April 14th, 2013 by Michael Sauers

simply explainNeed a custom meme image for your blog or presentation? If so, head on over to the Blank Meme & Advice Animal Templates page on imgflip and get creating. (Thanks Jennifer!)

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April 1st, 2013 by Michael Sauers

Presentation Plan

Source: MyITForum.com

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September 22nd, 2011 by Michael Sauers

I looked at Prezzi back when it first arrived on the scene and even did a version of my Creative Commons presentation using Prezzi. This thing was enough to make me consider updating that version from 2009 in order to present it next week at the Wyoming Library Association Conference. After thinking about it I’ve decided to stick with PowerPoint for the forseeable future. Let’s just say that I’ve only ever seen one Prezzi-based presentation that actually pulled it off…

I’m no Chris Anderson.

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April 21st, 2011 by Michael Sauers

In this month’s episode, Michael Sauers talks with Jennifer Koerber, Web Services Librarian at Boston Public Library, about User Personas and Libraries. 

Any marketer or web designer will tell you that creating user personas is a great way to target your services, but just how do you do that? What are the steps involved, and how can we narrow the wide variety of people we serve down to a few "types"? By brainstorming, collecting data and talking to your users, you can make tools to help you develop new programs, focus a marketing campaign, or redesign your website. In this brief overview, Koerber will introduce the basics of persona-making and give you resources to go through the process yourself. 

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. There will also be plenty of time in each episode for you to ask your tech questions. So, bring your questions with you, or send them in ahead of time, and Michael will have your answers.

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

Apply for Nebraska Library Commission C.E. Credits – Print out the C.E. Activity Reporting Form and send the completed copy to the address on the form. Check the C.E Guidelines for information on earning C.E Credits. Please email Laura Johnson, Continuing Education Coordinator, with questions about C.E. Credits. 

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April 15th, 2011 by Michael Sauers

Join us for the next NCompass Live: "Tech Talk with Michael Sauers: Who’s Out There? User Personas and Libraries", on Wednesday, April 20, 10:00am – 11:00am CT.

Description: In this month’s episode, Michael Sauers will talk with Jennifer Koerber, Web Services Librarian at Boston Public Library, about User Personas and Libraries. Any marketer or web designer will tell you that creating user personas is a great way to target your services, but just how do you do that? What are the steps involved, and how can we narrow the wide variety of people we serve down to a few "types"? By brainstorming, collecting data and talking to your users, you can make tools to help you develop new programs, focus a marketing campaign, or redesign your website. In this brief overview, Koerber will introduce the basics of persona-making and give you resources to go through the process yourself.

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Upcoming NCompass Live events:

April 27 – The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing, with Peggy Barber

May 4 – Introducing Nebraska Libraries on the Web 

May 11 – 2011 Nebraska Book Festival 

May 25 – Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

For more information, to register for upcoming NCompass Live events, or to listen to recordings of past events, go to: http://www.nlc.state.ne.us/ncompass/ncompasslive.asp

NCompass Live is broadcast live from 10am – 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website: http://time.gov/

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March 4th, 2011 by Michael Sauers

063/365 All dressed up and no place to goI’ve been doing public speaking (involving lots of travel) since 1995. Previous to yesterday I’d been late to a gig exactly once. (I went to the wrong branch of a library.) In those 16 years I’d never missed a gig through any fault of airlines or my stupidity. Until yesterday. It seems that the talk I was to give this afternoon in LaVista, NE to the Nebraska Association for the Gifted was actually yesterday afternoon. I feel so stupid. Luckily, the group was understanding and glad that I hadn’t been hit by a truck or something like that. Me, I’d kind of wish I’d had been since that at least would have been a good excuse. Let the self flagellation begin.

For those that patiently waited for me there are things in the works for me to give a free online presentation in exchange. In the mean time, you can view the resources I was going to talk about on this Google Bookmarks page.

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January 10th, 2011 by Michael Sauers
YOU SUCK AT POWERPOINT!

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October 19th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

Here’s the video of my Google Secrets presentation from last week’s NLA/NEMA conference.

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September 27th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

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May 12th, 2010 by Michael Sauers

Trainer Michael Sauers applies the super-search strategies he is known for to the latest generation of Web tools. Blogs, RSS, Flickr, podcasting, mashups, the read/write Web, Google, visual search engines, folksonomies, Firefox Search Plugins, Del.icio.us, and more. Irreverent and fun, this presentation will expose you to some of the more recent tools that make the most of the Web 2.0 environment: from improving basic search skills and evaluating search results to making the best use of search engines, both common and cutting-edge. Sauers will also show you how best to organize your resources for quick access at the reference desk.

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