September 15, 2005

Workshops at Internet Librarian 2005

Internet Librarian 2005 Monterey California

10/22/05
Organizational Weblogs: Opportunities, Strategies, Tools
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Darlene Fichter, Data Library Coordinator, University of Saskatchewan
Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library

Many libraries are experimenting with Weblogs for marketing, staff development, knowledge sharing, and news. Hear about some of the ways Weblogs have benefited large and small libraries. Learn about Weblog software choices and features to look for when choosing blogging software. Discuss features such as RSS syndication, comments, permalinks, and editorial roles. Pick up some practical do's and don'ts of blog publishing. Keep on top of this new software and its applications by listening to our experts who share real-world case studies. Stay ahead of your users who are creating Weblogs at a furious pace and consider how your library can offer better services to Webloggers in the community who want to link and comment on information in library's storehouses of licensed content.

10/23/05
Technology Planning for Libraries: Avoiding Technolust & Technobust
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library
Aaron Schmidt, Reference Librarian, Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Deploying new technologies requires effective technology planning. How do we serve our users with innovative technology and still remain within our budgets? Michael Stephens and Aaron Schmidt discuss current hot technologies such as RFID, WiFi, MP3, DRM, and federated searching and how these technologies might fit into library technology plans. He covers what to consider when planning new technology initiatives, including cost, training, ROI, staffing, etc. Technolust (defined as wanting technology for the sake of technology) is a frequent pitfall for technology enthusiasts. Learn how to create a well-written technology plan that serves as a guide to help you avoid technobust!

Teaching the Internet
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
D. Scott Brandt, Purdue University Libraries
Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library

It's 2005 ... do you know where your staff and patrons are? No doubt immersed in technologies like blogs and wireless! And no doubt you could use some help sharpening your knowledge in tech areas, and enhancing your skills in teaching them. That's why two savvy and experienced technology trainers bring you the latest in techy skills! New content covers blogs, cookies, e-books, firewalls, iPods, messaging, metadata, mobile devices, podcasts, RSS, search engines, spoofs & spyware, and wireless. A new format presents mini-training sessions covering each topic! New techniques offer more exercises and evaluations for students, with new take-aways! Is it possible for Stephens and Brandt to be even more energized about teaching the Internet in 2005? Come find out! Can you keep up? All are invited: The objective is to teach trainers how to teach these topics, but non-trainers are invited to attend to learn as well.

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July 28, 2005

How to Use Hot Technologies and Not Get Burned!

http://www.ilfonline.org/Units/Divisions/Reference/refdiv.html

Friday, 15 September 2005
9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

Speakers
Jessamyn West - Keynote
Scott Pfitzinger, Butler University
Michael Stephens, St. Joseph County Public Library
Kerry Green, Plainfield-Guilford Township Public Library

This is the place to go to catch up on the exciting, but daunting, new technologies that are changing how librarians do reference. The conference will let you talk with experts on the technologies that may - or may not - be good for you and your library patrons. Come prepared with your questions and insights. You'll go away with a greater understanding of potential technologies for your library.

PDF of Brochure

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July 21, 2005

The Library Landscape: What are Libraries doing with technology?

NILBA (Northern Indiana Library Board Association)
Wednesday August 31. 6:30pm
Strongbow Inn, Valparaiso, IN

The Library Landscape: What are Libraries doing with technology?

Surveys the landscape of notable public libraries of all sizes and details what many are doing to meet users needs and expectations, includes wifi, digital music, blogs and more!

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May 12, 2005

NICCL Presentation

Northern Indiana Computer Consortium for Libraries, Monday May 16, 2005. Four video locations around northern Indiana - "Optimizing Technology in Libraries."

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March 24, 2005

Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate: New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk

http://www.asis.org/Chapters/neasis/pc/programs/20050503.html

Syndicate, Aggregate, Communicate:
New Web Tools in Real Applications for Libraries, Companies and Regular Folk

Tuesday, 3 May 2005, 9am-4pm
Feinstein 400, Providence College, Providence, RI

The Tools We Hear About : Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Instant Messenging (IM), Chat, Browser add-ons, Bookmarklets, Folksonomies

The Questions We Ask Ourselves : How and when do these tools work together? How can I use them in my environment? How do I convince my boss that they are worth implementing? 2005 opens with an avalanche of new and maturing technologies. Free tools currently available can be configured and integrated to radically improve communication and simplify information retrieval, storage and sharing. These technologies, however, are currently being developed and presented incrementally and individually, and it is up to the user to keep track, download, install, configure, integrate, learn and determine which combinations will best serve a given individual, project, or organization.

NEASIST is pleased to present another timely event designed to make sense of this frenzy of technology and turn the chaos into practical tools for harnessing information and connecting people. Three recognized, early-adopter, information specialists have been exploring and experimenting with these tools in different environments. They will be sharing examples of how you can use these tools for:

Personal Information Management

Internal Staff or Project Communication

Web site Content Development

Making your Content Findable on the Internet at large

Individual presentations and a panel session will include case studies and techniques for enlightening others about the diverse value and application of social software and information management tools.

Megan Fox
Web & Electronic Resources Librarian, Simmons College (Boston, MA)
Adjunct Professor, Simmons College
Courses include: “Online Information Resources” and “A Taste of New Technologies”


Jenny Levine
Internet Development Specialist, Metropolitan Library System (Chicago, IL)
Author, “The Shifted Librarian”


Michael Stephens
Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library (South Bend, IN)
Author, “Tame the Web: Technology & Libraries”

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March 11, 2005

Marketing your Library on the Web

Marketing your Library on the Web : IOLUG Spring Program

Hamilton East Public Library
5 Municipal Drive, Fishers, IN
9:45 am – 3:45 pm
May 20, 2005

Keynote Speaker:  Glenn Peterson, Web Administrator, Hennepin Public Library, Minneapolis, MN

Breakout Sessions in the Afternoon:
Creating a Library Portal – Susan Metcalf & Joanne Artz, University of Southern Indiana
Web Marketing and a Special Library – Donnett Ekwerike, Eli Lilly Library
Ten Steps to Effective Web Presence – Michael Stephens, St. Joseph County Public Library
Revamping an Academic Library Web Site – Eric Morgan, University of Notre Dame

Go to www.iolug.org for more information and to sign-up!

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March 05, 2005

CIL Workshop: Organizational Weblogs: Opportunities, Strategies, Tools

Saturday March 19th
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Michael Stephens, SJCPL & TTW

Many libraries are experimenting with Weblogs for marketing, staff development, knowledge sharing, and news. Hear about some of the ways Weblogs have benefited large and small libraries. Learn about Weblog software choices and features to look for when choosing blogging software. Discuss features such as RSS syndication, comments, permalinks, and editorial roles. Pick up some practical do’s and don’ts of blog publishing. Keep on top of this new software and its applications by listening to our experts who share real world case studies. Stay ahead of your users who are creating Weblogs at a furious pace and consider how your library can offer better services to Webloggers in the community who want to link and comment on information in library’s storehouses of licensed content.

(I'll be filling in for Darlene Fichter who was originally scheduled to present this workshop)

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CIL Workshop: Technology Planning for Libraries: Avoiding Technolust & Technobust

Technology Planning for Libraries: Avoiding Technolust & Technobust
Tuesday March 15th 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library
Aaron Schmidt, Reference Librarian, Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Deploying new technologies requires effective technology planning. How do we serve our users with innovative technology and still remain within our budgets? Michael Stephens discusses current hot technologies such as RFID, WiFi, MP3, DRM, and federated searching and how they might fit into library technology plans. He covers what to consider when planning new technology initiatives, including: cost, training, ROI, staffing, etc. Technolust (defined as wanting technology for the sake of technology) is a frequent pitfall for technology enthusiasts. Learn how to create a well-written technology plan that serves as a guide to help you avoid technobust!

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CIL Workshop: Toolbox of Techniques for Teaching Technology to Adult Learners

Toolbox of Techniques for Teaching Technology to Adult Learners
Tuesday March 15th 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Scott Brandt, Technology Training Librarian, Purdue University
Michael Stephens, Technology Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library

This workshop provides practical strategies and techniques to help your patrons (or staff, and even students!) learn what you want them to learn. It focuses on recognizing adult learning motivations and styles/preferences to connect and make technology-related learning stick. The first half emphasizes the importance of the learner and how to get their attention to make learning relevant and satisfactory. The second half opens three toolboxes of practical tools to address how to develop instruction, tips for handling issues and problems that come up in class, and step-by-step examples for teaching technology. Presenters use humor to focus on tips, strategies, shortcuts, tricks, and useful approaches that are based on sound principles. Join them as they review adult learning principles and their practical applications, discuss learning styles/preferences and how to respond to them, identify the five basic learning scenarios and how to address them, and practice alternative teaching styles and how/when to use them. Take away:

•Toolbox #1: Building courses, lesson plans, and learning outcomes
•Toolbox #2: Applying techniques/strategies for classroom teaching
•Toolbox #3: Techniques for teaching specific technologies

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February 22, 2005

Reinventing Libraries: Purpose, Patrons, People and Processes

Announcing the INCOLSA Management Institute Spring 2005 offering

Reinventing Libraries: Purpose, Patrons, People and Processes
Redesigning Libraries for a Changing Set of Realities
Wednesday, April 6, 2005 - Indiana Wesleyan University Kokomo
Wednesday, May 11, 2005 - Indiana Wesleyan University Kokomo
Wednesday, June 6, 2005  - Indiana Wesleyan University Kokomo


INCOLSA is pleased and very excited to announce this 3-part series of 1-day stand-alone workshops based on emerging data from a series of research projects by OCLC and others on how the landscape for libraries is changing. The workshop presenters examine in a highly experiential way some approaches libraries can use to collaboratively design their organizations to be increasingly relevant to the changing realities in their communities and their staffs. Each session will examine an aspect of the puzzle. While it is highly recommended that participants attend all three sessions to get the maximum value, each session is a stand-alone independent program.

If you are a library director or department head concerned about where you will be taking your library or department in the next 3 to 5 years, this series is an absolute must for you to attend. You can continue with your "by guess and by golly" approach if you want, or can you can begin to get a handle on things and come to terms with your future. The librarianship we practice today is not static and, while there are no crystal balls to be had, this series of workshops will help you  become more knowledgeable and confident of where we are going in the future in terms of professional and patron services.

Presenters: 
Sharon Wiseman (Former Associate Director for Library Development at the Indiana State Library, co-designer of LEAD-IN, and currently Director of Staff Development for the Chicago Public Library)

Dan Wiseman (Co-Designer/Presenter of LEAD-IN, former senior consultant at the American Productivity and Quality Center, library leadership consultant)

 Michael Stephens (Special Projects Librarian for the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Public Library-one of America’s best, currently in the IMLS Distance Library Cohort Ph.D. program at the University of North Texas and blogger for Tame the Web: Technology & Libraries).

For more information: INCOLSA Web Site

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January 31, 2005

Online Social Networks Conference

Aaron Schmidt and I will be presenting at the Online Social Networks Conference in February! You can still regsiter at http://socialnets.org/register.html

Join us during the 2 weeks the conference is running for The Library Blogosphere: Toward a Working Taxonomy where we will discuss what libraries and librarians are doing with blogs as we build communities online!

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January 22, 2005

Computers in Libraries 2005: Optimizing Technology in Libraries

Optimizing Technology in Libraries
Thursday March 17th 3:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library
Jeff Steely, Assistant Director for Client Services, Baylor University Libraries

Join our speakers for a stimulating discussion of where technology for libraries is headed, which new developments they see as best bets for successful projects, and their tips on strategies, deployment, and technical problems.

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Computers in Libraries 2005: Collaboration & IM: Breaking Down Boundaries

Thursday March 16th 12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

SESSION A203
Collaboration & IM: Breaking Down Boundaries
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library
Aaron Schmidt, Reference Librarian, Thomas Ford Memorial Library

A recent survey indicated that nearly 70 percent of the U.S. university Internet population used IM. This session covers research, applications, case studies, usage, workflow impact, and ethics of IM. Schmidt and Stephens look at the many uses of IM, from in-house staff communication to the delivery of content and discussions with customers, as well as utilizing IM to confer and plan with colleagues no matter where they are.

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January 08, 2005

Blogs & RSS for Librarians

Friday February 18, 2005
Purdue University Libraries
Staff Session

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December 28, 2004

Indiana Library Federation State Meeting March 2005

Indiana Library Federation

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

http://www.ilfonline.org/conf/AnnualConference/Wednesday.htm

8:30 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
IM Online for You
Are you using Instant Messaging in your library? Come join this dynamic session covering the benefits of this low-cost, high return on investment service presented by library staff who have implemented this service at the St. Joseph County Public Library. Statistics show that 80% of young adults and teens are IMing. Come learn how to reach this population on their own cyber-turf.
Speakers: Marianne Kruppa, St. Joseph County Public Library; Michael Stephens, St. Joseph County Public Library
Sponsor: Reference Division

2:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Technolust & Technobust: Technology Planning for Libraries
Deploying new technologies requires effective technology planning. How do we serve our users with innovative technology and still remain within our budgets? Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian with St. Joseph County Public Library, discusses current hot technologies such as RFID, WiFi, MP3s, DRM, federated searching and how they might fit into library technology plans. He will cover what to consider when planning new technology initiatives, including: cost, training, return on investment, staffing, etc. Technolust (defined as wanting technology for the sake of technology) is a frequent pitfall for technology enthusiasts. Learn how to create a well-written technology plan that serves as a guide to help you avoid technobust!
Speaker: Michael Stephens, St. Joseph County Public Library
Sponsor: Reference Division

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