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    August 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire

    Arts and Crafts for Librarians Online Workshop________________________________________
    San Diego, CA — August 22, 2012
    Media Contact: Valerie Colston, Art Teacher on the Net

    San Diego, CA March 22-Art Teacher on the Net is sponsoring 4 week online non-credit professional development workshops available now.
    Are you the one responsible for creating arts and crafts programs? Do you need new creative art project ideas for your Summer Reading Program or other events? Tired of the same ole, same ole. This is your opportunity to develop a portfolio of ideas that you can use with your Preschool through Teen visitors. This 4 week online workshop is taught by an art professor who has first hand experience developing library art programs. Interact with other Youth Librarians and a real art professor. The online class is open 24/7. Access the online workshop at your convenience.
    Instructor Valerie Colston, M.A. is an art professor and author with many years of experience developing and teaching art programs as an Art Performer at several San Diego local libraries. She teaches 100 Art Ideas for Teachers at the University of California, Extension in San Diego, California and a variety of Art history courses online through colleges and universities. Her book 200 Projects to Strengthen Your Art Skills published by Barrons Educational Series has received outstanding reviews appearing in School Library Journal, National Art Education Association newsletter, and more. Her "It's Easy to be a Green Teen" appeared in the youth librarian publication Voices of Youth Advocates October 09 issue. Teens Go Green! Tips, Techniques, Tools and Themes for YA Programming. Libraries Unlimited Professional guides for Young Adult Librarians Series 2011 will be released this year.
    Here's what youth librarians who have taken the class are saying about the workshop:
    In working on this workshop I have worked also on my Summer Reading Program for our library. Week 3 gave so many ideas to use that it was fun to do them and discover which ones would work well for our young patrons. I now have crafts for at least 2 of the 4 books we will read in my Youth Discussion Group. I am well ahead of the game.

    I really enjoyed answering the questions about the piece of art in the museum. I want to use some of the questions I learned this summer when we read "Chasing Vermeer" because the book deals with a piece of art.

    Thanks for all the help with one of my books for the Summer Reading Program.

    Well, I had not thought about bonding art and books together in one reading hour before, so I got new and interesting views of what to do. Thank you for the wonderful ideas.
    I had a great time brainstorming ideas and reading the suggestions everyone had!
    I feel I learned how to study a painting in more depth. That a painting is made up of many facets. The lines, colors and textures all blend together to make one painting.

    I gained lots of great ideas from everyone. The ideas were great and I will incorporate some of them into my programs.

    I will keep a copy of the different things I have learned in this session of the class to apply it to painting I encounter. It is exciting.

    I bookmarked several of the sites presented in the lessons which will come in handy when I get stuck for ideas. It also helps reading the other's experiences in working with library patrons in crafts events.

    Finding ideas are hard to find and this is a wealth of information for myself and the library.

    Thank you very much for the wonderful and interesting web-sites, you mentioned. There are so great ideas.

    I was delighted to find some new web sites for inspiration - many of my students love to draw and I hope to integrate some of the cartoon drawing lessons in to our weekly book club meetings, possibly in the creation of bookmarks, etc.

    It has been great having so much information all in one place. I enjoyed browsing through the many websites & links. Many are new to me. I appreciate all of your suggestions for organization, supplies, storage, recycling, and art tips & resources.

    Where do I begin! I have learned about so many resources. I really liked the online scavenger hunt, what a great idea. I also really loved the letter writing with beads.

    This week gave me a great many resources to use in our library. I really had to think for the scavenger hunt but I love the idea and did work our a hunt. I also thought the "wanted" poster was fun as well . . .

    There really are a wealth of information and ideas to explore.

    I would recommend this class to others. After all I took this class because my supervisor recommended it to me.

    This is a non-credit workshop created by Art Teacher on the Net,
    For more information Contact-Valerie Colston @ 858-453-2ART or through email at
    Sign Up Today at
    Enroll Today. This is a 4 week workshop only $59.00 (USD) UK, Canadian, Australian and other currency accepted on the Pay Pal secure website.

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    August 22nd, 2012LISWire aggregatorLISWire


    Duluth, GA — August 22, 2012

    The summer heat hasn’t stopped Ohio from keeping COOL by adding two new libraries. Mount Gilead and Cardington-Lincoln Public Libraries have become the latest to go live on Evergreen. The catalog for the growing consortium can be viewed online at

    Equinox Software oversaw data migration and continues to provide advanced technical support for the consortium. OHIONET is partnering with Equinox to provide hosting and primary system administration. The COOL project received initial funding from the local libraries and an LSTA grant from the State Library of Ohio. The remaining pilot libraries are expected to be live by early 2013.

    Equinox President, Brad LaJeuness, says, “The Ohio libraries have been very enthusiastic about Evergreen and have been very hands on with their migrations and system administration. We are very proud of the success of the pilot libraries and look forward to COOL’s continued growth in 2013."

    About Equinox Software, Inc.

    Founded by the original Evergreen designers and developers, Equinox Software is a leader in open source solutions for libraries. Their goal is to engage and support a rapidly growing open source community while assisting libraries in moving away from expensive proprietary vendors and products.

    For more information on Equinox Software, please visit

    About Evergreen

    Evergreen is a robust, open-source integrated library system best known for its unique ability to meet the needs of very large, high-transaction, multi-site consortia. However, it has also proven equally successful scaled down for even the smallest libraries. Evergreen now supports over 1,200 libraries of every type-public, academic, special, and school media centers across 4 countries, 31 U.S. states, and 8 Canadian provinces.

    For more information about Evergreen, including a list of all known Evergreen installations, see

    Press contact: Corinne Hall,, 770-709-5571