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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.

Clifton Park Halfmoon Staff Day

Many thanks to Alex Gutelius and Angela Strong for inviting me to speak at the Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library staff day. Slides from the presentation “The Future is Now!” are available for you to download.


Clifton Park Halfmoon

Clifton Park Halfmoon Public Library

Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and Productivity

Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and ProductivityThanks to everyone who attended and contributed great tips and apps during our session on Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and Productivity on Friday at the NYLA Annual Conference. The session was sponsored by the Section of School Librarians. Thank you for inviting us to speak. And thank you to my co-presenters, Melissa Jacobs Israel and Nicole Waskie-Laura. Our slides are now available.

Don’t forget about SSL’s next big event, the 2015 NYLA/SSL Spring Conference from April 30 to May 2, 2015 in Tarrytown NY.

Presenting at NYLA & Cool Tools Launches

open libraries open mindsThis is going to be a fun and busy week.

The Cool Tools for School learning program has launched with 15 New York School Library Systems participating. It looks like we’ll have over 100 people registered this year. Many are participating for the 2nd or 3rd time! And lots of new folks too. Really looking forward to learning along with all of you.

And the New York Library Association annual conference starts on Wednesday. Melissa Jacobs Israel, Nicole Waskie-Laura and I will be presenting a session on Mobile Apps for Learning, Teaching and Productivity.

Look forward to seeing you there!

30 Tools in 30 Minutes…

century house

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.


Webinar: Giving Your First Conference Presentation

Celebrating 20 years of online educationDon’t miss what will be a great webinar on giving presentations. Applicable to any sort of presentation, not just conferences. And not just for new professionals, us old folks can always learn a new trick or two!  Jill and Maurice are seasoned and awesome presenters.

Giving Your First Conference Presentation: What No One Tells You (or When PowerPoint and Good Intentions Meet Reality 

Are you a new professional, who needs to give presentations in order to advance in your career? Will you need to give a presentation as part of a job interview? Have you given professional presentations and wonder how you can improve? If you answer “yes” to any of those questions, then this is for you!

Join Jill Hurst-Wahl and Maurice Coleman on Tuesday, October 8, 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, for a free webinar on how to give an outstanding presentation. During “Giving Your First Conference Presentation: What No One Tells You (or When PowerPoint and Good Intentions Meet Reality)“, Jill and Maurice will share what they have learned from the presentations that they have given, and from the presentations that they have seen and sometime suffered through. After this webinar, you will be more confident during your presentation because you will know what to do and what to avoid.

To register for this free webinar, go Please note that this webinar will use Adobe Connect, which requires no special equipment except your computer and an Internet connection.

Who are Jill and Maurice?

Jill Hurst-Wahl is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the director of both its library and information science & LIS with school media specialization programs. She is a member of SLA’s Board of Directors and the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council. As her schedule allows, she participates in the bimonthly library training podcast T is for Training (@tisfortraining).

Jill has been giving presentations for several decades, and in 2013 spoke at several state library association conferences, the Computers in Libraries Conference, and the Special Libraries Association Annual Conference. She is often asked for her advice on how to improve a formal or informal presentation.

You can find Jill on Twitter at @jill_hw and through her blog, Digitization 101.

Maurice Coleman is the author of Crash Course in Presentations, which will be released by ABC-Clio Publishing in 2014. He is the technical trainer at Harford County (MD) Public Library, host of the long running library training podcast T is for Training (@tisfortraining), and a member of the board of the American Library Association’s Learning RoundTable.

Maurice has over 20 years of experience training all ages how to sensibly use technology and computer hardware and software. He has presented at numerous conferences on topics such as digital personal branding, technology implementation, presentation and training skills, community development and effectively using social media.

For his work, Maurice was named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, and received the Citizens for Maryland Libraries Davis McCarn Technology Award. You can find him on Twitter at @baldgeekinmd.

About the Syracuse University iSchool: The School of Information Studies (iSchool) offers several degree programs and certificates of advanced studies including an M.S. in Library and Information Science and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Data Science. The iSchool attracts undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students from across the United States and from more than 30 countries from all corners of the world. In 2013, the iSchool is celebrating its 20th anniversary in providing online education. As part of the yearlong celebration, the school is offering free webinars and MOOCs,