The Armchair Genealogist: Free How-To Irish Genealogy Video – Limited Time!. “Irish Genealogical Research Society (IGRS) has recently released three how-to videos to help you understand and read Irish documents. These videos are only available for free viewing until Sunday, February 18, 2018, so be quick about it.”
From the ALA’s District Dispatch: Free webinar: Building Local Communities with Social Media. “Next week, join us for a free, half hour webinar about social media marketing and community building. Led by Leslie Datsis of PBS Digital Studios, you’ll learn the basics about audience development, targeting, and how to develop a voice for your channels. And you’ll have a few new tools in your belt as you consider how you can take those stories to the next level and make sure that your users (and your elected officials) know just how important libraries are to the community.”
FamilySearch: #NotAtRootsTech 2018? Here’s How to Participate Virtually. “…the world’s largest family history conference isn’t just for those who live close enough to go. In fact, many of the sights and sounds and much of the learning from the conference will be streamed live online for free. Over the years, this live stream has made RootsTech events and classes accessible to tens of thousands of online participants. If you can’t make it to RootsTech in person, here are a few ways you can participate virtually…”
National Library of Medicine: Want to do more with PubMed?. “Want to extract just the PubMed data you need, in the format you want? Dreaming of creating your own PubMed tool or interface, but don’t know where to start? Check out the NLM Webinar ‘Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data—Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed’ on February 13, 2018.”
Search Engine Journal: 14 of the Best Places You Can Learn Photoshop for Free. “Simply loading up the software and trying to figure things out on your own doesn’t work as well when you want to learn Photoshop as it does for other pieces of software. While you could try and read the manuals (which may be more effective at putting you to sleep than anything else), a more visual and interactive learning approach is almost always the better option. Luckily, a high-quality learning experience may be just a few clicks away. Here are 14 places that will let you learn Photoshop for free, giving you all of the information you could want for the most reasonable price in the world.” Wish he’d done a bit more with the annotation, but lots of resources here.
Irish Genealogy News: Three free online courses from FutureLearn start soon. “Starting soon via FutureLearn, The Open University’s digital education platform, are three free online courses which may be of interest to researchers of Irish heritage. In each case, the courses are open to all and are presented using videos, online discussions (active engagement is optional) and, sometimes, the preparation of written assignments. There are no formal qualification criteria for joining, just an interest in the subject to be studied.”
Knight Center: Join the revolution in conversational journalism: Register now for ‘Building Bots for Journalism,’ a free online course. “Bots have been a buzzword for journalists in recent years because of their abilities to reach readers on platforms consumers are already using on a daily basis: SMS text, Amazon Alexa, Google Home or Facebook Messenger. In the next MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, John Keefe from news site Quartz — a pioneer and promoter of conversational journalism — will teach you the basics of writing a bot that will respond to readers like a human through text or speech.”