Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wonderful new series of webinars for new librarians!

“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ is a new series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with ALA.

Below, the date and time of the first webinar. Save the date!
January 17, 2011
2:00 p.m. CST // 3:00 p.m. EST // 8:00 p.m. CET // 7:00 a.m. EDT (next day)
Instructions for Registration: Coming soon!
Dr. Alex Byrne, New South Wales State Librarian and Chief Executive of the State Library NSW in Australia. IFLA President 2005-2007. Highlighting the topics: LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
Janice Lachance, J.D., CEO of the Special Libraries Association. Featuring a model of a library association’s work with new professionals in various regions of the globe.
JP Porcaro, Head of Library Acquisitions and Technological Discovery at New Jersey City University. Co-founder of ALA Think Tank, and originator of the Make It Happen philosophy for librarians. Featuring a group by and for librarians.

For more information and updates:

Thursday, December 15, 2011

ALCTS online continuing education in 2012

ALCTS offers a wide variety of online continuing education opportunities through e-Forums, webinars, and web courses. Below is a list of upcoming events beginning in January, 2012. Additional details, fees and other information (including links to registration) will be posted at  as they become available. Including:
- Services Lead to Success: Strategies for Repository Growth (IR series) (February 8)
- Effective Subscription Management and Alternatives (February 15)
- The Black, White, and Gray Areas of Licensing: A Review and Update for Librarians and Publishers (February 29)
- Preservation Workflow (March 7)
- RDA and Moving Images (RDA series) (March 14)
- Holdings: What They Are and Why They Are Important (March 21)
- RDA and 3D Objects and Kits (RDA series) (March 28)
- Staffing the IR for Small and Medium-sized Libraries (IR series) (April 4)
- More Product, Less Process: Why It Matters to Archivists, Librarians, and Researchers (April 11)
- You Ought to be in Pictures: Bringing Streaming Video to Your Library (April 18)
- Preservation Week: Preserving Digital Photographs (April 26)
- Using the Library of Congress Classification H Schedule (May 2)
- Using the Library of Congress Classification P Schedule (May 9)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Collaboration Tools

Make a video of your own at Animoto.

Free online events from American Library Association

Thursday, December 15, 12:00–1:00 pm (Central). A Pre-Midwinter Online Chat: “Prepare to WOW them in your next interview!” Share ideas and resources and learn essential tools that make you interview-ready. Hosted by ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment, and facilitated by career coach Caitlin Williams, the discussion will touch on phone, screening, and panel interviews along with other new interview formats. Register now at .

Wednesday, January 4, 2012, 2:00-3:00 pm (ET). A free webinar: “Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting: A Forum.” Launch your library job hunt of 2012—share your stories and your ideas with fellow job hunters during this ALA Editions' webinar. Andromeda Yelton and Tiffany Mair lead the discussion. Learn more and register at .

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Nix the classroom lecture!!!

Great blog post about nixing the classroom lecture -- and a link to Khan Academy, where you can learn just about anything for FREE!

"The popularity of Khan Academy, a fast-growing database of short educational videos — which has drawn raves from Bill Gates, among others — suggests that mini-lectures, delivered apart from the classroom, could pick up momentum in higher education."

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Libraries Thriving

Libraries Thriving doesn't currently have any webinars scheduled, but I expect they will soon schedule for 2012 -- stay tuned!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Managing Stress in Today's Libraries

A video of the 2010 workshop Handling What You Can’t Control: Managing Stress in Today’s Libraries, presented by Enid Berman, is now available free online at The workshop was sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee and received excellent evaluations from those in attendance.  The video is on the web site of the California State Library’s Rural Library Initiative, which funded the videotaping.  Thanks very much to Chuck O'Shea, web manager for that site, who did the technical work to get the video online.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TLT Group

This non-profit group is worth joining (free) if you're interested in teaching and learning with technology.  They have a special program called FridayLive!, which is free to individual members.  Some of their upcoming sessions include:

  • If evidence for changing pedagogies is so clear, then why do my colleagues keep teaching the same way?
  •  Understanding and Working with Student Resistance to Active Learning
  • Utopia or Dystopia: Which science fiction futures are worthy to achieve in higher education?
  • Interview with Alice Brown about her book "Changing Course: Reinventing Colleges, Avoiding Closures" 

Collections & Technical Services

ALCTS Continuing Education schedules for web courses and webinars are posted.

Chronicle's Online Learning Microsite

from The Chronicle of Higher Learning:
Learn how top technology companies are working with colleges and universities to create high-quality online and distance learning programs. Download case studies, white papers, and articles on The Chronicle’s Online Learning Microsite .

Monday, November 14, 2011

LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop)

LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop) program at the University of North Texas. LE@D classes are high-quality online, self-paced courses, mostly on topics of use to people who work in libraries. During the month of November they'd like to give our friends in the library world the gift of a free LE@D class courtesy of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
You can access LE@D classes and information at
Follow the Green Star
As you look through our course catalog you will notice a green star in the lower right hand corner of the course illustrations. This star indicates that this course is eligible as a free gift!
To claim your free course: Login to your LE@D account. If you don't already have a LE@D account, create an account -->Go to the course catalog and select the course you want. Look for the green star to find courses that are eligible for this promotion -->Add the course to your shopping bag -->Apply the promotional code to pay for the class:
If the class is a $25 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-25
If the class is a $45 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-45
Restrictions: Like eating a piece of pumpkin pie at grandma's house, please limit yourself to one until everyone has had a chance to get some. If you register for more than one class with the coupon code, we will only process one of your selections.
Additional Discounts: As an added bonus, you may buy as many additional courses from our Library or School Library course catalog as you wish at a $10 discount (no Green Star required). To get the discount, apply the coupon code IMLS-10 to the courses in your shopping bag. This coupon is valid through the end of November with no restrictions.
This promotion is good through the end of November, or until the grant funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Library 2.011

The Library 2.011 worldwide virtual conference was a huge success, and all of the session recordings are posted on the site!

This was a GAS to help out with!  And lots of great sessions I missed, so will be checking out the recordings.

Friday, November 4, 2011

It's Simple: Open Access, Open Minds | Peer to Peer Review

It's Simple: Open Access, Open Minds | Peer to Peer Review

One of my favorite bloggers, this method of learning by DOING, whether it's writing or creating or mashing, is incredibly powerful. I recently suggested creating a peer-reviewed open access journal for student writings to several of our English professors, but it hasn't yet been taken on.

Professor Backfire

A must read.  This article (and the insightful comments to it) speaks volumes about how learning (i.e., what happens in the classroom) is being tarnished by student expectations of teaching style.  Not happy being called on to discuss the material?  Not wanting to work in groups?  This is enough to warrant denial of tenure?!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Library Journal Virtual Technology Summit

Library Journal presents our first virtual technology summit, "Power to the Patron: From Systems to Services". This full-day event (hard to find the date on their website but it's December 8) will examine the technologies that empower users on the front end (what they see) and the behind-the-scenes systems that make such self-service and digital delivery possible.

The day will offer a keynote presentation and panels covering what people are using, what they want, and how the self-service option helps people discover their place in the library or simplifies the library/user connection.

OK, it's not free.  But the pricing is really, really reasonable.

Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong

This FREE webinar will present an overview of the Charter for Compassion, resources and activities associated with this initiative that can be used in Building Common Ground efforts, including familiarizing librarians with the Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life Reading Group initiative and model for action. Reading Group guide author Roselle Kovitz; Charter for Compassion Project Manager, Pam Kilborn-Miller; and Rev. Guo Cheen, Seattle discussion group facilitator will present. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to pose questions in this synchronous environment.

Thursday, November 3, 2011
1 p.m. EST/12:00 p.m., Noon  CT/10 a.m. PT
Register for this webinar

Sent out by the New Members Round Table of ALA