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Don't miss NEXT WEEK'S line-up of NEW Programs!!
And....Returning ones BACK by popular demand!



BEGINS Monday, Oct. 1st, 2007
Readers' Advisory Services -- How to Find the Middle of the Row!
with Terri L. Lyons - 6-week ON-LINE COURSE

There are currently two avenues of thought when it comes to providing readers' advisory services in public libraries or in secondary schools: the service is offered through identifying genre (Genreflecting) OR by identifying appeal (Saricks and Brown) -- but there is a middle ground! This course will help to blend the two approaches in a hands-on practical manner.

This introduction to readers' advisory services, primarily aimed at adults or teens who are avid recreational readers, includes the readers' advisory interview, marketing readers' advisory services, promoting fiction, and finding aids. A module titled "That Sinking Feeling -- Difficult Aspects of a Readers' Advisory Interview", provides tricks of the trade for keeping up with the rapidly changing world of genre fiction.

Tuesday, Oct. 2nd, 1-2pm ET (10-11am PT)
Going Drupal -- an Open Source CMS Adventure
with Pat Moore, Darryl Friesen, and Doug Macdonald - 1 hour WEB CONFERENCE

Web sites are an integral part of a library's identity. But more than this, library sites need to incorporate a complex and expanding set of Web services. During our redesign, the University of Saskatchewan Library migrated to Drupal for both Web management and as a development platform for Web services. This migration sparked conversations on the role of the Web site within our library, and helped us move from a complex Web site toward a rich resource set of content and services.

The presenters will discuss their experiences, challenges, and successes on using an Open Source CMS in a library setting.

Wednesday, Oct. 3rd, 4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT)
Super Teaching: Think! Models for Instructional Improvement
with David Loertscher - 1 hour AUDIO CONFERENCE

"Cut, paste, submit. Cut, paste, submit. Learners of all ages respond to assignments completing the reports and projects quickly but with little thinking and new learning. Teachers, professors, and professional developers cry plagiarism and deem this generation of learners bereft of ethics." - quoted from: Loertscher, David L. SuperTeaching: 15 Think! Models for Instructional Improvement in College Courses, Online Learning, and Professional Development. Hi Willow Research & Publishing, 2006. ISBN: 1-933170-19-0

This session will talk about how to turn passive learners into active learners - create thinkers who can explore, research, analyze and synthesize - build their own knowledge and understanding, and become thoroughly engaged in personal and group learning.

Thursday, Oct. 4th, 4-5pm ET (1-2pm PT)
Best Practices: Collaboration for Student Achievement
with Lesley Farmer - 1 hour AUDIO CONFERENCE

It's time to reach out and collaborate with the rest of the school community, specifically other educational service providers: reading specialists, special education teachers, counselors, health personnel, technology staff, and athletic/activity directors. Starting with an overview of how schools work--and how the media specialist fits into the larger organization--this session describes the work and expertise of each type of professional service personnel. What can each contribute to the library media program, and how can the library media specialist help these staff? Find out how the new model of collaborative leadership can make a difference in students' lives -- and how LMSs can measure that impact.

Friday, Oct. 5th, 1-2pm ET (10-11am PT)
PowerPoint -- Getting Started
with Bruce Roxburgh, Lily Alberry and Kris Purdy - 1 hour WEB CONFERENCE

PowerPoint is the preferred way to explain your work and activities to a group or public audience. Get to the heart of developing presentations in this valuable tool, including use of templates, menu structure and shortcuts. Changing background and text colours, adding backgrounds, custom bullets and graphics will all be covered during this course. This workshop is a great walkthrough of features, tips and commands that will build practical skills in the rookie or those who have thrown a presentation together before but not really understood all the features.

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Fees for 1 hour Audio Conferences
Member: $54.00 + GST
Non-Member: $74.00 + GST

Fees for Web Conferences
Member: $75.00 + GST
Non-Member: $95.00 + GST

Fees for 4 to 6-week On-Line Course
Member: $149.00 + GST
Non-Member: $194.00 + GST

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