Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Live Webinars for November 2011

November webinars (and one October one). Go learn stuff!

Oct 28.  Is there Privacy in the Digital Age?  (O'Reilly)

Nov 9.  New Discovery Tools: Moving Beyond Traditional Online Catalogs (NISO)  $

Nov 15.  Seeking Synchronicity: Virtual Reference Services (OCLC)

Nov 16.  Cultivating Employee Work Passion (Webex)

Nov 16.  Google +.  (Georgia Library Association)

ALA (American Library Association)  All = $
::whew!::  17 events in November.  Click the link if interested.

Nov 1. Reaching Reluctant Readers
Nov 8. Continuing Focus on Series Nonfiction
Nov 29. Gale's New Digital Book Experience

Nov 3. Digital Graphics: A Guide to their Legal Use
Nov 16.  Libraries and Economic Recovery: Supporting Entrepenuers

Nov 3.  DIY/Home Improvement Announcements
Nov 8.  Graphic Novels: Latest Trends and Hottest Titles 
Nov 9.  Forthcoming Memoirs, Biographies, and Autobiographies
Nov 10.  Collaboration and Content Delivery for Today's Scholars
Nov 16.  Maximizing the Mobile Opportunity

Nov 2. Online Learning for Patrons
Nov 9. Volunteers: A Link to the Community
Nov 16. Effective Marketing to Tweens and Teens
Nov 23. Tech Talk with Michael Sauers

Nov 1, 15, and 29. Building Latino Communities Through Technology
Nov 4. Skype
Nov 10. Zotero

Nov 1. Results of 2011 Public Library Tech Access Study
Nov 2. Principles of Advocacy
Nov 10.  Recap of touring Virginia with a van full of Tech Toys

Nov 1.  The Science of Press Releases
Nov 1.  Mobile Marketing 101
Nov 3.  The New Volunteer Manager's Toolkit
Nov 9.  Linking Your Strategy to Goals to Data

Monday, October 24, 2011

What's at Stake in the HathiTrust Lawsuit

Friday, October 28, 1:00pm EDT. (Educause)

On September 12, the Authors Guild, the Australian Society of Authors, the Union Des Écrivaines et des Écrivains Québécois (UNEQ), and eight individual authors filed suit against HathiTrust, the University of Michigan, the University of California, the University of Wisconsin, Indiana University, and Cornell University for copyright infringement. At issue are more than 10 million scans contained in HathiTrust's collection, as well as HathiTrust's "Orphan Works Project." The Authors Guild has argued that storing and providing access to the digital scans is illegal, while advocates for HathiTrust and participating universities argue that digitizing and providing access to the sources is critical to the future of research and scholarship.

In this web seminar, Jonathan Band, a legal consultant and frequent author on intellectual property issues, will provide an overview of the case to date, and James Grimmelmann, an associate professor at New York Law School, will discuss the legal questions on which the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust lawsuit will turn, as well as the potential implications for universities and libraries. There are reasons why the court may never reach the substantive copyright issues, and reasons why even if it does there might not be much impact on other libraries. But the case is still worth watching, Grimmelmann says, because it could significantly influence libraries' digitization and digital distribution practices.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Upcoming WebJunction Webinars

Innovative Use of Skill-based Volunteers in Public Libraries
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

There is a growing number of younger members of our communities (the "net-generation") who are highly skilled with technology and the internet but view local public libraries as nice community amenities with little relevance to their "tip of the finger" world of information. There is also a notable increase in semi-retired, computer literate, actively engaged Baby Boomers. These two groups can be tapped to become the new volunteer base for libraries. Members of the net-generation will volunteer if they can use their expertise and professional skills to make a difference. The Baby Boomers will volunteer if they believe the experience will be intellectually challenging. By engaging these "new volunteers," libraries are helping to build vibrant sustainable community support for their library. This webinar identifies the critical issues and plan of action necessary to engage skilled-based library community volunteers. 

Teaming Up with Teens @ Your Library
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

What is the absolute best avenue to getting teens involved and engaged at your school or public library? How can you encourage them to be peer reader advisors and library advocates in the community? Ultimately, if you want to encourage your teens to become lifelong readers, learners, and library users/supporters—and possibly even choose library work for their future career path—there is no better way to go than offering opportunities for active and involved teen library participation. In this webinar, you will explore ways teens can take part in your library, such as advisory groups, volunteering, short-term projects that use teen's special skills, and partnering with adults. You’ll also get tips on planning, organizing, conducting, and evaluating teen participation. When you team up with teens at your library, it's win-win! WebJunction is pleased to host this webinar in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

Moving from Surviving to Thriving: Project Compass  
Thursday, October 27, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 90 min.

It's been a whirlwind year as Project Compass worked with library staff across the country to help them amplify their services to provide patrons with the skills they need to move from surviving to thriving, especially in a turbulent economy. Join the Project Compass team and special guests as we review the highlights from the staff training workshops and from the actions libraries have taken as a result of the project. We'll look at successful strategies and discuss what lies ahead for libraries at the hub of vibrant 21st century communities.
2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study   
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

Over 8,400 urban, suburban, and rural libraries participated in the 2011 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study, the largest and longest-running study of Internet connectivity in U.S. public libraries. Key findings include:
  • 70% of libraries report increased use of public access computers, while at the same time, over 76% report an insufficient number of public computers to meet demand.
  • 65% of libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities.
  • 67% of libraries offer access to e-books.
  • 72% of libraries report that staff help patrons complete online job applications.
  • 16% of libraries report decreased hours of operation. This translates to lost hours at more than 2,600 branches.
In this webinar co-sponsored by ALA TechSource, the ALA Office for Research & Statistics, and WebJunction, you will learn how to interpret the data and emerging trends; access new advocacy and marketing tools including state profiles, issue briefs, and PR templates; and use the data to make the case for your library with elected officials and community stakeholders. Take the new survey now!

"Wow, That's Cool! What is it?"  
Thursday, November 10, 2011 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific ♦ 60 min.

The Library of Virginia spent part of the last 12 months touring the Commonwealth with a van full of technology toys: e-readers, iPads, pocket video cameras and more, thanks to a grant from IMLS. This webinar, presented by Cindy Church of LVA and her Wow That's Cool trainer Lisa R. Varga, will describe how the project evolved, the response of library staff who had never seen or touched the technology patrons were asking about, things they’d do exactly the same next time, and things they'd never do again. Join us and learn about the program from several perspectives: the administrator, the trainer, and the conference attendee.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

E-Forum: The Future of the Big Deal

October 18-19, 2011

Hosted by Rebecca Kemp and Rob Van Rennes.

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, sessions begin and end at 10am – 6pm Eastern Time.

The economic downturn has forced many libraries to take a hard look at their “Big Deal” packages and reconsider whether it makes sense to continue with this type of purchasing model. Some have advocated for ending the large publisher packages as a cost-savings measure while others have argued that the vast amounts of content and the predictability of set pricing is too important to end. In this e-forum we hope to foster the debate on the pros and cons of the Big Deal in an effort to help familiarize librarians with the issues as they make their own assessments on the continuation of their publisher packages. Please join us for what we hope is a lively discussion on this current hot topic.

Topics will include:
  • The advantages and disadvantages of current library Big Deal packages.
  • The case for maintaining a Big Deal if certain modifications or improvements can be made.
  • Information librarians should possess before negotiating with publishers.
  • Considerations librarians should be mindful of when contemplating ending publisher packages.
  • The potential difficulties in extracting your institution from a Big Deal.
  • Alternative business models that could replace the Big Deal.
  • Pay-per-view access to non-subscribed titles: a viable alternative to the Big Deal?
  • Advice on canceling a Big Deal and unexpected consequences.
  • The impact of canceling on faculty and other users.
Rebecca Kemp is the E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian for University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she was previously the Serials Coordinator Librarian at University of North Carolina Wilmington from 2004-2009. Her current responsibilities include reviewing e-resource licenses and managing e-resource acquisitions workflows. Rebecca has served on state and national committees that provide continuing education in the field of e-resource and serials librarianship, and she has spoken at several venues, including the North Carolina Serials Conference and the American Library Association Annual Conference, about various aspects of e-resource management, including MARC record services, e-resource usage statistics, and the presentation of e-resources in online catalogs.

Rob Van Rennes is an Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Iowa where he oversees the Electronic Resources staff. He is currently serving as the chair of the ALCTS CRS Acquisitions Committee and is actively involved with the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG). Rob holds Bachelor degrees in History and German from the University of Northern Iowa and a MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Iowa.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Two more October Webinars

RDA is the new cataloging standard developed to replace AACR2. Susan Wynne from the University of Wyoming will examine the major differences, view RDA records, discuss the status of implementation plans in U.S. libraries, and consider RDA’s possible effects on catalogers, public services, and users.

Public libraries now confront formidable challenges.  The digital transformation of all media affects our resources, services, staff and programs, while changes in users and their needs, the growth of competitive Internet services, and financial stringencies add complexity.  

A range of possible responses will be presented as contrasting visions: physical vs. virtual library; individual vs. community focus; portal vs. archive service; collection vs. creative approach.  

Join us to hear about this new report from ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.  This session features the report’s author Dr. Roger Levien, OITP Fellow.  Perspectives from the field will be provided by Maxine Bleiweis, Westport Public Library, and Marc Gartler, Madison Public Library.