Thursday, February 28, 2013

April: What’s New in Children’s Literature

Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2013

Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific -- 1PM Mountain -- 2PM Central -- 3PM Eastern

This free webinar will last approximately one hour.
·        Frustrated that you cannot think of a recommendation when a child asks for a “good book to read?”
·        Tired of recommending the same books because you can’t think of anything new to recommend to a child visiting the library?

Discover the new books that you can recommend to children who use your library! Hear about books published in Fall 2012, and upcoming Spring 2013 titles, that will be popular with children ages 0-12. These include picture books, easy readers, transitional fiction, genre fiction for middle grades, graphic novels, poetry, nonfiction, and more!

Hear about books that will appeal to the “reluctant reader,” boys who may have drifted away from reading, and books that will have popularity with a wide audience of children.

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

·         Be able to identify “read-alikes” – other books you can recommend to children after you find out their favorite book
·         Discover books that will grab the attention of reluctant readers, including the newest graphic novels for kids, nonfiction, and popular culture titles
·         Be able to name some new books relating to the Common Core
·         Hear a recap of the recent ALA awards (such as Newbery, Caldecott, etc.) and other recent children’s book awards, to make sure you have these available to recommend
·         Take away a list of helpful websites to use when doing readers’ advisory, and sites that will help you keep up-to-date on the latest children’s books

This webinar will be of interest to: any library staff or volunteer who serves children ages 0-12, in either public or school libraries.

For more information and to participate in the Thursday, April 11, 2013 webinar, go to

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Mar-Apr: Creating Great User Experiences: Taking Libraries beyond Customer Service

March 12 to April 8, 2013

Is user experience at the center of your library's thinking? User experience (UX) characterizes how a person feels about a product, system, or service. Everyday decisions in your library may result in great or not-so-great experiences for your patrons.

In this course, you will learn how to provide better user experiences by exploring:

  • Touchpoints and “pain points” in your library buildings
  • Techniques such as Customer Journey Maps for improving physical touchpoints
  • The user experience elements of your website
  • How UX design leads to innovations that move your library beyond good customer service

Instructor:  Aaron Schmidt

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

For a complete course description and to register go to

Apr-Jun: Fundamentals of Collection Assessment

ALCTS Web Course
Session: April 29 - June 7, 2013
This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including:
- the definition of collection assessment
- techniques and tools
- assessment of print and electronic collections
- project design and management

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- describe the fundamental aspects of collection assessment
- understand the various collection assessment methods and tools, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis
- design and implement a collection assessment project
- perform a collection assessment of print resources
- complete a collection assessment of electronic resources

Who should Attend: This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.
Registration Fees: $109 ALCTS Member; $129 Non-member
How to Register: For additional details and registration information see:
For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or email
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Monday, February 25, 2013

March: E-Forum on Work-Life Balance

March 13-14, 2013
Hosted by Leslie Burke and Robert Roose
Full description forthcoming
To view this Event in Connect, go to

Mar/Apr: Library Juice Academy Schedule for March and April

March 2013

Success in First Library Supervisor Position
Instructor: Tony Garrett | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Introduction to RDA
Instructor: Melissa Adler | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Instructor: Rebecca Blakiston | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Connecting with Spanish-Speaking Communities
Instructor: Katie Cunningham | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Team-Based Work Structures and Productivity
Instructor: Aliqae Geraci | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90
Working Faster, Working Smarter: Productivity Strategies for Librarians
Instructor: Emily Drabinski | Credits: 0.75 CEUs | Cost: $90


What Do I Do With All These Pictures?
Getting Started With Digital Image Collections
Instructor: Beth Knazook | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Collecting and Evaluating Electronic Transactions from Library Services
Instructor: Ray Schwartz | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Bilingual Storytime at Your Biblioteca
Instructor: Katie Cunningham | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Digital Scholarship: New Metrics, New Modes
Instructor: Marcus Banks | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Considering an Open Source ILS
Instructor: BWS Johnson | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost: $175
Introduction to XML
Instructor: Robert Chavez | Credits: 1.5 CEUs | Cost $175

Also be aware of the webinar series starting in March: What's New with Gary Price. Gary Price shares new internet resources and useful search tips. Information is on the website.