Content, Focus and Quality in the Library Discovery Experience

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DATE: Tuesday, September 7, 2010  | TIME: 2:00&#82113:00 PM ET | REGISTER TODAY

Internet search engines provide access to knowledge and information with speed, convenience, and on a mind-bendingly vast scale. What does this mean for libraries that have seen themselves as a first stop for general reference as well as serious research? What does a library have to offer when the search for entertainment, knowledge, and information almost always begins somewhere else?

National Public Radio’s longest serving librarian, Kee Malesky, will lead a panel of librarians who are demonstrating to their communities of users that the library can provide a context, quality, and audience-focused discovery experience that is beyond what the search engines offer. These three very different institutions from across the country will discuss the strategy, technology, local content, and best practices they are developing to deliver a differentiated user experience.

  • Wyoming State Librarian Lesley Boughton will discuss the current state and future of WYLD, a statewide collaborative effort to provide access to the collections and services of every Wyoming library on the “Electronic Frontier.” In particular, she will discuss the Wyoming Places Project – an innovative interface that pulls together a variety of digital assets to highlight the history of more than 2000 Wyoming places.
  • INFOhio Executive Director Terri Fredericka will discuss how INFOhio uses SchoolRooms, a K-12 multimedia online discovery portal developed in collaboration with SirsiDynix to foster interdisciplinary exploration. SchoolRooms is a collection of browseable and searchable virtual rooms that combine, library catalog resources, and a local video collection with an index of educator-selected, standards-based web content.
  • Kansas City Public Library (MO) has harnessed the powerful combination of public relations, community outreach and social media to place its services, expertise and events front and center with the greater Kansas City metro area. Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, KCPL Executive Director for Operations, will share how community awareness was created and maximized by using emerging technologies that are readily available, and the best practices behind those efforts.

From library director to front-liner, from any library type, webcast attendees will benefit from hearing from these leaders how they put theory into practice with innovative projects and processes that allow their communities to appreciate and demand the services that truly differentiate a library’s discovery experience and information sources.

This 60-minute webcast will include an interactive Q&A with the panel, so come prepared for a lively session. Attendees may also download a certificate for continuing education unit credit from the audience console.


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Webcast Alert!: Reference: The Missing Link in Discovery

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DATE: Tuesday, May 11, 2010 | TIME: 2:00–3:00 PM ET | REGISTER FREE TODAY

Reference has never been in greater demand, as witnessed by the rise in Wikipedia and the prominence of reference results in Google and other search engines. Often students don’t know that reference is what they need. The challenge to library vendors and librarians is to build reference tools and services that bridge the gap between reference librarians’ expertise, the library’s extensive information resources and today’s users.

This lively panel discussion will look at the importance of helping users develop big picture and vocabulary contexts for their research. Without these as a starting point, students are overwhelmed by too much stuff and don’t have the vocabulary to query the professional literature and collections in their library. Addressing this problem is just what reference content, reference librarians and reference service have always been about.

A group of library and reference experts will envision ways to raise the profile of reference as the missing link in information discovery and overall research effectiveness:

  • How can reference content be put under students’ noses so it can be discovered without looking?
  • How can Google’s examples of “personalized search” be replicated by something Credo calls “librarianized search”?
  • What are the essential elements of context that students need so they can make best use of the power of discovery systems?

At Credo we continue to believe that the best things in online reference are yet to be invented and that, in many ways, the right questions have not been asked. Over the past several years we’ve been asking these questions, and what we’ve learned can fill the gap between where users are and the discovery tools and search systems that libraries provide. Credo will demonstrate some of the latest innovations we have developed to address the challenges facing librarians and users today. You just might find it to be the librarian’s answer to Wikipedia!


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Webcast Alert! The Success of Web-Scale Discovery in Returning Next-Gen Users to the Library

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DATE: Thursday, April 8, 2010 | TIME: NOON–1:00 PM EST | REGISTER TODAY

Innovative libraries around the world are embracing web-scale discovery as a powerful new ally in bringing net-gen users back to the library as the starting point for research.

This groundbreaking new technology exposes content riches in a way that “millenials” and other end-users expect and understand: from a single search box and an appealing, easy interface. Plus, it delivers unbiased, relevant results in sub-second response time, liberating researchers to move forward in their work.

Web-scale discovery is now in use by academic libraries and evidence shows it’s moving them forward, improving service and elevating their profile. Spend an hour hearing for yourself from adopters of the Summon™ service, the pioneer in web-scale discovery, about its impact: Michigan’s Grand Valley State University Library has tracked an immediate rise in its content usage and Arizona State University Library has heightened its presence among students and faculty. In addition, learn how web-scale discovery can help your library increase its return on content investments. Join us for lively discussion as librarians share the change this landmark technology has had on their academic communities and library brand.


Doug Way, Head of Collection Development, Grand Valley State University Libraries, shares results of his studies about web-scale discovery’s dramatic impact on the use of Grand Valley’s library collections.

Jennifer Duvernay, Marketing and Outreach Officer for Arizona State University Libraries, discusses how ASU approached its Summon launch as a new opportunity to raise the profile of the library.

John Law, VP Discovery Services, Serials Solutions

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Library Journal Design Institute heads to Atlanta, GA

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an event series on library building and design in partnership with Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

ADMISSION IS FREE! Attendance is limited. Sign up today to secure your spot.
DATE: April 30, 2010
LOCATION: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, Central Library
One Margaret Mitchell Square
Atlanta, GA 30303
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Join Library Journal in Atlanta, Georgia, for its seventh, free Design Institute on April 30th, a one-day think tank on library buildings and design, this time in partnership with the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System. The educational seminar will bring together leading architects, librarians, and vendors to address the challenges and opportunities of building anew and renovating or retrofitting existing buildings. The day will provide an abundance of information on green design practices and cost saving tactics as well as focus on designing specific spaces (technology centers, work/study spaces, teen centers, etc.). We will also take a close look at the future of library design in the age of downloadable books.

You’ll get plenty of time as well to network with vendors and colleagues. These enormously successful programs are limited to 100 attendees. There is no fee, so get your registration in fast!
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Webcast Alert! Beyond Subject Headings: Adding Appeal to the Art of Suggesting Books

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DATE: Tuesday, March 2, 2010 | TIME: 2:00-3:00 PM ET | REGISTER TODAY

How do you know when Baldacci is a better match for a Grisham legal-thriller reader than Turow? The answer is appeal. Readers’ advisory pioneer Joyce Saricks created an appeal vocabulary to help her and her staff find the best books to suggest to the readers at the Downers Grove (IL) Public Library. Learn how you can use storyline, pacing, characterization, frame/setting, style/language and mood/tone to find the books that are just right for your readers.

Fiction Librarian Jen Baker will discuss how she uses appeal in her work with readers everyday at the Seattle Public Library and Victoria Caplinger from NoveList will demonstrate how NoveList is bringing appeal terms to the profession’s most used readers’ advisory resource.


Jennifer Baker is a Seattle Public Library fiction and readers’ advisory librarian. She also serves on the Reference & Users Services Association’s (RUSA) The Reading List Committee which selects the best adult book of the year in a variety of genres.

Victoria Caplinger, an adult fiction cataloger at NoveList, leads the team of library professionals who are adding appeal terms to the NoveList database.

Joyce Saricks is the author of several books on readers’ advisory including The Readers’ Advisory Guide to Genre Fiction (ALA, 2009). She is a nationally recognized teacher and consultant on readers’ advisory topics and a recipient of the Allie Beth Martin Award from the Public Library Association.

Duncan Smith, NoveList creator and co-founder, received the Margaret Monroe Award for Library Adult Services from RUSA for his work on NoveList and research in the area of readers and reading. His latest article “Your Brain on Fiction,” appeared in Reference and User Services Quarterly (Fall 2009).

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Webcast Alert! Moving Foward: Engaging the 21st Century Learner

DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 | TIME: 12:30–1:30 PM EDT | REGISTER TODAY

Are schools engaging today’s digital learner and empowering them with the skills and knowledge demanded by universities and employers in a global economy? As a library professional and educator, your interaction with the 21st century learner may hold the key to each student’s success in an increasingly competitive world.

Join moderator Michelle Begora, Program Director at Follett Software Company and a panel of library experts to find out:

* What new skill sets are important to move the librarian role forward.
* How new library technology is re-engaging digital learners.
* Why librarians are ‘information managers’ who help students become competitive and competent in today’s world.
* How librarians can improve student achievement by increasing the library-classroom connection.
* How to integrate social networking to bring students back to the library.

Who Will Benefit: Librarians, library media specialists, administrators, technology professionals and other district stakeholders and school-based administrators who help set the foundation for achievement.
During the web seminar, attendees may submit questions to the speakers via chat mode for discussion during the Q&A period following the presentations.

Following the live webcast, registrants can access a rich media recording of the webcast. Space is limited. Please register today – you’ll receive a confirmation and link to test your computer for compatibility.

Connie Dopierala, Media Services & Special Projects, Charleston County School District (SC)
Buffy Hamilton, School Library Media Specialist, Creekview High School (GA)
Connie Williams, Librarian, Petaluma City School District (CA)
Jeanne Ziemba, Media Specialist, St Lucie Schools (FL)

MODERATOR: Michelle Begora, Program Director, Follett Software Company
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Webcast Alert! Teen Read Week Book Buzz 2009

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DATE: Thursday, October 22, 2009 | TIME: 2:00–3:00 PM EDT | REGISTER TODAY

What better way to celebrate Teen Read Week than getting the inside scoop from YA publishers on their hottest new and forthcoming titles! The 2009 Teen Read Week theme is Read Beyond Reality @ your library, which encourages teens to “read something out of this world, just for the fun of it.” Now in its eleventh year, Teen Read Week is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), whose mission is to advocate, promote and strengthen service to young adults as part of the continuum of total library service, and to support those who provide service to this population – that’s you!

Take this opportunity to engage your teens by inviting them to attend the webcast, either live or on-demand, and solicit their response. With over 60 titles slated for presentation, teens and youth services librarians will find dozens of books to put on their wish lists!
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s Book Group
Lisa Disarro, Associate Marketing Director
Jennifer Groves, Publicist

School and Library Marketing Group from Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Tim Jones, Jeanne McDermott, and Katie Halata

Dodie Ownes, Editor, SLJ Teen


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