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Archived OWL Videoconferences 2013

December 2013

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

November 2013

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 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

October 2013

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

September 2013

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

August 2013

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

June 2013

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

May 2013

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

March 2013

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

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.

Length: 1 hour 21 minutes

February 2013

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

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

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