Friday, January 23, 2015

Mar'15: Spring Conference Round-Up! (ACRL)

Wednesday, March 31st, 1pm-2pm CDT /  2-3pm EDT.

A free webinar presented by the ACRL University Libraries Section (ULS) Technology & Libraries Committee. This post-conference online session will provide attendees with an overview of some of the best presentations from spring conferences. We plan to feature SXSW 2015, and the Library Technology Conference,

Access info available at a later date.

Feb'15: Introduction to Intellectual Freedom in Libraries – 2015 Update (Infopeople)

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
12 Noon Pacific

In this webinar presented by Mary Minow, you will learn techniques to approach challenges, along with a firm background of intellectual freedom in libraries, including relevant laws and court cases.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, attendees will be able to:
•    Identify and interpret key ALA documents, policies, and decisions related to intellectual freedom, both in print and online
•    Identify and understand holdings in key court cases on intellectual freedom in libraries
•    Understand how the law treats different libraries - academic, school and public.
•    Understand the types of speech that are not protected by the First Amendment, and when to call the police to report child pornography
•    Develop skills for recognizing and strategies for responding to challenges

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels in any type of library. It will be particularly beneficial for those who are relatively new to the library field and who have not had any formal training in the core values of the profession.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Feb'15: How to Respond to a Security Incident in Your Library (ALA)

90-minute workshop, Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

As important as it is to try to prevent library security incidents, it’s not always possible to avoid them, and the way you respond when they happen is crucial. Dr. Steve Albrecht, a security expert and former police officer, will show you how to respond effectively.

This session will take the top 10 security, behavior, crime, or emergency-related incidents that occur in libraries and describe the issues, the concerns, and the responses surrounding them. Many of the scenarios will involve challenging or problem-inducing patrons, and others will discuss responses to events that staff might not always know how to deal with properly.

Mar'15: How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes (ALA)

90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

When you’ve got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance. Information literacy expert Sarah Steiner will show you how five minutes of skilled, targeted assessment is all you need to give you a precise understanding of students’ needs, learning, and retention. Drawing from real-life examples, Steiner will discuss how to write the best assessment questions and use inexpensive survey tools to gauge learning while you interact with students.

Mar-Apr'15: Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff (ALA)

6 week eCourse beginning on March 2,  2015

American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals.  A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for baby storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world.

Ideal for those without previous experience, in this eCourse, librarian and ASL interpreter Kathy MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, aiding participants in improving library services.

Mar-Apr'15: Using WordPress to Build Library Websites (ALA)

6 week eCourse beginning March 16, 2015

WordPress is an open-source content management system that helps you create, develop, and maintain a website. Its intuitive interface means that there’s no need to learn complex programming languages--and because it’s free, you can do away with purchasing expensive web development software.

Mar'15: Fair Use: Guidelines and Best Practices (ALA)

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

As musicians share remixes and mashups, and big media cast a net of takedown notices over piracy, misunderstandings on fair-use guidelines abound. At worst, a restrictive view of the guidelines can stifle creativity and research in your library’s community. Attorney and librarian Gretchen McCord will demonstrate productive interpretations of fair-use guidelines for libraries. You will learn how to empower your patrons with statements of best practices used independently and along with the fair-use guidelines.

Mar'15: The Paperless Professional (ALA)

A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

Is your desk currently covered in loose papers and small sticky notes? Do you ever envy those who seem to travel lightly at conferences, using only a small mobile device to take notes during sessions? Do you wish you were able to use your iPad for more than checking email and playing Angry Birds? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this may be the workshop for you! You'll learn how you can use your mobile device to get organized, increase your productivity, and manage your research. 

Mar-Apr'15: Advanced WordPress: Taking Your Web Presence to the Next Level (ALA)

6 week eCourse beginning March 16, 2015

If you've used WordPress to build a library blog or website, you know what an incredible tool it can be. But there’s much more to WordPress than building a site. More advanced users can use WordPress to create resources such as advance registration and scheduling tools, integrate web-based programs, or allow your website to interface with other software through an Application Programming Interface (API).

If you’re eager to move from basic proficiency to advanced skills in WordPress, knowing where to start is crucial. In this eCourse, Michael Schofield, a web developer who specializes in library sites, will help you focus your attention so you can decide how to proceed. You’ll learn about the advanced capabilities of WordPress and how they can apply to your library, along with steps for putting them in place.

Feb-Mar'15: Managing Copyright in Digital Collections (ALA)

3 week eCourse beginning February 16, 2015

When you’re creating a digital collection or digitizing materials for preservation and access, you face a whole new set of copyright questions. In this 3-week eCourse, you will learn how to apply copyright to a variety of media and formats and make decisions with a project manager’s sensibility, enabling you to keep your projects on track. Linda Tadic, experienced in film, art and cultural object archives, will lead discussions, provide related readings and resources, and will also present three live webinars as part of the eCourse.

Save the date to attend the live webinars! (Please note that all sessions will be recorded and archived for those who cannot attend the live events.)
Session One: Friday, February 20 from 2:30-4:00pm Eastern/1:30-3:00pm Central/12:30-2:00pm Mountain/11:30am-1:00pm Pacific

Session Two: Friday, February 27 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern/1:30-2:30pm Central/12:30-1:30pm Mountain/11:30am-12:30pm Pacific

Session Three: Friday, March 6 from 2:30-3:30pm Eastern/1:30-2:30pm Central/12:30-1:30pm Mountain/11:30am-12:30pm Pacific

Feb'15: Cartographic Resources Cataloging with RDA: An Introduction (ALA)

90-minute workshop
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
2:30pm ET /1:30 CT / 12:30 MT / 11:30am PT

The flexibility of RDA: Resource Description and Access facilitates the cataloging of myriad unique types of library materials, including maps and cartographic resources. In this workshop, Susan Moore, a cataloger who teaches about the specific challenges of cataloging cartographic resources, will teach you the basics of creating a bibliographic record for a sheet map using RDA. Particular emphasis will be given to selecting a title, calculating scale, recording coordinates, measuring maps, and filling out the 336, 337, and 338 MARC fields.

Feb-Mar'15: Planning and Preparing for RDA: Resource Description and Access (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, February 2, 2015
There are already many catalog records "in the wild" that are compliant with RDA: Resource Description and Access. Now is the perfect time for anyone involved in cataloging and technical services to prepare and put plans in place for implementing RDA. An active participant in development of the RDA instructions, Roman S. Panchyshyn will lead this 4-week, asynchronous eCourse to help you get started.

Feb-Mar'15: Cataloging with RDA (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, February 2, 2015

In this eCourse, RDA expert Magda El-Sherbini will get you started with hands-on training focused on print monographs, covering both description and access. You'll participate in exercises using real-world examples of RDA concepts and solidify your skills through quizzes with interactive feedback. El-Sherbini will be available on discussion boards to address your questions and continue the conversation.