RAILS Member Announcements
Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs
Facilitated by Jennifer Velásquez
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014
"Teens want a place that welcomes them; they want a role in decision-making, a place that responds to their needs, where they can congregate, socialize, and have a relationship with adults that care about them, who are not their teachers or parents," says Jennifer Velásquez, Coordinator of Teen Services for the San Antonio Public Library System (TX), and a 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In this eCourse, Velásquez will present practical strategies for giving teens the lead in developing high-appeal collections and services. Through lectures, readings and interactive assignments, you will also learn how to draw from the insights of teens to create an online presence that is both relevant and effective.
After taking this course you will be able to:
- Identify and overcome possible internal and external barriers to teen library programming
- Position teens for success in program development and implementation
- Design teen-friendly library spaces
- Publicize your library and services effectively with social media and the web
In addition to her role in the San Antonio Public Library System, Jennifer Velásquez is a lecturer in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University (CA). In 2005, she was awarded the New York Times Librarian Award in recognition of her work in teen library services. She also received the La Promesa Award for Outstanding Programming to Latino Youth from The National Latino Children's Institute in 1996.
Free, interactive, streaming video broadcasts
The Future of Libraries: What’s Your Vision?
Thursday, January 9, 2014
What challenges and changes lie ahead for our libraries? In "The Future of Libraries: What's Your Vision?" our panel will look into the crystal ball and discuss the possibilities, led by moderator David Lee King, digital branch and services manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. Please tune in Thursday, January 9 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go. Joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be:
Still time to register for these popular eCourses!
Copyright for Teachers and Librarians
4-week facilitated eCourse
Teaching Information Literacy to College Students
Thursday, January 16, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Fremont Public Library, 1170 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL 60060
Join us for an overview of the best children's books of 2013 that you might have missed, and a preview of great new books for the New Year that you won't want to miss. Books from preschool through middle school interest will be discussed. Teachers and librarians can earn 2 CPDU's for attending this free program, which is also open to interested parents and adults. A light snack will be provided. Space is limited. Register on our website: https://il.evanced.info/fremont/lib/eventcalendar.asp, or call us at 847-918-3218.
Basic American Sign Language
for Library Staff
Facilitated by Kathy MacMillan
Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014
Ideal for those without previous experience, in this eCourse, librarian and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, helping participants improve library services.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In this workshop, Lear, author of Adult Programs in the Library, Second Edition, will show you how to build programs that align with your library's mission, priorities, and service plan. He will demonstrate how to assess your community's needs so your programs respond to what's unique about your community and in demand among your library's patrons.
Still time to register for this popular workshop!
How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
When you've got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance. Information literacy expert Steiner will show you how five minutes of skilled, targeted assessment is all you need to give you a precise understanding of students' needs, learning, and retention. Drawing from real-life examples, Steiner will discuss how to write the best assessment questions and use inexpensive survey tools to gauge learning while you interact with students.
with Polly-Alida Farrington
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014
In this eCourse skilled web developer Farrington will guide you in applying WordPress tools and functionality to library content. You will learn the nuts and bolts of building a library website that is both user-friendly and easy to maintain.
- Ability to use WordPress to build and manage your library website
- Understanding how WordPress organizes content types
- Skills to effectively apply your WordPress knowledge to library content
- Ability to use navigation and other features to create a user-friendly website structure
Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources
Facilitated by Diane Kovacs
Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014
E-government tools and resources bring many people to your library for such activities as filing and paying taxes online, locating Medicare/Medicaid providers and reviews, checking student loan status, and much more. This hands-on eCourse covers the best sites to begin researching for government information in general and specifically for business, healthcare, genealogy, history, current government, legal, regulatory, taxes, retirement, insurance, and state and local government information.
Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today's information seekers expect. If you're interested in how discovery services work and how you can get the most out of them, you won't want to miss the upcoming American Libraries Live episode with an expert panel.
Tune in Thursday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.Joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be:
• Gwen Evans, Executive Director of OhioLINK
• Courtney Greene, Head, Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University
• Edward Smith, Executive Director, Abilene Library Consortium
To receive e-mail reminders, register at http://goo.gl/t3Q19x or just go to www.americanlibrarieslive.org at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at www.americanlibrarieslive.org shortly after it concludes.
With thanks to EBSCO for generously sponsoring this episode. EBSCO Discovery Service brings together the most comprehensive collection of content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text and the entire library collection—all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience. www.ebsco.com.
AL Live is the popular free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries, covering library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat and get immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. Find out more, including how to catch upcoming episodes, at http://www.americanlibrarieslive.org .
Upcoming AL Live broadcasts in 2014 include:
January 9, 2014: The Future of Libraries
February 13: The Library Website
March 13: E-Books: The Present and Future
April 10: Copyright Conundrum
Posted By Mary Mackay