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Keynote: Big Data and Smart Software with Mickey Boyd
Mickey Boyd will present a compelling narrative that will demystify the Big Data buzzphrase. The keynote will cover data analysis, cognitive software, predictive search, and other topics germane to Big Data.
Humanity is generating digital data at an ever growing rate. Concurrent with this growth is the advancement of computing power and the science of large scale data analysis. Our ability to pick out useful correlations within the vast ocean of digital data improves every day, and will have an ever increasing effect on our day to day experiences. Cognitive software services like Apple Siri, Google Now, and Amazon Alexa will evolve into ever more competent personal assistants, providing just-in-time information to help us navigate our lives.
Big data and smart software will dramatically affect all types of service delivery. Technologies are under development that will predict what customers are most likely to want, then offer individualized assistance and incentives to steer each customer toward completed transactions. If properly applied such products could greatly enhance library patron experience.
Amazing data-driven technologies are going to touch all areas of our lives, solving many problems while creating others. Those attending will leave the session with powerful ideas on how advanced data techniques and clever software will impact our libraries and our livelihood.
Mickey Boyd has been a technology trainer in Florida for many years. Library staff know him for his workshops on emerging technologies, information security, and managing public access to the Internet.
The Fear, the Hype, and What You Can Do about It
If you read today’s headlines about security breaches, you might be thinking of going back to fax machines and snail mail. Or you might be assuming that privacy is dead and we may as well get used to it (and you have nothing to hide, right?)
While there is no such thing as foolproof security and privacy, there is a middle ground that you can find by understanding and using particular techniques. We are in a world where mobile technologies are everywhere and we need to use them to be productive and to enjoy creative activities.
We’ll discuss answers to these questions:
- Is your laptop or smartphone’s traffic being harvested when on public wi-fi?
- What’s the best thing to do if your device is lost or stolen?
- Is your data safely backed up?
- Should you trust a password manager?
- What are the advantages of using Touch ID on iPhones?
- Is it a good idea to use mobile payment systems in retail stores?
- Can criminals hold your data captive and ask for ransom?
- How can you make theft of your identity less likely?
- Is your laptop camera or microphone recording without you knowing it?
- Are you giving away information for targeted advertising?
- How easy is it for anyone to see all of your search engine history?
- How is your location data being used?
- Do privacy policies mean anything? Are they worth reading?
- Should you use encrypted messaging and email? How?
For each question we’ll look at media hype compared to expert opinions and show what you can do do protect yourself. We’ll look at statistics on the likelihood of each bad thing that might happen. You’ll come away with resources for learning more, so you can take reasonable steps to protect your privacy and security.
Virtual Trainer: Nicole Hennig
Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies.
Nicole’s books include Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage, Selecting and Evaluating the Best Mobile Apps for Library Services, and Best Apps for Academics. She teaches several online courses, including Apps for Librarians & Educators, and Organize Your Life with Mobile Apps.
She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years, first as web manager and then as head of the user experience department. She is the winner of several awards, including the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions.
Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively. To stay current with the best mobile technology for education, sign up for her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, and follow her on Twitter @nic221, where she tweets about libraries and mobile technologies.
This is an online class. Access information will be emailed one week ahead.
Cost: NEFLIN classes are free of charge for Florida library staff. Registration is required for all classes and NEFLIN members get priority.
By the time we meet in person in September, we will have delved into many topics that have allowed us to consider our own behaviors – from understanding how emotional intelligence affects our lives and the lives of others, to recognize what our actual behavioral tendencies are. We will have also spent quality time unpacking ideas relating to our professional lives and how we supervise – from delegating effectively to creating a motivating environment…and lots of topics in between.
This won’t be your grandfather’s workshop J. We encourage you to come with questions, suggestions, resources, tips, techniques, and even obstacles you’ve encountered as you’ve applied what you’ve learned throughout the year. As leadership guru John Maxwell says, “Shared thinking is always better than solo thinking.” So we’ll spend the day sharing – and learning even more!
Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time reflecting on the human side of leading. You’ll come away refreshed and rejuvenated ~ with valuable information that will help you perform your job more effectively. And that makes work more fun – for everyone!
Presented by: Linda Bruno
Linda has been developing and conducting training seminars for more than ten years. Certified with Development Dimensions International and Achieve Global, she also offers her own workshops on Customer Service, Supervisory Skills, Personalities, Organizational Skills, Effective Communication, Returning Balance to Your Life, and many other topics.
Sue McCleaf Nespeca heads Kid Lit Plus Consulting, providing speeches, training, and consulting to librarians, teachers and early childhood educators on topics such as children’s literature, early literacy and family literacy. With over 30 years experience in youth services library work, she is also an adjunct Instructor at Kent State (Ohio) University’s School of Library and Information Sciences.
She has a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Kent State University and a Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. Having written several books and journal articles, two of her books include Picture Books Plus: 100 Extension Activities in Art, Drama, Music, Math, and Science (written with co-author Joan Reeve) (ALA) and Library Programming for Families with Young Children (Neal Schuman).
Presently she is an author for Upstart’s Very Ready Reading Program, which employs a “7 Days, 7 Ways” philosophy encouraging parental involvement in young children’s early literacy skills. Active in the American Library Association, she served on the 2013 Geisel Committee, the 2008 & 1993 Caldecott Committees and was chair of the 2003 Sibert Committee for informational books. Previously she was one of six national trainers for the “Every Child Ready to Read” Project, a national early literacy project sponsored by the American Library Association, and is currently offering early literacy workshops to support the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition Initiative. She has spoken at over 500 conferences and workshops throughout the United States.
Have you ever been part of a celebration when an employee leaves? Not that you’re glad they’re leaving (of course 😊), but you just want to show them you have appreciated them while you were co-workers.
Isn’t it odd that we may make it a point to celebrate someone’s departure, but never think to celebrate a new employee’s arrival? Sometimes we don’t even prepare for their arrival! It’s no wonder that it can take longer than necessary for new employees to feel welcome.
In this 90-minute webinar, we’ll brainstorm ways of not only preparing for our new employees, but also tips to celebrate their arrival and make sure they feel welcome – what a terrific way to start a new job!
Instructor: Linda Bruno
With programs on a wide variety of topics such as customer service, supervisory skills, communication, emotional intelligence, and personalities (along with many others), Linda develops and conducts training for clients across the United States. She is also a certified facilitator for the well-respected talent management firm, DDI (Development Dimensions International).
Competency Index for the Library Field: Library Services Competencies
Skill Level: Introduction & Beyond Basic
Can’t attend the live webinar? Register here to receive a link to the recording.