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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!



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. (more…)

Social Media & Marketing Workshop

Thanks to the Schenectady County Public Library for hosting last Friday’s Social Media & Marketing workshop  This was part 1 of a 3 part workshop series being sponsored by:

Part 2 of this workshop will be offered in the Saratoga area on September 28. It will cover presentations, posters, newsletters, graphics, images and live video tools.  Part 3 is scheduled for Dec 15. More information will be available on the CDLC website as it becomes available.

Slides and resources from the workshop

Teaching with Infographics Workshop

infographicsI’m looking forward to leading two workshops on Teaching with Infographics on Friday March 11 at Rockland BOCES School Library System.

The resources for our workshop can be found on the Teaching with Infographics Workshop page.  I’ll also post the presentation slides after the workshop.

Update: Workshop slides here

Workshop: Easy Websites on a Small Budget

Easy Websites on a Small Budget

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
CDLC Offices, 28 Essex Street, Albany

There are still a few more seats available in this workshop, but you’ll need to register by this Friday.

Workshop Description: Overwhelmed with the idea of maintaining your own website or simply disheartened because you don’t know the “code” to create one? The good news is you don’t have to know everything, just the right things!

Sign up for this full day workshop which will focus on creating simple websites with the help of affordable web tools. We will learn the basics of creating a modern website using both Weebly as well as become familiar with some tools, tips and techniques for creating and managing content.

This is a hands-on class so to get the most out of it, you are encouraged to bring some prepared text and images with you to the workshop.  More information on this will be sent to participants upon registration.  This class is suitable for any organization looking to create a small website or become more familiar with online tool options.

More information and registration.

SENYLRC – Data Analysis for Working Librarians

starDon’t miss this great workshop on Data Analysis presented by Deborah Anderson at SENYLRC. This workshop dovetails so nicely with the Presentations workshop I taught at SENYLRC last month.  Deborah is terrific at helping you pull the sense and meaning from your data!

Data Analysis for Working Librarians

Date: May 14, 2015
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: SENYLRC
Trainer: Deborah Lines Andersen

A great way to show your library’s impact on the community is with concrete data. But how do you do that? Are you at a loss on the best methods to gather that data, quantify them, and present them? SENYLRC is proud to present a workshop with Deborah Andersen of UAlbany’s school of Information Studies to help librarians update their skills with the tools of data analysis, utilizing quantitative and qualitative data, and understanding metrics.