Carterette Series Webinars Archive

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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 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 is the CEO of Library Renewal, and can be found at

(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
The skills needed to be an active participant in today's 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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