Monthly Archives: December 2011

Online Tutorials by Infopeople

Title:  Developing Online Tutorials for Patron and Staff Instruction  (An Infopeople Online Course)

Dates:  Tuesday, January 31, 2012 – Monday, February 27, 2012

To register for this course:  Click the link to Online Registration at:

Fee:  $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

From library tours to task-oriented skill building and staff training, this course will provide options for developing effective online tutorials. Unleash your creative juices to maximize use of resources and services by producing engaging online tutorials for your patrons and staff!

Have you ever found yourself explaining or demonstrating the same process over and over to users or staff?     Ever wished you could refer users to online sources for standard information and skill-building, freeing your time to address more in-depth questions?     Do you know of a particular service or resource that challenges your users or staff?     Could your online videos and screencasts reach a larger user community?

This course will provide a structure for developing short online tutorials targeted to specific library users, staff, applications, services, and resources. Through an exploration of available free and industry-leading tools, we will examine the process for creating online tutorials, promoting their availability, incorporating them into training programs, and reusing content and assets in your tutorial development efforts. We will examine the use of screencasting to produce video-based modules that can be accessed both within the library and from remote locations via the web.

The Hopeful Workplace (coming to a library near you)

Title:  The Hopeful Workplace

Presenters:  George Needham and Joan Frye Williams

Format:  Webinar

Date:  Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge and registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to

For more information and to participate in the Tuesday, January 17, 2012 webinar, go to

Database demos, job search tutorials, and staff development, too!

We’ve just uploaded several interesting things onto the site.  PLP is getting ready to negotiate our database subscription offers.  To make a good recommendation for your library, make sure that you participate.  This opportunity closes January 31st, 2012.  Here’s the link:

San Francisco Public Library just shared their video tutorials for job seekers.  These may serve as a good example of something to create for your own library, or you may be able to use them for your patrons.   The videos are in English, Chinese, and Spanish, and cover career-seeking, job sites, and resume creation.

The PLP Annual Staff Development Report is up.  Read it to find out how much they managed to accomplish with this year’s round of successful workshops.

Newest Facebook sensation (for librarians anyway)

If you are involved in libraries, and if you are on Facebook, no doubt this link has popped up in some way on your page.  It depicts foxy guys professing their love for libraries and books.  Check it out here.  My personal favorite follows:

Hey girl

Overdrive and the fine print

The Librarian in Black has an illuminating post about some detective work that fellow librarian Ryan Claringbole undertook regarding Overdrive.  In a nutshell, Overdrive is limiting e-book catalog options depending on how patrons are authenticated in each library system.  It’s in the contract, so they aren’t doing anything wrong, but is it right?  Read the whole story here.  What do you think about these kinds of practices in our libraries?  Do you think libraries have the right to be upset if they sign the contract?  Is there another up and coming option to Overdrive?