bibliocommons:

We all remember the beautifully and delicately illustrated Beatrix Potter stories from our youth. On Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern, our online programming series continues with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press), which looks at Potter’s gardens and her inspirations.

We will be using GoToMeeting for this program — to attend, all you need to do is visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/758257770 on the day of the program, and you’ll be able to see Marta’s beautiful photos, as well as participate in a Q & A at the end of the program.

Due to copyright with some of the images, only a portion of the program will be recorded — so be sure to schedule some time in your day to attend!

This program is part of our ongoing series of online programming, intended to help staff at our libraries experiment with different kinds of programming tools and see the possibilities for serving online reading communities. In addition, these types of online programs make for excellent user generated content in your BiblioCommons catalog.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow afternoon!

BiblioCommons Summer & Fall Webinars

Have you reviewed our fall webinars? In addition to our webinars to help staff take full advantage of the tool (everything from our popular Twelve Tips session to a week-long celebration of online RA with Nancy Pearl and the Tulsa, Seattle, Edmonton, and Multnomah libraries), we have a look at the continuous integration process on 8/29, ideas for using summer sites year-round on 9/9, and an introduction to search on 9/17.

Click on the link to read more about each webinar, and to register.

bibliocommons:

Join us August 22 at 2pm Eastern for a discussion with Ann Hood (Norton), author of An Italian Wife. 

We’ll hold a Google Hangout with Ann, well-known for her earlier book The Knitting Circle and for her other knitting works. An Italian Wife is her newest novel.

Before August 22, earn your Ann Hood author fan badge, and then earn a badge for taking part in the online discussion.

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This online program is part of our series designed to celebrate author fan badges. We’ve arranged with several publishers to have their authors take part in online programming opportunities, which we hope our libraries, and their patrons, will take advantage of. Feel free to add them to your summer programming lists — this one is perfect for staff and patrons who would like to experiment with online book clubs.

Between the user generated content in BiblioCommons catalogs, author fan badges, and online programs, libraries can really celebrate their online reading communities this summer. In addition to digital badges for interacting with the catalog, attending programs, completing challenges, visiting libraries, taking part in summer learning opportunities, and more, libraries will have the ability to highlight their online reading communities through digital fan badges. Imagine if, when in your library catalog, you as a reader are prompted to become a fan of a favorite author — say, Rainbow Rowell — and then, by declaring yourself a fan, you have the ability to see who else in your community is a fan and interact more deeply with Rainbow’s books and your fellow fans? Pretty cool, right?

Today! What a nice way to spend your coffee or lunch break.

Meet the Author: Amy Stewart, author of THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST - Google+

We’ll be inviting ten folks to join us in the hangout — try your mixology skills on air and have the chance to chat with Amy. To participate, tweet or post on the Google+ Event page a photo of you with one of Amy’s books and tag or mention your library, and we’ll draw from the participants.

Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in our training sessions this September with Nancy Pearl. We’re offering six half-hour sessions, spread over two days — join us for one, or all six! 

The first 15 minutes of each session will be recorded, so our libraries can use them to support further staff development, as mini-trainings, in staff meetings, and so forth. In these live sessions, the last 15 minutes will be saved for participants to ask Nancy questions and have an open discussion about the topic at hand.

Please see our August newsletter for more information, and for a link to register.

Our Summer of Programming Continues

This summer, we have been experimenting with a variety of online programs to help staff at our libraries see the possibilities in reaching out to their online reading communities — and also to show how to incorporate more video from programming into your catalog following the program.
We have three more programs scheduled for the summer:
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Friday, August 22 at 2pm Eastern: Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Circle and An Italian Wife (W.W. Norton)
we’re using Hangouts on Air — join us at the event page, where you can watch and submit questions.
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Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern: Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press)
we’re using GoToMeeting; log in on the day of the program using https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/758257770 to attend.
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Thursday, September 4 at 7pm Eastern: Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist (Algonquin)
we’re using Hangouts on Air — and a select group of participants will be able to be part of the program, mixing up cocktails with Amy! We will also be streaming the program via the event page

Our past programs:

Betsy Bird (NYPL, Fuse8) interviewed Mara Rockliff and Eliza Wheeler, author and illustrator of The Grudge Keeper; watch the video off the catalog page for The Grudge Keeper in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, at NYPL).

Marilyn Johnson, author of This Book is Overdue! and Lives in Ruins; watch on the catalog pages for Marilyn’s books in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, on the page for This Book is Overdue in NYPL’s catalog).

John Searles, author of Help for the Haunted; watch on the catalog page for Help for the Haunted in your BiblioCommons catalog (for example, at NYPL).

You can also read more about why we are doing this and the other past programs in the series, featuring a livestreamed event, a Facebook chat, and an online book club.

We all remember the beautifully and delicately illustrated Beatrix Potter stories from our youth. On Tuesday, August 26 at 1pm Eastern, our online programming series continues with Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life (Timber Press), which looks at Potter’s gardens and her inspirations.

We will be using GoToMeeting for this program — to attend, all you need to do is visit https://www2.gotomeeting.com/join/758257770 on the day of the program, and you’ll be able to see Marta’s beautiful photos, as well as participate in a Q & A at the end of the program.

Due to copyright with some of the images, only a portion of the program will be recorded — so be sure to schedule some time in your day to attend!

This program is part of our ongoing series of online programming, intended to help staff at our libraries experiment with different kinds of programming tools and see the possibilities for serving online reading communities. In addition, these types of online programs make for excellent user generated content in your BiblioCommons catalog.