Friday, June 19, 2015

Blog Workaround

Thank you all for viewing this blog of professional development opportunities.

I will no longer be posting events here, HOWEVER I WILL continue to post learning events on my Learning Beyond Calendar, which you can view at any time here:

Learn on!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Do you read this blog?

I have been posting professional development opportunities in this space since 2011.

I see the statistics of hits and page views, but I don't know if these are actual humans or webcrawlers.

If you are a human and read this blog, please post a comment to this post.  If I get enough comments, I will continue posting.

Thank you for your attention!
MDriscoll, life-long learner.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jun'15: Librarians deploying Mendeley – the new generation researcher workflow tool

Jun 17 2015 7:00 am Pacific (75 mins)

On a daily basis, librarians support and answer countless questions from students and researchers on the most efficient and effective way to identify and manage reference information. Modern day librarians need to consider not only the scholarly need of citation management but also consider how such a citation management tool can support extensive research collaboration requirements. Therefore, most librarians feel a strong need to keep abreast of the newest researcher tools available in the market. This webinar features librarians from Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh discussing why they decided to invest resources in Mendeley and what kind of impact it had in their universities. They will share experiences with previous tools and how research collaboration and data analytics tools in Mendeley support their research objectives as well as shape the researcher services they provide.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Jul'15: Rethinking Digital Literacy to Serve Library Staff and Users (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015


What is digital literacy? Supporting digital literacy remains an important part of library staff members' work, but sometimes we struggle to agree on a simple, meaningful definition of the term.
Join Paul Signorelli in this new eCourse that will begin by exploring a variety of definitions and will focus on work that fosters digital literacy among people of all ages and backgrounds. Signorelli will then explore a variety of digital-literacy resources, including case studies of how we creatively approach these learning opportunities, and will also explore a variety of digital tools that will help to encourage further understanding of this topic.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Jul'15: Apps for Librarians: Empower Your Users with Mobile App Literacy (ALA)

5-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 2015

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for "consumption," the best apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation. In this eCourse, Nicole Hennig will show you how to incorporate apps as learning tools at your library.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jul'15: Cataloging with RDA: Resource Description and Access (ALA)

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, July 13, 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.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jun'15: Library Support Staff Certification (ALA)

June 10th from 1-2pm Central Time

Register for the webinar here:

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program is offering a free, one-hour informational webinar.

The LSSC Program is a continuing education certification program designed to recognize the value and accomplishments of Library Support Staff. To complete the program and become Certified Library Support Staff (CLSS) , candidates must first meet the eligibility requirements, and then successfully complete six of ten competency sets.  Candidates may complete these sets by submitting portfolios, completing approved courses, or graduating from training programs in LSSC colleges with which LSSC has a recognition agreement. The webinar will offer an in-depth look at the program as well as offer Q&A time with an LSSC representative. Please join us to learn more about this national certification program for library support staff.

Jun'15: Makerspaces: The Library's Legal Answers (ALA)

Thursday, June 18, 2015  /  90-minute workshop
2:30 PM Eastern | 1:30 PM Central 12:30 PM Mountain | 11:30 AM Pacific

Library makerspaces are truly transformative environments that advance learning and innovation in communities. These spaces are a great way for people to create, invent, and learn, but you will need to be aware of and understand legal implications and concepts related to patent, trademark, and product liability.

Join the Library's Legal Answer team—Minow, Lipinski, and McCord—as they guide you in a positive approach to library makerspaces, true to the library mission of intellectual freedom, access, and learning.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Jun'15: The Happiness Advantage at Work Part 1: Unraveling the Happiness Mystery (Training Magazine Network)

Tuesday, June 30 (11-12 pm Mountain)

Although scientific support for the benefits of happiness is mounting, creating a happy and engaged culture requires a new kind of organizational learning. Current data suggest that this is only possible if leaders and their organizations choose happiness. In this interactive session, Devin and JJ will explore why happy cultures are difficult to build and sustain AND WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT! You’ll hear the story of how Nationwide Brokerage Solutions has increased engagement levels, reduced turnover and achieved record-breaking business growth and financial performance by prioritizing a positive culture and embedding happiness practices into the organization.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Jun'15: Telling Your Story with Data (FDLP)

Wednesday, June 24 (12-1 pm Mountain)

In this presentation, Melanie Poulter, MA, Senior Planner of Data Analysis and Communication for the Community Service Council of Greater Tulsa, Oklahoma (CSC), a human services research, planning, and convening organization will be presenting. Learn how to more effectively tell your story by presenting data in easy to grasp infographics. Some familiarity with Excel graphics and PowerPoint graphics would be helpful.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Jun'15: Order in the Court Records: Finding Briefs, Transcripts, and other Court Materials (No Carolina Lib Assoc)

Wednesday, June 24 (10-11 am Mountain)

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents ... Order in the Court Records: Finding Briefs, Transcripts, and other Court Materials

Library patrons have many reasons to ask for help with finding court filings: from tracking the progress of a pending lawsuit, to digging up centuries-old court materials for genealogical research, and countless other academic or personal pursuits in between. The unpublished nature of many court materials can make such research very challenging for librarians. But before you refer your patrons elsewhere, hear some tips and tricks for locating court opinions, briefs, filings, and other materials related to court cases from all levels of courts in both state and federal systems.

For more information and to register for this program, visit:

Jun'15: The Abundance of Federal Criminal Justice Websites: Criminal Justice Websites You Should Know (FDLP)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015  /  2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The U.S. Federal Government publishes a variety of resources on criminal justice. The webinar will look at websites for federal departments, statistics, research tools, and evidence based research.

Jun'15: Using ACRL's New Framework for Information Literacy to Explore Teaching Strategies for Intergovernmental Information (Choice/ACRL)

Wednesday June 10, 2015  / 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Pacific

The six frames in the ACRL Framework identify knowledge practices and dispositions that may be helpful as we introduce intergovernmental information to our campus learners. The World Bank eLibrary offers a number of opportunities to explore these frames.
Join us in this webinar for some remarks on this timely topic, suggestions for possible teaching strategies, and some new thinking on IGO information. A brief overview of the World Bank eLibrary's topics and features will be included.