Thursday, March 28, 2013

Ongoing: Practice into Research, Research into Practice

Many librarians want to improve their practice by conducting research and publishing findings.  However, they may not have the opportunity to learn research methods during a masters degree program in library and information science.
I've been working on a self-directed online professional development program, “Practice into Research, Research into Practice,” to try to help with this issue.  The program is openly available at no cost.  It consists of a slide orientation; a pre-assessment; a syllabus that details the assignments and activities; and a program assessment.  The outcome for the program is a research proposal.  I recommend working with a mentor (I can help you identify one).  You can work individually or in groups.
To access the “Practice into Research, Research into Practice” professional development program, go to:
This is Version 1 of the program.  Comments and questions are welcome to plan for future improvements!
Sharon Weiner
Sharon Weiner, EdD, MLS
Professor of Library Science and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy
Purdue University Libraries

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

May: Leading and Communicating Change

Change has become a way of life for librarians due to technology and the ever-changing information needs of our users. How do we as library managers and leaders handle change effectively and efficiently for ourselves and those we lead, while ensuring that good communication is maintained throughout the process?

The Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA) will present a new webinar, “Leading and Communicating Change,” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Central time on Monday, May 20, 2013.

Presenter Elliott Shore is Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and a nationally-recognized figure with many years of experience as a library administrator, author, and speaker.  He will discuss change management with a focus on leadership and communication.

Participants will learn:
·         How to identify types of organizational changes in the workplace
·         The significance of models of change management
·         When to utilize the models to lead change
·         How to determine the skills necessary for effectively managing change

This webinar is sponsored by the Organizational Theory and Practice Committee of LLAMA’s Library Organization and Management Section (LOMS).

Webinar participants will receive a take-away bibliography of further readings. A follow-up discussion forum will be held at ALA Annual Conference 2013 in Chicago sponsored by the LLAMA/LOMS Organizational Theory and Practice Committee.
LLAMA member: $49
Non-LLAMA member $59
LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199
Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online:
Register with a purchase order or by mail:
registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).
For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland, 312-280-5032.
About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association ( advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association

Monday, March 25, 2013

April: ALSC (Association for Library Service to children) online courses

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) encourages participants for the spring 2013 ALSC online courses to register soon. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 8, 2013. The schedule includes courses which are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options.

Connecting with Tween Readers (4 weeks, April 8 - May 3, 2013). Marketers and publishers define tweens as children who range in age from 8 to 14. For the purposes of this course, tweens are 10-12 year olds, children who are in the double-digit club but not yet teens. This course will examine the characteristics that make this age group unique; developmental needs and abilities; why children of this age group are particularly vulnerable to illiteracy; and unique activities and programs (including the utilization of currently popular technologies) libraries can offer to keep these children on the path to becoming lifelong readers. A primary focus of the course will be surveying the large body of quality literature available that has particular appeal for this age group. Taught by Edward T. Sullivan, Rogue Librarian/Writer.

Graphic Novels 101: Selection, Evaluation and Programming for Children (6 weeks, April 8 - May 17, 2013). Graphic novels are one of the best tools for motivating kids to read, and have become an essential component of many youth library collections.  Learn about the emerging trends in this genre, resources available to make quality selections, evaluating graphic novels for young patrons, and developing or building a collection.  In addition to book selection, participants will gain the skills needed to successfully market the collection and provide programming.  Participants will come away from this course excited about using graphic novels in their library, and equipped with the tools needed to provide reader’s advisory and fun children’s programs. Taught by Janet Weber, Youth Services Librarian, Tigard (Ore.) Public Library.

Integrating New Technologies into Your Collections (4 weeks, April 8 - May 3, 2013). Are you looking for practical ways to integrate new technologies into your collections? Are you wondering how to balance your physical and digital holdings to maximize your offerings to your users, successfully engage them, and meet their needs? We will examine: - Collection development and management - How to successfully blend physical and digital collections - Digital devices: selection, management, and providing access - Staff Training and development All course participants will complete a course project focusing on a specific aspect of collection development of interest to them. Course participants will leave this course with a wealth of practical knowledge and will be able to confidently, easily, and successfully integrate a wide variety of new technologies and digital tools into their collections. Taught by Bonnie Roalsen, Head of Children's Services, Dover Town (Mass.) Public Library.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (4 weeks, April 8 - May 3, 2013, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs). Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same.  Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist.  Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages. Taught by Angela Young, Youth Services Librarian, Lorain Public Library System.

Information Literacy - From Preschool to High School (6 weeks, April 8 - May 17, 2013, CEU Certified Course, 3 CEUs). Learn how to conduct information literacy instruction for all ages from preschool to elementary school to middle school and beyond.  Participants will be encouraged to examine their local schools’ and state’s requirements pertaining to library skills, and to develop methods of using the library to complement those requirements.  Participants will learn about examples of successful programs, appropriate skills for appropriate ages, creation and presentation of programs as well as marketing of those programs; also, participants will discuss ways that information literacy instruction can be a useful “outreach” tool to increase library and database usage and develop their own information literacy instruction program. Taught by Maryann Mori, Director, Waukee Public Library.

Series Programming for the Elementary School Age (4 weeks, April 8 - May 3, 2013, CEU Certified Course, 1.2 CEUs). Children love series books. Lots of libraries have one-shot series parties or events. This course expands on the one-shot idea and provides the tools necessary to establish series clubs at the library so that more children will read and use the library more often. Using trivia, games, music and reading, children will clamor to come back to the library each week. Series such as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Magic Tree House, Spiderwick, Fancy Nancy, Froggy, Curious George, and American Girl will be discussed. Taught by Lisa M. Shaia, Children’s Librarian, Oliver Wolcott Library.

Detailed descriptions and registration information is available on the ALSC website at For a complete list of classes, please visit: Fees are $115 for personal ALSC members; $165 for personal ALA members; and $185 for non-members. Questions? Please contact ALSC Program Officer Jenny Najduch at or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4026.

Apr-May: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
Session:  April 29 – May 24, 2013

This four-week online course addresses the basic components of collection development and management (CDM) in libraries. The course was developed by Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota. Complete definition of collection development and collection management

- Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning
- Collection development (selecting for and building collections)
- Collection management (evaluating and making decisions about existing collections, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation)
- Collection analysis—why and how to do it
- Outreach, liaison, and marketing
- Trends and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management

Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will be able to:

- Describe the range of CDM responsibilities and the required skills and competencies
- List the elements in a collection development policy
- Write a collection development policy
- Explain the importance of collection analysis
- Perform one or more types of analysis
- Explain outreach and liaison responsibilities and be able to develop a plan to increase your activities in these areas

Who Should Attend: This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.

Credits: This course is one-third of the Collection Management elective course approved by the Library Support Staff Certification Program (LSSCP).

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $129 Non-member

For additional details including registration links and contact information see:

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 this web course, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

April: E-book MARC Records in the Age of AACR2, Provider-Neutral Guidelines, and now RDA

April 23-24, 2013

Hosted by Amy Bailey and Rebecca Culbertson

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, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

This e-forum will focus on creating MARC records for e-books using standards such as AACR2, Provider-Neutral Guidelines, and RDA, as well as issues related to managing those records. Topics may include the appropriate application of standards, specific MARC fields, batch processing and workflow, hybrid and merged records, macros, and customization. We intend for this to be a productive dialog involving libraries and consortia, authors of standards, and vendors in order to understand how each approaches the characteristics of e-books and resolves cataloging issues they may generate.

*Amy Bailey* is a Catalog Librarian at ProQuest.  The cataloging department creates full, I-level MARC records for a variety of microform and digital products including e-books.  Prior to joining ProQuest, Amy worked in cataloging, institutional repository metadata, interlibrary loan, and circulation at academic and public libraries.

*Becky Culbertson* is Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian for the California Digital Library housed at the University of California, San Diego.
She gathers, catalogs, fixes, replaces, and distributes online serial, monographic, and integrating resource records for the ten University of California campuses.  She was a co-editor of the task group that developed the PCC Provider-Neutral Guidelines (both AACR2 and now RDA) and currently is the chair of the PCC Standing Committee on Standards.  Her main interest and professional goal is in promoting cataloging standards of all kinds. She attended library school at the University of Michigan and has previously worked as a cataloger at the University of Michigan and the University of Georgia.

*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: [1].

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: [2].
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.