Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Techniques for Creative Problem Solving in Libraries

Instructor: Annie Downie
Dates: January 14-27, 2013
Credits: 0.75 CEUs
Cost: $90

Librarians are constantly called on to come up with creative solutions to problems of all stripes, whether is it how to offer amazing service with too little staff, coming up with ways to convince faculty to bring their classes to the library, plan for an unknown and constantly changing future, develop presentations that wow board members or administrators, or develop an innovative orientation session for new freshman. We have to do it all and usually in a short amount of time. One of the most valuable tools a librarian can have is the ability to think creatively and to approach issues with a fresh and open mind.

The course is comprised of four sections: Generating New Ideas, Developing Habits of Creative Thinking, The Thinking Process, and Turning Ideas into Successful Projects. Within these sections you will learn practical strategies and techniques including effective brainstorming, cross-fertilization of ideas, creating time and space to think, perceptual positioning, questioning assumptions and biases, concept mapping, unconventional problem solving, problem redefinition, and reality checks. This course will utilize brief readings, online discussion, video, worksheets, and exercises.

The course will culminate in you taking a work problem or issue you are currently dealing with and developing a plan of action using the 6-step Productive Thinking Model and your newly learned creative problem solving skills. The instructor will work closely with you on the development of your plan offering guidance and feedback throughout the process.

Annie Downey currently serves as the Director of Research Services at the Reed College Library, in Portland OR. She is the former Head of Research and Instructional Services at the University of North Texas, where she also served as Manager of the Instruction Unit, Outreach Librarian, Reference and Instruction Librarian, and a Graduate Library Assistant. She is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in Higher Education at UNT, where the focus of her research is critical information literacy. She also teaches Academic Libraries at Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Science. Interview with Annie Downey

Library Juice Academy
PO Box 25322
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Tel. 218-260-6115

Friday, December 14, 2012

Family Law Basics for Public Libraries

PLEASE NOTE: This webinar is California-centric and intended for public library staff.

Series: Legal Research Resources 2nd of 4
Presenters:  Ana M. Storey and Janine Liebert
Date:  Thursday, January 10, 2013
Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern
This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge, you can pre-register by clicking on the Join Webinar button now or go directly to the webinar by clicking on Join Webinar on the day of the event on the Adobe Connect server. If you pre-registered you can use your email address and password you created to speed up entry to the webinar. If you did not preregister and you login within 30 minutes of the event you can enter as a guest without a password.

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For more information and to participate in the Thursday, January 10, 2013 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/family-law-basics

  • My ex got a raise at work. How can I get more child support?
  • I've been to court. When is my divorce considered final?
  • I heard that California is a 'no fault' state. What does that mean?
  • I want more time with my son. Can I change the original child custody order?
  • I want to get a restraining order. Is there a form for that?
Court findings show that as many as 70 percent of family law litigants in California are unrepresented. Library staff often get questions about common legal problems, like divorce, child custody, support and domestic violence.

This webinar will help librarians and library staff to understand the California family law process, learn some key terms and explore reliable referral sources that will be helpful for customers. Attendees will also learn about online resources that can be used as a starting point for responding to family law-related questions.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Receive a general overview of family law matters including: divorce, custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, paternity and domestic violence
  • Be familiar with key terminology in family law matters
  • Gain an overview of the phases of the divorce process
  • Be introduced to the "Families & Children" and "Divorce or Separation" sections of Courts.ca.gov, the California Courts website
  • Have a basic understanding of the family law forms that the California Courts website has, and what it doesn't have
  • Learn about online resources that can be used as a starting point
  • Get tips on print resources and library databases that can be helpful for locating family law information and forms
This webinar will be of interest to library staff on the front lines of connecting people with information in public libraries, as well as law librarians from all disciplines who have seen a need for training public librarians in providing access to legal information and services to customers with legal questions

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Book Treatment and Conservation Labs

December 11-12, 2012
Hosted by Jennifer Hain Teper and Eric Alstrom 
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It's free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.
Each day, sessions begin and end at:
Pacific: 7am - 3pm
Mountain: 8am - 4pm
Central: 9am - 5pm
Eastern: 10am - 6pm

Planning for and managing in-house conservation treatment and book repair involves many considerations. Setting up a program involves huge tasks including designing and constructing laboratory or treatment space, training and hiring skilled staff, and purchasing supplies. Ongoing management of programs must constantly balance the needs of the library with available options and cost. The discussion will involve the current management of library conservation or book repair programs and their role and practices in modern libraries. We invite participation from those with active programs or those considering programs to participate with questions, ideas, and experiences.

Topics include:
   - planning for conservation
   - selection for treatment
   - treatment options, both in-house and outsourced
   - considerations in the design of an in-house conservation lab
   - staff training

*Jennifer Hain Teper *is Head of Preservation and Conservation, University Libraries, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with an MSLIS and CAS in the conservation of library and archive materials in 2000. She oversaw the construction of the University of Illinois' hybrid conservation lab, which opened in 2006. Since that time she has fielded numerous calls and visits from others looking to design or renovate a conservation lab.

*Eric Alstrom* is Head of Conservation at the Wallace Conservation Laboratory at the Michigan State University Libraries. He received his MILS from the University of Michigan, where he also apprenticed in conservation under James Craven at the Bentley Historical Library. Previously he has been the conservator at Ohio University and Dartmouth College. At all three institutions, he has designed new or renovated existing conservation labs; he is currently settling into his new conservation lab, the second he has designed for MSU.

*What is an e-forum?*
An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.

*To register:*
Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo.
Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.