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  • November 06, 2013 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Thinking of starting a makerspace? Are you ready for events to go suddenly and tragically the wrong way? No? Then maybe you should be aiming for failure instead.

    The webinar How To Fail At A Makerspace discusses the definition of failure and its fundamental importance to learning and investigation. Hopefully after this short session, you will begin to reevaluate the insignificance of success and enjoy the journey towards things-not-going-the-way-you-expected.

    What: How to Fail at a Makerspace

    Who: Brown Biggers and Armondo Collins, UNCG University Libraries

    When: Wednesday, November 13 at 3pm

    Where: Blackboard Collaborate (link to follow)

    Sign up for this FREE webinar at http://goo.gl/Hzs0al. Sign up by Wednesday, November 13 at 9am. Link will be sent out to all participants when registration is closed. 

    Please contact Kathy Shields at dshields[at]highpoint.edu or Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg.edu with any questions!

  • October 23, 2013 12:10 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to all who joined us for the Web Design for Libraries session last Friday!  We had an almost full room.  Here’s a brief recap:

    Alan Unsworth from Surrey Community College talked about his experience using LibGuides to run his library’s website (http://libguides.surry.edu/home).  He emphasized how easy the system made very complex tasks, like adding cover art from books and embedding a NC Knows chat widget.  He also talked about how robust the libguides community and technical support is, and that if you get stuck there’s always someone to ask for help.

    Chad Haefele and Emily King from UNC demoed WordPress, which runs both the UNC Libraries’ website (http://library.unc.edu) and the LAUNC-CH (launcch.web.unc.edu) site.  They addressed the positives and negatives of WordPress.  One main point is that while WordPress is extremely flexible, it can take significant work to get it to do exactly what you want.  Their slides are available online.

    Thanks again for joining us at the NCLA conference!

  • October 21, 2013 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone who joined us at NCLA! We’re so grateful for all of the friendly folks who presented and participated in our sessions, who came out for our social on Wednesday, and who stopped by and spun our prize wheel! We’ll be posting recaps of all of our #ncla13 sessions here on the blog, starting with Friday morning’s Share your app! panel.

    Share your app!
    We had great attendance bright and early Friday morning for the Share your app! panel. Here are some details about the apps and those who shared them!

    Evernote and Skitch (presented by Emily King, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries)
    Evernote is a web based note-taking app that let you save just about anything and view it later on your computer, tablet,
    or phone.  Skitch extends the abilities of evernote to annotate images and pdfs you have saved in evernote.  Emily shared information about how she uses Evernote and Skitch to collect information and track projects.
    website: http://evernote.com/
    iTunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108
    Google play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.evernote&hl=en
    Evernote on Twitter: https://twitter.com/evernote

    MagLight (presented by Holly Mabry, NCKNOWS)
    MagLight is an app that magically turns your device into a magnifier. Both the free and pro versions make it possible for your iPhone/iPad to magnify small text with an adjustable zoom and image capture. There was a lot of audience interest in this app, and luckily Holly will be leading a webinar for TNT in early 2014 (details to come) about assistive technology. 
    iTunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/magnifying-glass-light-digital/id406048120
    Holly’s blog: http://www.accesstechgeek.com/

    Biblioboard (presented by Samantha Harlow, High Point University Libraries)
    Biblioboard is an app that provides access to curated digital archival collections. Anyone can download the free app and explore these collections, and libraries can also opt in as “creators” to get access to more content and to have the option to upload their own content. 
    website: http://www.biblioboard.com/
    iTunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/biblioboard/id497998887?mt=8 (free version) 
    iTunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/biblioboard-library/id613149061?mt=8 (subscriber version)
    Google play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.biblioboard&hl=en (subscriber version)

    Feedly (presented by Keeley Murray, Chef’s Academy)
    Feedly is a tool for managing, organizing, and reading RSS feeds. Keeley shared tips for adding, organizing, and viewing blog feeds on the free (and very pretty) Feedly app.
    website: http://feedly.com
    iTunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feedly-your-google-reader/id396069556?mt=8
    Google play (Android): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.devhd.feedly

    ToutApp (presented by Nathaniel King, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries)
    ToutApp is an email tracking, template and analytics application. With ToutApp, you can know exactly what happens after you hit “Send” on your outreach emails. ToutApp gives you real-time tracking by showing who has viewed your emails and clicked on your links/attachments.
    website: http://www1.toutapp.com/
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    Tunes app store (iOS): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/toutapp/id447007768?mt=8

  • October 14, 2013 12:11 PM | Anonymous

    The opening session on the 2013 NCLA Biennial Conference in Winston-Salem, NC is just a couple days away! Here’s what TNT has lined up:

    We have three conference sessions scheduled. There’s also an important business meeting where we’ll hold board elections, and we’re showing up at the pub crawl on Wednesday night.  Join us!

    We’ll also have a table set up. Stop by for your chance to spin a prize wheel and walk away with a souvenir!

    Also make sure to stop by the Conference Store in the Exhibit Hall and check out our raffle basket full of tech goodies! Buy a raffle ticket and help support TNT!

    Wednesday, 10/16:

    4:00-5:00: Business meeting (with elections) (Meet at TNT Table)

    7:00: Evening Social Event at Finnigan’s Wake

    Join us at the NCLA Pub Crawl!  We’ll be at Finnigan’s Wake at 7pm with an appetizer to share.

    Friday, 10/18:

    8:30-9:30: Share Your App! (Benton N Hall D)

    Emily King & Nathaniel King, UNC; Samantha Leonard, High Point University; Holly Mabry, NCKnows; Keeley L’Esperance, The Chef’s Academy

    This flash presentation will allow presenters to demonstrate their favorite apps for smartphone or tablet. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes to talk about the app and its application to libraries. The featured apps will cover a wide range of uses in libraries, from those that we may use with patrons to those that we use to keep our libraries and ourselves organized. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the apps and will be given a list of all apps demonstrated with information on where to download them, device compatibility, and key features of each application.

    11:45-12:45: Web Design for Libraries (Benton N Hall C)

    Emily King & Chad Haefele, UNC; Alan Unsworth, Surry CC

    Libraries state-wide are using a variety of free and low-cost tools to make their websites both functional and visually appealing. In this panel presentation, librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries will highlight their website and discuss the nuts and bolts behind their websites (such as which content management platform/software they are using, why they chose it, or how they created their website).  Whether you are currently in the process of redesigning your library website, making plans to do so in the near future, or want to learn more about different software available, this presentation will provide you with real-life examples and how-to advice.

    11:45-12:45: Up With e-Books: Best Practices for Staff Training (Benton N Hall B)

    Julie Raynor, High Point; Crystal Holland, Forsyth County

    With the recent increase in demand for electronic books, libraries are trying to find the best ways to teach our community how to effectively use the library’s eBook collection.  Some libraries have created staff training programs to better prepare staff to assist their patrons with eBook questions.  Panelist will discuss their training programs and troubleshooting techniques, which can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your library’s staff and patrons.

  • September 28, 2013 12:12 PM | Anonymous

    The TNT Round Table has been busy, busy, busy recently! In the month of September, we offered two webinars: one on presentation design (to help you get ready for NCLA!) and one on mobile devices in libraries. If you missed either one, don’t fret! I’ve got a post chock-full of links for you!

    TNT Webinar #6: A Decade of Presentation Lessons in One Hour, presented by Lauren Pressley of Virginia Tech University Libraries.

    A Decade of Presentation Lessons in One Hour from Lauren Pressley

    For links to many of the resources that Lauren mentions in her presentation, take a look at her Pinboard page on this topic!

    A full recording of Lauren’s webinar can be found here.

    TNT Webinar #7: Mobile Devices, presented by Crystal Holland of Forsyth County Public Library and Aislynn Denny of Guilford Middle School.

    TNT Webinar #7: Mobile Devices from nclatechandtrends

    Unfortunately, yours truly forgot to hit the record button, so we don’t have a recording of the session. Luckily, Crystal and Aislynn have great slides! Here are a few links to tools and sites that Crystal and Aislynn mentioned:

    Overdrive Blog (for supporting OverDrive on patrons’ digital devices)

    Class Dojo (behavior management app for teachers and students)

    Socrative (student response system)

    Khan Academy (free educational videos on a variety of subjects)

    Do you have tech expertise that you’d like to share? We’re always looking for webinar presenters. Please contact Jenny Dale (jedale2 [at] uncg [dot] edu) if you’re interested!

    We hope to see you all at NCLA!

  • September 03, 2013 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    We have three conference sessions scheduled at the upcoming 2013 NCLA Conference.  There’s also an important business meeting where we’ll hold board elections, and we’re showing up at the pub crawl on Wednesday night.  Join us!

    We’ll also have a table set up in the exhibits.  Stop by for your chance to spin a prize wheel and walk away with a souvenir!

    Wednesday, 10/16:

    4:00-5:00: Business meeting (with elections) (Room TBA)

    7:00: Evening Social Event at Finnigan’s Wake

    Join us at the NCLA Pub Crawl!  We’ll be at Finnigan’s Wake at 7pm with an appetizer to share.

    Friday, 10/18:

    8:30-9:30: Share Your App! (Room TBA)

    This flash presentation will allow presenters to demonstrate their favorite apps for smartphone or tablet. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes (up to 10 presenters) to talk about the app and its application to libraries. The featured apps will cover a wide range of uses in libraries, from those that we may use with patrons to those that we use to keep our libraries and ourselves organized. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the apps and will be given a list of all apps demonstrated with information on where to download them, device compatibility, and key features of each application.

    11:45-12:45: Web Design for Libraries (Room TBA)

    Libraries state-wide are using a variety of free and low-cost tools to make their websites both functional and visually appealing. In this panel presentation, librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries will highlight their website and discuss the nuts and bolts behind their websites (such as which content management platform/software they are using, why they chose it, or how they created their website).  Whether you are currently in the process of redesigning your library website, making plans to do so in the near future, or want to learn more about different software available, this presentation will provide you with real-life examples and how-to advice.

    11:45-12:45: Up With e-Books: Best Practices for Staff Training (Room TBA)

    With the recent increase in demand for electronic books, libraries are trying to find the best ways to teach our community how to effectively use the library’s eBook collection.  Some libraries have created staff training programs to better prepare staff to assist their patrons with eBook questions.  Panelist will discuss their training programs and troubleshooting techniques, which can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your library’s staff and patrons.

  • August 09, 2013 12:13 PM | Anonymous

    Librarians have heard about the development of Resource Description and Access (RDA) for several years, but it is now quickly becoming a reality. While many catalogers have been studying RDA for some time, librarians in other areas have wondered what RDA really is and what it means for them and their patrons. This presentation will address the basics of RDA and how it relates to other standards, like AACR2 and MARC21. It will go on to explore how RDA might impact the work of librarians in a number of different areas and how you can use this new standard to improve service for your patrons.

    What: RDA Basics for Non-Cataloging Librarians

    Who: Dr. Sonia Archer-Capuzzo, DMA, MLIS

    When: Wednesday, 8/21 at 3pm

    Where: Blackboard Collaborate (link to follow)

    Join us for this FREE webinar! Just RSVP here: http://tinyurl.com/tntwebinar5 by 9am on Wednesday, August 21

    Please contact Kathy Shields at dshields[at]highpoint.edu or Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg.edu with any questions!

  • July 31, 2013 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Hi TNT friends! As we move into August, many of us are ramping up for an influx of student patrons. To get yourself mentally prepared for all those citation questions that public services folks are bound to start getting soon, attend our next TNT webinar!

    Let’s face it – we don’t enjoy citing sources any more than our patrons do. So why not start the new academic year armed with tools we can use to help our patrons manage and cite their sources effectively? Join us for NCLA Technology and Trends Round Table’s next webinar: Citation Management Tools. Your presenters, Chad Haefele (UNC Chapel Hill) and Jenny Dale (UNC Greensboro) will be demonstrating free citation management resources like Zotero and Mendeley, as well as fee-based services like EndNote and RefWorks. This webinar will take place next Tuesday, August 6 at 11am in Blackboard Collaborate. Sign up at http://goo.gl/uRVHBZ to join us for some citation excitation. Feel free to contact Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg[dot]edu with any questions.

    citation needed

    citation needed by Dan4th on flickr [CC BY 2.0]

  • June 24, 2013 12:14 PM | Anonymous

    Google reader

    If you’re like me, you’ve seen this message a few times. I’ve been a heavy user of Google Reader since 2007, and I use it with both my professional gmail address and my personal one (hey, those food blogs aren’t going to read themselves). Since I got this message for the first time a few months ago, I’ve cycled through the five stages of grief and I think I may have finally reached the acceptance phase. With a mere week to spare before my hundreds (thousands?) of Google Reader feeds are lost forever, I’ve decided to investigate a few other options. Luckily, many folks have already done the dirty work for me, so it looks like my procrastination paid off!

    Libraries and librarians have been all over this transition offering colleagues and patrons useful posts and sites like these:

    Basically, there are lots of options out there. I’m currently trying two to see which one I like the best: Feedly and Old Reader. Feedly makes the import process from Google Reader incredibly easy, with just one click, but I’m not in love the with interface. I like the interface of Old Reader better, but I had some issues exporting my Google Reader subscriptions and importing to Old Reader. I’ll let these two duke it out for my RSS affections over the next few weeks and then decide which one I like best!

    Here are a few more excellent resources that suggest and describe alternatives to Google reader:

    What do you think?

  • March 28, 2013 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone who was able to attend our recent webinar on teaching yourself how to program, and many thanks to Chad Haefele for a GREAT presentation! 

    Although we had an issue with the recording, Chad thankfully put together some detailed slides that will give you a pretty good idea of what he talked about. He’s also posted the slides and links to all the sites he mentioned on his blog: http://www.hiddenpeanuts.com/tnt/  

    If you have specific questions about anything that Chad covered, his email is available on his blog. 

    Stay tuned for more news about our next webinar! 


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