Last August I discovered the Blended Librarian site, which now resides exclusively at the Learning Times Library Online Community. There's some really good stuff available through this site, but you have to register to see any of it (it's free). Personally I find the site confusing. I get emailed updates when there's new content added, but it'd be great if there was an RSS feed instead, IMHO. I don't access the site nearly as often as I would if it were in a blog format, or some other more open format - I just find the closed nature of the site a little confusing and cumbersome. Maybe that's just because I don't spend enough time there.
Be that all as it may, there's a really good-looking webcast coming up next week (again free). Here are the details:
Blended Librarian Event: Developing Multimedia Teaching and Learning Content
Recently published in the magazine Presentations, (March 2005) an article entitled "Screen-Capture to Go", provided extensive product comparison of Macromedia's Captivate and TechSmith's Camtasia, two popular screen-capture and repurposing software programs on the market. Join our three distinguished guests: Sarah Swart, Director of The Instructional Design Studio (The University of Detroit Mercy); Karen Frade, Interim Director of The Office of Teaching Learning (Wayne State University); Daniel Gall, Librarian, Off-Campus Library Services (Central Michigan University) on Thursday, April 28, 2005 at 2:00 PM EDT live for a discussion covering how this type of software is being used to develop multimedia teaching and learning content and how it can be used with other tools like Macromedia Flash.
Our three guests will share their experiences and strategies on effectively collaborating with faculty to develop innovative interactive teaching and learning content. The session will also include unique methods of integrating these tools into course management software systems such as Blackboard. Finally, our guests will provide examples of how this software has served to train faculty and students to use course management software, library databases, and other software. Also joining us for the discussion will be Vanessa Middleton of Wayne State University and the founders of the Blended Librarian Group, Steven Bell and John Shank.
You do have to register - but again you first have to have an account with Learning Times. Maybe I'll see you online...