Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Turning the Page 2.0

Turning the Page 2.0 is "a free public library advocacy training course developed and presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) with generous support from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation." This sounds like a wonderful opportunity for the right price.

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

Kindle eBooks Coming to OverDrive

BREAKING News! I've been waiting for this one baby!

Soon You’ll Be Borrowing Kindle Ebooks From Your Local Library

Create Lists Training Scheduled

ATTN staff and volunteers of the member libraries of LSLC: a "Millennium Create Lists" class has been added to the training calendar. It has been scheduled for Tuesday 5/3/11 from 9:00am to 12:00pm in the training room at the System Office. We have space for a few more people, so feel free to register if you are interested. Here is the link on LILLY for more information and to register (Intranet site not viewable without password).

LISEvents - A Great New Site

Any library professional should already be subscribed to LISNews - a collaborative blog devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science.

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

OverDrive Updates Apps

Head on over to OverDrive's Digital Library Blog to read their post "OverDrive's eBook & audiobook apps for Android & iPhone/iPad updated". They released these updates TODAY!

Friday, April 15, 2011

I'm Enamored with QR Codes

I was so inspired by QR Codes this past year that I included one on our family Christmas Card.

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!