Information and Visual Literacy, Academic Rigor, and Professional Skepticism: some conference cogitations

This summer I had to cancel a job interview. (Sacrilege, I know!) It was especially unfortunate because the interview would’ve required a presentation and a web-tool showcase, which I was excited to perform — it’s nice to have a structured interview that you can prepare for practically. The presentation would have been on essential information-literacy skills for first-year college students, and I was planning on using a bit of humour and cultural reference as an attack plan.

Specifically, I think students (and web-users at large) would benefit from holding up Sherlock Holmes as their spirit animal: use a bit of skepticism and plenty of attention to detail, and work hard to connect all the dots, no matter how disparate things seem at first [1]. Context is everything, and reading (everything — new stories, academic studies, and statistics-laden infographics) needs to be analytic and critical. I won’t offer any contemporary examples, for fear of digressing into those discussions, but let’s all be aware of the general state of misinformation and gullibility in the world (or, I dunno, trusting the “true story” claim at the beginning of Fargo?).

You thought I was going to put up Cumberbatch, didn’t you.

Lots of people have been discussing information literacy online lately, and I’ve been mulling on it as well. I  missed the visual literacy session at ARLIS/NA this year, because I was at the information literacy MOOC session next door, where I brainstormed some alternative MOOC models (universal design, anyone?). Perhaps those of you who attended the visual-lit session can fill me in on which “real-world [library] examples of how ACRL’s visual literacy guidelines have been implemented” were shared, and whether any suggestions were made as to how to supplement the ACRL guidelines with library-specific instructions (is there a forthcoming ARLIS/NA occasional paper on this? There should be).

One question I’ve been pondering since then is how to incorporate research methods and scientific rigor lessons into information and visual literacy — how to make Sherlocks of us all. I’m sure we all took a (strenuous / boring) research methods class in the MLIS program; for me it was a repetition of the undergraduate research methods I learned as part of a psych minor. Every time you consult a data-collection study, you still have to ask: did they use a control group? Did they control for conflating variables? Are they making assumptions about causation, or drawing one of many possible conclusions? Was there a replicating study? Were the survey questions priming, or compound? Did they set their sights on statistical significance? My MLIS-level research course didn’t really enforce these obvious questions, although we all tried our hand at evaluating a study or two for rigor.

I thoroughly enjoyed the "criticisms" section of my article-evaluation assignment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the “criticisms” section of my article-evaluation assignment.

It’s being generally acknowledged that LIS / GLAM scholarly work has a relatively low standard of scientific rigor: we don’t replicate studies, we generally only survey an easily-accessible demographic (i.e. college students), and our studies are designed less to further intelligent work in our field and more to push academic librarians into tenure. We could point to a number of problems: peer reviewers with no skills in research analysis, the general left-hand/right-hand divide in LIS between practitioners and academics, and professional associations that don’t push hard enough for presentations and publications that span our full profession. If we’re no good at research methods, how will we impart these skills to our patrons?

The contemporary debate has scared me off using the word “rigor” at all, for fear of it being taken for the opposite of “diversity,” as it seems to have been co-opted lately. Rigor in a strict statistical sense transcends demographics; “rigor” used in reference to higher-education skill-sets could absolutely use some work, but that’s really more of a bad-teachers problem in my thinking. Universities have plenty of resources for academic writing, tutoring, disability accommodations, ESL upgrading, computer lessons, etc., if only students were being made aware of their shortfalls through teacher interaction and feedback.

Libraries are doing essential work in both supplementary education for students with shortfalls and in instructional design for teachers, which should include some basic lessons in how to assess students for these problems, and get them working up to speed before final marking. Is there space for librarians to provide supplementary instruction in not just information literacy and research rigor, but in visual and media literacy as well — and to target students who need that training most?

The number of high-school grads that go to post-secondary tends to hover around the 68% mark in recent years, meaning that, if we can educate every college student in basic info- or visual-literacy, we can put a huge dent into general gullibility and increase the knowledge of intelligent research methods. (I couldn’t begin to imagine how to insert this education into secondary school, but if you have suggestions or resources to share, I’m all ears.) And the sooner we plant the seeds of good scientific design, the sooner we’ll see a general improvement in scholarly output — or at least more articles admitting their limitations and mistakes from the get-go.

But this is all, literally, academic. How do we get information-literacy education out into the public, especially when most popular news outlets seem to benefit directly from a lack of critical thinking? More specifically, how do arts librarians working in visual literacy and media literacy help to educate both their patrons and the public at large — especially if visual literacy skills are universally important but we only get access to arts students?

If you haven’t read the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards, here they are (2011). ARLIS/NA has also put out standards and competencies for information literacy competencies (2007) and instruction (2002). As it stands, it’s our job to (not only teach basic info-lit, but also) hand out lessons on copyright and plagiarism, good design and accessibility, data visualization (and how it can mislead!), image-editing detective work (which invariably leads to an addiction to Photoshop Disasters), and everything from technical evaluation (“how true is the digital colour to the original?”) to art-education evaluation (“what period/genre is this from?”) and semiotics / semantics / cultural theory diversions. Skepticism and rigor in visual literacy could, I predict, lead to everything from a higher interest in art and design among the general populace, to better body image (“Nobody is that beautiful without airbrushing!”) and consumer ethics (“I’d better not buy this plagiarizing pillow“). And sometimes it’s just about getting the joke.

Let’s play “name the reference.”

Information literacy might need a bit of a rebrand: like taking a technology class at your library, lots of people aren’t willing to admit they could use a refresher or don’t really get the underlying principles behind their daily use. As usual, the best policy seems to be “Get ’em while they’re young,” and making digital / media literacy and scientific rigor a base part of public education — a required seminar for all first-year college students, at least.

Can art librarians design a quick, fun, painless way to lay out the pitfalls and consequences of being design-dumb? Are the threats of bad website navigation, low-resolution printing, inadvertent copyright infringement, and lack of accessibility important enough to get bureaucratic and financial support? Or will the information-literacy MOOCs fall by the wayside, underused and unacknowledged?

[FYI: ARLIS/NA has an Academic Division (who worked with the ACRL VL Taskforce), a Visual Resources Committee, and a Teaching SIG, but no ongoing groups working on visual literacy specifically, or any published plans to update the 2007 info-lit guidelines. I have yet to hear about collaborations with the International Visual Literacy Assocation, or similar bodies, but if you know of any, post a comment! Maybe it’s time for a little ARLIS/NA visual literacy focus … ]

 

1: I have always been confused by Sherlock’s use of “deduction” — isn’t he using induction, to take the clues in front of his face and construct a narrative, rather than beginning from a premise and eliminating possible outcomes? If someone can give me a mnemonic or something, I would greatly appreciate it. Says he:

“Let me run over the principal steps. We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind, which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were simply there to observe and to draw inferences from our observations.”

– Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

Job Posting: Audio-Video Preservation Fellowship, San Francisco

This is a one-year fellowship, 20-25 hours per week, paid but with no specific salary information.

The Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC) is accepting applications for its Preservation Educational Resources Fellowship. The Fellow will work for a period of one year within the Preservation Department, assisting with the development of  a suite of educational resources designed to assist individuals and organizations alike in taking initial steps to assess and establish a preservation plan for their audiovisual materials….

We wish to work with a library, archives, film production or history student/recent graduate who aspires to learn about preservation planning and archival audiovisual formats and who demonstrates the strong desire to help us advance the field of moving image preservation.

Duties will include:

  • Researching existing audiovisual preservation tools and educational resources

  • Assisting with the research and acquisition of various samples of audiovisual formats

  • Assisting with the identification and documentation of conditions that can impact the well-being of audiovisual materials (during both storage and also playback)

  • Participating in, and providing support for, the production of educational resources (including print materials, instructional videos, and web content).

Skills acquired will include:
Knowledge of audiovisual preservation best practices and familiarity with the field of media preservation. A thorough understanding of the preservation of audiovisual materials (including equipment, format identification, proper care and handling and cleaning techniques, and playback and storage best practices).

Experience desired:

  • Video or audio production or post-production

  • Training in preservation or archives (particularly video or audio preservation), library education/ experience or current training in audiovisual archives or museum studies.

If interested, please send a resumé and cover letter to the BAVC Preservation Department at preservation@bavc.org

Bay Area Video Coalition

2727 Mariposa Street, 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94110

Visual Resources Curator– Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia

Athens, Georgia

The Lamar Dodd School of Art seeks a curator of visual resources who possesses a solid knowledge of technology and an acute interest in providing new proactive services and support to faculty and students. This position reports to the Director of the School of Art. The curator will be responsible for developing, managing, and delivering visual resources, and for managing and overseeing additional digital teaching materials. Essential functions of the Visual Resources Curator include administration of the collection and training student staff. The successful candidate will work within the Lamar Dodd School of Art with a community of over 900 undergraduate students in Studio, Art History, and Art Education, 100 art history undergraduate majors and minors, 100 graduate students, and more than 45 tenured faculty in these three disciplines.

It is anticipated that the future projects for this increasingly dynamic position will require multiple skills, including the ability to manage complex, multi-year projects, to work in close collaboration with the faculty, administration, and staff of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, and to build relationships with the UGA. Libraries and with faculty and students across campus who may be investigating the visual arts. Projects may include digitizing the Lamar Dodd School of Art’s significant historic art slide collections, and collaborating with the UGA Libraries to develop print and digital resources and services on site in the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This challenging and rewarding opportunity requires both creative flexibility and independent individual initiative.

Requirements:

M.A. or B.A. in art
 history, architecture, visual studies
 or a related field. Substantial experience working with visual resources collections with knowledge of the issues around the creation, maintenance, and access of a visual resources collection, including familiarity with standards for visual materials. Experience working with digital imaging technologies and library management. Reading knowledge of multiple languages, ideally including one Romance language and German. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to work in a collaborative setting. Strong organizational and management skills, including the ability to initiate, track, and manage complex, multi-year projects successfully.

Desirable qualifications:

MLIS or course work leading to an MLIS degree. Experience
 with
 image collection
 management
 and presentation
 software. Knowledge of digital images best practices. Familiarity with Macintosh operating system and proficiency with PowerPoint, PhotoShop, and web content and learning management systems (eLC). Understanding of copyright issues related to image collection management. Previous supervisory experience or team leadership.

We will receive applications for this position through the University of Georgia employment website, under the position title “Program Coordinator II” (https://www.ugajobsearch.com ).

Review of applications will begin on May 19, and will continue until the position is filled.

Digital Scholarship And Visual Resources Librarian– Connecticut College

CONNECTICUT COLLEGE, a highly selective private liberal arts college, located in the historic seaport of New London, seeks an innovative and learner-centered Digital Scholarship and Visual Resources Librarian who understands the changing environment of instructional technology, digital scholarship, and visual resources in an academic environment. The successful candidate will lead the development and coordinate the College’s digital scholarship program. S/he will also promote and support the use of visual resources at the College. The successful candidate will also be responsible for collaborating with members of Information Services and other campus support organizations to plan and deliver information services and supporting resources. The position will be a member of the Instructional Technology Team and will assist in developing an instructional support program for the College.

The ideal candidate will provide leadership in promoting, developing and leading the digital scholarship program in the Digital Scholarship and Curriculum Center. This includes serving as an advisor to digital scholarship projects. S/he will develop the College’s digital visual resources collections and related services to support students, faculty and staff using traditional and emerging technologies. S/he will serve as a library and IT liaison to the Art History and Art departments and actively participate in research publication and conference presentations.

MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program and/or Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology, or comparable education and 3-5 years of experience in a related instructional technology or visual resources library environment is required. Professional training in librarianship, information technology, visual resources management, or a related field involving digital scholarship is also required. Candidate must also possess substantial academic background in Art, Art History or associated area; knowledge of current visual resources collection practices and digital imaging technologies and web page development, including ARTstor and Shared Shelf; experience and knowledge of current practices in digital scholarship. Experience with digital images and video is required as is experience with relevant hardware and software, and image database management; working knowledge with graphics and design software such as Adobe Creative Suites. Excellent interpersonal skills, as well as excellent writing, teaching, verbal and social/new media communication skills are needed. Must also have the ability to build and sustain key relationships with students, staff, and faculty; work individually and as a member of a team and interact well with a variety of people from all aspects of the college. Outgoing personality with strong leadership, collaboration and project management skills is required. Must be detail oriented, well-organized, ability to set priorities, and meet deadlines.

Thorough applicant credentialing, including criminal records check, will be conducted on the selected applicant. The recruitment will remain open until the position is filled. To ensure first consideration, applications should be received by March 28, 2014 .

Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references electronically to humanresources@conncoll.edu (include your full name and “DigSch” in the subject line of your e-mail).

Connecticut College is committed to creating a vibrant community enriched by diverse perspectives, talents and experiences. We encourage applications from candidates who share this commitment and will contribute to the diversity of our college community, especially members of historically under-represented groups. AA/EOE

Arts and Architecture Librarian– University of North Carolina at Charlotte-Atkins, Charlotte, North Carolina

Arts and Architecture Librarian
J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is seeking an Arts and Architecture Librarian to serve as the subject librarian for the College of Arts and Architecture and the Hight Architecture Library.

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program

Preferred:

  • Academic and/or library experience in a field or subfield of fine arts or architecture
  • Two or more years of instructional or liaison experience in an academic research library

For a full job description and additional information visit our Web site at http://library.uncc.edu/jobs/.

ONLY ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED: https://jobs.uncc.edu/  (Search Faculty Vacancies – Position #8995)

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration.

Members of minority groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE

Free webinar, VRA travel award, & CFP

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and scholarship opportunities below!

Webinar:

Title: Communicating Through Infographics

Presenter: Dawne Tortorella

Format: Webinar

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Start Time: 12 Noon Pacific

1PM Mountain

2PM Central

3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge. Please note: we have changed hosting services fromWebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

For more webinar tips, see: http://infopeople.org/webinar/tips.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, November 14, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/communicating-through-infographics.

· Have you noticed the growing trend of communicating through infographics?

· Do you wonder where the data comes from and how to verify information displayed in visual form?

· Would you rather read a 100 page report or look at a visual presentation that conveys the story in less than one minute?

· Would you like to tell a compelling story about your library through the medium of infographics?

Visual representation of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. Infographics (information graphics) represent the latest visual form to gain popularity. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, compelling design, and visualization tools.

During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss and demonstrate:

· blogs and infographic search resources to find examples and track trends

· differences between infographics, poster art, and data visualization

· common data sources used in infographics (big data and local sources)

· suggest library-specific data and statistics appropriate for visual presentation

· visualization tools for experimentation

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels and in all types of libraries who need to present information to customers, stakeholders, and management. Senior staff and directors responsible for board reporting are especially encouraged to attend. 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: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived.

 VRA Travel Award:

VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2013 VRA conference “Capitalizing on Creativity” in Providence, Rhode Island April 3-6. The deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 26, 10 am EST. The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the third week of December.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions has already been posted at: http://vra2013annualconference.sched.org and information about costs is posted here:http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=8 and here: http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=11

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules and Guidelines”, “Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants”, and “Types of Travel Awards”, all linked here as PDFs: http://www.vraweb.org/about/awards/index.html#travel

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEM1Zkdsdlo2dGZ1TEJRN3hGQWxjR2c6MQ#gid=0

The form is also linked from the What’s New on the VRA homepage.

You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership, with the option to use funding from the travel award to do this. This year by removing the membership requirement for all applicants, we hope to draw more interest and expand membership.

In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/ other support.

For 2013, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership:

* The Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 for a first-time conference attendee

* Two New Horizons awards of $850 each. These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees

* The Joseph C. Taormina Memorial award of $250 for an applicant with partial funding

* A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources

* $4800 in Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference. Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

So don’t delay – apply today!

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Heidi Eyestone & Vicky Brown

Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee

Heidi Eyestone

Visual Resources Collection

Art and Art History

Carleton College

One North College Street

Northfield, MN 55057

507 222-5399

507 222-7042 fax

Vicky Brown, Visual Resources Curator

History of Art Department, University of Oxford

Suite 9, Littlegate House

St Ebbes

Oxford OX1 1PT

UK

+44 (0)1865 286839

victoria.brown@hoa.ox.ac.uk

 

CFP:

Call for Book Chapters: Collecting the Contemporary (Book to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013)

URL: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0062/7112/files/CFP_CollectingTheContemporary.pdf?5

COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY

Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Lecturer in Arts Management and Museum Studies at Manchester University.

Why and how should social history museums engage with contemporary collecting? To fill gaps in the collection? To record modern urban life? To engage with minority communities? To link past and present? There are many possible responses… And many museums collect contemporary objects, stories, images and sounds – consciously or unconsciously. But reasoned policies and procedures are very often lacking. And – given the uniquely detailed record of contemporary life recorded by ubiquitous media – how best are museums to record and present contemporary life in their collections?

 

An overview of contemporary collecting in a social historical context is well overdue. Original source material, ideas, developments and research has never before been brought together in a single volume. This book will bring together practitioners from around the world to provide a contemporary and convenient reader which aims to lay the foundations for future initiatives.

We welcome submissions – of between 3000 and 5000 words – on the practice, theory and history of contemporary collecting in social history museums, based on – but not confined to – the following issues and themes. We are particularly interested in new and pioneering initiatives and innovative thinking in this field.

Practice

Projects (including community outreach, externally funded collection programmes, projects with specific goals)

Exhibitions (including popular culture, contemporary political issues, under-represented groups

Networks – including SAMDOK and other initiatives

Fieldwork and contemporary collecting

Adopting a scientific approach to contemporary collecting

Audio-visual recording

The influence of the internet, how to collect, and associated museological issues

Contemporary collecting and contemporary issues

Access, storage and conservation issues

Theory

What to collect?

How to collect?

Who should collect?

Community involvement – advantages and disadvantages

Contemporary collecting – key priority or passing fad?

Definitions of contemporary collecting

Should contemporary collecting be object or people based?

Alternatives to the accepted norms

The case for nationally or regionally co-ordinated policies

The impact of social and digital media for the future of contemporary collecting

History

Origins and development of contemporary collecting

Differences between institutions and countries (e.g. Sweden’s ethnological approach v. Britain’s social history approach)

The editors

Owain Rhys has recently published Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice with MuseumsEtc. This book gathered together disparate strands of contemporary collecting theory and history, and provided an insight into current practices at St Fagans: National History Museum. Owain is interested in formalising definitions and procedures, and in strengthening the bonds between those museums involved in contemporary collecting. Zelda Baveystock has a longstanding interest in contemporary collecting. As the first Keeper of Contemporary Collecting at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, she established a subject specialist network of urban history museums actively involved in the field in 2004. She has lectured and taught on the subject in the UK, and in Sweden.

Submissions

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors and the publishers at the following addresses: owain.rhys@museumwales.ac.uk,zelda.baveystock@manchester.ac.uk and books@museumsetc.com by 10 December 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

Deadlines

ABSTRACTS: 10 DECEMBER 2012

CONTRIBUTORS NOTIFIED: 11 JANUARY 2013

COMPLETED PAPERS: 2 APRIL 2013

 

Educational Opportunities!!!

 

Lots this week! Let’s start with the one that happens tomorrow:

 

LYRASIS Ideas & Insights Webinar

Join us for our upcoming LYRASIS Ideas & Insights<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wCQICMGo7AWgGpHKHAUJbkAv_Ah2nboVNI-UWKPZJAPpze3PnLinLO67Lga2TY4lHvX2IpRSMrpXQu8KzxX-H6-xtZc34cSlmhtanK2OXSuZqyLnrlgvAkNQsYfIdVod-5Ud9npxR1yOuj0F3VWWPDt5YYtP2Nn8yLRcPkuLj1s=> webinar, Libraries are Boundless<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wCQICMGo7AWgGpHKHAUJbkAv_Ah2nboVNI-UWKPZJAPpze3PnLinLO67Lga2TY4lHvX2IpRSMrpXQu8KzxX-H6-xtZc34cSlxrw2Prfvym6JfjqEpJ-21hVhSqfAIvkelP00Y-6-hl6MnhrOPXNjsGkzSsRcEW0-sGic_8En9xYjM-JGC3RA4XbUnd5RP2QfLaNLbMzgLpM=
> and hear how information organizations are challenging traditional ideas about space in libraries, and placing collections, staff and resources in the best possible position to meet user needs – in the cloud, in the digital realm, on site and online – into the future.

Libraries are Boundless<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wCQICMGo7AWgGpHKHAUJbkAv_Ah2nboVNI-UWKPZJAPpze3PnLinLO67Lga2TY4lHvX2IpRSMrpXQu8KzxX-H6-xtZc34cSlxrw2Prfvym6JfjqEpJ-21vh9PpD1BSYOXcdnPztwK6y1C91kkkXMsfLjUaYAUOhKf4Wu0RMfp7JruiRuymVSb1rNrzX72hyanmAfxzSTTAk=>
June 15, 2012
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET

Click here to register<http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?e=001wCQICMGo7AWgGpHKHAUJbkAv_Ah2nboVNI-UWKPZJAPpze3PnLinLO67Lga2TY4lHvX2IpRSMrpXQu8KzxX-H6-xtZc34cSlxrw2Prfvym6JfjqEpJ-21gnDBS_4yvLljnPqKUdbUg-XV0iqH51ZrQSTrtejc9RK1JPGVCSDNqpm_WV2OfGRCRROq6tRRet7uiU95OU-u7U=>

Speakers include:

*   Stacie Ledden and Logan Macdonald, AnyThink Libraries, Rangeview Library District, CO: Creating an Experience Library
*   Chad Nelson and Barbara Petersohn, Georgia State University: The Care and Feeding of Digital Collections
*   Dr. Curtis R. Rogers, State Library of South Carolina: Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract New Users

New Book Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0

CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile.

The new book “Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0” picks up the conversation, asking the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going.

Presenting answers from a range of contributors, editors Peter Godwin and Jo Parker divide their book into three distinct sections. Part 1 explores the most recent trends in technology, consumption and literacy, while Part 2 is a resource bank of international case studies that demonstrate the key trends and their effect on information literacy, offering numerous innovative ideas that can be put into practice. Part 3 assesses the impact of these changes on librarians and what skills and knowledge they must acquire to evolve alongside their users.  Among the key topics explored are:

  • The evolution of “online” into the social Web as mainstream;
  • How social media tools are used in information literacy;
  • The impact of mobile devices on information literacy delivery;
  • Shifting literacies, such as metaliteracy, transliteracy and media literacy, and their effect on information literacy.

Anyone charged with developing and delivering information literacy programs, as well as library professionals concerned with library instruction and digital technologies, will find the information in this book stimulating and useful.

Godwin is academic liaison librarian at the University of Bedfordshire, UK and Parker is the head of information literacy at the Open University Library, UK.

Source and Fulltext Available At

[ http://ref-notes.blogspot.com/2012/06/new-book-information-literacy-beyond.html ]

 

Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Summer Retreat for Librarians at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries!

Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Time: 9am – 3pm
Place: Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries in Orange, California Website (for more information and to register): http://www1.chapman.edu/library/teaching/
Vision: The summer teaching retreat at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries was created to build community amongst instruction librarians and library school students from Orange County and the surrounding areas. The retreat provides unique and practical presentations. Participants have opportunities to share teaching experiences, ideas, and resources during lively break-out sessions as the practices and innovative ideas of local librarians are discovered. Ideally, participants leave the retreat with a larger network of resources and contacts, as well as inspiration to creatively expand their library instruction repertoire.
Retreat Schedule and Presentation Descriptions: http://www1.chapman.edu/library/teaching/schedule.html

The deadline to register is June 15. Registration will be capped at 80 participants and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Please direct questions on registration to Wenling Tseng at tseng@chapman.edu or 714-532-7720.

General questions on the retreat may be directed to Annie Knight (aknight@chapman.edu  or 714-532-7736) or Stacy Russo (russo_stacy@sac.edu or 714-564-6712).

 

International Conference on Trends in Knowledge and Information Dynamics
10-13 July, 2012

Hosted by
Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC)
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/ictk

Venue: NIMHANS Convention Center, Nimhans Hospital Premises, Hosur Road,
Bangalore- 560029

Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) established by Prof. S R
Ranganathan in 1962, is a research centre at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
conducting Research, Training and Higher Education in the field Library and
Information Sciences  and allied  areas. In the last five decades, DRTC has
been involved in Research, Education, Training and cutting edge applications of
Information and Communication Technology to Libraries and Information Centres,
Knowledge centers and systems. 2012 marks the Golden Jubilee of DRTC and we are
happy to host as part of ‘Golden Jubilee Celebrations’, the ‘International
Conference on Trends in Knowledge and Information Dynamics’ (ICTK-2012).

Broadly the themes of the conference are divided into main streams (in parallel
sessions on all the days of the conference):
Stream 1: Trends in Library Education and Research
Stream 2: Trends in Public Library Services
Stream 3: Trends in Domain Specific Information Systems and Services
Stream 4: Trends in Open Access to Information and Data
Stream 5: Trends in ICT applications to Library and Information Science
For details visit us on  http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/ictk/subthemes

ICTK 2012 includes sessions of invited talks by renowned in the field of
Library and Information Science from around the globe on various topics related
to the above mentioned five streams covering various aspects of current
interest and popular trends. The conference serves as an International
Platforms for dissemination of information of International research and
collaborative projects such as European Commission infrastructure projects.
Experts Panel on Open Access to Information and Public Libraries present
experts’ views from around the world. In addition to plenary spearker of
International repute, we plan to have panel discussions on Higher Education and
International Collaborative Research in LIS, Public Libraries, Agricultural
Information Systems, Open Access to Information

List of invited speakers

Dr. Jagdish Arora
INFLIBNET
India

Dr. Roberto Barbero
INFN
Italy
Dr. Donatella Castelli
CNR-ISTI,
Italy

Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia,
University of Trento
Italy
Dr. Johannes Keizer
UN-FAO
Rome

Prof. Dr. Norbert Lossau
Goettingen State and University Library
Germany
Dr. Alberto Masoni
INFN
Rome

Dr. Carlos Morais Pires,
European Commission,
Brussels
Dr. Federico Ruggieri
INFN
Rome

Dr. Alma Swan
Key Perspectives Ltd,
Truro, UK
Prof. Anna Maria Tammaro
University of Parma
Italy
Dr. Stuart Wiebel
Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
USA

Last date of registration : 30 June 2012
Details of registration  at http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/ictk/registration

Contact

Prof. A.R.D. Prasad (Convener – ICTK-2012)
Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC),
Indian Statistical Institute (I.S.I),
8th Mile, Mysore Road, R.V. College Post,
Bangalore – 560 059, Karnataka INDIA
Phone: +91-80-2848 2711
Fax : 91-80-2848 4265
E-mail ID: ictk2012@drtc.isibang.ac.in

 

Registration closes on Sunday, June 17 for the next offering of RUSA’s online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”.

This asynchronous course will run June 18-July 8.
Group registration rates are available for 2 or more registrants from the same library, library system or network–more information here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece

Register online now for this class: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L

This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Librarians will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, and liaison responsibilities. Through hands-on exercises, demonstrations and presentations, the librarian will receive a thorough overview of GIS-related technologies that they may be exposed to in the library.

Instructor: Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Waterloo, Ontario

Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or 800-545-2433, option 5. Questions about the course? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at ahill@ala.org.

 

RUSA 101 Online

Are you interested in any of the following?

Frontline reference

Readers advisory

Collection development

Emerging technologies in reference

Specialized business reference

Genealogical research

Managing local history collections

Interlibrary loan and resource sharing

Reference and outreach to special populations

If you said YES to any of the above, there’s a place in RUSA for you!

Find out more about RUSA, the Reference and User Services Association, at RUSA 101.
You’ll learn about what RUSA and its sections do, how to get involved, how to stay informed in our activities, and get any of your RUSA questions answered.
RUSA 101 Online
No registration required! Feel free to drop in to any of the sessions below.
Access information can be found at the bottom of this email.
·         Friday, June 1, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
·         Wednesday, June 6, 1:00pm-2:00pm PT/3:00pm-4:00pm CT/4:00pm-5:00pm ET
·         Monday, June 11, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
·         Friday, June 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm PT/3:00pm-4:00pm CT/4:00pm-5:00pm ET
·         Monday, June 18, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
RUSA 101 @ ALA Annual 2012
No registration required! Besides having an opportunity to learn more about RUSA and meet RUSA members, we’ll have raffle prizes!
·         Friday, June 22, 2012 || 3:00pm -4:00pm
Hilton Anaheim – Oceanside Room
Access Information for RUSA 101 Online
To get the most out of your web conference experience, it is best to use a headset. If you do not have a headset, please use headphones/earbuds to plug into your speaker. This will eliminate audio issues.
Session URL: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.F71930E6E64800139C18D122D0C4DD&sid=2011689

 

ALA Conference Mentors and Mentees

For mentees:

Calling all students, new professionals, and first time ALA Annual Conference attendees! Would you like to meet with an experienced ALA conference representative while attending your first ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA? If so, The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA is sponsoring a conference mentoring program that will pair new attendees with people who have attended more ALA Annual Conferences.

Please fill out the following questionnaire to participate. A member of the NMRT Mentoring Committee will be in touch with information about your match. It is up to you to connect with your match and set up time(s) to meet while at the conference.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDZSQTFIUWZvQWtnaHlJOFFYX3ZhdEE6MQ#gid=0

Questions? Email: NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com

For mentors:

Have you attended a couple of ALA Conferences and want to give back to the next generation of librarians? If so, The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA is sponsoring a conference mentoring program that will pair new attendees with people who have attended more ALA Annual Conferences.

Please fill out the following questionnaire to participate. A member of the NMRT Mentoring Committee will be in touch with information about your match. It is up to you to connect with your match and set up time(s) to meet while at the conference.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEhhMWhJVkZmWnVzQmk2b1ZZbGcwUGc6MQ#gid=0

Questions? Email: NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com

 

IMHO > Two *Most Excellent* Keynotes from the recent IATUL conference in Singapore

1 >  Libraries, Technocentricity and Learning : Changes in Learning, Research and Information Needs and Behavior of Users

Prof. Rakesh Kumar (The University of New South Wales, Australia)

http://ref-notes.blogspot.com/2012/06/libraries-technocentricity-and-learning.html

2 > Technology & Innovations in Libraries and Their Impact on Learning, Research and Users

Joe Murphy (Librarian, Trend Spotter / Trend Setter & IMHO: Librarian Extradordinaire)

http://ref-notes.blogspot.com/2012/06/iatul-keynote-2-technology-innovations.html

BTW: There was a 3rd Keynote titled _Trends, Possibilities and Scenarios for User-Centred Libraries_ by Dr. Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University, but there is a known problem with the A/V [:-(]

Note-1: Each A/V link also links to the video poster sessions …

and

Note-2: Each post includes links to other presentation / sessions titles and speakers …

How are libraries using both physical and virtual spaces to meet the needs and demands of library users?

Libraries are changing from spaces where we “marc and park” volumes of print material into more vibrant and vital organizations that focus on both internal and external access to services and information.

 

ShareAcademy

The 3rd annual ShareAcademy will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at the CPCC Harris campus in Charlotte, NC.  The theme for this year’s ShareAcademy is:

“Under New Management: Adventures in Leadership”

2nd CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Share with us your challenges, joys, reflections, techniques, skills and eye-opening moments about becoming a better, more efficient, more productive leader and manager.  What habits or tricks have you learned or utilized to manage yourself, your time or your staff?  How have you identified your strengths and skills and used them to your best advantage?
Workshop proposals are expected to be interactive, hands-on, and engaging for participants.

Call for proposals CLOSES: June 22
ShareAcademy Registration OPENS: June 26

*ShareAcademy is created and hosted by CPCC Library, but is open to anyone interested in the conference theme.  Our primary goal is to provide a conference full of practical, hands-on material for its attendees.*

Submit your proposal here!  http://www.cpcc.edu/library/shareacademy

ARLIS/NA Reviews

The coeditors for ARLIS/NA Reviews (http://www.arlisna.org/pubs/reviews/index.html) are seeking reviewers for the September/October 2012 edition.

You must notify one of the coeditors by no later than Friday, June 15 of your interest in reviewing one of the titles listed below.  Please note in your response if your subject background or expertise matches the subject matter of the book.  Also, you must be able to meet an August 3, 2012 deadline with a 450 word review.

How a Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums, and the Mexican State,by Mary K. Coffey

Iroquois Art, Power, and History, by Neal B. Keating

Replacing Home: From Primordial Hut to Digital Network in Contemporary Art, by Jennifer Johung

Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture, ed. by Judith Rugg and Craig Martin

Doug Litts & Terrie Wilson
littsd@si.edu / wilso398@mail.lib.msu.edu
ARLIS/NA Reviews Co-Editors

 

CHArt 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Consume: Respond – Digital Engagement with Art
**The CHArt committee has extended the deadline for proposals to June 20, 2012.

 

 

Thursday 15 – Friday 16 November 2012, Central London venue TBC

Since its foundation in 1985 CHArt has engaged in topical issues in
Digital Art History. This year CHArt is looking at how new developments in information and communications technology affect the ways in which we engage with art. New forms of digital display or emerging modes of viewing art may have profound effects on both our understanding of the artwork itself (the way we consume it) and our ability or appetite for describing, curating and managing it (how we respond to it).

CHArt invites papers that examine emerging practice and where it impacts upon digital art practice, research and curation. Areas for consideration include:

* Control of authorship, ownership and access
* Collaboration and the interdisciplinary break-down
* Participation, quick response and interaction
* Consumption, re-use and mashup
* Mobile technology, apps and education
* Connections between art, interface design, usability and user experience
* Globalisation, agility, dissemination and big data
* Liquidity and permeability of digital culture

Contributions are welcome from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers, curators, conservators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, archivists, technologists and educationalists.

Submissions should be in the form of a 300-400 word synopsis of the proposed paper with brief biographical information (no more than 200 words) of presenter/s, and should be emailed tochart@kcl.ac.uk<mailto:chart@kcl.ac.uk > by Friday, June 1st
Wednesday, June 20th 2012. Please note that submissions exceeding the stated
word count will not be considered.

Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. CHArt is able to offer assistance with the conference fees for up to four student delegates. Priority will be given to students whose papers are accepted for presentation. An application form and proof of university enrolment will be required. For further details about the Helene Roberts Bursary please email anna.bentkowska@kcl.ac.uk<mailto:anna.bentkowska@kcl.ac.uk >.

CFP: Digital Frontiers

The deadline for submissions for Digital Frontiers – a conference and THATCamp for and about the diverse communities using digital tools for research, teaching, and learning – is fast approaching. Please send us proposals for individual papers, fully-constituted panels, posters, and THATCamp workshops! (Apologies for cross-posting – we’re just really excited to see your submissions!)  Check out the CFP below or visit https://digitalfrontiers.unt.edu

The University of North Texas Libraries and The Portal to Texas History invite proposals for Digital Frontiers, a conference on using digital resources for research, teaching, and learning.

Digital libraries provide unprecedented access to a wide array materials. This has dramatically expanded the possibilities of primary source research in the humanities and related fields. We seek submissions of individual papers, fully-constituted panels, workshops or posters based on research using digitized objects, whether they are hosted on the University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History or are from other digital repositories.

We encourage contributions from scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work and to explore the value and the impact that digital resources have on education and research.
Possible Topics

•     Specific ways digital libraries have impacted research
•     Digital tools for conducting research – data and text mining, data
visualization
•     Using digital collections in K-12, undergraduate, and graduate
curricula
•     Using digital libraries for research on any of the following topics:
African-American history / Asian-American history / agriculture and animal husbandry / cartography, mapping, and GIS / civil rights movements / Civil War / collaboration in public humanities projects / electronic and born-digital art / feminism and women’s issues / genealogy and family histories / history and digitization of regional newspapers / history of religions and religious institutions / immigration and migration / Latino/a & Chicano/a histories / local history / LGBT history / military and veteran’s history / digital resources in museums and libraries / music recordings and performance / myths, urban and local legends, and folklore / Native American history / oral histories and personal narratives / photography and visual arts / regional authors / slavery and abolition / state and local politics / Texana and regional literature /

Proposal Types
Digital Frontiers is accepting proposals for:
•     Individual papers (20 minutes)
•     Panels (75 minutes – 3 individual papers + discussion)
•     Roundtable discussions (75 minutes – 5-7 speakers + discussion)
•     THATCamp workshop or tutorial (2 hours)
•     Poster (36” x 48”)

Submissions

•     E-mail proposals or inquiries to digitalfrontiers@unt.edu
•     Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length; proposals for
fully constituted panels or roundtables should include abstracts for each presentation.
•     Please provide a brief professional bio and specify any A/V or other
technical needs with your proposal.

Conference Deadlines

•     June 15, 2012: proposals due
•     June 30, 2012: notification of acceptance
•     September 21, 2012: Conference
•     September 22, 2012: THATCAMP

Job Posting: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, Harvard College Library

Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

Harvard College Library

Cambridge, MA

Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students, and researchers. Visual materials collections include digital images and slides for teaching as well as other formats documenting all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in the Fine Arts Library including historic photographs, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, and participation in collection development and management. Works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Collection Management, Development, and Access

  • Identifies, evaluates , and acquires images, digital resources, historic photographs, and other visual materials for the library’s teaching and research collection
  • Assesses and selects historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library’s collection for digitization and preservation (in consultation with the AKPIA Bibliographer and FAL Photographic Resources Librarian)
  • Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs
  • Coordinates and prioritizes production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
  • Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor Shared Shelf project, and other catalogues including collaboration to establish best practices and authority control
  • Participates in planning and implementing projects involving visual materials
  • Develops long-range planning for Islamic visual images collection in consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff

Reference and Instructional Support

  • Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers
  • Selects and provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites
  • Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction
  • Assists faculty and students in integrating GIS, Prezi , and other visual tools in lectures, course websites
  • Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual materials
  • Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications

Collaboration and Outreach

  • Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, NELC, CMES, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
  • Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as SAHARA
  • Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, and the Library Lab Initiative to develop content and research/teaching opportunities

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the creation of item level and collection-level cataloging and indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats
  • Working together with other stakeholders, develops special projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
  • Advanced degree at the master’s level or higher in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
  • 3-5 years related professional library experience required
  • Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
  • Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access
  • Computer skills including databases and digital image file management, required
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required

Additional Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and German
  • Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents
  • Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East
  • Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse

 Please apply with a cover letter and resume at the Harvard Employment Site.  

Apply Here:  http://www.click2apply.net/wy6zy39

NYC Metro Professional Development Classes for April/May

Every month, METRO offers an exciting range of learning and networking opportunities – details and registration are just a click away!

To receive significant discounts on METRO Professional Development classes and other career boosting benefits, all current library school students are invited to apply for myMETRO individual membership at the student rate of $50 per year.  To learn more or to apply, please visit http://www.metro.org/individual-membership/

April:
Personal Digital Archiving
Wed, April 13  |  1-4pm  |  $35 METRO & myMETRO, $60 Non-members
During this hands-on session, instructor Ellyssa Kroski will explain the process of creating and executing an action plan for archiving personal digital assets, deciding what to store, consolidating multiple file versions, and cataloging resources.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/29 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/29> .

Information Architecture and Interaction Design (IA/IxD)
Fri, April 15  |  10am-4pm  |  $50 METRO, $40 myMETRO, $70 Non-members
Using a case study methodology, this workshop will introduce participants to the field of IA/IxD.  We will begin by reviewing the perceptual model necessary for thinking and working with IA/IxD and then apply this model to the process of IA/IxD by reviewing a case study from start to finish.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/51 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/51> .

Webinar: Introduction to Major Changes from AACR2 to RDA
Wed, April 27  |  10-11:30am  |  $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
This webinar will provide an entry-level introduction to aspects of RDA records that differ from AACR2, and what catalogers should expect to see in RDA records generally.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/57 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/57> .

METRO Book Talk: Boomers and Beyond – Reconsidering the Role of the Library
Thurs, April 28  |  6-8pm  |  $10 METRO, myMETRO, & Non-members
Diantha Schull and Pauline Rothstein will present an overview from their recent book “Boomers and Beyond: Reconsidering the Role of Libraries”, focusing on foundation theories about longevity, including its implications for health promotion, learning, work, and spirituality.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/52 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/52> .

Webinar: Managing the Implementation of RDA at Your Library – What Administrators Need to Know
Fri, April 29  |  10-11:30am  |  $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
Instructor Chris Cronin will inform library administrators and cataloging managers on how to begin thinking about preparing staff and systems for the transition from AACR2 to RDA.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/56 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/56> .

May:
Introduction to Metadata for Digital Collections
Tues & Wed, May 3 & 4  |  10am-4pm  |  $275 METRO, $225 myMETRO, $325 Non-members
Instructor Dr. Marcia Zeng will examine the role of metadata in the digital environment during this two-day workshop.  The main focuses will be given to 1) the applications of metadata standards for distinct domains and information communities and 2) the creation of application profiles according to local needs.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/45 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/45> .

Enriching Metadata Services through Linked Data
Thurs, May 5  |  10am-1pm  |  $20 METRO & myMETRO, $30 Non-members
This workshop will explain the principles, concepts, and the potential usage of Linked Data in libraries of all sizes.  It will not cover technical implementation topics.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/46 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/46> .

VRA Core: An Introduction to Metadata for Cultural Materials
Mon, May 9  |  1-4pm  |  $40 METRO, $30 myMETRO, $60 Non-members
Instructor Elisa Lanzi will cover the overall benefits of using the VRA Core in order to ensure streamlined inputting of crucial information about works and images, and to improve searching and user understanding.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/61 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/61> .

Digital Rights Management for Library and Archives Projects
Wed, May 11  |  10am-4pm  |  $75 METRO, $60 myMETRO, $100 Non-members
This workshop will approach copyright from the collections and project management perspective.  Topics will include an overview of Section 108 and how to analyze underlying or third-party rights in textual, visual, audio, and moving image content.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/47 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/47> .

Webinar: The Future for Libraries
Tues, May 17  |  10-11am  |  $20 METRO & myMETRO, $40 Non-members
Sarah Houghton-Jan, author of the popular blog, “Librarian in Black” will discuss how the current budget crisis will change the way we provide services to our patrons.  This webinar will be of particular interest for anyone interested in finding out what digital services libraries can build upon to better serve their communities now and in the future.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/70 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/70> .

myMETRO Presents: An Evening of Presentation by myMETRO Student Members
Wed, May 18  |  6-8pm  |  There is no fee to attend, but registration is required.
Join us for a sample of cutting edge research in librarianship from three students, including an investigation of the impact of recommender systems; risk management applied to digital asset preservation; and a collaborative project to connect to LIS students.
Learn more & register at http://www.metro.org/en/cev/64 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/64> .

Using XML in Libraries
Thurs, May 19 and Thurs, May 26  |  10am-4pm each day  |  $75 METRO, $60 myMETRO, $100 Non-members (covers both days)
This two-day intensive workshop is designed to teach beginners how to use XML in the library environment, with a focus on using the language for resource description, metadata management, and electronic text encoding.
Learn more & register at <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/47http://www.metro.org/en/cev/62 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/62> .

Upcoming Special Interest Group Meetings:
ILL
Tues, April 12 | 10:00am-12:00pm |  Learn more & register: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/49 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/49>

Science, Technology and Medical Librarians: Current Trends in Electronic Scholarly Communication
Thurs, April 14 | 1:30-4:30pm <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/44> | Learn more & register: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/44 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/44>

Smart Phones and Mobile Computing: Mobile Information and Literacy Panel – Are You In the Know About Info to Go?
Fri, May 6 | 3:00-4:30pm |  Learn more & register: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/66 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/66>

Digitization: Introducing the Newly Re-designed OCLC CONTENTdm
Mon, May 16 | 10am-12pm |  Learn more & register: http://www.metro.org/en/cev/67 <http://www.metro.org/en/cev/67>

Please contact Laura Forshay at lforshay@metro.org212.228.2320 x 10 with any questions.