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!

REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST TODAY AT www.libraryjournal.com/credothemissinglink

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Webcast Alert! Understanding the New Discovery Landscape

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“Discovery” is a hot topic these days, as libraries everywhere look for ways to increase collection usage, improve user experience, and raise the profile and value of the library. From OPACs to federated search to discovery layers to web-scale discovery, choices are growing, but so is confusion about the meaning and methodology of discovery. You’ve been to the conference sessions, read the articles and blog posts… are the gray areas just getting grayer?

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Build your understanding of this essential area by attending a 60-minute webcast hosted by Library Journal and Serials Solutions that will help you put the right pieces together for your library. Learn the lingo, distinguish between current discovery product offerings, and examine today’s revolution in genuine discovery from Marshall Breeding of Vanderbilt University and editor of Library Technology Guides and the Smart Libraries Newsletter. Breeding has reported on discovery since its humble, often clunky beginnings to the present, training a keen eye on both theory and practical application.

Next, get an on-the-ground perspective on the groundbreaking technology known as web-scale discovery from Helen Livingston, of the University of South Australia, as she describes the impact she’s seeing on the use of her library’s collection and the library’s prestige in the University.

Finally, technology industry veteran Jane Burke of Serials Solutions wraps up the discussion with an exploration of Summon™, the pioneering service that is making true discovery possible.

PANELISTS
Marshall Breeding, Director for Innovative Technologies and Research, Jean and Alexander Heard Library, Vanderbilt University

Helen Livingston, Director, Library Services, University of South Australia Libraries

Jane Burke, Senior Vice President, Serials Solutions, the innovators behind the Summon™ web-scale discovery service
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Webcast Alert! The Power and Pitfalls of RFID

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology offers a host of benefits to libraries – improved customer service, ergonomics, labor savings, and a more enjoyable experience for both patrons and staff – but only when things are done right.

Our panel will discuss the power as well as the pitfalls of RFID and share their experiences of libraries that discovered the power only after feeling the pain of the pitfalls.

PANELISTS
Shai Robkin, Co-author of Radio Frequency Identification Handbook for Librarians
Sloan Sakamoto, Manager, Automated Services, Long Beach Public Library (CA)
Gia Wilhelm, IT Director, Harford County Public Library (MD)

MODERATOR
Margaret Hazel, Virtual Branch and Innovative Tech Manager, Eugene Public Library (OR)

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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.

REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST TODAY AT www.libraryjournal.com/novelistaddingappeal

PANELISTS
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.

MODERATOR
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!: Gadgets and Tools and Apps, Oh My!

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DATE: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 | TIME: 3-4:00 PM ET | REGISTER TODAY

It’s not easy to keep up with new technology. By the time you’ve learned about the latest free application or cool gadget, you look up to discover there are dozens of new tools that could help your patrons and library staff.

Libraries are working to handle the 2.0 tsunami of gadgets, tools and applications. We’ve invited two tech savvy librarians, one public and one academic, to share some of their favorites, tag team style. The line-up includes updates on search, communication and graphics applications as well as fun and useful gadgets for the library.

Join us on February 9, 3:00-4:00 PM EST for this 60 minute webcast that will help you expand your technical knowledge base and become a better resource for your patrons and staff.

REGISTER FOR THIS FREE WEBCAST TODAY AT www.libraryjournal.com/polaristechnologytips

PANELISTS
Tina Hertel, Librarian/Help Desk Analyst, E. W. Fairchild-Martindale Library, Lehigh University (PA)
Karla Marstellar, Executive Director, Palmyra Public Library (PA)

MODERATOR
Jeff Hastings, School Library Media Specialist, Highlander Way Middle School (MI); SLJ columnist

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Announcing Jan. 28. 2010 Blended Librarians Webcast: Does IL Make a Difference for Pre-College Students?

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Blended Librarians Webcast:
Does Information Literacy Make a Difference for Pre-College Students?: Researching a Big Question

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guest, Debra Gilchrist, invite you to join them for the live webcast, “Does Information Literacy Make a Difference for Pre-College Students?: Researching a Big Question” which will take place on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 3 pm. EDT.

Event Description:
Does information literacy make a contribution to overall learning and transition to college for pre-college students? Join us for a discussion of how this research question has brought together many of the community and technical college librarians in Washington state in an effort to answer it. This session will discuss the approach to the research, the role of librarians in assisting our colleges/universities with retention efforts, the unique characteristics of pre-college students, and the collaboration between librarians and Basic Skills faculty to achieve results.

Guest Presenter Bio:
Debra Gilchrist is Dean of Libraries and Institutional Effectiveness for Pierce Colleges, a community college district in Lakewood and Puyallup, Washington. She is responsible for leadership and management of the library and media services for the multi-campus district. She was an inaugural faculty member for ACRL’s Institute for Information Literacy Immersion program, and has served on the faculty since 1998. Debra has given presentations and published in the areas of library instruction, outcomes assessment, the teaching library mission, and faculty/librarian collaboration. She is currently facilitating the implementation of an information literacy requirement that is based on student outcomes and focused on measuring library effectiveness based on student learning.

Although this event is free, advance registration is required to reserve a virtual seat. If you are already a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community here is a link into the Learning Times Network that will get you to our Community and the registration page:
http://home.learningtimes.net/library?go=2282498

If you need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register (no fee to join):

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5. We recommend that those participating in the webcast obtain a microphone or headset in order to make use of the VoIP technology that allows conversation between the speakers and participants. A microphone or headset is not required to participate.
6. Please plan on allowing yourself sufficient time to log in to the webcast on Jan. 28, 2010. If it is the first time attending a Learning Times event it may take a few extra minutes to log on to their Elluminate webcasting software. Once you have registered for the event you may wish to try the “test room” to make sure your computer is set up and ready to go the day of the webcast.

Announcing Dec. 3, 2009 Blended Librarians Webcast: Digital Literacy, Digital Storytelling

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Blended Librarian Webcast: Collaborating With Faculty on Information Literacy Instruction: Using Visual Methods to Enhance Student Learning

Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guests, Laurel Cornell and Carrie Donovan, invite you to join them for the live webcast, “Collaborating With Faculty on Information Literacy Instruction: Using Visual Methods to Enhance Student Learning” which will take place on Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 3 pm. EDT.

Event Description:
Students’ ability to create visual work is important in their understanding and learning of complex concepts. While visual literacy is a growing phenomenon of interest amongst librarians in a variety of settings, visual methods for teaching are centered around the learner’s ability to take in new knowledge and express it in an original, visual form. In this session, two members of Indiana University’s Visual Methods Research Group will explain their research in exploring visual teaching methods, as well as their collaborative efforts to integrate information literacy into an undergraduate course using visual methods.

Guest Presenter Bios:

Laurel Cornell, Professor of Sociology, Indiana University, spent the first two-thirds of her research career working in demography, gender and Japanese studies. She used quantitative historical data from villages in early modern Japan (1600-1868) to examine a variety of comparative questions relating to household structure, marriage, divorce, gender roles, aging, and mortality. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Social Relations, Johns Hopkins University. Professor Cornell returned to graduate school and received a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2003. She is interested in large public projects — especially those involving disused industrial sites — and in public art. In her teaching Professor Cornell emphasizes visual methods of learning and student involvement in the community (service-learning).

 

Carrie Donovan, Instructional Services Librarian, Indiana University, is the librarian for Gender Studies and the Head of Teaching & Learning for the Indiana University Libraries, where she works with students, faculty, and instructors to connect the libraries to student learning. An instruction librarian for ten years, Carrie has explored a variety of methods and strategies for helping undergraduates understand information-seeking and their role in it. Her research areas of interest include visual teaching methods, discipline-focused information literacy, first year experience initiatives, and teacher development/training for librarians and future librarians.

Although this event is free, advance registration is required to reserve a virtual seat. If you are already a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community here is a link into the Learning Times Network that will get you to our Community and the registration page:

http://home.learningtimes.net/library?go=2266281

If you need to join the Blended Librarians Online Community in order to register (no fee to join):

1. Go to the Blended Librarian website at http://blendedlibrarian.org

2. Click on the “Join” button on the home page of Blendedlibrarian.org and follow the instructions.

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4. After you receive confirmation of your Learning Times account you can return to this email message and use the link above for registered members of Learning Times. Click on the link, and then register on the next page (you may need to scroll down to see the register button).

5. We recommend that those participating in the webcast obtain a microphone or headset in order to make use of the VoIP technology that allows conversation between the speakers and participants. A microphone or headset is not required to participate.

6. Please plan on allowing yourself sufficient time to log in to the webcast on Dec. 3, 2009. If it is the first time attending a Learning Times event it may take a few extra minutes to log on to their Elluminate webcasting software. Once you have registered for the event you may wish to try the “test room” to make sure your computer is set up and ready to go the day of the webcast.