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What’s on Your Do List? An Introduction to Omaha’s Do Space

What’s on Your Do List? An Introduction to Omaha’s Do Space

Do Space is a technology library, a high-tech workshop, and an innovation playground for the Omaha community. It doesn’t matter how savvy you are or how much you know, at Do Space, what counts is your desire to learn, create, explore and invent.

Librarian and Director of Technology Michael Sauers, will provide the story and the mission behind this one-of-a-kind community technology space, and give you a virtual tour of what they have to offer.

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Original broadcast January 17, 2018

Biography ~ Michael Sauers
Michael Sauers is currently the Director of Technology for Do Space in Omaha, NE. Michael has been training librarians in technology for the past twenty years and has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller since earning his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines and his fourteenth book, Emerging Technologies: A Primer for Librarians (w/ Jennifer Koerber) was published in May 2015 and more books are on the way. In his spare time he blogs at travelinlibrarian.info, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, takes many, many photos, and typically reads more than 100 books a year.

Getting Organized: Managing your life through the Web – Automating, Notifications, and Oversight

Getting Organized: Managing your life through the Web – Automating, Notifications, and Oversight

 

Feel your life has become a big ball of digital clutter and you as more and more notifications come your way you feel that everything is going to come crashing down on you in your digital world? Through this webinar, we will explore methods, applications, and technologies that will decrease your digital application footprint and make you more organized with a concise set of tools to ​utilize.

By the end of this webinar, you will have a game plan to develop a new you and a new digital world around you.

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Original broadcast January 10, 2018

Biography ~ Justin Denton
Justin Denton is a Technology Innovator, from developing new Technologies at IBM which were deployed to millions of new IBM machines between 2002 to 2011 to being the Faculty Lead and acting Dean for the School of Technology at Rasmussen College. Justin has always taken to heart the continued evolution of implementing technology into his day to day work.In his most recent endeavor Justin has taken on the role of Senior Manager with Collegis Education for which he runs a division of the company that is focused on supporting over 40 College’s and Universities’ online classroom environments. His current focus is to provide industry leading levels of support to the Higher Education Industry as well as grooming team members of the support center into high performing technology professionals ready to promote into elevated roles or responsibility within the company. Justin’s passions are new technologies, education, business process development, and accelerating the growth of individuals through custom tailoring learning technologies.

3D Design Fundamentals

3D Design Fundamentals

3D printed cars, homes, prosthetic hands, food, International Space Station tools, and almost anything imagined is now mainstream. 3D printing seems to have taken over the world and 3D printers are now affordable for many consumers. However, basic 3D design principles tend to be neglected, especially in library makerspaces. 3D printing objects work well only when one follows basic fundamentals of 3D design. In this webinar:

– Understand 3D printing and how it works.
– Discover a variety of free 3D design applications and repositories.
– Learn basic 3D design fundamentals (e.g., understanding 3D space and geometry, modeling, surfaces, textures, and rendering images).
– Gain hands-on experience designing a 3D object that can be 3D printed.

It is recommended attendees create a Tinkercad (https://www.tinkercad.com/) account before this workshop.

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Original broadcast December 13, 2017

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.

Trendcasting for 2018 – What Will The Future of Tech Hold?

Trendcasting for 2018 – What Will The Future of Tech Hold?

 

Join Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project as he highlights this year’s biggest technology trends and what it means for 2018. What changes are on the horizon? What technologies should we hold out for? From drones to virtual/augmented reality, to creating, to innovation. Find out what is on the cusp and what will be the biggest trends of 2018.

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Original broadcast December 6, 2017

Biography ~ Brian Pichman
Brian Pichman is a technology enthusiast, sharing his thoughts and ideas to libraries so they can become more interactive, innovative, collaborative, and engaging He is a web developer with experience designing websites. Brian started a collaborative platform called the Evolve Project which aims to change the way people see libraries by introducing new technology and concepts for libraries. Libraries need to re-position themselves as community anchors in order to succeed in today’s culture.

Podcasting Basics: From Concept to Reality

Podcasting Basics: From Concept to Reality

 

 

Podcasting is a wonderful platform to publicize libraries, whether its talking about programming, a book club, talking technology or for any other purpose. The problem is making it a reality. This presentation will take the viewer through the “nuts and bolts” of the process from concept development, hardware, software and the technical end to launch. Don’t worry, its not as hard as it looks!!!

Original broadcast November 29, 2017

Biography ~ Chris DeCristofaro
Chris DeCristofaro is the Technology Librarian at the Sachem Public Library in Holbrook, New York. Chris the creator and co-host of the podcast “The Library Pros”, a podcast that discusses libraries and technology. The podcast has had over 5,000 downloads in 18 months and has been downloaded in all 50 states and 22 countries around the world. Chris has been a librarian since 2002 working in several libraries across Suffolk County New York. He has been a speaker at various conferences and seminars and is currently the President of the “Computer and Technical Services Division of the Suffolk County Library Association” and hosts a monthly meeting discussing libraries and tech with colleagues from across Long Island.

Privacy in a Digital Sharing Age: Focus on Health

Privacy in a Digital Sharing Age: Focus on Health

 

 

The mobile consumer medical business is booming with wellness apps, wearables and consumer-based health and genetic testing and our users are often utilize these services. Library users are learning about their health with apps and wearables and exploring their backgrounds with genealogy-based genetics testing to learn and share all sorts of information about themselves. We’ll examine the information these apps, devices and tests can provide and collect to help librarians:
• educate library users about who owns that information
• learn why they might or might not want to share it
• understand how to protect their data from insurance companies, marketers, hackers and other interested parties.

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Original broadcast November 15, 2017 

Biography ~ Kira Smith
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.

Demystifying STEM

Demystifying STEM

Are you being asked to do STEM activities in your classes and workshops and have no idea where to start or have little to no budget? STEM education refers to teaching and learning, mostly hands-on, in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Integrating STEM activities in any discipline teaches how all things relate to each other, in school and in life. As a result, librarians, media specialists, and teachers are being asked to incorporate STEM learning activities into their curriculum, regardless of the subject matter, and many of these educators are unsure how to proceed. There are several ways to mix engaging STEM activities into your library programs and curriculum and this webinar will touch on the following and more to help you demystify STEM:

– Understand the importance of STEM education.
– Practice the four Cs of learning: collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.
– Collect best practices to create good and inexpensive (many free) STEM lessons.
– Teach 21st Century skills without technology.
– Learn strategies (e.g., productive struggle) to creatively solve real-world problems.
– Assess the success of your activities

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Original broadcast November 8, 2017

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 (<a href=”https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E”>https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E</a>).

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.

Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap 4

Bootstrap (http://getbootstrap.com/) is among the most popular design framework on the web. It has become the backbone of countless Drupal and WordPress themes and plugins, web apps running the gamut of popularity, and ubiquitous in library software from vendors like Springshare.

In August 2017, Bootstrap 4 finally made it into beta (download it at: https://blog.getbootstrap.com/), meaning that the new version of the framework has become stable enough that libraries will soon see sites and apps transition. This may greatly impact library customizations as well as browser support, because Bootstrap 4 forfeits many of its styles and components like icons for newer and more future-friendly design patterns.

In this webinar, Michael Schofield will introduce you to what’s new in Bootstrap 4 and discuss strategies for:

Migrating or adapting to the new Bootstrap 4-based website
Ensuring your customizations work if vendor, WordPress or Drupal sites change
Making “big decisions” like finally dropping browser support for old versions of Internet Explorer seamless

Original broadcast 26, 2017


Biography ~ Michael Schofield

Michael Schofield (@schoeyfield) is a front end developer slash librarian specializing in interaction and user experience. He writes a ton and speaks at a variety of conferences about design triggers, responsive web design, lean code, content strategy, user engagement, and pushing the #libweb forward.

Best Practices on How to Utilize Online Screencasts to Assist End-Users, Co-Workers, and New Techies

Best Practices on How to Utilize Online Screencasts to Assist End-Users, Co-Workers, and New Techies

 

Screencasting can be a fast and effective way to work with others remotely. Screencasting can be used to help you express your ideas, concepts and provide instruction in a new and exciting way – with technologies including screensharing, Voice Over IP, whiteboards and more. During this session, we will explore:

Software options that work with the public and remote co-workers, Best practices to convey your objectives effectively in a screencast session, how to market screencasting to end users, and  how to record sessions and utilize screencasting for on-demand learning at your library.

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Original broadcast October 11, 2017

Biography ~ Diana Silveria 
Diana Silveira is the President of Novare Library Services, a company that focuses on web, mobile and infrastructure services for libraries. Previous to starting Novare Library Services, she was the Virtual Reference Manager for Florida’s Ask a Librarian Service and coordinator for Florida’s Statewide Delivery System. She presents regularly on implementing technology, best practices and privacy issues online. She also works with libraries to deploy new technologies and develop new mobile and desktop websites

GIMP – Basic and Advanced Free Image Editor

GIMP – Basic and Advanced Free Image Editor

Have you tried GIMP? Not sure what it is? GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is free (open-source) software that has a strong user community and a robust suite of tools. It offers basic image editing like crop and color adjustment, productivity tools like batch processing, in addition to very advanced tools, which have been used in age reconstruction images in law enforcement as well as in old photo restoration. Often compared to Adobe Photoshop, it has been developed by the open-source and photography community. In this session, we’ll take a look at GIMP, explore the features, and start you on your way!

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Original broadcast October 4, 2017

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay became the Portal Manager/Digital Initiatives for ATCx3 Consortia (Athens, Albany and Atlanta Technical Colleges) in 2013. In this position, she has been responsible for building a digital repository of scholarly content and digitizing Athens Technical College’s Archives. This project has involved cataloging multimedia materials, creating a metadata schema and harvesting protocols (XML/MARC/OAI) for the repository.

In addition to this position, she has served as a trainer for Lyrasis, SEFLIN, and TBLC, in cataloging and metadata topics (FRBR, RDA, BIBFRAME, LCSH, and authority control), among others. Her broad range of experience with cataloging and metadata (Oxford at Emory College, University of Georgia, and GALILEO projects such as the GKR and CRDL), provide her with a deep understanding of bibliographic information in a larger context.

Her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 15 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in English (University of Georgia), with additional graduate work in Computer Programming and Instructional Design.