Professional Growth & Development Opportunities by:

  • UKSG;
  • Choice/ACRL;
  • IFLA;
  • Access Innovations;

 

Glasgow
Start: 9 Apr 2018 08:00
End: 11 Apr 2018 13:15

The UKSG Annual Conference and Exhibition is a major event in the scholarly communications calendar which each year attracts over 900 delegates from around the world – librarians, publishers, content providers, consultants and intermediaries.  The conference combines high-quality plenary presentations, lightning talks and breakout sessions with a major trade exhibition and entertaining social events.  UKSG looks forward to returning to the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow in April 2018.

Glasgow is a vibrant and compact city with plenty to offer delegates outside conference hours.  You can be sure of a warm welcome in this destination voted ‘World’s Friendliest City’ by Rough Guides.  Explore what Glasgow has to offer.


Thursday, February 22, 2017 – 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 12:00 PM Mountain; 11:00 AM Pacific

Subject bibliographies have historically been used to ensure that library collections meet student and faculty needs and provide users with quality content. As budgets, staff, and subject expertise continue to shift, library resources must often perform double-duty. For over 50 years, librarians have relied on Resources for College Libraries (RCL) for peer-reviewed, vetted title selections across the college curriculum. Long considered an authoritative resource for collection development, this webinar will introduce new ways RCL can be used to support academic programs, improve liaison work, and contribute to student success.

In this webinar, you’ll learn three methods for utilizing RCL’s core content in your library’s workflow:

  • preparing accreditation or program reports;
  • managing new or interim subject responsibilities; andcreating instruction and research tools.

The Acquisition and Collection Development Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 24-30 August, 2018.

Our theme is: Being guided by our users: using assessment to build user-focused collections

As the amount and type of material that is published grows, libraries are increasingly using new methods to focus collection development efforts towards specific user needs and tailor acquisitions to what will be used by the community. A drive to be more evidence-based and make smarter decisions has increased the use of quantitative and qualitative assessment methods to understand how our collections are being used and what materials should be acquired. In addition, vendor systems and tools for how material may be purchased drive us to think about new ways of offering and purchasing content. This session aims to share successful collection assessment programs that focus on user and community needs in order to build collections that are valued and used.

The deadline for submissions is February 28, 2018.

For full details and submission guidelines, please see the IFLA WLIC 2018 website for full details: https://2018.ifla.org/cfp-calls/acquisition-and-collection-development-section


Maintaining a Controlled Vocabulary Over 50 Years in an Evolving Discipline

The First Edition of the APA’s Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms appeared in print in 1974, incorporating the 800 index terms previously developed by in-house staff to describe the content of Psychological Abstracts, and continued to grow and evolve through 11 print versions. In its current form as an electronic search utility, it is comprised of approximately 6,300 preferred and 3,000 equivalent terms, and is a definitive reference in the field. It is used to index more than 4.4 million records in the PsycINFO database, as well as numerous related products and APA.org resources. Marisa Hughes, Taxonomist in APA’s Office of Publications & Databases, will discuss the factors and issues involved in keeping a controlled vocabulary responsive to current research, nomenclature, and user needs, with an eye toward innovation, in the increasingly interdisciplinary and vital field of psychology.

Chris Pearson, the Machine Aided Indexing Specialist at APA, will provide insight into the experience of using MAIstro to create a comprehensive rule base for indexing documents in the PsycINFO database. He will share some of the challenges of writing rules for a controlled vocabulary with a wide scope of coverage in both the hard and social sciences. He will also explore the nuances of the literature covered by PsycINFO, and how they can impact the rule writing process. Finally, Chris will look ahead, and discuss some of the templates and strategies that have been created to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the rule base.