I haven’t been posting much about workshops and classes these days, so here’s a local workshop that I’m running at the end of April.
CDLC Tech Tools Workshop
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014
9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany
A program offered by CDLC’s Regional Automation Advisory Committee (RAAC)
Need a chance to catch up with the ever-changing stream of new (and not so news) tech tools? There’s always something new that sounds interesting, fun and maybe even useful! But sometimes it’s hard to find time to test them out and figure out what to do with them.
During this workshop we’ll look at productivity tools that can help you during your workday, social media services that can help you connect with your community, graphics and presentation tools, cloud storage options and much more. You’ll have a chance to explore lots of tools (new and old!) and share ideas with your colleagues. You’ll come away with some new tips and tricks in your tool-kit and and decide which tools are right for you, your library, your community. Bring a list of your favorite tools or ones that baffle you. No question is too silly, bring them all!!
All the folks in our Cool Tools for School and SALS Ten Mobile Things workshops have been playing with photo and video tools for the last few weeks, so they should be all set to participate in SNASPSHOTNY! What about you?
How do people use library services on a typical day? Document your library — how busy and how essential your library is with statistics, pictures, videos and user comments?
Join New York’s libraries and participate in SNAPSHOTNY: A Day in the Life of a Library by collecting photographs and videos between Monday, January 13th and Friday, January 31st and choose one day to track your stats.
Ready to join? Then pick a day and collect statistics on:
- How many patron visits?
- How many people used your public computers?
- How many reference questions did your staff answer?
- How many children participated in programs (including school visits as well as library-sponsored programs)?
- How many adults participated in programs?
- What was the total circulation for the day?
- How many hits did your website receive?
Deadline for submitting all data–stats, photos and video is Friday, January 31st.
Interesting learning opportunity Begins Feb 24 – free edX MOOC on library advocacy being offered by Wendy Newman, Gwen Harris and Colleen Dineen – U of Toronto iSchool.
Learn how to be a powerful advocate for the values and future of libraries and librarianship. Be informed, strategic, courageous, passionate, and unshushed!
About this Course
How can we strengthen libraries and librarians in the advancement of knowledge, creativity, and literacy in the 21st century? Though libraries have been loved for over 3,600 years, their relevance in the digital age is being questioned, and their economic and social impacts are poorly understood. What is really essential ab (more…)
The ever awesome Amanda Goodman (Darien PL, CT) and I will be offering another round of our popular 6-week online WordPress course starting in February 2014. Using WordPress to Build Library Websites is offered through ALA Editions.
And the really big news is that about the same time, Amanda’s new book, The Comparative Guide to WordPress in Libraries: A LITA Guide, will be coming out! What perfect timing. You can read excerpts from her book here, here and here.
We hope you’ll join us for the ecourse and check out the great examples and resources in Amanda’s book.
Century House donates a meal for every meal purchased. Lots of meals donated today!
What a pleasure to take part in the Capital District Library Council’s Annual Meeting at the Century House today. CDLC has been part of my professional and personal world since I started working in libraries. It’s also the organization that jump-started my consulting career by hiring me to do Internet training back in the days of Gopher, Telnet & FTP. Thank you to the CDLC staff, trustees and community for all you do to support libraries and librarians.
Today’s program included terrific presentations by Emily Thompson and Geoff Kirkpatrick. My piece was a Tech Smackdown meets Speed Dating session called ”30 tools in 30 minutes.” I didn’t actually finish in 30 minutes and it was more like 4o tools.
Great fun to see so many friends and colleagues. And meet new colleagues too.
We’re moving into the final planning phases for launching the 2013-14 Cool Tools For School learning project on November 4! We have a whole bunch of New York State School Library System regions participating. Some are returning for another round and there are some new groups.
For folks who have participated before we have And for those who are totally new, we’ll have updated versions of the original ten topics. The schedule and list of topics will be listed on the Cool Tools site soon. TEN NEW THINGS!
Participating systems are listed below. (more…)