2 Free Online Conferences to Attend in October

Plan to attend these free continuing education opportunities:

1. Libraries of the Future worldwide virtual conference
Thursday October 6, 2016
2 - 5pm CST
Register here

Attend the full 4-hour session, or just the 30-60 minute presentations that interest you.  Here's the schedule; I've bolded sessions you might find especially useful:

2:00pm: Opening Keynote Panel - "Inspiring the Future - A Conversation with Innovators"
3:00pm: Disruptive Change in Libraries
3:00pm: Information Visualization Meets Libraries: New Opportunities
3:00pm: Libraries in 3D Virtual Spaces
3:00pm: Open Educational Resources: Less Expensive with Measurable Pedagogy Outcomes
3:00pm: Towards a Sustainable Future: Campus Sustainability Through Embedded STEM Librarianship
3:00pm: CRA 24/7 del Siglo XXI [en Español]
3:30pm: Hands-On Coding for Young Programmers
3:30pm: Libraries + Democracy
3:30pm: Three Disruptive Technologies in the Future Library: AI, VR and the Blockchain
3:30pm: Bringing Library Content to the Users with EEXCESS-Extensions and Plugins – Open Source Solutions to Distribute Cultural and Scientific Content
3:30pm: Connecting Students with Digital Learning Through Lightbox
4:00pm: Engaged Partnerships
4:00pm: Trend Scanning for Strategic Planning: Creating the Skokie Public Library 2016-2019 Strategic Plan
4:00pm: Creating a Faculty OER Grant Program
4:00pm: “Library Ladies” Are the True Leaders for Future Ready Libraries & Students
4:30pm: Closing Keynote Panel

Registration will give you access to the live event and to the event recordings.

Conference sponsors: ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, and the Learning Revolution Project

2. The Digital Shift: The Service Continuum virtual conference
Wednesday October 19, 2016
9am - 4pm CST
Register here

Here are some presentations you might like to attend:

11:45–12:00 pm: The Ecosystem of a Social Media Post, Or Vine Is Dead, Right?
12:00–12:15 pm: Pokémon GO! What Librarians Need to Know
1:15–1:45 pm: Digitization, Libraries, and the Law: Present Updates to the Road Ahead
1:45–2:00 pm: Digital Community Organizing Around the Library
2:00–2:15 pm: Using Snapchat in Your Library

See the full schedule here.

A Sphero SPRK+ (tiny robot) will be presented to five attendees randomly throughout the day on October 19, 2016.

Registration is free and includes access to the event archives, on-demand, including all presentations, information and handouts from the conference.

Conference sponsors: Library Journal & School Library Journal