In December, the IT Division co-hosted the webinar "Managing Copyright in the Digital Age". If you were unable to attend the webinar, you can now view the slides and/or watch a recorded version of the webinar.
The IT Division is offering two full-day CE courses at SLA 2009.
Cataloging: A Crash Course
Saturday, June 13, 2009
The catalog is dead; long live the catalog!Contrary to popular belief, the catalog is still the backbone of a collection, and if you are not a cataloger, it takes training and skill to use and manage it effectively.If you are a beginner cataloger, or a non-cataloger who would like to understand the principles and practice behind the creation of the records you search, retrieve and manage, then Kathleen Richardson’s “Cataloging: The Crash Course” is perfect for you!Learn the principles and basic tenets of cataloging, including AACR2, the MARC standard, access points, authority control, OPAC versus staff view and legacy records.Resource Access and Description (RDA), the hottest topic in cataloging right now, will also be discussed.
Ten Things in One Day
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Would you like to earn 0.8 CEUs and have a lot of fun while learning how to bring social networking tools into your professional environment?Jill Hurst-Wahl and Sophia Guevara will teach 10 Things in One Day; covering technologies that allow you to connect, share and collaborate with colleagues and clients, including, those who work remotely from the library.
Through lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises, participants will (1) have increased knowledge of how social technologies, can be used in specific situations; (2) be comfortable discussing social technologies; (3) be able to use specific social tools for themselves and their institutions; (4) be able discern which technologies will be most appropriate for their work environment; and (5) have learned "how to learn" about social technologies.
Note:This is a hands-on course, so you are required to bring a laptop or possibly a hand-held device that will allow you to interact with the applications being taught.Power strips and the wireless network will be provided.
Both courses run from 8:00am-5:00pm, and include coffee breaks and a boxed lunch.The cost is $299 for SLA members and $399 for non-members.
Cataloging: A Crash Course will be held Saturday, June 13, 2009
10 Things in One Day will be held Sunday, June 14, 2009
SLA and Click U is offering free online sessions to help
you learn about virtual worlds (such as Second Life), and to help you get ready
to participate in SLA Second Life events with members from around the
All sessions take place
at 11am PT / 12pm MT / 2pm ET. All sessions cover the same content; sign up for
the session that is most convenient for you. To register clickhere. Introduction to Second Life - Part 2 This session will take place in Second Life and will require that you get
your Second Life avatar (www.secondlife.com). This is an in-world workshop to
help you get up to speed on how to use the Second Life environment. We will cover things such as how to make friends,
teleporting a person, creating a home location and landmark, using search,
camera controls, taking snapshots, profiles, creating notecards and
Do you find yourself needing to get something done, but thinking you don't have enough time to do it? Are you avoiding something that needs to be done? Here's your solution -- allocate 15 minutes to the task!
First, I'm sure you can allocate 15 minutes to a task that needs to be done, but that you're having a hard time focusing on. I mean, 15 minutes isn't that long! Decide what you're going to do, gather together what you need, then set a timer for 15 minutes and work only on that task. (There are timers that run on a PC or on the Internet, and even timers that run in iGoogle.) At the end of 15 minutes, move onto another task.
Second, 15 minutes is actually a lot of time. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in 15 minutes. (A lot more than you might think.)
Finally, consider breaking problem projects into 15 minute intervals, with a reward at the end of each 15 minutes (maybe a stretch break, coffee, or a quick look at Twitter). You might find that the strategy gets you moving past roadblocks and through the project at a good clip.
23 Things was rolled out by SLA in June at the Annual Conference. "23 Things is an association-wide learning initiative introduced by Stephen Abram to help us all be in a position to innovate...." To do 23 Things, you need to commit 15 minute per day (or one hour a week). While the activities outlined in the lessons could take longer than that, if you spend just one hour a week on it, you will have learned the basic.
Stephen Abram and those who are spearheading this effort hope that 1000+ SLA members will sign-up to do 23 Things (and complete it!). At this point, 659 people have registered to do it.
Thinking about 23 Things, I have these questions for you:
Have you signed up to do 23 Things? Even if you know some of the tools, sign up to learn more because there is always something more to learn!
If you are doing 23 Things, what do you think of the lessons?
What have to learned that was unexpected?
Me??? Yes, I did sign-up to do 23 Things and have been interested to see what tools are being taught (and how). I have found myself experimenting with things that I saw on the site.
What do I think of the lessons? I've already blogged my thoughts on that. I think the key to getting through the lessons is scheduling time on my calendar.
What did I learn that was unexpected? I'll have to answer that in September because I think just mentioning Meez.com isn't the answer I should give!
Remember that the course of the month is free for all SLA members (a member
benefit). The course this months is "Conflict
Overview: In this course you will explore how to intervene when
others are in a conflict. You will examine how to assess the climate of a
conflict, understand the issues, gather information, neutralize the situation,
and define the conflict. You will explore techniques for brokering a win/win
situation, gaining commitment from all parties, and following through for
To access the course of the month, go to the Click U homepage and look for the Course of the
I worked for 10 years in a corporation that believed that all employees should attend training each year. In fact, management and professional employees were expected to attend two weeks of training each year. Internal and external workshops as well as conferences counted towards that total. If I remember correctly, there were other activities that could be counted too. The whole idea was that you needed to keep learning new things about your area of expertise or new skills that would help you be more effective in your position.
With prices on everything increasing, we all know that heading off to a workshop or conference in 2009 will not be a given. Your management will want you to justify the expenditure. Instead of traveling to a workshop, your management may want you to take a similar workshop online, in order to avoid the travel costs. If you are an independent information professional (like myself), those travel costs really will hit your bottom line, so planning will be important as well as know where you'll get the biggest bang for your buck.
As you look towards 2009:
Begin to think about what you want to learn during the year. Make a list of your learning goals.
Next write down the various ways you could learn those things. Don't limit your thinking at this point.
Finally, mark how you indeed reach each of your learning goals. You may decide that some can be achieved through reading, while others may be done through a webinar. Still others might be best achieved through attending an event live.
Now when your boss asks about your training or travel for 2009, you can show what you goals and how you are going to achieve those goals. You can talk about the travel budget you won't be using OR the travel budget you'll be using more effectively. And rather than saying "I want to go" or "I always go", you'll be able to communicate more effectively why traveling to a workshop or a conference is important.
By the way, if there is a way for you to travel more inexpensively than normal, you may want to present that option. For example, can you stay with a friend rather than in a hotel? Or can you share a hotel room? Offer those ideas to your management, if those cost-saving ideas are valued. If, however, you're going to stay in a very inexpensive hotel at a conference, while others from your organization are staying in the expensive conference hotel, your cost-saving idea likely isn't valued. [This sadly scenario happened to me. I went our of my way to save, while others did not. My efforts to save money meant nothing.]
One more thought (tip). After you attend an external event, be sure to communicate to your staff, coworkers, and boss what you learned. You may not need to do in-depth, but provide a quick overview or a few useful tidbits. In others, "I went to this and I came back knowing more (which I'll share with you)." For some events, you may find it useful to write a trip report, even if your workplace does not require it, and circulate it to your coworkers. That will help to demonstrate the value that you and the organization received.
At the Leadership Summit in January, many of us were surprised to hear about the number of books available to SLA members -- for free -- through the SLA Online Libraries. The Online Libraries are part of Click U and where formerly called the Leadership & Management Library. Hundreds of books and reports are here for you to use. Key subject areas include leadership, entrepreneurship, strategic planning, KM case studies, organizational behavior, personnel management, project management and risk management. Here is are a few titles:
Personal Web Usage in the Workplace: A Guide to Effective Human Resources Management
Transforming Training : A Guide to Creating a Flexible Learning Environment: the Rise of the Learning Architects
Managing Intellectual Assets in the Digital Age
Organizational Learning Cycle : How We Can Learn Collectively
If you haven't taken a look at this resource, please do. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you'll find.
Click U is located under Professional Development on the SLA homepage.
Presentations from the Leadership Summit are online here. In an effort to be more green, we are going to see more SLA conference presentations available online rather than being handed paper during a session. Hopefully, at the Annual Conference, the presentations will be online prior to a session, so people can download, follow along, and make notes.
SLA has partnered with Information
Today to offer members exclusive discounts on two upcoming conferences:
Computers in Libraries, 7-9 April in Arlington,
Virginia, and Buying & Selling
eContent, 13-15 April in Scottsdale,
SLA members will
receive more than half off the regular price for Computers in
Libraries. When you register
here, you will pay the reduced rate of US$ 219 for the full, three-day
conference. The conference theme, Innovative Change:
Integrating High Tech With High Touch, focuses on how libraries
excel when they focus as much on client needs as on innovations in technology.
As a Learning Partner for Information
Today's ninth annual Buying &
Selling eContent conference, SLA has
negotiated an exclusive member discount
of US$ 600 off the standard
registration rate. When you register as
an SLA member, you will pay only US$ 995.