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@lillylibrarian on Twitter

Currently, I tweet more than blog. Maybe it will new year resolution to blog more when something matters…or I THINK it does – Twitter-style šŸ˜‰ Ā  Actually, I “follow” a few pretty cool peeps with tweets which I find insightful, humorous, and/or timely.Ā  Prominent hastags: #di4ll #inquiry (our Denton Inquiry for Lifelong Learning project and TSLAC 2013-2014 grant) #embedded #librarianonlocationĀ  #outreach (outside office hours, partnerships with campus groups like the multicultural center, orientations, marketing, etc.)Ā  Hmm. If I think of any in this nerdy key/classification system I may add more.


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LITA Instructional Technologies IG meeting June (#alaac15)

Library Information Technology Association (division of ALA) Instructional Technologies IG meetingĀ (see ALA Connect for notes) June 27, 2015 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Our meeting this year was a pivotal one, as we had to collect signatures and restock positions to continue the group. I spoke to some new people at the open house (some of them not yet members).

Alas, we are odd ducks. As of 2015, I am a member of ALA, ACRL, LITA, LearnRT …because these different groups fit my varying interests, but I understand it gets pricey (I was so lucky to know fellow money-conscious librarians who were at ALA to be able to grab a sofa this year in a house!) So, the challenge I learned as Chair is going through this process with some people were enthusiastic about a group dealing with instruction and technology but weren’t currently LITA members so could not sign šŸ˜¦Ā  Of course this is a LITA group, so it has to be relevant to the division. That said,Ā  I would like to update you all that we got the signatures and I was able to replace the previous position, so thank all you LITA members your support! šŸ™‚

I asked my colleague Greg (@ghardin) to step in this year since we needed to replace the secretary position it is really hard to run the session and take notes.Ā  He kindly agreed = yay!. He will also be helping me with sessions and/or virtual meetings (Position: Vice Chair).

Stay tuned for any other ALA Annual 2016 communication involving the new cool librarians I met! šŸ™‚Ā  You can contact me if you have questions (@lillylibrarian or by email) Official ALA page about LITITIG:

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Best Pracitices in Training-: LearnRT session (ALA 2015)

Here are some topics I will discuss:

LearnRT alaac15 session

Post conference additions –Ā  Helpful Links for training (online resource sharing)

American Libraries Association LIVE – Ā
Library JournalĀ  –
Web Junction:

Texas examples (check your state chapter for ALA)
Texas Library AssociationĀ  —
TSLAC (Texas State Archives & Library Commission” /grants

Session information: LearnRT Best Practices in Training ShowcaseĀ 
Come see the best practices of your training, learning and presenting peers at our annual showcase. Come and share your tips, tricks, things that worked and things that didn’t work but you learned from at this open showcase and presentation. We want to hear how awesome you are and how you have helped your staff and community thrive.

This was a fast paced event this year with participants making rounds to our repeated sessions. I met some talented people – some librarians, some professional trainers – talking about the joys and challenges of teaching. Thanks!!

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On Denton ISD In-Service “Getting Techy” session

RobotHandoutRaminImageMy handout from today “Technology Teasers” Robot Handout PDF includes some tools discussed by Greg and I to facilitate discussion for or today’s In-Service day for Denton ISD librarians . Elementary and Secondary School librarians went to each table to share their ideas. in what Donna called “speedgeeking” ; ) I brought along “Comment Robot” so people could put in suggestions on slips of paper as well.


Tweets:#di4ll @lillylibrarian @ghardin
DentonISD popular suggestions during #di4ll “speedgeeking” session: Glogster, Photo Story (mac/windows xp) Aurasma, Windows Moviemaker, Animoto, & befriend your ITS!

The ITS (Instructional Technology Specialist) was used interchangeably with CTS (Computer Technology Specialist) and it sounded like activities performed differed. Some librarians raved about their ITS/CTS and how s/he enabled collaboration with teachers to reach students. That’s pretty much want academic research and instructional librarians note about IT collaboration or lack thereof. We’re serving a different age group of students but there are similarities to the collbaoration process. (librarian& teacher/professor). Other ideas were: “Appy Hour” and “Tech Tuesdays” trainings for staff and technology newsletters.

I’ve hyper-linkedĀ  ideas (in image below) suggested by the librarians (some of which were new to me and I can’t wait to play with!):

Apps for Free, Big Huge Labs, Blabberize, Class Dojo, Dropbox, Edmodo, Google Earth,Ā  iMovie, LiveBinders, Prezi, Sock Puppet app (itunes), Tellagami,Ā  Videolicious,Ā  VoiceThread Ā Weebly, and more!

Denton ISD Tech Ideas

Denton ISD school librarian tech ideas

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Handout for DI4LL presentation

Handout for today’s In-Service day for Denton ISD librarians. The robot handout includes some links to Ā The “Technology Teasers” Robot Handout PDF includes some tools Greg and I will discuss. #di4ll

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Internet Librarian 2012 Presentations Online

If you are curious about this conference, sponsored by Information Today, Inc., you can download selected presentations online via the Internet Librarian 2012 Presentations page. On a related note, iLibrarianĀ  has posted a “10 Great Library Presentations from Internet Librarian 2012” (Note: the iLibrarian blog is part of Online Education Database – see About)

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Bye Bye

I had a couple of sites on Vox. Some stuff transferred over through the upload tool, but it’s all WordPress for me now.

As the webmaster for Beta Phi Mu, Beta Lambda Chapter, this was a lot of work. I’m satisfied with the structure of that site now.

I liked Vox, and was a beta tester, but WordPress has so much customization and functionality which I like.

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