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PLA’s upcoming webinar challenges attendees to shake up traditional thinking in public library management

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on August 8, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, Are Your Mental Models of a Library Holding You Back?to inspire library directors, managers and supervisors to shake off assumptions about their library and start thinking outside-the-box.

LITA offering two Web courses in August

CHICAGO — Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) is making available two Web Courses: Building Web Applications with HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript: An Introduction to HTML5, presented by Jason Clark of Montana State University Library and Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library.

By popular demand, ALA Editions offering new session of Using Drupal to Build Library Websites eCourse

CHICAGO — By popular demand, ALA Editions announces a new session of the facilitated eCourse Using Drupal to Build Library Websites. Sean Fitzpatrick will once again serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 4, 2012.

New free webinar: Introducing the Book as iPad App

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource is offering a new free webinar, Introducing the Book as iPad App. At 2 p.m. EDT on Monday, July 23, its expert panel will provide an overview of the ALA Annual Conference from a technology perspective. Registration for this free event is available at

Free LLAMA webinar gives practical tips for entry-level interviews

CHICAGO — While there is a lot of information out there about how to write a good resume and cover letter, there is much less on how to do well in an interview, especially advice written since the recession started. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present a free webinar, “How to succeed in an entry-level librarian interview: Research and experience-based tips,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Wednesday, July 25.

Be calm, cool and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO – Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Aug. 6 - Aug. 31, 2012. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

Mapping Transformation, Makerspaces and more at next week’s ALA Virtual Conference

CHICAGO — Experimentation and innovation are the name of the game at the July 18–19 “Mapping Transformation” Virtual Conference. High-profile speakers and presenters will highlight how new services are transforming both their libraries and their communities, while the two days of interactive Web sessions, conversations and insights offer starting points for discussion as well as practical ideas for moving forward and trying something new.

Free webinar on using mobile services to bridge digital divide

CHICAGO — The exploding popularity of smartphones and other mobile devices provides a unique opportunity for libraries to help bridge the digital divide. These devices are often discussed in the context of affluent populations and academic libraries, yet the demographics of mobile internet users are much more diverse than this, and the potential for mobile library services is correspondingly broad.

Attend PLA’s webinar and learn how to utilize interactive screencasting technology to educate patrons

CHICAGO — At 1 p.m. CDT on July 18, the Public Library Association (PLA) will host a live, hour-long webinar, “Screentastic! Using Screencasting as a Reference and Customer Service Tool, designed to help libraries take patron instruction to a new level. Screencasts are excellent tools for library staff to demonstrate software, teach computer skills and visually share step-by-step navigation of websites and databases.

Beyond the birds and the bees: what to do when teens talk sex in the library

CHICAGO — Teens often bring their questions about sex — or questions  “from a friend” — to trusted staff at the library. But discussing sexuality with teens can be a difficult minefield to navigate. Library staff can find guidance on negotiating this tricky subject by joining mk Eagle for "Beyond the Birds and the Bees: Talking Sex and Sexuality with Teens," YALSA’s July 19 webinar at 2 p.m. EDT. Registration is open at

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