ATG Conferences. Meetings & Webinars 4/7/20

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Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Library Technical Services

Tuesday, 4/21/2020 – Wednesday, 4/22/2020 [show times]

ALA and ALCTS are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities, including webinars and the Exchange 2020, and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. Please contact ALCTS with any questions or concerns.

The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on library technical services units and departments. This has included figuring out how to work remotely while many libraries around the country are closed or semi-closed. Come and discuss with your colleagues your ideas and plans for working, managing, and collaborating during this time.

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will explore:

  • Ways to effectively telecommute
  • Planning technical services projects to do from home
  • How to keep in touch with colleagues while practicing social distancing
  • Best practices for managing a remote team

Who Should Attend

Technical services librarians and staff who may need help managing remote work during library closure.


  • Jeremy Myntti is Head of Digital Library Services at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. He oversees a department with twenty librarians, full-time staff, and part-time student employees, who are all now required to telecommute full-time.
  • Julene Jones is the interim assessment librarian at the University of Kentucky. Prior to this she was the Head of Database Integrity at the University of Kentucky where she was responsible for many things, but primarily for running reports, maintaining the consistency of the database, and authority control.
  • Nicole Lewis is Lead Cataloger at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. She is responsible for coordinating cataloging workflows and is one of the library’s ILS system administrators. She currently prepares database cleanup projects, including supplemental training, for several cataloging and acquisition staff to work on during the library closure.
  • Rebecca Uhl is Principal Cataloger at Arizona State University. She is coordinating remote work for 13 catalogers in three different units within technical services, including providing training and coaching catalogers in new and different tasks.


Cost: Free

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA’s Mailing List Service. Find instructions for subscribing online.

Free AL Live—Libraries and COVID-19: Using 3D Printing to Make Personal Protective Equipment

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 11:00 am Central Time

Personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care workers is in critically short supply. To mitigate the ongoing crisis, some public and academic libraries are using their 3D printers to create PPE components such as face shields and N95 respirator masks that are needed on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this episode of American Libraries Live, we’ll talk with librarians who have helped to facilitate the creation of PPE components in partnerships with local hospitals and health organizations. We’ll discuss how you can get started if you’d like to replicate some of these efforts for your community.

Our panelists for this episode:

  • T.J. Ferrill, head of creative spaces, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah
  • Brandon Patterson, technology engagement librarian, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah.
  • Ab. Velasco, manager, Innovation, Toronto Public Library
  • Jillian Rutledge, public services manager, Waterloo (IA) Public Library

Distance Library Instruction Virtual Poster Session (2020)

Welcome to the Spring 2020 Virtual Poster Session, hosted by the ACRL DLS Instruction Committee!

Virtual Poster Session flyer

(Our call for proposals is now closed.)

Visit this page between April 13-17, 2020 to view and comment on over 35 virtual posters related to teaching and learning online. Presenters will be available during that week to respond to comments on their posters! After April 17th, all virtual posters will remain publicly available as an archive.

Posters may focus on successes and failures in teaching distance and online students, instructional techniques and approaches, and the tools and technologies used by librarians teaching virtually! Posters will be organized under the following five tracks:

  • Accessibility and Inclusivity
  • Assessment
  • Instructional Collaborations
  • Project Planning & Management
  • Student Engagement

If you have questions, please contact ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee Co-Chairs, Matthew LaBrake ([email protected]) or Jennifer Shimada ([email protected]).

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