Friday, February 24, 2012

ASCLA: Digital Preservation Planning

Digital Preservation Planning
April 16, 2012, 10 – 11:30 a.m. CT
This one hour webinar will introduce you to the key concepts for digital preservation planning.  Included in the webinar will be an introduction to the standards underlying preservation planning and digital preservation solutions and services.  
Presenters: Liz Bishoff, The Bishoff Group, LLC; Tom Clareson, LYRASIS.

ASCLA: Being an effective facilitator

Being an Effective Facilitator
May 9, 2012, 2-3:30 p.m. CT
Want to run better meetings or lead better planning discussions? You can be a more effective facilitator! Learn how to improve group participation and productivity. Focus groups, staff meetings, brainstorming sessions, learning sessions: all of these activities require an effective facilitator. With some knowledge about group dynamics, learning styles, and models for running meetings and group sessions, you can be a great facilitator. Discover ways to improve participation and productivity. Both face-to-face sessions and online sessions will be discussed.
Presenter: Brenda Hough, MLS.

Library Journal Webcasts

New list of opportunities for this Spring.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 12:00 PM EST/9:00 AM PST 
Creative funding for library technology.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST. Explore some of the key themes from the Library Journal 2011 Directors’ Summit, held in partnership with Columbus Metropolitan Library. 

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EST/12:00 PM PST While library budgets remain tight and the rise of ebooks have flattened print book circulation, Library Journal’s recently published 2012 Book Buying Survey also finds that mysteries still rule supreme in public libraries. In fiction circulation, the genre leads the pack by a whopping 97 percent, a reflection of readers opting to escape a rough economy and worse politics. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Legislative Process and You: How it Works and How to Make a Difference

When:  Monday, February 27, 2012
4:00pm-5:00pm EST

Anyone who remembers Schoolhouse Rock’s “How a Bill Becomes a Law” knows that the process is long, arduous and frustrating.  That’s the bad news.  The good news is that library advocates have opportunities to make a difference at every step of the way.  In this webinar Stephanie Vance will give you the insider secrets on using the legislative process to your advantage.  She’ll show you how to be engaged at every point -- from introduction and referral to conference committee -- as well as the key things you should know about any legislative arena before diving in.  Participants will come away from the session with a checklist and work plan to implement these ideas right away – and make a positive difference for libraries!

 Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Sponsored by ALA

NEW! Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012

ALA’s Task Force On the Environment (TFOE) has been engaged in environmental issues for over 20 years and done some tremendous work but has suffered from a lack of participation and lost momentum in recent years. Join us, and Maria A. Jankowska (UCLA Research Librarian and Editor of Electronic Green Journal), most recent TFOE chair, to understand what TFOE has accomplished, including pitfalls and successes – plus recommendations for next steps. Should this group be revitalized and/or is a change in direction indicated? What are some options for remaining engaged at the local and national levels? Where are opportunities for collaboration and action around broader sustainability issues?

Join the kick-off webinar of the Libraries for Sustainability Webinar Series 2012 :
Feb 28, 2012 – 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Call to Action and Collaboration!
Hopeful outcomes: Informal meeting at ALA 2012 in June to work on forming a new group; planning for sustainability-related presentations at ALA 2013! - Sign up now!

Time permitting, please review Maria’s recent article, Going beyond Environmental Programs and Green Practices at the American Library Association (, which provides a helpful timeline of TFOE’s history and associated activities.

Webinar series facilitators: Madeleine Charney (UMass Amherst Libraries), Beth Filar Williams (UNC Greenboro), and Bonnie Smith (University of Florida Libraries).

Stay tuned for more webinars:
April 24, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Exploring Sustainability Practices in Libraries
June 12, 2012, 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Preparing for ALA Annual Informal Meeting
August 28, 2012 2:00-3:00 (EST) - Action Plan Follow Up & Discussion

Questions? Contact Madeleine Charney at or Beth FilarWilliams at

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections

 Scenario Planning & Collaboration Among Heritage Institutions to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections

San Francisco: Monday, April 16, 2012 – California Historical Society – 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Workshop instructor: Julie Page, Co-Coordinator, California Preservation Program (CPP)
and Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
Additional locations in Fall 2012:  Sonora, Monterey, Los Angeles & San Bernardino

Okay, now you have a plan, but do you know how well it will work in a real disaster situation?  It's better to find answers now than after a disaster has occurred!

This workshop will:
  • Help you assess your vulnerabilities
  • Test your plan using a scenario table top exercise
  • Explore how collaborations can help you respond to a disaster
  • Build a shared vision for regional disaster preparedness
Who should attend:
When possible, send 2-3 participants from your institution to work together on disaster preparedness activities:  
  • Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness
  • Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection
  • Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making
Requirements for attendance:
  • A written disaster plan (draft okay) that includes collections response/recovery
  • A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness
  • A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks before workshop)
Cost:    The workshop is FREE; just your time, energy, and institutional commitment. 
Funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
Co-sponsored by the Bay Area Mutual Aid Network (BAMAN)

Registration:     Pre-registration required. Register online at: 
For more information or registration assistance contact: Sarah Post

2012 SPRING CALTAC Workshops

Registration brochure here:

Welcome trustees, Friends, donors, library staff, advocates!

Hear from colleagues, advocates and state and local elected officials about successful library messaging and campaigns: Resounding answers to the question: Libraries: A Necessity or "Nice to Have"?

Stacey Aldrich will bring news from the Capitol as well!

Saturday, February 25 -- Northern -- Walnut Creek Library
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, Supervisor Karen Mitchoff, Walnut Creek Mayor Bob Simmons, County Librarian Barbara Flynn, and, Walnut Creek Library staff. Panelists include LIsa Ellis and Amy Martin from Save Oakland Libraries; Kathleen Odne, Lesher Foundation; and Edward Del Beccaro, Grubb & Ellis.

Saturday, March 10 -- Southern -- Burbank Library, Buena Vista Branch
Sharon Cohen, Burbank Library Service Director, Burbank Councilmember. Panelists include: Mike Flad, Burbank City Manager; Tonya Kennon, Riverside PL Director/Measure I;LIsa Cleri Reale, LAPL Measure L

8:45                     Registration
9:00a -- 12:45p   Workshop/Break-out Groups/Q&A

Plenty of time for brainstorming and Q&A!

ALCTS webinar: Steps in a Digital Preservation Workflow

Date: March 7, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: This presentation will outline generic considerations and processes for building and managing a digital preservation workflow. We will consider the workflow within the larger context of a digital content life cycle, which runs from information creation through to ongoing discovery and access. We will focus upon generalized steps institutions can use to acquire, preserve and serve content. The presentation will describe distinct workflow stages in conjunction with sample procedures, policies, tools and services, stressing the dynamic nature of workflows over time, including the use of modular components and ongoing work to enhance automation and cope with issues of scale.

Learning outcomes: Participants will learn about the life cycle approach to digital stewardship and how that concept relates to conceptualizing a workflow for the purposes of institutional preservation and access. The presentation will identify model workflow stages, generalized procedures and policies, and commonly used tools and services. It will also include a discussion of various preservation options, including localized repositories and cloud services.

Who should attend: Librarians and archivists involved with preservation of digital materials.

Presenter: Bill LeFurgy is Digital Initiative Project Manager with the Library of Congress, National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program. He is responsible for overseeing a digital preservation projects in partnership with a variety of universities, state archives and libraries, and other organizations. He is a frequent speaker on digital preservation at venues around the world.

For additional information, including pricing options and links to registration, please click on the following link:
ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.