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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.

SENYLRC Presentations Workshop


Many thanks to the folks at SENYLRC for inviting me to do a workshop on Creating Powerful Presentations last month. It was a fun day!  The slides and the resources from the workshop are available on the class web page.

Technology Retreat for School Librarians

Coming up this coming weekend – a 2 day Technology Retreat for School Librarians with a great group of people at one of my favorite places, the beautiful campus of the Carey Institute for Global Good (formerly the Rensselaerville Institute) in Rensselaerville, NY. This wonderful ‘away from it all’ location in the Helderbergs is the perfect setting for lots of learning, sharing, collaborating and laughing to take place.

Jen Cannell and J’aime Pfeiffer have organized this weekend for their school librarians. Melissa Jacobs Israel, Lisa Rudd and I will all be presenting sessions. And I’ve heard rumors of some sort of evening talent show or competition? No doubt a good time and lots of learning will be had by all.



Cool Tools for 2014-2015

Cool Tools for SchoolI’m excited, it looks like there will definitely be another Cool Tools for School learning program for this coming school year. Based on the feedback from the BOCES School Library Systems that participated last year, we’ll have enough participants to run it again. And room to offer it to other regions as well.

After we got started last year, I heard from some SLS directors who said they wished they had known about the project. So this year, I want to make sure everyone knows about it.

For those not familiar with the project, here are some details. The program is conducted completely online. New lessons/topics are posted on a regular basis over about 6 months and participants choose 5 or 10 topics  to explore and then write blog posts about their learning. This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.

Last year, we offered 20 different topics for participants to choose from since many people were participating in the program for a second time. There will be more new topics this year. Professional development hours are awarded by each BOCES SLS.  Each system used their own methods for deciding who and how many could participate, depending on budget constraints. Many systems encouraged librarians to collaborate with other teachers.

For more information, take a look at the About the Project and FAQ pages on the project website. If your SLS is interested in participating, let me know and I’ll send you more details. My gmail account is pollyalida, twitter is @pollyalida or post in the SLS Cool Tools Facebook group.




Cool Tools for School 2013-2014 Wrap Up

Cool tools for school

A long overdue roundup of the online Cool Tools workshop that we offered last school year. The program ran from November to June and was conducted completely online. New lessons/topics were posted on a regular basis and participants chose which topics they wanted to explore and then wrote blog posts about their learning.  This project was modeled after Helene Blowers innovative 23 Things project that has been replicated and reinvented many times over the past 8 years.

Since this was the 3rd or 4th incarnation of our Cool Tools for School project and we had many educators who had participated before, we offered 2 tracks of 10 topics each this past year. People new to the workshop were encouraged to do the Track 1 topics. While folks who were returning had 10 new topics to choose from.

Even so, everyone was given the flexibility to pick whatever topics they really wanted to pursue. And since many topics were very broad, people were also able to return to topics they’d done in (more…)