Social Media & Friends of Libraries

nyla2016The #NYLA2016 conference is happening this week in Saratoga Springs. I need to skedaddle and get myself there! I’m excited to be presenting a session a session for the Friends of the Libraries section on Growing Your Friends Group Online. The session is Friday at 11. Presentation slides are available as a PDF.

Love the theme this year: Strong Strategic Sustainable. Lots of great programs around this theme. Follow tweets for #nyla2016




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Social Media & Libraries Workshops

Social Media GraphicsSocial Media & Graphics is the topic for the 2nd session of the Social Media & Libraries series being held at SALS in Saratoga Springs, NY on Wednesday September 28, 206.

The workshops are sponsored by CDLC, MVLS, SALS and UHLS.

More information and resource pages for the workshop can be found on the Social Media Workshop page.


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Cool Tools for Schools 2015-16 Concludes

And it’s a wrap on another year of the Cool Tools for School online workshop!

This year we had 65 active participants from 15 regional School Library Systems. 45 participants completed the program and earned a Professional Development hours. 590 PD hours were awarded and on average, each PD hour cost $11. Not a bad return on investment.

Hard to believe that this is the 8th time that we’ve run this program for K12 librarians and classroom teachers since 2011.  In that time we’ve had over 700 participants.

We’re already committed to offering the workshop again this coming year and hope to see the project expand as we welcome our first out-of-state group of school librarians this year.  See you in the fall!



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2016 School Library System Tech Retreat

Rensselaerville Photos

This past weekend, 20+ school librarians from the Capital Region of NY gathered in Rensselaerville at the Carey Institute for Global Good in the beautiful Helderberg mountains, for a weekend of learning and lots of laughter.

Saturday was a full day workshop on annual reports. (Can you imagine giving up your weekend for this? I promise, I tried to make it as fun and useful as I could!) In the morning we looked at a lots of annual reports and focused on ways to gather and present data in a meaningful way. Continue reading

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Learning with Innovative Technology: Call for Speakers

Learning with Innovative Technology

The 1st Annual Learning with Innovative Technology Conference will be held in Saratoga Springs on July 8, 2016.  Speakers at this free conference will share innovative uses of technology in K-12, higher ed and other educational settings.

What a great opportunity to share YOUR innovative ideas and programs. The call for speakers is open until May 2.

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Canva for Work is now free for non-profits

Canva for WorkThanks to the 5 Minute Librarian for sharing a great post on the features of Canva for Work and the tip that Canva is free for non-profits and charitable organizations.

What is Canva? It’s a terrific tool for creating graphics, posters, marketing materials, images for web pages & social media, and more. Be sure to read the 5 Minute Librarian post for a great overview of the features. The Canva for Work account is normally about $10 per month. Take it for a spin and apply for the non-profit account.

Canva Examples
Examples of what you can create with Canva

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