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Got Fandom?: How Mini-Cons Can Transform Libraries and Communities
Presented by Megan Aarant and Natalie Couch, February 25, 2015
Session Materials: Handout | Slides | Sample Contracts
Fandoms and libraries go together like Sherlock and Watson. Megan Aarant and Natalie Couch from Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Columbus, GA will share their best practices on how to tap into the power of fandom to promote multiple literacies and attract customers by hosting a mini-convention at the library. Learn how they took a small, teen centric mini-convention called FanFest and expanded it into an all-ages event that attracted 1,000 customers in just one year. Get creative content ideas for all budget sizes, learn why libraries play an important role in fandoms, and discover how a program like this can transform the image of the library in your customer's eyes. Megan Aarant is currently in charge of Teen Services as a Library Associate at the South Columbus Public Library. She implemented many successful teen programs, including a new Manga Club, posting some of the highest participation numbers in the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries System. Natalie Couch started the annual mini-con, FanFest, as a response to Manga Club participant interest in a comic-con when she was a Teen Services Coordinator for Chattahoochee Valley Libraries. Natalie is currently the Branch Manager of the South Columbus Public Library.


Jumping into the Digital Humanities
Presented by Sarah V. Melton, December 3, 2014
Sarah V. Melton, Digital Projects Coordinator at the Emory Center for Digital Humanities, will introduce digital humanities (DH) newbies to some of the concepts, tools, and conversations in DH. How are researchers using digital tools in their classrooms and scholarship? What are the possibilities for student research in the digital humanities? How can libraries and librarians support this work? In addition to being heavily involved in open access advocacy, Sarah V. Melton is creating a set of tools to make open access publishing easier and worked with over 20 librarians from historically black colleges and universities to host a summer institute for digital scholarship. While rapidly becoming a digital humanities guru, Sarah is also completing her PhD in American Studies. Her research focuses on the public memory of human rights struggle.

Personal Digital Archiving: A Train the Trainer Webinar
Presented by Oscar Gittemeier, Wendy Hagenmaier, and Michelle Kirk, October 22, 2014
Session Materials: Slides to reuse, adapt, improve, and share! Host a session and win the SGA Personal Digital Archiving Workshop Outreach Grant
The Society of Georgia Archivists, the Atlanta chapter of ARMA International, and the Georgia Library Association present a train-the-trainer session on Personal Digital Archiving. Designed for information professionals from all backgrounds and levels of experience, this session will empower participants to see themselves as archivists of their own digital records and will cover topics ranging from best practices for creating digital records and rights issues in the digital landscape to strategies for storing digital records and emerging developments regarding the digital afterlife. After completing the workshop, attendees will be encouraged to teach the workshop to their users--the public, co-workers, students, etc.--in their own diverse institutional contexts. The end goal of the workshop will thus be to advocate for informational professionals as a source of expertise for assisting individuals (the public, family members, students, corporate employees, etc.) with their personal digital archiving needs. Oscar Gittenmeier currently works as a Youth Services Librarian with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (AFPLS) at the East Atlanta Branch. Wendy Hagenmaier is the Digital Collections Archivist at the Georgia Tech Archives. Michelle Kirk (CRM, IGP, CIP) is currently a Program Manager and eRecords and Information Governance subject matter expert for Iron Mountain Incorporated.

MakerCamp: Partnerships, Polylactic Acid, and Payouts
Presented by Michael Casey and Christopher Baker, September 10, 2014
In the summer of 2014, Gwinnett County Public Library partnered with librarians at Norcross High School to host their inaugural MakerCamp: a 4-day program that allowed high school-age students the opportunity to explore 3D design and 3D printing through innovative and accessible tools and resources. Join Michael Casey and Christopher Baker as they discuss MakerCamp’s development and delivery, and explore the learning opportunities the program offered both students and staff. Michael Casey is currently the Information Technology Director for the Gwinnett County Public Library in metropolitan Atlanta. Christopher Baker is the Training Manager in charge of Staff Development for Gwinnett County Public Library in Metro Atlanta.

Net Neutrality: Recent Changes in Legislation
Presented by Emily Almond July 30, 2014
"There is one Internet. It must be fast, robust and it must be open. The prospect of a gate keeper choosing winners and losers on the Internet is unacceptable...." – FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

The above quote addresses what, until now, has been a given - that with an Internet connection, anyone has access to all information available via an Internet Service Provider. That changed in January 2014 when a major court decision stripped the FCC of its power to enforce network neutrality protections, providing an opening for telecom companies to begin exploiting technologies by monitoring and controlling data sent via their networks. In this webinar co-coordinated with the GLA Governmental Relations Committee, Emily Almond, Director of Information Technology for the Georgia Public Library Service, will explore the implications of the current state of net neutrality. Emily Almond has been a librarian in the Atlanta area for 17 years. Her specialties include library systems, open-source software development, strategy development, web usability and broadband networks for libraries. She has been a librarian at CNN, Emory University, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and she is currently the Director of IT for the Georgia Public Library Service.

Legal Research for Any Librarian
Presented by Sarah Mauldin and Meg Butler May 7, 2014

If you encounter public patrons who come to the library seeking legal help (for example, how to get social security benefits or pursue a discrimination claim) Sarah Mauldin and Meg Butler will guide you through federal tools and resources that are freely available online. Using Georgia as a case study, Sarah and Meg will demonstrate how the research principles they discuss in a federal context are generalizable to state law. As a bonus, they will explain how to avoid the unauthorized practice of law while assisting library patrons. Sarah Mauldin is Director of Library Services at Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP in Atlanta, GA, and Meg Butler works and teaches at Georgia State University Law Library in Atlanta, GA.

DIY Video Creation
Unfortunately, Angela's session was not recorded, but you can view her slides.
Presented by Angela Nolet April 9, 2014

Library users are increasingly online. Our libraries have the opportunity to reinforce the storytime environment, programs, and library products using video. Learn about cameras, filming, editing tools, and uploading video content to incorporate video into your library’s offerings. Angela Nolet currently serves as Librarian, Virtual Library Services, for the King County Library System.

Makerspace: Is it Right for Your Library?
Presented by Michael Holt, Marlan Brinkley, Andaiye Reeves, and Charlie Bennett February 26, 2014

Public and academic libraries across the country are forming Makerspaces inside their libraries to provide patrons with the tools needed to innovate and create. In an online panel facilitated by Charlie Bennett (Georgia Institute of Technology), learn how these spaces are being developed in Georgia libraries and discover the types of resources and services they provide. You may even find that you already offer a makerspace environment! Panelists include representatives from three Georgia libraries that already operate a Makerspace: Michael Holt (Valdosta State University), Marlan Brinkley (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Sandy Springs Branch), and Andaiye Reeves (Atlanta-Fulton Public Library, Central Branch).


Engaging and Assessing Learners with iPads
Presented by Laurie Griffin December 3, 2013
This session is designed to introduce a variety of applications that can be used with a single iPad or in a one-to-one environment to assess student learning. Learn new and practical ways to engage and encourage even the most reluctant students to participate in the learning process. This session will be applicable to primary school and college/university students.
Laurie Griffin is currently the school library media specialist for Jones County High School & Maggie Califf Learning Complex. Mrs. Griffin has over 17 years of experience in education ranging from elementary to high school. She believes technology, rather than being a replacement for media specialists and educators, is an excellent tool for them to employ.

RDA Has Arrived: Essentials of RDA for Public Services
Presented by Susan Wynne June 19, 2013
After years of buzz, the Library of Congress implemented the new cataloging standard RDA (Resource Description and Access) on March 31, 2013. Susan Wynne will discuss the major differences between AACR2 practices and RDA, focusing on how RDA affects user displays and navigation in local catalogs, WorldCat, and elsewhere. What is RDA and why should I care? RDA is part of the ongoing transformation of library data with an objective of responsiveness to user needs.
Susan Wynne has been the Cataloging & Metadata Librarian at Georgia State University since February 2012. She previously held positions at the University of Wyoming and Columbus State University.

Student Advisors, Library Advocates: Getting Students Involved at Your Library
Presented by Amy Deuink and Marianne Seiler March 20, 2013
What is a library student advisory board and why does your library need one? Deuink and Seiler will share their vision for library student advisory boards--one that empowers the student voice and builds students into library advocates--and talk about the work of their clubs and the clubs' impact on the library and the campus.
Amy Deuink is an Associate Librarian at Penn State's Altoona campus and co-author of The Library Student Advisory Board: Why Your Academic Library Needs It and How to Make It Work. Marianne Seiler is an Information Resources & Services Support Specialist at Penn State Schuylkill's Ciletti Memorial Library. She is the Library Student Advisory Board (LSAB) Advisor and co-author of The Library Student Advisory Board.

Building a Research Commons in a University Library: Connecting Scholars with Technology, Expertise, and Each Other
Presented by Stewart Varner February 13, 2013
Emory’s Robert W. Woodruff Library opened the Research Commons in the Fall of 2011. The 5,000 square foot space is dedicated to graduate students and faculty who are engaged in collaborative scholarly work which takes advantage of digital technology. This presentation will focus on the mission, the space, and the way the Research Commons takes advantage of its place in the library: the Research Commons provides neutral space where interdisciplinary groups of scholars can work collaboratively.
Stewart Varner is the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Emory University's Robert W. Woodruff Library. He manages the team of the Digital Scholarship Commons who help scholars incorporate technology and library resources into their research. Stewart earned his Ph.D. in American Studies at Emory and his MLIS degree from the University of North Texas.

Designing Interactive Library Spaces
Presented by Brian Pichman, February 13, 2013
What does it mean to Evolve? Why do Libraries need to Evolve? Through this webinar, Brian Pichman of the Evolve Project will discuss the importance of redesigning library spaces to make them more interactive and collaborative. The Evolve Project is a collaborative platform that aims to change the way people see libraries through the injection of technology that fosters collaboration and exploration. These technologies include laser tag, Sphero Balls, Sifteo Cubes, interactive Legos, and so much more! Learn techniques for how to innovate.
Brian Pichman runs the Evolve Project, an initiative to get libraries into the 21st century and beyond.


RDA: Are We There Yet?
Presented by Emily Dust Nimsakont, November 14, 2012
It's been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year. Are you ready? In this session, Emily Dust Nimsakont provides an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation.
Emily Dust Nimsakont is the Government and Information Services Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission. She previously held the position of Cataloging Librarian at the NLC. She holds a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia, as well as a Master's degree in Museum Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

23 Things: The Next Generation
Presented by Christa Burns, September 19, 2012
The 23 Things concept is familiar to most of us in the library world. Some have tried it out, some have tried a version of it, some still have doubts about whether it works, and some think it's over. Well, I'm here to tell you, it's still going strong! Nebraska's state-wide lifelong learning program, Nebraska Learns 2.0 ( ), started as a 16 week program in 2008-2009. The original program was so popular it has continued as an ongoing program, with one new Thing offered each month since April 2009. Starting in February 2012, a BookThing was added to the program. Program organizer Christa Burns will talk about the process the organizers have laid out over the past few years, how they've responded to participant feedback, and how the program became what it is today.
Christa Burns is the Special Projects Librarian, Technology & Access Services, at the Nebraska Library Commission.

Circulating Ideas: Creating a Personal Learning Network for Librarians
Presented by Steve Thomas, September 19, 2012
The field of librarianship is evolving at a rapidly-increasing pace, making it more important than ever to keep up with new ideas and trends. A Personal Learning Network (PLN) is one of the best ways to stay on top of new developments. Join Steve Thomas as he talks about what a PLN is and explores ways you can create and curate your own PLN to increase your professional knowledge base and connect with your peers.
Steve Thomas is an assistant branch manager at Gwinnett County Public Library just outside of Atlanta, where he has worked for almost six years.

Emerging Technologies: Tips and Strategies for Success in Libraries
Presented by Roy Cummings, July 18th, 2012
Emerging technologies have become an ever-present part of our academic lives. From communicating with library supporters to providing resources for distance learners, educators must think about the tools we use and how we use them. What do we use? How? Why? These are some of the questions that constantly present themselves as we wade through the pool of emerging technologies. For libraries that do not have staff dedicated to digital initiatives, deciding on which tools to use and how to effectively use them can be challenging. This session aims to provide practical insight into understanding emerging technologies and tips for identifying and implementing relevant tools and services.
Roy Cummings is a Reference Librarian at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Designing Vibrant Libraries: Using our Strengths to Create the Libraries of the Future
Presented by Michael Porter, July 18th, 2012
Join Michael as we take a thought-provoking stroll through library history, technology evolution and our shared humanity. We'll examine what makes libraries work at the most basic levels, and how our jobs, right now, have the potential to create a foundation for a stunningly vibrant future for libraries and the communities they serve. Come ponder concepts like need, desire, human nature, society and technology and leave more inspired about your work and your life as an information professional.
Michael Porter is the CEO of Library Renewal

(For these older sessions, webinars that occurred on the same day are on a single recording. To view the second session, please slide the timing bar to the marker indicated to the right of that title.)

Content Management Systems: Drupal
Presented by Dr. Vandana Singh, May 15, 2012 (Begins at 73:17)
Dr. Vandana Singh introduces the concept of Content Management Systems, using Drupal as an example to explain the concept and its implementation. She discusses the various capabilities of Drupal and goes through some examples of Drupal sites.

QR Connections: QR Codes in Libraries
Presented by Krista Godfrey, May 15, 2012
Krista Godfrey highlights how libraries are using QR codes, the benefits and drawbacks of using them, and best practices for getting the most out of QR codes. You can find Krista at

WordPress for Library Websites
Presented by Polly-Alida Farrington, April 25, 2012
Polly-Alida Farrington shows you how WordPress can be used to power a library website and help you build a dynamic web presence for your library, school, personal web site, business or other project. Polly blogs at

Improving the User Experience Through Usability Testing
Presented by Stephen Francoeur, March 28, 2012
Stephen Francoeur, a user experience librarian at Baruch College (New York, NY) gives an introduction to usability testing and how it can assist in creating a more user-friendly library website. Check out Stephen's website at

Content Creation for Teens (Begins at 1:15)
Presented by Justin Hoenke, March 28, 2012
In this webinar, Justin Hoenke (Teen Librarian, Portland (Maine) Public Library) discusses the current trend of content creation at libraries. He also shares details about how to start up your own content creation programs and discusses his own content creation programs such as Make Music At The Library and Game On! Envisioning Your Own Video Game.

Ebooks, Discovery and the Library
Presented by Kate Sheehan, January 18, 2012
This session Kate Sheehan, Open Source Implementation Coordinator for Bibliomation, explores some possibilities for libraries as channels of discovery in an ebook-dominated market.


Presented by Michael Sauers, November 16, 2011
In this session Michael Sauers, the Nebraska Library Commission's Technology Innovation Librarian, takes you on a tour of Google+, Google's latest attempt at creating a social network.

Training the New Generation: Teaching Through Volunteerism
Presented by Laura Starratt, September 21, 2011
This webinar covers projects and techniques used in the past year at the Kenan Research Center to train and retain volunteers.

A Comedy of Errors: Library Marketing to the Youth Demographic (Begins at 1:50)
Presented by Christian Steinmetz & Charlie Bennett, July 20, 2011
Libraries inherently have difficulty marketing to youth, because strategies that work in other industries have the potential to offend taxpayers, donors and librarians themselves.

Podcasting in the Library
Presented by Chris Pollette, July 20, 2011
Podcasting is an inexpensive and fun way to inform, entertain, and engage your patrons. But how do you get started, and what are the best ways to attract and build an audience?

Unconference Planning (Begins at 1:15)
Presented by Andrew Shuping, May 18, 2011
Come find out what an unconference is, ways to organize it, and what the benefits are for having an unconference vs. a conference.

Project Management 101
Presented by Emily Almond, May 18, 2011
How to apply the principles of PM in libraries without alienating everyone you work with. Covering the basics and nothing but.

Branding and Influence: Establishing your Digital Identity and Reputation (Begins at 1:13)
Presented by Robin Fay, March 16, 2011
What is your library brand? Do you have one? What about your own brand?

Strategy for Blogging and Social Networking
Presented by Casey Long and Sarah Steiner, March 16, 2011
Blogs and social networking tools enable libraries to market resources, educate users, and build community relationships.

Building Library Websites with Weebly
Presented by Holly Frilot, February 17, 2011
Awesome websites CAN be easy and free to create! Join this session to learn a little more about Weebly, a great company that makes website creation as easy as drag-and-drop.

Personal Knowledge Management: A Framework for Librarians
Presented by Elisabeth Shields, January 25, 2011
Searching is the “easy” part. But what do you do with all the material you’ve collected? What happens when you find an article that reminds you of something someone said in a meeting two weeks ago (or was it three)?

Choosing Technology: How We Decide What Technologies Work Best in Our Libraries
Presented by Tim Daniels, January 19, 2011
In today's environment librarians are constantly bombarded with new and emerging technologies. These technologies can run the gamut from smart phone applications to enterprise-wide systems.


How e-Books, File Types, and DRM Affect Your Library (Begins at 1:11)
Presented by Brian Hulsey, November 17, 2010
As more library patrons are obtaining e-Readers, many libraries have questions about why some of the devices work with our services and some don't, and why the books won't work on the different devices.

Open Source Software in Georgia Libraries
Presented by Jason Puckett, November 17, 2010
What is open source software? Why should it matter to you, and how are Georgia librarians using it to their advantage?

GALILEO and the Digital Library of Georgia (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Karen Minton, September 15, 2010
The Digital Library of Georgia, a part of GALILEO, is a unique gateway to Georgia's history and culture found in digitized books, manuscripts, photographs, government documents, newspapers, maps, audio, video, and other resources.

Money Matters: Teaching Financial Literacy Skills
Presented by Trudi Green and Teri Hanna, September 15, 2010
Financial literacy is one of the 21st century library competencies outlined in the 2010 IMLS 21st Century Museum and Libraries Report.

Tech Tips Training Series (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Karen Douglas, August 18, 2010
The "Tech Tips" series at the Athens-Clarke County Library was created in 2009 to provide public and staff training on current software, technology, and social media trends.

Free Learning: Developing No Cost, Online Learning
Presented by Jay Turner, August 18, 2010
Jay Turner, maverick Training Manager of the Gwinnett Public Library knows that keeping library staff current and up-to-date when valuable resources (time and money) are decreasing can be challenging but not impossible.

Library on the Radio (Begins at 1:16)
Presented by Charlie Bennett and Ameet Doshi, July 21, 2010
Since January 2010, members of the Georgia Tech Library have produced a weekly library-themed radio show on WREK-Atlanta.

The Social Library
Presented by Cliff Landis, July 21, 2010
Join Cliff Landis as he talks about the ways social media has transformed the library users interact with each other, with the library, and with information.

Pivot Points for Change (Begins at 1:12)
Presented by Buffy Hamilton, June 16, 2010
In this webinar, we will explore how small changes can lead to innovation, professional growth, and more responsive service to patrons for libraries and librarians.

Introducing Transliteracy
Presented by Bobbi Newman, June 16, 2010
The skills needed to be an active participant in today's society are rapidly evolving. Literacy is changing, more is needed than the ability to read and write.

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