Category Archives: Webinars and Virtual Events

Power Searching with Google

Dan Russell has a very cool title: Senior Research Scientist, Google Inc.

He’s also a clear-spoken and affable guide to the ins and outs of really searching with Google.

If you want to sharpen your Google-searching skills there’s a short, free course going on right now over here:

I admit, I use Google enough that I didn’t learn too much from the first two classes.  But I did learn a few tings and found the course design well done (which has given me some ideas for future online learning I may do with students and teachers).

The third class gets into more advanced stuff and I did learn more there.  I happily got an A on my midtem this morning.

Apparently if you take the midterm and final you will get a certificate emailed to you so you can show off your new found skills.

Here’s a news article from Mashable on the course:

Go for it!  And share the course with other students and educators you think may benefit.


Jim Randolph

Partee Elementary

Snellville, GA

Free Webinars: Carterette Series Webinars for November 2011

The Georgia Library Association is pleased to announce the November 2011 session of the Carterette Series Webinars  (


As of the upcoming session, the Carterette Series Webinars will be expanding in scope to include notable national speakers in addition to homegrown Georgia talent. As always, the series will continue to highlight trends, innovation, and best practices in libraries. Registration remains free and open to anyone, anywhere. Topics are chosen to be of interest to employees of all library types and each session is approved for one Georgia Continuing Education (CE) contact hour.


Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay! The sessions will be recorded and available on the CSW site for later viewing. (



Presented by Michael Sauers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME


In this session Michael Sauers, the Nebraska Library Commission’s Technology Innovation Librarian, takes you on a tour of Google+, Google’s latest attempt at creating a social network. At only a few months old it already has more than 50 million users and was designed with privacy in mind from the beginning. Is Google+ a Facebook killer? Is it something you should be paying attention to? Should your library be there? Michael will give his answers to these questions and more.


Michael Sauers is currently the Technology Innovation Librarian for the Nebraska Library Commission in Lincoln, Nebraska and has been training librarians in technology for more than 15 years. He has also been a public library trustee, a bookstore manager for a library friends group, a reference librarian, serials cataloger, technology consultant, and bookseller. He earned his MLS in 1995 from the University at Albany’s School of Information Science and Policy. Michael’s tenth book, Blogging & RSS: A Librarian’s Guide, Second Edition was published in October 2010. He has also written dozens of articles for various journals and magazines. In his spare time he blogs at, runs Web sites for authors and historical societies, is past-chair of the Nebraska Library Association’s Information Technology and Access Round Table, takes many, many photos, and reads more than 100 books per year.



Please contact a member of the Carterette Series Planning Team with questions or suggestions.


Karen Viars:

Tessa Minchew:

Sarah Steiner:

Unlimited E-Learning at Webjunction Georgia!

From the Georgia Public Library Service:

I’m writing to announce a couple of enhancements to Webjunction Georgia (WJGA). Effective immediately, WJGA members (you must be an employee of a public, academic, or school library in the state; an employee of GALILEO; a trustee of any Georgia library or library system; or a library science student at Valdosta State University) will be able to enroll in unlimited courses without charge. Here’s a short video promoting the changes that I encourage you to share with your colleagues throughout our library community.

The highlights of these enhancements include:

  • Free, unlimited access to 300+ courses available anytime, selected for relevance to libraries.
  • Simplified course enrollment process
  • All course prices are set to $0. You no longer need to apply for a free course scholarship and deal with the complexities of that process.
  • If you are already enrolled in a course, you will continue to have access to the course for 12 months from the date you enrolled.
  • You must be a WJGA member and logged into your account to see the course catalog on our page,

Also, Webjunction has enhanced how it handles its webinars. WJGA members will now receive advance registration notices for WJ webinars and attendance certificates that may qualify for continuing education credit. All members of the WJ community will continue to enjoy the free online webinar programming that WJ offers each month.

The Webjunction service provided by GPLS can be an invaluable resource in supporting your continuing education and learning needs. Please share this message or our promo video with your colleagues and encourage them to register for a WJGA account if they have not done so already and begin enjoying unlimited access to quality, online learning.

Feel free to shoot Jay an email or give him a call if you have any questions!

If you decide to sign up for a Webjunction account…please read this information:

  • Signing up for an account is easy and membership is free for your media specialists — there’s nothing that an individual, their school system, or individual school needs to purchase.
  • All that a media specialist will have to do is go to the Webjunction Georgia site, click “Create an Account,” and then complete a short application.   Accounts are typically approved within 72 hours.
  • Since there is a limit to the total number of active users I can have in the system at any given time, I ask that people to contact me if they try out WJGA and decide that they won’t actively use it. This will allow me to deactivate those accounts to free up space for other potential users.
  • In the event that we hit our cap, I will selectively reduce the number of non-public library user accounts in the system, which could result in some/all media specialists being booted from the system. I really don’t think this will happen, but I just want you to know in the interest of full disclosure (and I’d definitely communicate with you in advance if I suspected this would be necessary).

Jay Turner| Director, Continuing Education| Georgia Public Library Service

1800 Century Place, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30345-4304

404.235.7124 | 404.235.7201 fax | |

Upcoming GALILEO Training

New sessions for the fall have been added to the GALILEO training schedule, including webinars for newbies, old hands, and people who just need refreshers.

Trainings include the Meet GALILEO sessions, which are introductory sessions designed for new media specialists and teachers, so if you’re looking for ways to share GALILEO with your teachers, here’s an opportunity.

Register at the GALILEO Training page.

Upcoming trainings:

  • Meet GALILEO for Elementary School – August 23, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM (that’s next week!)
  • Meet GALILEO for High School – August 30, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Meet GALILEO for Middle School – September 1, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
  • Elementary Resources in EBSCO – September 13 or October 4, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM – overviews of Searchasaurus and Kids Search with tips for teaching students various search strategies

Coming soon!

  • Create Your Own Story – A 3-part series on a guided research activity for creating digital projects (See the Create Your Own Story site for information.)
  • Middle School Resources in EBSCO – Overview of resources for 6-8, including Student Research Center and History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center and Student Research Center – Explore two EBSCO resources for high school and undergraduate (LRC) research
  • Readers’ Advisory Tools: NoveList K-8 and NoveList – Explore reading tools for the classroom, including annotated bibliographies, teaching tools, Lexile levels, author affiliations, and more
  • Grab GALILEO for Great Multimedia Projects – This session is great preparation for submissions to the Georgia Student Media Festival

As always, if you have questions or comments, please Contact Us.

GALILEO Support Services
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

ISTE-SIMGS Free Webinar May 16: Upgrade and Bring Your Lessons into the 21st Century

sigms – langwitches via kwout

Presenter: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Time: Monday, May 16, 2011 at 8pm ET 7pm CT 6pm MT 5pm PT

How To Connect: jnlp?sid=2008350&password=M. 045261E341AD318850AE8CD932AF9F

Description:   Are you still teaching in isolation or at best parallel to your students’ other teachers? How do you take your lesson plans, connect them to 21st century skills, infuse new literacies and get students motivated and engaged for their present and future? Join us for a conversation about upgrading lessons and units that extend your classroom to connect to and collaborate with other subject areas, grade levels, peers and experts from around the world.

Presenter Bio: Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano was born in Germany, raised in Argentina and currently lives in the United States. She holds a a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator and 21st Century Learning Specialist.

Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, 21st Century skills and literacies, as well as digital storytelling.