Free mobile learning/education webinar

February 16, 2010

Sorry for the late notice, this just came across my desk.
As far as I can see, it is free.

Mobile Learning Fundamentals: Innovation Showcase and Real-World Examples – Presented by A.J. Ripin with special guest, Dr. David Metcalf

The way that we live, work, play, and learn is being impacted by the increasing mobility of our global society. As leaders, it is our responsibility to design for the needs of our changing audience. Learn the key trends and technologies that are fast emerging to meet the challenges and changes of today and tomorrow.

Come hear this conversation as we explore advanced concepts like mobile performance support, compliance, games and simulations, location awareness, transcoding, mobile social networking and collaboration. Learn firsthand how world leaders from industry, academia, military and organizations like Google, Microsoft, Tyco International, Tufts University and others are delivering value through Mobile Learning content.

“Mind over Technology” – The value of content design in “mobile education” – Presented by Supra Manohar, EVP Emantras

The discussion of mobility in education has primarily focused on technology and devices. It is critical to understand that the maturation of the market is driving the need for understanding content design and why it is probably one of the most critical aspects of any mobile learning initiative.

Understanding how we learn in specific environments is critical to learning design. Using online content without pedagogical modifications within mobile environments probably does not work. The primary thrust of mobile education must be the design of the content and utilization of technology to deliver this content. This presentation will explore learning design for mobile environments and critical factors that need to be considered for a successful initiative (relative to content).

Drupal basics for librarians

February 8, 2010

Class size is limited. Live interactive demo, too!

As the Open Source and Free Software movements gain ground, more and more open-source options are becoming available to libraries. In this two-hour online class, will discuss what Open Source does and doesn’t mean, and will introduce a variety of different types of library applications (with an emphasis on web site tools) for which there are open-source versions available.

Yay, I’m teaching… (again)….

Technology Essentials Online Conference (Free!)

January 11, 2010
This just came through my twitterstream:
This webinar is part of WebJunction’s Technology Essentials 2010 Online Conference. This innovative conference is a chance to engage, network and do some hands-on learning without travel or any registration cost.
Date: 2/9/2010, 2/10/2010
Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Time: 6:00 PM
WebJunction is hosting a free two-day online conference. The theme for this inaugural event is Technology Essentials, with a focus on practical and timely strategies for leveraging technology to help you in a wide range of library services and operations, including:
* Staff training
* Marketing
* Outreach, funding, advocacy
* Services and programming
* Technology planning
* Virtual libraries
* Your library’s web presence

w3c cheat sheet

November 25, 2009

“This cheatsheet aims at providing in a very compact and mobile-friendly format a compilation of useful knowledge extracted from W3C specifications — at this time, CSS, HTML, SVG and XPath —, completed by summaries of guidelines developed at W3C, in particular the WCAG2 accessibility guidelines, the Mobile Web Best Practices, and a number of internationalization tips.

Its main feature is a lookup search box, where one can start typing a keyword and get a list of matching
properties/elements/attributes/functions in the above-mentioned specifications, and further details on those when selecting the one of interest.”

Reflections on training

November 16, 2009

Sigh, I will never agree to do anything on Monday again — it’s just too difficult. Anyhow, I will post the ppt to the cataloging tools presentation shortly.

Considering how much training I’ve done over the years (some by choice, some not), I know a few things about teaching and training:

  1. You can’t train the untrainable — We all meet people who are disengaged and stuck (in a class, in a job, in a…. ) Sometimes as a teacher/mentor/friend/colleague, you can help get them unstuck (it takes a giant spatula, though!) Other times, no hope. A trainee/student has got to meet you part way (see #2).
  2. Prize — What is the reward for learning, the motivating factor? Pride in doing a better job? Ability to be more autonomous? Greater self confidence? More responsibility? A good grade? A certificate? A promotion? Intellectual curiosity? Something to list on the resume and thus a better job? Donuts? If there is no reward for learning, you will have a much harder time teaching.
  3. Learning styles — both yours and those that you are teaching. Laugh if you want (and I have a colleague who laughs at this notion, btw), but if you have a predominantly visual learner (I’m visual and kinetic) and you talk to them all of the time, guess what? They are literally NOT hearing you. If you are teaching a group, try to have some text and visuals, do talk or use multimedia, and finally, give them an exercise or 2 to do if possible. Quick tip to identity the 3 basic learning types:
    • Visual learners will often say — show me or I need to see that. They want handouts, procedures, and visuals. They will often communicate in visuals — notes, emails, drawings.
    • Auditory learners will often say — let’s talk about this. They want to talk through the problem.
    • Kinetic learners will often say — I need to do this. Show me how and then let me do this. They want to work through the problem. For many, this is a physical working out. Try one piece of the puzzle, doesn’t fit, try the next. Apprenticeships and shadowing are often helpful.
    • Most of us are not just one learning type, but a mix. However, the predominant learning type is one key to successful training.
  4. Teaching/training is hard. Regardless of field, anyone who is a manager/supervisor IS a trainer/teacher and should have some basic understandings of the foundations of teaching. As a whole, unfortunately, our society seems to think that anyone can teach with little to no training (except for perhaps, those who are actually going into a dedicated teaching profession). Teach WELL? There’s a different story entirely.
  5. Teaching/training is a 2 way street. Not only do they need to MEET you part of the way (see #1), but you must meet them part of the way, too. Good teachers listen to (and solicit) feedback from their students.

Anyhow, a few quick thoughts as I get ready to talk about training.

COMO presentations

October 12, 2009

Visit/join the official COMO Ning network. You can view resources shared by COMO presenters and participants; in addition, join in or start your own conversation about a conference session. Ning members may also post events such as meetups for specific groups of librarians or meetings that may be taking place during the conference.

Survey reminder!

May 3, 2009

We’d love a few more survey participants. Feel free to share.
Do you do metadata or cataloging training? Are you a trainee or a library or information science student? Archivist? Librarian?
We could really use your help — 1 quick survey and help our research. Here is your chance to speak your mind about your training experiences!

Survey on Cataloging/Metadata Training (please help!)

April 10, 2009

Would you please share with appropriate lists and colleagues?
Many thanks.

This message has been cross-posted to several lists. Please excuse duplication.

Metadata and Cataloging Training Survey link

We are conducting a survey on training in the cataloging field which for the purposes of this survey includes all forms of metadata generation or correction for bibliographic use.

Catalogers include professional and paraprofessional staff, as well as Library/Information Science students who are doing work as a practicum or field of study.

The idea for the survey came about in the course of discussion between two managers/trainers at the University of Georgia: Beth Thornton and Robin Fay. Robin has created a multi-media introduction to the UGA Cataloging Department and Beth has been experimenting with using .mp3 files for feedback on record review.

While post-it notes and red pencils still figure prominently in our training repertoire, we are looking for new ideas and things that people at other institutions have hit upon, whether tried-and-true or still in the experimental stages.

Please take a few minutes to respond to our survey
before May 6, 2009. It should take 10-15 minutes to complete. Many thanks.

This survey is posted by Beth Thornton, Head, Serials Cataloging and Robin Fay, Head, Database Maintenance, University of Georgia Libraries. No information will be linked to any individual or institution.

New digital music system from Indiana University

March 31, 2009

this sounds kind of interesting….

Indiana University recently released the Variations digital music library system as free, open source software.

Trial version of the Variations client software is available here (as well as a link to a browser-based streaming audio player:

For more information about the project: