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Online Reference Essentials for Reference and Ready Reference

Online Reference Essentials for Reference and Ready Reference

What’s new in reference? This webinar will give you a fresh and look at free reference sources on the web. We’ll cover authoritative websites to help you and library users find information about business, genealogy, government, healthcare, history, statistics and everything in between. Whether you are doing reference work online or in person this webinar has tools that can help you find the information you need.

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Original broadcast April 18, 2018

Biography ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith is a She is a Reference Librarian at the Clearwater Public Library. Formerly, 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.

Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

Introduction to Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

 

What is bitcoin? And how do I mine it? Will users be paying fees in the library with it? Should it be your retirement plan? During this webinar, we will explore Bitcoin, the Cryptocurrency with all the buzz and learn:

– What is it? How do you purchase it?
– How does it work? Is it like a stock? Where does one spend it?
– Is it safe?
– Will users be purchasing them on workstations? If so, how can I make this transaction as safe as possible?

This webinar will cover everything bitcoin as well as other cryptocurrencies. We discuss what it is, how you and yours users are likely to interact with it. We’ll talk about the hardware and software technologies involved. And what the future looks like.

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Original broadcast April 11, 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.

Ed Tech Trends and Challenges 2018:  Transforming Information into Action

Ed Tech Trends and Challenges 2018: Transforming Information into Action

Drawing from research completed for the NMC (New Media Consortium) Horizon Report > 2018 Higher Education Edition and other resources, participants in this highly-interactive session will explore the latest developments, trends, and challenges in educational technology, with an eye toward finding ways to apply that first-rate content to our own training-teaching-learning offerings for staff and other library users.

Taking a Flipped Classroom model approach, we will have links to resources posted here at least two weeks before this webinar begins so participants can skim these concise overviews. The live webinar will include brief summaries of key findings designed to be included in the report and include plenty of time for participants to compare their own workplace-based observations and develop rudimentary action plans for using those findings to the benefit of those they serve.
Participants, by the time they leave the session, will:
Be able to demonstrate familiarity with at least three tech trends, three tech challenges, and three critically important technologies
Identify at least three ways that colleagues in libraries are using the technologies under discussion
Have at least two resources they can explore to increase their knowledge of tech trends and challenges

Please note: Although the information collected for the Horizon Report focuses specifically on higher education, the discussion will take a more inclusive view to apply the findings to public and other libraries.
Those who want to take advantage of the Flipped Classroom-model approach are encouraged to skim/view the following resources before attending the session:
“NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Higher Education Edition”
NMC (New Media Consortium)
https://www.nmc.org/publication-type/horizon-report/

“NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition”
NMC (New Media Consortium)
https://www.nmc.org/publication-type/horizon-report/

Links to a brief preview video for each edition will also be posted here as soon as they are available.

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Original broadcast March 29, 2018

Paul Signorelli ~ Biography
Paul, author of the forthcoming Change the World Using Social Media (Rowman & Littlefield, fall 2018) 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-instructional designer-presenter-social media strategist-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; has 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 since 2010; 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.

 

Teaching Patrons to Use Technology: Skills for One-on-One Tech Instruction

Teaching Patrons to Use Technology: Skills for One-on-One Tech Instruction

 

Have you ever helped a library patron with a technology issue? Have you offered computer tutoring by appointment? Library services are undeniably intertwined with technology. From helping patrons search the library catalog to providing maker equipment such as 3D printers, library staff are regularly helping patrons use technology. Each individual patron interaction is an opportunity to teach new skills. There are several models for teaching library patrons one-on-one to use a wide range of technologies that go beyond basic digital literacy instruction. Luckily, you don’t need to be a tech expert to provide effective tech instruction.

In this webinar, learn practical training skills that will help boost your ability to help library patrons with technology questions. Gain skills and confidence in helping others use computers and mobile devices to access the Internet. Learn how customer service skills and effective training techniques can enhance learning in a variety of one-on-one tech instruction settings.

Learners will be able to:
• Identify different models of one-on-one technology training delivery, and recognize the benefits and challenges of each model.
• Assist patrons in identifying personal goals for using and learning technology, and in setting reasonable expectations for instruction.
• Prepare yourself to deliver technology training by increasing competency through self-paced skills training and technology resources.
• Integrate best practices for technology instruction into one-on-one patron assistance.

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Biography ~ Crystal Schimpf
Crystal Schimpf is a librarian and a trainer, with a passion for digital literacy and technology issues. As co-founder of Kixal, she provides collaborative, transformative training for libraries. She has provided training for the Urban Libraries Council’s Edge Initiative, the Public Library Association, the Colorado State Library, and Community Technology Network.

 

Elevate Your Data Management

Elevate Your Data Management

Are you the local Excel guru? The person who has been charged with managing a database of contact info? Keeper of the statistics? In this 1 hour workshop, we will explore OpenRefine, a free tool that anyone can use to review data (just about any kind of data!) and even do batch corrections. If you’ve wished that Excel could do more, OpenRefine is for you! We’ll take a look at OpenRefine, talk about uses, and get you started on your way!

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

Creating Virtual Experiences In Your Library

Creating Virtual Experiences In Your Library

 

Adding Hybrid Reality technologies (i.e., virtual/augmented/mixed realities) to the long and growing list of experiences that libraries offer is keeping libraries on the bleeding edges while allowing their users to engage with these emerging technologies. Libraries that offer these experiences are opening the minds of their users to understand what is possible today and giving opportunities to see what they can possibly create in the future. In this webinar,

· Learn the differences between virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.
· Understand how these technologies will change everything ranging from gaming to education.
· Discover various products on the market now and those that are soon to be released.
· Explore 360° video and photograph technologies to include in a variety of formats.raodcast

The slides are at:
https://www.slideshare.net/chadmairn/creating-virtual-experiences-in-your-library

Original broadcast March 14, 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.

​​Enhancing the User Experience with ​Smart Technologies

​​Enhancing the User Experience with ​Smart Technologies

 

 

Everyone is talking about Smart Home this and Smart Home that, but how and why would I want to put something like this in my home? And how can I take advantage of this technology in the library? Through this webinar we will explore how to implement Smart Home technologies in the library to drive increased patron experience, drive return visits, and continue to increase overall engagement of the visitors.

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Original broadcast March 7, 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.

Teaching 21st Technology to 20th Century Adults

Teaching 21st Technology to 20th Century Adults

 

Imagine you’re teaching someone to drive who has never sat in a car or even seen one before they were 35 years. Teaching computer skills to older adults successfully means taking into account their experiences and how older brains learn and retain information. Learn how to apply the principles of adult education to coaching, one-on-one tutorials, formal classes, and even phone and virtual tech support.

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Original broadcast February 28, 2018 

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978. 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.

Organizing and Actually Making Sense of User Research

Organizing and Actually Making Sense of User Research

 

 

It is one thing to collect feedback and data about how users use your services, but turning that raw data into insight and action is a different story. We’re often overwhelmed by the work of data collection in the first place, let alone making use of it. In this webinar, Michael Schofield presents a straightforward and free system for both organizing and making sense out of user research and how it can play the role it should in decision making.

Original broadcast February 21, 2018

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.

Writing with Clarity on the Web

Writing with Clarity on the Web

 

 

Written content is the heart of any library website, and writing with clarity is key. In this practical online session, you’ll learn how people read on the web and how to harness that knowledge to improve your web content. You’ll learn how to focus on key messages, use active and authentic voice, remove unnecessary words, write meaningful titles and headings, use parallelism, format text for readability, and more.

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Original broadcast February 7, 2018 

Biography ~ Rebecca Blakiston
Rebecca Blakiston has been a librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries since 2008, and a user experience librarian since 2014. She provides oversight, management, and strategic planning for the library website, specializing in user research, user-centered design, writing for the web, and content strategy. She manages a web team and chairs a cross-departmental website steering group.
She teaches online courses for Library Juice Academy, including “Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing” and “Writing for the Web.” In 2016, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker. In 2017, she published her second book, Writing Effectively in Print and On the Web: A Practical Guide for Librarians. She has presented extensively on user research methods, website content strategy, and writing for the user experience.