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Upcoming Webinars

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Check out our upcoming webinars and also NLM NTC educational opportunities on our training calendar. Upcoming webinars include:

Technology Today: Ready, Set, Go!: Easy-to-use online tools to create effective tutorials
Thursday, September 4, 2014, 11 AM- 12 PM ET

Compelling Counts: Trends in Evaluation Data Reporting
Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 2 – 3 PM ET
Approved for 1 MLA CHIS (Consumer Health Information Specialization) credit

Hospital Library Chat: Partnership at the Point of Care
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 10 – 11 AM ET

RML-NLM-MLA 2014 Update
Thursday, October 9, 2014, 10-11 AM ET (75 minutes)

HealthIT: Librarian Super Users
Wednesday, October 29, 2014, 2 – 3 PM ET

Register on our training calendar.

ACRL NEC ITIG Webinar: Managing iPads in Academic Libraries

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

The ACRL NEC Information Technology Interest Group (ITIG) is hosting a free technology webinar on Friday, January 18, 2013 from 10am to 12pm which will explain the nuts and bolts of managing groups of iPads in an Academic Library. You will hear from Mike Marshall, an Apple Senior Systems Engineer for Education; Dave Avery, Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Connecticut; and Kieran Ayton, Emerging Technologies Librarian at Rhode Island College.

The following topics will be addressed:

1. Licensing and deployment of iOS devices (iPads, iPod Touches, & iPhones).
2. eBooks, Apple IDs, and the Volume Purchase Program for apps.
3. Case examples of how schools, libraries, and media centers are using iPads.
4. A live demo of the Apple Configurator Program, which is Apple’s new iOS management system.
5. Additional Mobile Device Management (MDM) Solutions for iOS devices, like Casper Suite.

For any questions, please contact Kieran Ayton (

Title: ACRL NEC ITIG Webinar: Managing iPads in Academic Libraries
Date: Friday, January 18, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

NERConnects – Drupal Gardens and Google Sites

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

On June 27, 2012, the NER gave a webinar on an overview of content management systems, specifically Google Sites and Drupal Gardens.

There are other hosted platform systems, such as and weebly, but we focused on these two for specific reasons.  But we focused on these two for specific reasons.   Google accounts are quite popular.  One Google login will allow for more than one account to be hosted.  Drupal Gardens is a popular platform among libraries (while the backend might look different, the general concept or organization is similar).

Google Sites and Drupal Gardens are part of larger enterprises: they provide constant security upgrades, reliable product support, and both have large user communities.  Both platforms allow for collaborative development with colleagues and both platforms make web pages that can be highly customized.

So if you need to create a personal website for your CV, your association, or an event, using a hosted platform will save time and money.

While both platforms have their drawbacks, there are resources available to help you become familiar and comfortable users.   I’ve highlighted some for you below:

Drupal Gardens

Drupal Help Section – find forums, documentation, quick start guides

Drupal Blip TV channel- short videos on getting started

Google Sites

Google’s Help Section

Google’s training module on how to use Google Sites


Let us know what you think we should focus on at the next NERConnects tech webinar session in October by filling out this 1 question survey (It’s short– I promise.).

Top trends in academic libraries

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Learn more about the top 10 trends in academic libraries in this report by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

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