Archived OWL Videoconferences

Selected videoconferences on the OWL Network are recorded for later viewing. The most recent recorded videoconferences are at the top of this page. To learn about upcoming OWL Network videoconferences, see the OWL Calendar. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for this page, please contact Shane Southwick.

Featured Videoconference:
Energy Brown Bag: Heat for the Off-Grid Camp or Cabin, March 4, 2014


Click on a month below to see the videoconferences recorded during that month.

What to Read - Transition Planning, July 10, 2014

Presenter: Frey Anderson, Alaska State Library
Description: It seems like we have more retirements every year. There are books that will help you plan for the transition, whether you’re the retiree or a colleague is. We’ll highlight some good ones, and even throw in some suggestions for living the good life in retirement.



Length: 49 minutes

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill - 25 Years Later, March 24, 2014

Presenter: Seldovia Public Library
Description: Stories from the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Prince William Sound Alaska.

Length: 2 hours

OWL Videoconference: Energy Brown Bag: Heat for the Off-Grid Camp or Cabin, March 4, 2014

Presenter: Art Nash
Description: Art Nash of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service offers alternative ways to heat your cabin without hauling as many fuel barrels.

Length: 49 minutes

Let's Go Whale Watching in Glacier Bay, February 25, 2014

Presenter: National Park Service
Description:A Glacier Bay National Park ranger describes the enviornment in the park with special reference to whales.

Length: 48 minutes

Radon: Health Happy Hour February 24, 2014

Presenter: Art Nash, UAF Cooperative Extension
Description: Art Nash of the UAF Cooperative Extension provides an overview of the health effects of radon, its distribution in Alaska and what you can do about it.

Length: 54 minutes

We Can Valdez! - February 20, 2014

Presenter: Julie Cascio, UAF Cooperative Extension
Description:Julie Cascio of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service offers advice on energy balance, body mass index, portion distortion and tips on eating right and building exercise into your day.

Supplementary Material: Portion Distortion slides (PDF)
Length: 1 hour 6 minutes

Radon in Alaska / We Can! - February 6, 2014

Presenter: Julie Cascio, UAF Cooperative Extension
Description: Two back to back programs from Julie Cascio of UAF Cooperative Extension. First part is on Radon safety and second part is on promoting activity and good eating habits in children.

Length: 1 hour 22 minutes

Digital Literacy Training with Jamie Hollier - February 4, 2014

Presenter: Jamie Hollier, Commerce Kitchen
Description: Jamie Hollier of Commerce Kitchen provides an overview of digital literacy resources, especially those available on DigitalLearn.org. Jamie was working with a group of OWL librarians gathered in Anchorage.

Length: 31 minutes

Tuzzy Talk 4: Oil Dispersants! - February 1, 2014

Presenter: Nancy E. Kinner, University of New Hampshire
Description: Prof. Nancy Kinner of the University of New Hampshire continues her class on oil in the environment to people attending from Barrow, Alaska.

Length: 1 hour 35 minutes

Kiligvak Hunter: A Story from Anaktuvuk Pass - January 31, 2014

Presenter: Raymond Paneak, Ruth Rulland and Jeff Rasic
Description: The Inupiat have lived in the North Slope since the beginning of time. They were even there hunting mammoths about 12,000 years ago! The Inupiat Heritage Center is opening a new exhibit to showcase the Inupiaq legend of hunting mammoths near Anaktuvuk Pass. Simon Paneak and Elijah Kakinya were two well-known story tellers who both have versions of this very legend. Their stories give cultural meaning and context to the Ice Age fossils that we are displaying from the Ikpikpak River. The Inupiat Heritage Center is honored to invite Raymond Paneak (Paneak's son) and Ruth Rulland (Kakinya's daughter) to share with the public the importance of oral history and memories of their fathers, the great story tellers themselves. Jeff Rasic, Archaologist from Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, has also been invited to talk about the prehistoric and modern use of mammoth ivory to make tools and sculptures.

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

Lunch and Learn with the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra - January 31, 2014

Presenter: Maestro Randy Fleischer and Violinist Rachel Barton
Description: Maestro Randy Fleischer and Violinist Rachel Barton have a lively noon-time discussion of music.

Length: 1 hour 4 minutes

Beginning Lingit Language - January 30, 2014

Presenter: Joanne Elsie Spud, Kaawjeil
Description: Beginning Lingit Language Instructor, Joanne Elsie Spud, Kaawjeil, will introduce easy words and commonly used phrases in a fun and easy learning atmosphere. If you are brave and want to try and say the words you can! But even if you are feeling a little shy, hearing the words and phrases is a very good introduction to the Lingit Language.

Length: 58 minutes

Culture Day @ Your Library - January 30, 2014

Presenter: Sally Burattin
Description: An evening of storytelling with Sally Burattin, a Tlingit elder from Klukwan. Sally will be sharing traditional Tlingit stories from Raven, the messenger bird, to Kooshdakhaa, the land otter man. This video begins with the stories in progress. We regret this technical glitch.

Length: 1 hour 48 minutes

Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living - January 28, 2014

Presenter: Aaron Leggett
Description: Learn about the original people of southcentral Alaska. Join curator Aaron Leggett (Dena’ina) for a tour of "Dena’inaq’ Huch’ulyeshi: The Dena’ina Way of Living" – the first major exhibition about Dena’ina Athabascan culture. Audience Q&A to follow.

For resources from the Dena’ina exhibition, including lesson plans, multimedia and exhibit links, go to "Dena’ina Tools for Teachers" on the Anchorage Museum website at: http://www.anchoragemuseum.org/denaina.

Length: 53 minutes

Steamfitters Union Apprenticeship Presentation - January 27, 2014

Presenter: Byron Flippin, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Alaska Steamfitters Union
Description: Byron Flippin, Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Alaska Steamfitters Union, speaks to students in Unalaska about apprenticeship opportunities.

Length: 2 hour 43 minutes

AOE Local 302 Apprenticeship Presentation - January 24, 2014

Presenter: Adam Ferguson
Description: Video joins Adam Ferguson in the process of presenting on apprenticeship opportunities with the Alaska Operating Engineers (AOE) union. Additional information on AOE opportunities can be found at http://www.aoeett.org/.

Length: 35 minutes

Project WILD: Alaska Wildlife Curriculum - January 23, 2014

Presenter: Tennie Bentz
Description: Tennie Bentz (Dept. Fish & Game) shared information on conservation workshops, resources and the Project Wild curriculum. These workshops are fun, hands-on, interactive and designed to fit the needs of classroom teachers, environmental educators, para-professionals, parents, or community members.

Length: 1 hour 17 minutes

Energy Brown Bag: Alaskan Emerging Energy Applications - January 21, 2014

Presenter: Art Nash, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
Description: Join Art Nash of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Cooperative Extension Service talk about emerging energy resources in Alaska such as biomass, in-river hydro, geothermal, methane from thermokarst lakes and small scale hydro.

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

Tuzzy Talk 3: Crude Oil Biodegradation - January 18, 2014

Presenter: Nancy E. Kinner, University of New Hampshire
Description: Nancy E. Kinner of the University of New Hampshire talks to an audience at the Barrow (Alaska) Public Library about oil issues.

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Service Animals and the ADA – January 15, 2014

Presenter: Jason Burke, Alaska State ADA Coordinator
Description: State of Alaska ADA Coordinator Jason Burke offers advice about helping library patrons utilizing service animals.
Supplementary material: Service Animals and the ADA (PDF)

Length: 1 hour 12 minutes

Biofuels in Alaska - January 14, 2014

Presenter: Art Nash
Description: Several potential heating fuels "grow" around us in Alaska, and new methods are being explored to utilize these alternative fuels. This discussion looked at how Alaska's natural resources — including biomass, grain seeds, salmon waste and biochar (charcoal) — are being investigated for energy potential.

Length: 1 hour

Navigating Alaska's Health Insurance Options - December 10, 2013

Presenter: Crystal Bourland, Health Insurance Navigator
Description: Crystal Bourland, Health Insurance Navigator for United Way of Anchorage to conducts an informative talk to explore your options within new Affordable Care Act. This talk will covered Affordable Care Act Consumer Protections, New Health Insurance Marketplace, Financial Assistance and Enrollment Dates & Assistance.

Length: 57 minutes

Understanding the Affordable Health Care Act - December 3, 2013

Presenter: Bret S. Kolb, Director of the Alaska Division of Insurance
Description: Bret Kolb explains what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act. Learn how the exchanges will work in Alaska and how to sign up for them. Main presentation is followed by a question and answer session from participating libraries. Videoconference was hosted by the Anchorage Public Library.

Length: 1 hour 10 minutes

From My Village to Yours - November 9, 2013

Presenter: Tinashe Basa and Dennis Gaboury, Trustees Zimkids Orphan Trust
Description: Tinashe Basa, 25, was born in a village in rural Zimbabwe, in a traditional handmade hut with a thatched roof, no electricity or running water. Like most rural children, he grew up hauling water from the nearest well, almost a mile away, and watching his parents try to scratch a bit of corn out of the dusty fields in his drought-stricken nation. Like most young Zimbabweans, he lives with one foot in the traditions of his Shona people - with its great respect for Elders, belief that the clan is more important than the individual, visits to local healers instead of doctors, and marriages arranged through payments to a bride’s family – and the other in the modern Western world of airplanes, computers and social media. Now the director of Zimkids Orphan Trust, which cares for 200 AIDS orphans in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second largest city. AIDS has left tens of thousands of African children without parents, and Zimkids provides a safety net – a family – of food and medical care, tutoring, sports, art, traditional dance and vocational training for a group of the neediest. Read about them at www.zimkids.com. Tinashe is visiting the United States for the first time and will be in Fairbanks to raise money for Zimkids. Come to your local library on November 9 at 11 am and meet Tinashe over a video conference. He will be giving a presentation about his life and work from the Noel Wien library in Fairbanks over the OWL Network. You’ll be amazed at the similarities between Tinashe’s village and yours. (Thanks to Kenai Community Library for description.)

The first few minutes of the video has some good tips for running question and answer sessions during a videoconference.

Length: 1 hour 3 minutes

Paying Off Debt - November 5, 2013

Presenter: Sarah Lewis, Alaska Cooperative Extension Service
Description: Sarah Lewis from the Cooperative Extension Service will give a presentation on ways to increase family and financial resilience through strategies for paying off debt; assessing "good" vs. "bad" debt, what to pay off first, managing credit card debt and planning a debt payoff schedule.

Length: 57 minutes

Alaska Energy Smart Curriculum & KidWind Challenge - October 10, 2013

Presenter: Melody Cavanaugh-Moen
Description: Melody Cavanaugh-Moen will present information on the AK Energy Smart curriculum designed to foster an energy savvy and responsible Alaskan citizenry. They will also share information about the 2014 Alaska KidWind Design Challenge, a student-oriented wind turbine design contest.

Length: 37 minutes

Alaska Military Youth Academy - September 19, 2013

Presenter: Tom Burton
Description: Tom Burton, Director of the Alaska Military Youth Academy will give a brief presentation on the job skills and vocational-technical education, academic curriculum and adventure training available to students at the Alaska Military Youth Academy.

Length: 18 minutes

Books Build Better Brains - September 16, 2013

Presenter: Dr. Dipesh Navasria
Description: Learn basic principles of early brain and childhood development, the connection to literacy skills and innovative approaches that use these concepts to help children flourish in the first thousand days. Talk given at the Anchorage Public Library.

Length: 1 hour 20 minutes

Health Insurance Marketplace Training - August 29, 2013

Presenter: Terry Cumpton
Description: Terry Cumpton of the CMS Seattle Regional Office walks librarians through the process of using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace.

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

Internet Safety for Families - August 29, 2013

Presenter: Det. Shawn Phelps, Juneau Police Department
Description: Internet safety tips, including a discussion of risky behaviors and safety scenarios.
Supplementary material: Alaska Internet Circle of Safety; Internet Circle of Safety Resource links

Length: 28 minutes

Conducting Low Cost Website Usability Studies - August 22, 2013

Presenter: Jason Russell, Alaska State Library Intern
Description: Learn how to do quality studies of the usability of your website at low cost.

Length: 1 hour 12 minutes

Digital Discretion - June 18, 2013

Presenter: Freya Anderson and Katie Fearer, Alaska State Library
Description: Do you deal with confidential information at work?
Do you sometimes use your home computer to catch up on a work task?
Do you deal with sensitive matters with your smart phone or tablet?
These are growing issues in our modern, mobile, and often wireless society. Freya Anderson and Katie Fearer of the Alaska State Library offer law, best practices and discussion on these issues.
Supplementary material: Digital Discretion Guide

Length: 1 hour 12 minutes

Producing Community Content for OWL - May 23, 2013

Presenter: Patty Brown and Reba Heaton of the Haines Public Library
Description: Discussion of the Haines Public Library efforts toward building local programming for the Alaska Online With Libraries (OWL) Video Conference Network.

Length: 53 minutes

Maintaining Your Fuel Oil Tank - May 2, 2013

Presenter: Sarah Moore, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
Description: Sarah Moore of the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation provides information on home fuel oil tanks.

Length: 1 hour 5 minutes

Seaweeds of Alaska - March 7, 2013

Presenter: Mandy Lindeberg of NOAA's Auke Bay Laboratories
Description: Mandy Lindeberg of NOAA's Auke Bay Laboratories discusses seaweed commonly found in Alaska and tours viewers around her "Guide to Seaweeds of Alaska."
Supplementary material available at http://www.seaweedsofalaska.com

Length: 58 minutes

Tuzzy Talk 2: What Happens When Crude Oil Gets into Water? - March 9, 2013

Presenter: Dr. Nancy E. Kinner, University of New Hampshire
Description: Dr. Nancy E. Kinner of the University of New Hampshire links up with libraries in Barrow Alaska and elsewhere to explain the effects of crude oil on the environment. This is part two of two. Part one dealt with the basic properties of Crude Oil.

Length: 1 hour 45 minutes

Tuzzy Talk 1: What is Crude Oil Anyway? - March 2, 2013

Presenter: Dr. Nancy E. Kinner, University of New Hampshire
Description: Dr. Nancy E. Kinner of the University of New Hampshire links up with libraries in Barrow Alaska and elsewhere to explain the basic properties of crude oil. Plain English with lots of charts and tables. This is part one of a two part series. Part two will examine the effects of crude oil on the environment.
Presenter's Slides: Click to download PDF file.

Length: 1 hour 21 minutes

Life Woven with Song - February 28, 2013

Presenters: Alaska’s Writer Laureate Nora Dauenhauer, Past Poet Laureate Richard Dauenhauer & Others
Description: Bringing the region’s rich history, cultures and traditions alive through creative stories and literature. Features readings and conversation with Tlingit Community Leaders. Sponsored by the Juneau Public Library, Alaska Online with Libraries (OWL), the Institute for Museum & Library Sciences, Petersburg Public Library, and the Petersburg Indian Association.

Length: 1 hour 19 minutes

eReaders Explained - February 28, 2013

Presenters: Freya Anderson, Daniel Cornwall, Katie Fearer and Jason Russell
Description: Alaska State Library program featuring an overview of where to get ebooks and brief demonstrations of Google Nexus 7, iPad, Kindle and Nook. Supplemental material and ongoing Q&A available at http://lam.alaska.gov/ebooks.

Length: 1 hour 7 minutes

Senator Begich Town Hall for Alaska Teens – February 27, 2013

Presenter: Senator Mark Begich
Description: Question and answer session between US Senator Mark Begich (Alaska) and teen students from Craig and Unalaska.

Length: 28 minutes

Getting Community Involvement in using the OWL VTC Network – February 20, 2013

Presenters: Patty Brown and Reba Heaton of the Haines Public Library
Description: Discussion of the efforts of the Haines Public Library efforts to build local programming for the Alaska Online With Libraries (OWL) Video Conference Network.

Length: 39 minutes

Marketing OWL in your community – February 20, 2013

Presenter: Seldovia Public Library board member Rosanna McInness
Description: Rosanna McInness shares tips and resources for marketing the Online With Libraries (OWL) video conference network to Alaskan communities.

Length: 46 minutes

Music in the Stacks: The HI-DE-HOs – February 19, 2013

Presenter: The HI-DE-HOs
Description: 45 minute concert by the Haines Alaska based bluegrass band Hi-De-Hos. Recorded on February 19, 2013.

Length: 42 minutes

Do's and Don'ts of Video Conferencing – February 19, 2013

Presenter: Donna Rohwer, Video Conferencing Services Manager for University of Alaska OIT
Description: This video shows a group of librarians what NOT to do during a videoconference, followed by a discussion of best practices.

Length: 1 hour 1 minute

Viewing Cultural Landscape through Tlingit Placenames: An Example from Chilkoot Village Site – February 13, 2013

Presenter: Dr. Anastasia Wiley (SRS Corp, Haines, Alaska)
Description: Discussion of Tlingit place names at a February 21, 2013 event at the Haines Public Library.

Length: 1 hour 43 minutes

Recreational Boating Safety – February 8, 2013

Presenters: Mike Folkerts (US Coast Guard) and Deb Ylijoki (State of Alaska Boating Safety)
Description: Mike Folkerts, recreational boating specialist for the Coast Guard, will discuss safety equipment boaters are required to carry on board. Make sure your vessel is properly equipped with personal flotation devices, navigation lights and sound signals.

Length: 51 minutes

What is OWL? – December 19, 2012

Presenters: Julie Niederhauser & Shane Southwick
Description: Learn how the statewide initiative Online with Libraries (OWL) designed to improve the computing capabilities of public libraries is providing greater access to e-commerce, distance education and professional development opportunities.

Length: 44 minutes

Grant Writing Resources – December 13, 2012

Presenters: Maeghan Kearney
Description: In this class, we’ll cover grant writing and general writing resources, tips on things to avoid, and outcome based evaluations. There will be plenty of examples of what makes a good grant vs. a poorly written grant.
Related Resource: Guide to Grant Writing Resources

Length: 43 minutes

E-Reader Bundle Training – December 5, 2012

Presenters: Jacque Peterson & Sue Sherif (Alaska State Library), Jonas Lamb (Juneau Public Library)
Description: Recently a number of public libraries in Alaska received a Nook, a Kindle and an iPad to use as E-Readers. This videoconference provided some basic training on the use and care of the devices. The presenters also shared some advice on lending and use policies for the devices.

Length: 1 hour 21 minutes

Legal Citations – November 29, 2012

Presenters: Marinke VanGelder (Alaska State Court Law Library) & Katie Fearer
Description: Are you looking for laws or court decisions, but are frustrated because you can’t decipher legal citations? Citations are one of the keys to legal research. This introductory class is for anyone who wants to learn how legal citations work. We’ll also cover where to get the sources common legal citations refer to, such as statutes, regulations, and court decisions.

Length: 1 hour

Confidentiality for Libraries – October 17, 2012

Presenter: Freya Anderson
Description: Confidentiality is a core tenet of librarianship, both as a philosophical matter and as a legal one. Sometimes issues of confidentiality and privacy are straightforward, but it can be difficult when faced with an irate parent or someone in uniform. Each library needs to make their own decisions, and as non-lawyers we can’t provide legal advice, but we’ll go over some of the basics, including: Alaska law, gag orders, and why a library policy and regular training are important.

Length: 40 minutes

All Things OWL – October 17, 2012

Presenter: Shane Southwick
Description: Learn how the statewide initiative Online with Libraries (OWL) designed to improve the computing capabilities of public libraries, is providing greater access to e-commerce, distance education and professional development opportunities.

Length: 55 minutes

What is SLAM? – October 11, 2012

Presenters: Maeghan Kearney (Alaska State Library), Chris Hieb (Alaska State Archives) and Mary Irvine (Alaska State Museums)
Description: Are you curious about the State Libraries, Archives, and Museums (SLAM)? Do you know state libraries and museums are different than their city counterparts? Join us for an hour-long presentation and get to know SLAM a little better.

Length: 43 minutes

Digital Discretion – August 23, 2012

Presenter: Freya Anderson
Description: Do you deal with confidential information at work? Do you sometimes use your home computer to catch up on a task? Do you use your personal smart phone for work? These are growing issues in our modern, mobile and often wireless society. Join us to learn about some of the tricky areas in privacy and confidentiality in the digital age, and pick up some tips about how to minimize your risk.

Length: 40 minutes

Ann Dixon Author Visit – July 25, 2012

Presenter: Ann Dixon (Homer Public Library)
Description: Homer librarian and author Ann Dixon speaks to a group of adults and children on the process of writing books and the process of how books get made. Ms. Dixon concludes with readings from several of her children’s’ books.

Length: 58 minutes

To Infinity and Beyond - Seeing the Universe and More! – July 23, 2012

Presenter: Space Center Houston / CILC
Description from CILC website: Galileo opened up a whole new world with his discoveries ? including the telescope! Your students can experience the excitement of a starry night with a new perspective. What makes those stars twinkle? Just how far away are they? Why is space black? This interactive session will be live from the Skylab Telescope in the Starship Gallery, where you will view America's first orbiting observatory and participate in hands-on activities that will bring the excitement of the unknown to your classroom.

Length: 49 minutes

Satellites: Seeing the World in a Whole New Way, May 2012

Presenter: Space Center Houston / CILC
Description from CILC website: Satellites are giving humans access to information with a whole new perspective and ease. Today Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has many uses from studying global warming trends, to the US Census, to law enforcement. While examining America's first satellite Explorer, investigate how satellites and Earth observation play a role in your everyday life! The formal presentation concludes at the 45 minute mark. A Q&A session about the Online with Libraries (OWL) project follows.

Length: 51 minutes



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