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Archive for 2021

(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.​​

“Libraries Within the Ecosystem of Digital Equity: A Panel on Practical Advice and the Bigger Picture”

Thursday, January 20, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Digital equity is not a new concept. Library workers have been tasked with addressing this issue since the dawn of personal computers, decades ago. However, the pandemic has thrown obstacles in the end game of making sure our communities are digitally equitable. A recent influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 is also now on the table. Panelists will share how working towards digital inclusion requires a strong ecosystem of collaboration, how libraries fit within this ecosystem, and practical guidance on what the future holds for digital equity initiatives.

Register here.

“If You Have Emotions and You Know It Shout Hooray: Presenting Social Emotional Learning in Storytime”

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00-1:30 PM CDT

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) has always been an important part of education and human development. With the ongoing pandemic and shocking headlines, now, more than ever, we are prompted to help caregivers and young children learn how to express and understand their emotions. With the overwhelming amount of books in this genre, this webinar will help us choose books that involve SEL learning and also use (just about) any books, music and other storytime material to decipher feelings.

Register here.

“Working with Fire Professionals”

Tuesday, January 25, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

Chief John High, Sr., from the Illinois Fire Service Institute, will look at identifying fire hazards, how to prevent them, and how the fire department will respond to the call. Learn how everyday items can help start a fire and how fast a fire can develop. Firefighters face a variety of hazards as they battle a burning building besides the heat and smoke. There are collapses of ceilings and walls, holes burned through the floors and live electrical and gas lines. When a fire occurs, the results are often devastating.

Register here.

“Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers”

Thursday, January 27, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

Learn the basic steps and components to create early literacy kits for childcare centers in your area. With many outreach services put on hold, these boxes are an accessible tool for childcare providers to use in their centers. This session will walk participants through revamping existing outreach materials, or creating a new partnership initiative. You’ll leave this webinar with examples, ideas, and an excitement to get started on your library’s own Literacy Kits!

Register here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

Registration is now open for the CARLI Professional Development Alliance webinars taking place in January. Please see below for more information.

“Using Your Data to Make Decisions” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 9:30-11:00 AM CDT

Libraries have access to a considerable amount of data: from statistics about library use (circulation, program attendance, website, and online resources use), to data about their communities. The hardest part is often determining what data are needed to answer operational questions or how to turn those data into evidence-based decisions.

Participants will leave this session with an understanding of how to create better visualizations for decision-making, and how to ask the questions to collect actionable data through community and staff surveys.

Register here.

“Data Literacy in the Library” (Collaborative Literacy Learning Series)

Tuesday, January 11, 12:30-2:00 PM CDT

This 90-minute workshop will explore teaching the skill of data literacy in the library, and include practical programming ideas that can be adapted for a range of spaces and audiences. At the end of this session, attendees will be able to communicate data literacy principles and implement data literacy activities in their space.

Register here.

“Crafting Your Story with Data Visualizations”

Thursday, January 13, 1:00-2:30 PM CDT

What story are you telling with your data? What story do you want to tell with your data? This webinar on chart design for storytelling with data will introduce core design elements based on accepted best practices grounded in current visualization research. Webinar presenters will model strategies for designing and redesigning visualizations that tell stories, including chart selection, intentional use of color, and strategic use of text.

Register here.

“Tools You Can Use — Tools for Teaching Digital Literacy and Increasing Staff Confidence”

Tuesday, January 18, 1:30-3:00 PM CDT

Public libraries have long been leaders in bringing people into the digital world – providing programs and services that help patrons get jobs, gain knowledge, increase productivity, and engage with others online. Leveraging and strengthening existing library and community resources can help reduce staff burden and increase the library’s impact on digital literacy. Attendees will learn the importance of and best practices for digital literacy, as well as useful digital literacy tools and resources for library staff to employ when working with patrons and technologies.

Register here.

“The Before and After: Returning to Work with COVID Restrictions Still in Place”

Wednesday, January 19, 2:00-3:00 PM CDT

While it was challenging to work from home for 18 months, many feel returning to work with COVID restrictions still in place to be even more difficult. In this session, Joan Schuitema will explore some of the reasons for this such as continued isolation, the loss of workplace traditions and rituals, and grief associated with the loss of colleagues, friends, and family members. We will also try to identify ways to address these issues so as to improve our workplace experience.

Register here.

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(via OCLC)

Brian Miller of The Ohio State University Libraries, Lapis Cohen of the University of Pennsylvania, and I will be presenting on the International ILL Toolkit during a webinar on Thursday, February 17, starting at 10:00 AM CDT. The session, co-sponsored by the OCLC Research Library Partnership and the ALA RUSA STARS International ILL Committee, is free and open to everyone in the resource sharing community. Registration is now open.  (Even if you aren’t available to attend live, registering will ensure that you’ll be among the first to receive a link to the session recording soon afterwards.)

The International ILL Toolkit is a freely available, crowd-sourced effort to make global resource sharing easier.  The project was initiated after a discussion among members of the SHARES resource sharing consortium, where folks compared notes about the difficulty of finding information about ILL lenders willing to share internationally that aren’t suppliers on OCLC WorldShare ILL.  Everyone seems to have their own cheat sheet with information about such lenders.  We wondered if maybe somebody should compile all those spreadsheets into a shareable tool and then systematically search for information on other such lenders.

Brian and Lapis stepped up and embraced that challenge. The International ILL Toolkit is the result. More information, including a link to the Toolkit, is available here.

Sign up for the webinar to learn how the Toolkit has grown into an elaborate, multifaceted set of resources with contributions from libraries around the world.

The session will be an opportunity for you to explore the components of the Toolkit:

  • An ever-growing listing of lenders from around the world with contact, delivery, and payment information
  • Tips and tricks for international ILL by country/region
  • Translated ILL request templates which can be copied for local use, prepared in collaboration with library professionals fluent in that language

You’ll also get a peek at future plans for the Toolkit and, perhaps most importantly, participate in the dialogue on ways to continue improving this valuable, evolving resource.

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via Shin Freedman, Framingham State University)

This is a friendly reminder that you are invited to a research survey on collegiality. Thank you for those who completed the survey. If you have not done so, the link is here.

I am conducting a research study on collegiality and its impact on academic library workplaces. The survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. It will remain open until Friday, January 14.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact me, Shin Freedman, at sfreedman@framingham.edu, or Kaetrena D. Kendrick at Winthrop University, kendrickk@winthrop.edu. This research project has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Boards at Framingham State University and Winthrop University.

Thank you for your time and consideration!

Shin Freedman
Kaetrena D. Kendrick

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(via Miriam Nelson, Ohio University)

Please save the date for an ALA Core symposium on the future of library binding. This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, January 26, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM CDT​. The symposium will feature updates from the LOC Preservation Directorate, perspectives on the state of the industry, and a discussion on current practice and the need to pivot in response to changing commercial binding landscape. Keep an eye out for further updates and registration information in early January (see the link below).

For more information on the event as it becomes available, along with background on the ALA Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures division, please go here. This event will be free and recordings will be available for later viewing.

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(via Nicole Contaxis, New York University Langone Health)

Please join the virtual kickoff for the new National Center for Data Services (NCDS) of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, on Thursday, January 6, at 12:00 PM CDT.

Come hear about our upcoming exciting offerings, including courses in research data management, data science, and data ethics, and a series of webinars on the upcoming NIH Data Management and Sharing requirements. We look forward to the opportunity to introduce ourselves, to answer your questions, and to hear what you would like to see from the NCDS!

For more information, and to register, please go here. Note that this event does not carry any CE credit. Also, an NNLM account is required to participate. To create one, go here.

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(via Library Juice Academy)

Registration is now open for Library Juice Academy’s asynchronous online course “Evaluating Service Quality and Patron Satisfaction”. It will last from Monday, January 3, to Sunday, January 30. The course is worth 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs.

How well do your front line staff serve your clientele? Your reputation for great service is critical for growing support for your organization. This four-week, online course teaches participants about understanding, measuring, and improving service quality from the ground up. Participants from all types of libraries will benefit from articles, visual examples, hands-on exercises, online resources, and discussion. Participants will discover how to pinpoint service quality issues and how to correct typical problems.

At the end of this course, participants will be able to accomplish the following tasks.

  • define service quality and client satisfaction in libraries
  • measure service quality three different ways
  • analyze data to pinpoint service problems
  • use data to improve service quality

Required text: Peter Hernon, Ellen Altman, Robert E. Dugan. (2015). Assessing Service Quality: Satisfying the Expectations of Library Customers. 3rd edition. Chicago: ALA Editions. ISBN: 978-0-8389-1308-6 (paper). PDF, ePub and Kindle editions also available.

For more information, and to register, please go here. A full list of the upcoming courses that Library Juice Academy will offer is available here.

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(via Sarah Wade, Campbell University)

The Medical Library Association invites MSLIS students to apply for one of its student scholarships. The deadline is Thursday, January 6. Please see below for more details.

The Medical Library Association wants to support your excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship through its student scholarships. Each scholarship awards up to either $1,000 or $5,000 to a library science student entering a Master’s program at an ALA-accredited graduate library school or at the time of the granting of the scholarship (March) have completed no more than one-half of the academic requirements of the graduate program. The recipient will also receive a one-year student membership in the Medical Library Association and free inclusive student registration at the association’s annual meeting.

Please see the scholarship websites below for details, eligibility, terms, and how to apply.

Please direct any questions to Rachel Walden, at rachel.l.walden@vanderbilt.edu.

Posted in Awards, Grants, and Scholarships (non-HSLI), Calls and Requests, Library Organizations, Medical Library Association (MLA) | No Comments »

(via Dr. Joan Wang, Washington University in St. Louis)

The ALA Core Metadata Interest Group seeks speakers to present at its meeting during the ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week. The Virtual Interest Group Week will take place from March 7 to 11 (Monday-Friday).

Accessible and inclusive metadata and cataloging principles can ensure that online content is free of barriers for the broadest audience possible. Visual, auditory, speech, physical, cognitive, and neurological limitations may affect how users perceive and access your metadata and decrease their ability to find the information they need. Unless there is metadata denoting that a video is closed-captioned, for example, this feature will go undiscovered. Metadata that reduces barriers to information is crucial to ensuring that accessible content is findable for people with disabilities, and its benefits can extend to the larger audience.

Have you implemented accessibility metadata or added accessible fields to your MARC records to better suit a broader audience? Are you experimenting with new approaches to metadata accessibility? If so, we want to hear from you! Consider submitting your proposal for a 15 minute presentation at the Core Metadata Interest Group session, followed by discussion.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Metadata that supports accessibility
  • Adoption and/or application of new Schema.org fields for accessibility
  • MARC fields for accessibility information

The Metadata Interest Group meeting will take place during the 2022 ALA Core Virtual Interest Group Week on Tuesday, March 8, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Please submit your proposal by e-mailing the Interest Group’s Programming Co-chairs, Sharon Reidt and Elizabeth Padilla (see below), by Friday, January 14. The presenters will be notified of decisions by Friday, January 28.

Your proposal should include the name, e-mail, job title and affiliated institution of the presenter(s); the title of the presentation; and an abstract not to exceed 300 words.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Sharon Reidt (sharon.reidt@uconn.edu) or Elizabeth Padilla (elizabeth_padilla@bcit.ca), Core MIG Programming Co-Chairs.

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(via Joseph Lenkart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

We are excited to host the 3rd Annual Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Symposium at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). All discussions will be held virtually through Zoom (free of charge).  The Symposium will take place on Wednesday, February 9, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The theme for 2022 is “Workflow Models”. We welcome colleagues from around the world to participate, discuss, and share their expertise through discussions and original research.

The ongoing global pandemic presents a myriad of challenges to document-delivery and resource-sharing services and units, which in turn are reshaping collection sharing among libraries and institutions. Join this year’s panelists to discuss innovative and collaborative approaches to collection sharing.

Subthemes of the symposium include the following.

  • Shared Collections
  • Collection Management
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Lending & Borrowing Assessment
  • Best Practices​

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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