With the ACRL conference nearing I would imagine that a good number of presentations are being assembled right about now. I don’t know if ACRL still holds that workshop on how to do an effective presentation for the people who got their papers accepted – it was a couple of hours that focused on how to put together a decent PowerPoint slide presentation – but based on many of the ACRL conference presentations I’ve sat through I don’t think many folks took advantage of it.
For those who are preparing PowerPoint slides for their presentations, here’s something better than that old ACRL workshop. It’s a twenty minute video presentation from a guy who has a lot of good suggestions for what to avoid and what to do instead when preparing your PowerPoint presentation. The goal is to keep the presentation basic, keep it to one idea per slide, and to focus on telling the story. Take a look:
I think there are a good number of ideas in here worth paying attention to. But let me add my number one pet peeve for librarian presentations. DO NOT spend the first five or ten minutes talking about your library or your institution, who works there, how many students you have, what your curriculum is like, etc. If you have something to show us – just show it. Do that first, get my attention focused on the stuff I came to hear you talk about, and then tell me the story about how you did it and what happened next. Enjoy the video.
Lots of New York Times readers were disappointed when the Times took away free access to editorials and commentaries and turned it into the subscription-only TimesSelect. Well those of us working in higher education are getting a break from the Times. They recently announced that as of March 13 students and faculty with an “edu” email address would be eligible to get free access to TimesSelect. From the press release:
Beginning on March 13, subscriptions to TimesSelect will be available for free to all registered college students and faculty with a .edu in their e-mail addresses. TimesSelect is NYTimes.com’s paid offering that provides exclusive access to 22 columnists of The Times and the International Herald Tribune as well as an array of other services, including access to The Times’s archives, advance previews of various sections and tools for tracking and storing news and information. Current student subscribers will receive pro-rated refunds for their previously paid subscriptions. College students interested in registering for free TimesSelect subscriptions should go to www.nytimes.com/university for more information.
Take note that it doesn’t say anything about free for librarians – and who the heck is actually buying all the New York Times content anyway. Talk about being disrespected. Anyway, if you want to get free access to TimesSelect you’ll have to adhere to the idea that librarians are practically faculty. When you fill out the form you have to choose student or faculty. When I first tried to register the form kept forcing me to identify my graduation date – even when I indicated my status was faculty. Dumb form! When I tried the form again the next day it did let me register as a faculty member. You may want to spread the word on your campus. It’s not exactly the “benefits of membership”, but something like that. Let’s see how long this stays free.