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Online workshops about using the best mobile technologies
Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: How to Stay Current in a World of Information Overload

Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: How to Stay Current in a World of Information Overload

If you’ve been an information professional for any length of time, you’ve certainly heard over and over that technology is changing quickly (and exponentially) and how difficult it is to keep up. You’ve very likely felt overwhelmed at times. You’ve seen trends come and go, and wondered how and where to invest your limited time and budget.

In this talk we’ll look at two roles or types of people, Visionaries and Implementers. We’ll look at where you fit on the continuum between them and offer strategies for each type. You’ll learn about the best resources for keeping up, and where to go for information on evaluating what you’ve learned and how to plan for implementation.

This talk is an introduction to the book, Keeping Up with Emerging Technologies: A Handbook for Information Professionals, (to be published in 2017 by Libraries Unlimited).

Outline

  • Best practices for keeping up
  • Challenges for library staffing
  • Are you a visionary or an implementer?
  • Types of sources to follow
    – newsletters, feeds, and groups
    – audio and video sources
    – conferences and local meet-ups
    – trend reports
    – books
    – popular culture and science fiction
  • Best strategies for visionaries vs implementers
  • How far out to look
  • Following ethical debates
  • Being inclusive: diversity and accessibility
  • Understanding user needs
  • Experimenting and assessing
  • Suggestions for library staffing
  • How to bring promising new technologies into library services that meet user needs

Outcomes

 

  • You’ll be introduced to specific methods for keeping up and be inspired to try them
  • You’ll learn what types of sources to follow (and get a list of recommended sources for each type)
  • You’ll have a framework for thinking about where you and your colleagues fit on the continuum between “visionary” and “implementer” — along with best practices for each type of person
  • You’ll come away with ideas for how you and your staff can evaluate new technologies and set up experiments with them
  • You’ll learn how to bring promising new technologies into library services that meet user needs
Privacy and Security: The fear, the hype, and what you can do

Privacy & Security: the Fear, the Hype, and What You Can Do

If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. Or you might be assuming that privacy is dead and we may as well get used to it (and you have nothing to hide, right?)

While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground that you can find by understanding and using particular techniques. We are in a world where mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to use them to be productive and to enjoy creative activities.

We’ll discuss answers to these questions:

  • Is your laptop or smartphone’s traffic being harvested when on public wi-fi?
  • What’s the best thing to do if your device is lost or stolen?
  • Is your data safely backed up?
  • Should you trust a password manager?
  • What are the advantages of using Touch ID on iPhones?
  • Is it a good idea to use mobile payment systems in retail stores?
  • Can criminals hold your data captive and ask for ransom?
  • How can you make theft of your identity less likely?
  • Is your laptop camera or microphone recording without you knowing it?
  • Are you giving away information for targeted advertising?
  • How easy is it for anyone to see all of your search engine history?
  • Should you use encrypted messaging and email? How?

For each question we’ll look at media hype compared to expert opinions and show what you can do to protect yourself. We’ll look at statistics on the likelihood of each bad thing that might happen. You’ll come away with resources for learning more, so you can take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.

Outcomes

  • You’ll understand more about several technologies that protect your privacy and security
  • You’ll have a list of actions you can take to make your own data more secure and private
  • You’ll have the basis for creating a workshop of your own that you can offer to your library community
podcast listening on smartphone

Podcast Literacy: Recommending the Best Educational, Diverse, and Accessible Podcasts

Helping library users find and use the best podcasts is a great service offering for libraries. That’s because podcasts are a useful source of information that can be accessed when text or video isn’t convenient.

Podcasts are flourishing these days, and we’ll look at how and why they are becoming more popular. We’ll discuss:

  • where and why people listen
  • how podcasts are being used in educational settings
  • the advantages of podcasts for people with visual disabilities
  • podcast listening apps and which kinds of features are most useful in these apps
  • how to find the best podcasts by using specialized directories, search tools, and newsletters.

We’ll touch upon the future of podcasting and end with ideas for how librarians can curate podcasts for their users.

Outcomes

  • You’ll understand the benefits of using podcasts as a source of information.
  • You’ll know some of the best ways to search for podcasts on specific topics.
  • You’ll know about some of the best podcasts for diverse audiences and different age levels.
  • You’ll be inspired to create guides and offer workshops about podcasts, so that your users can benefit.
  • You’ll have a good foundation for becoming an advisor to your community about finding and listening to podcasts on topics that they care about.
boy with iPad

Advancing Accessibility with Mobile Devices

Mobile computing is proving to be empowering for people of all ages and abilities, from young children to the elderly. That’s because of the move towards “NUIs,” or “natural user interfaces.” These are interfaces like touch screens, speech recognition, camera input, and haptic output (when the device touches you, as in Apple Watch notifications).

This trend, along with the accessibility features of mobile devices is making computing easier for everyone. In this webinar you’ll see examples of how people use these features.

We will cover:

  • Touch: Touch screens and multi-touch gestures, haptic interfaces, force touch and 3D touch.
  • Sound: Speech recognition, conversational interfaces, and “hearables.”
  • Sight: Camera as seeing eye, camera as scanner, and augmented reality.

We’ll look at examples of people with blindness, motor impairments, and autism spectrum disorder in order to understand how these devices are improving their lives. In addition, we’ll look at how these features can make computing easier for anyone, not just those with recognized disabilities.

Outcomes

  • You will understand how improving services for those with particular disabilities offers benefits for everyone.
  • You’ll have a list of the best resources for learning more, including best apps, books, articles, and websites.
  • You’ll be inspired to create guides and offer workshops on these topics, so that your users can benefit.

Applying this knowledge

You’ll have a good foundation for becoming an advisor to your community about how to use these mobile technologies in the most effective ways.

hands on keyboard

TLDR (Too long, didn’t read): how to write effectively for web sites and mobile

On the web people don’t read, they scan, skim and select. How many times have you arrived at a page and found your eyes glazing over when faced with long, wordy paragraphs?

Usability studies show that less is more — people don’t find information that is right in front of them when it’s buried in long paragraphs.

In this webinar we’ll offer specific guidelines, such as:

  • layer the details
  • less is more
  • chunking the content
    and more.

If you write copy for the web (desktop or mobile sites), you can greatly improve your site by following these guidelines.

We’ll look at before and after examples, and you’ll get a list of resources for learning more.

Apps for Librarians: Digital Literacy with Mobile Apps

Apps for Librarians: Digital Literacy with Mobile Apps

Apps are everywhere these days and it can be overwhelming to know where to start. You probably have questions like these:

  • How do I find and use the best quality apps?
  • Which apps will help me in my professional work?
  • Which apps should librarians and educators recommend to their communities?

This workshop will give you a foundation, along with inspiration and resources for learning more. You’ll learn:

  • which quality apps have become “core” and what tasks they enable
  • how mobile devices are enabling better learning
  • how mobile apps are improving life for those with special needs
  • how to keep up with new apps
  • how to write a review of an app, including a handy checklist of what to include
  • examples of how libraries are using apps in creative ways

We’ll look at apps in the areas of reading, productivity, reference, writing, multi-media, social media, communication, content creation, exhibits & special collections, and professional development.

You’ll leave with a list of resources for further study, and practical ideas for offering your own services related to apps.

Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps

Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps

Have you been too busy to make best use of your mobile devices for organizing your life? Maybe you’ve lost or forgotten passwords, or left important information on a computer at home. You may be concerned about privacy and security, hesitant to use cloud services, and just haven’t had the time to find the best practices to make it all work effectively.

This webinar will help you set up a system that works for you — a system that makes it easy to access your information from anywhere, back up your important information securely, and organize your to-do list effectively.

We will look at four apps as examples:

  • Dropbox (cloud storage)
  • 1Password (secure password management)
  • Wunderlist (to-do lists accessible from any device)
  • Evernote (capture and store important notes in any format)

All four apps are available for both iOS and Android and have free versions for the majority of your needs.

Whether you choose these particular apps (or similar equivalents), you can apply this knowledge to set up a system that works for you.

With the knowledge from this workshop, you can:

  • synchronize your information securely between all your devices (mobile and desktop)
  • generate and remember secure passwords
  • automatically back up your smartphone’s photos
  • create to-do lists accessible from all your devices.

We will cover best practices for security and learn how to decide what levels of security make sense for different types of information.

Most importantly, you’ll learn to create a system that helps you work more effectively and with less stress in these times of information overload.

You’ll come away with a list of resources for learning more and a discount code for my full course, Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps (self-paced online course).

This workshop is appropriate for busy professionals or students and can be applied to both personal and work-related information.

Feedback from previous attendees of Apps for Librarians:

  • One of THE BEST webinars I have ever taken. Presenter was phenomenal! I will look for future webinars from her and will certainly register.
  • High praise for mentioning all the accessibility features! These features truly enable so many more people to be able to access information.
  • Opened my eyes to a whole new world! Instructor was wonderful.
- comments from Tampa Bay Library Consortium attendees, Spring 2015

Join this list of previous attendees.

  • American Library Association
  • Northeast Florida Library Information Network
  • Southeast Florida Library Information Network
  • Tampa Bay Library Consortium
  • King County Library System, Washington
  • Richland One: South Carolina’s Capital Schools
  • Southern Maryland Regional Library Association
  • American Association of Law Libraries

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