Thursday, April 17, 2014

May-June: Introduction to Digital Curation (University College London)

8 week MOOC May 5-June 30, 2014

Digital curation can be defined as the ongoing management for use of digital material, but it can also be defined as an emerging trans-disciplinary field with no firm boundaries or established best practice. This course is designed to help you start to get to grips with digital curation in both these aspects.

Having completed it, you should be able to:
  •     describe how a concern for digital curation has emerged over the recent past
  •     explain the main models, ideas and strategies currently used to give shape to digital curation
  •     use the vocabulary of digital curation
  •     identify the competencies and skills currently deemed necessary for those working in digital curation
  •     draw on a number of online resources in order to keep your knowledge up to date
  •     participate in the wider digital curation community and the development of practice in this area

May: Where's the Gap? Conducting a Blended Learning Needs Assessment (InSync)

May 13, 2014

10:00-11:00 AM (PST)
If you have been designing training for any length of time, you have probably conducted a needs assessment.  Wikipedia defines a needs assessment as: “…a systematic process for determining and addressing needs, or ‘gaps’ between current conditions and desired conditions or ‘wants’.”

As your organization starts to implement blended learning, conducting a thorough needs assessment becomes perhaps even more important than ever before. Blended learning requires investments in technology and training for your development and facilitation teams. Mistakes can be expensive, and may not be uncovered until after your program has been piloted.

Because of these costs, organizations can’t rely on proven assumptions about participants, training environments, or content.  It’s best to begin all of your analysis from scratch to make sure you get it right the first time.

During this session we will provide:

    Provide a quick refresher on the needs analysis process.
    Provide guidance on adapting the needs analysis process for blended learning, including:

• Technology analysis, with a focus on development tools and participant learning environments.
• Organizational analysis, with a focus on change management and identifying champions.
• Content analysis, with a focus on identifying what content can be delivered in a blended format to
  achieve the best impact with minimal risk.
• Course specific needs analysis to apply the bigger picture to a specific program.

Once you finalize your needs assessment, you'll be better prepared to move forward with designing your program.

Questionnaires and other tools will be provided to assist you in conducting these analyses.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

May: Libraries for Outreach and Instruction (LITA)

Live webinar:  May 19, 2014, noon –2 p.m. CDT

A panel of library games experts will discuss the principles of gamification and how to use game elements for information literacy instruction. The process of creating a library game and using game design best practices will be considered.  Creating physical games based on literature for outreach purposes will also be examined.  Attendees will leave with innovative ideas of how to use games or gamification in their own libraries.
Learning Outcomes

Participants will gain the following skills:

    The ability to incorporate gamification into library instruction sessions
    Knowing when to create a library game and use game design best practices
    Using literature based physical games for outreach purposes

LITA Member:  $39
Non-Member: $99
Group:  $190

Adobe Connect login info will be sent to registrants the week prior to the start date.

Jun: 'Library Preservation Today!' virtual preconference (ALCTS)

This three-day (June 16 - 18) virtual preconference introduces the fundamentals of managing preservation efforts in libraries, archives and historical societies.  At the end of this preconference, participants will value preservation as a formal library function and how it reflects and supports the institutional mission; appreciate the primary role of preventive care, including good storage conditions, in extending the useful life of collections and understand some of the challenges in preserving digital content and what the implications are for the future of scholarship.

Session 1
Introduction to Library Preservation
Monday, June 16,  1 – 2 p.m. Central, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – noon Pacific
Presenter: Karen E.K. Brown, State University of New York - Albany

Session 2
Environmental Monitoring and Control
Tuesday, June 17, 1 – 2 p.m. Central, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – noon Pacific
Presenter: Julie Mosbo, Texas A&M University

Session 3
Preserving Digital Collections: An Overview
Wednesday, June 18, 1 – 2 p.m. Central, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern, noon – 1 p.m. Mountain, 11 a.m. – noon Pacific
Presenter: Peter Verheyen, Syracuse University Libraries and Conservator in Private Practice

Registration Fees:  (Register for one session or all three sessions.)
ALCTS member or international member: $103 entire preconference; $43 for one session
Group ALCTS member: $238 entire preconference; $99 for one session
Non-member: $142 entire preconference; $59 for one session
Group non-member: $310 entire preconference; $129 for one session
Student member or retired member: $50 entire preconference; $20 for one session

The one-time registration fee includes access to the live virtual presentation, as well as unlimited access to the webcast.

May: Data Publishing with Dataverse (ACRL)

ACRL Numeric and Geospatial Data Services & Digital Curation Interest Group invite you to attend our next webinar: “Data Publishing with Dataverse”

Mercè Crosas, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, The Institute for Quantitative Social Science (IQSS), Harvard University,

Over the last decade, our Data Science team at Harvard's Institute for Quantitative Social Science has been iteratively developing Dataverse, a data repository framework to facilitate and enhance data sharing, preservation, citation, reuse and analysis. The open source Dataverse software has been installed as a research data repository at multiple institutions worldwide. The Dataverse repository hosted at Harvard University is open to all researchers, and currently has over 53,000 data sets containing 734,000 files. During the last two years, based on user feedback and community practices, we have implemented extensible data publishing workflows and effective ways to link publications to data. In this talk, I'll present what we have learned in the process, and how it has helped us define data publishing.

Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm CDT

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

May: Expert Databases: Explore key databases for your institution from the researcher’s perspective (Choice/ACRL)

When: Tuesday, May 13th
Time: 11am PST | 12pm MST | 1pm CST | 2pm EST

Databases offer quick, granular data that's efficient for both researchers and librarians, but which databases are right for your patrons? Join us for a free 60-minute webinar to discover databases that fit the needs of your institution and how they can help your patrons in physics, chemistry, biology and math.

Material Scientist and Springer’s in-house expert, Mikail Shaikh will take you on an exploration of key databases with the insight of a researcher.