Reference and Information Services Series presented by Amigos Library Services

Are you new to reference and information services or just need to brush up on your skills? Register today for the Reference and Information Services Series presented by Amigos Library Services. This series of four courses will focus on different areas of reference and information services, including reference sources, virtual reference, and policy development. Each session can be taken as a single course, or register for all four to get a complete overview.

Core Reference Skills – April 17 & 18, 2-4 pm CDT: Information seekers interact daily with library staff to meet their information needs. Do you have what it takes to be an effective reference provider? This course helps reference staff identify the necessary skill sets needed for any reference interaction whether it is face to face, virtual, or on the telephone. Additionally, attendees will recognize common barriers to productive reference interactions, develop techniques to overcome them, and discover how to locate basic reference sources. Register today at

Reference Sources – May 16 & 17, 2-4 pm CDT: Knowledge of reference sources is central to providing your users with the answers they seek. This course will familiarize both librarians and paraprofessionals in a range of print and online resources from dictionaries and encyclopedias, to handbooks, serials and databases. Come learn which sources work for you and how to best use them. Early bird registration ends April 24:

Virtual Reference Communication – June 14 & 15, 2-4 pm CDT: The reference interview marks the essence of a reference transaction regardless of where it occurs: online, face to face, or over the telephone. This course centers in understanding the barriers inherent to virtual communication, and discovery of tips and techniques which enhance online communication in the absence of verbal and visual cues. Is online or “virtual” reference communication different from traditional reference? Come explore the differences and discover how to become a better online communicator by engaging in hands-on virtual reference communication exercises. Early bird registration ends May 23:

Reference Policy – July 11 & 12, 2-4 pm CDT: Reference policy is the foundation upon which reference services are built upon. This course will take you step by step in the policy development process. Come learn how to create policy whether for face to face, telephone or virtual reference services. Also learn to write guidelines that will provide you, your co-workers, and library users with the understanding of how reference services fit with the overall vision and mission of your institution. Early bird registration ends June 19:

Check out our entire course schedule at


16th Annual Information Literacy Summit in Illinois

Registration is OPEN for the 16th Annual Information Literacy Summit in Illinois

16th Annual Information Literacy Summit
From Teaching to Learning: Context and Collaboration
Friday, May 5, 2017, 8:30am-3:30pm
Presented by DePaul University Library and Moraine Valley Community College Library
Located at the Moraine Valley Community College campus (Palos Hills, IL)

Register for the Summit

Keynote Address:
Boundaries and sovereignties: Placing students at the center of information literacy
Wendy Holliday, Head of Teaching, Learning, and Research Services at Cline Library
Using the metaphors of boundaries and thresholds, this talk will examine some of the recent discourse around the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy and the purpose of higher education. It will explore what might happen when we place students and the idea of sovereignty at the center of our conceptions of information literacy.

Information about Breakout Sessions

$45 for attendees or $25 for presenters (includes breakfast, lunch and materials)
You may either pay by credit card through the Moraine Valley Community College registration system or send a check payable to MVCC Library to the following address:
MVCC Library
Information Literacy Summit
9000 W. College Pkwy.
Palos Hills, IL 60465

Who should attend?
• Librarians who are involved with teaching and learning in almost any aspect.
• Academic, school, public and special librarians
• Teachers and other educators who want to discuss information literacy, student research and student use of information.
• CPDUs available

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century – New England Chapter ACRL Annual Conference

The Association of College and Research Libraries New England Chapter invites you to attend its 2017 Annual Conference:

Reframing Librarianship in the 21st Century
Friday, May 12 at the Davis Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington, VT.


It is an era of reinvention for college and research libraries. Whether we work in cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication, archives, public services, instruction, or another area of librarianship, we have all heard a rhetoric of crisis, transformation, and rapid change applied to our work. The challenges we face have provided an opportunity to refocus on the foundations of our profession: our purpose and our areas of expertise. In reflecting on and redefining our work and ourselves, we are reframing librarianship for the 21st Century. This exciting topic will be kicked off by keynote Suzanne Wones, Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovations at Harvard Library.

In this era of reinvention, how are we reframing ourselves, the work that we do, and our libraries?

How are we communicating around this shift within our institutions and beyond?

Join us for a day full of professional enrichment, loaded with fantastic programming, networking opportunities, and ideas that will pique your curiosity and challenge your intellect. Since we’ll be situated in beautiful Burlington, we encourage you to come for the conference, stay for the weekend!

Not already a member of ACRL New England? Join our organization today!


Want to save money on travel to the conference? Try using Rideshare this year!

Interested in saving money during your stay in Burlington? Try homeshare this year, and stay with a VT library colleague!

Not able to make it to Burlington? Consider registering for one of our Virtual Conference sites for a full day of programming closer to home. More than just ‘watching from afar’, site organizers provide links to the programming, space for on-site discussions and networking, as well as food.

ASCLA Spring 2017 online learning opportunities

ASCLA Spring 2017 online learning opportunities:

Register at

4/17/17 [eCourse] Story-a-thon: Creating Community Partnerships to Enhance Access to Literacy Services for Children with Disabilities
Learn how to break down the walls of your library/facility to develop community partnerships specific to the disability community. Examine how their library/facility defines outreach, identify their current services for children with disability, how these services can be enhance as outreach services and programs, and how initiate outreach programming. Then develop an outreach backpack to use upon completion.

4/20/17 [Webinar] From Theory to Practice: Outreach to Underserved Patron Populations
This 90-minute webinar focuses on increasing participants’ level of understanding of the library and information needs of individuals who are considered “traditionally underserved”. Traditionally underserved populations include (but are not limited to) patrons who: have disabilities, are currently or formerly incarcerated, are English language learners, are homeless, are members of the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered community. During this webinar, we’ll discuss the components of cultural competence, learn principles of inclusion for all library user groups, and articulate strategies that can be implemented in the library in order to provide more effective outreach to underserved library user groups.

4/25/17 [Webinar] Not to be Forgotten: Providing Library Services for People Living with Dementia
Library services to this growing and often overlooked population are currently scarce. See what some of your peers are doing around the nation to assist this population, learn tips for effective communication, and explore resources available to help. Libraries have a unique role in uplifting this population.

5/1/17 [eCourse] Build Your Professional Brand and Get Published
This course is intended for librarians who want to share their library expertise through publications, including books, magazines, blogs and other media. The content in the course will help librarians develop their personal brand by leveraging their knowledge into writing that benefits their brand and the profession as a whole.

5/1/17 [eCourse] Building a Successful Independent Consulting Practice
This course will guide participants through the exploration and quantification of their uniquely marketable skills and expertise in order to build and launch a successful consulting practice. Using carefully curated resources and experience, the instructor will help each participant design and build a strategy for launching a consulting practice in their area of expertise. This course will cover building a brand, finding a niche to serve, marketing your services, and how to find and land business. Participants will leave with actionable strategies and plans for their own practice. This course is geared towards the independent consultant.

5/17/17 [Webinar] Ebook innovation + publisher collaboration = library domination @ your library
Libraries have the power to drive ebook discovery because they know what people need and read in their communities. Hear about how we (a library consortium in Illinois) created partnerships with publishers and an ebook vendor with a project called PopUp Picks to leverage library expertise to connect community members to their next great read and increase community engagement.

Please direct all questions to Jennifer Cross, ASCLA Web Services Manager at

Library Juice Academy courses offered in and April, May, and June

Most of the classes listed below are four weeks in length, with a price of $175.

Registrations accepted through the first week of class (unless enrollment is full and unless it was canceled before it started due to low enrollment).

Classes are taught asynchronously, so participants can do the work as their schedules allow.

Details on these courses are at


Techniques for Creative Problem Solving in Libraries
Annie Downey

Creating an Oral History Project
Carmen Cowick

Introduction to Digital Humanities for Librarians
John Russell

The Politics of Classification
Melissa Adler

Introduction to the Semantic Web
Robert Chavez

Business Information
Amy Jansen

Academic Library Budgets 101
Tracey Leger-Hornby

Do-It-Yourself Usability Testing
Rebecca Blakiston

Introduction to Legal Materials for Information Professionals
Eliza Fink

Service Design: Towards a Holistic Assessment of Library Services
Joe J. Marquez

Getting to Know Your Users through Interviews and Focus Groups
Jennifer Sweeney

Introduction to Readers’ Advisory
Jessica Moyer

Introduction to Open Educational Resources (OER)
Sarah Crissinger


Everyday Statistics for Librarians
Jennifer Sweeney

Building Business Connections in Your Community
Barbara Alvarez

Introduction to Scholarly Communications
Carli Spina

Business and Professional Writing for Librarians
Alison Lewis

Beyond the Basics: Cataloging DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and Streaming Videos
Natalie Hall

Introduction to Knowledge Management Systems for Libraries
Valerie Forrestal

Introduction to Genealogical Librarianship
Sarah A.V. Kirby

Agile Library Operations: Introduction to Scrum and the Agile Manifesto
Aaron Collie

Know Your User: Research Methods Beyond Usability Testing
Emily Daly

Academia 101: A Crash Course on How Colleges and Universities Work
Annie Downey

RDFa1.1 (RDFa and RDFa Lite) and RSS
Robert Chavez

Translating the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy into Our Teaching Practices
Andrea Baer


Introduction to Cataloging
Melissa Adler

Authority Control
Natalie Hall

Introduction to GIS and GeoWeb Technologies
Eva Dodsworth

Effective Communication Strategies
Deborah Schmidle

Cultural Competence for the Academic Librarian
Shaundra Walker

Caring for Collections
Beth Knazook

The Sustainability Movement on Campus: Forming a Library Action Plan for Engagement
Jamie Conklin

Assessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media Presence
Abigail Phillips

Student Staff Development
Jeremy McGinniss

Writing for the Web
Rebecca Blakiston

Linked Data
Robert Chavez

Introduction to Archives Administration and Management
Christine D’Arpa

Transforming Your Teaching Toolkit
Maria T. Accardi

Some fun facts about us: Since starting in October of 2012, we have taught 392 classes to students located in 49 different countries. After discontinuing a number of courses, we currently have 110 of them on the books, approximately two thirds of which are scheduled for teaching over the next six months. There are currently between 4000 and 5000 users in the course management system.

While academic programs focus on conceptual understanding of foundations, we focus on the kinds of skills that library schools generally expect librarians to learn on-the-job, but which usually turn out to require additional study. These workshops earn Continuing Education Units, and are intended as professional development activities. Workshops are taught asynchronously, so you can participate as your own schedule allows.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115
Fax 916-415-5446

Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

Session 2: April 24 – May 19, 2017

This four-week online course provides an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. Gives a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries. The course was developed by Dalene Hawthorne, Head of Systems and Technical Services, Emporia State University.

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

Jesse Holden, Account Services Manager, EBSCO Information Services
Elizabeth Winter, Head of Collection Acquisitions & Management, Georgia Tech Library
Susan Davis, Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources, SUNY at Buffalo
Lisa MacKinder, Head of Acquisitions and Collection Services, Ohio University

Registration Fee:
$109 ALCTS Member and $139 Non-member

For additional details and access to the registration link, please go to:
This course is sponsored by Harrassowitz.

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

*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.*

I Kanban, Can You? A Librarian’s Introduction to KanbanFlow

“I Kanban, Can You? A Librarian’s Introduction to KanbanFlow” sponsored by the Georgia Library Association.

Contact a member of the Carterette Series planning team with questions or suggestions:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)


Most librarians and library staff are constantly multi-tasking. Despite the type of library, our tasks are endless and can range from cataloging to working the reference desk to IT support and everything in between. It can be very difficult to organize our to-do lists, not to mention get things done. This session will introduce the concept of Kanban (Japanese for “sign” or “billboard”), an important tool for managing workflow and measuring improvement and outcomes that was first popularized by the manufacturing industry. Today Kanban is utilized by software development teams, marketing units, human resource offices, people in strategy and leadership, and for organizing personal tasks and achieving goals.

This session will also introduce KanbanFlow, a free online project management tool that digitizes the Kanban method. This tool supports real-time collaboration between team members and weaves in the Pomodoro method of time-tracking. A live demo of KanbanFlow, its various features, and real-life examples of how it can be used in a library setting will be included to help illustrate the usefulness of this method and tool for librarians.

About the Presenter:
Rachel Evans is a web coordinator and digital media specialist at the University of Georgia Alexander Campbell King Law Library. Her primary responsibility as part of the Information Technology team is maintaining the law school’s website. Evans also contributes to library instruction ranging from technology-centered sessions to video tutorial creation. Additionally, she assists in archiving items in the law school repository Digital Commons, assembling the library’s monthly newsletter and contributing to the library’s public relations and web teams. Evans has presented instructional technology and web-design related sessions at local, state and regional conferences, and has also been published in the national professional magazine Computers in Libraries. Prior to joining UGA Law Library, Evans got her start in libraries at LaGrange College’s academic library, and subsequently worked at two public libraries in Georgia’s Troup and Oglethorpe counties. Evans earned her M.L.I.S. from Florida State University in 2012.

Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.
To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page:
2. Complete and submit the form.
3. A URL for the event will be emailed to you immediately after registration.