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Using Publisher to Make Fantastic Flyers

Using Publisher to Make Fantastic Flyers

 

Have you ever wondered about that Publisher product listed in the Microsoft Office suite? What does it do and what can you do with it? In this 1 hour session, we’ll explore Microsoft Publisher with a focus on creating flyers, pamphlets, and brochures. We will also cover some design basics along the way. Join in to learn about an overlooked tool that can be used to create amazing marketing materials from signage to flyers. You’ll be amazed at what you can do in Publisher!

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Original broadcast January 9, 2019

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

Safer Online: Strategies and Advice for Librarians

Safer Online: Strategies and Advice for Librarians

 

How do you help your patrons stay safe online? With cybersecurity issues, financial scams, trolling, bullying and more; there are many hazards for individuals online. This webinar from a digital safety and citizenship expert will share both digital and non-digital advice and strategies to keep patrons safe online both inside the library and beyond.

Participants will learn about:
• Online privacy
• Cybersecurity trends and safety
• Digital commerce and avoiding financial scams
• Popular online platforms where cyberbullying and digital sexual violence can occur
• The WHYS of cyberbullying
• Digital resources and strategies to keep patrons safe
• Non-digital resources and strategies to keep patrons safe

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Original broadcast December 18, 2018

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead is a former librarian, current library consultant. She founded Digital Respons-Ability, a company that teaches online safety as part of their work in digital citizenship. Carrie regularly teaches educators, parents and students how to be safer and smarter online. She is the author of the forthcoming book by Rowman and Littlefield: Digital Citizenship in Schools: Teaching and Practice from the Field.

Trendcasting for 2019 – What Will The Future of Tech Hold?

Trendcasting for 2019 – What Will The Future of Tech Hold?

 

 

 

Join Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project as he highlights this year’s most significant technology trends and what it means for 2019. What changes are on the horizon? What technologies falling to the wayside? What technologies are on the verge of significant changes? What technologies should we expect to see flourish in the upcoming year?

Find out what is on the cusp and what will be the biggest trends of 2019.

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Original broadcast December 19, 2018

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.

How to Repurpose Library Space: Listening Lab Edition

How to Repurpose Library Space: Listening Lab Edition

 

 

In 2008, iTunes ""listening stations"" were created in the library so students could have easy access to a large, albeit hidden, CD collection. Hundreds of CDs were digitized and added to an iTunes collection that was shared to other computers located inside the library. The idea was to be more like a record store where people can browse for and listen to music before they buy it; but, in this case, it would be before they bring the CDs home. Fast forward to 2018 and see the vision of this “Listening Lab” becoming more clear and distinct.

In this webinar:
- Learn how to digitize CDs and create a web page based on iTunes XML data.
- Discover how the donated/purchased music collection is being cataloged and shared.
- Explore a variety of programming ideas ranging from small concerts to workshops.
- Understand the basics of valuing CDs, vinyl, VHS, and other mediums.
- Highlight how people are using the space and interacting with the collection.
- Use technologies like 3D printing, graphic design, and videography for promotional purposes.

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Original broadcast December 12, 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.

 

 

 

 

Instagram Tips for Public Libraries

Instagram Tips for Public Libraries

 

 

Instagram is one of the best ways to share everything you do at your library. Learn about ways you can maximize your library’s Instagram account to reach new patrons as well as entertain your current ones. We’ll cover some simple tools for making your pictures sparkle as well as apps to help you manage your account. We’ll also discuss new features, like Instagram stories and Instagram Live, and how you can use them to share your library’s events and collection.

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Original broadcast December 5, 2018


Biography ~ Ginny Mies

Ginny Mies is a librarian at San Mateo County Libraries in Northern California. She oversees e-resources as well as training for staff. Previously, she managed the library program at TechSoup, a global nonprofit that provides technology donations and training for public libraries and nonprofits. Before the library world, she was a tech journalist where she learned to make on-the-fly smartphone videos for breaking news stories.

 

Online Privacy: How to Explain and Inform Users

Online Privacy: How to Explain and Inform Users

 

The news is filled with stories about privacy breaches and scandals, and yet you may find library users obliviously sharing their personal information out loud as they use library computers. How do you let users know what their privacy rights are and how they can protect their information? We’ll look at privacy principles, privacy protection tools and ways to teach adults, teens, and children about what to share and what to keep private.

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Originally broadcast November 28, 2018

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.

 

 

 

WiFi in the Park: Extending Services in Rural Areas

WiFi in the Park: Extending Services in Rural Areas

 

Centre County is a rural area in Pennsylvania and the Schlow Centre Region Library is using a unique method to bring low-cost internet to help bridge the digital divide. Utilizing TV WhiteSpace — the unused bandwidth between television channels — to extend library resources and internet into their communities and forge new partnerships. This session will provide an overview of what is TV Whitespace is, how one library in Pennsylvania is deploying it, Erate and FCC ramifications, and community partnership opportunities.

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Original broadcast November 15, 2018

Biography ~ Nathaniel Rasmussen
Nathaniel Rasmussen facilitates human and tech solutions at Schlow Centre Region Library where he has helmed IT Services for 17 years. His interest in technology has always been through the lens of how to best provide public access to information. Nathaniel enjoys the many technological flavors involved in pursuit of such a dynamic goal: from networks and routers, to Makerspace communities; killer web UX, to statistical deep dives. When not working, he serves on numerous community nonprofit boards, enjoys helping regional non-profits find sustainable technology, and cooking delicious meals for his family with whatever he can fresh and local. Nathaniel was recently recognized by Library Journal as a “2018 Mover and Shaker” for his work building community partnerships in an effort to bring TV White Space to his community.

Biography ~ Sascha Meinrath
Sascha Meinrath is the Palmer Chair in Telecommunications at Penn State and director of X-Lab, an innovative think tank focusing on the intersection of vanguard technologies and public policy. Professor Meinrath is a renowned technology policy expert and is internationally recognized for his work over the past two decades as a community internet pioneer, social entrepreneur and angel investor. https://bellisario.psu.edu/people/individual/sascha-meinrath

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.

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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

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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.