and Archive Your Data

Shelving Social Media: Steps to Quit and Archive Your Data

 

Are you thinking it is time to unplug from social media? Quitting Facebook, Instagram and other social media is hard. You’ve invested a lot of time there. You have neatly organized photo albums. You use it for work and to keep up with friends and family. You don’t want to lose all comments
and discussions.Whether you have just grown tired of social media, exhausted from arguing with friends and family over politics and other issues, or the Cambridge Analytica scandal alerted you to the fact that Facebook is still sharing way too much of your information despite your perfectly tweaked privacy settings.

This webinar is a guide to help you creative an effective toolbox to create a program at your library or help users trying to quit effectively.

In this webinar, you will learn how to:
– Clear your Facebook history
– Download your Facebook archive
– Deactivate or delete your account

We’ll also examine some alternatives to quitting and what you can do with the archive to preserve your Facebook photos and memories.

Bonus: Attending this webinar may lead to improved well-being and increased productivity.

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Original broadcast September 26, 2018

Biography ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith is a reference librarian at the Clearwater East Community Library. She was a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service for 9 years. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.

Make an Open Source Door Counter with Ubidots and Raspberry Pi

Make an Open Source Door Counter with Ubidots and Raspberry Pi

 

Get hands-on in this workshop and build an open source door counter for your library, department or makerspace! An OSHIOT door counter uses Open Source Hardware (OSH) and Internet of Things (IoT) to create a cost-effective facility use measurement device that small libraries can build for themselves for less than $100. This presentation walks you through the hardware, software, and account setup process to build your own OSHIOT door counter.If you would like to order parts ahead of time, or read through the tutorial before the webinar to prep for asking questions while we are in session, the link to the project including a Bill of Materials (BOM) is here https://amendment19.gitbooks.io/peoplecounter/content/

If you would like to order parts ahead of time, or read through the tutorial before the webinar to prep for asking questions while we are in session… the link to the tutorial including a Bill of Materials (BOM) is here https://amendment19.gitbooks.io/peoplecounter/content/

Original broadcast September 19, 2018

Biography ~ Muriel Green
Muriel Green holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film from the University of Kansas and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Emporia State University. Green has worked in school, academic and public libraries as well as a regional library system. Green is currently a Freelance Software Developer and Filmmaker. Green has presented at ALA, ER&L, SIDLIT, and KLA library conferences.