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(via the Library of Congress)

Registration is open for the webinar “Discovering Science Collections Virtually at the Library of Congress”. It will take place on Tuesday, September 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

The Library of Congress collections are robust in both the history of science and the history of technology. Both collections comprise two major elements: the seminal works of science and technology themselves and historiographies on notable scientific and technological works. Science subject specialists will provide an overview of these collections with an emphasis on those that are available online. Instruction will cover research strategies, library search tools, and online resources to discover these rare and seminal scientific works.

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

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Call for Submissions: New ILA Voices Blog

(via the Illinois Library Association)

We are excited to announce the launch of our new blog, ILA VoicesILA Voices was created in response to what ILA perceived to be a need for a thoughtful outlet for the Illinois library community’s thoughts and opinions.

We’d like to thank Kate Hall, Executive Director of the Northbrook Public Library and the 2021 ILA Librarian of the Year Award recipient, for contributing our first blog post.

We ask that submissions connect content to the 2019-2022 ILA strategic plan, as well as the ILA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion statement. As an organization that believes in free expression and speech, we encourage candid commentary; however, ILA reserves the right to reject or edit submissions that are deemed inaccurate or derogatory, have previously been covered in the blog, or contain promotional content.

ILA Voices submissions should be sent to Tamara Jenkins, at tjenkins@ila.org. Please contact Tamara Jenkins if you would like to discuss a topic before submitting it.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

CARLI invites you to attend the Professional Development Alliance 2-part webinar series The Application of 3D Printing Services in the Academic Library, presented by Elisandro Cabada on Wednesday, October 6, and Wednesday, October 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM CDT each day.

Driven to democratize access to emerging technologies and the knowledge it affords, the Academic Library is well positioned to provide access to 3D Printing services to support the design learning pedagogy in higher education. Rapid prototyping technologies allow you to design, 3D print, and test your designs in real time. In this 2-part series, you will learn about 3D Printing and develop an understanding for how the technologies can be implemented in the Academic Library.

  • Part 1 – October 6, 2:00 PM: Learn about the hardware and software that drives 3D Printing, see a live demo, and learn about what technologies are currently available.
  • Part 2 – October 20, 2:00 PM: Learn about the role of 3D Printing in the Academic Library, see examples from across the nation, and learn tips for how to implement your own 3D Printing service.

Elisandro Cabada is an Assistant Professor and the Medical and Bioengineering Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he provides emerging technology services to support higher education. His research interests include studying the barriers to access, pedagogical affordances, and application of emerging and immersive technologies in research and instruction. Elisandro is a recipient of the 2021 Best Emerging Technology Award, awarded by the ALA RUSA Emerging Technologies Section.

Register for each session here or here.

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(via Nicole Swanson, CARLI)

CARLI invites you to attend the free Professional Development Alliance webinar Word Accessibility Basics, presented by Mark McCarthy on Friday, September 17, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

Do you disseminate documents or help people design their own? Do you know a bit about how to make things look nice with Word, but would like to learn how to make them more useful? Ranging from headings to alternative text, Microsoft Word (or similar word processors) are robust software that offer a lot of accessibility options, but where to start? Join Mark McCarthy to learn some basic tips and tricks you can use to make your Word documents more accessible to people with disabilities.

This lecture can’t teach you everything there is to Word (and Office’s) accessibility features, but it will get you in a place to create some fantastically usable documents.


  • learn about effective and efficient use of headings and styles;
  • learn more about the difference between styling, formatting, and typesetting;
  • learn how to effectively use images in your Word documents; and
  • spark your interest into more advanced topics

Mark McCarthy is a Senior Accessibility Engineer for the QA team at AITS with the University of Illinois System Office. He is primarily responsible for ensuring the accessibility of university applications, services, and documents. He also provides assistance and guidance where necessary or requested and is an advocate for broader inclusion. In addition to work with AITS, he also works with several units on the Urbana campus to assist in accessibility testing, remediation, and contributes to the general campus ethos and practice of accessibility. He is an Illinois-certified professional in Information Accessibility Design and Policy (IADP), a Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) from the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP), is a member of the W3C WAI-ARIA Authoring Practices and Working Groups, working with colleagues nationally and internationally to promote accessibility and inclusion. His areas of interest include gaming accessibility, social justice inclusion and advocacy, and user-focused design.

Please register for this event here.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Registration is now open for the Amigos Library Services webinar “Identifying, Evaluating and Lifting Barriers to Services in your Library”. It will take place on Wednesday, September 15, from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM CDT. A description is below

Though few are intentional, many barriers to services exist in libraries today. And it’s our job to help remove them to better serve our public. We will discuss common types of barriers to services in efforts to answer the following question: How can barriers to service in your library be identified, evaluated and lifted? Join this interactive session to explore ways to identify barriers and solutions in order to increase awareness of and access to your existing library services.

For additional information, and to register, please go here. The cost is $95.00 for Amigos members and $155.00 for non-members. The deadline is Friday, September 10.

Please direct any questions to Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services, at borgerding@amigos.org.

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(via David Free, ACRL)

Register by Monday,​ September 13, to join the first cohort of institutional teams planning their change process!

ACRL’s Fostering Change Cohort is a 12-week program designed for teams from institutions planning any type of organizational change. Each team can be made up of between two and five library workers, and a full scholarship will be awarded to one team from a minority-serving institution.

Participants will:

  • share and learn from other groups, and define their own team norms and processes for moving forward with change
  • complete a project plan and a communication plan for their change by the end of the program
  • be able to succinctly describe the change process and need to a variety of stakeholders
  • gain a community of practice that they can continue to engage with after the end of the cohort

The Fostering Change Cohort hopes to build a community of change agents in academic libraries, armed with the tools to spark, lead, and sustain change no matter your organizational position and with a network of peers to lean on as you embark on your change process.

Learn more in the ACRL Presents webcast “ACRL Presents: Introducing the Fostering Change Cohort”, and register here.

Questions about the Fostering Change Cohort should be directed to Erin Nevius, at enevius@ala.org.

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

Registration is now open for the Amigos Library Services webinar “Understanding and Using Library Data”. The webinar will take place in two sessions, one on Monday, September 13, and the other on Wednesday, September 15. Each session will last from 1:00 to 3:00 PM CDT.

Effective collection, interpretation and display of library data informs library decision-making and service design. This online course serves as a primer for basic analytic concepts and methods and a refresher on tried-and-true statistics. Students will discuss the relative merits and limitations of concepts covered. The course will provide instruction on several free tools for collecting, analyzing and visualizing data. Students will draft a data analysis project to use in their own library.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand basic principles of data, statistics, and information and how they relate.
  • Consider and evaluate different methods of library data collection, data analysis, and data visualization.
  • Draft a small data project for your library integrating collection, analysis and visualization elements.

This online course is designed for librarians and library staff who are involved with assessment, decision-making, and other areas that involve data analysis and interpretation.

Register here. The cost is $165.00 for Amigos members and $220 for non-members.

Please direct any questions to Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services, at borgerding@amigos.org. To see the full Amigos training schedule, go here.

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(via ACRL)

The ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section) Professional Development Committee welcomes proposals for online programs that further ACRL members’ professional development, knowledge, and practice. Proposals should be grounded in theory and/or practice. We encourage the use of panels and multiple presenter models to convey a variety of viewpoints. Presenters are responsible for recruiting their own co-presenters and panelists. Proposals for programs led by an individual presenter are also accepted. Programs usually run one hour, including time for questions, and are offered via Zoom.

All proposals will be considered, however, we are particularly interested in programs addressing the following topics in 2021-2022.

  • Evolving Models for Public Services and Learning Spaces
  • Critical Librarianship, Diversity and Inclusion, and Social Justice in Academic Libraries
  • Scholarly Communications
  • Data Management and Visualization
  • Changing Roles of Liaison Librarians and Functional Experts
  • Digital Scholarship
  • Assessment and Learning Analytics
  • Identifying and Developing Future Leaders

Complete the following form to submit an online program proposal. To receive full consideration for the 2021-2022 programming year, submissions should be received by Friday, September 24. Please submit proposals here. The committee will let you know if your proposal is accepted and next steps by late October.

Please direct questions to Samantha Harlow or Laura Gariepy, Co-Chairs of the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee, at lwgariepy@vcu.edu and slharlow@uncg.edu. The Committee’s prior programs can be found here.

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(via Michelle Demeter, New York University)

The American Library Association (ALA) is still accepting applications for the 2022 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). Details on the program criteria can be found on the Emerging Leaders webpage. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30, 2021. Apply now here.

The ALA EL program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country and Canada to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic association affiliate, state chapter or school library media association affiliate will sponsor approximately two-thirds of the selected applicants. Each sponsor will contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward expenses of attending the ALA LibLearnX and Annual Conferences ($500 for each conference). Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program. A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application.

For more information, visit the Emerging Leaders webpage or contact the EL program manager at emergingleaders@ala.org.

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(via Dr. Laura Saunders, Simmons University)

Please join us for the next LIS Pedagogy Chat on Friday, August 27, at 1:00 PM CDT. This session’s topic is “Some Best Practices in Collaborative Teaching with Faculty Colleagues: What I Learned in 2020, and What I Know for Sure in 2021”, with a brief framing by Leslie Morgan (University of Notre Dame), followed by a facilitated discussion.

Register for the event here. LIS Pedagogy Chat is a community of practice for faculty and professionals who teach in LIS. Learn more here.

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