Monthly Archives: April 2013

April – It’s raining; just add a T and make it training instead

April is MLA month, so the Montana State Library online training slacks off a little bit as we plan and present training at MLA in Missoula.  You’ll see a lot of us in the presentation rooms there. I hope you’ll also stop by the MSL booth – there will be lots of information about upcoming training, and if you need help setting up your online CE tracking form or you are looking for some specific training, I’ll be there Thursday morning or Friday Noon-2 pm.  I will be happy to get you logged in or show you some resources for online training related to what you’re looking for.

Our State Librarian, Jennie Stapp, presents a state of the State Library style report at MLA, so she will not be hosting a Webside chat this month.

A note about what counts for CE and what doesn’t …

Most MLA sessions count toward the continuing education you need for your Montana library certification. Author talks and meetings don’t count.  CE credit is directed toward formal learning activities – and while you might learn something at a meeting or a talk by an author, those times aren’t organized specifically for teaching and learning.  Life experiences, training that is not library-specific, and volunteering don’t count for credit either, although all of that stuff is good stuff! Obtaining your certification takes effort and it should. We all want the certification to represent a significant professional accomplishment; one that increases your level of competency as a librarian.  Continuing education is good for you…and good for our profession.

If you are presenting at MLA (or elsewhere), you get to count double credits for your session.  Enter in your own sessions manually into the CE Tracking Form at the MSL website and give yourself the extra credit.

Check the Learning Portal: learning.montanastatelibrary.or for information on all  the Webinars planned for this month.  Just a few suggestions:

DiscoverIt! Integrated Search Tool JUST THE BASICS – two sessions on April 9th (small classes, NOT recorded…come if you are mystified about how to use this tool…or if you haven’t had a chance to learn about it yet.)

April  23rd 9 am MT Library2Go: Content Reserve with Cara Orban register here:

April 23rd  at noon Paleontology for Kids – using the Museum of the Rockies trunks in your library; register here:

Here are the sessions I’m presenting at MLA – hope to see you at one (or more):

Learning Portal Tour (with Amy Marchwick and Jennifer Birnel): If you haven’t been using the learning portal yet, here’s your chance to get a tour of the resource and learn where to find stuff.  We’ll also share some insights about what content is being planned for this statewide resource focused entirely on the continuing education needs of librarians.    Thursday, April 18th at 3:30 pm.

Assisting Montana Authors: a primer on ePublishing (with Jodi Christophe of the Missoula WOW bus):  I’m so excited about this session!  It’s been great fun to research this topic and Jodi and I have lots to share.  Friday, April 19th  at 10:30 am.

Online Tools for Meeting and Training (with Jennifer Birnel): this session explores the range of tools available to facilitate learning or meeting virtually.  Jenn and I will discuss what we’ve learned using the GoToMeeting tools, Webex, and others that are on the market…and we will introduce you to Google hangout, Google talk and some other free resources that you could use to keep your travel budget at a minimum and still be uber-productive.  Saturday morning, April 20th 8:30 am
Digital Literacy: an introduction (with Lauren McMullen): Digital Literacy is the buzzword right now – and libraries are the defacto lynchpin of digital literacy in our communities.  This session will explore what that term means exactly and how it manifests itself in our everyday library world.  We’ll look at online resources to promote digital literacy and learn about national campaigns that are promoting libraries as the place to go for information, support, and training.  Saturday, April 20th 10:15 am

See you online.



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