Friday, February 05, 2016

Weekly Webcast Recap

April is National Car Care Month

Gale Cengage Learning 
February 24, 2:00pm EST
Chilton has set the standard in auto repair know-how for 100+ years. Join the car care experts for a timely and informative webinar: See a demo of the ChiltonLibrary features that are most popular with your patrons; learn about recent product enhancements such as a mobile optimization and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, and the addition of content from Ford and Chrysler; Preview our National Car Care Month Promo Toolkit—and see how you can promote trusted Chilton content with Facebook and Twitter posts, posters, and flyers, bookmarks, and much more! Don’t miss a great opportunity to learn more about ChiltonLibrary and receive your FREE toolkit packed with professional marketing materials to help you spotlight your library’s automation resources. Register

How to Plan and Implement a Storytime for Grown Ups

State Library Services 
March 3, 12:30pm-4:30pm at Roseville Library (1280 North Hamline Ave.)
Registration free, but limited to 30—Join Joe Manion, Library Development and Service Specialist with State Library Services, and Tim Claussen, Reader and Trainer, to learn how to create and deliver a storytime program designed for individuals living in senior residences (apartments, assisted living, care facilities, etc.). Participants are encourage to complete some simple pre-work, which is optional. To help maximize your training time, come with possible storytime theme (or two) that would appeal to senior residents in your library’s service area. As inspiration strikes, add authors and story/excerpt selections that fit your theme to start fleshing out your storytime program. Bring two copies of one, lengthy paragraph (or similar-sized section) from a selection you have chosen. Depending on time, we will use the examples to practice delivery and stimulate brainstorming. Register

OverDrive's Special Webcast: Create Reading Happiness

February 18, 11:00am & 7:00pm EST
Join OverDrive for a special webcast – Create Reading Happiness. With happy readers being the core of a successful library community, we’ve put together a presentation to show you how to get the most out of your OverDrive service and keep patrons smiling.
In this webcast, we’ll share ideas and best practices to help your library:
  • Leverage your digital collection to reach new and under-represented segments of your community.
  • Diversify your collection with different formats and access models that escalate interest.
  • Get the most out of your OverDrive platform with free or low-cost add-on service enhancements.
  • Use data to maximize your library’s budget and make informed purchasing decisions.
  • Look ahead at the new OverDrive, a groundbreaking platform that will make the user experience a breeze. Register


Maker Workshop

School Library Journal 4-week Online Course 
March 9 fee $215 (Save 10% with Promo Code LTCASLSUB)
Back by popular demand—with all new content—this 4-week online course, will put you up close with innovative experts spanning school, public, and academic settings and beyond to discuss up-to-the-minute topics and tools fueling innovation and supporting learning and community engagement. Course sessions will explore multiple technologies, digital making, STEAM, web literacy, and so much more. Register

Romancing the Book Club

NoveList 
February 10, 2:00pm EST
Romance readers are among libraries’ greatest patrons, but the romance genre is often overlooked as a choice for book clubs. Join NoveList’s Lisa Schimmer and former Romance Writers of America Librarians of the year Jennifer Lohmann and Wendy Crutcher as they discuss why romance specific book clubs are a great way to engage the local romance reading community, how to use them to bring readers into the library, and different methods of running a reading group dedicated to romance. Register

Remember the Ladies: Education

Minitex 
February 17, 1:00pm Central
Join us for the first webinar in our Remember the Ladies series! This session focuses on women and education. Attendees will develop an understanding of how to access government information that is rich with factoids about women and education. Register

Case Studies for Open Science

Library Journal
February 9, 3:00pm EST
The Open Science initiative aims to make research and data accessible to and reusable by the broadest possible audience through open publication, open peer review, and open access. This webcast will describe and highlight open science trends and activities outside of libraries, and we’ll hear specific examples of the role librarians and libraries are playing to help fuel this transition by improving availability and adoption rates. Register

Session 2: Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader

School Library Journal 
February 17, 3:00pm EST
In this free, resource-rich presentation, you’ll learn how to use online tools to instill a love of literature in new and reluctant readers. From virtual book clubs to the creative use of Instagram and Pinterest, this program will show how students can find the right book, share it with their peers, and expand their writing skills. An expert on the intersection of technology and literacy. Register

What’s New in Women’s Fiction

Cisco WebEx February 23, 1:00pm
Whether it’s fun and fluffy chick lit or a tense and soapy “issue-driven” novel, women’s fiction is likely to be a favorite category with your patrons. Join representatives from Amazon Publishing, Harlequin, Penguin Random House, and Thorndike Press for this free, hour-long webinar featuring the best new women’s fiction titles. Register

Do Students Know What They Are Looking For?

Minitex 
February 12, 11:30am & March 8, 11:00am
Often when K-12 students come to AskMN, Minnesota’s statewide digital reference service, they are looking for help on a particular assignment. Sometimes students will just copy and paste the original assignment from their teacher into the text field of the chat session. K-12 students are beginner researchers and, as such, need guidance on building search strategies and locating authoritative resources. AskMN Librarians work with students to identify the key concepts from assignments and show students how to create search strategies from them. Register

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

Library Journal
February 10, 3:00pm EST
With the elevated emphasis of higher learning standards, providing patrons with informative, high-quality (and highly appealing) nonfiction is more vital than ever. Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. Register

Best Practices for Increasing Usages of Your E-Book Collection

Library Journal
February 18, 3:00pm EST
Your library offers thousands of e-books alongside your print collection. Now what? Is your e-book investment being utilized? Are e-books contributing to your academic mission? Is your faculty capitalizing on the benefits e-books and do students know how to use them successfully? 

Get to bottom of these questions with evidence-based management tools, curriculum integration and planning tips, and new user experience features for improved usability. Learn how your peers are integrating e-books at their institutions, engaging faculty, and driving usage to demonstrate the value of their e-book investment. Register


Graphic Design for Maximum Engagement

Minitex
March 24, 11:00am Central
The future is a visual place. The media is dominated by image-based sharing. Carefully designed ads and brands are constantly bombarding us. Such a visually stimulated world raises important questions about visual literacy, but it also asks questions about how libraries are communicating without words. What do our materials and use of images say about us? How are we engaging our communities with intentional graphic design?

This session will begin with basic graphic design principles and apply them to various print and electronic materials with the purpose of effectively communicating messages and engaging with communities. Emphasis will be placed on the practical considerations of the design process, software choices, where to find useful materials for including in designs, and places to be inspired. Attendees will leave with many free resource suggestions and an understanding of how to use design principles to create all kinds of materials from handouts and event posters to infographics and syllabi. Register


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Monday, February 01, 2016

April is National Car Care Month - Chilton Library

Get Your Free Toolkit
Chilton has set the standard in auto repair know-how for 100+ years. Join the car care experts for a timely and informative webinar:
  • See a demo of the ChiltonLibrary features that are most popular with your patrons.
  • Learn about recent product enhancements such as mobile optimization and ReadSpeaker text-to-speech technology, and the addition of content from Ford and Chrysler.
  • Preview our National Car Care Month Promo Toolkit—and see how you can promote trusted Chilton content with Facebook and Twitter posts, posters and flyers, bookmarks, and much more!
Don't miss a great opportunity to learn more about ChiltonLibrary and receive your FREE toolkit packed with professional marketing materials to help you spotlight your library's automotive resources.
Wednesday, February 24
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time Zone

Friday, January 29, 2016

Weekly Webcast Recap

Libraries & the Changing Scholarly Environment: Case Studies for Open Science

Library Journal 
February 9, 3:00pm EST
As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovations. Register

Rethinking Library Instruction

ALA 
February 8, 4 week course 
fee $175.00
Too often a library’s rich resources are underutilized because library users don’t know how to use them, are afraid to ask, or simply aren’t aware. Whether in public or academic libraries, effective instructional programs developed around a library’s resources and services can boost customer satisfaction. Through this interactive eCourse, training specialist Paul Signorelli will help you and your staff increase awareness of all the library has to offer as he teaches basic instructional techniques to improve presentation skills. The eCourse will also include readings, simple assignments, an asynchronous discussion board, and optional, live, online discussions. Register

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

ALA 
fee $195.00
March 7, continuing for 6 weeks
American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for baby storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Register

20 Subjects in 90 minutes: Themed Programs for Adults Workshop

ALA 
February 10, 2:30pm Eastern
Themed events are popular throughout the year at libraries and community colleges and often entice a lot of visitors. In addition to summer reading programs, One Book community tie-ins, special themed weeks, and anniversary celebrations, are you ever wondering what else you could provide for adults to get them interested and engaged? In this workshop, library services and vintage cooking enthusiast Amy Alession, will introduce you to 20 themes that you can use, including three or more program ideas per theme. While outside performers and groups are often necessary to hire to meet these themes, many topics can be addressed by staff run events. Register

Managing with Data: Using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

Cisco WebEx
February 12, 12:00pm CST
We will show you how data can help you manage your library more effectively and improve accountability! The key to the important data provided by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information. Register

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

School Library Journal 
February 10, 3:00pm EST
With the elevated emphasis of higher learning standards, providing patrons with informative, high-quality (and highly appealing) nonfiction is more vital than ever. Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. Register

American Libraries Live: Introducing RDA

February 11, 1:00pm CST
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA (Resource Description and Access), knowledge of this new standard is a crucial skill. RDA has tremendous potential for helping the library world move into the digital world. On the flip side, it is a major anxiety point for catalogers who aren’t sure what they need to learn to get started with this new standard. In this episode, our expert panel will discuss how RDA is different from MARC, how librarians can get started with RDA, and they will also share their own experiences.
You can pre-register for this free 60-minute event, or go to www.americanlibrarieslive.org at the start time of the event.
More About American Libraries Live
American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat. American Libraries Live is a joint production of American Libraries and ALA Editions, units of the American Library Association.

Why Books are Still A Good Library Brand

Library Journal
February 11, 3:00pm EST
Today’s libraries do so much more than just loan books. With innovative programming, educational and outreach initiatives, and amazing electronic resources, why would libraries want to be thought of as “the book place”? Haven’t we spent the last 25 years trying to turn that image around?  While libraries have worked hard to develop an image with meaningful programming that goes well beyond book loaning, patrons still look to libraries to for that good read.  How do today’s libraries balance the need to support books as brand with their other missions? How do we build on this strong association with books? Join us for a special webinar to explore the notion of embracing the book brand to advance the library’s role in the community. Thorndike Press is hosting thisLibrary Journal webinar on February 11th at 3pm, which will feature panelists who can share their experiences and insights about the value of the book brand. Register


Wyoming State Library Training Calendar

Filled with multiple opportunities for webcasts and training opportunities:

The Start Up Effect - How Start Ups are Changing the Culture of Scholarly Communication

NISO
February 10, 12:00pm CST
For an industry that just celebrated its 350th anniversary, scholarly communications is in the midst of a period of disruption. Long established companies are joining new start-ups in fostering a culture of innovations and iteration in this once staid community.  New applications, tools and even new content forms are being tested and adopted by researchers and library patrons.  Understanding the drivers of this change, and its broader effects will be vital to planning near- and long-term technology investments, staffing needs, and training investments.  
This session will explore the organization and cultural characteristics that support innovation from the perspective of both new and traditional organizations.  It will also explore the impacts the culture of start-ups has already had on scholarly communications and what might be forthcoming from this innovative explosion.  Register
Using Open Source in Your Institutio
NISO Virtual Conference
February 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Open Source technology is broadly adopted in a variety of contexts and has long-since proven its value in many technology environments.  With its signifigant advantages, open source technologies can allow for community priorities to be addressed, flexibility for implementers, community interactions and support, as well as potential cost savings.  There are challenges, costs, and potential pitfalls posed by an open source approach as well.  Understanding the benefits, risks, costs and opportunities is vital to determining the best option to choose in selecting a solution to large-scale software management.
During this virtual conference, we will explore the variety of decision points regarding an open sources investment to ensure a successful implementation.  The session will cover investments necessary both at a staffing, technology resources, as well as legal issues to consider.  We will cover integration issues, collaboration and support networks that can either hinder or propel a project's realization.  Case studies of open source successes and disappointments will be covered.  
NEW! All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on GitHub - How to Use it to Greatest Effect to be held on February 25. (Separate registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the recording of the session. Register
GitHub - How to Use it to Greatest Effects
NISO
February 25, 12:00pm
GitHub is a repository primarily for open source software. It has become an important central resource for many open source projects. Understanding how to use it, what can be done with it, and how the community uses the service to share resources is an important fundamental skill for those wanting to implement an open source solution.  This session will introduce particpants to the GitHub service and describe its key features.  This introduction will provide a foundation for future work with open source tools and software.  Register
This session is meant to be a guided, step-by-step session that will follow the February 17 NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source in Your Institution.  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


                                         February LEGACY Events


 

       The Imaginarium Myth Presented By The Duluth Playhouse

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present the Duluth Playhouse production of The Imaginarium Myth, Adventure Theatre for Young Audiences , a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

            Monday, March 21, 3:30 p.m.
            Baudette Public Library

            Monday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
            International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, March 22, 10:30 a.m.
Hibbing Public Library

            Tuesday, March 22, 1:00 p.m.
            Coleraine Public Library

            Tuesday, March 22, 3:30 p.m.
            Grand Rapids Area Library

            Wednesday, March 23, 10:30 a.m.
            Mt. Iron Public Library

            Wednesday, March 23, 1:00 p.m.
            Buhl Public Library

            Wednesday, March 23, 3:30 p.m.
            Eveleth Public Library

            Thursday, March 24, 3:30 p.m.
            Hoyt Lakes Public Library

            Thursday, March 24, 6:00 p.m.
            Aurora Public Library

            Friday, March 25, 1:30 p.m.
            Grand Marais Public Library

         
            Monday, March 28, 1:00 p.m.
            Ely Public Library

            Monday, March 28 6:00 p.m.
            Silver Bay Public Library

            Wednesday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.
            Cook Public Library

            Wednesday, March 30, 6:00 p.m.
            Babbitt Public Library

            Thursday, March 31, 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
            Virginia Public Library

            Thursday, March 31, 6:00 p.m.
            Two Harbors Public Library

            Friday, April 1, 10:30 a.m.
            Gilbert Public Library

            Friday, April 1, 6:00 p.m.
            Carlton Public Library

            Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m.
            Moose Lake Public Library

            Saturday, April 2, 1:00 p.m.
            Cloquet Public Library

             Wednesday, April 6, 4:00 p.m.
  Duluth Main Public Library – Green Room


Join a ragtag group of kids as they set off for adventure using their imaginations to explore Mythology. The Imaginarium Myth Adventure is the Theater for Younger Audiences’ third installment of learning centric plays designed to travel in order to reach a wider community. This interactive and energetic original play will be a blast for the whole family. Don’t miss this exciting theatre experience!

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new, find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArrowheadLegacy or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.




                                 


                                       Minnesota State Fair Stories

The Arrowhead Library System is pleased to present Minnesota State Fair Stories, a free program being offered at the following dates and locations:

                        Monday, April 18, 3:30 p.m.
Baudette Public Library

Monday, April 18, 6:30 p.m.
International Falls Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 p.m.
Ely Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30 p.m.
Aurora Public Library

Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 p.m.
Eveleth Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 1:00 p.m.
Mt. Iron Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 3:30 p.m.
Babbitt Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m.
Cook Public Library

Thursday, April 21, 12:00 p.m. (Noon)
Virginia Public Library

Thursday, April 21, 3:00 p.m.
Hibbing Public Library


Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m.
Grand Rapids Area Library

Friday, April 22, 1:00 p.m.
Silver Bay Public Library

Friday, April 22, 6:00 p.m.
Grand Marais Public Library

Saturday, April 23, 10:30 a.m.
Duluth (Main) Public Library – Green Room

Saturday, April 23, 12:30 p.m.
Cloquet Public Library


When you walk through the gates of the Minnesota State Fair, you are enveloped with sites, sounds, smells and more that is unlike any other time of the year. You know what the state fair is like now, but do you ever wonder how it came to be? With its roots in agriculture, the Minnesota State Fair has been a fixture of Minnesota since its first territorial fair in 1855. While agriculture is still the primary focus, the scope of activities has broadened to include large-scale entertainment, technological and industrial exhibits and participation of scores of education and government institutions. With a mix of historical facts, anecdotes and photographs depicting agriculture, competitions, entertainment and exhibits, Keri Huber will help you see how the State Fair was, and is a feast for the senses, and that it truly is the Great Minnesota Get-Together.

Keri Huber has worked at the Minnesota State Fair as an archivist for the past six years. With over 22,000 photos in the State Fair’s collection, her background in visual arts has proven useful in finding images that tell a story and bring history to life. She collaborates with the Minnesota Historical Society (History Walking Tour and the State Fair’s History & Heritage Center) and has worked with TPT (State Fair Stories; Lost Twin Cities; Almanac; Gracious Spaces; Clarence H. Johnston, Minnesota Architect) and national programs such as Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. She too has been interviewed by local television and radio stations, and newspapers about the State Fair, and enjoys sharing her knowledge of the State Fair through research and by the connections she has made.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, please see our calendar at www.arrowhead.lib.mn.us/whats-new, find us on Twitter www.twitter.com/ArrowheadLegacy or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ArrowheadLegacy.







Friday, January 22, 2016

Recommended for Young Adults!

Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) releases lists of materials that have been selected by reviewers and committees as highly recommended for young adults.  Here are the lists for 2016!

2016 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-amazing-audiobooks-young-adults

2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-best-fiction-young-adults

2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-great-graphic-novels-teens

2016 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-popular-paperbacks-young-adults

2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers:
http://www.ala.org/yalsa/2016-quick-picks-reluctant-young-adult-readers







Friday, January 15, 2016

Weekly Webcast Recap

Cataloging Workday

January 26, 1:00-4:00pm
Need help with original cataloging in Horizon? Please join us for a Cataloging Workday in the Arrowhead Library System Computer lab. From 1:00-2:00p.m., Chris Magnusson will be discussing the workforms available to you in Horizon—the rest of the time is yours to catalog! Please bring 1-5 items to catalog and Chris will be available for any questions during that time. Stay for an hour or the whole time! Register

Brainfuse Webinars for ALS member libraries

February 10, 9:30am-11:30am & March 8, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Focuses on the databases available to ALS patrons and students—HelpNow and JobNow. Register. Archived webinars can be found here.

Creative Technology Use in K-12

School Library Journal
Session 1 “Getting Started with Robotics” 
January 27, 3:00pm EST
Now, more than ever, school librarians are leading creative technology use in K-12, from maker activities and robotics to mobile devices. Get on board with one of the hottest trends in education in the first of a three-program series. Immediately engaging to learners of all ages, robotics are ideal for teaching coding skills to kids of varying abilities and learning styles. Learn how to integrate programming real-life objects in the library, with resources and tips on entry-level robots, student-designed robotic projects, and more. Register

Seven Strategic Fundraising Tips for Your Nonprofit

TechSoup
January 20, 11:00am Pacific
Your dream of a strong, vibrant community and have a sense of how to make it happen. But how can you rally the funds you need to connect your vision to action?  Join the former Craigslist Foundation E.D. and author of the newly-released handbook Nonprofit Fundraising 101, as he shares practical, successful, and tactical solutions that can and will help you get dollars in the door. Register

Ensuring Success for All

EdWeb
January 18, 4:00pm EST
One size does not fit all when it comes to student learning. This webinar, led by Shanna Peeples, 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is based on her experience as a teacher in Title I middle and high schools, as well as her work with refugee students, English language learners, and students in remedial classes. Shanna encourages teachers to focus on achievement for students in humanizing and empowering ways. Register

Building Your Bounce: Simple Strategies For a Resilient You

EdWeb
January 21, 2:00pm EST
Join celebrated trainer Nefertiti Bruce Poyner, in this practical and powerful webinar designed to meet you where you are and take you to a place of greater strength, determination and resiliency. Attendees are sure to leave this experience with energy, enthusiasm, and a commitment to make a few positive changes in their lives that will lead to greater happiness and fulfillment. These changes will undoubtedly resonate in the work they do everyday with children and families. Register