Summer Webinars on Emerging Tech at METRO

One of the hats I wear here at METRO is programming continuing education in digitization and emerging technologies opportunities for librarians in New York City. I'm really excited about the following webinars we're offering this summerBitnami-logo:

Creating Open Source Sandboxes with BitNami

When:  Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:15pm
Presenter: Mark Beatty
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Are you interested in experimenting with an open source system like Drupal or WordPress, but don't know where to start? BitNami Stacks can give you the opportunity to "test-drive" open source software solutions without the need for IT support (and approval in many cases). BitNami makes installing wikis, blogs, or Client Relationship Management systems a simple and enjoyable process. Popular stacks include: Drupal, Joomla, MediaWiki, WordPress, Coppermine, and Moodle as well as many others.  This webinar will teach you to create software "sandboxes" with little or no previous knowledge about Linux, PHP, or MySQL.

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The Creative Commons Solution

When:  Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Presenter: Michael Sauers
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With the debate over copyright raging, some are calling for the end of the “all rights reserved” regime, and libraries feeling like they’re caught in the middle. What are the alternatives? Creative Commons (CC) is the most respected alternative available today with its idea of “some rights reserved” as set by the content creators themselves. This presentation will talk about the principles of Creative Commons, show how you can easily apply it to your intellectual property today, and how you and your patrons can use CC to find material that can be legally reused in the creation of new content.  

Simple Strategies and Tools for Keeping Up with Tech Trends

When:  Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm
Presenter:  Jason Kucsma, Emerging Technologies Manager, METRO
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As the World Wide Web matures, the amount of information we have access to is increasingly overwhelming. And the rapid speed at which technologies change make it even harder to keep up with what’s new, what’s important, and what’s not worth your time and attention. Still, it’s important for librarians to be familiar with changes in technology, because they will inevitably influence our users’ expectations and may have implications on how we adapt to meet those expectations. This webinar will provide you a few simple strategies for keeping up with shifts in technology without having to devote valuable work time that could be used effectively. This webinar will also detail some of the freely available tools to help you implement these strategies. 

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