The next stage in my career

Today I can share that I will be leaving my position as the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission at the end of the month to become the Director of Technology at Do Space in Omaha, NE. I will be joining what is currently a staff of three (including me) to build this amazing space starting May 4.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Commission and wish all my colleagues there the best in their continued endeavors.

You Must Try, and then You Must Ask

Ask Answer ChoiceWhen I was a wee little New Hire at my current employer, one of the things that came up a lot was the “15 minute rule.” That is, if you’re stuck on a problem, take a solid 15 minutes to bash your brain against it in whatever manner you see fit. However, if you still don’t have an answer after 15 minutes, you must ask someone. I shorten this down to “You must try, and then you must ask.” It’s a simply-worded rule, which works something like this:

Read the full post @ MattRingel.com.

A different CIL experiecne

student center roomThis year, conference is going to be a little more interesting, and exhausting, than usual. But due to significant budget restrictions this year (both mine and ITI’s) I’m not staying at the conference hotel. Instead I’m staying 1.2 miles up the road at the Washington International Student Center. It’s a hostel. I’ve got a room to myself but since it holds two people it’s $80/night instead of the $40. The other option was a bunk bed with five other people in the room. (That’s not going to happen.) My room has a bed, nightstand, desk, and chair. Oh,can’t forget the two power outlets and the space heater. (The latter I shouldn’t need due to the wonderful weather. I will also add that the WiFi is spectacular. Shared bathroom but that shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Hell, I’ve stayed in worse hotels for twice as much. The walk is already getting a bit old but I suppose that getting up at 4am isn’t helping.

On the brighter side I did just have a wonderful dinner at RFD with Jill and her husband Tom. It was nice to be able to catch up with them. I also made a quick stop back at the conference hotel on the way back to my room and was able to say hi to a few old friends. Right now I’m killing some time in the Starbucks across the street from my room as I guess the hostel is above a club and it’s Saturday night. I’ve been warned about the noise. Luckily, my workshop isn’t until 1pm tomorrow.

The Best Conference Hack

Lots of laptops #2Speaking of going to conference here are five reason why you should sit in the front row:

  1. You’ll meet amazing people
  2. You’ll connect with the speakers
  3. You’ll actually be able to see the slides
  4. You’ll focus and learn more
  5. You’ll gain confidence in other areas

Read the details @ Medium.com.

 

Links for our Internet Librarians 2012 talk

A202 – Digitally Engage Your Community & Campus
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Michael P Sauers, Technology Innovation Librarian, Technology & Access Services, Nebraska Library Commission
Christa Burns, Special Projects Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
Mariana Lapidus, Reference librarian, Library & Learning Resources, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Samuel King, Library manager, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences
Want to reach the people in your community who can’t make it to library programs, or students and faculty working online? Nebraska Library Commission NCompass Live program broadcasts live, and records in both video and audio a variety of programs, including a monthly “Tech Talk” and a free full-day conference. And, at the MCPHS, librarians use Blackboard 9.1 to expand their educational role, teach collaboratively with faculty, and interact with students online. They enhance students’ online experience with Camtasia for tutorials and Elluminate Live for web conferencing. Hear the lessons these organizations have learned and apply them in your environment.

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Have you registered for Big Talk From Small Libraries yet?

We’ve been listening! A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries. Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that.

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better. Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries.

Topics range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to partnering with your community. This eight-hour event means eight topics with ten speakers. Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

Big Talk From Small Libraries will be broadcast online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions will be e-mailed to registered attendees the day before the conference. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements and firewall configuration. GoToWebinar works on PCs, Macs and iPads.

This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and Library Renewal.

Big Talk From Small Libraries
February 28, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CT)

9:00     Helping Your Patrons E-Read, Karen Mier
10:00   Community Partnerships, Diane Althoff & Karla Bieber
11:00   The FFL Fabulous Laboratory: Developing a Read/Write Culture in Your Library, Lauren Smedley
12:00   Combo School/Public Libraries, Lindsey Hansen & Linda Holmberg
1:00     Magic Tricks and Maintenance: Helping the Public Learn Technology, Jessamyn West
2:00     Working in the Cloud, Jezymnne Dene
3:00     Gaming and Game collection development, Diane Trinkle
4:00     Closing Keynote: The Best Small Library in America 2012, Julie Hildebrand

 

Announcing the Big Talk From Small Libraries online conference

We’ve been listening!  A comment we’ve heard pretty often is that so many presentations at conferences seem to be by and for librarians from larger libraries.  Well, Big Talk From Small Libraries will change that.

This free one-day online conference is aimed at librarians from small libraries; the smaller the better.  Each of our speakers is from a small library or directly works with small libraries.

Topics range from technology (new tech and old tech) to programming to partnering with your community. Speakers will cover eight topics—one each hour.  Come for the programs on what you’re dealing with now or maybe try something new.

Everyone is welcome to register and attend, regardless of how big or small their library is, but if your library serves a few thousand people, or a few hundred, this is the day for you.

More details, including speaker bios, session descriptions, technical information and registration can be found @ http://nlcblogs.nebraska.gov/bigtalk/.

This conference was organized and is hosted by Michael Sauers and Laura Johnson of the Nebraska Library Commission and is co-sponsored by the Association for Small & Rural Libraries and Library Renewal.

Big Talk From Small Libraries
February 28, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (CT)

Preliminary Schedule:
8:45am            Log-in, Welcome, Housekeeping – Michael Sauers & Laura Johnson, Nebraska Library Commission
9:00am            Helping Your Patrons E-Read – Karen Mier, Plattsmouth Public Library (NE)
10:00am          Community Partnerships – Karla Bieber, A.H. Brown Library & Diane Althoff, Gregory Public Library (SD)
11:00am          The Fayetteville Free Library Fab Lab – Lauren Smedley, Fayetteville Free Library (NY)
12:00pm          TBA
1:00pm            Training the Public – Jessamyn West, Librarian.net (VT)
2:00pm            Working in the Cloud – Jezymnne Dene, Portneuf District Library (ID)
3:00pm            Gaming and Game Collection Development – Diane Trinkle, Nortonville Public Library (KS)
4:00pm            TBA

23 Things for Professional Development

The ongoing Nebraska Learns 2.0 program (http://nelearns.blogspot.com ) is now 2 years old! Yup, our very first Thing was in May 2009. Every month since then, we’ve offered you a new resource to learn about. But this isn’t the Nebraska Library Commission’s first foray into a 23 Things program. We debuted our first Nebraska Learns 2.0 program in October 2008. That original program ran for 16 weeks, through the end of January 2009 – http://l2ne.blogspot.com/2008/09/home.html

Why are we giving you this 23 Things in Nebraska history lesson?

Many library staff have participated in both our original, 16 week program and in our ongoing program. But, we’ve heard from some of you that you’d like to do another 16 week learning program. Well, you’re in luck! We’ve discovered a new 23 Things program that we think would be very useful, engaging, and fun. It’s called 23 Things for Professional Development – http://cpd23.blogspot.com/

From its own website, “CPD23 is a free online programme open to information professionals at all stages of their career, in all types of roles, and anywhere across the world. Inspired by the 23 Things programmes for social media, this new programme will consist of a mixture of social media ‘Things’ and ‘Things’ to do with professional development. The programme starts on 20 June and will run until early October 2011.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? We thought so, too. So, we have decided to change things up here at Nebraska Learns 2.0. For the next 5 months, we’re going back to our roots. Instead of 5 new Things from June through October, Nebraska Learns 2.0 is going to follow along with 23 Things for Professional Development

You will have the opportunity to learn 23 new Things to help you with your professional development. And we at Nebraska Learns 2.0 will be here to assist you in participating in this new, 16 week 23 Things program

But wait…there’s more! Nebraska library staff who complete all 23 Things for Professional Development by October 14 will earn 15 CE Credits

You will find all of the details about this new learning opportunity on the Nebraska Learns 2.0 website at http://nelearns.blogspot.com/2011/06/new-23-thingsfor-your-professional.html

We invite all Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists to join us on this new international learning adventure. Please share this announcement with your colleagues, your director, your staff…with anyone who you think might be interested in working on their professional development.