FEL Friday – Ask a Librarian: Myths, Misconceptions, and Mind Blowers

AAL-badge-yellow100Join other Florida Electronic Library (FEL) users online for a chance to learn some tips and tricks. Each month we’ll focus on a different topic, database, or service.

Ask a Librarian (AAL) is one of the most well-known services of the Florida Electronic Library. In the 10 years Florida libraries have been collaborating to provide virtual reference to their patrons, the service has changed. Do you know about all these changes?

Jessica Riggins, AAL Member Service Coordinator, and Stephanie Race, FEL Program Manager, will discuss common myths and misconceptions about the Ask a Librarian service. They’ll also share some mind-blowing information about how easy it is to make the AAL service available in your community.

Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share their AAL success stories.

Friday, August 16, 2013
10:00-11:00 a.m. Eastern

Register Now
Event number: 640 538 434

For more information, contact Stephanie Race, FEL Program Manager, at stephanie.race@dos.myflorida.com or 850.245.6633.

FEL Training from the State Library of Florida

This is just a friendly reminder that the State Library of Florida offers terrific on-demand and live webinar training opportunities (in-person by request) on Florida Electronic Library resources.

“The Florida Electronic Library—your gateway to superior electronic resources that offer access to comprehensive, accurate, and reliable information—offers a training program designed to meet the needs of all library staff. With its blended curriculum, you can take advantage of the training that best suits your learning style: on demand, live webinar, or on-site in your library.”

Register Today!

Check out these upcoming trainings:

The New Demographics Now: Sep 18, 2012 11:00 am
FEL Resources and the Common Core: Sep 19, 2012 8:30 am
Finding Online Resources For Library Programming: Sep 24, 2012 3:30 pm
FEL Homework Help Resources: Sep 25, 2012 12:00 pm
FEL Health Resources: Oct 1, 2012 1:00 pm
The New Demographics Now: Oct 17, 2012 1:00 pm

Register Today! FEL on the Statewide Desk: A Staff Webinar Series

Introducing a series to help you help patrons on the statewide Ask a Librarian desks…

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FEL on the Statewide Desk:  A Staff Webinar Series

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FEL on the Statewide Desk: PowerSearch
Monday, August 27, 1-2p ET

Put that aspirin away! With Gale PowerSearch, you can instantly access periodical and reference content in multiple Gale resources from a single starting point, while also cross-searching eBooks in the Gale Virtual Reference Library. Discover the powerful features available to you and patrons across Florida in this informative webinar.

FEL on the Statewide Desk: Academic OneFile
Monday, September 10, 1-2p ET

Are you looking for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world’s leading journals and reference resources? With extensive coverage of all academic disciplines, Academic OneFile is authoritative and comprehensive – explore this incredible resource and find out how Academic OneFile can help you help patrons.

FEL on the Statewide Desk: Business Resources
Monday, September 17, 1-2p ET

Do you know how to access costly investment reports or sample business plans? Did you know that Demographics Now can help patrons decide where and what types of businesses are needed in your community, or that Gale Virtual Reference Library has a great selection of business/career e-books? This course will explain all those tools and more!

FEL on the Statewide Desk: Homework Help
Monday, September 24, 1-2p ET

Looking for a little help with those “homework help” questions? Look no further! Learn all about the best FEL resources to assist elementary, middle, and high school students with homework assignments. Attendees will be taught the most effective and efficient search strategies to obtain the best set of search results for student questions and research.
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Register today, and let the Florida Electronic Library help you better serve our Florida state residents!

Last Chance to Register! Gale, eBooks, & You Webinar

Time is running out!

Sign up now to reserve your space in this timely webinar on nonfiction ebooks in the new GVRL interface.

Gale, eBooks, & You: The New Interface of the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Thursday, May 17, 2-3 pm ET

With electronic reference books from Gale and their publishing partners, you can help your patrons instantly access nonfiction eBooks (with any Internet-connected device) through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The GVRL is one of many incredible resources available through the Florida Electronic Library… but there’s a new interface in town!

Learn about the Gale Virtual Reference Library and how to utilize its new interface to best help your library patrons in this webinar taught by Julie Pepera of Gale-Cengage.

Last Chance Webinars in Ask a Librarian

My Virtual Community: Reaching out to your Local Patrons through the Local Desk
Monday, April 30, 2012 (registration closing soon!)
10-11 am ET

Gale, eBooks, & You: The New Interface of the Gale Virtual Reference Library
Thursday, May 17, 2012
2-3 pm ET

High Anxiety: Increasing your Comfort Level on the Statewide Desk
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
10-11 am ET

E-Gov and the Get Help Florida Website
Monday, June 11, 2012
2-3 pm ET

Time is ticking for these upcoming webinars, so why risk it? Register today!

Gale, eBooks, and You… Register Today!

Don’t miss out! Sign up now to reserve your space in this timely webinar on nonfiction ebooks in the new GVRL interface.

Gale, eBooks, & You: The New Interface of the Gale Virtual Reference Library

Thursday, May 17, 2-3 pm ET

With electronic reference books from Gale and their publishing partners, you can help your patrons instantly access nonfiction eBooks (with any Internet-connected device) through the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The GVRL is one of many incredible resources available through the Florida Electronic Library… but there’s a new interface in town!

Learn about the Gale Virtual Reference Library and how to utilize its new interface to best help your library patrons in this webinar taught by Julie Pepera of Gale-Cengage.

Space is still available for our Hot Topics: Gale (FEL) Resource webinar!

Feeling lost? Get some tips and tricks!Space is still available!

Hot Topics: Gale (FEL) Resource Tips and Tricks in Ask a Librarian

Tues., Dec. 6, 2-3 pm ET

Have you been utilizing the Gale resource (FEL) links in the Ask a Librarian agent console? How about some tips and tricks for navigating through the databases and making your search strategies even more efficient?

Julie Pepera from Gale Cengage will cover the Gale resources available to you through the Florida Electronic Library. This session has been specially designed for the Ask A Librarian group to focus on using tools in the Gale resources to streamline chat reference questions. A variety of different subject areas and assisting patrons and students from different backgrounds will be discussed.

Click here to register today!

FEL Training through the State Library

This is just a friendly reminder that the State Library of Florida offers terrific on-demand and live webinar training opportunities (in-person by request) on Florida Electronic Library resources through this link:
http://www.flelibrary.org/training/

“The Florida Electronic Library—your gateway to superior electronic resources that offer access to comprehensive, accurate, and reliable information—offers a training program designed to meet the needs of all library staff. With its blended curriculum, you can take advantage of the training that best suits your learning style: on demand, live webinar, or on-site in your library.”

They offer training on many topics:
FEL/Gale Resources and Mobile Access
Gale Databases – Behind the Scenes
Homework Help Using FEL Resources
Integrating eResources into the Classroom
Research for Media Specialists
Small Business Help Using FEL Resources
The Power of Web 2.0: Best Practices Using FEL Resources
What You Don’t Know About FEL Business Resources
What You Don’t Know About FEL Health Resources
 

Have a great weekend!
Traci

FEL Training

Some of you may be interested in the online librarian training currently being offered by the Florida Electronic Library.  Below are some of the webinars currently available for June, and there are many on-demand classes as well:     

–          World of FEL/Gale Resources: A General Product Overview, The Webinar

–          Reader’s Advisory Using FEL Webinar

–          FEL/Gale Resources and Mobile Access Webinar

–          Homework Help Using FEL Resources Webinar

–          New FEL Business Resources Overview Webinar

–          Reader’s Advisory Using FEL Webinar

–          FEL/Gale Resources and Mobile Access Webinar

All registrations for these workshops must be done at the State Library’s training opportunities webpage. Once there, to view all currently available workshops, scroll over “Course Offerings” (upper-left menu) and click on Webinars, On-Demand Offerings, etc.  (Attendance may be limited.)

FEL New Year News

Florida Electronic Library Adds Small Business Resource Center and DemographicsNOW

The Florida Electronic Library has added two new online resources for business development and small business entrepreneurs: the Small Business Resource Center andDemographicsNOW (Florida Edition).

Small Business Resource Center
Honored for the second year in a row in the prestigious New York Library Association – Best of Reference List, it provides entrepreneurs and small business owners with a one-stop source for all the key information needs including:

  • Financing.
  • Financial planning.
  • Business plan creation.
  • Market analysis.
  • Sales strategy.
  • Tax planning.

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New Titles for the Florida Electronic Library

The Florida Electronic Library added the following titles:

American Revolution Reference Library
Provides in-depth information about the American Revolution that students and researchers need for class assignments and reports. (4 vols)

Arts and Humanities Through the Eras
Profiling milestones and movements in the arts, literature, music and religion. (5 vols)

Bowling, Beatniks, and Bell Bottoms: Pop Culture of 20th Century America
Covers the hairstyles, slang terms, advertising jingles, pop music sensations, and all else described as popular culture. (5-vols)

Crime and Punishment in America Reference Library
Covers the evolution of the American criminal justice system throughout history. (5 vols)

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