Library Mashups in Buffalo NY

There are still spots in my upcoming workshop on Mashups for Libraries at WNYLC in Buffalo, NY. If you’re interested in joining us don’t miss your chance to register. Information can be found on the official WNYLC site, but here are some specifics:

Date: Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Starts: 9:00:00 AM Ends: 12:00:00 PM
Location: WNYLRC Training Center
4455 Genesee St., PO Box 400, Buffalo, NY

I hope to see some of you there!

Learn All About Open Source

Next week I’ll be teaching two webinars for METRO. They will focus on an intro to open source software (including ways to combat the FUD) and a toolbox of 30+ applications you can use in your library today to provide better services to your patrons without any hidden fees. If you plan to be at your desk around these times maybe you’d like to join us!

  • Practical Open Source Software for Libraries – Part 1
    Date: Monday, November 08, 2010 At 10:00 AM EST
    Duration: 1 Hour
    Register for this event
    Registration fees: $20 members; $20 myMETRO; $40 non-members

  • Practical Open Source Software for Libraries – Part 2
    Date: Monday, November 08, 2010 At 10:00 AM EST
    Duration: 1 Hour
    Register for this event
    Registration fees: $20 members; $20 myMETRO; $40 non-members

I hope to “see” some of you there.

Blogging Scholarship Available

If you’re a student blogger you might be interested in applying for this $10,000 scholarship from CollegeScholarships.org.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • Your blog must contain unique and interesting information about you and/or things you are passionate about. No spam bloggers please!!!
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
  • Currently attending full-time in post-secondary education in the United States; and
  • If you win, you must be willing to allow us to list your name and blog on this page. We want to be able to say we knew you before you became a well educated, rich, and famous blogging legend.

Good luck to all who apply.

Social Media Decision Making Webinar

Found this on one of the mailing lists and thought it would be of interest to most of you:

If you are wondering if social media can be useful for your library, join us for this free technology webinar.

Register online to join us Tuesday, September 21, 11 a.m. Pacific time (Noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2 pm Eastern).

Kami Griffiths TechSoup will interview Laura Quinn, Executive Director of Idealware. They’ve recently created the Social Media Decision Guide, in partnership with the New Organizing Institute, which walks you through a step-by-step process to decide what social media channels make sense for your organization via a workbook, guide, and the results of more than six months of research.

We will also hear from Tex Dworkin, Social Media Director at Global Exchange. She will share the story of how social media was introduced to her nonprofit, and the steps and challenges that followed.

This webinar is ideal for nonprofits and libraries who are struggling to understand social media and if it’s worth the time invested in implementing, training and sustaining. Use this webinar to support your case for why you should or shouldn’t take the next step with social media.

You can discuss this webinar on Twitter with the hashtag #techsoup or join us for a live-stream of the event in Second Life.

–Stephanie Gerding, http://techsoupforlibraries.org

Teaching Open Source

Awesome!! I just discovered that there is a site devoted to those who teach open source.

TeachingOpenSource.org was set up in March 2009 to serve as a neutral collaboration point for everyone involved in Teaching Open Source, where we can:

  • Work out Open Source educational models, support and funding schemes, community relationships, and other issues.
  • Advocate for the changes that are necessary to further the goal of teaching Open Source.

The initial collaboration points were this wiki, the Planet, and the TeachingOpenSource Mailing List; these have been extended with the #teachingopensource IRC channel and a monthly conference call.

I’m off to read and learn more – share with those around you who are teaching open source – this might be a very handy tool.

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Facebook Reading List

As many of you know I give a class on Facebook for librarians – teaching them how to create profiles and pages and explaining the difference between the two. For that class, I have a short reading list I give attendees that I want to share with you all and ask for recommendations for additions/changes.

I also make my handout for that class available for all here. And the slides are on my publications and presentations list (it changes each time I give the class).

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Why can’t it all be this easy?

Okay – it’s time to use my mother as the focus of a post again.

First, some background. My mother is taking a paralegal course online. Once she got the hang of the online tools used in the class she was very excited and was learning all kinds of new things. Her newest course however hasn’t been as exciting for her. She is constantly calling me to pick my law librarian brain to try and help her out. Apparently, her instructor isn’t taking the time to teach search strategies and the school isn’t offering the students access to the database they need to do their research.

Tomorrow, Mom and I are going to Jenkins Law Library to do some legal research and learn some tips – things she should be learning in class but isn’t. Until then we have temporary access to Lexis to search for some of the answers to her homework, but unfortunately we also need WestLaw.

Given that background, it makes perfect sense why my mother asked me today, “what can’t it all be this easy?” while searching Google for the difference between two legal reference guides.

While I’m supposed to be annoyed that she asked that – I’m not! Why can’t it all be that easy? Why can’t she do her research on a platform that makes sense to her? Why does she need special training (which she’s not getting) in order to find the answers to her homework – and in order to do her job after school? Maybe I’m just sensitive because it’s my mother.

I do understand that every job needs special skills, so why should research be any different – but from a technology stand point – I know that the technology is there for us to provide better search tools to our patrons and to researchers – so why don’t we?

I don’t have an answer, just a little rant using the experiences of an average Internet user and beginner researcher.

Koha Training/Tutorials

I love being part of an open source community!!

The amazing staff at NEKLS have done it again! They have already contributed to the Koha community with their amazing NExpress website, but now they have added training videos into the mix!! Make sure you check out their videos and their other training materials and subscribe to their site!

Also, everyone who knows Koha knows Owen and his amazing design work on Koha. Now we can all learn from his experiences by keeping up with his new Koha Blog. The first two posts help you update the header on Koha! I can’t wait to see what else he’s going to teach us.

If you know of a Koha library doing amazing things with training materials, let me know!

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