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Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning

Using Minecraft to Enhance Learning

 

Minecraft, officially released in 2011, is a popular sandbox video game where players explore a blocky 3D world and have opportunities to discover and use raw materials while creatively building tools and structures. Minecraft is fun, but it can also enhance learning in a variety of creative ways making it a powerful tool in a teaching librarian’s toolbox.

In this webinar:

– Learn the basics of Minecraft including the different game modes: survival and creative
– Gain hands-on experience using Minecraft Education Edition,
– Discover ways to use Minecraft to teach coding, digital citizenship, social skills, and more.
– Explore innovative projects built on top of Minecraft that can be used to teach advanced skills like reinforcement learning.

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Original broadcast November 18, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. 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. Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

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Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

Free Online Tools for Creating Visual Content for Your Library’s Marketing

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​Yes, there are faithful standbys, such as Canva, but there is so much more out there that libraries can make use of!

Many tools specialize in creating very specific types of visual content but are not known in the mainstream.

Take a one-hour tour of some of the best and most useful (and FREE!) online tools you can use to spice up your library’s marketing efforts.

Laura Solomon, MLS, is the Library Services Manager for the Ohio Public Library Information Network and a W3C-certified front-end web developer. She has been doing web development and design for more than twenty years, in both public libraries and as an independent consultant. She specializes in developing with Drupal. She is a 2010 Library Journal Mover & Shaker. She’s written three books about social media and content marketing, specifically for libraries, and speaks nationally on both these and technology-related topics. As a former children’s librarian, she enjoys bringing the “fun of technology” to audiences and in giving libraries the tools they need to better serve the virtual customer.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Advanced WordPress

Advanced WordPress

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WordPress is a content management system (CMS) many libraries utilize for their websites. WordPress helps easily create a framework for your website, but its open-source roots allow us to customize and shape our sites to our specific vision. 

During this interactive workshop, we will go past the basics of this popular CMS to discuss how we can take our websites to the next level through custom CSS, plugins, and more.  We will delve into best practices for a healthy WordPress site and make your site more dynamic and user-friendly. 

Attendees are encouraged to bring questions and their own experiences to share.

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 was employed by 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, published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2018, is now available.

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In partnership with PLAN,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact PLAN.

Website Essentials: Things Every Library Website Should Have

Website Essentials: Things Every Library Website Should Have

 

There are so many plugins, features, and tools that make websites better, safer, and more interactive.

This webinar will explore:

– Key plugins to enhance the user experience
– Essential tools to help design, monitor, and secure the site.
– Best practices and tips for creating the best user experience possible
– How to find areas to tweak to bring those improved experiences forward.

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Original broadcast November 10, 2020

Presenter ~ 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.

Canva: Beyond the Basics

Canva: Beyond the Basics

 

You already know that Canva is an online graphic design website that targets people who have little graphic design experience. But even the most user-friendly platform has its secrets. AnnMarie is here to take your Canva experience to the next level. In this webinar, you’ll learn: – Graphic design concepts that make eye-catching images – Best practices for organizing and sharing images – Tips for creating social media graphics, videos, infographics, and custom Powerpoint slides – Little-known features that make Canva even easier to use – How your library may be eligible to get the premium version of Canva for free.

Here are the slides:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wNz3y3yToGQT3SJo8ohoTc7AJRQh3nuo/view?usp=sharing

Adding the Stroke Effect in Canva

Original broadcast November 4, 2020 

Presenter ~ AnnMarie Flora
AnnMarie has over a decade of experience working on the front lines in public libraries. She has worked in reference, cataloging, circulation, and youth services. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. Her passions include perfecting the library user experience, advocating for libraries on social media, and motivating people to write down and share their stories.

AnnMarie has been using Canva as her graphic design platform of choice for over five years and uses it for everything from fliers to displays to social media graphics. She’s here to share her knowledge and make you a better graphic designer.

Making a difference & measuring it: Defining and sharing the value of your library

Making a difference & measuring it: Defining and sharing the value of your library

 

How can we understand all the ways our library makes a difference in the community? What new metrics should complement traditional measures like numbers of loans and visits? How do we balance the values which matter to the bodies that fund us, and those which matter to the people we serve? How can we measure those values in terms other than dollars and cents? Once we start thinking about measuring the difference our services make, how can we use that to make better strategic decisions? This session will introduce you to simple, quick-to-master tools and techniques for defining and measuring the value created by your library service, and making future decisions on the basis of your findings. You’ll discover new and effective ways to map and articulate the impact of your library service. Understanding the different kinds of value created by your service can strengthen your strategic decisionmaking, help you with advocacy and communication of your relevance to the community, and support you in identifying new opportunities to help the people you serve.

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Original broadcast October 28, 2020

Presenter ~ Matt Finch
Matt Finch is a consultant and strategic planner for libraries and other organizations, helping them to consider the future, find their brightest ideas, and turn them into reality. You can see more about Matt’s work at https://mechanicaldolphin.com/testimonials/

Keeping Your Library Community Engaged During Difficult Times

Keeping Your Library Community Engaged During Difficult Times

Our world appears blurry and confusing especially during this COVID-19 pandemic; but, thanks to an innovative, caring, and generous library community this deadly and dark event had a bright and comforting light shine through it. During this crisis, the world saw a disrupted supply chain accompanied with millions of uprooted lives, but libraries stepped up and helped solve many problems while working to keep their communities connected to library resources and services.

In this webinar:
Discover how library makerspaces helped design, in many cases 3D print, and distribute a variety of personal protection equipment (PPE) to health care communities to help flatten the curve.
Explore a variety of initiatives that gave people without access to technology opportunities to enroll in food benefits, file for unemployment, submit their census information, and register to vote.
Highlight innovative online programming that all types of libraries utilized during the pandemic to keep their communities engaged.

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Original broadcast October 21, 2020

Presenter ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.

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.

Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.

Accessibility Online: Reviewing and Updating Your Library Website and Services

Accessibility Online: Reviewing and Updating Your Library Website and Services

First impressions matter, whether it’s a library user walking in the front door or discovering a website in a search. If that first impression is positive, with friendly navigation that quickly leads the user to what they’re looking for, it’s more likely they’ll come back again.

This session will step you through a review of your library website, social media, and other web services to make them more accessible to all. You’ll learn what elements to consider and how to evaluate accessibility in many dimensions, including:
– Mission/Vision Statements and Commitments to Inclusion
– Accessible Staff
– Collections & Community Information, and how they’re represented in an online catalog or on a website
– Website accessibility (use of Plain Language; simplified site navigation; adding metadata, captions, and
transcripts for video content; translation options)
– Accessibility on Social Media
– Making live online programs more accessible

After this webinar, you’ll have a checklist of areas to review, suggestions on what to look for/improve, and resources to take the next step.

Class Resources: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1kqa2vJesVLx_yFPKiibyhsM8uwASMfYq?usp=sharing

Original broadcast October 14, 2020

Presenter ~ Jennifer Koerber

Jennifer Koerber is a consultant who advises and guides libraries on staff training programs, especially around technology change and skill-building. She has more than 20 years of experience in public-facing and behind-the-scenes roles, including children’s librarian, reference generalist, branch manager, and web services librarian. After 17 years at the Boston Public Library, she established her own business providing technology training and consulting services to libraries. Her current contract is with MIT Libraries as a part-time Training Coordinator for the Alma/Primo VE migration (until August 2021).
 
In May 2018, her book Library Services to Immigrants and New Americans: Celebration and Integration was published by Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO. This webinar is partly based on Chapter 1 from this book. You can see more of her past work at www.jenniferkoerber.com.
Know and Go: Password Managers

Know and Go: Password Managers

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Have you investigated password managers yet? If not, take some time to see if they could make your life easier! Password managers save your passwords for you, so you don’t have to remember them. You only need to remember one password and that opens the vault. Password managers can help you create strong passwords, and most will automatically fill them in for you.

In this session: we will see how password managers work, what to look for when deciding which one to use, and how you can use them safely.

Presenter ~ Erin Gray
After earning her master’s degree in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Erin went on to work in Branch Management, Collection Development and Youth Services for over a decade in public libraries. She is an advocate for all libraries and a past President of the Missouri Library Association. Erin enjoys facilitating continuing education classes of all types as a Library Services and Technology Trainer for Amigos Library Services.

 

In partnership with TBLC,  webinars originally presented to their membership can now be found and accessed through Florida Library Webinars.

If you have questions about a session, contact TBLC.

Revolutionizing Digital Community Engagement Strategies with Civic CRMs

Revolutionizing Digital Community Engagement Strategies with Civic CRMs

 

 

How can libraries create better websites that increase donations, recruit volunteers, understand and map users and non-users, increase the success of communication and messaging with the community, and build networks of advocates with a single tool?

For far too long libraries have been dependent on website platforms like wordpress, drupal, and even basic HTML while depending on a number of other unintegrated online tools like Hootsuite, Eventbrite, mailchimp, survey monkey, volunteermatch, and others to communicate and engage with their community. But there is a better way!

In this webinar we’ll explore Civic CRMs that will allow libraries to reduce the cost of website development and place all of the tools you need to communicate with your community and understand your users and non-users under one single sign-on platform. While there are a number of amazing Civic CRMs, and we’ll look at a few examples, we will specifically explore the power of NationBuilder. These tools have revolutionized the way organizations engage with their communities and reduce workflow obstacles while increasing community support, donations, volunteering, and engagement. You’ll be blown away by what you can do with a sophisticated platform like this!

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Original broadcast October 8, 2020

Biography ~ Patrick Sweeney
Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney is the a former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and was Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library Propositions. He is now the Political Director for EveryLibrary, the nation’s first political action committee for libraries where he works to help libraries win political initiatives and ballot measures.

He is active in the California Library Association and across library social media as a co-founder of the Think Tank. His library blog is well respected, and he is a sought-after speaker and presenter. A recent project, the Story Sailboat, worked to provide library services and materials – by boat – in the San Francisco Bay area. He tweets at @pcsweeney