Finding Reliable Information Online: Adventures of an Information Sleuth
October 13, 2015
1:00pm CDT
Librarian Leslie Stebbins will discuss strategies for finding reliable information online and helping patrons discover everything from accurate health information to reliable restaurant reviews to vetted scholarly research h. What is “the psychology of search?” When is the “wisdom of the Crowd” unreliable? How can we help people move beyond the first five Google results to uncover trustworthy information online? Stebbins answers these questions and more as she shares her quest for reliable information online. Register

Digital UX Workshop: Crafting Exceptional Digital Experiences for the User-Centered Library
Fee $225 (Save $25 with promo code LTCALJSUB) 
Starts October 20, 2015
During this  5 week course, you will learn from library and user experience (UX) experts how to design exceptional digital experiences for your users. Participants will have access to insightful keynote sessions and case studies that will explre why UX matters, and how to sell user-centered design (UCD) to leadership within your organization. Register

BLUEcloud Visibility: The Future of Library Data
October 1, 2015
1:00pm EDT
You’ve heard about linked data and how it will revolutionize the world of libraries. Now find out how you can join that movement.
During this free, 20-minute webinar, SirsiDynix CEO Bill Davison will introduce you to BLUEcloud Visibility, SirsiDynix’s linked data solution. Attendees will learn:

  • How BLUEcloud Visibility can increase your library’s mindshare
  • Which ongoing services you’ll receive when you subscribe to BLUEcloud Visibility
  • Why linked data gets more powerful as more libraries use it, and how SirsiDynix is helping that happen

Join us for this webinar and the following Q&A session to see how BLUEcloud Visibility can bring the future of library data to your institution.

Safety in the Library Workshop
October 22, 1:30pm-3:30pm at ALS Headquarters
October 23,  9:00am-11:00am at Duluth Public Library
Presenter: Andrew Stehr, Rochester Public Library. Particippants are welcome from ALS member public, school, academic, and special library staff. Employees from all types and sizes of libraries encounter difficult patrons and difficult situations. Learn tools and techniques for keeping yourself safe in your library! Topics to be discussed are approaching patrons, trusting your instincts, improve training, and even how to shake off a bad experience! Please register by October 20.
Dealing with Difficult Patrons Live Webinar
October 14, 2015
ALS has purchased access to the upcoming ALA webinar and will be broadcasting it live at the headquarters. In this webinar, library safety and security expert Steve Albrecht will show you how you can deal with these problem patrons effectively, efficiently and without creating major disruptions in your library environment. Library employees at all levels will learn strategies for dealing with such patrons and effectively diffusing challenging situations. Register by October 12.

Makerspaces in Libraries
October 7, 2015
3:00pm EDT
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can father to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more, Makerspaces are becoming increasingly popular in both public and academic libraries as a new way to engage patrons and add value to traditional library services. Discover how you can create a makerspace within your own library through this step-by-step guidebook. From planning your innovation center to hosting hack-a-thons, guest lectures, game nights and social events in your new lab, this practical primer provides detailed guidance and best practices. Register
Minnesota Digital Library Staff Curated Online Exhibits for Digital Public Library of America
September 30, 2015
10:00am CT
Two new Minnesota Digital Library (MDL) curated exhibitions are now available on the Digital Public Library of America website. Researched and created by Carla Urban and Greta Bahnemann, these exhibitions were developed as part of the final phase of the DPLA Public Library Partnership Project (PLPP), of which MDL was a participant. The exhibitions were built using material digitized from public libraries in Minnesota as part of the PLPP, along with other contents from Minnesota Reflections and DPLA. Join us to learn more about the content in these two online exhibits (Patent Medicine & Urban Parks) and tips on how to search and use the exhibits. Register

Video Postcards: Training at the Speed of Sight
October 14, 2015
10:00 am CT
Faster than a workshop, more powerful than a handout, and able to reduce email in a single bound, video is a compelling way to meet just-in-time training goals. Video “postcards” – brief video episodes—are a valuable training resource for busy audiences. A short segment of video is easily digested, can be repeated on demand, and stimulates both the visual and auditory centers of the brain, which increases learner retention of information. Participants in this practical session will be introduced to a low-cost, no-studio process for planning and producing videos for instructional and training purposes. Register

Upcoming ELM Training Sessions
Keep Your Connected Nonprofit or Library Secure
October 1, 2015
11:00am PST
Join Symantec’s Kelley Bray who spent years training government agency staff from TSA to Homeland Security on smart practices for personal safety, office security, and keeping your data and activities protected. Register