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Experiencing Virtual Reality Inside Virtual Reality: A Conversation

Experiencing Virtual Reality Inside Virtual Reality: A Conversation

 

Virtual Reality (VR) is a computer tricking a user’s brain into believing that they are in an immersive environment. It is a computer simulation. VR headsets using Six Degrees of Freedom (6DoF) tracking offer whole-room VR experiences, giving users a more natural freedom to explore locations, interact with objects, and dodge virtual bullets inside a game. VR tends to be more isolating than other technologies; however, it can easily be an engaging social space to meet, share ideas, and collaborate. VR is starting to complement traditional education modalities by immersing users into a world where they can interact on an entirely new level and experience learning like never before.

In this webinar:
Learn what VR is and what it is capable of doing while being inside VR,
Understand how VR will change everything ranging from gaming to education,
Experience the potential of Spatial, a “social-virtual reality platform that enables people to educate and collaborate in a 3D virtual environment from anywhere on earth”
Generate conversations as a group to see what others are doing in this space.
Note: This presentation will be fully viewable and interactive in Zoom; however, attendees will be encouraged to join the presenter in Spatial for the last part of the class.

If you plan to join in the VR component, please install Spatial on your Oculus Quest (or other supported) headset and create an account and avatar in advance. Sign up for free at https://spatial.io/.

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Original broadcast September 23, 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.

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.

Increase Library Usage Through Strategic Merchandising

Increase Library Usage Through Strategic Merchandising

 
 

 

There’s a lot of science and psychology in the retail merchandising world that can benefit your library. In fact, it can not only invigorate and improve your everyday displays and signage, it can also increase your usage statistics. Trying it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In this webinar, Kathy Dempsey will explain what merchandising is and will reveal strategies to help you do it quickly and effectively. Through pro tips and lots of photographic examples, you will:

 Learn the difference between creating displays and doing merchandising.
 Understand how the magic of merchandising can increase library usage and circulation.
 Realize what turns people off and keeps them from entering your building.
 View photos of great (and not-so-great) merchandising from libraries around the world.
 Realize how merchandising, signage, and displays affect the user experience (UX).

Please note: This session is not geared toward ideas about what to display. Instead, it’s about the strategies behind good displays, signage, and promotion. It’s about upholding your brand and improving customers’ usage of, and perspectives of, the library.

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Original broadcast September 22, 2020 

Biography ~ Kathy Dempsey
Kathy Dempsey wrote the popular how-to tome The Accidental Library Marketer and founded her own marketing consultancy, Libraries Are Essential. 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 25 years, and was formerly Editor-in-Chief of Computers in Librariesmagazine. She also blogs at The ‘M’ Word. She’s a member of the New Jersey Library Association, and Founder of the Library Marketing and Communications Conference, which she chaired in 2015, 2016, and 2017. 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.

Keeping Your Library Community Engaged During Difficult Times

Your webinar will be held on October 21, 2020,   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  ET.

Login here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqdeippzwsGNeiOhnExbFUq-uXm4-PreGR

Within 7 days, the recording of this session will be available in our On-Demand section.

 


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.

 

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.

Revisiting Two Classic Books: Think and Grow Rich and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Revisiting Two Classic Books: Think and Grow Rich and The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill has been called the “”Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature.”” It was the first book to boldly ask, “”What makes a winner?”” Originally published in the 1940’s, Think and Grow Rich continues to be one of the most popular books today on the power of our thoughts to manifest our reality.

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra are powerful principles you can use to fulfill your deepest desires with effortless joy. When you put them into practice, you’ll realize that you can manifest whatever you’ve been dreaming about.

In this interactive and interactive program, attendees will learn how to apply the wisdom from these classic books to better take control of their thoughts and lives today to create the future that they desire.

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Original broadcast September 17, 2020 

Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew Sanderbeck has experienced life as a commercial disc jockey, retail manager, corporate training manager and an adjunct professor. Today, he thrives as an introverted entrepreneur, spouse, parent and grandparent who loves animals, people, books, music, spiritual conversation, quiet time and travel. (The order varies from day to day)

People tell Andrew that they love his inspirational online publication, The Friday News Minute – which like Andrew, does not go out every Friday.

Creating a Drama Free Workplace Through Focused Team Development

Creating a Drama Free Workplace Through Focused Team Development

 

Whether you are a newly developing group or tight-knit team who has worked together for several years, there is always the potential for unintended and unwanted drama. Even those who prefer not to contribute can be tempted into conversation that can quickly turn into complaining or gossip.
In this session we will explore the four stage of team development and how to avoid the pitfalls of tempting drama, such as gossip in the workplace.

Attendees will learn:
• The four stages of team development and how to work through each
• Steps to function as a Team of Individuals
• Strategies to avoid the temptation of contributing to drama in the workplace

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Original broadcast September 15, 2020 

Biography ~ Dana Bomba
Dana Bomba is a Branch Manager with the Chesterfield County Public Library near Richmond, Virginia. Her primary focuses are daily operations, staff development, and outreach initiatives. The area of her job she enjoys the most is staff development as she helps her team realize their full potential in an encouraging and empowering way.

Challenging Dementia with Creativity, Collaboration, and Compassion

Challenging Dementia with Creativity, Collaboration, and Compassion

 

5.8 million Americans are now living with Alzheimer’s disease and 16 million are providing care. Public libraries” success in meeting our commitment to lifelong learning depends upon inclusivity across the spectrum of age and cognitive ability. How we respond to this challenge will set the standards for social infrastructure.

Dynamic sensitivity and strategic partnerships are essential. In this interactive and informative webinar, attendees will learn dementia-friendly skills for frontline service, explore engaging in-house programming, and prepare to mobilize innovative, collaborative outreach.

In this program attendees will learn:
• Describe the current scope of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and explain the purpose and potential impact of dementia-friendly library services in your
community
• Apply your knowledge of best practices to raise awareness, implement sensitive communication techniques in customer service, and initiate targeted library programming
with confidence
• Create a network of community partners, seek out the underserved, and develop comprehensive outreach services

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Original broadcast September 15, 2020 


Biography ~ Heather Ogilvie

Heather Ogilvie is the Outreach Librarian for Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida. With 23 years of public library experience, Heather has a BA in English from Colby College, an MLIS from FSU, and has trained with the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute and the Kettering Foundation. She serves as Co-Chair Elect of ASGCLA-IGARD. Heather presents customer-driven programs for the way we live now and enjoys the happy belief that anything is possible.

Tech Programs Post Pandemic – Tech To Go and Lending Programs

Tech Programs Post Pandemic – Tech To Go and Lending Programs

 

We learned a lot in the first few months of 2020 as the world shifted to provide more digital and online services and provide cleaner and safer in-person interactions. Through all these lessons learned, join Brian Pichman as he highlights some of the fun interactive virtual services in this new era of providing services to the public. We will cover some of the best tech tips for technology lending programs and things that patrons and users can do while away from your library. At the end of this workshop, pandemic or not, you’ll be able to provide greater services and resources to your patrons, regardless of their physical location and being as safe as possible to deliver these services.

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Original broadcast September 16, 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.

Marketing Your Library with Video

Marketing Your Library with Video

Description: Looking for new ways to promote events and services? Videos are a simple and effective way if you know how. Attend this workshop and learn how to get started creating videos with your phone or tablet! You will learn the basics of shooting video on your device, how to utilize videos on different platforms from YouTube to Facebook, and design a video marketing plan that engages your community.

Learning outcomes:
Outcome One – Craft a video marketing plan that targets programs and engages your audience
Outcome Two – Create captivating video with minimal resources or know-how
Outcome Three – Utilize video through a variety of channels

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Original broadcast September 10, 2020 

Biography ~ Annie Guzman
Annie Guzman is a Community Outreach Librarian with Plano Public Library and her work focuses on community outreach, program development, and video production for social media. She is passionate about empowering people of all ages through excellence in programming and classes.

Change Your Thinking…Change Your Life. But How?

Change Your Thinking…Change Your Life. But How?

 

As the CO-VID 19 crisis has shown us once again, situations appearing to be out of our control have a huge impact on our lives and well-being. And while the crisis may seem to be out of our control, how we handle the circumstances of the crisis is something that we can choose.

“In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” ― Albert Einstein

In this interactive and informative program we explore how our thoughts affect our behaviors and actions and what we can do harness the power of our thoughts for outcomes that we want in our lives.

Specifically, we will explore:

• The Great Principle
• How Believing is Seeing
• The Laws of Substitution and Habit
• Four Techniques that You Can Immediately Use to Change your Thinking
• How to Create Your Definite Major Purpose

“We discover our greatness when we find ourselves in a situation bigger than we are and we manage to grow and become bigger than the situation.” ― Luigina Sgarro

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Original l broadcast September 8, 2020 

Biography ~ Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has experienced life as a commercial disc jockey, retail manager, corporate training manager and an adjunct professor. Today, he thrives as an introverted entrepreneur, spouse, parent and grandparent who loves animals, people, books, music, spiritual conversation, quiet time and travel. (The order varies from day to day)

People tell Andrew that they love his inspirational online publication, The Friday News Minute – which like Andrew, does not go out every Friday.

Readers’ Advisory and Online Book Clubs: Connecting to Users Online

Readers’ Advisory and Online Book Clubs: Connecting to Users Online

 

​While working remotely or with restrictions on in-person interactions, it is still essential to connect readers with books. In this informative webinar, we’ll take a look at some resources for readers’ advisory that help both online and face to face. In the second half of the webinar, we’ll focus on online book clubs: which platform to use, how to promote your club, what to read, and way to keep your club going. Attendees are encouraged to share ideas and join the discussion about what’s worked and what hasn’t in their online book clubs.

Class Resources:

Reader’s Advisory And Online Book Clubs: Connecting To Users Online List (Including Books and Resources from Attendees)

Original broadcast September 9, 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.