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17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April - iLibrarian

17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April - iLibrarian | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
RT @CILIPinfo: 17 Free Live Webinars for Librarians in April: http://t.co/zzw1NKSv9f (via @OEDB_org)

 

by Ellyssa Kroski

 

Here’s the monthly roundup of great-looking online webinars and free educational opportunities for librarians

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Technology in libraries improves access to the legal system

By Russ Van Arsdale, Executive Director, Northeast CONTACT 

Patrons of Maine’s public libraries will soon have a chance to hear from experts on a number of legal issues at no charge. Low income people may be able to confer one-on-one with those experts, again at no cost.

The reason is what’s becoming known as “Lawyers In Libraries.” It’s an outreach effort coordinated by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, or VLP. A grant allows VLP to arrange clinics by video conference; a lawyer speaks in real time at one location while people at libraries across the state watch and listen. After the lawyer’s presentation, viewers can ask general questions about the law, although the lawyer cannot serve as a questioner’s legal representative.

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Lawyers in Libraries! - Free expert help!

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Upton library provides free online classes - Milford Daily News

By Mike Gleason/Daily News staff:

The town library has joined a service that allows it to offer free online courses to its patrons.

Library Director Matthew Bachtold said the library started the service, called "UniversalClass" in mid-February.

"We're trying to branch out into more online accessible things that people can do from home," he said. "Last year, we started offering online language instruction courses through Byki, which stands for 'Before You Know It.'"

The success of that program, he said, led the library to consider further online offerings.

"The biggest issue we have is space limitations," Bachtold said. "We wouldn't have room on our shelves for 500 textbooks, but we can offer 500 courses through this service."



Read more: http://www.milforddailynews.com/news/x898138140/Upton-library-provides-free-online-classes#ixzz2LtrJ9OBC

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Branching out with more online accessible offerings from the library!

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Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook

Copyright for Librarians - the essential handbook | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Copyright for Librarians" (CFL) is an online open curriculum on copyright law that was developed jointly with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

The goal is to provide librarians in developing and transition countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning copyright law in general; the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries; and how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

 

Download for free as a pdf:

 

http://www.eifl.net/system/files/201301/cfl_book_download.pdf

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Great resource for copyright for librarians, available for free as well!

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Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Little libraries travelling to Africa - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The tiny libraries perched in front of houses throughout the Twin Cities are taking a 6,000-mile journey to Africa this year.

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The popular "Little Free Libraries,'' which look like oversized mailboxes, have paired up with the nonprofit Books for Africa. The colorful wooden libraries, shaped like schools or cottages, are expected to be open for business in Ghana in the months ahead.

"We've wanted to expand to Africa, and we saw Books for Africa as the perfect partner,'' said Todd Bol, co-founder of Little Free Libraries, launched in Hudson, Wis., in 2009.

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Little Free Libraries in Africa! > will keep a look-out as the story unfolds!

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MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses"

MOOCs and Librarians - Emerging Technologies - "Massive Open Online Courses" | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Nancy Bellafante:

The Chronicle’s recent article on plagiarism accusations in Coursera courses kicked off my exploration into MOOCs and the role librarians can play. A recent RUSA post on Chasing Reference points to the lack of research assignments in MOOCs and the need for embedded librarians. Even though students enrolled in a MOOC do not typically have access to the parent institution’s fee-based library resources, information literacy and research skills can still be taught and are an important component in courses that ask students to explore complex issues and social problems. Simply providing students with a reading list is not going to teach them to be savvy information consumers who can effectively find authoritative information and critically evaluate sources. So, what’s our first step?

Librarians should  join a  MOOC.

 

Read more: http://www.library.drexel.edu/blogs/technologies/tag/edx/



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Free online classes the future of education > with a direct impact on librarians!

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The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford

The top 10 free online courses for entrepreneurs, by Patrick Stafford | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are always learning. Whether it’s through reading or watching a mentor work, learning how to do business better is a fundamental part of running a company.

 

"So it’s little wonder many courses in the latest trend of free education are aimed squarely at entrepreneurs. While some may still view free, online courses with a sense of derision, the truth is these resources are quality sources of knowledge."

 

>> Valuable resource for librarians as well!


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» Free Software for Libraries Ideas Exchange

" [...] ideas exchange about what free software products you’ve been able to make use of in your library or organization. Please submit an entry to the poll below!!
- Managing Electronic Resources

- Reference Statistics with Zoho Creator

- Create Your own Personal Knowledge Base

- Create Your Own Library Social Media Monitoring Dashboard"

 

Poll here: http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2012/free-software-for-libraries-ideas-exchange/

 

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Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access

Report: How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals « Beyond Access | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
How Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals - Beyond Access: Libraries... http://t.co/EJZi82Wxgv

 

Beyond Access is excited to announce the release of a new report showing how libraries are helping to reach the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs). Featuring stories from different libraries around the world, the report emphasizes the role that libraries are taking in helping to meet the Millennium Development Goals.

List of examples from Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, etc.

 

Free copy here: http://www.beyondaccess.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Beyond-Access-Libraries-MDGs-Small.pdf

 

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Report shows libraries are helping to reach Millennium Development Goals!

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Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline

Fort Smith Public Library Now Offering Free Music | 5NEWSOnline | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Katie Kormann:

"Fort Smith Public Library cardholders can now do more than check out books. The library has partnered up with Freegal Music – a combination of the words “free” and “legal” – to offer its cardholders access to millions of free songs."

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Freegal free music at the library - available online!

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Open Source: Freedom and Community, Slideshare by Nicole Engard

As presented at KohaCon12

Via liblivadia, João Greno Brogueira
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Open Source & free source > Why libraries should care!

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Africa must use digital libraries

Africa must use digital libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Manka S Angwafo:

Making educational resources freely available will fast-track the continent's development.

 

Of more than 2 000 open access repositories worldwide, fewer than 3% are in Africa. And there are even fewer exclusively from sub-Saharan Africa.

Even though the availability of open access material is low, it is important to recognise the progress that has been made over the past decade: several institutions across the region have adopted and are implementing open access policies. However, in spite of these strides, only about 16% of African scholars claim to have a high awareness of e-resources. Much more advocacy is necessary for open access to become a reality across the continent.

Africa stands to gain the most from the open access movement. But factors such as the continent's regulatory environments, the changing role of librarians, weak commitment to institutionalising open access and problems of sustainability have made implementation slow and awareness limited.

 

 

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"Data skills & open access needed in Africa!"

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So You Want To Be A Librarian - The Digital Shift - Unglued from the 31st of Dec already - available for free download!

So You Want To Be A Librarian - The Digital Shift - Unglued from the 31st of Dec already - available for free download! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
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So you want to be a librarian, by Lauren Pressley - available for download here: https://unglue.it/work/76348/

 

The Unglue.it Campaign https://unglue.it/campaigns/ending#2

 

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Orange libraries give patrons access to digital magazines on computers - by David Breen, Orlando Sentinel

Orange libraries give patrons access to digital magazines on computers - by David Breen, Orlando Sentinel | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Orange libraries give patrons access to digital magazines on computers - Patrons of the Orange County Library System can now read hundreds of magazines without setting foot inside a branch.

The system recently rolled out a service that allows library patrons to view and download about 250 magazines on computers, tablets or smartphones.

The service, a partnership between the electronic newsstand Zinio and audio-book publisher Recorded Books, is free to anyone with a library card.
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Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog

Over 40 Rapid E-Learning Posts with Free PowerPoint Templates & E-Learning Assets » The Rapid eLearning Blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

by Tom Kuhlmann :

"PowerPoint is hot. This makes sense because it’s the most popular elearning tool out there. It’s easy to learn. And once you understand how to use it to build rapid elearning courses, the sky’s the limit."

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Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press

Florida libraries adopt QR codes to offer free music and books - QR Code Press | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Broward County Library FL using QR codes to promote  and access OverDrive and Freegal Music

-- spotted by @johnfoleyjr 

 

 Written by John Montgallo

"QR codes may help drive traffic to local libraries:

County officials believe that this initiative will be successful and help consumers grow more attached to local libraries. The services will be available at all hours of the day, even when libraries are closed. Those using the OverDrive application will be able to download books and music while at home instead of having to make a trip to local libraries. These consumers will still have the opportunity to find and scan QR codes as a way to gain access to digital content.

Broward County is not alone in its adoption of QR codes. Palm Beach County has also begun offering downloadable e-books via QR codes. The county does not have any intention of joining the Freegal Music Service at this time, however."


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