June 2007


I know this is probably making the rounds to all of us who use PowerPoint, but since this is so funny and unfortunately accurate I thought I’d share.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLpjrHzgSRM&v2
– How NOT To Use Powerpoint By Comedian Don McMillan

While on the subject of PowerPoint…I don’t necessarily love it, but it is a helpful tool…two things that I’ve found that have helped keep my PP Presentations fun (at least for me (which is important too)):

  1. Create my own custom templates/slide designs
    (I just can’t take Dad’s Tie anymore )
  2. Use nice graphics/artwork…Microsoft has their clipart site: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/clipart/default.aspx?lc=en-us , but I’ve really enjoyed using sites like stock.xchng: http://www.sxc.hu/index.phtml to get great quality images…(I’ll re-size in Fireworks or PhotoShop Elements to keep the file size down)

What do you all do?

As a trainer and consultant, I have long been fascinated with what I now call the tipping point (thanks to Malcolm Gladwell’s book) for adoption of new ideas and trends within libraries.

Whether you already share my interest in trendwatching and helping to diffuse innovation or are just ready to test the waters, take a look at these two sources:

Trend Unit: Why we all can and should be trend watchers.
It provides an invaluable how-to source for both aspiring and experienced trend watchers with coverage ranging from why you should watch trends to setting up an inhouse Trend Unit in your organization.
Coolhunting: Chasing Down the Next Big Thing, by Peter Gloor and Scott Cooper.
For those of you who have the CLENE American Management Association (AMA) “Members Only” website access information, you can read a sample chapter of this AMA Book of the Month. Here’s an excerpt from the AMA blurb, The art of “coolhunting” involves identifying emerging and cutting-edge trends—whether it’s the next hot band or the next MySpace. The authors explain how to coolhunt and explore how the most innovative companies use coolhunting to their advantage.

If you are a CLENE member and do not have the AMA website access information, email me.

I love to ScreenCast…for both teaching and training, screencasting has become one of my best tools. Below is a quick example of a simple screencast…a little PowerPoint, a little Camtasia, and boom…a teachable moment…to post wherever I need it.

[blip.tv ?posts_id=276484&dest=-1]
The above is a screencast of a PowerPoint presentation, I opened PowerPoint and used Camtasia 4 to record the screen as I spoke. After recording I produced the video as several diferent types of files, the one above is a .wmv. From there I uploaded the video to blip.tv and took the code that site generated and pasted into WordPress…that’s it.

A nice tutorial on how to do this is located on the freevlog site…very easy to follow screencasts for PC and Mac.

C(S)ites:
Camtasia – techsmith.com
blip.tv – blip.tv
Freevlog –freevlog.org

If you’d like some more information check out my NJLA Presentation or send me an email at librarysteve@yahoo.com

Enjoy, Steve
p.s. Thank You to Pete for the opportunity to post here

CLENE group ShotPOP QUIZ! If you are at a CLENE event are you:

a) Picking up great, practical information
b) Having way too much fun
c) Meeting creative, smart, energetic people

And the answer is… d) All of the above

For starters, if you’re coming to ALA Annual in Washington DC, don’t miss our wonderful preconference, Creating A Staff Development Plan, or our 4th Annual Training Showcase. See below for details on all CLENE events. And check out our Flickr group for pictures from past events.

CLENE events ALA annual!

click here for printable version of all CLENE events

Creating A Staff Development Plan
Friday, June 22, 2007, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Convention Center (WCC), Room 159 A/B
In today’s environment, library staff have to work harder than ever to stay informed and keep up with changes. How can libraries encourage all staff to continually develop their skills? A systematic staff development plan can address the learning needs of library staff and increase their effectiveness on the job. This half-day session is a step-bystep introduction to the process of addressing the issue of staff development from needs assessment through planning. Do you need a staff development plan?Speaker: Cal Shepard, SOLINET

Tickets:
CLENERT Member: $110; ALA Member: $130; Non-Member: $180
Registration: Click here for registration


CLENE Past President’s Dinner
Friday, June 22, 2007, 7:00 PM Phillips Flagship Restaurant
900 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024
202-488-8515 x52
800-648-7067
Fax 202-863-9019
The cost per person will be $31.99 [This does not include tax & tip and drinks are separate]


CLENE Board Meeting
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 8:00 am-noon
Convention Center (WCC), Room 143C
If you’re interested in getting more involved with ALA, building your resume, learning meeting/team skills, or just looking to meet and interact with a group of fun, engaging staff development and training folks, stop by our Board meeting.


Learning When There Is No Time to Learn
Saturday, June 23, 2007, 1:30-3:30 pm
Convention Center (WCC), Room 143 B
Are you running out of ideas for ways to keep your staff current, up-to-date, and informed when time and money are limited? If you’re experiencing shrinking budgets, information overload, complex technologies and fast-paced change, you’re not alone. Don’t be frustrated! Instead, meet your training challenge with excitement, a fresh perspective and a renewed purpose. From training tracks to tracking training, you’ll learn about a variety of training tools and resources which will energize your staff and create an environment where learning is fun and time is well-spent. Whether you have only 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes to teach a skill or learn something new, you’ll be able to use the ideas and resources from this session to put together an action plan to take back to your library.Led by: Pat Carterette, Training and Staff Development Coordinator, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library


Learning for Library Staff: Make it Blended – Not on the Rocks!: Developing Blended Learning programs for Library Staff.
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 10:30-Noon
Convention Center (WCC), Room 146C
Are you running out of ideas for ways to keep your staff current, up-to-date, and informed when time and money are limited? If you’re experiencing shrinking budgets, information overload, complex technologies and fast-paced change, you’re not alone. Don’t be frustrated! Instead, meet your training challenge with excitement, a fresh perspective and a renewed purpose. From training tracks to tracking training, you’ll learn about a variety of training tools and resources which will energize your staff and create an environment where learning is fun and time is well-spent. Whether you have only 30 minutes, 60 minutes or 90 minutes to teach a skill or learn something new, you’ll be able to use the ideas and resources from this session to put together an action plan to take back to your library.Led by: Laura Staley, Spanish Language Outreach Program Coordinator, WebJunction


4th Annual Training Showcase
Sunday, June 24, 2007, 1:30-3:30 pm (Drop by anytime between 1:30-3:30.)
Convention Center (WCC), Room 154A
This poster session celebrates innovative continuing education, staff development, and training initiatives and programs in libraries across the country. Always fun, informative, and chock full of good, practical ideas! Click here to see past presenters.


CLENE Board Meeting
Monday, June 25, 2007, 10:30 am-noon
Convention Center (WCC), Room 204 A/B
If you’re interested in getting more involved with ALA, building your resume, learning meeting/team skills, or just looking to meet and interact with a group of fun, engaging staff development and training folks, stop by our Board meeting.


Staff Development Discussion Group
Monday, June 25, 2007, 1:30-3:30 pm
Convention Center (WCC), Room 158 A/B
Everyone’s welcome! Come meet other CLENIES, trainers, and staff development officers from all types of libraries, large and small. This is an informal forum (say that five times fast) for the exchange of ideas on topics of common professional interests including staff development, training, distance learning, presentation software, tips and more. You’ll leave with at least five good ideas or your money back! (full disclosure, admission is free.)