September 22, 2010

Starting Next Week - Free Classes for Public Librarians

Through the Opportunity Online Hardware Grant Program lots of online classes are being offered to public librarians in New Hampshire (and a few other states) for FREE. The classes are coming up quickly so don't delay. Topics include Advocacy, E-Resources, Social Marketing, and Technology. You may register for as many classes as you want by completing the registration form.

Advocacy: What is it? (Live Online)
This two-hour class introduces the concept of advocacy and will lay the foundation for the following three sessions in this track.
October 12 (10:00 AM-NOON)

Advocacy: The Media (Live Online)
This two-hour class covers what media attention can and cannot do for your library.
October 15 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Advocacy: Community (Live Online)
This two-hour class focuses on ways to inform others about library programs, upcoming events and required resources.
September 27(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Advocacy: Public Officials (Live Online)
This two-hour class covers how to pinpoint your officials’ priorities, shape your message, and draw public officials into your library to raise its visibility.
September 30 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Basic Surveys for Librarians (Live Online)
In this two-hour class, students will explore survey design basics, and learn a variety of ways in which surveys can be distributed for completion, including the use of Web 2.0 tools.
September 28 (10:00 AM- NOON)

E-Resource Licensing: Overview and How-to for the Non-Lawyer (Live Online)
During this two-hour class, participants will become familiar with the basic parts of a resource license; gain experience reading license terms with special attention paid to permissions; learn how to spot limitations and exclusions in the language, as well as how to avoid getting stuck with an unfavorable license.
October 5 (10:00 AM-NOON)
October 18 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

E-Resource Wrangling: An Introduction to ERMS (Live Online)
This two-hour class is a basic introduction to Electronic Resource Management Systems (ERMS), their capabilities and its limitations.
September 27 (10:00 AM-NOON)
October 8 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Marketing Your Library Services Using Social Networking Tools (Live Online)
This two-hour class explores social bookmarking tools and discusses the possibilities for social bookmarking in libraries.
October 20 (10:00 AM-NOON)
November 9 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Podcasting for Libraries (Live Online)
This two-hour class explores what makes up a podcast, what happens behind the scenes, and how libraries are using it as a promotional tool.
October 26 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Blogs for Libraries (Live Online)
This two-hour class introduces blogs and their characteristics, and explores ways that libraries are using blogs for outreach and promotion.
October 1 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
October 4 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

RSS for Libraries (Live Online)
This two-hour class explores how to create, use, and promote an RSS feed; what is an aggregator and how to use it; what makes RSS so unique; and how libraries are using it.
October 11 (10:00 AM-NOON)
October 22 (10:00 AM-NOON)

The Library As Place (Live Online)
This two-hour class looks at how advances in technology have influenced teaching styles, research methods, student socialization, and collaborative methods within and between institutions.
October 15 (10:00 AM-NOON)

Twitter Basics (Live Online)
In this two-hour class students will learn what Twitter is and why there is so much talk and tweeting going on about it.
October 21 (10:00 AM-NOON)
November 9 (10:00 AM-NOON)

Instant Messaging for Communication, Reference, and Outreach in Libraries
(Live Online)
This two-hour class discusses the pros and cons of Instant Messaging for chat reference and other uses, such as collaboration with colleagues and outreach to the community.
October 23 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
November 5 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

Libraries and Services Going Mobile: Handheld Services for Libraries (Live Online) In this two-hour class you'll learn how libraries are using mobile devices—cell phones, pda’s, etc., as marketing tools and as a way to keep patrons informed about library services.
October 23 (10:00 AM-NOON)
November 4 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

LibraryThing for Libraries and You (Live Online)
In this two-hour class, you’ll learn about LibraryThing, a social cataloging and social networking Web site, that is available to use as a cataloging tool.
October 13 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

The Gamut of Google (Live Online)
This two-hour class will guide you through some of the Google applications that can enhance your web experience and help you serve patrons more effectively.
October 22 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
November 5 (10:00 AM-NOON)

Trends in Technology (Live Online)
In this two-hour class you will key in on important technology trends and new developments. October 27 (2:00 PM-4:00 PM)
November 4 (10:00 AM-NOON)

Open Source For Your Library's Web Site (Live Online)
In this two-day class, you will discuss what Open Source does and doesn’t mean, and get introduced to a variety of library applications (with an emphasis on web site tools) for which there are open-source versions available.
October 13-14(2:00 PM-4:00 PM)

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