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Eli Neiburger on Production and Development in Libraries

eli neiburger ds portrait editedThe RLA CE Committee is excited to announce that Eli Neiburger, Associate Director of IT and Product Development at the Ann Arbor District Library, will be our guest speaker for our fall kick off program! Eli’s presentation is titled, “The Producers in the Library: Production and Development at AADL.”

Description:

Public Service is the cornerstone of the Library; yet increasingly, it is our Products that define us as institutions.  It can be challenging for a service organization to transition to product development; new skills, processes, quality standards, and political approaches are required. At Ann Arbor District Library, production has become a big part of what Librarians and IT staff are responsible for, from taking a
product-oriented approach to software development, digitization, and content projects, to the changing role of librarians and catalogers as more and more library business is transacted solely online.  How can libraries build these capacities, and what are some of the possibilities, and how can you make it happen at your library with or without help from IT!

If you’ve never heard Eli speak before, you are in for a treat! Plus, this program is free to all registrants so there’s really no excuse not to be there!

When: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 9:30am-12:00pm

Where: NSLS Auditorium [map and directions]

Cost: Free (Funding generously provided by Gale Cengage Learning)

Register at http://librarylearning.info now!

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Beyond Consumer Reports roundup

We had 36 in attendance last Tuesday to hear Shannon Scanlan and Alex Todd discuss consumer-related websites.  This was also our first ‘handout free’ workshop with the handouts and links available online instead of on paper.  We did have Official RLA-CE Scratch Paper for folks to take notes on and I think the attendees appreciated the paper savings.  One suggested that we have the handouts available online before the program so if people want to print them out early and bring them, they can.  We’ll definitely make an effort to do that.

We also had several excellent ideas for potential programs, including medical consumer websites (i.e. how to find a reliable doctor, comparing medical equipment, etc); language learning collection development; and the old standbys of business, legal, and medical reference.

The response from the attendees were very favorable as a whole though one comment stood out to me:

“I could come b/c this was free.  My budget for training is low to non-existent.”

We’ve always kept our programs free and our goal is to keep them free as we go forward!  A big reason we are able to provide quality, free programs is through the grant assistance we receive from HW Wilson and Gale .

We’re glad you were able to come and benefit.

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Beyond Consumer Reports – Wiki

Alex and Shannon, our presenters for tomorrow’s program, “Beyond Consumer Reports,” have created an information-rich wiki to compliment their presentation. Please take a look at the Beyond Consumer Reports wiki!

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May 5 Program: Beyond Consumer Reports

alextodd2Everyone wants to stretch their dollar as far as it can go. Not only do they want to find the cheapest prices, biggest discounts, and best coupons possible, they also need to buy quality products that will last the longest. Shannon Scanlan and Alex Todd, Technology Resources Librarian and Head of Adult Services from the Prospect Heights Library will highlight the best websites for today’s shannonconsumers. Shannon will talk about where to find quality product reviews, ratings, and comparisons while Alex will cover the top sites for discounts, coupons, and other bargains. Their report for consumers goes well beyond Consumer Reports. But don’t worry, it does include CR as well!

Tuesday, May 5, 9:30-noon
NSLS Auditorium, 200 Dundee, Wheeling, IL

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Putting the “You” in YouTube


Putting the “You” in YouTube

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More than 50 librarians gathered on a cold, rainy day to hear Karen McBride, Web Services Librarian at Des Plaines Public Library, talk about how her library is using YouTube. I think everyone who was present would agree that Karen gave an entertaining and helpful presentation explaining how to create videos, edit them, and post them on YouTube to share with the rest of the world! Karen emphasized the point of not trying to be so formal and perfect with our library videos. She encouraged the audience to have fun, relax, and not be afraid of making mistakes.

For those of you who weren’t able to attend, or for those of us who need a reminder of what we learned, Karen has graciously provided her tips and tricks on a wiki at http://nslsyoutube.pbwiki.com, so head on over there! But, wait! Before you leave, check out the video clip below to see Karen explaining some cool effects that are available on iMovie.

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Curious about YouTube for Libraries?

Please join us for our next program, “Putting the You in YouTube” with Karen McBride.

When: Thursday, February 26, 2009 9:30 a.m.-noon

Where: NSLS Auditorium, 200 West Dundee Road, Wheeling, IL

Cost: Free

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Online video is a fun, exciting way to share library/community events and promote materials and services. Is it possible for a librarian with little or no audiovisual training to make high quality videos? The answer is “Yes,” and Web Services Librarian Karen McBride will share her experiences in making videos for her library, as well as helpful, practical tips for putting the “You” in YouTube.

This program is sponsored by H.W. Wilson.

Register online today!

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Gotta Love Dot Gov – Online Government Resources for Reference Librarians

This morning, reference librarian extraordinaire, Steven Jablonski of Skokie Public Library, gave a presentation called “Gotta Love Dot Gov.” With his usual good humor and mastery of information resources, Jablonski talked about the best online resources containing information for consumers, job seekers, people in need, seniors, and more. For many of us librarians in attendance, the presentation will definitely be useful back at our reference desks!

Were you in attendance? Leave us a comment and let us know what you thought of this program!

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Gotta Love Dot Gov!

Do you love dot gov resources? Well, you should!

Federal, state, and local government agencies produce some of the most helpful websites out there, but how well do you know them? Join Skokie Public Library reference librarian Steven Jablonski for a tour of online government resources every librarian should know about. This program will meet at the Skokie Public Library and participants will have the option of staying for a tour of the library which was recently awarded the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

This program is sponsored by H.W. Wilson.

When: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 9:30 a.m.-noon

Where: Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton St. Skokie, IL 60077

Cost: Free

Register online today!

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Mary Pergander’s Slides

Did you miss Mary Pergander’s presentation? Still interested in being an effective leader at work from any position? You’re in luck because Mary Pergander has allowed us to share her slides on this website! Visit the Past Programs page and take a look at her slides!

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Want more Power at work?

It’s not too late to register for and attend the 2008 RLA CE Kick-off program! Mary Pergander, who is doing some exciting things at Deerfield Public Library, will be speaking on ways to recognize opportunities to manage your relationships with your boss and others, enabling you to lead from any position in an organization.

Mary is also the American Libraries columnist on employment issues, so she’s definitely considered an expert on this stuff!

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Register online using the Library Learning calendar!

Btw, we’re serving breakfast! In this economy, who can afford to turn down a free meal?!