The Boston Library Consortium actively supports professional development and training opportunities for our member libraries. Member events are open only to staff at BLC member libraries, unless otherwise indicated.

Please contact us if you wish to collaborate with the BLC on a future event or program.

Upcoming Events

April 26, 2021
Meeting

Members of the BIPOC Caucus are invited to participate in a conversation with Sofia Leung on Monday, April 26th from 1:00pm - 2:00pm, prior to her presentation to the full BLC membership later that week as part of the BLC BIPOC Caucus Speaker Series. This event is open to library workers and students who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color.

Register Here!

To register for the BLC BIPOC Caucus, please email Mei Méndez (mmendez@blc.org).

 

Sofia Leung is a first-generation Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator and the principal of Do Better, Be Better LLC. Her work employs Critical Race Theory and Emergent Strategy principles. Sofia is a founding editor at up//root: a we here publication, and a facilitator for the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. She is the co-editor of Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies Through Critical Race Theory (MIT Press). She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her B.A. in English from Barnard College.

     

April 27, 2021
Webinar

In October 2020, the BLC announced the launch of the OpenBLC pilot initiative to support faculty adoption of OER across the 19 member libraries, supported by a generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the OER Community of Interest will lead a core group of librarians and staff from the member libraries in designing a workshop series for faculty to increase their understanding and awareness of open textbooks. The Presidential Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation will fund $200 stipends for up to 50 faculty members who attend a workshop and review an open text in the Open Textbook Library, a collection of 800 freely available electronic textbooks supported by the OEN.

Register Here!

Faculty at any of the 19 BLC member libraries are invited to attend this workshop for an overview of the current state of Open Educational Resources (OER) as tools to facilitate access, inclusivity, and equity, and as tools to change the landscape of higher education pedagogy.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore OER in their discipline, and will leave with a stronger understanding of their role as OER consumers, creators, and advocates.

Share your expertise by writing a review of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library, a collection of more than 850 freely available electronic textbooks.

This workshop will be offered once in April and once in May 2021. More information about OpenBLC can be found via this link: blc.org/openBLC

April 29, 2021
Webinar

Exploring Power Within Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This webinar will discuss how power structures and impacts our work in diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will explore power dynamics and how they feed into our collective and individual responsibility in creating racially just work environments. Participants will also have an opportunity to build their own action steps towards improving organizational culture.

Register Here!

Sofia Leung is a first-generation Chinese American librarian, facilitator, and educator and the principal of Do Better, Be Better LLC. Her work employs Critical Race Theory and Emergent Strategy principles. Sofia is a founding editor at up//root: a we here publication, and a facilitator for the Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Immersion Program. She is the co-editor of Knowledge Justice: Disrupting Library and Information Studies Through Critical Race Theory (MIT Press). She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science and a Master’s in Public Administration, both from the University of Washington in Seattle, and her B.A. in English from Barnard College.

May 04, 2021
Meeting

Want to learn more about the BLC Research Academy, the BLC's new professional development program for advancing your skills with information literacy research and assessment?

Join us for the virtual Information Session on Tuesday, May 4, 11 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. ET, and meet Dr. Alison Head, the Director of Project Information Literacy (PIL), who is heading up the new nine-month virtual academy and developing the program for an inaugural cohort of 12 BLC Fellows, drawn from the BLC membership. This is also a chance for PIL to hear from you as we shape the program for the BLC context, and learn more about your research interests and cross-institutional collaborations. The BLC Academy begins in August 2021 and ends in April 2022 with a BLC-wide forum showcasing Fellow's research projects.

Register Here!

 

 

 

May 04, 2021
Meeting

The BLC's Resource Sharing COI will hold a virtual meeting on Tuesday, May 4th from 1:30-3:00pm. The agenda and login information will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

May 07, 2021
Meeting

The BLC's AUL/AD Community of Interest will hold a virtual meeting on Friday, May 7th from 10am-12pm. The agenda and login information will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

May 14, 2021
Meeting

The BLC Access Services COI will hold a virtual meeting on Friday, May 14th from 10:00am-11:30am. The agenda and login information will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

May 19, 2021
Webinar

In October 2020, the BLC announced the launch of the OpenBLC pilot initiative to support faculty adoption of OER across the 19 member libraries, supported by a generous grant from the Davis Educational Foundation.

During the 2020-2021 academic year, the OER Community of Interest will lead a core group of librarians and staff from the member libraries in designing a workshop series for faculty to increase their understanding and awareness of open textbooks. The Presidential Grant from the Davis Educational Foundation will fund $200 stipends for up to 50 faculty members who attend a workshop and review an open text in the Open Textbook Library, a collection of 800 freely available electronic textbooks supported by the OEN.

REGISTER HERE!

Faculty at any of the 19 BLC member libraries are invited to attend this workshop for an overview of the current state of Open Educational Resources (OER) as tools to facilitate access, inclusivity, and equity, and as tools to change the landscape of higher education pedagogy.

Workshop participants will have an opportunity to explore OER in their discipline, and will leave with a stronger understanding of their role as OER consumers, creators, and advocates.

Share your expertise by writing a review of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library, a collection of more than 850 freely available electronic textbooks.

This workshop will be offered once in April and once in May 2021. More information about OpenBLC can be found via this link: blc.org/openBLC