Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Live Webinars for January 2012

After the new year I'll post any other webinars that I come across.

Jan 11.  Getting Things Done in Groups (Non-Profit Webinars)

Jan 12.  Diagnosing and Repairing Difficult Problems in Windows 7 (O'Reilly)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
10 events in January.  Click the link if interested.

Jan 10. YA Romances for Guys and Girls
Jan 17. New Year, New Reference
Jan 31. Connecting with Struggling Readers

Jan 10. Digital Preservation Fundamentals: Text and Image Formats
Jan 12. Intellectual Freedom: Basic for New Staff and Refresher
Jan 17. The Hopeful Workplace
Jan 19. Caregiver Resources
Jan 26.  Connections for Successful Partnerships

Jan 11. Linked Data and Libraries
Jan 18. Discovery Tools: You Can Compete with Google
Jan 25.  Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Jan 10. Organizational Storytelling for Librarians
Jan 31. E-Reader Policies and Procedures

Monday, December 5, 2011

Library Journal's Technology Summit

Thanks to the No Shelf Required blog for this post about LJ's upcoming, day long, Technology Summit.

Thursday, December 8, 10:00am - 6:00pm EST.

Library Journal is now offering free registration (for individuals) to their upcoming online technology summit, Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services. Registration also includes access to the tech summit archive for three months, so those who can’t stay for the entire day can log back in when they have more time. The code for free registration is TechSmt11MS (individuals only).

Here is more information about the program and registration:

Library Journal presents our first virtual technology summit, Power to the Patrons: From Systems to Services, an online forum to examine what technologies patrons are using, what technologies they want from their library, and how these technologies can help them discover their place and enhance their connection with the library.

This day-long conference offers a full program featuring keynote speaker Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), chair of the 2010 Horizon Report and author of The New Digital Storytelling, as well as panel presentations and Q&A with thought leaders from libraries around the country. Throughout the day, the industry’s leading vendors will showcase their latest innovations with presentations and webcasts throughout the show. And don’t forget to visit the Exhibit Hall for product demos and give-aways from our sponsors!

Plus, you can network with colleagues from across the nation and participate in our librarian moderated Twitter chat, all without leaving your office!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Live Webinars for December 2011

December webinars.  Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/Go learn stuff!

Dec 1.  The Higher Education CIO (Educause)

Dec 2.  10 Things You Should Know about HTML5 (O'Reilly)

Dec 5.  Library World Smackdown: Open Mic Night (T-L Cafe)

Dec 6.  Juggling 101: Managing Multiple Priorities (InSync Training)

Dec 7.  Facebook Features Update (Common Knowledge)

Dec 7.  The High Cost of Poor Leadership (Webex)

Dec 8.  Delivering Effective Webinars (TechSoup)

Dec 12.  VIAF Show and Tell Webinar (OCLC)

Dec 12.  Ebook Special Interest Group: Open Conference Call  (Niso)

Dec 13.  Setting Up and Configuring a New PC (O'Reilly)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
8 events in December.  Click the link if interested.

Dec 6.  Lerner Publishing Preview
Dec 13.  New Titles for the Newest Readers

Dec 6.  Planning for Retirement
Dec 7.  Building Digital Communities through Blogs and Social Networks
Dec 8.  Digital Preservation Fundamentals
Dec 13.  What Will Happen When I'm Gone: Ensuring Knowledge Transfer
Dec 15.  Library Programs On and Over the Edge

Dec 14. Job Hunting in the 21st Century
Dec 21. Best Youth Books of 2011
Dec 28.  Tech Talk Interview w/the Librarian in Black

Dec 6. Windows 7: Basic Computer Training at Your Library
Dec 14.  Winning Big Support for Your Rural Library

Friday, November 18, 2011

Take a free LE@D course in November

As our way of saying thank you, during the month of November we would like to give our friends in the library world the gift of a free LE@D class courtesy of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Follow the Green Star

As you look through our course catalog you will notice a green star in the lower right hand corner of the course illustrations. This star indicates that this course is eligible as a free gift!

To claim your free course:

Login to your LE@D account. If you don't already have a LE@D account, create an account Go to the course catalog and select the course you want. Look for the green star to find courses that are eligible for this promotion Add the course to your shopping bag Apply the promotional code to pay for the class:
If the class is a $25 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-25 If the class is a $45 course, use the coupon code: IMLS-45

Continue through the checkout procedure

Restrictions: Like eating a piece of pumpkin pie at grandma's house, please limit yourself to one until everyone has had a chance to get some. If you register for more than one class with the coupon code, we will only process one of your selections.

Additional Discounts: As an added bonus, you may buy as many additional courses from our Library or School Library course catalog as you wish at a $10 discount (no Green Star required). To get the discount, apply the coupon code IMLS-10 to the courses in your shopping bag. This coupon is valid through the end of November with no restrictions.

This promotion is good through the end of November, or until the grant funds are exhausted, whichever comes first.

Kevin Haney
Lifelong Education @ Desktop (LE@D)
940 565-2502

Monday, November 7, 2011

Two more November Webinars

Lowering IT Costs: How to Reduce the Need for PC Remediation

Does your IT department spend significant time, resources, and money to remediate damaged desktop systems each year? The sad truth is far too many of your colleagues are buried by the issue. Industry analysts estimate that the main culprit for causing such trouble - malware - infects between 4-8% of PCs at any given point in time and costs up to $200 per incident. But what if you could stop next-generation threats and thus eliminate the need for malware-caused PC remediation altogether? Learn how in our November webinar - Lowering IT Costs: How to Reduce the Need for PC Remediation.

Join M86 Product Marketing Manager Anne Stobaugh and Sr Product Manager, Chris Marlowe as they detail the correlation between desktop remediation and malware, and what you can do to fix the problem. Topics include:

-The Root Cause: How Next-Generation Attacks Are Successful
-Desktop Cleanup Scenarios
-Web Security: Why "Good Enough" Isn't an Option
-How to Prevent Malware and Reduce Desktop Remediation

Managing Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Electronic theses and dissertations (ETD) have existed for more than a decade, yet many institutions are still just beginning to work with this format. Even those with an established program can struggle with policies and workflows. Communication is a key component to a successful ETD program, and the library, graduate office, and academic departments must work together to establish procedures for managing ETDs. Whether using a system based on ProQuest, DSpace, Fedora or any of a number of other vendor or homegrown solutions, it can be difficult to tackle issues for a workflow that truly does represent the intersection of scholarship, university policies and library collecting.

Topics to be covered include:
  • ETD systems selection and use
  • Policy setting and enforcement
  • Student training and copyright education and guidance
  • Metadata and cataloging decision-making and workflows
  • Embargoes and open access policies
  • Possible efficiencies and cost savings (or inefficiencies and expenditures)
  • Digitization of legacy print theses and dissertations

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Live Webinars for November 2011

November webinars (and one October one). Go learn stuff!

Oct 28.  Is there Privacy in the Digital Age?  (O'Reilly)

Nov 9.  New Discovery Tools: Moving Beyond Traditional Online Catalogs (NISO)  $

Nov 15.  Seeking Synchronicity: Virtual Reference Services (OCLC)

Nov 16.  Cultivating Employee Work Passion (Webex)

Nov 16.  Google +.  (Georgia Library Association)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
::whew!::  17 events in November.  Click the link if interested.

Nov 1. Reaching Reluctant Readers
Nov 8. Continuing Focus on Series Nonfiction
Nov 29. Gale's New Digital Book Experience

Nov 3. Digital Graphics: A Guide to their Legal Use
Nov 16.  Libraries and Economic Recovery: Supporting Entrepenuers

Nov 3.  DIY/Home Improvement Announcements
Nov 8.  Graphic Novels: Latest Trends and Hottest Titles 
Nov 9.  Forthcoming Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies
Nov 10.  Collaboration and Content Delivery for Today's Scholars
Nov 16.  Maximizing the Mobile Opportunity

Nov 2. Online Learning for Patrons
Nov 9. Volunteers: A Link to the Community
Nov 16. Effective Marketing to Tweens and Teens
Nov 23. Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Nov 1, 15, and 29. Building Latino Communities Through Technology
Nov 4. Skype
Nov 10. Zotero

Nov 1. Results of 2011 Public Library Tech Access Study
Nov 2. Principles of Advocacy
Nov 10.  Recap of touring Virginia with a van full of Tech Toys

Nov 1.  The Science of Press Releases
Nov 1.  Mobile Marketing 101
Nov 3.  The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
Nov 9.  Linking Your Strategy to Goals to Data

Monday, October 24, 2011

What's at Stake in the HathiTrust Lawsuit

Friday, October 28, 1:00pm EDT. (Educause)

On September 12, the Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors filed suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University for copyright infringement. At issue are more than 10 million scans contained in HathiTrust's collection, as well as HathiTrust's "Orphan Works Project." The Authors Guild has argued that storing and providing access to the digital scans is illegal, while advocates for HathiTrust and participating universities argue that digitizing and providing access to the sources is critical to the future of research and scholarship.

In this web seminar, Jonathan Band, a legal consultant and frequent author on intellectual property issues, will provide an overview of the case to date, and James Grimmelmann, an associate professor at New York Law School, will discuss the legal questions on which the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust lawsuit will turn, as well as the potential implications for universities and libraries. There are reasons why the court may never reach the substantive copyright issues, and reasons why even if it does there might not be much impact on other libraries. But the case is still worth watching, Grimmelmann says, because it could significantly influence libraries' digitization and digital distribution practices.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars

Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

There is a growing number of younger members of our communities (the "net-generation") who are highly skilled with technology and the internet but view local public libraries as nice community amenities with little relevance to their "tip of the finger" world of information. There is also a notable increase in semi-retired, computer literate, actively engaged Baby Boomers. These two groups can be tapped to become the new volunteer base for libraries. Members of the net-generation will volunteer if they can use their expertise and professional skills to make a difference. The Baby Boomers will volunteer if they believe the experience will be intellectually challenging. By engaging these "new volunteers," libraries are helping to build vibrant sustainable community support for their library. This webinar identifies the critical issues and plan of action necessary to engage skilled-based library community volunteers. 

Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

What is the absolute best avenue to getting teens involved and engaged at your school or public library? How can you encourage them to be peer reader advisors and library advocates in the community? Ultimately, if you want to encourage your teens to become lifelong readers, learners, and library users/supporters—and possibly even choose library work for their future career path—there is no better way to go than offering opportunities for active and involved teen library participation. In this webinar, you will explore ways teens can take part in your library, such as advisory groups, volunteering, short-term projects that use teen's special skills, and partnering with adults. You’ll also get tips on planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating teen participation. When you team up with teens at your library, it's win-win! WebJunction is pleased to host this webinar in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Project Compass  
Thursday, October 27, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 90 min.

It's been a whirlwind year as Project Compass worked with library staff across the country to help them amplify their services to provide patrons with the skills they need to move from surviving to thriving, especially in a turbulent economy. Join the Project Compass team and special guests as we review the highlights from the staff training workshops and from the actions libraries have taken as a result of the project. We'll look at successful strategies and discuss what lies ahead for libraries at the hub of vibrant 21st century communities.
2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study   
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

Over 8,400 urban, suburban, and rural libraries participated in the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries. Key findings include:
  • 70% of libraries report increased use of public access computers, while at the same time, over 76% report an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand.
  • 65% of libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities.
  • 67% of libraries offer access to e-books.
  • 72% of libraries report that staff help patrons complete online job applications.
  • 16% of libraries report decreased hours of operation. This translates to lost hours at more than 2,600 branches.
In this webinar co-sponsored by ALA TechSource, the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, and WebJunction, you will learn how to interpret the data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools including state profiles, issue briefs, and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders. Take the new survey now!

"Wow, That's Cool! What is it?"  
Thursday, November 10, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

The Library of Virginia spent part of the last 12 months touring the Commonwealth with a van full of technology toys: e-readers, iPads, pocket video cameras and more, thanks to a grant from IMLS. This webinar, presented by Cindy Church of LVA and her Wow That's Cool trainer Lisa R. Varga, will describe how the project evolved, the response of library staff who had never seen or touched the technology patrons were asking about, things they’d do exactly the same next time, and things they'd never do again. Join us and learn about the program from several perspectives: the administrator, the trainer, and the conference attendee.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

E-Forum: The Future of the Big Deal

October 18-19, 2011

Hosted by Rebecca Kemp and Rob Van Rennes.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at 10am – 6pm Eastern Time.

The economic downturn has forced many libraries to take a hard look at their “Big Deal” packages and reconsider whether it makes sense to continue with this type of purchasing model. Some have advocated for ending the large publisher packages as a cost-savings measure while others have argued that the vast amounts of content and the predictability of set pricing is too important to end. In this e-forum we hope to foster the debate on the pros and cons of the Big Deal in an effort to help familiarize librarians with the issues as they make their own assessments on the continuation of their publisher packages. Please join us for what we hope is a lively discussion on this current hot topic.

Topics will include:
  • The advantages and disadvantages of current library Big Deal packages.
  • The case for maintaining a Big Deal if certain modifications or improvements can be made.
  • Information librarians should possess before negotiating with publishers.
  • Considerations librarians should be mindful of when contemplating ending publisher packages.
  • The potential difficulties in extracting your institution from a Big Deal.
  • Alternative business models that could replace the Big Deal.
  • Pay-per-view access to non-subscribed titles: a viable alternative to the Big Deal?
  • Advice on canceling a Big Deal and unexpected consequences.
  • The impact of canceling on faculty and other users.
Rebecca Kemp is the E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian for University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she was previously the Serials Coordinator Librarian at University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2004-2009. Her current responsibilities include reviewing e-resource licenses and managing e-resource acquisitions workflows. Rebecca has served on state and national committees that provide continuing education in the field of e-resource and serials librarianship, and she has spoken at several venues, including the North Carolina Serials Conference and the American Library Association Annual Conference, about various aspects of e-resource management, including MARC record services, e-resource usage statistics, and the presentation of e-resources in online catalogs.

Rob Van Rennes is an Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Iowa where he oversees the Electronic Resources staff. He is currently serving as the chair of the ALCTS CRS Acquisitions Committee and is actively involved with the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). Rob holds Bachelor degrees in History and German from the University of Northern Iowa and a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Two more October Webinars

RDA is the new cataloging standard developed to replace AACR2. Susan Wynne from the University of Wyoming will examine the major differences, view RDA records, discuss the status of implementation plans in U.S. libraries, and consider RDA’s possible effects on catalogers, public services, and users.

Public libraries now confront formidable challenges.  The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringencies add complexity.  

A range of possible responses will be presented as contrasting visions: physical vs. virtual library; individual vs. community focus; portal vs. archive service; collection vs. creative approach.  

Join us to hear about this new report from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.  This session features the report’s author Dr. Roger Levien, OITP Fellow.  Perspectives from the field will be provided by Maxine Bleiweis, Westport Public Library, and Marc Gartler, Madison Public Library.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Live Webinars for October 2011

October webinars. Go learn stuff!

Oct 4.  Transforming Libraries Through Weeding (Library Journal)

Oct 4.  Cybersecurity as a Shared Responsibility (Educause)

Oct 5.  Nonfiction can be Fun (School Library Journal)

Oct 6.  XML Document Best Practices (Adobe)

Oct 6.  Troubleshooting Windows Update and Service Pack Problems (O'Reilly)

Oct 13.  Social Media for Volunteer Recruitment and Retention (Volunteer Match)

Oct 18.  Making Technology Manageable to Drive Results (eSchool News)

Oct 19.  The Art of Collaborative Teaming (AMA)

Oct 19.  Mobile First (O'Reilly)

Oct 25.  Preventing and Responding to CyberBullying (Online Book Club. Reg Required.)

Oct 25.  Conducting a Technical Interview (O'Reilly)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
Oct 4.   Service Learning and Information Literacy
Oct 5.   The CONSER Standard Record
Oct 5.   Newberry and Caldecott Mock Elections Toolkit 
Oct 6.   Preschool Programming that makes sense for Kids with Autism
Oct 12.  Constructing the Future Library: Architectural and Digital Considerations
Oct 19.  RDA Basics: Scores
Oct 20.  Making QR Codes work for your Library
Oct 25.  PLA Intro to eBooks
Oct 25.  Embedded Librarians:  Information Literacy at the Point of Need
Oct 26.  RDA Basics: Sound Recordings
Oct 26.  Online Tools for Spanish Speakers

Oct 4.  New Cookbooks for the Library
Oct 7.   National Reading Group Month
Oct 11.  Common Core Standards for Youth Librarians
Oct 18.  What's New in Reference: Fall 2011
Oct 25.  What's New in Audiobooks: Fall 2011

Oct 5. Building a Culture of Creativity and Innovation in Libraries
Oct 12.  Using Smartphones as a Marketing and Programming Tool
Oct 18. Library Support Staff Certification: An Introduction
Oct 20.  Technology and Health 2.0

Oct 7.  Google Search
Oct 14.  Google Places
Oct 18.  Marketing Technology to Latinos
Oct 21.  Mixing in Math
Oct 28.  Foursquare
Nov 1.  Getting to Know your Latino Communities

Oct 19.  Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries
Oct 25.  Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library
Oct 27.  Highlights from Project Compass

Oct 4.  Reasons to Love and Use E-mail Marketing
Oct 5.  What is a Brand and Why Does It Matter? 
Oct 6.  Successful Volunteer Interview Strategies  
Oct 12.  Handling Difficult Conversations 
Oct 25.  How to Engage your Customers with your Website

Ebook Summit.  Full day Online Conference.  Oct 12.  Sponsored by LJ.  $

Friday, September 23, 2011

Archives: Book Repair and OCLC Resource Sharing

ALCTS would like to apologize to you if you were among the many that were unable to watch the live presentation of the “Book Repair Basics for Libraries” webinar presented earlier today. We were using a different webinar software for this event because of the need to share video. We were unaware of the access problems we would experience. The system locked up on us early in the registration process due to the large number of people that tried to access the webinar at the same time. Only 100 people were able to access the webinar, instead of the 500 that we were told could get in. Again, we do apologize for the technical problems you might have experienced.

The quality of the presentation was wonderful and we hope you will take the time to watch the recording, view the presentation file that has many useful links, and complete the evaluation form. All of this information can be found on the ALCTS web site at

Currently the archive file is only available for .flv players such as Adobe Media Player. If you are unable to open the file, please try back in the next few days as ALCTS staff are working to make additional formats available.

A recording of the August 25 webinar, “What’s new with OCLC Resource Sharing Services,” is now available on the OCLC web site.

This webinar provides an overview of the following enhancements:
  • New Lender String report. This report provides details about your library's interactions with specific lenders up to one year in the past.
  • Custom Holdings symbol searcher. A new way to quickly identify which Custom Holdings groups contain a specific symbol (up to 10 symbols), so you can modify your custom holdings groups as needed when changes occur.
  • New ILL work form fields to support article sharing. These fields provide the PubMed number (PMID) and the Digital Object Identifier (DOI).
  • Email from anywhere. Allows your staff to send an email to another library from anywhere in an interlibrary loan workform.
  • Improvements to Not Received feature. Now libraries can alert the lender that an item as not been received at any time after the lender updates the request to SHIPPED.
View the webinar.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

eBooks' Real Impact on Book Publishing

Tuesday, September 20, 11:00am EDT. (Aptara)

eBooks are the most dominant force in contemporary publishing, but skyrocketing consumer sales aside, what is their real impact on book publishers' operations and bottom lines?

In this free WEBcast, we'll reveal the results, trends, and best practices of eBook publishers as uncovered over the past two years in a three-survey series conducted by Aptara. What works and what doesn't? From production techniques, preferred file formats and distribution channels, to enhanced eBooks and apps strategies, we'll discuss how the findings correspond and differ across publishing market segments. In addition to sharing insight collected from over 1,300 publishers, we'll talk with digital experts from both sides of the Atlantic to understand how digital publishing is evolving in the United States and Europe.

  • Primary areas where the eBook market remains nascent worldwide
  • Where 1,350 book publishers stand in building their digital programs (the answers will surprise you!)
  • Key differences between digital strategies in the Trade, Academic, and STM markets
  • How issues like eBook design and formatting may be holding back growth in sales

Navigating the next IT Revolution

Monday, September 19, 3:00pm EDT. (Educause)

It has become commonplace to open discussions of technology with a nod to the ubiquity of change. Storage, network bandwidth, and computing power double every 18 months. Today's smartphones have more computing power than was onboard Apollo 11 as it hurtled toward the moon. Software gets easier to use with each release.

New online services roll out daily. Most burn brightly and fade by evening. But a few make it, sometimes with profound implications for the ways we work and interact. Security threats and their associated countermeasures proliferate at network speed. The secretary of defense recently announced that a single cyberattack allowed hackers to steal 24,000 military files. Indeed, tales to the constancy of technology-driven change are so common that we risk becoming deaf to moments of real and significant change. This is such a moment.

Information and communication technologies are currently undergoing fundamental changes that will rival the disruptions that we saw with the advent of personal computing. Three forces are driving this sea change: 1) the economics of aggregation, 2) IT consumerization, and 3) the Janus-faced role that technology plays in serving higher education’s mission. In this session, we will discuss each of these forces.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Repair Basics for Libraries

Wednesday, September 14, 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT.

Description: Participants will become familiar with several types of basic repairs for bound circulating collections materials in school, public, and academic libraries. Tip-ins and basic page repairs, hinge tightening, and a variety of spine repairs will be covered. Techniques will be illustrated and demonstrated with text, images, and video. Links to other resources will be provided.

Repairs and conservation treatments on rare and special collections materials will NOT be discussed.

Audience: Individuals with little (some preferred) book repair experience will benefit. More experienced attendees will receive helpful hints.

Peter D. Verheyen is Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University. After beginning as work-study in preservation under John Dean at Johns Hopkins where he repaired and rehoused circulating collections, he studied binding and conservation in Germany and Switzerland to become a rare book conservator working in private practice and research library preservation programs. He established the conservation lab at Syracuse for the treatment of special collections materials, and developed a high-density system for storing architectural drawings. In response to a need for efficient rehousing in anticipation of off-site storage he introduced Syracuse to the shrink-wrapping of volumes. He presented Archival 101 as an ALCTS webinar during Preservation Week 2010.

Marianne Hanley is Assistant Conservator in the Department of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University Library. Her responsibilities include managing the repair and rehousing of our circulating collections, including the training of work-study students. In addition she is training in bookbinding and aspects of book conservation with conservators David Stokoe and Peter Verheyen. She also presents regularly on disaster preparedness as part of departmental staff training and outreach activities. Because Marianne has worked in both the public and private sectors of libraries, she is collaborating in the development of a basic book repair program that will benefit many different institutions and varying types of skill levels.


Registration will be free for this webinar. Registration opens at 1:30pm (EDT) the day of the webinar, and is open to the first 500 registrants.

Access the webinar by visiting: Select “Enter as a guest” and please enter your full name in the space provided, then click on “Enter Room.” Participation is limited to the first 500 guests that login. The session will be recorded and a link to the recording will be posted on the ALCTS Web site ( shortly following the live presentation.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Libraries in a Post-Print World

Tuesday, September 13, 3:00pm EDT.

What does the library without books look like? We can argue all day about whether or not printed books will eventually become obsolete. Or we can wonder how libraries and librarians will continue to serve their communities if they do. In this thought-provoking webinar, consultants Joan Frye Williams and George Needham will explore the challenges and opportunities presented by a “post-print” world.

It’s no small feat to change an existing brand, and the library brand has always been “books.” Library shelves may not be devoid of paper any time soon, but if alternative reading formats continue to be adopted at current rates, we’ll need to realign and rebrand our services or risk going the way of the dodo.

This is not a webinar about how to add eBooks to your collection; this is a webinar about how to re-imagine and articulate the importance of what we can do in our communities.

Presenters: George Needham & Joan Frye Williams

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Georgia State Copyright Case

Thursday, September 8, 2:00pm EDT.

  • Kevin Smith, Director of Scholarly Communications, Duke University
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia
The Georgia State University copyright infringement case has been closely watched in higher education over the last several years. This lawsuit, brought by several publishers against Georgia State University, involves the use of copyrighted materials in higher education e-reserves, but the impact of the case and its potential results may be far more reaching. The trial has now closed and is awaiting a final decision. Despite the outcome, the case will certainly have an impact on how higher education uses copyrighted materials. The case—which affects faculty, students, scholarly authors, and university services including libraries—brings up issues of fair use in a digital age, scholarly communication and publisher business models, and the broader question of the future of teaching and scholarly communication as a whole.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Live Webinars for September 2011

September webinars. Go learn stuff!

FEATURED WEBINAR: Amazon vs. Apple: eBook Platform Debate

Thursday, September 15, 1:00pm EDT.

Joe Wikert (GM and Publisher, O'Reilly Media)
"This will be like shooting fish in a barrel. When I said I'd like to see a debate about Amazon vs. Apple's ebook platforms and said I'd take the Amazon position I never thought I'd find someone who would represent Apple! Shortly after that, Amazon announced their Kindle Cloud Reader initiative. Wow, yet another point for my case! I have loads of respect for Kassia Krozser but she's got her work cut out for her. I'm very much looking forward to the debate as well as addressing questions from the audience."

Kassia Krozser, (proprietress of
"Joe may wish he chose the Apple side! I won't deny that Amazon has many strengths, but they also have an amazing weakness: selective vision. The Kindle platform is based on an old, creaky format. Apple gets the web, and it gets the technology, hardware and software, that runs the web...which, we all know, will expand both our ability to read all kinds of books in digital format *and* our definition of a 'book'."

Sept 1. Is Self-Employment for You? (w/Pat Wagner, Library Consultant)

Sept 1.  Securing Windows 7 and Internet Explorer (O'Reilly)

Sept 7.  Jump Start Your Grant Seeking (TechSoup)

Sept 7.  Every Child Ready to Read (Nebraska Library Commission)

Sept 8. Endpoint-Level Security for Your Library (TechSoup)

Sept 12.  Back to School Special: For Media Specialists (Teacher-Librarians Virtual Cafe)

Sept 13.  The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit (Volunteer Match)

Sept 13.  Games Synchronous Trainers Play (InSync Training)

Sept 14.  Preserving Digital Content (NISO)  $

Sept 15.  Stop Managing Too Much with Too Little (Pattern Research)

Sept 15.  Books for Boys (School Library Journal)

Sept 19.  Social Media for Social Good  (Nonprofit Tech 2.0)

Sept 20.  Using Market Segmentation to Understand What Customers Really Want (TSL)

Sept 21.  Volunteer Programs (Georgia Library Association)

Sept 22.  Scan and Deliver: Creative User-initiated Digitization (OCLC)

Sept 22.  SLJ YA Fall Announcements (School Library Journal) 

Sept 22.  A Primer for New Managers (Webex) 

Sept 26.  Enhancing Storytimes, Displays, and Programs with Math (TSL)

Sept 27.  Planning for the Unexpected: Natural Disaster (Office Depot)

Sept 28.  Become an Expert Google Searcher (O'Reilly)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
Sept 13. Roadmap to JPEG 2000
Sept 14. Return on Investment in a Tough Economy
Sept 15. Creating Social Media Policy for Your Library
Sept 20. Extensible Catalog: Empowering Libraries to Experiment and Build
Sept 21. Check-out eReaders: Sacramento Public Did It and You Can Too
Sept 21. Floating Collections
Sept 28. RDA and Cartographic Materials

Sept 13. Ready for Romance? New Novels and Hot Trends
Sept 22. Acquisition using Specialized Selection and Analysis Tools
Sept 27. Series Nonfiction: What's New for Fall 2011

Sept 8. Video Book Trailers as a Way to Reel in Readers
Sept 14. Location-based Social Networks

Sept 13.  Mystery Fall Announcements
Sept 14.  Maximizing the Mobile Opportunity
Sept 20.  Digital Preservation that Increased a Library's Value

Sept 20. Innovations from America's Best Small Libraries
Sept 26. Putting the Public Back In Public Libraries
Oct 19.  Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries
Oct 25.  Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library

Sept 7.  Writing for the Web: Today's Best Practices
Sept 7.  How to Captivate and Engage Your Customers with Your Website
Sept 8.  Create an Effective Volunteer Handbook
Sept 15.  Evolve Your Volunteer Program to Include New Roles
Sept 26.  Introduction to Corporate Giving

Ebook Summit.  Full day Online Conference.  Oct 12.  Sponsored by LJ.  $

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Book Programs for Babies

Thursday, August 25, 2:00pm EDT.

In those few moments when a baby relaxes and cuddles in your lap as you read them a book, a wonderful thing is happening—babies learn that books contain words, pictures, and stories that interest them.

You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies without them or their grownups even knowing that that’s what you are doing! Whether you are preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, a few tips can make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for the babies and their adults.

Kathy Kirchoefer has ten years' experiences shaking the "sillies" out of library staff at trainings and inspiring others to develop programs for babies and the grown-ups who love them. Kathy is also the author of Babies into Books, self-paced online course from LE@D.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Virtual Presentations: Design and Production Tips

What It Looks Like and Sounds Like: Tweaking Design Elements and Production Values for Virtual Education

Wednesday, August 17, 2:00pm EDT.

Although online education–webinars, YouTube, Blackboard, Moodle, iTunes, podcasts–is relatively new, the foundations for designing effective programs go back decades, and even centuries. What can we learn from radio newscasters, graphic designers, poets, filmmakers, printers, actors, musicians, and painters to improve the look, sound, and feel of our virtual programs?

Even if you don't have training in graphic design and sound engineering, you can improve the effectiveness of your virtual education programs with a few neat tricks.

Topics: Create checklists and agendas, address production issues before, during, and after, apply classic rules of legibility and commercial design to 21st Century presentations, upgrade sound and recording issues, and collect more practical technology tips.

OCLC Events at ALA

Recordings are now available for many of the OCLC meetings held during the American Library Association 2011 Annual Meeting. Please visit the OCLC Web site, choose meetings from the list and click the hotlinks to view the presentations.

2011 American Library Association Conference

New Orleans, LA USA
  • Americas Regional Council Member Meeting and OCLC Symposium[9 streaming video segments, 2 PDF slide presentations]
    The OCLC Americas Regional Council (ARC) met in New Orleans on June 24 at the start of the 2011 ALA Annual Meeting. More than 150 librarians attended in person, and even more participated virtually, to hear updates from the cooperative’s member leadership.  The meeting was followed by the OCLC Symposium on The Infinite Collection: Resources in the Digital Age. 

  • Join the Revolution: Library Management at Web Scale[4 videos, 55 minutes]
    Listen as members of the user community share early experiences with Web-scale Management Services and how moving traditional ILS functions to the Web has positively impacted library services, improved the bottom line, and increased global library visibility and collaboration. 
  • Data, Devices and Discovery: Bringing it All Together with WorldCat Local[Streaming video, 1 hour, 7 minutes]
    Listen to how three different universities implemented WorldCat Local and learn from their experiences about what worked and what was challenging. You¹ll hear from Morag Boyd, Head of Special Collections Cataloging at The Ohio State University; Ben Hunter, Head of Cataloging and Collections at the University of Idaho and Elliot Polak, Head of Library Technology at Norwich University. 
  • End-to-End E-resource Management: How OCLC Makes it Easier[Streaming video, 46 minutes]
    New OCLC services let you centralize and simplify management of e-resources from selection and purchase to discovery, delivery and ongoing maintenance. Hear how the new, cooperative WorldCat knowledge base features and data help OCLC members connect users to e-resources in library collections through WorldCat Local, WorldCat Resource Sharing and OCLC’s Web-scale Management Services. Learn how the knowledge base integrates with the new OCLC License Manager to help gain control of all aspects of your license arrangements. 
  • From Charles Cutter to Tim Berners-Lee: Data Quality in the 21st Century[4 streaming video segments, 1 hour 46 minutes]
    Lars Svensson of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek discusses the DNB's work with linked data, Adam Schiff of the University of Washington and Michael Norman of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign talk about their libraries' participation in the Expert Community, and Glenn Patton from OCLC tells about collaborative initiatives involving WorldCat that improve data quality, collective metadata management and access to library resources. 
  • Creating Cataloging Efficiencies that Make a Difference[Streaming video, 1 hour 8 minutes]
    Chris Martire, Director, Member Services, OCLC, welcomed 75 participants to a session during the ALA Annual conference. This meeting included a keynote speaker (below) and lively roundtable discussions.
    Bradford Lee Eden, Associate University Librarian for Technical Services & Scholarly Communication, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA, provided an informative keynote presentation,“Transforming Collection Management and Technical Services Operations: the Next-Generation Technical Services (NGTS) Initiative of the University of California Libraries.” 

  • Two-click Article Sharing through WorldCat Resource Sharing and the WorldCat Knowledge Base[Streaming video, 51 minutes]
    The integration of WorldCat Resource Sharing and ILLiad with a knowledge base and license management tools saves time for library staff and delivers faster access to electronic resources. Hear about the impact of article sharing on OCLC member libraries and their users.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Free Webinars from Pattern Research

All programs are free.  All webinars start at 2 pm Eastern Time and continue for one hour, with extra time for questions.

Ten Tips for Writing Well with Dixie Darr - August 4, 2011

This free webinar provides a quick tour of some of the more common mistakes even experienced professionals make (and regardless of one’s level of education). Topics include punctuation, jargon, keeping words “in agreement,” too many words, using the wrong words, and failure to edit, as well as using social media abbreviations (texting shorthand) in workplace documents.

What It Looks Like and Sounds Like: Tweaking Design Elements and Production Values, with Tim Sullard and Pat Wagner - August 17th, 2011

Graphic design and printed workbooks. Live performances, such as theater and music. Poetry and fine fiction. Film and theater. Radio. All old-school formats for delivering information that can provide insights into what can polish your virtual classroom presentation skills.  Topics: Create checklists and agendas, address production issues before, during, and after, apply classic rules of legibility and commercial design to 21st Century presentations, upgrade sound and recording issues, and collect more practical technology tips. This is the third in a series with the Medical Library Association.

Ten Tips for Book Programs for Babies with Kathy Kirchoefer - August 25th, 2011

You can start teaching early literacy skills to babies without them or their grownups even knowing that that’s what you are doing! Whether you are preparing programs for babies in your library or community center, teaching early literacy skills to daycare providers, or providing support to new parents in an outreach program, a few tips can make your work easier and more productive, as well as more fun and effective for the babies and their adults.

Is Self-Employment for you? Building a Business, with Pat Wagner - September 1, 2011

Being smart, competent, experienced, credentialed, and effective are not enough. Self-employment is as much a lifestyle choice as it is a financial decision. Are you a perfectionist, or can you set limits on how much you do? Does negotiating about money make you uncomfortable, or can you ask for what you want? Does your family think being self-employed means glamour and big bucks, or are they supportive of long hours, missed vacations, and time on the road? Do you hope for a job where people will pay you and leave you alone, or do you actually like human beings?

We will review the basics, including identifying necessary skill sets, managing finances, setting deadlines, finding and keeping customers, and avoiding common mistakes.

Stop Managing Too Much with Too Little, with Pat Wagner

“Time management” is too often a code phrase for “Burn Yourself out for the sake of the team.” Instead, create an operations plan with precise target audiences and limited goals, but improved products and services. The most difficult step: deciding what you will stop doing, so you can free up time, money , and staff for better quality work.

Throwing darts at a wall is not the best way to choose what to eliminate. We will review several tested, practical strategies that help make hard decisions. Topics include reviewing the iron triangle (time, cost, quality), creating a working strategic plan, establishing priorities, ethical constraints, and making hard choices.