Tuesday, May 27, 2014

2014 GLA Paraprofessional Grants - Apply by July 1, 2014

The Paraprofessional Division of the Georgia Library Association announces its 2014 Paraprofessional Grants.   Four (4) $250 Award Grants will be given to the winners to facilitate their attendance at GaCOMO 2014 – GLA’s Annual Convention to be held in Augusta, Georgia October 1-3, 2014.  In addition, each winner will receive an awards plaque, which will be presented at a GLA Association function and a one-year free paraprofessional membership in the Georgia Library Association.

To apply download and complete the following documents:
Paraprofessional Award Application Form
Paraprofessional Award Recommendation Form

Please note that while applicants do not have to be member of the association in order to compete, they must be full-time employees in a library falling under GLA’s auspices (normally a college-level academic, public, school, or special library).  The deadline for submission of application forms is Monday, July 1, 2014.  

Please contact Rhonda Boozer at 678-466-4329 or Rhondaboozer@clayton.edu if you have any questions.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

GLMA and GLA 2014 Exemplary Library Awards - apply by June 2, 2014

In 2014, the Georgia Library Media Association (GLMA) and Georgia Library Association (GLA) will recognize and honor three exemplary and three exceptional Library Media Programs. In order to identify and highlight these programs, GLMA and GLA are soliciting applications from schools. Library Media Programs in three schools (elementary, middle and high) will be selected for this recognition. Library Media Specialists throughout the state and GLMA and GLA will select the recipients based on the school’s written application, letters of support, a possible telephone interview and/or an on-site visit. This program is an opportunity to describe how the Library Media Program is meeting school improvement goals and increasing student achievement.
If you are interested in applying, please download and complete the following documents:

2014 Exemplary Library Application and Directions
2014 GaDOE Exemplary Media Program Scoring Document
2014 Rubric

The application is due June 2, 2014.
Send application materials electronically by June 2, 2014 to gaexemplarylibrary@gmail.com

Friday, May 16, 2014

Navigating Career Opportunities in Libraries, Research, or Knowledge Management - Free Workshop

Workshop for those considering a graduate degree in librarianship or archives
Are you or is anyone you know considering a career in Libraries, Research, or Knowledge Management?

The American Library Association’s Knowledge Alliance invites you to join us for a FREE workshop focused on graduate education, career options, and networking with local professionals.  This event is co-hosted by Georgia Perimeter College and the Women’s Research and Resource Center (Spelman College).

Events will be held at the Dunwoody campus of Georgia Perimeter College on May 30, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. Lunch will be provided.

FREE, but registration is required and space is limited to the first 30 participants
Register and download an event flyer at   http://knowledgealliance.org/event/essential-information-workshop-atlanta

This event is one of five Knowledge Alliance Essential Information workshops in Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York during the month of May.  These workshops are designed to help prospective LIS students from underrepresented groups prepare for graduate education, navigate career options, and connect with diverse network of peers and mentors to help break down the complexities of a transforming industry and build a path that suits each individual’s goals and skills. These events are made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [RE-03-10-0063-10].

Monday, May 12, 2014

Julie Walker Named New State Librarian

Julie White Walker has been selected as the new State Librarian for the Georgia Public Library Service (GPLS). She will take over the role from Dr. Lamar Veatch, who will be assuming other duties in the University System of Georgia.

Walker is currently the deputy state librarian, a position she has held since 2008. In her new role Walker will provide leadership for the GPLS staff as well as staff of the state’s 403 public libraries. In addition, she will have responsibility for the Georgia Libraries for Accessible Statewide Services (GLASS), the network of regional libraries serving Georgians with visual or print disabilities.

“We had a highly competitive, national search for this important leadership position and the search committee was pleased to attract a pool of talented candidates who all wanted to come to Georgia because of the excellent reputation of the Georgia Public Library Service,” said University System of Georgia Chancellor Hank Huckaby.

“Julie had very serious competition, but it became clear she has the talent, skills and experience we were seeking,” Huckaby said. “We are delighted that the GPLS staff has such a deep pool of talent and look forward to her leadership in the coming years.”

Before becoming the GPLS deputy state librarian, Walker was assistant state librarian for technology, support services and strategic initiatives (2006-2008) and director of the PINES program that shares electronic services among a consortium of 252 state libraries (2003-2006).

She was associate director of the Athens Regional Library System from 1990 to 2003. Prior to coming to Georgia, she worked in various positions in libraries in North Carolina and as a library automation consultant.

Walker earned her bachelor’s in arts in political science and a master of science in library science, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Georgia Public Library Service is the state library administrative agency and a unit of the Board of Regents. The State Librarian is an employee of the Board of Regents and works with the network of public libraries, which are county and regional organizations.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Cumming Campus Learning Commons, University of North Georgia

By Rebecca Rose,  photos by Sandra Sullivan

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, the Cumming campus is the newest campus within the consolidated University of North Georgia (UNG). Opening in August of 2012, with 400+ students, the enrollment in Cumming is now over 700 students, with more classes being added each semester to meet the needs of Forsyth County and surrounding communities. Conceived well before consolidation plans were announced, the Cumming campus was created as a collaborative effort between the former Gainesville State College and North Georgia College and State University. The typical visitor to the Learning Commons can be either a Dual Enrollment, undergraduate, and graduate student, as well as a faculty, staff, or community member.

The Learning Commons offers a cozy, café style setting that draws in students who need a place to study, relax, research, or gather. Adding to the ambiance, windows overlook nearby Sawnee Mountain, which with an elevation at over 1900 feet, is taller than both Kennesaw and Stone Mountains. Original art by the renowned artist, Win Crannell hangs on the walls, donated in honor of Dr. Sherman Day, the original Head of the Cumming campus and a former president of North Georgia College. Photography by Jack Anthony, also adorns the space with restful scenes of northern Georgia.

For convenience, technology such as laptops and graphing calculators are available for use either within the library or for checkout. A wall-mounted Smart Screen, along with the availability of 13 computer workstations, invites students to congregate within the Learning Commons, where assistance is close by with a full and part-time librarian, a graduate assistant, and student workers. Writing and math tutors are stationed within the Learning Commons four days a week. A group study room and portable white boards facilitate group study and are used regularly.
The collection is almost entirely digital, rich with offerings of over 350 subscription databases and 200,000 academic eBooks. Hard copies are shared from nearby UNG campuses or via GIL Express via couriers. For quick access, the digital collection is supplemented by hard copy textbook reserves and Ready Reference texts, such as the MLA and APA handbooks. Interlibrary loans are easily requested using ILLiad, found on the college library website.
Services offered in the Learning Commons include workshops open to students, faculty and staff.

This spring sessions were given on how to download and use ebooks and Zotero, as well as a faculty workshop on identifying potential publishers for scholarly works. Faculty may request library instruction for their classes and students may request personal appointments with the librarians.
Over the last year and a half since opening, the Learning Commons hosted programs, including an art exhibit and artist talk featuring Performance Artist, Didi Dunphy. Other programs included Dog Therapy for finals week, Open Mic, Create a Valentine, and the Cumming Campus Book Club.

Looking towards the future, the Cumming Learning Commons is acquiring iPads and cameras for circulation and additional programming for its growing student population.

To learn more, visit University of North Georgia Libraries website at http://ung.edu/libraries/

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Georgia Library Association Scholarships submission deadline - May 21, 2014

Georgia Library Association Scholarship Committee invites applications for 2014

The Georgia Library Association awards two scholarships annually to students completing a master's degree in library science. The Hubbard Scholarship, a $3,000 award, is intended to recruit excellent candidates for librarianship in Georgia and defray some of the costs of their education. The Beard Scholarship, in the amount of $1,000, is targeted for applicants of excellence who show strong potential for leadership in the library profession. Recipients of both awards must agree to work for at least one year in Georgia following graduation. Applicants need not be residents of Georgia to apply.

The deadline to apply for the 2014 scholarships is May 21.
See the Georgia Library Association website for details: http://gla.georgialibraries.org/scholarship.htm

Questions and application materials may be directed to:
Linda M. Cooks
GLA Scholarship Committee Vice-Chair
P.O. Box 1529
Pine Lake, GA 30072
glascholarships2014@gmail.com  (all lowercase letters)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Atlanta Emerging Librarians Event “A Librarian by Any Other Name”

As any 21st century librarian can relate, the library field is changing.  The roles that librarians play in their workplaces are evolving in response to digital culture, organizational structure and industry demands.  Sometimes this means their job description no longer includes the word “librarian,” but that doesn’t make them any less of a library professional.

Three people who have traveled the path of non-traditional librarianship related their experiences at this year’s first Atlanta Emerging Librarians event “A Librarian by Any Other Name” on April 19.  All three had quite different stories to tell.  Their common thread was that, often out of necessity, they adapted their skills to meet the needs of their organization.  Indeed, this is what librarianship has always been about.

Ernie Evangelista, currently Resource & Access Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, came into librarianship by way of the retail industry.  Playing on the Shakespearean title of the event, Mr. Evangelista told a “tale of two librarians,” describing the career paths of two librarians that differ significantly but involve the same basic principles of librarianship – primarily, the organization and use of information.  The information gathered and kept by the organization may be of a different nature and the methods new, but librarianship is still librarianship.

Despite having an MS in Information Studies, Emily Almond, IT Director at the Georgia Public Library
Service, has never had a job with “librarian” in the title.  She likened herself to a pinball in a pinball machine, bouncing from job to job as positions she held were eliminated or changed.  Throughout her career she has had to acquire new skills and get accustomed to evolving work environments and responsibilities.  Ultimately, she came to the realization that by adapting, she was no longer a pinball being jostled around but rather she was the one controlling the game.

Elizabeth Keathley has worked in the digital asset management field for many years and is currently the owner of Atlanta Metadata Authority.  She shared the findings of a survey of digital asset management professionals, including their earnings, their weekly work schedules, and their educational backgrounds.  Through this presentation, she revealed some realities of her niche and profiled what it would take to become an ideal candidate for a position in her field.  One intriguing trend: younger digital asset management professionals tend to be the ones who hold MLS degrees.  You can view the presentation at: http://atlantametadata.com/useful-links/.

If any of these stories intrigue you, we encourage you to check out the next Atlanta Emerging Librarians event, which will feature local speakers on the topic of emerging technologies in libraries.  This will be an excellent opportunity to prepare your career for the ongoing digital revolution and understand how technology is impacting the library field.  Details coming soon!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Professional Development Events in May

This list is provided by Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education, Georgia Public Library Service.

Be sure to check out GLA's Basic Legal Research for any Librarian, as well as the HeritageQuest and Ancestry Online training that GALILEO is hosting this month.


May 1 (2–3 pm)

Preserving Scrapbooks (Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Scrapbooks can be challenging to preserve since they often contain a diversity of materials. In this webinar, participants will learn: the common problems associated with long-term preservation of scrapbooks, how to identify problem materials in older scrapbooks and what to do about them, and how to identify the most stable materials and bindings for creating new scrapbooks.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 2 (11 am–12 pm)

Making Digital Connections with Patrons (GALE CENGAGE Learning)

Join Naomi Bates, Librarian at Northwest High School in Texas, as she shares her expertise in making digital connections with patrons, including social media, collaborative tools, online books shelves, newsletters and emails, and collaborating with the public and school library!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/py98coj

May 2 (3–4 pm)

Read and Feed! Connecting kids to Libraries and Summer Meals (USDA)

Join us as we discover ways to engage children during the long summer months to libraries and summer meals! This Friday you’ll be able to hear from exciting speakers throughout the country on innovative and unique ways to engage the community and prevent summer learning loss. If you wanted to increase participation at your library during the summer or looking for a cool new partnership or if you wanted to learn more from USDA experts about how to start your own summer feeding site then come join us this Friday from 2-3 p.m. CST. Register today so your space is reserved. Space is limited and registration will conclude Thursday so make sure you sign up today!

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 5 (3–4 pm)

Choose Privacy 2014: Defense Against the Digital Dark Arts (American Library Association)

Dark forces conspire online to undermine privacy, compromise accounts, stalk, troll, and just plain creep us out. Libraries have a longstanding tradition of protecting their users’ privacy and confidentiality, but often fail to take basic steps to protect patrons’ use of their public access computers and digital resources. Attend this special Choose Privacy Week webinar to learn more about how online surveillance works, get practical tips on improving privacy on public computers, and gain a better understanding of current legal threats to digital privacy and online anonymity. Ann Crewdson and Helen Adams, co-chairs of the ALA-IFC Privacy Subcommittee, will also introduce the newly revised ALA
Privacy Tool Kit that includes new sections on the impact of emerging technologies on library users’ privacy.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/pgz49qw

May 5 (8–9 pm)

Show me the Data! (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)
Join us for Show me the Data! Connecting the dots between the library and student learning. For more information and to register for this program, visit: h

May 6 (12–1 pm)

CrewSpace at Walla Walla Public Library (Washington State Library)

Walla Walla Public Library is the proud recipient of CrewSpace where teens will learn the art of filmaking with filmaker, Jeffrey Townsend. Mr. Townsend will share information on the project and how it is impacting the community.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 6 (1–2 pm)

Data, Discovery, Readers, and Records — ER&L 2014 In Review (Library Journal)

Managing e-resources, developing collections, evaluating user behavior, and making e-content accessible is equal parts challenge and opportunity. This free LJ webcast, developed by Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L), offers attendees a brief look at user’s expectations, how e-content is presented to our users, what we need from our vendor partners to make e-content accessible, and tools to better analyze our user data. Join ER&L Program Chair, Elizabeth Winter and ER&L Conference Coordinator, Bonnie Tijerina, as they moderate an insightful discussion with a distinguished lineup of expert panelists.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 6 (1–2 pm)

Revive Your Middle Donors and Raise More Money (Network for Good)

Nonprofits are missing out on raising millions of dollars simply because they are overlooking one of their most committed and productive audiences, middle donors—the donors who give more than low-dollar, direct marketing donations, but less than what would qualify them for high-touch, major gift treatment. Join donor experts Alia McKee and Mark Rovner as they reveal the findings of Sea Change Strategies' recent study, The Missing Middle, and teach organizations how to boost fundraising through middle donor revitalization.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/ofmts48

May 6 (2–3 pm)

Growing Your Graphic Novels Section: New Comics and Manga for Your Shelves (Booklist)

Get the scoop on hot new graphic novels for adults and teens, as well as a few highlighted children’s titles. Representatives from DC Entertainment, Random House, and Viz Media will book talk their upcoming titles, and librarian expert Eva Volin, of the Alameda Free Library, will offer additional insight. Moderated by Booklist's Books for Youth associate editor Sarah Hunter.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/ocs5vty

May 6 (3–4 pm)

The Dog Ate My Grant Application: Crowdfunding for nonprofits (4Good)

Ever wonder how Black Girls Code raised $110K+ to support their programming in 10 cities in summer of 2013? How Kite Patch found 11,000+ contributors to support their work making people invisible to mosquitoes? How the Parkinson's Institute engaged multi-generations of donors to raise over $500K? Join Indiegogo Cause Director Bre DiGiammarino to find out why these organizations selected to use crowdfunding, and how they applied best practices in order to succeed. Come prepared to think through the value crowdfunding could provide to your organization. Leave prepared to run a super-charged campaign for impact.

May 6 (3:30–4:30 pm)

Discover STEM Resources with Britannica-Elementary (GALILEO)

Georgia K-12 schools have a wealth of STEM resources in Britannica School. This webinar will look at the STEM initiative and how Britanncia supports skill-building, real-world applications of key concepts, critical thinking, and research skills

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 7 (11 am–12 pm)

The Internship: A Win-Win Situation (Nebraska Library Commission)

From advertising for the position to saying goodbye, thoughtful planning of an internship will go a long way to making the experience meaningful for you and your intern. Kathryn Brockmeier, from the Nebraska Library Commission, will also discuss ways your library and your community can benefit from an internship at your library. Time for brainstorming and sharing will follow the presentation.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Creating an Engaging, Empowering and Electrifying Learning Culture that Drives Results (Training Magazine Network)

Successful organizations understand that people are their most important assets. When high- performance businesses understand employees’ core skills and development needs, they’re more likely to achieve superior results. But building out a dynamic learning culture that really understands your employee needs is not a simple task. Join this session for a lively discussion on how to build out a learning culture that will generate superior business results for your organization.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 7 (2–3 pm)

Lerner Publishing Group Fall 2014 Librarian Preview Webinar (School Library Journal)

Be among the first to see and hear firsthand what Lerner has coming for readers this fall! Visit with Lerner Publishing Group’s editors as they unveil the fantastic new books that will be published Fall 2014. Get the inside scoop and sneak peek at Lerner’s nonfiction, middle grade and YA fiction, graphic novels, and picture books for grades K-12 coming this Fall. Plus, learn about new digital offerings, as well as supports for Common Core State Standards, and free teaching guides, reader’s discussion guides, classroom activities, and websites that make lesson planning easy.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 7 (2–3:30 pm)

Basic Legal Research for any Librarian (Georgia Library Association)

If you encounter public patrons who come to the library seeking legal help (for example, how to get social security benefits or pursue a discrimination claim) Sarah Mauldin and Meg Butler will guide you through federal tools and resources that are freely available online. You can share these resources with your patrons to help them with their reference questions. Using Georgia as a case study, Sarah and Meg will demonstrate how the research principles they discuss in a federal context are generalizable to state law, in case your patrons ask questions about being evicted, getting divorced, or modifying child support. As a bonus, they will explain how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law while assisting library patrons.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

STEAM in the Public Library: Programs & Services for Children (Infopeople)

STEAM in youth services—programs and services with connections to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math—has become a particularly hot topic. STEAM programs and services for children can take many forms, and every public library can find the right STEAM fit for them. This webinar will explore the topic of STEAM programs and services for children from the bottom up, starting with what STEAM is and what it looks like, to ideas for age-appropriate implementation, to resources for finding and creating your own STEAM programs.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 8 (10-11:00 am)

HeritageQuest Online Introduction (GALILEO)
Overview of six genealogy collections, including census records and Freedman's Bank. Available through Georgia public libraries and accessible from home.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/p4p6cfb

May 8 (2–3 pm)

Library Security (American Libraries Live)

American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://americanlibrarieslive.org/

May 8 (2–3 pm)

Making Video More Social (InSync Training)

Since the first filmstrip projector made its way into the first classroom, standup trainers have been incorporating video into formal instruction. Used well, it can offered points for discussion, nudged thinking about what and why and comparison to that. It often made for good conversation and could reach the affective domain when other approaches did not. But when we moved to eLearning we left a lot of that behind: the video clips were uploaded, but the rest of that experience – the talking and processing – didn’t make the transition. With so many new avenues for delivering video online it’s a shame that we’re not doing a better job of capturing the things a good instructor in a good face-to-face setting can bring.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Mobile Impact 101: Taking Your Cause Mobile (TechSoup)

The mobile age isn’t coming — it's here. But the real question is, is your nonprofit or public library ready to use the most popular tool in history to change the world? Join us for this free webinar to learn how your organization can harness the potential of mobile for fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and programs. Get helpful tips and tools and leave with insights.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 8 (2–3 pm)

Reference Services: Tried, True, and New (WebJunction)

Reference is still intrinsic to library services. It is evolving with changing patron needs, varied information resources and new delivery formats. Yet much of traditional practice remains important to providing quality information services to patrons. In this webinar, we will explore the balance between traditional and contemporary reference approaches, inviting you to join this open space conversation. What methods do you employ for reference today? What works? What doesn't? How does social media play a role? Let’s learn from each other "how we do reference" so we can find the best fusion of traditional and modern reference service.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 8 (2–3 pm)

Springing into Youth Nonfiction (Booklist)

Don’t miss this free, hour-long webinar introducing nonfiction titles for middle-grade and high-school readers and listeners. Join representatives from Annick Press, Free Spirit Publishing, and Listening Library/Random House to learn how to incorporate these titles into the library and classroom. Moderated by Booklist senior editor, Ilene Cooper.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/nqbck33

May 8 (3–4 pm)

Young Children, New Media & Libraries (Infopeople)

The development of new media content and the technology that supports it is changing faster than the research needed to study its use and effects. In addition, the issue of new media use with young children, as it pertains to libraries, is large and complex. Join us for an informative conversation regarding the work that has begun on both the national and California State Library levels to address the needs of young children, new media use and libraries. Learn about existing research and approaches that can help inform new media practices for libraries. Contribute your insights to the conversation and consider what strategies make sense for you and your library. Even though many unknowns remain and our tools are still in development, we can all work to support informed, thoughtful, developmentally appropriate responses.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 8 (3:30–4:30 pm)

Discover STEM Resources with Britannica-Middle/High Introduction (GALILEO)

Georgia K-12 schools have a wealth of STEM resources in Britannica School. This webinar will look at the STEM initiative and how Britanncia supports skill-building, real-world applications of key concepts, critical thinking, and research skills

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 8 (6–7pm)

The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students (American Association of School Librarians)

In this webinar, discover how public and school librarians can work together to implement the Common Core State Standards in their school community. Attendees will learn about the Common Core State Standards, discover resources to help public librarians understand and use the CCSS, and identify the ways public librarians can support school librarians and patrons in navigating these standards.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

May 9 (9-10 am)

How to Socialize with Patrons Online (GALE CENGAGE Learning)

Corvallis-Benton County Public Library is called out in ALA publication Successful Social Networking in Public Library as a "Library to Follow" on social networks. Lindy Brown, Reference Librarian at Corvallis- Benton County Public Library, manages the library's social media strategy to interact with her community; join us to learn how you can be successful @ social!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/ms2twmr

May 9 (2–3 pm)

Three Steps to Thriving in Chaos (Effectiveness Institute)

The turbulence of current events increases stress, drains energy and reduces productivity. In this webinar you’ll learn three essential steps for not only surviving but thriving in the chaos.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 13 (10–11 am)

Ancestry Library Edition Introduction (GALILEO)

Overview of this robust genealogy resource available through public and academic libraries. ALE includes census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada and other areas.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/n2up648

May 13 (1–2 pm)

Where’s the GAP? Conducting a blended learning needs assessment. (InSync Training)

As your organization starts to implement blended learning, conducting a thorough needs assessment becomes perhaps even more important than ever before. Blended learning requires investments in technology and training for your development and facilitation teams. Mistakes can be expensive, and may not be uncovered until after your program has been piloted. Because of these costs, organizations can’t rely on proven assumptions about participants, training environments, or content. It’s best to begin all of your analysis from scratch to make sure you get it right the first time.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://us.insynctraining.com/where-is-the- gap/?course=44

May 13 (2–3 pm)

Expert Databases: Explore key databases for your institution from the researcher’s perspective (ACRL)

Databases offer quick, granular data that's efficient for both researchers and librarians, but which databases are right for your patrons? Material Scientist and Springer’s in-house expert, Mikail Shaikh will take you on an exploration of key databases with the insight of a researcher. Discover databases that fit the needs of your institution and how they can help your patrons in physics, chemistry, biology and math.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 13 (2–3 pm)

Reaching All Readers: New Multicultural Books for Children and Teens (Booklist)

The majority of children now born in the U.S. are of non-Caucasian descent, but it can be a challenge to find books for young readers that reflect those richly diverse demographics. In this free, hour-long webinar, representatives from Groundwood Books, Lee and Low Books, Lorimer, and Tuttle Publishing will discuss the state of multicultural publishing and present new titles for children and teens. Booklist Books for Youth senior editor Daniel Kraus will moderate.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/lyy5jc7

How to Tell Your Stories on Social Media (4Good)

You know storytelling is an important tool in your nonprofit's fundraising and communication plan. You also know that social media offers a variety of opportunities to connect and communicate with your audience. So why aren't we bringing more of our stories to social media? Join Vanessa Chase from The Storytelling Non-Profit to learn how to tell a great story to your social media audience!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/vanessa-chase/how-to- tell-your-stories-on-social-media

May 13 (3–4 pm)

Innovative and Engaging Teen Programming (Infopeople)

This webinar will take a look at teen programming today and offer a fresh new perspective on programs that not only work, but also create meaningful experiences for teens. It will also touch upon various ways to reach out and better connect teen communities of all sizes.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 14 (3–4 pm)

Discover the Benefits of eBook Partnerships (Library Journal)

Optimize your collection and stay on budget with the combined power of an intuitive interface and the leading content aggregator to make purchasing eBooks as seamless as possible. In this webcast, you’ll learn the ins and outs and the advantages of working with multiple vendors in order to maximize your libraries content needs. You’ll hear from EBSCO and YBP top executives discussing business model advancements, DDA workflow solutions, EDS integration as well as the Print to Electronic transition.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 14 (2–3 pm)

Effective Strategic Planning Part 3: Measure, Monitor, Report (4Good)

No matter how rewarding a planning process is in cultivating your stakeholders, focusing your board and staff, and developing your organization, and no matter how promising the goals and objectives of your plan, strategic planning cannot be successful unless it drives action. A bit of wisdom from the business world is that we manage what we measure. This webinar rounds out our strategic planning series with a look at selecting what to measure and how to use, track and report the data.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/sam-frank/effective- strategic-planning-part-3-measure-monitor-report

How to Ask for Money from Individuals (GrantSpace)

This interactive webinar will help you address your roadblocks asking for money. Learn how to avoid some common mistakes in fundraising from individuals and learn the facts about who gives away money and who can be asked for a donation. Take away specific language to make a strong ask, which is based on relationship-building and relationships you already have.

May 14 (3–4 pm)

What Your Sponsors Really Want (4Good)

Are you trying to get more sponsorships for your next special event? Would you like to step inside your sponsor's head and figure out exactly what they're thinking and what they want? Take this webinar and learn more about what your sponsors really want.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/mazarine-treyz/what- your-sponsors-really-want-webinar-with-4good

May 14 (3–4 pm)

Using Twitter for Professional Development Opportunities (Infopeople)

Twitter as a ubiquitous, concise, and powerful social media platform is not a fad. It can, however, feel overwhelming, or even silly, if you don’t take the very little time needed to get to understand its nuts, bolts, best practices, and professional power. During this webinar, reluctant social media users will receive all the tips and tricks needed to feel comfortable—and maybe even excited—about going where there’s a professional development goldmine, already stocked with panning equipment and scales.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

May 15 (1–2pm)

An Introduction to the Digital Humanities for Librarians (University of Wisconsin)

In recent years, the term "digital humanities" has been used to describe modes of research, collaboration, and teaching that apply or analyze computational, digital, and networked tools in humanities contexts. The collaborative, project-focused, and technologically-oriented nature of the field means that information professionals often work alongside scholar-researchers and students. Academic, special, and public libraries and librarians have played important roles in the development of "dh." This webinar will provide an introduction to the digital humanities using examples of recent projects, and focus on how librarians can contribute to or support the digital humanities through, for example, maker spaces, digital labs and learning environments, or as managers of data and providers of digital resources.

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Roles for Libraries and Librarians in Disasters (Lib2Gov)

This webinar presents information on libraries' and librarians' roles supporting their communities and the disaster workforce before, during, and after hazardous events and disasters. It discusses the information needs of first responders, emergency managers, and other professionals working in the areas of disaster planning, response and recovery. Participants will also gain a knowledge of a range of potential information services they could offer members of the disaster workforce as well as how their libraries can participate in the community response and recovery with funding as "essential community services" through the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93- 288, as amended). This webinar will include examples of libraries and librarians who have supported disaster efforts.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/mrzu7bf

May 15 (2–3 pm)

The Play's the Thing (on Audio) (Booklist)

Join us for a free, hour-long webinar where Stacy Keach—an accomplished actor of stage and screen— will discuss what it’s like to record plays live and how the ultimate goal of turning the recording into an audio performance for listeners worldwide colors his experience. He will be joined by L.A. Theatre Works’s Producing Director Susan Loewenberg and Kaite Stover, Director of Readers' Services from the Kansas City Public Library, who will offer tips on introducing listening experiences to your patrons. Moderated by Audio Publishers’ Association President Michele Cobb, with an introduction and closing by Joyce Saricks, Booklist Audio Editor.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/koe8v8p

May 16 (11 am–12 pm)

Blogging and Public Libraries (GALE CENGAGE Learning)

Lauren Stokes will be sharing her expertise and her IMLS award-winning blog, The Librarian’s Brain, as well as best practices for other bloggers. Her blog contains info about homework tutors, how-to videos, lesson plans, games, tips, as well as explanations for each of the databases that the Las Vegas – Clark County Library contains. Join us as we share best practices and ideas for what you can do to promote the library in your community!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/lgr8zgo

May 19 (8–9 pm)

Teacher-Librarian News Night (Teacher Librarian Virtual Cafe)

News Night is a LIVE show presented in news show format featuring a Wrap up of “This Month in School Libraries” and deeper discussion of topical school library issues with special guest experts.

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The everyday importance STEM: How learning about science and technology can promote success in all aspects of our lives (ACRL)

Understanding of science and technology is increasingly important for today's citizens to negotiate successfully not just technical careers but even their everyday lives: from health information to the moral decisions arising from scientific innovation, to improved methods of making logical and informed decisions in all areas.

Librarians and faculty play a pivotal role in helping to foster that success through their choice of offerings, explains John Rennie, editorial director of McGraw-Hill Education's AccessScience, past editor in chief of Scientific American, and Carl Sagan Award winner for Public Understanding of Science – who has spent three decades communicating science to the public in print, online, and on television.

The first key lies in anticipating what will best hook the interests of the diverse audiences that educators and librarians reach: for instance, are younger and non-specialist audiences more responsive to inspirational "cabinet of wonders" approaches, to appeals to relevance, or to crisp narrative? Rennie will also look at the qualities that help to set certain sources of science information apart. Accuracy, clarity, and authority are musts, but does a source also anticipate a user's needs or questions and work to guarantee a rewarding experience? Does it inspire the right serious study habits (such as consultation of the professional science literature) and help to shape logical and informed habits of thought? Drawing on his years of experience and with examples such as the new Cosmos TV series, Rennie will explore how the right science resources can build critical thinking skills that will serve people for a lifetime.

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May 20 (2–3 pm)

The Future of Mystery Fiction (Booklist)

As Booklist's Mystery Month hits high gear, we offer a crime fiction webinar with a compelling twist. Don't be left out when four innovative indie publishers share great new reading from their forthcoming lists. Your patrons want mysteries and, after this presentation, you'll have more great titles to offer them. (And plenty for your own to-be-read pile, too!) Keir Graff, editor of Booklist Online, joins representatives from Hard Case Crime, Le French Book, Open Road Media, and Seventh Street Books.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/peksmps

May 20 (3–4 pm)

The Nuts and Bolts of 3D Printing for Librarians: Part 1 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives

Part 1: Past, Present, and Future of the 3D Printed World - Understanding What They Are and How They Work. Paul Waak (Library Consultant, Waak Enterprises) will provide a brief history on 3D printers and then delve into how they work and are being used around the world today. He will talk about the costs of various 3D printers, features to look for when buying one, and will provide a list of supplies to have on hand when using one. Paul will also provide information on various software to use with 3D printers
and make resource recommendations for keeping current in this area. He will also discuss future possibilities with 3D printers.

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May 20 (7–8 pm)

Repackaging Research - Recipe for the Common Core (American Association of School Librarians)

As a follow-up to the AASL archived webinar - Brains Change @ Your Library - this webinar will address how to ensure your research "projects" are challenging today's hyperconnected. Research - done correctly - will hit almost every one of AASL's Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and the "anchor standards" in the CCSS.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming

May 21 (10–11 am)

Ancestry Library Edition Advanced (GALILEO)

A more in-depth look at one of the most important genealogy collections covers lesser-known content, functions, and features of, as well as ample time for your questions. Available through public and academic libraries.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/nb3t3tx

May 21 (1–2 pm)

Tips and Tools for Creating Transformational Teams (4Good)

The role of a leader is critical to the success of an organization. We all have the capacity to empower others through our own personal growth and development. Learn more about creating a culture of authenticity and reflection that can contribute to your team's ability to make a difference.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/froswa-booker- drew/tips-and-tools-for-creating-transformational-teams

May 21 (2–3pm)

Engaging Your Community with Facebook (Demco)

Libraries around the world have worked to develop presences on Facebook with varying results. Ben will share how he and his team have been evolving their strategies for the past 4 years and have succeeded in developing one of the most engaging Facebook pages in our industry. His methods will help you learn how to apply these strategies and achieve similar results at your library. Ben has developed an approach that helps fit libraries into Facebook, rather than adapting Facebook for libraries. As a result, you’ll discover how to provide content patrons respond to.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.demco.com/goto?webinar

May 21 (2–3 pm)

What Public Librarians Need to Know about Common Core State Standards (School Library Journal)

From programming to collection development, common core state standards can impact the work of the public librarian. With implementation in the schools, where do you fit in? Join Deborah B. Ford in this webcast designed to debunk the myths, inspire you with programming ideas, and guide you in the demand for rigorous fiction and nonfiction.

May 21 (3–4pm)

What’s New in Children’s Literature 2014 (Infopeople)

Discover the new books that you can offer to children who use your library! Hear about books published in Fall 2013 and Spring 2014 that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include board books, picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more! Learn about books you can offer to teachers who are seeking materials that relate to the Common Core, especially the hard-to-find informational books for primary grades. Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children, including much-needed children’s books with multicultural characters.

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May 21 (5–6 pm)

There’s an app for that! 50 apps that will rock your world in 60 minutes (edWeb)

Is the application market transforming education? In this session, participants will discover apps that change the way students and teachers think about learning. The presenter will feature apps that promote essential 21st century learning skills - creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and apps that fuel creativity. Do you have apps you’d like to share? Please do so here!

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May 22 (12–1)

Telling the Story of your Library's Impact (GALE CENGAGE Learning)

No matter where you are or what type of library you work in, you are faced with budget cuts and even closures. You need to prove the impact your library has on your patrons, students and community. This one hour webinar will help you prove your library’s value and impact by learning to gather the right kind of library stories. These stories you can use when reporting on the library to the news media, when asking for additional budgets from local and state governments and when applying for grants.

10 Tips for Measuring Programs Through Data (Idealware)

Nonprofits need a solid strategy for data collection and analysis to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their programs. Funders often request this data to determine program effectiveness, and measuring programs is clearly an essential element of taking your mission further.

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May 22 (1–2 pm)

Transforming Library Space for Community Engagement (WebJunction)

As libraries expand their focus from collections to creation, physical spaces are being transformed in ways that enhance community engagement in the digital age. Rethink how your library’s space might be configured to better enable your patrons to interact with technology and with each other. While future- facing libraries are pushing boundaries, the public still perceives libraries as being primarily about books. Learn how some key alterations to existing library space can refresh public perceptions. We’ll look at a variety of projects, ranging from larger room renovations to smaller libraries who redefined space on a modest scale, yet still had a strong impact on the community.

May 22 (2–3 pm)

Measuring Success: How to Strategically Assess Your Program (VolunteerMatch)

Your volunteer engagement program can be measured by more than just the hours a volunteer gives your organization. What other kinds of information should you keep track of, and how do you know if you're doing a good job with your volunteer engagement program? This webinar will help you think through both the quantitative and qualitative information you can use to evaluate your program.

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May 22 (12–3 pm)

Turning Stress into Power (InSync Training)

Managing stress effectively has less to do with managing external events – things you can’t control – and more to do with better managing yourself. This session focuses on strategies for taking charge of your own responses to stress and turning them to more productive reactions and behaviors.

Web Accessibility Analytics and Open Source Tools for Auditing Access (Accessible Technology Coalition)

Web accessibility analytics is important to provide managers, administrators and developers with objective information about the accessibility of the resources that are part of communicating information about their organization and the services they provide. Data is important to help determine the types of accessibility issues and how to allocate scarce resources to improve accessibility. Analytics provides a way to set measurable goals for accessibility improvements and gives developers a way to verify their accessibility improvements. The Open Web Accessibility Alliance is creating open source tools and web development resources for web developers and designers. The presentation will demonstrate the AInspector Sidebar and FAE 2.0 which are open source tools to help web developers understand the accessibility features and problems with the resources they are developing. In addition to the tools the coding practices web resources will be also presented. The coding practices are designed to help web developers understand the accessibility issues of meeting the requirements of Section 508 and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 requirements. The rules used in the tools support compliance with W3C WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criterion. Since the tools are open source they can be customized to meet the accessibility policies and priorities of each organization. ADA Online Learning sponsors this event.

May 22 (3–4 pm)

Tending the Garden of Innovation (Colorado State Library)

Does everyone have the potential to be innovative? What does it take to cultivate your own creativity? What tools could you use to stimulate the growth of new ideas from the group you’re working with? What are three key tools to ensure that your project is grounded in fertile soil? Learn this and more in this one-hour session!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://cslinsession.cvlsites.org/

May 27 (1–2 pm)

Staying on Track with Major Gifts: Accountability Tools and Techniques (GuideStar)

Do you have trouble keeping in touch with donors, maintaining a reliable schedule of solicitations, or making the time for cultivation? If so, this session on staying accountable with your major gifts program is for you! We’ll discuss the latest tools and techniques on how to stay on track with raising major gifts. This webinar is partially comprised of information pulled from Amy Eisenstein’s most recent, bestselling book, Major Gifts Fundraising for Small Shops. In the book, she argues that you can start raising major gifts in only 5 hours per week with no additional staff or resources, but with what you already have!

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/pbgehey

The Nuts and Bolts of 3D Printing for Librarians: Part 2 of 2 (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Part 2: My Library’s Future – What is a MakerSpace and Deciding If Your Patrons Would Benefit From a 3D Printer. Paula Waak (Director, John Ed Keeter Public Library in Saginaw, TX) will provide information on what makes a MakerSpace. She will give examples of public and academic libraries that have MakerSpaces and how many of these MakerSpaces have a 3D Printer. She will also provide examples of library policies and fees to charge for 3D printers as well as some obstacles and lessons learned at her Saginaw library with staffing, budgeting, and general use issues with 3D printers. And last but certainly not least, Paula will give information about possible grant opportunities in this arena.

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May 28 (11 am–12 pm)

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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May 28 (2–3 pm)

Feeding a Need: Helping Youth Find Summer Meals (TechSoup)

Join us at this free webinar to learn about the Summer Food Service Program and how you and your organization can increase the numbers of youth who benefit from free meals in your community this summer. You can make a difference! The webinar will feature Michael Cox, Director of Public Services at the Pueblo City-County Library District, sharing his library's experience as a summer meals site. Plus Marnie Webb of Caravan Studios, who will talk about childhood hunger and resources to help reduce the hunger gap, including the new Range mobile app. Learn how your organization and supporters can download and use this app to help your community this summer.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://www.techsoupforlibraries.org/events

May 28 (2–3 pm)

Health Happens in Libraries: Technology Planning for eHealth (WebJunction)

As the intersection of digital technology and individual health management grows, patrons will turn to libraries to access digital resources and learn how to put technology to work for their health. A recent IMLS study showed that an estimated 37 percent of library computer users (28 million people) explore health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. Join the Health Happens in Libraries team to learn how public
libraries can leverage their technology infrastructure to better serve the health information needs of patrons. Participants will learn best practices and resources for eHealth technology planning for libraries of all sizes. Participants will also be introduced to strategies for communicating with community partners about their technology resources, and identifying ways to build eHealth services through collaboration.

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May 28 (3–4 pm)

45 Great FUNdraising Ideas in 60 Minutes (4Good)

Attend this fast paced webinar to take away as many as 45 great FUNdraising ideas - some new, some reminders - in annual appeals, special events, board giving and more. These are just some of the great FUNdraising ideas listing in "FUNdraising! 180+ Great Ideas to Raise More Money". The webinar is presented by the author, Jean Block, a fundraising pro with more than 45 years of experience.

For more information and to register for this program, visit: https://4good.org/jean-block/webinar-45- great-fundraising-ideas-in-60-minutes

May 29 (1–2 pm)

Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go: Career Conversations Employees Want (Training Magazine

Despite economic conditions, unemployment levels, or any other business factor imaginable, your best employees – the ones you need most – want one thing from you, plain and simple: to support their growth and development. Study after study confirms that development is the single most powerful tool managers have for driving engagement, retention, productivity, and results. Yet, HR leaders know that career development is frequently the thing that gets sidelined unless or until the organization demands that some form be submitted during regular review cycles. This session sheds a much needed light on specifically what managers can do – within the time-starved, priority-rich, pressure-cooker environment in which they operate – to support employees’ careers. And it comes down to this: engage in short, ongoing conversations with employees about their career options, needs, and passions. It’s really that simple... and that complex.

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May 30 (11 am–12 pm)

The Future of the Academic Library: 2013 Ithaka S+R Library Survey Results (GALE CENGAGE Learning)

Roger Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices at Ithaka S+R, will be speaking about the 2013 Ithaka S+R U.S. Library Survey, which tracks the strategic direction and leadership dynamics of academic library leaders. Join us to learn about the findings from this survey, which serve the higher education community as it confronts the changing role of the library in service of the information needs of researchers, instructors, and students.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: http://tinyurl.com/ohl8n7u