Still time to register for Handheld Librarian IV Online Conference

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Dear Colleague:

The most cost-effective professional development series for libraries continues next week with “Handheld Librarian IV” – an online conference on February 23 & 24, 2011. HHLIV features keynotes by digital information pundits Peter Brantley, Jeremy Kemp and Lee Rainie and 20 additional sessions focused on mobile library services.

The cost is only $69 to interact with impressive speakers and collaborate with colleagues from around the globe – and you participate from your desk! Attend with your entire team for only $99! There is still time to register by visiting:  http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

The Handheld Librarian IV online conference features highly interactive live sessions, as well as recorded content and relevant resources. Presenters will cover a broad range of topics that highlight current, evolving and future issues in mobile library services. HHLIV  also has program track with presentations by graduate library students.

Program tracks include:

•   e-books
•   location-based social networking
•   augmented reality
•   twitter
•   apps
•   device and OS trends
•   QR codes
•   reference
•   mobile trend spotting
•   mobile technologies impacting society
•   web/app development best practices

The complete program is available on the conference website at:

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/program

The Student Presentations are here:

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/student-presentations-ii

Sponsored by TAP Information Services and LearningTimes, this is the 12th in a series of unique events designed to bring high-quality, collaborative, professional development experiences to libraries – at the lowest possible cost. Thousands of library and education professionals have participated in previous events.

Note: if you can’t be there for the two full days, you may access individual session recordings for 6 months after the conference.

For more information and registration visit:

http://www.handheldlibrarian.org/

We hope to see you there!

John Walber for LearningTimes and TAP

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Meet the Community College Innovators of the Year

Please join us on Wednesday, February 23rd for an online celebration of the best work in community colleges over the past year. As a participant in the first “Innovator Showcase” you will interact and learn with 2010 Innovators of the Year – and take home valuable tools and skills you can put to work right away!

The program includes over 25 presentations by some of the brightest minds in the community college. Participants will also journey through the Virtual Expo hall to visit and explore each award winning innovation in detail. Topics include:

– Learning and Teaching
– Leadership and Organization
– Workforce Preparation and Development
– Student Services and Activities
– Basic Skills and Developmental Education
– Resource Development and Foundation Management
– Research, Assessment, and Accountability
– Sustainability

Keynote speaker, Dr. Mark Milliron, Deputy Director of Post
Secondary Improvement at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will engage attendees in a highly interactive plenary moderated by Jonathan Finkelstein, LearningTimes Executive Producer.

With the $25 coupon code below, your total cost is only $50, making this a cost-effective professional development experience. You may attend from a conference room with your colleagues for the same single $50 registration fee, and everyone may view session recordings for up to 6 months after the Showcase.

For more information and registration visit:

http://www.league.org/innovatorspotlight/

When prompted, enter coupon code “LT25F” to save $25.

This unique virtual event is produced by the League for Innovation in the Community College, Teaching Colleges and Community (TCC) and LearningTimes. The program is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

If you have any questions, please write to
league@learningtimes.com.

Library Innovations – $49 Online Conference

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The most cost-effective professional development series for libraries continues next week with “Innovation for Libraries in the 21st Century!”  – an online conference on May 12 from 11am to 6:30pm EDT (New York Time).

The cost is only $49 to interact with impressive speakers and collaborate with colleagues from around the globe – and you participate from your desk! Attend with your entire team for only $99! There is still time to register by visiting:

http://www.learningtimes.net/innovation/

The conference keynote is the dynamic Rich Harwood of the famed Harwood Institute. http://www.theharwoodinstitute.org/

Helene Blowers of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, Kitty Pope and Kendal Orrison from Alliance Library System are also featured.

Collaborative breakout workshops include:

* Coordinating a Social Media Presence for the Library – Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library

* Linking YOU to the World of Innovation Services – Houston Public Library panel

* Mayor of the Library: Foursquare and Location-Based Mobile Social Networks – Joe Murphy, Yale

* Innovations in Staff Development: Technology Training Wheels” – Beth Duttlinger, ALS

* Why Librarians Should Stay the Hell Away From Facebook” – Woody Evans, Tarrant County College

The complete program is available on the conference website at:

http://www.learningtimes.net/innovation/program-2

Sponsored by Alliance Library System and LearningTimes, this is the 10th in a series of unique events designed to bring high-quality, collaborative, professional development experiences to libraries – at the lowest possible cost. Note: if you can’t be there all day, you may access individual session recordings for 6 months after the conference.

For more information and registration visit:

http://www.learningtimes.net/innovation/

We hope to see you there!

John Walber for LearningTimes and ALS

Announcing Dec. 3, 2009 Blended Librarians Webcast: Digital Literacy, Digital Storytelling

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Blended Librarian Webcast: Collaborating With Faculty on Information Literacy Instruction: Using Visual Methods to Enhance Student Learning

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guests, Laurel Cornell and Carrie Donovan, invite you to join them for the live webcast, “Collaborating With Faculty on Information Literacy Instruction: Using Visual Methods to Enhance Student Learning” which will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 3 pm. EDT.

Event Description:
Students’ ability to create visual work is important in their understanding and learning of complex concepts. While visual literacy is a growing phenomenon of interest amongst librarians in a variety of settings, visual methods for teaching are centered around the learner’s ability to take in new knowledge and express it in an original, visual form. In this session, two members of Indiana University’s Visual Methods Research Group will explain their research in exploring visual teaching methods, as well as their collaborative efforts to integrate information literacy into an undergraduate course using visual methods.

Guest Presenter Bios:

Laurel Cornell, Professor of Sociology, Indiana University, spent the first two-thirds of her research career working in demography, gender and Japanese studies. She used quantitative historical data from villages in early modern Japan (1600-1868) to examine a variety of comparative questions relating to household structure, marriage, divorce, gender roles, aging, and mortality. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Social Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Professor Cornell returned to graduate school and received a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2003. She is interested in large public projects — especially those involving disused industrial sites — and in public art. In her teaching Professor Cornell emphasizes visual methods of learning and student involvement in the community (service-learning).

 

Carrie Donovan, Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University, is the librarian for Gender Studies and the Head of Teaching & Learning for the Indiana University Libraries, where she works with students, faculty, and instructors to connect the libraries to student learning. An instruction librarian for ten years, Carrie has explored a variety of methods and strategies for helping undergraduates understand information-seeking and their role in it. Her research areas of interest include visual teaching methods, discipline-focused information literacy, first year experience initiatives, and teacher development/training for librarians and future librarians.

Although this event is free, advance registration is required to reserve a virtual seat. If you are already a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community here is a link into the Learning Times Network that will get you to our Community and the registration page:

http://home.learningtimes.net/library?go=2266281

If you need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register (no fee to join):

1. Go to the Blended Librarian website at http://blendedlibrarian.org

2. Click on the “Join” button on the home page of Blendedlibrarian.org and follow the instructions.

3. When you reach the screen that asks for the “invitation key” enter the word: blended

4. After you receive confirmation of your Learning Times account you can return to this email message and use the link above for registered members of Learning Times. Click on the link, and then register on the next page (you may need to scroll down to see the register button).

5. We recommend that those participating in the webcast obtain a microphone or headset in order to make use of the VoIP technology that allows conversation between the speakers and participants. A microphone or headset is not required to participate.

6. Please plan on allowing yourself sufficient time to log in to the webcast on Dec. 3, 2009. If it is the first time attending a Learning Times event it may take a few extra minutes to log on to their Elluminate webcasting software. Once you have registered for the event you may wish to try the “test room” to make sure your computer is set up and ready to go the day of the webcast.

The New “Free Agent” Learner – Blended Librarians webcast

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Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guest, Julie Evans, invite you to join the next webcast, “Coming Soon to Campus: The New “Free Agent” Learner – Are You Ready?” on Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 3 pm. Eastern.

Event Description:

The dynamic profusion of emerging technologies, both in school and out of school, is propelling today’s K-12 students to make new demands on education institutions for technology-rich learning experiences and environments. Enabled, empowered and engaged, this next wave of students is bringing to college their own set of objectives for 21st century learning. Get a first hand glimpse into the activities, values and aspirations of tomorrow’s students through this webinar presentation by Project Tomorrow CEO, Julie Evans.

Julie Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow (http://www.tomorrow.org), a national education nonprofit organization (formerly known as NetDay). Project Tomorrow is dedicated to empowering K-12 students to have a larger voice in improving education and learning. Ms. Evans has been CEO of this organization since 1999. She is a Frances Hesselbein Community Innovation Fellow and a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on children, education, science and technology issues. In April 2008, Ms. Evans was named as one of the Top Ten Most Influential People in Education Technology over the past 10 years by eSchool News, a leading national education publication. This past year, Ms. Evans served on the Project Advisory Boards for both the 2009 Horizon Report for Higher Education and the 2009 K-12 Horizon Report.

Although this event is free, advance registration is required to reserve a virtual seat. If you are already a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community here is a link into the Learning Times Network that will get you to our Community and the registration page:

http://home.learningtimes.net/library?go=2256149

If you need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register (no fee to join):

1. Go to the Blended Librarian website at http://blendedlibrarian.org

2. Click on the “Join” button on the home page of Blendedlibrarian.org and follow the instructions.

3. After you receive confirmation of your Learning Times account you can return to this email message and use the link above for registered members of Learning Times. Click on the link, and then register on the next page (you may need to scroll down to see the register button).

4. We recommend that those participating in the webcast obtain a microphone or headset in order to make use of the VoIP technology that allows conversation between the speakers and participants. A microphone or headset is not required to participate.

5. Please plan on allowing yourself sufficient time to log in to the webcast on Oct. 22, 2009. If it is the first time attending a Learning Times event it may take a few extra minutes to log on to their Elluminate webcasting software. Once you have registered for the event you may wish to try the “test room” to make sure your computer is set up and ready to go the day of the webcast.

Free Smithsonian Online Conference on Climate Change

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LearningTimes is very pleased to invite you to another unique online conference sponsored by the Smithsonian.

The “Smithsonian Education Online Conference on Climate Change” is three-day, free, education online conference taking place September 29 through October 1, 2009. Register now at:

http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org/Climate

“Climate Change” sessions will be of special interest to educators, entire classrooms of engaged students, and to the general public. Throughout the conference, participants will explore Smithsonian research and collections related to the evidence, impact, and response to climate change. Alongside Smithsonian scientists and curators, you will look at the issues surrounding climate change from the perspectives of science, history, and art.

The conference will show the depth of research that the Smithsonian can bring to a current problem. Smithsonian scientists and other experts will lead participants in explorations of Smithsonian research on this important issue via live interactive presentations, moderated forums and demonstrations.

All of the conference sessions will be recorded for later viewing via the Web at:   http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org/climate

Among the many presenters are:

* Bert Drake, senior scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, who leads two major studies of the impact of atmospheric carbon dioxide on ecosystems
* Scott Wing, paleontologist at the National Museum of Natural History, who specializes in prehistoric plant life and its reactions to climate change
* Charles Duncan, collections specialist at the Archives of American Art, who will explore the intersections of art, communications, and ecology.
*Tricia Edwards, educator at the Lemelson Center at the National Museum of American History, who will focus on the work of young inventors concerned with sustainability issues.

Registration is open to everyone at:

http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/climate

which also features a blog about climate change and an archive of the first online conference, “Abraham Lincoln,” which attracted more than 3,000 participants on six continents.

Please write to si@learningtimes.net with any questions.

Virtual Worlds Libraries, Education, and Musuems Conference

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Friends:

I’m writing to ask for your support for an online conference that benefits
our dear friends at the Alliance Library System. I’m sure you will be struck
– as I was – by the amazing program they have put together for second annual
“Virtual Worlds: Libraries, Education and Museums Conference.” (VWLEM)  Here
are just a few of the topics:

“Designing for Emotion”

“Xeniversity: Teaching Classes and Students in Virtual Worlds”

“The Immersive Virtual Natural History Experience”

“Virtual Community Events, Narratives, and Cohesion Across International
Date/Time Lines (or, Sleep is for Babies)”

“CONTIL: Tunnels/Containers 2: Case Study of Virtual Worlds for Museums”

This unique gathering will be held entirely online April 24-25, 2009.

Registration is only $49 and helps cover costs for the operation of Alliance
Virtual Library in Second Life. For more information and to register, go to
the conference website at:

http://www.alliancelibraries.info/virtualworlds

VWLEM provides a gathering place for librarians, information professionals,
educators, museologists, and others to learn about and discuss the
educational, informational, and cultural opportunities of virtual worlds.

Keynote speakers include:

Jeremy Kemp, San Jose State University

Jeremy is best known for SLOODLE his instructional technology project
connecting Moodle and Second Life. He is an instructional designer at San
José State University and keeps the official wiki for educators using the
Second Life immersive environment — www.simteach.com.

Anders Gronstedt of the Gronstedt Group

Anders helps global companies like Dell, Sun Microsystems, Jamba Juice,
Volvo Cars, Ericsson and ADT improve workplace performance. He is the host
of the weekly “Train for Success”  meetings in Second Life – and his
articles have appeared in the Harvard Business Review.

Bryan Carter, University of Central Missouri

Bryan has taught in Second Life for several years and has been involved in
the design and develop of several islands in Second Life, including Virtual
Harlem and Virtual Montmarte.

Please visit the conference website for the complete program, schedule and
and registration:

http://www.alliancelibraries.info/virtualworlds

Conference sponsors are Alliance Library System, TAP Information Services,
and LearningTimes.

We hope you will join us online!