Category: Presentations

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September 30th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Yesterday I received one of the best compliments on a PowerPoint presentation I had just given. One of the Do Space staff asked me at the end, “What software did you use to create that presentation?” Yes, it was PowerPoint but the presentation was so different than what she’d previously experienced that she didn’t even recognize it as a PowerPoint. I’ll definitely take that as a compliment.

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September 17th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Back in October 2004 I received the following note on a workshop evaluation:

One distractor [sic] was that the presenter referred to a .gif file as a .jif file. There are folks that rabidly insist that .gif be pronounced the same as .jif but that confuses the two file types when spoken that way. Common usage (and common sense) dictate that .gif be pronounced with the hard g sound to avoid confusion the the .jif file type. Like I said, it was a major distractor [sic] to me. It also pointed to a lack of basic understanding in an area where the instructor is supposed to be presenting correct information to others. It makes a person wonder what other bad habits he might be perpetuating.

Head on over to the original post to see what I had to say in response.

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June 14th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to everyone who attended my two sessions at the NEFLIN 2015 Technology Conference. We did finally make it home and the flights went well on the way back with the exception of my wife’s bag which somehow got stuck in Atlanta and will be delivered to us later today. Also a special thanks to my co-presenter for the technology session, Brian Pitchman, for being willing to work with someone on 2.5 hours of sleep and a lot of coffee.


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Bellevue Tech Petting Zoo
May 8th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to Gordon of the Bellevue Public Library and to the small group of attendees at last night’s Technology Petting Zoo.

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April 29th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

One of the best ways to learn how technology works is to take stuff apart. In this broadcast, Leanne Mobley from the Martin County Library System in South Florida, will share a recent program called “Wreck the Library” where teens were invited to take apart computers, VCRs, modems, and more. Leanne will discuss the planning and implementation of this program, as well as information about the Martin County’s digital media center: the idea lab.

Leanne earned her MLS from Indiana University and currently works as the Digital Literacy Librarian for the Martin County Library System. Her background is in media production and she is passionate about using technology to bring ideas to life.

In this monthly feature of NCompass Live, the NLC’s Technology Innovation Librarian, Michael Sauers, will discuss the tech news of the month and share new and exciting tech for your library.

For more information, to register for upcoming NCompass Live events, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to the NCompass Live Webpage.

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April 23rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks also to the folks who attended Jennifer Koerber’s and my ACRL/Choice presentation this afternoon. Here are those slides.

Emerging Technologies in Libraries from Michael Sauers

And here’s a 25% off coupon for those wishing to order a copy of our book.

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Library Polices
April 23rd, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Thanks to everyone who attended today’s Education Institute presentation. Here are the slides for your reference.

Library Policies: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Michael Sauers


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What We've Learned
April 15th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

What We've Learned: Tips & Tricks for Webinars That Deliver The Goods from Michael Sauers

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April 10th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Staff of the Nebraska Library Commission have either attended, produced, or delivered more than 500 webinars in the past decade and they’d like to encourage others to try out this communications platform. In this episode, NLC staff Christa Burns, Laura Johnson, and Michael Sauers will share many of the lessons they’ve learned over the years about how to produce, host, and deliver successful webinars.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A – Nebraska – Lincoln.

Sessions are recorded for anyone who may want to see them again or who cannot attend them at the scheduled time. Registration is not required to view the archived recordings.

NCompass Live is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for a session has closed. The Registration End date is listed on each session page, but usually closes on the Monday night before the date of the session. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones.

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Ultron's Master Plan
February 13th, 2015 by Michael Sauers

Don’t let this be you. Plan your presentation tech in advance.

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