The Boston Library Consortium actively supports professional development and training opportunities for its member libraries.  Recent news and upcoming events are described below.  Anyone wishing to work with the BLC on an event or program, should contact the Executive Director.

 

Please NOTE that the events listed below are open only to staff at BLC member libraries unless otherwise indicated.

Upcoming Events

February 26, 2018
Webinar

The BLC is pleased to announce the February webinar of our Expanding Knowledge Webinar Series "Expanding Knowledge: Data Analysis for Collection Management" with Mark Paris, Brandeis University's Collections Analysis Librarian and Sally Krash, the Interim Associate Dean for Content & Discovery at UMass Amherst Libraries, on Monday, February 26, from 10:00-11:00AM

This webinar will present an introduction to data analysis for collection management for the non-practitioner and provide insight into its relevance and application in participants' daily work in their library. 

Mark Paris identifies ways of improving the access and usage of resources for Brandeis, which has included using analytics to refine approval and DDA profiles for accquisitions. He also focuses on building analytical tools that help to facilitate conversations with academic departments and allow the library to begin thinking about an overall collection strategy. 

Sally Krash provides creative leadership and administrative oversight for scholarly resource collections, discovery systems and access services. She leads innovative projects in the areas of collections strategies and resource management platforms.

please register here

Please contact Susan Stearns or Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. The webinar will be presented using GoTo Webinar. We recommend using a headset for the audio if possible. Or, feel free to join with other colleagues at your institution and participate in a group.  We will be recording the presentation and archiving it on the BLC website in the events section should you be unable to attend in person.

February 28, 2018
Meeting

The BLC's Chemistry COI will have a conference call on Wednesday, February 28th form 1-2PM. Please see the GoTo Meeting call-in information below.

Please join this GoTo Meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/854192933 


You can also dial in using your phone:
United States: +1 (786) 535-3211 

Access Code: 854-192-933 


First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check: https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check 

 

March 01, 2018
Meeting

The next BLC Resource Sharing COI Meeting will be on March 1st, 2018 from 9:00AM-2:00PM at Northeastern University, Snell Library, Room 90.

Special Guests:

Rachel Frick (Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership)

Dennis Massie (Program Officer, OCLC Research)

Presenting - “The Value of Resource Sharing”

Key Themes:

Resource sharing must be considered in the context of the entire library, not in isolation.

Opportunities to collaborate are abundant and must be prioritized.

Most libraries lend so that they can borrow.

Data can help us understand our environment; rethink our priorities, policies and procedures; and demonstrate the value of collection-sharing.

Patrons are the key to everything!

 

Agenda and more information to follow.  

March 02, 2018
Webinar

The BLC is pleased to announce the first webinar of our two-part webinar series on the the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to preserve at-risk public media and provide a central web portal for access to unique programming. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and almost 30,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org

This two part webinar series will provide an overview on the AAPB as well as review ways in which it can be effectively used a a resource for teaching and research.


Part I - Friday, March 2, 10:00-11:00AM 
This webinar covers AAPB's background, governance and infrastructure. Casey Kaufman and Ryn Marchese of WGBH will discuss the scope, content and provenance of the AAPB collection; methods of searching, navigating, and accessing content in theAAPB; examples of the types of materials available in the AAPB collection, and the scholarly and research value of audiovisual collections and specifically public media archives.

REGISTER HERE 

 

LEARN ABOUT PART II HERE

 

Please join us for one or both webinars, presented using GoTo Webinar. Please contact Susan Stearns or Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. We recommend using a headset for the audio if possible. Or, feel free to join with other colleagues at your institution and participate as a group.  We will be recording the presentation and archiving it on the BLC website in the "Member Events" section should you be unable to attend in person.

March 21, 2018
Webinar

The BLC is pleased to announce the second webinar in our two-part webinar series on the the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB). The AAPB is a collaboration between the Library of Congress and the WGBH Educational Foundation to preserve at-risk public media and provide a central web portal for access to unique programming. The entire collection is available on location at the Library of Congress and WGBH, and almost 30,000 programs are available online at americanarchive.org. 

Part II - Wednesday, March 21, 1:30-3:00PM

In this webinar, panelists will explore specific use cases for librarians and researchers in accessing and making use of the AAPB collection. This will include a general overview of how scholars and researchers are seeking to use digital AV collections, a brief recap of how AAPB provides access to its collection to researchers and the general public, incorporating AAPB into subject-specific LibGuides, use of audiovisual collections in traditional historical research and in academic coursework, and examples of how AAPBmetadata and transcripts can be used in digital humanities research and data mining. 

REGISTER HERE

Please join us for one or both webinars, presented using GoTo Webinar. Please contact Susan Stearns or Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. We recommend using a headset for the audio if possible. Or, feel free to join with other colleagues at your institution and participate as a group.  We will be recording the presentation and archiving it on the BLC website in the "Member Events" section should you be unable to attend in person.

March 23, 2018
Meeting

The Heads of Resource Management COI will meet on Friday, March 23rd, 10:00AM-12:30PM.

The location and other details will be emailed to the COI listserv prior to the meeting.

March 23, 2018
Webinar

The BLC is pleased to announce the March webinar of our Expanding Knowledge Webinar Series "Expanding Knowledge: Health Science Services and Resources" with Amanda Nevius, liaison to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine at the Hirsh Health Sciences Library and Hilary Kraus, Associate Librarian for Nursing & Health at UMass Dartmouth, on Friday, March 23, 2018 from 10:00-11:00AM

This webinar will present an overview of research assistance on health sciences topics for librarians with all levels of experience. Topics include an introduction to health sciences users and their needs, as well as a range of free and subscription-based resources available in BLC member libraries to answer their questions. It will also discuss how knowledge of the health sciences can assist librarians with their own work.

Amanda Nevius has worked in health sciences libraries for 10 years, with the majority of her time focused on research and instruction in academic libraries supporting graduate and postgraduate health sciences programs. She is the co-chair of the BLC's Health Sciences COI.

Hilary Kraus has worked as a science and health science librarian for over 15 years, primarily as liaison to nursing faculty and students. Prior to moving to New England, she served as liaison to the colleges of nursing at DePaul University and Loyola University in Chicago. She is the co-chair of the BLC's Health Sciences COI.

 

Please register here

 

Please contact Susan Stearns or Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. The webinar will be presented using GoTo Webinar. We recommend using a headset for the audio if possible. Or, feel free to join with other colleagues at your institution and participate in a group.  We will be recording the presentation and archiving it in the "Member Events" section of the BLC website should you be unable to attend in person.

 

April 18, 2018

The BLC is pleased to announce the April webinar of our Expanding Knowledge Webinar Series "Expanding Knowledge: Library Instruction and Teaching" with Dianne N. Brown, Social Science Research & Instruction Librarian at Tufts University  and Lorraine Heffernan, Business & Economics Librarian at UMass Dartmouth, on Wednesday, April 18 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.

This webinar will present an overview of current approaches to library instruction for library staff at all levels of involvement. Topics will cover Information Literacy in theory and practice, the shift from the ACRL Standards to the ACRL Framework, differentiating teaching for various populations, using classes to promote other library services, and current pedagogies and tools. 

 

Dianne N. Brown has worked at the Tisch Library at Tufts University for two years. Prior to working at Tufts, Dianne was a research & instruction librarian at Lesley University. Teaching is Dianne's favorite thing about being a librarian.

Lorraine Heffernan has worked as a business & economics librarian for seven years, and had been the library instruction liaison for freshman English classes for several years.  She is a career changer who previously spent many years working in finance within the securities industry.

 

Please register here

 

Please contact Executive Director Susan Stearns or Program Coordinator Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. The webinar will be presented using GoTo Webinar. We recommend using a headset for the audio if possible. Or, feel free to join with other colleagues at your institution and participate in a group.  We will be recording the presentation and archiving it in the "Member Events"  section of the BLC website should you be unable to attend in person.

 

April 26, 2018
Training

The BLC is pleased to announce our upcoming collaboration with the Librarians Active Learning InstituteActive Learning with Primary Sources, a half-day workshop specially designed for BLC member libraries. The workshop will be held in the John J. Burns Library at Boston College on April 26th from 1PM-5PM.


PLEASE REGISTER HERE

In this workshop, participants will engage in a reflection activity to consolidate their learning, discuss applications for their teaching, ask questions, and discuss points of interest.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to utilize backward design in teaching, create measurable learning objectives, and outline learning activities, instructional methods, and assessments.


Instructors: 
Laura Barrett, Director of Education and Outreach, Dartmouth College 
Peter Carini, Archivist, Dartmouth College
Cindy Tobery, Associate Director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Dartmouth College


Please contact Executive Director Susan Stearns or Program Coordinator Jessica Hardin if you have any questions. 
 
We hope to see you there.
 

April 27, 2018
Symposium

The BLC is sponsoring our Streaming Media COI's upcoming event "Streaming Media for All: Accessibility Guidelines and Best Practices", on Friday, April 27th at the Theology and Ministry Library at Boston College from 10AM-4PM. 

Presenters will address best practices, services, guidelines and workflows at their institutions regarding captioning and/or audio description of their collections, whether commercial or newly created content. There will also be a segment with commercial streaming media vendors who will showcase their accessibility features. Attendees will learn about services and products that can enhance media accessibility at their institutions. 

 

PLEASE REGISTER HERE

 

Speakers:
Kyle Courtney, Copyright Advisor, Harvard University
Carli Spina, Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach, Boston College 
Laura Quilter, Copyright and Information Policy Librarian, UMass Amherst
Shirley Cho, Academic Resources and Operations Specialist in the Center for Teaching Excellence, Boston College
Jeremy Smith, Digital Projects Manager, UMass Amherst 
Holly Mockavak, Head, Music Library, Boston University 

Kate Silfen, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Librarian, Boston University

Vendors:
Kaltura
3Play Media 
WGBH
Kanopy
Infobase (Films on Demand)
Alexander Street Press/Proquest
Swank Motion Pictures 

 

Registration ends Thursday, April 19th. The event will be recorded and posted in the Member Events section of the BLC website, if you are not able to attend in person. If you have any questions, please email Executive Director Susan Stearns or Program Coordinator Jessica Hardin.

June 01, 2018
Training

The BLC is sponsoring the 8th annual Social Science Librarians Boot Camp will be held on Friday, June 1st at Tisch Library, Tufts University in Medford, MA.

The conference is an opportunity for librarians working in the social sciences to come together to hear the latest research on social science topics, learn new skills, and network with peers.

Registration will open in Spring 2018. Check the SSLBC website for the latest information.

June 13, 2018 to June 15, 2018
Training

Join us for the 10th Anniversary of the New England Science Boot Camp for Librarians held on June 13-15, 2018 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Science Boot Camp is an immersive experience that provides librarians with the opportunity to network with peers and learn about topics in physical sciences, health sciences, life sciences, and technology. The topics for this year’s SBC science sessions are:

Genetic Counseling
Ecology
Materials Science

 

Registration will open in Spring 2018.

 

For updates and more information, visit http://guides.library.umass.edu/sciboot18

For general questions, please contact Ellen Lutz at lutz@library.umass.edu