On our sister blog, Library Webinars, we have just put up the monthly list of live webinars. We have found over 30 webinars in February that can assist with your professional development. Check it out!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Apple introduced its new tablet device, the iPad, yesterday. Its lighter and thinner than any laptop, and will be available in March starting at $499.
I could try to describe all the functions, bells, and whistles of this device, but why don't you view this one minute video that shows the iPad in action.
Regarding its e-book reader functionality I was pleased to see that the iPad supports the ePub standard (which the Kindle does not). This will allow for downloading of e-books from a wider variety of vendors.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A great post by Sarah, the LiB, on
13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology.
These are my favorite options for libraries to use as alternatives to the expensive paid services and software that we use now, usually because our parent organizations or IT departments have gone along with the mainstream, bought the expensive stuff from the well-known companies, and never blinked. But now that we are all facing budget crunches the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades, we have a chance to show these alternatives to the decision-makers, save the organization some money, and support the open source movement at the same time. I have personally used all of these, at least in a demo setting. Most of them I use on a regular basis at work or at home. So trust me — these recommendations do not come lightly! I think these tools are darn good, otherwise they wouldn’t have made the cut.This list has come out of a few different presentations I’ve given for public libraries recently, from Hawaii to Iowa. Take a look, see what you want to try, and let me know how it works. The list is not exhaustive, so I invite all of you to comment on this post and add your own favorite free web tools, software, and open source awesomeness.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I’m going to try and introduce technologies that libraries and librarians should be paying attention to, and at the same time give you tips and tricks to make better use of the technologies that you may already be playing with.
A few examples of the sorts of things that I’ll be covering in this space: How to get any piece of text you want onto your eReader, How to automate delivery of information to your staff and patrons, setting up your own Media Server for your library, and much, much more.In addition to these sorts of “Lifehacker for Libraries” posts, I’ll also be posting interesting things that I find around the Library and Technology infosphere, and I’ll be producing some video podcasts as well. Expect the first of these very soon, as I am even as I type this on my way to the 2010 International Consumer Electronics Show. I’ll be reporting over the next several weeks about my discoveries there, and will include audio and video interviews, demos, and anything else I can think of that might be interesting.
Monday, January 25, 2010
20 Questions: Business Resources
Virtual Trainer: Russell Palmer, Lyrasis
Friday, January 22, 2010
I just used two Vertex templates and thought I would pass on this site if you have a similiar need.
Vertex has developed hundreds of templates for calendars (weekly, monthly, annual, lesson plans), calculators (financial, loan, mortgage, retirement) and misc (budgets, invoices, time sheets).
All of these templates are free downloads that you can import into Excel, and off you go. Check them out!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Be a part of this major advocacy activity in support of Florida libraries.
Deadline for Early Bird Registration is January 30 – Register now and save $10
· Mail check to FLA office or pay by phone with credit card
· Registration form is attached and available at http://www.flalib.org/advocacy.php
Registration includes legislative update, materials packet, Friends’ Idea Exchange, admission to reception and a beautiful new art print provided by Mumford Library Books.
Library Day Schedule - All onsite events will be in downtown Tallahassee.
· Advance briefing by webinar on Feb. 9 at 10 am and Feb. 11 at 2:00 pm. Contact Legislative Committee Chair Charlie Parker firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
· Registration and packet pick up will be in the Capitol Rotunda.
· Ongoing on-site briefing for library supporters at Capitol Rotunda.
· Friends Idea Exchange and Reception at LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library.
Hotels – an updated list of Tallahassee hotels with new additions is available at http://www.flalib.org/advocacy.php. Book soon to be sure to get a room and a good rate.
Issues – Check the advocacy web page for FLA’s legislative platform and other information on issues facing Florida’s libraries.
See you in Tallahassee!
Faye Roberts, Executive Director
Florida Library Association
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
- Understand the perspectives that people from different cultures bring to the library experience and to customer service.
- Understand how cultural differences impact customer service.
- Apply a number of basic strategies and communication skills to work effectively with multicultural customers.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Register to receive access information.
Friday, January 15, 2010
The 2010 Consumer Electronics Show was held last week. The hot topic...E-book readers. (Who would've thought?)
One writer explains why the e-reader market is not just about e-books (E-Reader Roundup).
"To sum up we can see that in 2010 the e-reader market is going to extend beyond basic e-books and include newspapers and magazines augmented with audio and full-color animations, video, and imagery. This will force manufactures like Amazon (Kindle) and Sony (Reader) to go beyond the monochrome E-Ink devices they have today and produce e-readers that will be competitive with the new technology of today and beyond."
Photos of the Skiff Reader
The other tech items that were hot at this year's show?
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Q. Why is this conference important?
Q. What are the keynote topics and speakers?
Q. How do I register my library as a site location?
Q. How do I register myself as a participant?
Non-members of NEFLIN would register themselves through the Handheld Librarian website at the individual or group rate.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
We’ll cover the degree programs at Florida State University and the University of South Florida, admission requirements, distance learning options, costs and financial aid availability. Join us for all your questions to be answered. Free for all.
Trainers: Christie Koontz, FSU and Jessica Voss, USF
Monday, February 8, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at NEFLIN in Orange Park
Tuesday, February 9, 1:00 - 4:00 pm at Tower Road Library in Gainesville
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries
The first of these "DCF and ACCESS Florida" will be held Wednesday, January 27, 10:00am - 11:15am.
Your library has been helping people in your community apply for a variety of services, including food stamps, Medicaid, temporary cash assistance, and refugee assistance through ACCESS Florida for a long time. The declining economy over the past year has dramatically increased the demands on library staff, services, and resources. To help you provide better assistance, representatives from Florida’s Department of Children and Families (DCF) will provide an overview of their services, information about the DCF ACCESS Partnership network, and a tour of the ACCESS Florida Web site. You’ll learn tips to help you more easily maneuver through the ACCESS Florida site and make more accurate referrals to local social service agencies that can provide further assistance to your patrons.
- Cathy Kenyon, ACCESS Community Partner Network Coordinator
- Cheryl Twombly, Community Partner Liaison for DCF Circuit 8 (Alachua, Baker, Levy, Union, Bradford, and Gilchrist counties)
Moderator: Karen Clinton Brown, State Library and Archives of Florida, Office of Community Development email@example.com or 850.245.6633.
Monday, January 11, 2010
- Legal issues associated with gifts of all kinds
- Monetary and other funding gifts
- The special case of "special collections"
- Gifts of materials for the collections
- Gift policy and its essential elements
- Criteria for evaluating gifts of materials for possible inclusion in the collections
- The real cost of gifts
- Processes for handling gifts efficiently and appropriately
- Public relations and educational opportunities available when managing gifts appropriately
Thursday, January 7, 2010
Congratulations go to Barbara Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library. She will be the representative for northeast Florida on the Board.
President - John Callahan
Past President – Wendy Breeden
Vice President/President-Elect – Gloria Colvin
Secretary – Gladys Roberts
Treasurer – Susan Dillinger
East Central Director – Cynthia Kisby
Northeast Director – Barbara A.B. Gubbin
Northwest Director – Linda McCarthy
Southeast Director – Carol Russo
Southwest Director – John C. Van Berkel
West Central Director – Sarabeth Kalajian
ALA Councilor - Corinne Jorgensen
SELA Representative - Debra Sears
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
- the CONTENTdm software hosted by OCLC,
- three downloadable Project Clients for building your digital collections
- 10GB of storage for up to 3,000 digital items.
- Please bring a USB flash drive with 5-10 TIFF or JPEG images
- Free for all Florida Libraries
- You will be emailed access information
Monday, January 4, 2010
Register to receive access information.
- Plan the library's landscaping and exterior for easy maintenance and sustainability.
- Select furniture and furnishings that are easy to keep clean and attractive
- Keep utility bills low and manageable
- Hire competent custodial staff
- Design a maintenance schedule
- Clean common problem areas and remove common stains