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

Adobe OnDemand Seminars

You have to register with Adobe and sign up for each session, but there are some interesting offerings if you're into Adobe products. I think they're all free, but not being willing to sign up for them all, I could be wrong!

Education Week: Leveraging Technology to Drive Student Outcomes

Free Live Webinar:

Administrators "Speak Up" About Leveraging Technology to Drive Student Outcomes
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2 to 3 p.m. EDT
Also available "on demand" any time 24 hours after the event.

Free registration is now open.
In this special webinar sponsored by K12, Inc., Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow, will share an exciting new set of Speak Up data that directly answers this critical question: How are today's administrators leveraging technology to close the achievement gap? The webinar will include key national research data on how online learning directly addresses several of the critical challenges that are waking up our nation's administrators in the middle of the night. Additionally, Ms. Evans will facilitate an interactive panel discussion with three of the nation's most innovative administrators, who will share their first-hand experiences tapping into technology solutions to drive enhanced student outcomes.
  • Barbara Cruse, principal, East Valley Virtual School, East Valley School District, WA.
  • Rick Fast, paraprofessional, at-risk programs, Nevada School District, MO.
This webinar will be moderated by Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow.
Register for this free webinar.
All Education Week webinars are archived and accessible "on demand" for up to six months after the original live-streaming date.

New one: NetworkED: Technology in Education

Inaugural seminar from the London School of Economics and Political Science:
Supporting undergraduate students of the future: developing a new curriculum for information literacy

Date: Wednesday 2 November 2011
Time: 2pm - 3.30pm (London time, no doubt)
Venue: OLD.321
Online: The event will be live streamed from this page. Follow in Twitter using #LSENetED 

Apparently limited seating is available for the live-stream, but the recording will be available later for viewing.  Due to the time difference between California and London, I'll probably view it later, but the program looks very interesting, so check it out!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Infopeople training plans -- into June 2012

Infopeople, as mentioned before, offer quite a few learning experiences for library folks, and their website lists the programs they're planning way into next year, so now's the time to browse and mark your calendars.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Conspiracy Theories ... Critical Thinking ...

OK, I couldn't help it ... this looks interesting!

Conspiracy Theories in Aerospace History – A Lesson in Critical Thinking for the Internet Age - a free live online conference, Friday, October 28, 2011. There is still time to register for this unique event produced by the National Air and Space Museum.

Historians and educators from the Museum, and guests from the Department of the Navy and National History Day, will demonstrate critical thinking skills they use to evaluate information.

This online conference runs from 10:45 AM EDT until 4PM EDT and includes a great line-up of activities for teachers and students:

Session 1: Thinking Critically About Amelia Earhart’s Disappearance

The disappearance of Amelia Earhart during her around-the-world flight attempt in July 1937 provides a “teachable moment” about critical thinking and the historical method.

Session 2: Thinking Critically About the Attack on Pearl Harbor

Despite months of warnings and increased hostilities between the two countries, the American forces were caught completely by surprise. How could this have happened? Was it bad luck, incompetence, or a well-executed plan of attack as most historians have agreed, or was it more?

Session 3: Thinking Critically About UFOs

In recent years, debate about UFOs has flourished online and been reflected in American popular culture. Why have these stories of aliens landing in foreign craft on Earth taken hold so strongly?

Session 4: Thinking Critically About the Apollo Moon Landings

Why has questioning of the Moon landings taken place? What does it say about our culture? How might we discern the truth; what critical thinking skills help to understand and assess evidence concerning the Moon landings?

During the conference, you and your students will interact directly with Smithsonian historians and educators. For more information on the conference and registration visit:

There are also free pre-conference activities to prepare for the event at:

Library 2.011 WorldWide Virtual Conference

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Am I being read?

This is quite a new blog, but ready to grow like crazy -- I've already been read by people outside my immediate 'network' (i.e., those who know I've started blogging, which is very, very few people!)  So, follow me if you're interested in hearing updates about free or almost-free learning experiences ... in or out of the library-world I inhabit.

Internet research tutorials by discipline

Designed to help develop internet research skills for specific disciplines, this collection is invaluable.  (See how I've moved back to libraryland?  Had you even noticed that I slipped away into general education?  tee hee)
So, check out Virtual Training Suite and start up a tutorial.  I think you'll be pleased at what you see!!!

And speaking of Open Courses...

Other major universities are doing it, too.  For example, Stanford on iTunes U, Open Yale Courses, Carnegie Mellon, and of course the famous Open University from the UK.

Some specialized schools are opening their coursework also, including: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and Berklee College of Music.

The upside of free courses:
  • many free course offerings are surprisingly comprehensive, including dozens of hours of audio lectures, supplemental movies, interactive quizzes and self-directed assignments. 
  • some post-secondary schools have assembled a formidable online arsenal of learning, while other free online programs may be lacking in content or breadth.
  • what each student gets out of free online learning depends on his or her investment into the process (duh!)  
  • the best schools' offerings might just help you build the core knowledge you've always wanted in a certain subject

Remember, there are also downsides of free courses:

  • You won't get college credit for taking these courses 
  • you won't have access to professors or other students
  • many courses include reading lists filled with books that are not available for free, requiring you to purchase them if you want to take full advantage of the course.
  • some free courses offer just six or ten web pages of brief text followed by a multiple-choice quiz, which may not seems as rich of a learning experience as the in-depth readings, classroom discussions and group study sessions encountered in a traditional online degree program.

MIT Open Courseware

You've all heard of MIT, and probably most of you have heard of their Open Courseware project.  It's a gem!  There are currently 2000 courses available free for the learning. No registration is required.  The only drawback is that no degrees are earned, either.  But you may be beyond the need for another degree ... just want to KNOW!  I'm with you on that!

Museums & Mobile Virtual Expo

Just got wind of this today ... and it starts tomorrow! ... but free registration.  Check it out!

A one-day completely online trade show for museum professionals interested in deploying mobile experiences and creating mobile content. 
Access the Virtual Expo right here beginning on October 26, 2011. Register  to get your free access info and to qualify for the great prizes they’ll be giving away during the Expo!
The Virtual Expo includes a series of live presentations by companies and organizations providing mobile products and services for museums, as well as virtual booths where you can stop in and visit in real-time in an informal setting with representatives from each company.
Learn more and register at: