Makerspaces in the Library: How to plan for success! – October 11, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm CDT
Implementing a makerspace into your library’s services can be a challenging and exciting project for public, special, school and academic librarians alike. This course will utilize feedback from other successful makerspaces, and look at how makerspaces can be designed to promote library services already in place. We will also be talking about what it means to be innovative and interdisciplinary with your library’s programming. Library services should be reevaluated on a regular basis and interpreted liberally with planning your makerspace. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4645.
Know & Go: Ransomware – October 30, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CDT
Wanna Cry, a 2017 computer attack, is an example of ransomware. The attackers demanded $300 for every computer it infected. If the money was not paid within 7 days, all files on that computer were deleted. But what is ransomware and how does it work? More importantly, is there anything we can do to prevent it? In this session, we’ll take a few minutes to delve into the darker side of the Internet, specifically ransomware. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4694.
Getting Started with Grant Writing – November 2, 2017, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm CDT
In a time when budgets are shrinking, more and more libraries are turning to external funding, such as grants, to help fund special initiatives, projects, or services. If you have never written a grant proposal before, it can be a daunting task to keep track of all the required forms and documents in addition to finding a funding source. In this course, we will learn about what makes up a strong grant proposal, the typical grant review process, and how to ease into the world of grants by identifying sources for funding. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/3135.
Social Media Close-Up: LinkedIn – November 3, 2017, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm CDT
LinkedIn, the professional social network, provides a great networking and career-building opportunity for librarians. It also allows for sharing of information, blog posts, and presentations. Join us to discover the little known features of LinkedIn. In this course, we will identify ways to utilize LinkedIn in your library and career. We will also explain how to sign up and use LinkedIn and will discuss possible privacy concerns. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/3874.
Know & Go: Thanks for Technology – November 13, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST
Get yourself in a positive mood before the holidays. In this session, we’ll discuss what types of technologies have made your personal and professional lives easier this past year. Come ready to share your favorite. Who knows? You might walk away with even more reason to be grateful for technology! Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4515.
The Tor Browser – November 14, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
You’ve heard of Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome browsers, but have you heard of Tor? The Tor browser focuses on privacy. It blocks others from seeing the websites you go to and from seeing your physical location, and allows you to see blocked websites. Get an inside view of how this browser works, how it is different from popular browsers, and how it might help you at work or at home. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4719.
Myers-Briggs at Work – December 1, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is one of many personality tests that helps you understand yourself and people around you. We will start with a quick overview of Myers-Briggs, and then start to relate it to the workplace. Understanding your MBTI, as well as those of your co-workers, can open up communications between you. Before attending this class, be sure to have your MBTI. If you don’t know it, you can take a freely-available test at https://www.onlinepersonalitytests.org/mbti. If you have the MBTI for others, bring them as well. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4720.
Know & Go: Deciphering Music Preferred Titles – December 11, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST
Catalogers, increasingly given the task of cataloging music audio recordings and scores, are brought into contact with music preferred titles (AACR2 uniform titles). This Know & Go will help catalogers to better understand these access points and the RDA instructions for formulating them. Among the topics to be covered: the purpose of preferred titles; distinctive and non-distinctive music titles; when and how to add medium of performance; numeric designation of a musical work and key to preferred titles. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4655.
Using Trello for Project Management – December 13 – 14, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm CST
Trello is a freely-available, easy-to-use, web-based project management service. It can help you keep yourself organized at work, as well as at home. You can use it yourself, or with groups or teams of people. In this class, we’ll use Trello to set up basic projects, work with some of its more advanced functionality, and discuss how you might use it yourself. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4727.
Know & Go: The Dark Web – December 18, 2017, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm CST
Dark Web has the star quality and luster of a Hollywood movie, but in reality, it is a den of inequity operated by the technically sophisticated. The more “google’ized” we have become as investigators and researchers, the less we understand what is going on behind the scenes and how to operate in this world. This class will introduce the dark web and channels that are used to institute private sales and exchanges. Our class will explore dark web channels for content, learn some of the specialized search engines to attempt searching in this venue, and learn the lingo of this underworld. Register today at: https://www.amigos.org/node/4717.
You can view our entire course schedule at: http://www.amigos.org/continuing_education.