Tuesday, March 24, 2015


I'm so excited to be a part of ILEAD USA Pennsylvania this week.  I'm in Harrisburg but there are 10 states participating all at the same time!

What is ILEAD USA?  "Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover is a continuing education library immersion program that cultivates both participatory technology skills building and leadership training, in order to increase exposure of services, engage libraries’ constituents, and provide opportunities for collaborating on innovative projects."

I'm honored to be one of the instructors and will be giving a presentation on Community Engagement tomorrow and Managing Stress, Staying Positive on Thursday.  A perk is that I get to sit in on all of the sessions with the 5 teams, their mentors, and the other instructors.

See more details about the PA Group.    And be sure to follow along on twitter using #ileadusa.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Join us for OverDrive's Big Library Read

Join us for OverDrive's Big Library Read - Michael Malone's "The Four Corners of the Sky". No holds needed! The eBook is available to ALL. http://www.overdrive.com/big-library-read/ Just go to our OverDrive site to download at http://lancasterlibraries.lib.overdrive.com/.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

OCLC Library Spotlight Program

I read in this month's Crossroads (WebJunction's monthly newsletter) that " libraries can increase their visibility on the Web by registering basic local information with the OCLC Library Spotlight program—a free service that works with popular Web services to promote libraries."

There's an article with more information in Library Journal.  Just claim your library spotlight on the site... it only takes a few minutes!

Here's a video showing how easy it is to do:

Friday, March 22, 2013

DigitalLearn.org and EveryoneOn.org

As Jamie Hollier of Digitallearn.org states in the site's first blog post:

"One in five Americans don’t use the internet, which means it will take longer for them to find a job, they have limited access to educational attainment, and they are more isolated, among other issues. Many organizations are working to decrease the digital divide and increase inclusion in our digital communities."

So DigitalLearn.org and the Public Library Association have put together the beginnings of a site that looks so clean and simple.  What I love is that they have released it before it is completed.  The target date is in June 2013.  But Jamie states it will never be finished because technology and learning technology will never be finished.  Sometimes I feel the speed at which it advances will rip my head clean off!

I encourage you to check out this great resource and share it with others.

It's being featured on another great site called EveryonOn which is powered by Connect2Compete which I've discussed beforeGCFLearnFree is another site it features which I've raved about for years now.

Become familiar with these sites because you do not need to reinvent the wonderful online training these links can provide.  Just direct people to them - and do it often!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Library Extension

Perhaps I'm arriving late to the party on this one.  Does anyone remember the LibraryLookup bookmarklet from Jon Udell? This began way back in December of 2002 and was a bit of work to set up, but was amazingly cool at the time.  I think it still works.

Well, if you liked that, you are going to LOVE the Library Extension from Google Chrome.  You must use it in the Chrome browser.  It's so easy to install.  Once you have done so and choose your library, you're done.

"As you browse book and e-book titles on Amazon.com, the Library Extension checks your library's online catalog and displays the availability of that title. If the book is available, you'll see the details on the right on the page, instantly, with a quick link to your library!"

The results show in the top right side of the WebPage.  So don't search in Amazon AND your catalog.  Do it all at once with Chrome's Library Extension.  You'll be glad you did!

Free Continuing Ed Opportunities

I used to try and maintain a Google Calendar where I would input all of the free or cheap Webinars and other Continuing Ed opportunities around the globe.  But the upkeep was just too much (much like keeping up with blogging...).  Well, a big THANK YOU to Jamie Markus, Library Development Manager for the Wyoming State Library for creating a wonderful monthly list.  And another THANK YOU to WebJunction for seeing its worth and posting it monthly to their site

Now, if there were just some way to turn this into an RSS feed...

Friday, January 4, 2013

Big Talk from Small Libraries

Hooray!  The Nebraska Library Commission and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries is bringing back the Big Talk from Small Libraries online conference again this year.  It will take place from 9:45am to 6:00pm EST on Thursday 2/28/13.

"Topics range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to partnering with your community. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you."

I'm registered and can't wait to see what the final schedule of presentations will be.  There's still time to submit a proposal if you want to present.

Tech-Savvy Staff

I was honored to co-present a TechSoup Webinar with Penny Talbert, director of the Ephrata Public Library on Tuesday 12/4/12.  Back in October of 2012, I was contacted by Brenda Hough from TechSoup to see if  I would be interested in presenting a Webinar based on Benchmark 11, “Libraries have sufficient staff with technology expertise to help patrons achieve their goals” of the Edge Initiative Benchmarks).  I was very excited to be asked as I am quite a fan of TechSoup, and was racking my brain for a good way to present on this based on my experiences over the years.  Then it hit me – Ephrata’s Competency Program hits the nail right on the head for this.  So I asked Penny if she would be willing to share what she is doing with the rest of the world via this Webinar and she agreed.  This turned out to be one of the highest attended Webinars of all time for TechSoup and the feedback was very positive.  Penny has been contacted by people all over the country and beyond to share what she is doing.  Be sure to check out the archive and other information on the techsoup for libraries blog post.

Monday, November 19, 2012

These are a few of my favorite Training Resources

Actually, these are all I know of... I maintain this list on our Intranet.  Today I was asked by @TechSoup4Libs...

Hey @Slzimm1 - what are your fave training resources? Anything other than WJ and GCFLearnFree? I'm making a list!

So here's my list (aplogies for dead links, I haven't checked these in awhile...):

ABLE - The free, online Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Program provides basic library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science.
Adobe Luminary eSeries - In this eSeminar series, you will engage with industry luminaries to learn techniques that will give you insight and techniques that you can use everyday.
Amigos Library Services - Amigos training courses cover an array of topics important to libraries: from OCLC to the Internet, preservation to imaging, and reference and technical services to management and technology. Amigos provides educational services face-to-face or online.
ALA - American Libraries Assn.  This will link you to their calendar of events and trainings.
BCR - BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. They offer a broad range of solutions and Their hands-on, personal attention to each customer enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach new customers, increase productivity and save money.
Charity How To - Offers free step-by-step videos for non-profits, including tutorials on online fundraising.
Common Knowledge - Helping nonprofits leverage the internet for fundraising, marketing, communications and advocacy.
DIOSA - DIOSA | Communications specializes in Web 2.0 Marketing, Web 2.0 Trainings, Webinars, and MySpace Design for nonprofit organizations, higher education, and small businesses.
Discovery Education - Offers free webinars and archives.
EBSCO - They offer online training opportunities to help you to make the best use of your EBSCO resources.  This link takes you to the full online training offering.  Click here to sign up and choose a class from a drop down menu.
Education Week - Offers Free webinars and archives.
Elluminate - Elluminate goes beyond web conferencing with best-in-class web, audio, video, and social networking solutions that help you create a 21st century teaching, learning, and collaboration environment.  They offer great webinars and archived webinars.  Also check out their LearnCentral site for more webinars.

Foundation Center - Offers free webinars on grant seeking, proposal budgeting, boards and fundrasing.  They also offer fee based webinars.
GCFLearnFree.org - Goodwill Community Foundation's online learning site provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve the technology, literacy and math skills needed to be successful in both work and life. By delivering over 750 different lessons to millions of people in over 200 countries and territories ABSOLUTELY FREE, GCFLearnFree.org is a worldwide leader in online education.
Georgia Public Library Service Wednesday Webinar Series - (aka Carterette Series Webinars) Highlighting Trends, Innovation and Best Practices in Georgia Libraries.  A collaboration of Georgia Public Library Service and Georgia Library Association.  List of archives also available.

Higher Logic - Higher Logic's mission is to provide the constituents of not-for-profits innovative ways to think together and build trusted communities where interactive communication and information exchange can occur. By offering software products that allow people to contribute, share, and collaborate, Higher Logic delivers solutions to not-for-profits looking to preserve their organizational value and attract a new generation of global members.  Check out their online Q3 Learning Series Webinars for 2009.
Idealware - Idealware seminars are designed to give you the tactical advice you need to make software decisions.  They include all the candid advice and product comparisons of the reports and articles on which they are based, but offer plenty of extra guidance and insights straight from the author - and each is capped at 22 participants, so you'll have lots of opportunity to ask questions and get just the information you need.
Infopeople - A statewide LSTA project that functions as the training arm of the California State Library. Some other state libraries provide training via in-house staff. California has opted to essentially outsource training in order to leverage the maximum return on investment of training dollars. The Infopeople model provides a breadth of training topics and a depth of training expertise greater than any single library or library agency, no matter how large, could provide.  They offer many free Webinars and out of state pricing for other trainings.
InSync Training - InSync Training offers a variety of consulting, development and delivery services to support synchronous training initiatives. We combine specialized instructional design, facilitation techniques, and content development to deliver the most effective training for the live online environment.
LACONI - Since 1954, LACONI (Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois) has been introducing library staff to new technologies and ideas, best practices, and popular programs for children and adults. LACONI is made up of six different sections which offer programs designed to enhance skills and knowledge of library staff in their area of expertise.
LE@D - Lifelong Education @ Desktop - an incredibly flexible learning tool that allows individuals, systems, and organizations to develop and implement a training program based on their needs. With more than 50 online courses available, and more being developed each month, LE@D offers a wide range of topics. The courses can be self-paced, taken as a group, taught by a facilitator, or integrated into an existing program.
Leadership Lancaster - Leadership Lancaster's purpose is to identify existing and emerging leaders, to prepare them for roles in shaping the future and to entrust them to guide the county in the years ahead.
Library Journal Webcasts - List of Webinars suggested by Library Journal.
Lyrasis - A regional membership organization for libraries and information professionals, Lyrasis works to ensure their success today and tomorrow by providing access to more of the shared knowledge and expertise, innovative products and services, and customized solutions they need. Created in 2009 by the merger of PALINET and SOLINET, two well-established regional library networks, Lyrasis members now include over 4,000 member libraries and cultural heritage institutions across the US and beyond. Lyrasis serves as a critical collective voice in the national arena.
merlin - Maryland's essential service for library information networks.  See a calendar full of events.
National Girls Collaborative Project - Regional and local events, National conferences, monthly webcasts and more - The National Girls Collaborative Project brings together organizations throughout the United States that are committed to informing and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This schedule features NGCP events of interest to those working with women and girls in STEM-related pursuits.
NEFLIN's Library Webinars Blog:  This site has been created by NEFLIN to provide Florida library staff with one location for information about webinars.
Network for Good Learning Center - Nonprofit 911 is a free training series on nonprofit marketing and online fundraising, supported by Network for Good and guest speakers.
Nebraska Library Commission Training - Online seminars available.
New Horizons - Since 1998, New Horizons of Harrisburg has been delivering expert-led computer training to local Pennsylvania businesses and individuals. Through an integrated learning approach that ensures that new knowledge can be applied to real life situations, New Horizons Harrisburg delivers a full range of technology and business skills training from basic application and desktop productivity tools to complex and integrated business systems.  Be sure to check out their free Webinars here.

Nonprofit Resource Network - The Nonprofit Resource Network enhances the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations, providing professional development, networking opportunities and access to critical information resources.
NTEN - NTEN aspires to a world where all nonprofit organizations skillfully and confidently use technology to meet community needs and fulfill their missions.
OCLC Training Portal - The Training Portal is your gateway to making the most of your OCLC products and services. This site provides you with access to in-person and Web-based instruction from OCLC and OCLC-certified Training Partners.
OPAL - OPAL is an international collaborative effort by libraries and other organizations of all types to provide web-based programs and training for library users and library staff members.
O'Reilly Webcasts - Meet experts online.
PANO - Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations - PANO is the statewide membership organization serving and advancing the charitable nonprofit sector through leadership, advocacy, education and services in order to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania.
PBS Teachers - Free media and education technology webinars.
PDE - The Department of Education offers free webinars.  The focus is on K-12.  Public librarians may also find workshops of interest.  Check this site often for new offerings.  (LSTA webinars are hosted here also).
SABLE - The free, online Supplemental Alternative Basic Library Education (SABLE) program provides additional resources in library knowledge and skills for staff members who have no formal education in library science. This program is a supplement to the ABLE courses; however, they are not tied to the completion of the ABLE courses.
School Library Journal - See a list of Webcasts from SLJ.
SirsiDynix Institute - Providing you FREE access to industry-leading speakers and events, our mission is to support librarianship and advance the work of librarians around the world.  Attend online as the SirsiDynix Institute presents compelling speakers selected from among leaders in librarianship and information technology. In each biweekly Web conference, presenters will share their expertise and enhance your understanding of current topics important to librarians.
Techsoup - TechSoup is a trusted technology resource that offers a variety of information and services for the benefit of the nonprofit sector.  TechSoup provides instructional articles and worksheets for nonprofit staff members who utilize information technologies, as well as technology planning information for executives and other decision makers. Our introductory articles and message board support are aimed at those who do not have much experience using technology, but we also provide more advanced information.
Texas State Library and Archives Commission - See a list of upcoming webinars.  Join colleagues for an online presentation and conversation.  All you need is a computer, your internet connection and a microphone or telephone to participate.  See archives here.
Also see the Texas State Library's Online Training for Library Staff site with a TON of resources.
The TLT Group - The TLT Group is a not-for-profit that helps college and university educators take advantage of changing technology so they can improve teaching and learning.
Thinkfinity - The goal of Verizon Thinkfinity's professional development is to help educators, parents and afterschool practitioners engage students and enhance learning using our online resources. Check out their free training courses and register for the one that best meets your needs.
Washington State Library - free Webinar series "First Tuesdays": Designed as a continuing-education opportunity for staff of libraries in Washington State, this free web presentation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (12:00pm to 1:00pm EST), on the first Tuesday of the month lets attendees share their skills and successes and learn about new topics. The special-subject presentations, lasting about 30 minutes, are recorded so that others may listen at their own convenience.
WebJunction - WebJunction bridges the barriers to learning by providing open, affordable, online learning communities like the one you are visiting right now. Our members take courses, attend events, share knowledge, and network with others – all in an environment that fosters collaboration and mutual support. Our vision is to be the place where the worldwide library profession gathers to build the knowledge, skills and support we need to power vibrant, relevant libraries.
WebJunction PA - The state of PA is a partner with WebJunction.  Check out more information on this page of LILLY.
WebEx Presents - Free webinars hosted by industry experts.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

American Libraries Live

Donna Brice, director of the Eastern Lancaster County Library forwarded an email to me describing this exciting new series.  From the email...

"A new kind of dialogue and communication in the library world!

NEW! American Libraries Live, a free streaming video broadcast viewable from your home, library or favorite wi-fi spot. AL Live allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat, offering immediate answers to your pressing questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. Professionals like ALA TechSource columnist Jason Griffey, author of Mobile Technology and Libraries (THE TECH SET® #2), and other respected figures from the industry will address important topics such as how to get an ideal library job, the latest innovations in mobile services, digging into databases and the inside scoop on libraries and e-books.

In the first program, “Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed,” airing at 1:00 pm Central time on Friday, November 16, Griffey will speak about libraries in the near future.

Host Dan Freeman and Griffey discuss American Libraries Live and the upcoming program here:

The programs are easy to view—just go to American Libraries Live.  Upcoming broadcasts include:

* Nov. 16: Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed
* Jan. 10: Landing Your Ideal Library Job
* Feb. 14: Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket
* March 14: Library Safety and Security
* April 11: The Present and Future of Ebooks
* May 9: Library Learning Goes Online
* June 6: New Technologies in Library Equipment
* July 30: Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems
* Sept. 10: Digging into New Databases

American Libraries Live – a free service offering new and exciting ways to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry."