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Ready Reference

Ready Reference

 
 

 

Ready for a ready reference update?

Join us in this reference refresher to help find resources for the questions we are getting today, including:

– online reference interviewing
– handy websites for essential information
– job hunting
– elections
– educational material for families and teachers
– an in-depth look at federal and Florida resources
– ways to keep track of websites and resources

Original broadcast July 8, 2020 

Biography ~ Kira Smith
Kira Smith currently works at TBLC. 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.

Discovering Game-Based Learning: Ideas for Academic Librarians

Discovering Game-Based Learning: Ideas for Academic Librarians

 

 

In this session, the presenter will share theories of game-based learning and then discuss practical ways to bring it into academic libraries. Attendees will leave with ideas for how to implement game-based learning in their instruction sessions, during outreach, and in tutorials.

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Original broadcast July 1, 2020 

Biography ~ Lauren Hays
Lauren Hays, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri. Previously, she was the Instructional and Research Librarian at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, KS where she enjoyed teaching and being a member of her institution’s Faculty Development Committee. Her professional interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, information literacy, digital literacy, educational technology, and academic development. On a personal note, she loves dogs, traveling, and home.

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Color Theory Basics: Why Color Matters 

Color Theory Basics: Why Color Matters 

 

Color impacts accessibility, design, and even our emotions! In this session, we’ll explore some of the interesting history and science of color theory and the basics of color theory through the lens of design.

You’ll gain new insights into creating dynamic presentations, flyers, websites, and so much more. Take your design skills to the next level!

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Original broadcast June 24, 2020 

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is a Metadata and Technology Professional who has worked on metadata & digital initiatives for the University of Georgia, the American University of Classical Studies (Athens, Greece), the Library of Congress and ORBIS Cascade, a multistate consortia of historical societies, museums, archives, and libraries. In addition to that experience, Robin is an avid designer. Find her on social media @georgiawebgurl.

Understanding 5G Wireless Networks

Understanding 5G Wireless Networks

There has been a buzz surrounding Fifth Generation (5G) wireless networks for many years; but in 2019, cellular companies finally started widespread deployment. 5G technologies promise to change the way people communicate online with blazingly fast speeds connecting billions of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which will help shape truly ubiquitous computing in the future. Users will be able to download entire films instantly, stream 4K video games flawlessly with decreased latency, accomplish astronomical computing tasks thanks to split rendering, and much more. In this webinar:

· Learn what a 5G network is and what it is capable of doing,
· Explore 5G standards and see how the technology will
impact current library IT infrastructure,
· Understand the issues concerning people’s anxiety regarding its
safety, and
· Discuss 5G’s future and how it will affect libraries.

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Original broadcast June 17, 2020 

Biography ~ 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. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.


 

Google Analytics and Google Data Studio

Google Analytics and Google Data Studio

 

This webinar introduces the basics of Google Analytics – from getting started and understanding how it works so you can get your website running with the powerful tools offered through Google Analytics. This webinar highlights the importance of using it for tracking of your website or marketing campaigns so you can make better informed decisions, understand your users, and use that data to provide a better digital experience. We will also explore how you can incorporate Google Data Studio with your Analytics for amazing interactive reports that are sure to impress any board meeting.

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Original broadcast June 10, 2020 

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.

Top 10 Twitter To Do’s for Libraries

Top 10 Twitter To Do’s for Libraries

 

Nonprofits, friends groups and libraries that want to reach new supporters, establish thought leadership, and be at the forefront of trending news topics need to be on Twitter. Their user-base is nothing to sneeze at: Twitter now claims 330 million monthly active users and of these users, more than 40 percent use the service on a daily basis. Want to reach those ever-elusive younger generations? Twitter claims that 80% of their users are “affluent millennials.” 36% of Americans aged 18 to 29 years old use Twitter, more than any other age group.

The way that people use Twitter can be beneficial to libraries and library support groups that want to get discovered by people interested in their cause. People use Twitter as a search engine. Did you know that the #1 reason people come to Twitter is to “discover something new and interesting”?

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Original broadcast June 3, 2020 

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.

Transitioning Services Online to Meet the Needs of Patrons in a Crisis

Transitioning Services Online to Meet the Needs of Patrons in a Crisis

 

 

Scammers are experts at shifting tactics and changing their messages to catch you off guard. This is especially true as they take advantage of anxieties related to the Coronavirus.

This webinar will explain how scams are evolving during the pandemic – from phony tests, treatments, and cures to taking your money but not delivering masks, sanitizers and supplies to trying to get your stimulus check.  We’ll also cover tips relating to recovering from the financial fallout of the pandemic.

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Original broadcast May 21, 2020 

Biography ~ Carol Kando-Pineda
Carol Kando-Pineda is Counsel in the FTC’s Division of Consumer and Business Education where she leads teams to create free print materials, websites, and videos to help people avoid scams, manage their money and make wise buys. Carol began her FTC career as a staff attorney bringing false advertising cases; she then became the agency’s Legislative Counsel, serving for several years as a liaison between the FTC and Congress.

Managing Virtual Groups and Committees: Creating Meetings Online that Actually Make Decisions and Move Projects Forward

Managing Virtual Groups and Committees: Creating Meetings Online that Actually Make Decisions and Move Projects Forward

 

The main problem with online committees and decision-making meetings? Participants think that they can cut corners, meaning the process of discussing, making decisions, and taking action should take less time than meeting in person. Consequently, without a commitment to creating and working within a set of rules, conversations deteriorate into a chaotic mess. And often, without intending to dominate, frustrated individuals step up and take over. People leave, feeling abandoned and ignored. And then there is the issue of bad technology.

There are two big advantages to using online tools. First obviously, is the issue of travel time, be it connecting people thousands of miles apart, living in the same small town, or working in the same building. Second, technology, when used correctly, can level the playing field and ensure that everyone has an equal voice in the meeting and has their opinions treated with respect.

Topics include planning technology-based meetings, the structure of successful decision-making, processes that work, and why online meetings need a facilitator with a mute button.

Outcomes:
– Develop standards for virtual committees that includes orienting participants before the meeting.
– Establish protocols regarding how decisions are made without relying on perfect consensus.
– Set requirements for participants’ technology.
– Implement written guidelines regarding how participants conduct themselves during meetings.
– Implement written expectations regarding the participants’ commitment to the work of the short-term group or longterm committee.

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Original  broadcast May 20, 2020 

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.

Tips and Tricks to Organize and Improve Productivity

Tips and Tricks to Organize and Improve Productivity

We are being inundated with information from every direction. During this webinar, we will look at techniques and tools to streamline, organize and weed our incoming data as well as our existing files, photos and emails to create a system that will help you be more productive and more efficient with your time. In addition, we will focus on tools to help with communication and information sharing with co-workers.

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Original Broadcast May 13, 2020 

Biography ~ Rachel Eichen

Rachel Eichen has a varied career history across multiple fields of communication, technology, and training. She has over 10 years of in-person and remote teaching experience in a variety of industries including: casinos, financial institutions, restaurants, hospitals, and libraries. She even taught computer classes on a cruise ship! In a former life, she was a technical writer where she learned about the software lifecycle and documented instructions. She also has a variety of technical skills, including a mix of programming, networking, and web-design. Rachel holds a Master’s degree in Library & Information Science and a bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing. Her hobbies include walking, tea, and decorative planning. She currently lives outside of Las Vegas.

Transitioning Services Online to Meet the Needs of Patrons in a Crisis

Introducing Smart Cities

 

​Smart Cities are using emerging technologies to improve the quality of living standards for its citizens. Smart City initiatives are revving up globally, and libraries have an opportunity to be part of the evolution of our cities. Smart Cities take the astronomical amounts of data being detected by a myriad of Internet of Things applications, process the data in real-time by artificial intelligence over high-speed 5G networks.

Rigorous planning and evenhanded collaboration are other vital components helping make Smart Cities truly “smart” so that they can adapt to our needs. Ultimately, in this webinar,

· Learn what a Smart City is and what they are capable of doing,
· Recognize what technologies are powering Smart Cities,
· Understand ethical and regulatory issues impacting these initiatives, and
· Explore ways to get your library at the table to help bring equitable access to all.

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Original broadcast May 6, 2020

Biography ~ 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. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.