Date: Wednesday, September 2, 2020
Time: All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.
Description: Have you ever tried to write a how-to manual or other documentation for your library’s processes? Have you gotten overwhelmed trying to figure out where to start, or too busy keeping up with your day-to-day work to take a step back and document it? Most of us know that documentation is important to continuity and sustainability of processes in library work, but it’s a very easy thing to write off as too hard, or to mentally set aside for a “slow period” that never comes. Lessons from the field of technical writing can help us prioritize these important tasks. While most librarians are not trained technical writers, we can incorporate some tips from technical writers into our work to make our documentation creation easier.
At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Understand the benefits of approaching documentation from a technical writing mindset
- Identify the five steps of the technical writing process
- Articulate ways in which the technical writing process is relevant to documenting library workflows
Who should attend?
Anyone in charge of writing documentation for processes or workflows.
Emily Nimsakont is the Cataloging and Metadata Trainer at Amigos Library Services. She has over ten years of experience in cataloging and technical services, including digital asset management for a corporation, head of technical services at an academic law library, and cataloger/trainer at the Nebraska Library Commission. She holds a master’s degree in library science from University of Missouri-Columbia, a master’s degree in museum studies from University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a bachelor’s degree in history and psychology from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois.
Registration Fees: ALCTS Member $43; Non-member $59; Group rate $129
How to use “WELL” Design Principles to Address Covid-19 and Create Healthier Libraries (Free Aug 25 LJ Webcast)
Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Time: 2-3 PM ET, 11 AM-12 PM PT
The changes we see certainly impact our community, economy, workplace and our peace of mind. Many communities may or may not be faced with the notion of going back to offices, schools, and public facilities. If your community is one preparing for a ‘re-opening’, this webinar discusses WELL design principles that will help you tackle tough space problems related to the pandemic while also making your library healthier for the long haul.
Concepts of WELL design directly address the physical challenges created by the pandemic with space configuration, flexible furniture arrangements, new technology and adjustments to building systems. However we will go beyond the physical and discuss how WELL design principles can improve patrons sense of wellbeing, safety and ability to relax and focus
- Kelly K. Bauer, ncidq, fiida / Partner, White Baux Studio
- Joe S. Agati, Director of Design, COO Agati Furniture
According to Library Journal “The American Library Association announced “that in light of the continuing pandemic, the next Midwinter meeting, originally scheduled to be held in Indianapolis in January 2021, will be an all-virtual event.
The preliminary lineup of speakers will be announced early this fall, and announcements of programs, sessions, meetings, and exhibits will be rolled out on an ongoing basis. Registration will open in November; the price has not yet been determined.
This would have been ALA’s last in-person Midwinter; plans were already afoot to introduce a new model for the gathering, which has been held yearly—with a few exceptions—since 1908…
Given the unpredictable nature of COVID-19 outbreaks across the country, ALA leadership decided that it would be better to decide now, rather than opt for an in-person event and potentially have to cancel, or wait and leave less time to plan for either scenario. The most important consideration, ALA president Julius J. Jefferson Jr. told LJ, is “the safety of our members, ALA staff, and all of our stakeholders…”
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.