Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments

Applying Copyright in Online Learning Environments
A 90-minute workshop with Gretchen McCord


Wednesday, December 3, 2014
2:30pm Eastern|1:30pm Central
12:30pm Mountain|11:30am Pacific

Online platforms have become the base of operation for instruction for both face-to-face classes and distance education; yet current copyright law does not provide direct guidance on what you can legally upload into your CMS. In this workshop, lawyer and librarian Gretchen McCord will break down the elements of course management system (CMS) use and help you assess risk and analyze copyright law to ensure your CMS is within copyright regulations. She will illuminate facets of copyright law that will help you make informed decisions.

You will learn:

  • How to apply fair use and other copyright exceptions to your decision making
  • How to make sound analogies from court decisions on brick-and-mortar cases
  • How to assess risk when using copyright-protected content

Open Access and Libraries

Open Access and Libraries

Thursday, November 6, 2014
2pm Eastern | 1pm Central
12pm Mountain | 11am Pacific


Scholarly journals are increasingly becoming digital, experimenting with new publishing models such as Open Access (OA) and incorporating multimedia into their formats. In addition, the process of research continues to evolve because of mandates from funding agencies to publicly share research findings and data. For a candid discussion of what OA is (and isn’t), tune in Thursday, November 6 at 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) for the next free, streaming video broadcast of American Libraries Live.

Our panel of experts will give their unique perspective on what OA means now and how it will shape the future and will answer your questions.

You can pre-register here for this free event (pre-registration assures you a reminder before the event), or go to on November 6 at 2:00 p.m.(Eastern) to view.

Web Design Basics for Librarians

Register NOW and save up to 20%!

Web Design Basics for Librarians
with Diane Kovacs

4-week eCourse
Beginning Monday, November 3, 2014


Let Diane Kovacs, an experienced web designer and online instructor, show you how to design attractive, clear, and accessible webpages and give you the foundation for learning more.

With basic HTML skills, you can add links to your press releases, customize your Facebook page, or update your library’s website. Even if you work with rich text editors in a content management system, fundamental web design principles will give you better results.

Sign up this week and save 10% (ALA members save 20%)! Just enter promotional code WDBL14 at checkout to receive your discount.

Through this course, you’ll gain

  • the ability to compose basic- to intermediate- level HTML documents and to understand and compose basic CSS (Cascading Style Sheets).
  • the ability to draft a needs assessment for a website design and plan for a web project
  • an understanding of accessibility and how to design accessible pages
  • the knowledge to plan and implement usability testing
  • a foundation for further self-learning for more advanced web design

Horror Readers’ Advisory for Halloween

Horror Readers’ Advisory for Halloween!
with Becky Spratford

Thursday, October 30, 2014
1:00pm ET | 12:00pm CT
11:00am MT | 10:00am PT

60 Minutes


Halloween is right around the corner, and the demand for horror books is peaking! In this free webinar, horror expert Becky Spratford will teach you the basics of providing great readers’- advisory services for students and patrons of all ages.

You’ll learn how to provide age- and community-appropriate resources for your readers as well as how to avoid potential problem areas. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn! Becky Spratford has been a Readers’ Advisor for patrons ages 13 and up for over 14 years at the Berwyn Public Library (IL). She has taught at the graduate level and trains librarians all over the world. Spratford runs two popular and critically acclaimed blogs, RA for All ( and RA for All: Horror ( and writes content for EBSCO’s NoveList database. She is the author of The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Horror (ALA Editions, 2012) and is a proud member of the Horror Writers Association.

Assessment in Focus: Designing and Implementing an Effective User Feedback Survey

METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Assessment in Focus: Designing and Implementing an Effective User Feedback Survey

Thursday, November 6, 2014 – 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at METRO

Speaker Nisa Bakkalbasi

Nisa Bakkalbasi is the Assessment Coordinator at Columbia University Libraries. Prior to joining Columbia University, Nisa was the Director of Planning and Assessment at James Madison University, and held a series of positions at Yale University Libraries. She has also taught courses at the Information and Library Science Department at …

Full Description

This half-day workshop will cover the basic elements of survey design, with a focus on survey item development. In the first part of the workshop, we will review elements of survey process and introduce different types of survey questions, followed by a class activity to evaluate sample survey items. The second part of the workshop includes a discussion of a simple response process model and measurement errors in survey questions, including validity, variance, and bias. The relationship between objectives and measures, and overall survey design will be discussed. The workshop will end with an activity where participants will apply what they learned by developing survey items.

Who should attend:
This workshop is designed to be a beginner level course for those who are interested in participating assessment activities in libraries and information centers. No prior knowledge of survey research is required.

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

·         Understand elements of survey process.

·         Understand measurement error in survey questions, including variance and bias.

·         Understand a simple response process model.

·         Write effective survey items, using different types of survey questions.

·         Evaluate survey content.

Visit for more information and registration.

Improve Discovery Systems webinar

NISO Webinar: Keyword Search = “Improve Discovery Systems”

Date: November 12, 2014

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Eastern time

Event webpage:



The “single search box” approach of web search engines like Google and Bing
have forced libraries and system developers to rethink their whole approach
to end-user searching for library and publisher resources and electronic
content. Discovery systems are continuing to evolve from simple keyword
search systems to more elaborate indexed discovery, new forms of usage-based
discovery, and beyond. Because discovery of content is such a critical
component of library services, understanding in what potential ways these
systems will develop is critical for library staff, either when selecting a
system or in seeking ways to improve the services.

This webinar will cover some of the latest developments of library discovery
systems as well as discuss the findings of the NISO research study, launched
in early 2014 on the status of discovery systems, their potential future
development directions, and the systems interoperability needs of these


*    Differential Discovery: Effect of Discovery on Online Journal Usage
– John McDonald, Associate Dean, Collections, University of Southern
California Libraries and Jason Price, Program Manager, Statewide California
Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)
*    Library Resource Discovery: Next Steps – Marshall Breeding, Library
Consultant, <>


Registration is per site (access for one computer) and closes at 12:00 pm
Eastern on November 12, 2014 (the day of the webinar). Discounts are
available for NISO and NASIG members and students. NISO Library Standards
Alliance (LSA) members receive one free connection as part of membership and
do not need to register. (The LSA member webinar contact will automatically
receive the login information. Members are listed here:
<> . If you
would like to become an LSA member and receive the entire year’s webinars as
part of membership, information on joining is listed here: All webinar registrants and LSA
webinar contacts receive access to the recorded version for one year.

Visit the event webpage to register and for more information:

10th Anniversary Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference

*Excel Effectiveness, Ezproxy Assessment Insights, Effective User Feedback
Strategies! Practical Pre- & Post- conference options at ER&L*
Our Workshop Committee has finalized a solid lineup of half-day workshop on
useful and practical topics including these:
–Excel for Librarians: Utilizing the Power of Excel to Track and Display
–Scholarly Publishing in Libraries: A How-To Workshop
–Getting Everything Ezproxy has to Offer: Administration Tips,
Customization Tricks and Assessment Insights
–Understanding Your Users: Using Google Analytics and Forms at Your Library

View the full workshop lineup:

*Last Call for Presenters — Call for Proposals Deadline is Monday, 10/20!*
ER&L comes alive with your participation as attendees, community voting,
volunteering and presentations. We invite you to respond to our Call for
Proposals, currently soliciting 45 Session proposal and New 15 minute Short
Talk formats. View our Call for Proposals for all the details:

*Register at EARLY rates for ER&L by 11/10*
Register today and attend the 10th Anniversary Electronic Resources and
Libraries Conference in person or online. The conference is packed from
Sunday’s pre-conference workshops through Wednesday. If Austin travel won’t
work, consider attending ER&L online–join hundreds of people and 100
campuses and organizations enjoying ER&L online!