Conference, Meetings and Webinars 6/11/13

Professional growth & development opportunities from the North Carolina Library Association, ALCTS; OCLC;  the Dublin Core-Science and Metadata Community and Research Data Alliance and the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research and Jisc.

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Just the Facts, Ma’am! Getting Started with the U.S. Census & American FactFinder

(We will meet together for Session #27, online on June 12 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the Session by June 11 at 5:00 pm using this link:

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us all do better reference work by increasing our familiarity with government information resources, and by discovering the best strategies for navigating them…

This webinar will provide a concise introduction to the U.S. Census and American Community Survey focusing on the background information necessary for understanding and using current population statistics and the steps to successfully navigate American FactFinder in order to obtain the statistics you need. You don’t need to be a statistician to use these great statistics! This webinar will be useful for librarians new to the Census as well as those looking for new ways to present American FactFinder to users.

ALCTS Role of the Professional Librarian in Technical Services Interest Group (RPLTS)

Saturday, June 29, 2013, 10:30-11:30; Hyatt Regency McCormick, Place Jackson Park 10A

Please join the RPLTS Interest Group for the following two presentations:

Do Traditional “Technical Services” Librarians still exist in Academic Libraries?

  • Karen Rogers-Collins, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian – Eastern Michigan University
  • Rhonda Fowler, Government Documents and Public Services Librarian – Eastern Michigan University

This presentation will discuss the new job titles/postings seen on listservs and library association sites. Today’s job posting titles and descriptions are ostentatious /flashy, but are the duties and responsibilities the same as they always have been? For example, what’s the difference between a cataloging librarian and a metadata librarian? Has the role of the technical services librarian really changed, or has the profession just glamorized the job titles?

What Technical Services? How to Manage and Adapt to BIG Change!

  • Roy A. Ziegler, Associate Dean of Collections – Florida State University
  • Ruth S. Ziegler, Authorities/Catalog Management Librarian – Florida State University

Even after experiencing several years of lost positions due to attrition and reassignment of staff and librarians to other divisions, when the news finally came that Technical Services didn’t exist as a library division, it still came as a surprise. In 2012, based on changing organizational priorities, Florida State University Libraries dissolved Technical Services and reset priorities for these departments and units in their new divisions. This presentation will cover organizational realities, steps in planning, the need to incorporate greater efficiencies, and ceasing activities that do not have a direct improvement on the user’s experience. In the end, the changes have been beneficial to the entire organization.

Friday July 12th, 2013 – Pullman Hotel, Central London

This one day event hosted by the Open University Library in partnership with OCLC Research and Jisc will focus on the challenges MOOCs pose to the traditional delivery of library services, and the opportunities they offer for libraries to rethink and revitalise their proposition. Participants will be brought up to speed with the latest MOOC developments around the world, but with a particular emphasis on developments in the UK. Speakers will share their experience of or thoughts about the impact MOOCs are having on library services across many sectors, on publishers, and on the higher education landscape…

Jean-Baptiste Michel Presents “How to Read Millions of Books” at OCLC from 9:30-11:00 AM ET 13 June 2013

Attend this free OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series presentation in person or online in which Jean-Baptiste Michel, French and Mauritian scientist at Harvard University, and the founder of Quantified Labs in Brooklyn, NY, discusses how his work in Culturomics led to the creation of the Google Ngram Viewer.

Dublin Core-Science and Metadata Community and Research Data Alliance are hosting a day-long Metadata Interest Group workshop, CAMP-4-DATA, on Sept. 6, 2013 in Lisbon, Portugal. The workshop is part of DC-2013. Submissions for participation are currently open in the areas of short papers, abstracts, and position statements. The intent of this workshop is to discuss and forward challenges and opportunities relating to metadata standards for the management of scientific data, and how policies, applications, and infrastructure can foster creation of and access to sustainable, open, and collective standards.

Submissions will remain open through 28 June 2013.




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