Closing down shop

As of May 13th, 2011 I will no longer be the leader of the Staff Development Team at Austin Community College. I am moving to Minnesota and don’t expect to have staff development responsibilities there. I am also uncertain whether this blog will be continued by the next Staff Development Team leader, so I wanted to put up a post to let people know this blog will likely not be updated any longer.

2011 Emerging Technologies Conference

At the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California July 11-13, 2011 (Monday-Wednesday), co-sponsored by MERLOT and the Sloan Consortium.

Bryan Alexander, a Senior Fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, will give the keynote address, on Monday afternoon 4:15 to 5:15 pm.  His current research interests include emerging pedagogical forms enabled by mobile technologies, learning processes and outcomes associated with immersive environments (as in gaming, augmented reality, and virtual worlds), the digital humanities, and futurist methodologies.

ALCTS webinar: Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures


ALCTS webinar: Accidents Happen: Protecting & Saving Family Treasures

Date: April 26, 2011 All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.

Description: Accidents and disasters happen. When it does are you prepared? Are your family treasures stored safely in your home or elsewhere? How do you save your photos when they’ve been submerged in flood water? What do you do if your books smell mildewy? What if your basement floods or worse? Attend this session to learn answers to these questions and more.

Kraft will provide tips and tools for checking out possible hazards around the house, dealing with mold and salvaging keepsakes, documenting damage for insurance purposes, and keeping your family safe.

Learning Outcomes:

– Steps to take in preparing for and responding to a disaster
– Basic understanding of dealing with mold
– Simple techniques for salvaging keepsakes
– Awareness of available disaster assistance

Audience: Anyone interested in learning about disaster preparation and response. Strategies discussed during the presentation can be applied to home, library, or business.

Presenter: Nancy E Kraft, Head of Preservation at the University of Iowa Libraries, is responsible for directing the preservation and conservation of the library collections at the University of Iowa. In 2009 she received the Midwest Archives Conference Presidents’ Award for her extraordinary work following the historic levels of flooding that struck Iowa in the summer of 2008. Kraft has assisted in many disaster recoveries, large and small, including the Iowa Floods of 1993 and 2008, the University of Iowa Old Capitol fire, the water soaked State Historical Society of Iowa building, and a mold outbreak in the Law Library’s rare book room. Her passion is assisting the individual to preserve his/her keepsakes.


Free. This is a complimentary webinar presented as part of the Preservation Week events. Watch for further announcements on additional complimentary webinars during Preservation Week.

To register, visit the GoToWebinar site:

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation, 5/3/2011


SCRLC is delighted to announce that registration is now open for Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation – an online conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 11:00 am-4:30 pm EDT. Sessions include how to make innovation work at your library, geo-based Internet services, gaming, and actual implementation experiences with innovative services at a middle-sized public library. Conference speakers will include Stephen Abram (Gale Cengage), Scott Nicholson (Syracuse University), Meredith Farkas (Portland State University), and Sarah Glogowski (Tompkins County Public Library). Please see the flyer below for further details and registration information. The keynote session, This is Your Brain on Technology, will explore how the Internet and associated technologies affect your brain. Our keynote presenter will be Professor Deborah Gagnon, PhD, Wells College, who specializes in cognitive psychology.

Please help us to spread the word about this event to colleagues and co-workers who may be interested. Information about all SCRLC workshops and events is available on our website at

Nora Fitzgerald Hardy
South Central Regional Library Council
Ithaca, NY

Emerging Library Technologies II: Innovation
Plan! Innovate! Transform! Workshop Series

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  11:00am – 4:30pm EDT
Location: Online webinar
Registration: Individuals: $30; Groups: $60

Support: This training is funded in part by Federal Library Service and Technology (LSTA) funds, awarded b to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

11:00a.m. – 11:50a.m.     Welcome & Keynote

This Is Your Brain on Technology: The Technology Exposure Effect (TEE)-Deborah Gagnon, Ph.D., Wells College

Is that GPS on your dashboard shrinking your hippocampus? Or is it really the Holy Grail that the spatially challenged among us have been searching for our whole lives? The media offer a bewildering array of doomsday (as well as more benign) prognoses of the effect that excessive exposure to technologies – Twitter, Facebook, GPS, Second Life, etc. – present to our cognitive and neural functioning. This talk will examine questions like these and reveal how technology may be changing users’ (and your) perception, attention, memory, reasoning, decision making, and problem solving processes.

12:00p.m. – 12:50p.m.     Avoiding the Social Media Graveyard-Meredith Farkas, Portland State University

There has been a lot of buzz about social software over the past few years, and many libraries have devoted significant staff time toward implementing 2.0 technologies. To successfully implement 2.0 technologies, which libraries must adopt rapid user-centered change, experimentation, and a pragmatic view of technologies. One look at the number of abandoned library blogs, wikis and Twitter feeds tells us that successful implementation of social technologies requires more than simply installing software. Farkas include practical tips, illustrated with examples from libraries already on the road to 2.0 through innovative practices.

1:30p.m. – 2:20p.m.         GEO on the Web: Implications for Library Strategies – Stephen Abram, Gale Cengage

Is geography important to your library?  It is so important that many libraries have rich and detailed branch strategies.  How does this translate to the web?  Can you tune your services when you know where your user is located?  How do geotagging and geocoding influence the search results you see in Google, et al?  Is this trend tied to mobile and other devices?  Just think about Foursquare, Gowalla, the newly added geotagging in Facebook, Twitter and all of your cell phone pictures.  What does it all mean and what are the implications for your library?  Think about it. Check out this webinar session from wherever you are and get the fast take on the basics of geo and the new world of location-based services for search and the web.

2:30p.m. – 3:20p.m.         Community Centered Library Innovations – Sarah Glogowski, Tompkins County Public Library

The way in which libraries provide information services is changing rapidly. Once quiet places of study and reflection, libraries today are often the center of community life.  Learn how to make your library the essential place to go for both young and old through innovative services and technology.  From a Books at Birth project, to online teen book reviews, and from a popular town-gown Community Read to technology petting zoos, see what innovative services the staff of the Tompkins County Public Library are providing. Cooperative relationships between TCPL, TC3, Cornell, and many area agencies will be highlighted to show how innovation is a community collaboration.

3:30p.m. – 4:20p.m.         Gaming in Libraries – Scott Nicholson, Syracuse University

Over the last few years, a growing number of libraries of all types have discovered the power of gaming programs. These programs, which center around bringing patrons together to engage with each other through both digital and tabletop games. During this talk, Dr. Nicholson will present a brief history of how libraries have used games, will discuss data from studies about different ways that libraries use games, and will help guide libraries through the process of developing and running a gaming program.

Upcoming RUSA online courses cover reference and business reference basics

CHICAGO — Public librarians, academic librarians and library support staff are encouraged to sign up for the next offerings of Business Reference 101 and The Reference Interview, two popular online classes offered by Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), the home for reference within the American Library Association.

The next offerings include:

Business Reference 101, May 9 – June 3, 2011

Appropriate for librarians and library staff of all types who wish to acquire business reference expertise, Business Reference 101 will demystify such topics as SIC, NAICS codes, ROI and 10ks. Students will also have access to such proprietary business reference databases as Standard & Poor’s Net Advantage and Thomson/Gale’s Business &Company Resource Center. This consistently sold-out course will be taught by Celia Ross, past chair of RUSA’s Brass section and an experienced facilitator and practitioner in the business reference field.

The Reference Interview, May 2 – June 10, 2011

This comprehensive course covers such reference interview topics as cultivating an approachable reference environment, successful questioning and listening techniques and appropriate follow-up methods. Staff of all levels at all types of libraries will find this content, presented in a multi-media format, helpful in their day-to-day engagement with library patrons. Instructor David Tyckoson, associate dean at the Henry Madden Library, Cal State—Fresno and immediate past-president of RUSA, has an extensive resume in the field and was awarded the 2005 Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for distinguished contribution to reference librarianship.

All courses will be administered using Moodle, an online course management tool. Online learning offers flexibility for busy professional schedules and facilitates interaction between instructors and students with weekly assignments, discussion boards and chat sessions.

Online registration is now open for all of these opportunities, with significant cost savings for RUSA members. VisitRUSA’s professional development information page for detailed course information, or go straight to the online registration page for these courses. Information about group registration discounts for those libraries or library systems with two or more employees participating is available from Liz Markel, RUSA marketing specialist,

The Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, represents librarians and library staff in the fields of reference, specialized reference, collection development, readers’ advisory and resource sharing. RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need.  For more information, visit Not a RUSA member, but  interested in discounted registration rates on conference, RUSA preconferences and other RUSA events? Join, renew or add RUSA to your ALA membership

Upcoming Simmons GSLIS CE Online Workshops


*Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education*
*Online (asynchronous) Workshops*

$250 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni price $200)

PDPs: 15

May 1-31, 2011
— Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies
— Drug Information Rx: Sources and Strategies
— Starting and Growing a Research Business
— Strategic Information Arrangement

May 3 – June 13, 2011
— Periodical/Database Indexing ($275 – alumni price $225)

June 1-30, 2011
— Writing for Publication
— MARC Basics for New Catalogers
— Please Take This Survey! An Introduction to Survey Design
— Author-Librarians: Using Your Work Experience to Inform Your Creative Writing

June 1 – July 12, 2011
— Apps4Librarians: Becoming an Expert in Mobile Apps for iPhones, iPad, and Other iOS devices ($275 – alumni price $225)

July 1-31, 2011
— Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies
— Technology Grants for Librarians
— Managing and Growing Youth Services Collections in the Digital Age
— Instructional Design
— Zotero: Using and Supporting the Research Power Tool
— Graphic Novels 101 for Young Readers and Schools
— Building a School Media Center Web Site

August 1-31, 2011
— Genealogy Information Services
— Assessment and Information Literacy
— Business Research 102: Business Ethics
— Extending Mobile Library Services with QR Codes
— School Media Center 2.0

September 1-30, 2011
— Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies

October 1-31, 2011
— U.S. Private Company Research: More Sources Than You Think!

November 1-30, 2011
— Taxonomies and Controlled Vocabularies

For more information about online workshops see


Building a Website with WordPress (GSLIS West — Mount Holyoke campus)
$160 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $125)
April 10, 2011, 1:30pm – 5:00pm – PDPs: 3.5

Video Tutorials: When, Why, and How to Use Them (GSLIS – Simmons campus)
$220 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $175)
April 30, 2011, 9:00am – 5:00pm – PDPs: 7

Metrics for Special Collections (GSLIS – Simmons Campus)
$80 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $62)
June 25, 2011, 9:00am – 12:30pm – PDPs: 3.5

Mother Goose on the Loose
$195 (Simmons GSLIS Alumni Price $155)
July 23, 2011, 9:00am – 3:30pm – PDPs: 5

Book Arts and Artists Books: A Workshop Series (GSLIS – Simmons Campus)

Bookmaking for the Beginner 1 – April 2, 2011
Bookmaking for the Beginner 2 – May 7, 2011
Pop-Up Books – June 11 & 12, 2011
Looking at Print Methods for the Collector and Conservator – July 14, 2011
Practical Origami – August 6, 2011


For additional information on all workshops or to register see or contact

Kris Liberman ’87LS
Program Manager
Simmons GSLIS CE
T – 617-521-2803
F – 617-521-3192

Spring and Summer LYRASIS Events

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LYRASIS has two series of upcoming events that may be of interest to you and your members. See below for details/links to registration. Please feel free to forward.

Make the move from server serfdom to the cooperative cloud

To help you get the knowledge you need, OCLC and LYRASIS have partnered to present a series of FREE, regionally based member discussions, Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale. We invite you to come discover how Web scale is revitalizing traditional services through shared workflows, activities and data. At these events, you will build a community of support as you tackle various scenarios alongside colleagues and experts, while planning your library’s first steps toward Web scale.

Through your participation in our Moving Library Cooperation to Web Scale series, you and your staff will:

·         Hear from library representatives who are en route to Web Scale, tech gurus and Web-scale advocates.

·         Take a virtual tour of a live OCLC Web-scale Management Services site and consider viable (plus pie-in-the-sky) options for your library.

·         Discover new possibilities and discuss strategies for overcoming obstacles.

·         Identify what you still need to find out—as part of your journey to the cloud.

To learn more about the series, please click here.

Upcoming Events:
April 13, 2011: Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN
April 20, 2011: Florida International University, North Miami, FL
May 10, 2011: Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA
May 18, 2011: Denver Public Library, Denver , CO
June 23, 2011: The Historic New Orleans Collection,Williams Research Center, New Orleans, LA

For more information, or to register:

Ideas and Insights Series

The LYRASIS Ideas and Insights Series offers opportunities for members to actively participate with library peers and experts in key initiatives in library collections, cataloging, technology and resource sharing.
This in-person interactive series of member-focused events, also gives participants the chance to network, share best practices and innovative solutions with other LYRASIS Members and the larger library community.

Upcoming Ideas and Insights Series Events:
May 26, 2011:Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT; Ideas and Insights Series: Resource Sharing
May 18, 2011: Villanova University: Villanova, PA: Ideas and Insights Series: Resource Sharing
June 16, 2011: State Library of Indiana: Indianapolis, IN: Ideas and Insights Series: Resource Sharing

For more information or to register: