Educational Opportunities -Webinars and e-forums this week! plus other goodies

Webinar: Identifying and Acquiring New Skills: The Key to Career Growth and Advancement

Title: Identifying and Acquiring New Skills: The Key to Career Growth and Advancement
Presenters: Deb Hunt and David Grossman
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Start Time:          12 Noon Pacific
1PM Mountain
2PM Central
3PM Eastern
This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to
For more information and to participate in the July 10 webinar, go to

In these tough times, how can library staff:
·         Leverage their existing skills to their best advantage?
·         Learn how to acquire new skills critical for career advancement, career change, or solidifying their current position?
·         Determine which of their skills are most marketable and transferrable to other positions?
·         Learn how to package their most transferrable skills to maximize career growth and advancement?
This webinar offers practical advice for library staff seeking to expand their existing skill sets and develop new areas of expertise to broaden their career potential, maximize their earnings in their current position or gain that competitive edge for landing their next job.  The presenters will identify and discuss more than 30 of the hottest skills in greatest demand in the library world.

Webinar attendees will be encouraged to determine which skills are most important to them and to assemble a customized skill set most likely to yield the highest payback for career growth and advancement.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
·         Understand why expanding their skill set is the most important first step in boosting marketability and facilitating career growth and advancement.
·         Learn about the 33 most sought after skills, in greatest demand in the current library work environment and understand why these are the most important skills to acquire.
·         Have a firm grasp on six foolproof strategies for acquiring new skills.
·         Learn how to conduct a self-assessment of their existing skill set as a prerequisite to formulating a plan to acquire the new skills they need for career advancement.

This webinar will be of interest to library staff contemplating the next job opportunity or career change and those seeking to identify their current skills and acquiring new ones.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:

EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar
July 12—The Direction of Fair Use for Education: New Law and New Possibilities
Speakers:     Kenneth D. Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries, and faculty member at Columbia Law School and Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
Date:    July 12, 2012
Time:    1:00–2:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4); convert to your time zone
Topic:    This free hour-long webinar, “The Direction of Fair Use for Education: New Law and New Possibilities,” will examine a few recent court cases involving fair use as applied to video streaming and digital books. It will focus chiefly on a court decision handed down in May 2012 regarding the digitizing of copyrighted books at Georgia State University for electronic reserves and for student use through course management systems.
Reserve your seat now—virtual seating is limited.

Register here:

Free Webinar Series for new librarians!
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ is a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with ALA.
Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date and register!
July 17, 2012
2:00 p.m. CST
3:00 p.m. EST
8:00 p.m. CET
7:00 a.m. EDT (next day)
World Clock

Registration link:
Webinar length: one hour

Barbara Ford, Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. President of the American Library Association in 1997-1998 where her theme was “ Libraries: Global Reach – Local Touch”. Speaking about: How to develop leadership skills as a New Professional: programs, mentoring, learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
Sandy Littletree, Knowledge River Program Manager, and Jessica Hernandez, Co-Chair of the Knowledge River Alumni Network. Speaking about Knowledge River, a model of a library school working with new professionals and students.
Rachel Bickley, Assistant Librarian, University of the West of England, and LISNPN Co-manager. Featuring a group by and for librarians.

Next quarterly webinar scheduled for October 2012.

The series explore useful topics to help new professionals at various stages of their career, including:
LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
Mentoring and best practices including pros and cons of different approaches like peer-to-peer, and classical mentor-mentee relationships.
How to develop leadership skills as a new professional: programs, mentoring, learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
Continuing Professional Development for new professionals, how to stay up to date from the very start even if conditions at work (funding/permission to attend conferences, support with writing articles, etc.) are not the best.

Questions and requests for information:
Loida Garcia-Febo
Coordinator of the series
Free E-Forum: Brittle Book Strategies for the 21st Century
July 11-12, 2012
Hosted by Kara McClurken and Kimberley Peach
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:
Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 2pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm
The Brittle Book Program landscape has changed with the growing acceptance of digital surrogates as replacements for the printed book and the increasing scarcity of microfilming programs. Different options are available to Preservation Librarians than were available ten years ago. This e-Forum will facilitate the discussion of best practices, workflow tools, and decision making criteria used by those responsible for brittle and heavily damaged books in their libraries.  We also invite those considering the start of such a program to bring their questions and ideas to the conversation.
Topics will include:

  • Reformatting options
  • Use of decision trees and evaluation flags
  • The role of copyright in decision-making
  • The role of the Bibliographer/Selector in decision-making
  • Use of digital copies already available through HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and Google Books
  • Decision to withdrawal or limit use of the original
  • Cataloging procedures for digital or print surrogates
  • Use of the 583 field for preservation action and retention commitment notes
  • Costs and benefits associated with reformatting

Kara McClurken is the Head of Preservation Services at the University of Virginia Libraries.  She has a degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Archives and Preservation.  Kara worked as an Archivist and Preservation Specialist at Smith College before working at SOLINET as a Preservation Services Librarian from 2006 – 2009.  Kara recently conducted a survey of how various institutions address the problem of heavily damaged materials in their collections and presented the results at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference.  Kara is an active teacher and consultant on a variety of preservation topics and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Preservation Section of the Society of American Archivists.
Kimberly Peach has a degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America and a Certificate in Preservation Management from The Preservation Management Institute at Rutgers University.   Kim worked in the Binding and Collections Care Department at the Library of Congress before being selected for the IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship at Yale University Library in 2010.  From there she joined George Blood Audio and Video as Registrar and then went on to work on the American Archive Inventory Project at WXPN Public Radio.  Kim has just completed two years of services as co-chair for the PARS Program, Planning, and Publications Committee, and has served as a preservation consultant on the Save Our African American Treasures Team of the National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2008.
*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.

Fundamentals of Collection Assessment Online Course

Session: August 13 – September 21, 2012

Description: This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including:

– the definition of collection assessment
– techniques and tools
– assessment of print and electronic collections
– project design and management

Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will be able to:

– describe the fundamental aspects of collection assessment
– understand the various collection assessment methods and tools, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis
– design and implement a collection assessment project
– perform a collection assessment of print resources
– complete a collection assessment of electronic resources

Who should Attend: This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.

Registration Fees:  $109 ALCTS Member and  $129 Non-member

How to Register: For additional course details and registration information please go to:

Contact: For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or