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The Future of Libraries 10.0: Libraries Fostering Communities

Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
Location: San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Fee: $25 registration fee

Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 10.0 is the latest in an annual series of one-day conferences which highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Libraries Fostering Communities, with the following sessions and planned speakers:

Pop-Up Libraries and Programs: Big Lift Little Libraries (Nicole Pasini, San Mateo County), PULSE /Pop-Up Libraries for Everyone (Lisa Harris, Alameda County Library), Pop Up Story Times (Cheryl Lee, formerly of Palo Alto City Library), Bike Library (Mana Tominaga, Oakland Public Library)

ESL Conversation Clubs: Mountain View (Emily Weak), Santa Clara City (Hilda Lopez), Sunnyvale (Christine Mendoza)

Mobile Self-Publishing (Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library)

Bicycle ProgramsBike Fix-it Station (Paul Sims, Mountain View Public Library), Bike Tours (Michele Rowic, San Jose Public Library)

Seed Libraries (Sally Thomas, Hayward Public Library, and a community volunteer)

SoundSwell Local Music Project (Diane Cowen, Santa Cruz Public Libraries)

Reverse Required Reading (Jennifer Laredo, Los Gatos Public Library): encouraging influential adults in the community to connect with teens through teen literature

For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=530 .

Black Belt Librarian Workshop

See our previous post on the details of the Black Belt Librarian Workshop.  There are still openings!  Again, this workshop is open to ALL staff levels, so please get the word out to everyone, from Aides and Pages to Librarians and Senior Staff.

Black Belt Librarian

Registration is now open for:

The Black Belt Librarian: Library Security in the Real World
The 2014 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee
Presenter: Warren Graham

Two sessions of the same workshop:
Tuesday, April 22, Castro Valley Library (Alameda County) and
Wednesday, April 23, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library (San Jose)
Both sessions 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00)
$20 registration fee
This workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Do you ever have to handle scary situations with library patrons? In this workshop, library security expert Warren Graham (author of The Black Belt Librarian) will teach you techniques to keep yourself and your library safe when those situations arise.

You will learn:
·       How to approach a perfect stranger and advise them of a rule in a way that will ensure compliance AND keep you and other staff safe
·       How to physically ensure your safety by using your physical surroundings to protect yourself and managing your proximity to patrons
·       How to recognize a patron’s level of emotion
·       When to call for help
·       The essential elements of a workable library security program

Presenter Warren Graham is a nationally renowned expert on day-to-day library security procedures. He has been a security professional for over twenty-five years and has traveled across the United States helping libraries of all sizes control their work environment, including presentations for Infopeople and other library groups. Warren spent seventeen years as the Security and Safety Manager for the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, so he is well aware of the problems that front-line library staff experience on a daily basis. He is the author of The Black Belt Librarian: Real World Safety & Security.

The April 22 workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station.

The April 23 workshop will be held in a meeting room at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the main library of San Jose Public Library.  The Fourth Street Garage is across the street from the library

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=512 (Castro Valley) or http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=513 (San Jose).

Libraries and Common Core Standards Webinar–Tomorrow!

A webinar reminder from Infopeople.  Please let your staff and colleagues know about this event!

Title:  Public Libraries and the Common Core Curriculum: Resources
Presenter:  Kathleen Odean
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

·        Did you know Common Core standards require that, by 12th grade, 70% of student reading be nonfiction?

·        Are you looking for ways to strengthen your collection and programming to meet these new needs?

·        How can you help students and their parents understand the Common Core standards and find resources related to it?

One of the exciting aspects of the new Common Core standards is their emphasis on nonfiction, which is better than ever for young people. This gives public libraries a great opportunity to highlight their nonfiction holdings and integrate them into programming, booklists, and more. Public libraries can also be instrumental in guiding students and their parents through the maze of information about the standards and what they mean.

During this webinar, participants will learn ways to improve and promote their nonfiction collections, especially in the areas of science and history. The program will review Common Core text complexity guidelines and introduce resources related to the standards.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

·        Be able to identify ways to strengthen nonfiction collections for Common Core

·        Be familiar with Common Core text complexity concepts

·        Be able to articulate four ways to help parents and their children with the Common Core

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff working with children and Young Adults, literacy staff and volunteers, school librarians, directors, principals, library assistants, library school students, teachers, and reading teachers.

For more information and to participate in the December 3 webinar, go to https://infopeople.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=235.

Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Reader’s Advisory Infopeople Course

 If you’ve never taken a course in Reader’s Advisory, you really should.  And for those green librarians in your libraries who are just starting out, it’s invaluable.  Once you get a flair for it, doing RA is one of the most fun and rewarding aspects of librarianship (in this writer’s opinion, anyway). 

Readers’ Advisory Fundamentals
An Infopeople online course, August 20, 2013 to September 16, 2013

Do you find yourself recommending the same book, or few books, over and over when a library user asks for suggestions? When approached by someone who wants to hear about good books in a genre you don’t know or appreciate, do you go looking for a staff member who does? In this course instructor Francisca Goldsmith will introduce you to:

·        Readers’ advisory interview techniques

·        Appeal factors in fiction and nonfiction

·        Recognizing coworkers and community members as collaborators in readers advisory

·        Measuring user satisfaction in readers advisory services

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

For a complete course description and to register go to http://infopeople.org/training/readers-advisory-fundamentals-0

NOTE: This course is approved as covering the Adult Reader’s Advisory competencies for the LSSC program in conjunction with Beyond Books: Advanced Reader’s Advisory.

Libraries Re-imagined: A PLP Staff Development Committee Workshop

The Future of Libraries 9.0: Libraries Re-imagined
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, October 9, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$35 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 9.0 is the ninth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Libraries Re-imagined, with the following sessions and presenters:

The Digital Public Library of America: how DPLA “brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world”.

Presenter: Luis Herrera, DPLA board member and San Francisco City Librarian

Minimally Staffed Libraries: Livermore’s Easy Access Library and Alameda County’s REACH Ashland Youth Center library.

Presenters: Nathan Brumley, Livermore Public Library; Gary Morrison, Alameda County Library

A Library-Developed eBook Platform: Enki, one year later: A progress report on the new Enki eBook platform, developed by Contra Costa County Library and Califa, and now up and running at several libraries.

Presenters: Elliot Warren, Contra Costa County Library, and other presenters to be determined later

Maker Spaces in Libraries: exciting new projects at the Mountain View and Sunnyvale libraries.

Presenters: Ann Awakuni and Paul Sims, Mountain View Public Library; Rachel Collier and Kate Gaidos, Sunnyvale Public Library

Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=509 .

Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data

Who wouldn’t like to be able to sort through that Census data more quickly?  Amaze your colleagues and your patrons, and find the answers in just moments, and sign up for this free webinar.

Title:  Five Clicks (or Fewer) to Census Data
Presenter:  Linda Clark
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific

NOTE: This entire webinar will consist of “hands-on” exercises using Census Bureau online tools and data from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. We strongly urge you to print the handouts in advance.

American FactFinder Part 1 of 2

Do you need to know:

•How to create a mash-up map of the population and economic data of your city?

•The educational attainment level of Asians in different cities in California?

•The number of people in your county with health insurance coverage?
Linda Clark, data dissemination specialist for the U. S. Census Bureau, will guide you through the latest version of the American FactFinder database.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will be able to:

•Quickly find the most current population for any city or county in the U.S.

•Obtain basic counts of people in specific categories

•Drill down to find rich topical data for your community at low levels of geography

•Locate tables that cross-tabulate broad subject areas with local race, ethnic, and tribal groups

•Answer most user inquiries in five clicks or fewer!

This webinar will be of interest to public libraries, medical libraries, law libraries, school and university libraries, reference desk staff, and all others engaged in providing customer service to people needing Census data.

Part 2 of this webinar will introduce you to even more detailed ways of accessing data in the American FactFinder and will be presented on Wednesday, August 14, 2013.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 10, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/five-clicks-census-data-part-1.  Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar within 30 of the start of the event. If you pre-registered you will receive an email with login link and a reminder email the day before the event. If you did not preregister and you can register in the 30 minutes prior to the event and directly enter.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

Another Great Staff Development Committee Workshop Coming Up!

Registration is now open for Dealing with change in the public library workplace, the 2013 Spring Workshop of the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee, with presenter Enid Berman.

Tuesday, March 12, 9:00 am – 12 noon (sign-in 8:30 – 9:00), at the Castro Valley Library (Alameda County).

The cost is only $15, and this workshop is appropriate for all levels of library staff.

Constant change continues to be a fact of life for library staff. Many library staffers have taken on new, unfamiliar duties due to diminished staffing and staff turnover. In some cases, we are no longer doing more with less, but actually LESS with less. Meanwhile, many libraries are offering new computerized services, with patrons expecting staff to help them use those services on a wide variety of electronic devices. The pace of change can be dramatic and intense.

This workshop will give participants practical strategies to adapt to change in ways that are healthy and successful. You will learn to deal with unexpected new duties, diminished capacity to provide services, learning new roles on the fly and other issues related to change in the library workplace.

Presenter Enid Berman is a popular trainer, public speaker and curriculum designer with over twenty years of experience in management and training. She’s aware of the rapid and dramatic changes occurring in libraries today and will review your experiences and discuss actions that you have control over. Enid has designed many workshops for national training organizations. She has worked with a number of libraries and library organizations, including Infopeople, Biblioteca, and the San Jose and Redwood City public libraries. She has led several previous workshops for the PLP Staff Development Committee. A video of Enid’s 2010 workshop for the Staff Development Committee can be viewed at http://rurallibraries.org/video/enid/index.html.

The workshop will held in the meeting room of the Castro Valley Library, a branch of the Alameda County library system.  On-site parking is available, and the library is close to the Castro Valley BART station. 

For more details and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=488.

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff Webinar

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff webinar, presented by Stanley Strauss, Wednesday, December 12, 2012, Noon Pacific Time

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Please note: we have changed hosting services from WebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, December 12, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/basic-graphic-design

For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective.

During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will know:

•The 3 basic elements of graphic design and how they work together.

•The 7 pieces of information that should be on every library publication.

•How to make publications readable and error free.

•How to find and use type fonts effectively.

•How to find, move and manipulate images.

•The relationship between good graphic design and great customer service.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived

For more webinar tips, see: http://infopeople.org/webinar/tips

The Future of Libraries

Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 8.0: Creating Our Own Future
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 8.0 is the eighth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Creating Our Own Future, with the following sessions:

Open Source ILS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Learn about the experiences of local public libraries that have moved to Koha and Evergreen open-source integrated library systems. Presenters: Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library; Stacy DeMatteo, formerly Salinas Public Library and now with Naval Postgraduate School Library; Ann Young, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Library-Managed E-book Platforms, with a focus on Califa’s new project.  Presenters: Heather Teysko, Califa Library Group; Paula MacKinnon, Contra Costa County Library

I-Street Press: Print-on-demand and other creative technologies in libraries.  Presenter: Rivkah Sass, Sacramento Public Library

Bringing the Past to the Present: Libraries, Interactive Local History and Augmented Reality: ScanJose and more.  Presenters : Sandra Stewart and Lauren Miranda-Gilbert, San José Public Library; Christina Moretta, San Francisco Public Library

Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to http://host7.evanced.info/pls/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=482