EDUCATION AND LEARNING

Self-publishing expert to open Patten Free Library’s “Tech Talk” Series on February 12

Posted Jan. 28, 2013, at 2:23 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 28, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 4:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Patten Free Library, Summer Street, Bath, Maine

For more information: Roberta Jordan; 443-5141 ext. 25; patten.lib.me.us

On Tuesday, February 12, the Patten Free Library (PFL) will host a presentation by Bowdoin resident and Apple Computer Executive Jim Moulton, “Self-Publication in the Digital Age Via iPad, Mac, or PC – Yes, You Can!” The program is free, open to the public, and will be held in the library’s second floor Community Room beginning at 4:30 p.m. No pre-registration is required.

“Everyone has a story,” says Moulton, “It could be the story of your family’s arrival in Maine, or the time Aunt Sally went out to feed the chickens and came face-to-face with a moose in the backyard. Or perhaps it is something more serious – a story of war or a story of love. Maybe it’s a novel set in your hometown, or a children’s story you were told as a child and you have told to your own children time after time… Perhaps a story of a family’s life all told in pictures?”

Whatever the topic, Moulton believes that today’s digital tools available on iPad, Mac, PC, and online can make self-publication a reality for all. Low cost, no cost solutions abound, and aspiring authors and artists can publish in a digital format or to paper, depending on how they wish their work to be distributed. His presentation will be a fast-paced tour of the possibilities. Participants will leave with a host of ideas, and be fully assured that it does not take a techno-whiz to self-publish.

Jim is a knowledgeable and humane technology advocate. Prior to joining Apple in September of 2009, Mr. Moulton spent nine years as an independent educational technology and project-based learning consultant – focused on helping schools prepare the learners of today to be the leaders of tomorrow. In ongoing work he collaborated with others in his home state of Maine in designing, developing, and delivering professional development that supported that state’s groundbreaking 1:1 laptop program, the Maine Learning Technology Initiative (www.mlti.org). He worked with schools in Europe and Asia as well as across North America.

He began his formal education career directing a Title I motivational program in 1982 at Bath’s Huse School before moving on to classroom positions in Grades 3, 5, and 6 in his hometown of Bowdoin, Maine. In later years he worked closely with Seymour Papert in designing and implementing projects in Maine’s Juvenile Correctional Facilities, was one of the original contributors to the Spiral Notebook blog on the George Lucas Educational Foundation’s Edutopia.org web site, was a blogger for the KnowledgeWorks Foundation on their Future of Education blog, and served as a member of the Buck Institute for Education’s National Faculty.

Along with his wife Lu Moulton, Jim is the author of two self-published books, “Computers Can, Computers Can’t” (http://bit.ly/WpXkaK) and “Talking with Teachers” (http://bit.ly/Tu9FPp).

Community members with questions about the event may contact Roberta Jordan, the Outreach and Instruction Librarian at Patten Free Library, at 443-5141, extension 25.

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