Friday, December 16, 2011
The 14 member libraries we serve have been very understanding and supportive during this upheaval. Today, staff from the Elizabethtown Public Library showed up and sang Christmas Carols in our hallways. This random act of kindness and support meant a lot to me today. THANK YOU!!
Now, here's a bit of that Christmas cheer shared with us for all of you in case you too are in times of upheaval.
Friday, December 2, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Lisa Bunker, a librarian at Pima County Public Library in Tucson AZ, posted this creative Prezi Presentation, Dowloading Library eBooks Using OverDrive, using a board game representation of the process. The drawing shows there are many steps involved, but instead of feeling overwhelmed by it all, the child within feels challenged to have fun and win the game! Great stuff.
One note: in our OverDrive interface, we do not offer a 21-day loan period; just 14-day or 7-day. Other than that, everything in this presentation is true for us. Also, for those of you with access to our Intranet, LILLY, I posted this to the OverDrive page under the OverDrive Training heading.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Microsoft has launched a new resource called My PC Series. I attended a Webinar today from TechSoup. I'm sure they will be posting the archive soon. This is a FREE Windows 7 online curriculum to help provide "jargon-free, basic computer training for an adult audience". So, the only catch is you have to be using the Windows 7 operating system for the lessons.
The curriculum consists of ten 1 hour workshops that teach 'getting started' PC topics (Chat with IM, Create a Digital Movie, Digital Camera Tips and Tricks, Pick the Right PC, Start Here with Windows 7, Stay Safe With Windows 7...), four 3 hour workshops (Getting Started with Windows 7, Digital Photo Editing, Creative Slideshow, Connecting with Friends & Family) and a longer 12 hour Intro to Windows 7 course for business and home users. See the Workshop Descriptions Page or the Curriculum Comparison Slide for more information.
All of the materials are already created from Instructor Guides to PowerPoint Presentations to Activity Sheets. Plus there is a Student area of the Website where class resources are posted for students. See this Adoption Checklist to see what to do next to get started. I already downloaded a lot of the materials and will plan on using them as we move into Windows 7.
Did I mention this is all FREE?!! Be sure to check out this great resource.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Friday, July 22, 2011
Please lend your support by going to this Website to help me.
Your 100% tax-deductible donation will help MDA continue research into the cause and the possible cure of the 43 neuromuscular diseases they cover. Your support of the MDA Lock-Up will also help MDA provide wheelchairs, clinic visits and summer camp for the families served by the Association.
Take a look at this moving video that helped me to decide to be locked up. Maybe it will help you to decide to give!
I really appreciate your help. And who knows, if enough of you donate, I can get out and just maybe update this blog!!!
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Here's a list of what the course consists of:
- In-person kick-off (attendance is not required, but is suggested. It’s fun!)
- Followed by a six-week course of synchronous and asynchronous online work
- Facilitator-led webinars provide live instruction and collaboration once a week
- Independent work on assigned modules of Turning the Page online offers a dynamic program of active and personal learning (one-two hours work/week)
- Offline one-on-one feedback from facilitators
Lean how to create and tell YOUR library's story, deliver effective presentations, develop a compelling case for support, and build and sustain parnerships along the way. Did I mention this is FREE?!
This will be offered 6 times in 2011 and 2012. Go look at the schedule and find a time and make it work. Sounds like a great investment in time but NO MONEY! Hope some of you can do it. If you do, please let me know how it went!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Well, now they've come out with a great site to keep track of all of the great library-realted events happening around the world. LISEvents "is a community-based site intended to aggregate listings of library-related events of all types, sizes, and locations." I'm subscribed... are you?
Monday, April 18, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Yesterday I found out about an amazing example of QR Codes. Check out the post with more details at Drew's Marketing Minute. It's called WorldPark and took place last year on Arbor Day at New York City's Central Park. I would have loved to be a part of it.
Here is a video of the event:
Not sure who's using QR codes, check out this infographic the post also mentioned.
So what does this mean for a library? Let me tell you, if I were in charge of a library (thank goodness I'm not!) I would do this inside my building. Create a QR Code scavenger hunt. Help people to discover all the hidden treasures in your library. I think it would be the coolest event! If you're a Lancaster County Public library and you do this you BETTER contact me for help. Looking forward to seeing what QR code gems pop up next in library land!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Key Tips appear whenever you press the ALT
See Microsoft's blog for step by step directions.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
From the ALA Learning Blog's 2/24/11 post titled: "Video Tutorials for Downloading eBooks From OverDrive"...
"The King County Library System has created a video tutorial to walk users through the process of downloading Adobe Digital Editions and transferring a title to their device. This is useful for staff to familiarize themselves with the process and patrons who can watch the video repeatedly until they successfully download a book on their machine.
Patrons can also watch video tutorials on downloading to Apple and Android portable devices or using NetLibrary. These can be found on the KCLS YouTube channel playlist Using the Library".
This is a great way to SEE how OverDrive works. KCLS has done a great job putting these together. For readers from the Library System of Lancaster County, be sure to check out the page I put together on LILLY where you can watch all of the videos.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
My Help is the first phase of improvements for OverDrive's help system. The My Help wizard provides ‘custom’ getting started information based on the formats that a customer wants to use (audiobooks or eBooks) and the type of computer or device the customers has (Windows, Mac, Android, NOOK, etc). Customers are shown targeted information about the software they need, formats they can use, steps they need to take to get titles, and a list of popular related questions.
If you have feedback for My Help, please email email@example.com
For readers from the Library System of Lancaster County, be sure to check out the page I put together on LILLY about My Help Beta.