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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.


New Cool Tools for Schools Program Starts Nov 4


Ready to Launch! photo credit: Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via photopin cc

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…)

Online Signing for The Declaration for the Right to Libraries

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries

You can now sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries online?  Have you signed?  Is your library holding a signing event? Have you put the the logo and link on your web site, facebook page, other community sites, etc?

What is the Declaration for the Right to Libraries?

The Declaration for the Right to Libraries is the cornerstone document of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s presidential initiative, Libraries Change Lives, which is designed to build the public will and sustained support for America’s right to libraries of all types – academic, special school and public.

In the next year, libraries of all types will hold signing ceremonies, during which (more…)

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,

Niagara Falls, Clouds, NYLA

Libraries Spark ImaginationI’m so looking forward to attending the New York Library Association annual conference this week. A great conference with tons of interesting and useful programs. And I always have fun catching up with all my NYS friends and colleagues. And it’s going to be just down the street from the amazing Niagara Falls. (slowly I turn…..)

This year I’m presenting a session on Cloud Services for the Empire Friends Roundtable. I’ve never presented to this group before and am looking forward to learning more about their perspectives on libraries. Hope we have time for some chattering.

The Friends Roundtable is in the midst of a campaign to become a Section instead of a Roundtable. Sign their petition!

I’m also hoping to see some of the NYS participants in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC. I should have gotten this organized sooner, but there are a few of us who are going to try to meetup. If you’re going to be at NYLA and you’re in the MOOC, let me know. We have a NYS Tribe, do join!

Evernote gets even better!

sidebar options for new evernote clipperWow, the new Evernote Web Clipper for Chrome that was released last week is beyond terrific! I loved the old clipper, but this incorporates the best of the Clipper, Clearly and Skitch all in one easy to use panel. This really streamlines the use of Evernote even more.

Once installed, clicking on the elephant in your toolbar brings up a slide out options pane on the right side of the screen. Choose to capture a full web page, just the main article on a page, or the URL with a snippet of the text. Or use the ‘Simplified Article‘ option to do what Clearly does – strips the page down to simple to read text with an option to highlight content.  And finally, the Screenshot option comes complete with Skitch annotation options.

Select which folder to store the note in, tag it and save it. And oh so handy, there’s an option to share the note with others right there on the side panel. Once the note is saved, the confirmation panel even offers the option to set a reminder on the note. Did I say WOW yet?

I’ve been using Evernote since early 2008 and also teach workshops on Evernote. I’m impressed at how it  just keeps getting better and better.