Friday, November 16, 2012

Holdings Comparisons: Why are they so complicated?

ALCTS webinar
Date: November 28, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: As librarians look for innovative and effective ways to collaborate and share resources, understanding holdings of partner libraries is imperative not only for resource sharing but also for preservation purposes. How can libraries work together to compare their holdings as they think through issues of collection management and preservation? This webinar will discuss the challenges of comparing holdings and provide suggestions on how to understand the tools that are available to do this.

Learning outcomes: Attendees will learn about the tools that are available to help them compare holdings with their resource sharing partners.

Audience: The webinar is geared toward academic libraries and those interested in understanding how their collections overlap with those of a preservation agency, such as Portico or with the collection of another library.

Presenter: Amy Kirchhoff has been the Archive Service Product Manager for Portico since 2006. She is responsible for creation and execution of archival policy and oversees operation and development of the Portico website. Prior to her work at Portico, Amy was director of technology for JSTOR and also served as a member of the shared software development group at ITHAKA. She has published articles on Portico's preservation methodology and policies in several publications including most recently Learned Publishing and The Serials Librarian.

Sponsor: ALCTS thanks ITHAKA for their support of this webinar.

This webinar is presented on a complimentary basis. There is no fee for this session, but registration is required. Registration Web Link:

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ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event. 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 webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New free streaming video broadcasts, AL Live

AL Live, the new free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries, launches this Friday, November 16, at 1:00 pm Central time (2:00pm Eastern, 11:00am Mountain, 10:00am Pacific) with “Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed.”

In this first episode, author and ALA TechSource columnist Jason Griffey moderates a discussion on libraries in the near future, with an expert panel including Marshall Breeding (independent consultant, speaker, and author), Nina McHale (Web Developer at the Arapahoe Library District, Englewood, CO), and Rebecca K. Miller (College Librarian for Science, Life Sciences, and Engineering at Virginia Tech).

You can view AL Live from anywhere--your home, library or favorite wi-fi spot—and watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat, offering immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. The programs are easy to view; you can find out more, including how to catch Friday’s first episode, at

Future broadcasts include:
• Nov. 16: Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed
• Jan. 10: Landing Your Ideal Library Job
• Feb. 14: Mobile Services: The Library in Your Pocket
• March 14: Library Safety and Security
• April 11: The Present and Future of Ebooks
• May 9: Library Learning Goes Online
• June 6: New Technologies in Library Equipment
• July 30: Discovery Services: The Future of Library Systems
• Sept. 12: Digging into New Databases

We hope you’ll take advantage of, and enjoy, this new free way to stay updated on the issues.
Posted By Mary Mackay

Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff

Date:  Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Please note: we have changed hosting services from WebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar:

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, December 12, 2012 webinar, go to

•Have you been asked to create your library’s flyers and feel all at sea?
•Are the ones you have created being ignored?
•Are you still finding grammar and spelling errors and leaving important things out?
•Are you really seeing what your customers see?
•Looking for quick and easy ways to improve your graphic design?

For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective.

During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly.

At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will know:
•The 3 basic elements of graphic design and how they work together.
•The 7 pieces of information that should be on every library publication.
•How to make publications readable and error free.
•How to find and use type fonts effectively.
•How to find, move and manipulate images.
•The relationship between good graphic design and great customer service.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Free library training in November (second half)

Once again, courtesy of Jamie Markus of the Wyoming State Library, here is a list of free online library training events in November.  If you need more information or have questions about an event listed here, please contact the sponsoring agency.

November 14 (9-10 am)
Video Book Talks: From Script to Screen (Nebraska Library Commission)
Sally, Michael and Laura will discuss the how and why of video book talks—and demonstrate making one, from writing your script to editing your video to posting it online. If you want to engage your Teens, market your book discussion group, or just encourage people to read, check out this easy, fun way to add book talks to your Website.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (12-1 pm)
Energize your base: Tips and tools to raise awareness and build support for library services (WebJunction)
We know that libraries are a good investment but with tight budgets, we need to energize our base – to take action to connect more strongly with community members, to find out what excites them, and to let them know how libraries are changing lives – one connection at a time. Our panel will explore three vehicles that can help you increase awareness of library services: New videos from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Geek the Library, and Data Visualization.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (12-1 pm)
Mobile Technology Training: Tech-a-la-Carte (TechSoup)
Irene Romsa, manager of the Outreach Department for the Poudre River Public Library District, will provide an insider's tour of Tech-a-la-Carte. With this small mobile computer lab, the library is taking technology training into the community. The lab provides the library with the flexibility to respond to the particular needs (content, location, time, and day) of specific groups.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (12-1 pm)
RDA: Are We There Yet? (Georgia Library Association)
It's been a long time coming, but Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging code, will be implemented by the Library of Congress next year. Are you ready? In this session, Emily Dust Nimsakont will provide an update on the latest RDA-related developments and offer tips for RDA implementation.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (1-2 pm)
Communicating Through Infographics (Infopeople)
Visual representation of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. Infographics (information graphics) represent the latest visual form to gain popularity. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, compelling design, and visualization tools. During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss and demonstrate: blogs and infographic search resources to find examples and track trends, differences between infographics, poster art, and data visualization, common data sources used in infographics (big data and local sources), suggest library-specific data and statistics appropriate for visual presentation, and visualization tools for experimentation.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (1-2 pm)
Guaranteed Simple Steps to Raise Planned Gifts (Nonprofit Webinars)
“Guaranteed Simple Steps to Raise Planned Gifts” is a breakout session that shares facts and action items for fundraisers to close more planned gifts easier and faster. It reveals how going after gifts that “anyone can make” – 85% of all planned gifts – is the most powerful strategy to grow your endowment during difficult times.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 14 (1-2 pm)
Spotlight! on National Library of Medicine Resources (National Library of Medicine)
These sessions focus on NLM and other related resources. In this month's webinar, John Bramble, NN/LM Utah/Technology Coordinator, will discuss genomics resources. Taking the one-hour class and completing the exercises and class evaluation makes you eligible to receive 1 Medical Library Association Continuing Education credit. This online training is FREE. URL: Instructions to connect to the audio will show up once you’ve logged in. Captioning will be provided. Questions to Jim Honour, or 307-766-6537.

November 15 (1-2:30 pm)
Leader as Coach 2: Giving, Seeking and Receiving Feedback (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Distinguish feedback from criticism. Inventory your ability to give and accept feedback. Learn three feedback formulas: to encourage positive behavior, to improve behavior and to proactively ask others for feedback on what you can do differently. Explore tips on how to accept and give feedback.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 15 (1-2 pm)
Transforming Traditional Library Services: Text a Librarian – Ideas for Best Practices (Infopeople)
The mobile revolution – the use of mobile devices to access information, communication, and entertainment networks and services from many locations – is one of the fastest, most pervasive technological revolutions in the history of humankind. The pace of change, the plethora of devices and new versions, the battle for operating system supremacy, and the app explosion have resulted in a dizzying matrix of problems, challenges, and opportunities for libraries and library workers. At the end of this one-hour webinar, the second of a four-part series, participants will: Understand how mobile reference services work, Identify some of the software/vendors that supply mobile reference services, Be familiar with the types of questions best answered via mobile reference, and Share best practices for mobile reference services.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 16 (12-1 pm)
Library 2017: Tech at Warp Speed (American Libraries Live)
American Libraries Live is a new way for everyone involved in the library world to dialogue and communicate! In November, Jason Griffey is set to moderate the discussion with a panel of librarians and library industry experts.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 19 (12-1 pm)
Holiday Stress (Insync Training)
What should be a season of love and joy often turns instead to tiring weeks of overspending, overindulging, disappointment and STRESS! Join facilitator Jane Bozarth for a look at common causes of holiday stress and ways to combat them. Leave this fun, interactive session with an action plan for taking back the spirit of the season! 
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 19 (12-1 pm)
Makerspaces: A New Wave of Library Service (American Library Association)
Learn what makerspaces are and how they work from librarians who are on the cutting edge of this movement by attending our upcoming series of free webinars. Each webinar will feature a panel of staff, administration, and patrons from one of the libraries that have implemented a makerspace. They’ll talk about how their makerspace concept began, how it was designed and how it was implemented. You’ll learn about the maker movement in general, the role libraries are playing specifically, and get ideas about how you can get involved and start a makerspace in your library!
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 20 (11:15-12 pm)
Database of the Month: SIRS Discoverer (Wyoming State Library)
Appropriate for elementary and middle school kids, public or school library, this resource offers full-text articles written for and about kids, subject tree searching, and added content such as, World Almanac for Kids, Science Failr Explorer, and much more.  Come check it out!
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 20 (1-2 pm)
Part 2 On Common Core - Librarians, the Secret Weapon (School Library Journal)
The New York City Department of Education Office of Library Services is at the forefront of a movement to clarify the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for the profession. Olga Nesi, a regional coordinator at the NYC DOE Library Services, will lead a discussion on the challenges and opportunities the CCSS present for librarians, the role of the profession in supporting the goals of the initiative, and the workshops she and her colleagues have been conducting around the state. 
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 28 (10-11 am)
How Emotional Intelligence Drives Effective Leadership (American Management Association)
This webcast gives you a comprehensive overview of how emotional intelligence drives effective leadership. It explains, in a concise way, the brain-basis of leading yourself and others. The emphasis is on information that can be applied by any leader at any level. Distinct leadership styles will be discussed, along with their effects on the climate of a business. You will learn how to develop and implement emotional intelligence competencies in yourself and others, and how to manage emotions for optimal performance.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 29 (12-1 pm)
Transforming Communities Through Apps (TechSoup)
Interested in discovering more about developing apps to transform your community? Join us on Thursday, November 29 at 11 a.m. Pacific time for a webinar designed especially for nonprofits and libraries!  This webinar is the second part of a series on apps, as part of the App It Up project: Transforming Communities. We'll feature guests from nonprofits and libraries who will share their hands-on experience with you.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:

November 29 (1-2:30 pm)
Leader as Coach 3: Set Developmental Goals and Use Model to Conduct a Counseling Session (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Use DEVELOPS model to set developmental goals for employees. Practice using model to hone effectiveness. Learn and apply how to conduct a counseling session using COACH model and practice the skill.
For more information and to register for this program, visit:
November 30 (9-10 am)
Tech Tools with Tine: 1 Hour of Photo Fun (Instagram, Animoto, Google Goggles) (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Please join us for a special series with technology trainer, Christine Walczyk, all about popular online tools. The series is meant to be short on talk about library context and higher concepts. It's really all about the tools themselves! Our aim is to demonstrate how to use one tool in each webinar in under 60 minutes with time for Q&A built in.
For more information and to register for this program, visit: