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Practical Time Management: How to Get Things Done When You Don't Have Time, People, or Resources
State Library Services will be bringing Pat Wagner to five locations in Minnesota, June 23-27, 2008, for a workshop called: Practical Time Management.
Patricia Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc.
One of the most common complaints heard from staff is, "There's so little time. How do I find the time?" Join in the challenge and the fun! Listen, practice, and learn:
How to be productive and effective, even when you feel stretched too thin.
How to make hard choices when demands on your time conflict.
What to do when they cut your budget.
How and when to draw a line in the sand.
Dates and Locations:
M 6/23 Chanhassen: Chanhassen Public Library, 7711 Kerber Blvd., Chanhassen, MN 55317
T 6/24 Mankato: Traverse de Sioux Library System Office, 1400 Madison Ave. Suite 622 Mankato MN 56001 (east end of shopping center)
W 6/25 Granite Falls: Minnesota West Community and Technical College, 1593 11th Ave, Granite Falls, MN 56241
Th 6/26 St. Cloud: St. Cloud Public Library, 405 St. Germain St. W., St. Cloud, MN 56301-3667
F 6/27 Cloquet: Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St, Cloquet MN 55720
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
Workshop is from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This will include a working lunch which will be provided (to those who register by June 13).
Staff of libraries and library organizations of all types
No charge. Lunch included .
Available, with priority given to those who submit a mileage reimbursement request with registration or by June 13. To confirm reimbursement is available, apply in advance. Don't hesitate to submit a request. (Funding is extensive, but not unlimited.) Reimbursements will be made after the workshops.
Deadline: Friday, June 13 (Lunch cannot be guaranteed for those registering after this date.)
To register, select a date and location and select a registration option.
Online Registration: http://mn.webjunction.org - Click on "Calendar of Events"; locate desired date, click to open event, scroll down to complete registration form.
Email: If preferred, send registration to Mary Ann Van Cura at firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: When local practice requires it, consult your library or regional system for attendance, approval or registration instructions.
Please call or email with questions or observations.
Mary Ann Van Cura
Library Development & Continuing Education Coordinator
State Library Services
1500 Highway 36 West
Roseville, MN 55113
651-582-8632 voice 651-582-8752 fax
Dear Valued Customers:
Gale is pleased to announce that we will be performing a technology upgrade on Thursday 5/22/2008 from 10:00PM to 2:00AM 5/23/2008. During this upgrade Gale will be releasing new products, adding exciting new features to your existing online products, and installing network enhancements that will improve reliability and improve performance. Detailed communication regarding the new products and features will be forthcoming.
During the upgrade you may experience intermittent disruptions accessing your Gale subscriptions. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.
Gale Technical Support
800-877-4253 (Option 4)
The latest pew Internet report just came out, " The Internet and consumer choice." Highlights include:
Meghan Lafferty, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Librarian, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities wrote and intriguing article about smaller academic institutions and companies that often cannot afford the big-time chemistry databases, and how ELM assists in filling that void. You can read her article "Does Chemistry Content in a State Electronic Library Meet the Needs of Smaller Academic Institutions and Companies?" in the publication Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Winter 2008, available at: http://www.istl.org/08-winter/refereed4.html
PR Newswire announced today (http://newsblaze.
The AOL Latino 2006 Hispanic Cyberstudy revealed that only 15 percent of U.S. Hispanic Internet users read online content in Spanish only, with most users switching back and forth between English and Spanish.
Finding Dulcinea is a division of Dulcinea Media, Inc. "a Silicon Alley team of savvy Internet users" according to their website (http://www.findingd
I thought these facts listed in the March/April 2008 issue of Training were interesting. You can read the full article, "It's Not Easy being Green" in EBSCO Business Source Premier.
• 1 tree makes 16.67 reams of copy paper or 8,333 sheets.
• 1 ream of paper (500 sheets) uses 6% of a tree.
• The average cost of a wasted page is $0.06, and the average employee prints 6 wasted pages per day--1,410 wasted pages per year at a cost of $84 per employee.
• The average U.S. office worker prints 10,000 pages a year.
• In 2004, the U.S. used 8 million tons of office paper (3.2 billion reams)--the equivalent of 178 million trees.
• The U.S. uses enough office paper each year to build a 10-foot-high wall that's 6,815 miles long. That's more than the distance from New York to Tokyo.
• Production of 1 ton of copy paper uses 11,134 kWh (the same amount of energy an average household uses in 10 months).
• Making a single sheet of copy paper can use more than 13 ounces of water--more than a typical soda can.
• Production of 1 ton of copy paper produces 19,075 gallons of waste water; 2,278 pounds of solid waste; and 5,690 pounds of green house gases (the equivalent of 6 months of car exhaust).
• It takes 3 tons of wood to produce 1 ton of copy paper.
SOURCE: GREENPRINT, A SOFTWARE COMPANY DEVOTED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION, http://WWW.PRINTGREENER.COM/EARTHDAY.HTML.
If you are interested in manga, or your library collects it, don't miss out on Wired's November 2007 issue that talked about manga in two articles. (Sorry, I know it is late, but thought it was still valid to point out- it was just routed through the office to my desk). The first, Japan, Ink, discussed how big publishers cornered the market, but now amateurs are the hottest thing. The second, is a "10-page graphic guide to Japan's coolest export."
The Minneapolis Community and Technical College Library has launched a
half-hour long radio show on BlogTalkRadio. Listen to our inaugural
We discuss incorporating humor in teaching and learning with Craig
Hergert, MCTC English faculty member and part-time stand-up comedian.
Our show "airs" live every two weeks from 11-11:30 a.m. on Friday
mornings. Our next live show is Friday May 16. Or,
you can listen to the archived shows at the above link anytime after the
live show ends.
New webinar about NetLibrary from OCLC:
The "Using eBooks" session is a free, 60-minute web-based session for an overview and demonstration of NetLibrary and how users can get the most from your library's eBook collection. Topics will include: getting started, creating end-user accounts, searching for titles, copying and pasting text, printing pages, adding notes, saving titles to a favorites list, plus other features and functions. The session will also review the essential resources available to help your users access NetLibrary eBooks with ease.
Registration is available here: http://www.oclc.org/support/training/netlibrary/successlive/default.htm
Personally, I love using NetLibrary. I think it's an untapped gold mine not only of resources by of organizing books and the content in books for leisure and research. People are always amazed at the capabilities within NetLibrary whenever I talk about it in webinars. Now get the info straight from the source.
I have thought of a couple of updates I would like to see integrated into NetLibrary to make them more appealling to the general population: 1. When saving a book to your personal account have an amazon.com-like feature of "...other people who have saved this book also saved these books..." and 2. Allow us to contribute and share content kind of like LibraryThing or looking at a way to connect it to outside content such as author info like Open Library.
The first in a new series of podcasts and webinars from Programs and Research staff is now available on the OCLC Web site.
The podcasts are recorded impromptu interviews in which Programs and Research staff ask industry thought leaders “What’s keeping you awake at night?”
For more information, visit: http://www.oclc.org/programsandresearch/parcasts/default.htm
From Minnesota Public Radio at:
(Go to URL for photo and links to audio and resources)
Online Learning is Growing by the Gigabyte
Tim Nelson, Minnesota Public Radio
April 23, 2008
Children and parents around the state this spring are picking elementary and
high schools for next fall. But more and more students won't be going to a
school at all. These students will take classes at home, by computer. Online
learning has been growing by the gigabyte in Minnesota and around the
country, and that's only likely to increase this year.
Royalton, Minn. - Alexa Olson is one of the thousands of kids in Minnesota
going to school via the Internet.
"I wake up in the morning. I sign onto my classes, check to make sure that I
did everything that was needed," Olson said. "I usually do a good five hours
a day, like a normal school day, to keep up in my classes."
Olson reads textbooks, and hands in papers and gets grades, too, like any
other high school junior. But that's about as traditional as it gets.
"You can sign on whenever you want. Sometimes I sign on in the evening, when
I'm feeling lazy," Olson said. "The teachers mostly call when they want to
talk to you, otherwise it's mostly by e-mail."
"There's chances when you can have live chat, but I really don't go into
that," Olson continued. "But they have podcasts, where your teacher will
like, record a lecture for you to listen to. But otherwise, it's pretty much
on your own time."
There are 4,500 more kids like Olson across Minnesota.
"As we get into the next stage of growth, we'll see more of a blending of
online learning and meeting a teacher face to face."
- John Watson, Evergreen Associates
It's a tiny fraction of the 840,000 kids in public schools, but it's growing
steadily. If these students were all in the same town, they'd make one of
the biggest school districts in the state.
And there's no turning back for online learning. An industry trade group,
the North American Council For Online Learning, has just set nationwide
teaching benchmarks that will standardize the field.
Online enrollment in Minnesota shot up 50 percent last year. And the
nation's biggest online high school, Insight Schools, will start enrolling
students through the Brooklyn Center district this fall.
"It's starting to get the attention of all sorts of folks, because it's
starting to reach that critical mass. In fact, it has reached that critical
mass," says John Watson, with Evergreen Associates, a Colorado consulting
group. He's author of the leading survey of online education nationwide.
"I think broadband is part of it, because, as you get more and more
broadband penetration, it gets easier to learn online," Watson said.
"But I think part of it, too, is that there is this realization that there's
enough of a history here that these schools work," Watson continued. "We've
got students who are satisfied. We've got parents who are satisfied, and
that's what tends to spread the word more than anything else."
And there is a lot to like. In southeast Minnesota, for instance, two online
programs are helping keep the doors open at the local schools.
The Houston-based Minnesota Virtual Academy offers online classes to
hundreds of kids all over the state. It adds to the regular enrollment of
about 450 kids in the town's regular schools.
Online classes are also extremely flexible. Kids can go to school online
full time or just for some part of the regular school day. They can get just
electives their schools don't offer, or a whole curriculum.
Teachers can tailor their classes for special education students or gifted
Online education can also reach kids that traditional schools haven't,
according to assistant Minnesota Education Commissioner Morgan Brown.
"If you've got dropouts, where they have jobs or other commitments but they
want to come back and work towards a degree, they can arrange those time
slots," said Brown. "The whole advantage of online learning is that there's
a flexibility, in terms of the time frame."
It was health problems that got Alexa Olson online. Her mom, Jody Scott
Olson, said a hard-to-pinpoint immune disorder was making Alexa subject to
what seemed like every bug in Little Falls High School.
"And every time she was sick for two weeks, the school was processing her as
a dropout, and she was falling increasingly behind," said Jody Olson. "At
some point we just decided to look at online high school as an option, so
she wasn't missing so much of the curriculum."
Olson says her daughter has since gone from heading for a remedial math
class to getting A's and B's in her classwork.
But the benefits of online education come at a cost, too. Although online
education can be more flexible, experts say it isn't really any cheaper, per
student, than traditional classroom education.
Concerns are also rising over accountability. Online programs are regulated
by the Minnesota Department of Education, and students have to take the same
tests and meet the same state requirements as traditional students. But it's
hard to tell what's going on on the Internet.
"As we go forward, we need to make sure there is enough oversight so we can
maintain the quality," said Tom Dooher, head of Education Minnesota, the
state's teachers' union.
The group has already taken the state to court over online education once.
Although some of his members teach online already, Dooher says Minnesota
kids and parents would regret outsourcing education to the Internet.
"Distance learning can work if it's done properly. But you lose that
interaction that kids get in a school setting, and it simply doesn't fit
every students learning style," said Dooher. "You need to have some
self-motivation, and some other qualities that make sure that the student
gets everything they can out of the course."
But Jody Scott Olson says kids like her daughter are already living
important parts of their lives online. It would be hard to make school
"Alexa's managed to stay in touch with her friends via MySpace and other
online things. You know, her primary access to her friends has been via the
Internet, anyways," said Jody Olson.
Alexa Olson hopes to graduate, online, next spring.