Conferences & Meetings 10/18/12

Continuing Education opportunities from ALCTS, NASIG, Infopeople and the Conference  for Entrepreneurial Librarians

RDA for the Non-Cataloger: What’s In It For You?

ALCTS webinar: Date: October 31, 2012

“…This webinar provides a general overview of the changes in RDA, particularly those affecting staff in technical services and those noticeable in the OPAC. No knowledge of current cataloging standards or MARC required! This session does not teach how to catalog with RDA, but it can be a useful foundation for catalogers new to RDA as well as other library staff and administrators…

Presenter: Lori Robare is Head of the Monographic Cataloging Team at the University of Oregon Libraries. She recently served as Chair of the ALA/ALCTS Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access and has previously served as chair of the ALA/ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee.  She has presented frequently on RDA to both specialized and general audiences.

Single Webinar Registration Fees:  $39 ALCTS Member; $49 Non-member; $39 International; $99 Group (a group of people that will watch it together).

Check the ALCTS Web site for discount pricing for the entire RDA webinar series.

NASIG 28th Annual Conference: The Art of Information/The Architecture of Knowledge
June 6 – 9, 2013. Buffalo, New York.

The 2013 Program Planning Committee (PPC) invites proposals for conference sessions. Publishers, vendors, librarians, and others in the field of electronic resources and serials are encouraged to submit proposals relating to scholarly communication, publishing, resource acquisition, management, and discovery. Proposals based on emerging trends, case studies, and descriptive and experimental research findings are encouraged.

In this 2nd call for proposals PPC would like to especially encourage proposals related to three of the core competencies:  Standards and systems of cataloging and classification, metadata, and indexing (i.e. RDA); licensing and legal framework (i.e. consortia licensing, licensing, and negations with vendors); and scholarly communication. We will also consider programs focusing on all the Core Competencies that the NASIG Core Competency Task Force developed for Electronic Resources Librarians. Please refer to the Core Competencies for the draft document…

Please use the online form to submit a proposal or program or idea. This Call for Proposals will close on October 31, 2012.

 Rethinking Reference Collections

Dates: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 – Monday, December 10, 2012

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others (about payment)

Instructor: Dave Tyckoson

Traditionally, libraries developed print reference collections full of encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographies, indexes, and other tools to provide quick access to authoritative information for users and staff. Today, many of these print materials see little or no use, with staff and users turning to online resources instead. Formats for reference resources are evolving and library staff and user expectations are evolving along with them.

  • Are you able to rethink the purpose and development of your library’s reference collection?
  • Make decisions about purchase of new resources or about the weeding or circulating of print reference items?
  • Can you effectively promote reference resources—print and online—to your users?

This course will explore the nature and purpose of reference collections, how reference resources are changing, and how collection decisions must change to meet staff and user needs and library budget constraints. The instructor will provide methods for measuring usage of resources in multiple formats, supply weeding guidelines, identify sources for reviews of print and online reference tools, and examine ways to promote use of reference materials. As a result you will be able to suggest changes to reference collection development and policy that better reflect the realities of today’s demand for and usage of these resources, as well as shifting budgets. Rethinking today’s reference resources will help you build a 21st century collection…

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Payment: Your invoice will be emailed to the email address of the person who completed the registration. If that is not the person paying the invoice please forward invoice to the appropriate person. Payment is due within 30 days. If you have any questions about your invoice or payment please contact Gini Ambrosino at

Course Start: This online learning course starts on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. An extra week has been added to this four-week course because of the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians: “Social Entrepreneurship in Action”

The third “Conference for Entrepreneurial Librarians” will take place on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Greensboro on May 16-17, 2013. This year’s conference focus will be on social entrepreneurship in libraries. The Conference planners are pleased to announce our keynoters and lunchtime speaker


Brian Matthews (The Ubiquitous Librarian)

ENGINES OF CHANGE: Developing platforms for social, civic, and cultural engagementMost academic libraries focus heavily on research and learning. While this is critical to their missions, they are positioned to make a much larger impact on their campus and communities. This talk will feature innovation strategies for social entrepreneurs and the process of designing engagement-centered interactions.

Michael Porter (Library Renewal)

Michael Porter is a librarian, presenter, author, practical technology fan, and PEZ collector. He has 20 years of experience working in Libraryland and has presented hundreds of times to library staff around the world. His writings regularly appear in major library journals around the world. In 2009 he was selected as a Library Journal “Mover & Shaker”, in 2010 was elected to the American Library Association’s governing Council and in 2011 was also elected to the ALA Executive Board. He previously worked with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC, WebJunction, and the Allen County Public Library. Michael currently serves as CEO of Library Renewal ( ), an organization dedicated to research, partnerships and grassroots support for libraries as they struggle to offer electronic content to their users in competitive ways. Read more from Michael at


Mandy Henk, of The People’s Library from Occupy Wall Street



The transition to sustainability represents a new and important opportunity for entrepreneurship, one that librarians can use to stay relevant and engaged with their communities. At a time when even the Harvard Business Review is calling for a transition to a more sustainable world, what can libraries and librarians do to transition their own institutions toward a new more sustainable model, one based on the triple bottom line of economy, ecology, and equity?



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