Friday, July 29, 2011

Practical Open Source Software for Libraries: Live Online

Tuesday, August 9, 2:00 - 3:30 on your DESKTOP

The library community is abuzz about open source software.  Open source usually refers to an application whose source code is made available for use or modification as users see fit. Make sense? Probably not!  Would it help if you knew that open source is not just about programming, but about following a philosophy? Still confused? Not surprising. What will open source mean to our libraries? It means more flexibility and freedom than software purchased with license restrictions. This is an important path for libraries to consider.  Why open source?  Because both the open source community and the library world live by the same rules and principles. Nicole Engard will give you the facts and dispel myths about open source. This presentation will not only introduce librarians to what open source is and what it means for libraries, but also provide attendees with links to a toolbox full of freely available open source products to use in their libraries. Takeaways include:
  • Define open source and be able to answer basic questions about what open source is and what it can be used for
  • List open source applications for the library, home and office
  • Compare open source applications to traditional proprietary options
Virtual Trainer: Nicole Engard,  Director of Open Source Education, ByWater Solutions

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    Thursday, July 28, 2011

    The Collaborative Imperative and Information Literacy: Strategies for Librarian-Faculty Partnerships - Gainesville

    Friday, August 5, 12:30 - 4:00 pm
    Santa Fe College, Lawrence W. Tyree Library, Gainesville

    This session, designed primarily for librarians who work with faculty in higher education or school settings, will explore constructive strategies for forming librarian/instructor partnerships.  These strategies will include collaborative planning activities for library instruction sessions, ways to collaborate using course management systems, and the design of post instruction follow up activities.

    This session will practice what it teaches; together Professor James Eison and USF Librarian Susan Ariew bring over 40 years of collaborative experiences at multiple institutions and six years of work together at the University of South Florida. Collaboration among session participants and facilitators will also be demonstrated through the use of active learning strategies.

    Trainers: Susan Ariew and James Eison, University of South Florida

    Wednesday, July 27, 2011

    Free Webinars in August

    On our sister blog, Library Webinars, we have just put up the monthly list of live webinars.

    We have found numerous webinars in February, most of which are free, and can assist with your professional development. Here are some randomly selected topics:

    • Google+
    • High Impact Volunteer Engagement
    • Mixing in Math
    • Practical Tips on Public Speaking for Library Personnel
    • Trends in Library Training and Learning
    • Using Technology for Time Management
    Check them out!

    Friday, July 15, 2011

    Writing and Publishing in Librarianship: Live Online

    Wednesday, August 3, 2:00 – 4:00 pm on your DESKTOP 

    This webinar will build on an ALCTS E-forum that was held in December 2010 discussing writing in librarianship. Librarians, particularly those who work in academic settings, are often expected to do research, write, and publish. How does one get started doing this, especially if it does not come naturally? How do you get connected? What about time management, negotiating author rights, and writing collaboratively? Are book reviews worth doing? These and other questions are ones that new librarians may have, especially those on the tenure-track. Whether you are experienced in research and publication, or just starting out, please join us to discuss how to launch successful writing projects and how to sustain productive professional publications throughout your career. Presenters Eleanor Cook and Sandy Roe will collect questions and topics ahead of the webinar in order to facilitate a relevant discussion for the participants.

    Virtual Trainers: Eleanor I. Cook, Assistant Director for Collections & Technical Services, East Carolina University, and Sandy Roe, Head of the Cataloging & Metadata Services Unit, Illinois State University

    Register at 

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    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Ready, Set, Cut Your Way to a New School Year with Die Cuts

    Tuesday, August 2, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Alachua County Schools, Sivia Center, 3700 NE 53rd Avenue, Gainesville

    Learn how to make the most of your organization's die cutting system. Join education consultant Jane Fischer for a Back-to School workshop and you will see dozens of ways to use die cut shapes to create eye-catching displays, to enhance school curriculum, and to engage your patrons and users in a variety of activities. 

    The morning session of our workshop will include tips and techniques for cutting many types of materials to create activities for the fall and winter season.  Projects for students and patrons of all ages will be displayed and discussed.

    During the afternoon session we will complete Make-and-Take projects and use the production lab machines to cut multiples of exciting new die cut shapes. Skills learned will be applicable to any die cutting system.

    Trainer: Jane Fischer, Education Consultant, AccuCut

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    Tuesday, July 5, 2011

    Handheld Librarian Online Conference V - New Details

    NEFLIN is hosting the Handheld Librarian Online Conference on July 27 and 28. Register with NEFLIN to attend at one of these host locations: 

    • Jacksonville Public Library, University Park Branch, 3435 University Blvd N, Jacksonville
    • Seminole State College Library, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford
    • University of Florida, Smathers Library West, University Avenue, Gainesville
    Day 1 (July 27) of the conference will feature professional development for librarians by librarians. See the schedule here (note: conference times there are listed in Central time zone). This is the grass-roots nature of our highly successful program. Handheld Librarian V will build on the success of prior conferences in which an array of presenters share their experiences and insights on topics addressing themes such as ebooks, location-based social networking, lending devices, reference and mobile technologies impacting society. You can see the quality of the content by looking through our past archives. In addition to the concurrent sessions, the conference’s keynote address will be delivered by Jolie O’Dell, Technology and Web Development Reporter at Mashable, and Editor and Publisher at Juniper Press.

    Day 2 (July 28) will feature a virtual “Expo” of live presentations by companies and organizations providing mobile products and services for libraries, as well as virtual booths where you can stop in and visit in real-time in an informal setting with representatives from each company. See details of the Virtual Expo

    You can come for all or part of the two day event. Register with NEFLIN to attend at the location of your choice.