RAILS Member Announcements
Basic American Sign Language
for Library Staff
Facilitated by Kathy MacMillan
Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014
Ideal for those without previous experience, in this eCourse, librarian and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter MacMillan will use readings, multimedia resources, and online discussion boards to introduce basic ASL vocabulary and grammar appropriate for use in a library setting. MacMillan will place ASL within a linguistic and cultural context, helping participants improve library services.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
In this workshop, Lear, author of Adult Programs in the Library, Second Edition, will show you how to build programs that align with your library's mission, priorities, and service plan. He will demonstrate how to assess your community's needs so your programs respond to what's unique about your community and in demand among your library's patrons.
Still time to register for this popular workshop!
How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
When you've got a one-hour, one-shot library-instruction session scheduled, speedy and accurate student assessments are of paramount importance. Information literacy expert Steiner will show you how five minutes of skilled, targeted assessment is all you need to give you a precise understanding of students' needs, learning, and retention. Drawing from real-life examples, Steiner will discuss how to write the best assessment questions and use inexpensive survey tools to gauge learning while you interact with students.
with Polly-Alida Farrington
Beginning Monday, February 3, 2014
In this eCourse skilled web developer Farrington will guide you in applying WordPress tools and functionality to library content. You will learn the nuts and bolts of building a library website that is both user-friendly and easy to maintain.
- Ability to use WordPress to build and manage your library website
- Understanding how WordPress organizes content types
- Skills to effectively apply your WordPress knowledge to library content
- Ability to use navigation and other features to create a user-friendly website structure
Finding and Using E-Government Tools and Resources
Facilitated by Diane Kovacs
Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014
E-government tools and resources bring many people to your library for such activities as filing and paying taxes online, locating Medicare/Medicaid providers and reviews, checking student loan status, and much more. This hands-on eCourse covers the best sites to begin researching for government information in general and specifically for business, healthcare, genealogy, history, current government, legal, regulatory, taxes, retirement, insurance, and state and local government information.
Web scale discovery services are a tool with major potential to transform the nature of library systems. These services are capable of searching quickly and seamlessly across a vast range of local and remote content and providing relevancy-ranked results in the type of intuitive interface that today's information seekers expect. If you're interested in how discovery services work and how you can get the most out of them, you won't want to miss the upcoming American Libraries Live episode with an expert panel.
Tune in Thursday, December 5 at 2 p.m. Eastern for this free, streaming video broadcast that you can view from your home, library or on-the-go.Joining us for the 60-minute discussion will be:
• Gwen Evans, Executive Director of OhioLINK
• Courtney Greene, Head, Discovery & Research Services, Indiana University
• Edward Smith, Executive Director, Abilene Library Consortium
To receive e-mail reminders, register at http://goo.gl/t3Q19x or just go to www.americanlibrarieslive.org at the time of the event. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at www.americanlibrarieslive.org shortly after it concludes.
With thanks to EBSCO for generously sponsoring this episode. EBSCO Discovery Service brings together the most comprehensive collection of content—including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text and the entire library collection—all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience. www.ebsco.com.
AL Live is the popular free streaming video broadcast from American Libraries, covering library issues and trends in real time as you interact with hosts via a live chat and get immediate answers to your questions. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own experts on hand. Find out more, including how to catch upcoming episodes, at http://www.americanlibrarieslive.org .
Upcoming AL Live broadcasts in 2014 include:
January 9, 2014: The Future of Libraries
February 13: The Library Website
March 13: E-Books: The Present and Future
April 10: Copyright Conundrum
Posted By Mary Mackay
The spring 2014 schedule of Library Technical Assistant (LTA) classes is now online: http://www.icc.edu/classSchedule/course.asp?course=LIB%20%20&coursename=Library%20Technology%20%28LIB%29%20%20%20%20%20%...
Classes begin Tuesday, January 21.
LIB 111: Introduction to Research, 3 credits, online, open to all students 2nd 8-weeks
LIB 127: MARC Records and Technical Processing, 3 credits, online
LIB 210: Reference, 3 credits, online
LIB 231: Introduction to Patron Services, 3 credits, hybrid, Tuesday nights, 6-9 p.m.
For more information, contact ICC LTA Program Coordinator Dr. Pam Thomas, pthomas [at] icc [dot] edu or 309-694-5508.
Grant Proposal Development for Libraries, a four-week online class, takes a scenario-driven approach to learning to develop effective and successful grant proposals. Students will learn the components of a successful grant proposal and will develop each component of the proposal by developing a grant proposal prospectus for a real world scenario during the course. Components of grant proposals that are covered in the course include the organization proposing the grant, with a focus to understanding the costs and benefits of a grant to the organization, the funding agency, including selecting the right agency for a proposal, the audience for the grant, including understanding the needs of the audience and engaging the audience and the innovation and impact of the grant concept.
Grace Agnew is Associate University Librarian for Digital Library Systems at the Rutgers University Libraries. She has been an adjunct professor in the Library Information Science program at Rutgers University since 2005, where she developed and taught the course, Metadata for the Information Professional. She is co-author of Getting Mileage Out of Metadata (ALA, 1999) and Digital Rights Management: A Librarians’ Guide to Technology and Practice (Chandos Press, 2008).
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.
You can register for this course through the first week of instruction. The "Register" button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact Library Juice Academy to make arrangements.
How to Teach Online:
A Beginner's Guide
90-minute workshop with Paul Signorelli
and Dan Freeman
Thursday, January 16, 2014
2:30pm Eastern | 1:30 Central
12:30 Mountain | 11:30am Pacific
From webinars to online courses to MOOCs, the flexibility and affordability of online learning is an appealing option for libraries. But for those who have never taught online, the thought of jumping into it for the first time can be intimidating. In this workshop Signorelli and Freeman demonstrate how practical and effective teaching online can be, no matter your level of experience.
- Accomplishing online what you can accomplish in-person — overcoming the myth that face-to-face learning trumps online learning
- Presenting online vs. in-person — similarities and differences
- Building engagement and audience participation into your online instruction
- Different formats for online presentation
- How to bring your in-person strengths to online presentation
- Finding your comfort zone
How will your library transition from WorldCat Resource Sharing to the new OCLC WorldShare® ILL service? Will you go “cold turkey” or manage a more gradual move of your borrowing and lending activity over several weeks?
Every week, more libraries complete their transitions from WorldCat Resource Sharing to WorldShare® ILL. This webinar provides an opportunity for you to hear from two librarians successfully using the new service.
Librarians who will share practical advice about completing a successful transition to the new service are:
- George E. Gottschalk, Collection Development Librarian, Rogers State University Library
- Kathleen Roberts, Reference Assistant, Interlibrary Loan and Technical Services, Peoria Public Library
SHARE YOUR WORLDSHARE ILL EXPERIENCE
Help other WorldCat Resource Sharing users by sharing experiences from your library’s transition to WorldShare ILL. We welcome your participation in a future webinar, video or written member story.
Please let us know of your interest in sharing YOUR WorldShare ILL experience by sending an email to olivers [at] oclc [dot] org. Thanks!