Building the Digital Branch: Designing Effective Library Websites (ALA TechSource Workshop)

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ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to help you and your staff participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library. We hope you’ll find the workshop both informative and practical.

Building the Digital Branch: Designing Effective Library Websites
An ALA TechSource Workshop
August 3rd, 2010 @ 2:30pm Eastern (1:30pm Central, 11:30 Pacific)

Every library needs a presence on the web. Whether you work at a large academic library or a public library in a small town, you need to be able to provide service and content to your patrons beyond the walls of your building. In this workshop, David Lee King will take you through the process of building an effective, user-friendly library website that will expand and enhance your library’s presence in its community.


David Lee King is the Digital Branch and Services Manager at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans for, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website usability and management, digital experience planning, and managing techie staff and has been published in many library-related journals. David was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker for 2008 and recently published his first book, Designing the Digital Experience. David writes the Internet Spotlight column in Public Libraries magazine with Michael Porter and maintains a blog at www.davidleeking.com.


Please note: upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. Downloads may only be purchased using a credit card. If purchased using a purchase order, your account will be billed but the download will be inaccessible.

This ALA TechSource Workshop is licensed for use by staff or users of the purchasing institution or library organization.

JCDL 2009

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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2009

2009 Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, June 15-19, 2009 in Austin, Texas
Early registration for JCDL 2009 (June 15 – June 19, 2009) is now open.  Please see https://www.regonline.com/63371_713164M. Register now to guarantee the lowest registration fee. Early registration will be open until May 21, 2009 midnight.
Since 2001, the Joint Conference on Digital Libraries has served as the major international forum focused on digital libraries and associated technical, practical, and social issues. JCDL encompasses the many meanings of the term “digital libraries,” including (but not limited to) new forms of information institutions; operational information systems with all manner of digital content; new means of selecting, collecting, organizing, and distributing digital content; and theoretical models of information media, including document genres and electronic publishing.
You can also register to stay at the University of Texas AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center where the conference will be held (http://meetattexas.com). The conference planning committee has selected an interesting array of papers to be presented and arranged for keynote speakers and panel discussions to provide a lively exploration of the “state of the art” of digital library discourse and scholarly work.
Conference presenters represent 15 different countries and 19 states in the United States The Program Committee accepted 29 full papers and 18 short papers. Covering a range of topics presenters will explore digital libraries along the theme of “Designing Tomorrow and Preserving the Past — Today.” Conference keynote speakers include Christine Borgman, Professor & Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA and Gerhard Fischer, Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design and a professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The ever popular poster session (over 50 posters) will be held on the evening of Tuesday, June 16th “in real life” at the AT&T Center, as well as in “Second Life.”
JCDL 2009 will be held in Austin, Texas and is hosted by the School of Information at the University of Texas. It has been organized by an international committee of scholars and leaders in the Digital Libraries field. Hundreds are expected to attend the five days of events including a day of cutting edge tutorials; 3 days of papers, panels, and keynotes; and a day of research workshops.
Watch for emerging details on the conference program please at http://www.jcdl2009.org/.

From Branding to Library Closures, Learn and Share at November’s Webinars

WebJunction webinars provide not only a free opportunity to learn something new, but also a chance to interact with other attendees and share your own expertise. A diverse set of offerings is scheduled for November.

Are you interested in:

  • marketing your library services through the library brand,
  • extending your library service hours with “24/7″ digital tutorials,
  • learning how to build a technology team,
  • better understanding your library’s role in the community, or
  • learning why libraries close and what you can do to prevent your own library closure?

You can learn more about all these topics in WebJunction’s November lineup of free webinars.

Branding Libraries and Their Services

We are surrounded by brands in our world—visual representations of a manufactured good or some service that allows a customer/user/patron to quickly identify the product/service. If someone says, “Golden arches,” you immediately think of a certain fast food restaurant. Any business or service can brand itself, for marketing and publicity purposes. But what is a brand? How are they created? What benefits do brands offer? What are the challenges facing a branding project? Can libraries effectively brand themselves and their services? If so, how? Join Michael Leach as he answers these and other questions, while providing a solid framework and background on what brands are and how they work.

Register here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/attendance.asp?ID=1527

Go Team! Quick Tips to Help You Build a Technology Team in Your Library (MaintainIT)

Join MaintainIT’s Brenda Hough as she interviews Michelle Foster for “Go Team! Quick Tips to help you build a technology team in your library”. Michelle is IT Manager for the Boone County Public Library in Kentucky. This fast-paced and interactive session will introduce the idea of technology teams and libraries. Hear what Michelle has done, share your experiences, and think about what you might want to do in the future. Take 30 minutes out of your day to learn from the experiences of others and get something started. This is a part of the MaintainIT Cookbook webinar series where contributors to the Cookbooks share their insights, their secrets, and what you can do to get started with projects like theirs.

Register here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/attendance.asp?ID=1531

24/7 Librarianship: Reaching Patrons With Digital Tutorials

Join guest speaker Marcia Dority Baker of Schmid Law Library, University of Nebraska College of Law as she explains how libraries can use digital tutorials to reach customers around the clock. She will discuss how digital tutorials can support learning and instruction as well as provide access to information and educational resources to customers when the doors of the library are closed.

We will explore: what is a digital tutorial, how libraries can use digital tutorials, help brain-storm ideas on how all types of libraries could be creative with limited budget and staff resources, and include tips on free video software librarians could use to get started.

Register here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=1510

Rural Webinar: Your Library’s Role in Your Community

WebJunction and The Association for Rural and Small Libraries presents a free hour-long webinar focused on a topic important to the work of sustaining Rural and Small libraries. This session completes our 2008 focus on trustees and boards. Jim Connor and Pat Fisher will focus on assessing your library’s role in your community—and how to move from the fringe to the bulls-eye.

Register here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/attendance.asp?ID=1512

Why Public Libraries Close

Join Dr. Christie Koontz, of Florida State University, for an one-hour webinar where she will discuss Why Public Libraries Close, a report she co-authored based on the first systematic nationwide study on the impact of public library closures and facility location. Using staff interviews and demographics analysis using geographic information systems (GIS), the study analyzed impact on library users and potential markets. Koontz will discuss national trends identified during the period of the study as well as guidelines developed that provide recommendations for libraries to prevent closure, measure impact on patrons, and where new library facilities should be opened.

Register here: http://evanced.info/webjunction/evanced/attendance.asp?ID=1532

Conflict in the Peaceful Library has a new start time

The next WebJunction webinar, Conflict in the Peaceful Library, has a new start time. The one-hour webinar will now be held on September 16, 9 AM Pacific/12 PM Eastern. We apologize greatly for any inconvenience this may cause you, but the schedule change was unavoidable.

You do not need to re-register or do anything special to accommodate the time change.

If you are not able to make it to the live webinar, it will be recorded and made available on the WebJunction website here: http://www.webjunction.org/community-webinars/articles/content/9004175

We apologize for the inconvenience the schedule change causes, but unfortunately, it was unavoidable.

Here is a list of other upcoming WebJunction Webinars (Times listed inCentral Time Zone):

Conflict in a Peaceful Library (UPDATE: Start time has changed to 11 AM Central)
When: Tuesday September 16th, 2008 – 11:00 AM
UPDATE: The start time has changed for this webinar! This webinar will now begin at 11 AM Central.

Conflict happens! Many of us try to avoid it, some fight with it, some seem to enjoy it and still others seem to handle it with tact and skill. What’s the secret to effectively handling situations of conflict? How can we de-emotionalize ourselves to the situations so that we don’t get caught up in them?

Join Andrew Sanderbeck as he explores our dealings with others in the library by defining the conflict situation and using one of three approaches to successfully handle or resolve it. If you don’t like to be yelled at by other people, you’ll really enjoy this fun and interactive webinar.

Public computers and 2.0 Tools (MaintainIT Cookbook Webinar)
When: Wednesday September 17th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Grab a comfy chair and participate in a 30-minute discussion where contributors to the Cookbooks share their insights, their secrets, and what you can do to get started with projects like theirs. Join Robin Hastings from the Missouri River Regional Library as she talks about the steps they have taken to foster a 2.0 friendly environment at their library, for both staff and library users. By setting up a flexible computing environment and creating innovative learning opportunities, this creative professional has helped her community make the most of collaborative technologies. Take 30 minutes out of your day to learn from the experiences of others and get something started.

Teaching The Redesigned (New) Naturalization Test
When: Thursday September 25th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

This webinar will provide an overview of the redesigned (new) naturalization test, which will replace the current test on October 1, 2008. Join Dr. Michael Jones, Senior Advisor Immigrant Education, and Carlos Muñoz-Acevedo, Outreach Specialist, of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, as they cover the necessary skills and instructional methods needed by those who are preparing students to take the redesigned (new) naturalization test.

Visual Design: Theory & Best Practices for Library Websites
When: Tuesday October 7th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Today, our users/patrons expect visually engaging and informative websites. The fonts, images, colors and styles of your web pages should support your mission, content, publicity and service goals. Join presenter Michael Leach as he highlights both theory and best practices that support a visually engaging website—what fonts should you choose; which styles work best for content presentation; what types of images and graphics convey information better; and how do colors influence users’ perceptions and use of a website.

Latinos and Public Library Perceptions
When: Tuesday October 14th, 2008 – 12:00 PM

WebJunction, in partnership with the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, recently publised a research report detailing the results of a six-state telephone survey of over 2,860 adult Latinos completed in early 2008. Learn about the findings and implications of the study from WebJunction’s Laura Staley and researchers from TRPI.

Refugees 101
When: Thursday October 23rd, 2008 – 01:00 PM

In 1975 the United States began accepting large numbers of refugees in response to the Fall of Saigon. Over the next 33 years approximately 2.6 million refugees have been resettled in this country, and many of these individuals are now using our libraries. Join Valerie Wonder, Immigrant & Refugee Programs Manager at Seattle Public Library (WA) and Homa Naficy Manager of Multicultural Education and Outreach Services at Hartford Public Library (CT) as they provide an overview of refugee resettlement in the United States including information on recent refugee populations. She will also highlight some successful approaches to serving refugees in public libraries. Before working for SPL, Valerie was the Community Programs Manager for the International Rescue Committee’s Seattle office where she specialized in refugee services.

Branding Libraries and Their Services
When: Friday November 7th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

We are surrounded by brands in our world—visual representations of a manufactured good or some service that allows a customer/user/patron to quickly identify the product/service. If someone says, “Golden arches,” you immediately think of a certain fast food restaurant. Any business or service can brand itself, for marketing and publicity purposes. But what is a brand? How are they created? What benefits do brands offer? What are the challenges facing a branding project? Can libraries effectively brand themselves and their services? If so, how? Join Michael Leach as he answers these and other questions, while providing a solid framework and background on what brands are and how they work.

24/7 Librarianship: Reaching Patrons With Digital Tutorials
When: Wednesday November 12th, 2008 – 01:00 PM

Join guest speaker Marcia Dority Baker of Schmid Law Library,University of Nebraska College of Law as she explains how libraries can use digital tutorials to reach customers around the clock. She will discuss how digital tutorials can support learning and instruction as well as provide access to information and educational resources to customers when the doors of the library are closed.

We will explore: what is a digital tutorial, how libraries can use digital tutorials, help brain-storm ideas on how all types of libraries could be creative with limited budget and staff resources, and include tips on free video software librarians could use to get started.

Bite-size Digital History
When: Wednesday December 3rd, 2008 – 10:00 AM

Join guest presenter Katie Artzner of the Foundation Center for a half-hour overview of ideas for creating local digital history documentaries in short, bite-size form using Microsoft PhotoStory 3. We will explore: what makes a good local history digital history documentary, a few nuts and bolts of using Microsoft Photostory 3, and your ideas for what your library could do with them.

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Educause Webinar—The Gutenberg-e Project: Opportunities and Challenges in Publishing Born-Digital Monographs

Kate Wittenberg
Director, Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC)

Columbia University

Topic: The Gutenberg-e Project: Opportunities and Challenges in Publishing Born-Digital Monographs
Date: August 1, 2008
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET (12:00 p.m. CT, 11:00 a.m. MT, 10:00 a.m. PT).
International participants: You may wish to visit this external time-conversion website to calculate the event’s start time in your time zone.
Duration: 1 hour

The Gutenberg-e project was created as a bold experiment to explore whether peer-reviewed, born-digital monographs would alter the way historical scholarship is presented, whether scholars would receive the same professional credit for these publications as they would from work published in print, and whether the project would enable the publication of monographs that would otherwise be turned down for financial reasons by university presses. The project has a history that includes both exciting breakthroughs and significant challenges. A number of the authors have created completely new models of collaboration in the scholarly communication process as well as new models of historical scholarship and narrative. We have come to understand that e-books require a significant level of investment in both editorial and technical staff time in order to create publications that reach their full potential as works of digital scholarship. We have also learned that integrating and sustaining this work within a collaborative publishing, library, and technology organization presents significant challenges and great opportunities. Wittenberg will discuss the project’s findings and cover both the breakthroughs and obstacles encountered during the course of the project’s development.

The event is free, but registration is required and virtual seating is limited. REGISTER NOW.

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Digital Resources Forum in San Francisco – Get the Latest on E-books, E-music and more!

There are still spaces available at the NISO forum, “Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials,” to be held May 5-6, 2008 at the Argonaut Hotel at the Maritime National Historical Park Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA.
An outstanding line-up of speakers will provide the latest information surrounding digital resources — from creation to how to manage the sale and retention of that information, to questions of delivery and use.  Peter Brantley, Executive Director, Digital Library Federation (DLF) will give the opening keynote.

E-BOOKS: Speakers from Adobe Digital Editions, Atyphon Systems, eBook Technologies, Apex Content Solutions, Auto-Graphics, and Swets Information Services will provide the latest information on e-book standards and products.

E-MUSIC: Speakers from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Naxos of America will discuss the revolutionary changes in music distribution and its pricing and licensing.

LIBRARIANS and library consultants will address implementation issues of digital resources including integration of digital and print, accessibility for vision-impaired users, and how to uniquely identify the resources for access and retrieval.

Don’t miss this line-up of some of the best in the industry on Digital Resources Beyond Serials.

The early bird discount is available through April 30. NISO and Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) members are eligible for additional discounts. Graduate students may be eligible for a sponsorship rate. (Students should contact the NISO office for more information.)

Visit the event webpage (http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/digresources08/) to register and for a complete agenda and information.

NISO Digital Resources Forum in San Francisco – Early Bird Discount Extended to April 30

Early bird discounted registration for the NISO forum, “Digital Resources: Working with Formats Beyond Serials,” has been extended to April 30. Be sure to register by then to take advantage of the substantial discounts. NISO members and Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC) members are eligible for additional discounts. Graduate students may be eligible for a sponsorship rate. (Students should contact the NISO office for more information.)

This two-day event will take place on May 5-6, 2008 at the Argonaut Hotel at the Maritime National Historical Park Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, CA. One-day registration is also available.

About the Forum

With the onset of the digital age, the information community has had to rethink its approach to content — from creation to how to manage the sale and retention of that information, to questions of delivery and use. A great deal of that focus has been on the more traditional journal, yet creators, libraries, and users today are working with content ranging from e-books to audio and beyond. However, the basic questions surrounding these digital resources remain the same as those that have been confronted with electronic serials, though the answers may not be.

Confirmed speakers for the forum are:

— Keynote by Peter Brantley, Executive Director, Digital Library Federation (DLF)

— Ted Koppel (AGent Verso (ILS) Product manager, Auto-Graphics, Inc.) on Defining eBooks

— Bill Kasdorf (Vice President, Apex Publishing) on XML Models for Book Content

— Christine Stamison (Senior Customer Relations Manager, Swets) on Customer Access to E-books

— Justyn Baker (Executive Director of Licensing / Digital Formats, Naxos of America, Inc.) on Pricing and Licensing of E-music

— Laura Dawson (Consultant, LJNDawson.com) on Identifiers for Digital Books

— Allen McKiel (Dean of Library & Media Services, Western Oregon University) on Changing Patterns of E-book Usage

— Jennifer Sutton (Independent Contractor for DAISY Consortium) on the DAISY/NISO standard for Digital Talking Books

Additional presentations are planned on the topics of digital rights management (DRM), the role of digital content in libraries, and e-content platforms.

Visit the event webpage (http://www.niso.org/news/events/2008/digresources08/) to register or for more information. Questions: contact Karen Wetzel, NISO Standards Program Manager, at kwetzel@niso.org.

Note: This announcement was cross-posted.

Swets Information Services is a major sponsor of the Digital Resources forum.