Free TECHNOLOGY webinars for August 2013

All times in Mountain Time


August 6 (10-11 am)

Blogging Beyond Book Recommendations (Washington State Library)

Most library blogs deliver excellent Reader Advisory Services, book recommendations and book lists. However, libraries provide more that books and our blogs could do a better job showcasing everything else that makes our libraries valuable and indispensable. Learn tips for making posts visually appealing, and ideas for inspiring your readers to keep coming back for more from Rosemary Washington, Library Associate at the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library.

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August 6 (1-2 pm)

YouTube for Nonprofits: 25 Strategies to Attract Donors (NonProfit Webinars)

Has your nonprofit posted any videos on YouTube? Why should you? We’ll examine how to create, post, embed, and drive traffic to videos – and photos – on YouTube and other social media sites. Learn how to do all these things for free or low cost. Learn what kinds of videos and photos to post, and how they can benefit you. We’ll examine how to build awareness, raise funds, recruit volunteers, spawn viral marketing, communicate effectively, build online communities, interact with constituents, and drive traffic to your website, blog, and social media. We’ll explore some interesting case studies. YouTube and other online videos are an effective way to connect with donors, build awareness for your cause, and raise more funds. What type of videos and content best connect with your donors and prospects? What steps do you need to take to incorporate YouTube in your fundraising strategy?

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August 7 (9-10 am)

Boopsie-Daisy, Easy-Peasy! One librarian’s experience with Boopsie mobile app development (Nebraska Library Commission)

Louise Alcorn, Reference Technology Librarian for the West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library, will recount her experiences earlier this year working with Boopsie, Inc. to create a library mobile app: why her library chose to go with a private developer instead of “DIY mobile app”, pros and cons of this decision, costs (money and time), their experience with the process, and why they’re glad they “went mobile”.

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August 12 (8-9 am)

Gamification and the Virtual Classroom (Insync Training)

Gamification is the utilization of game thinking and game mechanics in the training environment to engage learners and solve learning problems. Gamification and the virtual classroom is a trending topic in the learning and development community. Is gamification just points, badges, and leaderboards or is there more to it? What types of games are appropriate for the virtual classroom and what can we teach with games? This seminar will look at games that teach executive function skills such as planning, goal setting and prioritization. The session will also explore why these types of games are well-suited to the unique, collaborative environment of the virtual classroom.

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August 21 (9-10 am)

Libraries Lending eReaders (Nebraska Library Commission)

Lots of libraries lend eBooks, but did you know that some are also lending eReaders? As eBooks become more popular, patrons want to know more about the various devices they can use to access them. Join our panel of librarians as they share their experiences circulating eReaders at their libraries. Speakers: Karen Stuart, Columbus Public Library; Megan Boggs, Seward Memorial Library; Sara Lee, Central City Public Library; Susan Knisely, Nebraska Library Commission.

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August 21 (12-1 pm)

Website Accessibility 101 (Accessible Technology Coalition)

The Web Accessibility 101 webinar will cover: Foundational knowledge of building accessibility into your website and where to begin; What a screenreader is, what it does, and how it works; The three approaches an organization can take to achieve accessibility, and the single most sustainable option for large organizations; and And what Deque’s product solutions can do to help your organization meet website accessibility guidelines.

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August 26 (8-9 am)

Learning on Demand (Insync Training)

This session will introduce participants to the technologies that are shaping the future of the World Wide Web and how those technologies disrupt existing web based training design. Using the five key principles of the web, participants will explore how to design for a web that is evolving based on these principles in a way that is significantly different from existing design methods. This session will be based on the principles of Reuben Tozman’s new book, Learning on Demand: How the Evolution of Technology is Shaping the Future of Learning.

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August 27 (11-12 pm)

PowerPoint as a Graphics Editor: Simplified Visual Design for Elearning (Training Magazine)

How much time do you spend hunting for images or that just right graphic? What if a few strokes of a pen or the arrangement of a few simple shapes could convey the same message more effectively? Having an understanding of the basic principles of visual communication you’ll be able to replace words with pictures. We’ll discuss the visual cortex and how we use it every day to communicate. We’ll look at examples of perceived affordances, and how making subtle changes to your elearning graphics can be a powerful companion to the instruction. We’ll also look at techniques for creating on-demand graphics following basic visual communication principles.

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August 28 (9-10 am)

Tech Talk with Michael Sauers (Nebraska Library Commission)

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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August 29 (11-12:30 pm)

35 Free and Low Cost Tools Every Organization Should Know About (idealware)

What software tools are available to nonprofits at low or no cost that are actually worth using? How do you judge when tool really is low cost, as opposed to a pit of time and effort? We’ll walk through 35 software packages that are worth knowing about. We will also provide a framework for determining long term costs.

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