Tech Rodeo Round-Up

NCompass Live – Aug. 1, 2012
Come hear participants discuss their experience at the NLC Tech Rodeo, an immersive learning event held as part of the scholarship program administered by the Nebraska Library Commission. Throughout the Rodeo, students had the opportunity to learn more about specific aspects of technology used in libraries by working in groups on projects concerning library-related trends and issues. By learning through doing, participants developed their skills not only with specific hardware and software; they also enhanced their learning skills, and were able to practice some of the “soft” skills — team-building, group dynamics, project management — that are so important in the 21st Century workplace. This event was made possible by a 21st Century Librarian Program grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Who attended the Rodeo?

Pictures of Tech Rodeo participants are posted in an album on the Nebraska Library Commission’s Nebraska Librarians Learning Together Facebook page.


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Just in case you weren’t paranoid already…

How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led to My Epic Hacking

“But what happened to me exposes vital security flaws in several customer service systems, most notably Apple’s and Amazon’s. Apple tech support gave the hackers access to my iCloud account. Amazon tech support gave them the ability to see a piece of information — a partial credit card number — that Apple used to release information. In short, the very four digits that Amazon considers unimportant enough to display in the clear on the web are precisely the same ones that Apple considers secure enough to perform identity verification. The disconnect exposes flaws in data management policies endemic to the entire technology industry, and points to a looming nightmare as we enter the era of cloud computing and connected devices.”

Read the full article @

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Wordle you like to know…

Here are a few lovely Wordles using verbiage from the Tech Rodeo agenda, learning objectives, and attendee evaluations:

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What a great event it was!

Commission staff are back in the office today and it looks like all of us survived an exhausting but fun three days. Personally I can’t say enough about how amazed I was at how well everyone worked together and what the end results were.

So, if you’re interested in seeing just what was accomplished during the even head on over to the Projects page to check out the videos from all eight teams. The PowerPoint presentations are also available for viewing and downloading on the Tech Blasts page. Lastly, if you’re interested in links to the software and hardware that was used to create these projects, those can be found on the Resources page.

Again, thanks to everyone who attended and helped us create such a memorable event!

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You’re invited to the NLC Tech Rodeo!

The Tech Rodeo — 48 hours of immersive learning about the technology that you are using now and will use in the future in libraries. You’ll

  • learn technology fundamentals,
  • create, edit and present video content,
  • create educational content with screen capture,
  • learn and practice real-world presentation skills,
  • explore trends and issues affecting libraries, and
  • gain experience with team-building and group dynamics.

Oh, and you’ll

  • have fun,
  • gain confidence,
  • network, and
  • make friends, too!

We’ll have a hifalootin’, scootin’, shootin’ (video that is) 48 hours of learning through doin’.

  • Thursday, July 26, at 1 p.m.  through Saturday, July 28 at 1:30 p.m.  (see the Rodeo Schedule for complete details.)
  • At Doane College, Crete, NE.

All expenses are included for 21st Century Librarian Scholarship recipients. For other attendees, $100.00 will cover meals and 2 night’s accommodations, as well as registration fees.

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