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Free Resources for Libraries: Get the Most out of Your Cricut

Free Resources for Libraries: Get the Most out of Your Cricut

 

 

Utilized for promotional materials, signage, and user projects, Cricuts and other similar machines are quickly becoming the go-to-tool for libraries. During this fun, interactive program, we will explore free online resources to find design ideas, templates, fonts, file converters and more. Attendees will leave this session with a toolkit to help them get the most out die-cutting machine.

Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of their latest and greatest projects to share.

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Original broadcast May 22, 2019 

Biography ~ Diana Silveira
Diana Silveira is a librarian and president of Novare Library Services where she works with libraries to develop, implement and utilize technology effectively. Previously she worked at the Tampa Bay (FL) Library Consortium and the Charlotte Mecklenburg (NC) Library. She has an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and a BS in psychology from Catawba College. Her book Library Technology Planning for Today and Tomorrow is available through Amazon and the Rowan & Littlefield Website.

3D Scanning Basics for Printing and Immersive Technologies

3D Scanning Basics for Printing and Immersive Technologies

 

3D scanning may be riding on the coattails of 3D design and printing technologies, but it has had a long history of useful applications. For thousands of years, people have developed tools and skills to help replicate objects in the real world. Today, there are still many reasons to do 3D scanning. For example, the Innovation Lab, a community-driven solution space located in the Seminole Community Library at St. Petersburg College, has been working on some 3D scanning projects like digitizing real dinosaur bones to bring to schools and shared as holograms, helping a local glass museum import objects into virtual and augmented reality spaces, and more. In this webinar,

– Understand how 3D scanning works in a variety of industries,
– Learn about a variety of 3D scanners (software and hardware) currently on the market,
– Discover how 3D scanning can be used in libraries, museums, schools, and other institutions,
– Explore the future of 3D scanning and how it will enhance immersive technologies.

Original broadcast May 15, 2019


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.

Using the Internet of Things to Automate the Library

Using the Internet of Things to Automate the Library

 

The internet of things is a term used to describe all the different devices that can connect to the internet and interact with other devices or end users. From wearables to everyday household items, the power of these devices gives opportunities to create interactive environments, energy efficiencies and even enhanced security. Can home automated technology such as interactive assistants like Alexa or Google Home, door sensors, doorbells with videos, lights that turn on and off automatically – be used in the library space? The answer is, “yes it can!”

This webinar covers taking the home automation environment into the work environment – and what cost and staff time savings libraries can utilize. During this session, Brian will explore what options are available for improving interactions with the library and making things more efficient and interactive with connected devices and the internet of things.

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Original broadcast May 8, 2019 

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.

Making it Work: Free and Low-Cost Maker Activities

Making it Work: Free and Low-Cost Maker Activities

 

Don’t let the lack of a big budget stand in the way of making! This presentation will look at cost-conscious approaches for providing your K-12 patrons with engaging maker activities. High-tech and low tech options will be covered, allowing you to plan a summer of STEAM today!

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Original l broadcast May 1, 2019 

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.

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Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising, and More

Promoting Your Collections: Messaging, Merchandising, and More

 

Collections are the mainstays of libraries. After spending lots of money and time curating, processing, and making them available, you may think the work is done. But there’s one more vital step—promoting them! This webinar will help you go beyond basic book displays and posters.

Marketing maven Kathy Dempsey will help you understand why you should actually talk less about your library’s items and more about why they’re wonderful. She’ll share sample messages that illustrate the concept of “WIIFM” — What’s In It For Me? This webinar will also touch on content marketing, cross-promotion, and using social media effectively.

With the knowledge that you gain during this session, you’ll be ready to:

• Tie collections to activities and current events
• Use physical items to promote invisible, digital items
• Stop publicizing products, and instead, tout their benefits
• Promote collections outside of your buildings
• Use cross-promotion, alone or with partners, to share info efficiently

This session features many colorful images of great signage, merchandising, and social posts from libraries around the world to get your creative ideas flowing.

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Original broadcast April 23, 2019

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer, and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential (www.LibrariesAreEssential.com). Her work is dedicated to helping librarians and information professionals promote their value and expertise in order to gain respect and funding.

Kathy has been the Editor of Marketing Library Services newsletter for 22 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Libraries magazine. She’s an active member of the New Jersey Library Association, and Chair of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference (www.LibraryMarketingConference.org).

This writer, editor, and marketing maven has been giving presentations across the U.S. and Canada for 20 years, always sprinkling them with humor to make marketing concepts more interesting and accessible. She continues to fight the stereotypes that librarians are boring and that “”marketing”” is a dirty word.

Successfully Formatting Slides and Content for Content-Rich Webinars

Successfully Formatting Slides and Content for Content-Rich Webinars

You’re accustomed to conducting presentations off-the-cuff: sharing anecdotes and responding to questions from the audience. You enjoy the spontaneity of the give-and-take, creating your agenda on the fly. Now you’ve been asked to create a set of slides for an hour-long webcast or in-person presentation, and your jumble of experiences and advice is resisting a linear format.

Or, although you know your webinars and slideshows are popular, some attendees complain that they lack substance and that usable content is lacking. Participants don’t have much to share when they are obligated to present your ideas to their co-workers after your presentations. Also, it’s difficult to justify to their supervisors the expense of attending your programs when they do not live up to the promise of the titles.

Or, you are on a tight deadline to create a webinar, and you don’t know where to start. You need practical shortcuts to turn a pile of notes into a set of slides, and you want to do more than entertain your participants. You are afraid of being tedious, and you know you shouldn’t put a thousand words on one slide. But is one word really enough?

Or, you don’t have much experience with creating slides and webinars, and you receive conflicting advice that feels somewhat overwhelming. You need to get unstuck, fast.

The key idea of this presentation and every presentation needs a key idea, is that creating an outline that organizes your content into five or six steps can save you time and ensure that your participants leave with solid information they can apply in their workplace. Once you build that framework you can add exercises, examples, stories, and illustrations to engage and entertain, but…content and framework come first!

Topics include the limitations inherent in slide presentations, creating outlines, reasonable interactions with your audience, using big ideas to engage your audience, and why content is king (and queen)!

Outcomes:
Identify your presentation’s key idea.
Create an agenda for your five main topics.
Edit and simplify your content to fit the time you have.
Feel more confident and competent the next time you are asked to come up with slides for a webinar.

Slides

Original broadcast April 24, 2019

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.

Best Apps for Librarians

Best Apps for Librarians

 

There are apps for everything but how do you know which ones are worth your time? This library focused webinar will feature the best apps for productivity, project management, notetaking, reading, writing, blocking distractions and more. We’ll take a close look at some apps and also consider how to evaluate apps and find the most useful ones.

Resources

Original broadcast April 17, 2019

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.

How to Create a Future-Proof Nonprofit Communications Strategy

How to Create a Future-Proof Nonprofit Communications Strategy

 

The human brain is inundated with the equivalent amount of 34 gigabytes of information daily – enough to overload a laptop within just a few days. Blogger Mark Schaefer coined the term “content shock” to describe the inevitable reality in our noisy, cluttered digital world: too much content and not enough time to consume all of it.

We know that the attention of our supporters is the most precious resource. So how can we as marketers and communicators get our message to rise to the top?

Success in today’s digital age is NOT about the tools, the platforms, and the shiny new objects. Effective communication means building genuine connections with your audience through the stories that you tell. In this webinar, digital storytelling expert Julia Campbell will walk you step-by-step through the creation process of your very own future-proof communications strategy.

Key takeaways:
– How to navigate changes and trends in the current digital and social media marketing landscape – what
nonprofits must know and what is  just hype
– The 2 content pillars of an effective and engaging nonprofit communications strategy
– How to build your nonprofit communications plan for the next 3 months
– Several free and low-cost digital tools to enhance your nonprofit marketing
– Real-world examples from small nonprofits and libraries who are getting it right

Original broadcast April 10, 2019

Biography ~ Julia Campbell
Julia Campbell has a long history of helping nonprofits find success using digital storytelling strategies. After 10 years in the nonprofit sector as a small shop development and marketing director, she founded J Campbell Social Marketing, a boutique digital marketing agency based north of Boston.

Julia received her Bachelor’s in Journalism & Communications from Boston University and earned a Master in Public Administration from Old Dominion University as well as a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Tidewater Community College.

A Boston native, a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, a mother of two, and a lover of activism and social causes, Julia helps nonprofits build movements and connect with supporters by effectively harnessing the power and potential of online marketing and social media tools.

Julia’s clients include small community-based nonprofits and large universities. She also offers small group coaching sessions, workshops & seminars and online trainings. The author of Storytelling in the Digital Age: A Guide for Nonprofits, Julia’s blog about online fundraising and nonprofit technology is #3 on the Top 40 Nonprofit Marketing Blogs and Websites for Nonprofit Marketers and Fundraisers and is consistently featured in the list of Top 150 Nonprofit Blogs in the world.

Julia has been featured on Maximize Social Business, About.com, MarketWatch, Alltop, Salon, Social Media Today, Forbes and Business 2 Community.

360° Tours and More

360° Tours and More

 

 

360° panorama photographs and video are starting to become widely used thanks to integrated smartphone gyroscopes, virtual reality, and other emerging technologies. Developing 360° experiences is not difficult and can create a sense of immersion to your web presence that can provide more visibility highlighting your library’s resources and services. In this webinar,

– Learn how 360° photographs and videos work
– Discover what 360° cameras are on the market
– Understand how live 360° video is set up and streamed
– Explore Best Practices and Tools to create a 360° tour
– Highlight emerging trends like 3D photographs and more

Slides

Original broadcast April 3, 2109

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.

Makerspaces: Creating Programming based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Makerspaces: Creating Programming based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

 

This webinar is all about getting ready for the future and how to take your makerspace from small projects to making a difference in the world. From future proofing our libraries to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG), Brian will explore how libraries can work on big issues with the community around them.

We will cover how libraries can take their makerspaces to the next level and help solve issues. The UNSDG are the critical areas of focus to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. It is essential that we achieve each of these goals by 2030 to ensure our continued success as a species.

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Original broadcast March 20, 2019

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.