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.

An archive of the BLC's past events is available here.

Upcoming Events

September 21, 2021
Professional Development Alliance

TikTok is a popular social media app that allows users to create and share short, bite-size videos. While teenagers and young adults have made up the vanguard user group of this platform since its start in 2017, millennials and older generations have increasingly joined the app in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially known for its viral dance crazes and lip syncing challenges, TikTok has grown to become a rich community space for knowledge and skill sharing.

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Presenter: 

Natalie Ornat, Humanities Librarian, UNC Charlotte

This webinar is offered to staff at BLC member libraries as part of the pilot Professional Development Alliance. To learn more about the Alliance, and to see all available webinars, please visit the Professional Development Alliance Project page.

 

September 22, 2021
Professional Development Alliance

Develop leadership at every level of your library after hearing the experiences of two veterans in the field in this practical and inspiring session. Former library director Maxine Bleiweis found ways to open up opportunities to all staff members through daily practices that helped staff become their best and step forward in the library, the community and the profession. Kate Byroade went from shelver to library director to statewide leader with the encouragement of wise supervisors and an adventuresome spirit. You’ll come away with ideas to put immediately into action and a plan for a longer strategy.

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Presenters:

  • Maxine Bleiweis
  • Kate Byroade

This webinar is offered to staff at BLC member libraries as part of the pilot Professional Development Alliance. To learn more about the Alliance, and to see all available webinars, please visit the Professional Development Alliance Project page.

 

September 23, 2021
Professional Development Alliance

Rodney Freeman, founder of the Black Male Archives, will spend some time walking us through his initial ideas to final creation of this amazing project. The objective is to capture, curate, and promote positive stories about Black men to combat the negative images portrayed in the media. Rodney recently left his library director position to dedicate himself to making his dream a reality. During this webinar, he will also provide us with a demonstration on all the features of the archive and how libraries and archives can use this material for instruction and DEI related activities. Come with your questions and suggestions on how to support Rodney's work.

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This webinar is offered to staff at BLC member libraries as part of the pilot Professional Development Alliance. To learn more about the Alliance, and to see all available webinars, please visit the Professional Development Alliance Project page.

 

September 27, 2021 to October 04, 2021
Webinar

The BLC LGBTQIA+ Caucus is delighted to host the next speaker in the Series, Joan Ilacqua, Executive Director of the The History Project, on Monday, September 27th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This presentation is open to the full membership and will discuss Ms. Ilacqua's work in The History Poject, "[...] the only organization focused exclusively on documenting and preserving the history of New England’s LGBTQ communities and sharing that history with LGBTQ individuals, organizations, allies, and the public."

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This presentation will be followed by a more focused conversation with the LGBTQIA+ Caucus on Monday, October 4th, from 1:00pm-2:00pm. This conversation will also include Micha Broadnax, who will talk specifically about their project, Documenting Black Queer Boston.
If you are a member of the LGBTQIA+ Caucus or identify as a LGBTQIA+ library student or worker in the New England Region, please click here to register for this conversation.
September 30, 2021
Webinar

As colleges and universities develop and/or refine their equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) plans, departments and other units across those institutions are asked to demonstrate support for these plans. The library's collections are a tangible way to show support for this work and highlight how we can make significant progress in this area now while other measures of EDI progress are slow at best.

This session will discuss how and why the development of collections for diversity can be approached and is the work of all with selection responsibilities in our libraries.

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After the webinar, Ms. Young will meet with the members of the BIPOC Caucus for an informal conversation. If you are a member of the Caucus, or identify as a BIPOC library student or worker in the New England Region, please register for that conversation here.

 

About the Presenter: 

Courtney L. Young is University Librarian at Colgate University. She graduated with a BA from The College of Wooster and earned a MS in Library Science from Simmons College (now University). Before coming to Colgate, she held library positions at Penn State University, Michigan State University, and The Ohio State University. Courtney has served in a variety of leadership roles in the American Library Association (ALA), including being elected the 2014-2015 ALA President. She is a recipient of the Simmons Alumni Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence in Library and Information Professional Endeavors. Courtney frequently presents and publishes on issues related to advocacy, academic librarianship, diversity, leadership, and professional development.  
 

This event is presented as part of the ongoing BIPOC Speaker Series. Learn more about the series at blc.org/BIPOCseries

October 22, 2021
Webinar

Even for the most seasoned librarian, business reference can be a challenge. Industry questions that focus on emerging or niche areas are common, as are queries about what consumers want, both today and years into the future. Patrons often want to know detailed information on a large public company’s internal operations or a small private company’s financials and growth strategy. This workshop will unpack the secrets to bizref success through a combination of activities focused on core business topics as well as some more advanced “pro-tip” strategies for taking full advantage of all potential bizref resources. Additionally, information literacy and teaching and learning tactics will be explored through the lens of business reference. The workshop is designed to get participants to gain new insights into the vibrant bizref ecosystem and build upon existing skills and strengths while having fun and interacting with colleagues. 

 

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About Celia Ross:

Celia is a Senior Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan's Ross (no relation) School of Business. She grew up in Stratham, NH where her first job as a teenager was at the Wiggin Memorial Library. She has worked in business reference in a variety of settings, from a small venture capital firm to a global consulting firm and in public and academic libraries. Along the way, she learned many of the skills and techniques she describes in her book, Making Sense of Business Reference. MSBR is now in its second edition and was named an Outstanding Business Reference Source by the American Library Association's (ALA's) Business Reference Sources (BRASS) Committee. She has been teaching ALA's Business Reference 101 online course for over fifteen years to students from across the globe and in 2014 was the recipient of the BRASS Excellence in Business Librarianship award. When she’s not hanging out with her husband (also a librarian) and two daughters, Celia reads (mostly British and other mysteries), runs (super slowly), and gardens (very haphazardly). Ask her about her Chia Pet collection!

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.

November 12, 2021
Webinar

In this interactive 90-minute workshop, we will cover an introduction to the systematic review process, with a focus on the steps of question formulation, protocol development, searching for studies, and study selection. The session will also cover guidelines and standards, tools and software, and comprehensive searching in EBSCO Business Source Complete database.

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By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the steps undertaken when conducting a systematic review
  • Formulate a narrow focused review question
  • Determine which databases/sources to search for a given systematic review question
  • Create a comprehensive search in Business Source Complete database
  • Differentiate between and describe the purpose of conducting and reporting guidelines
  • Describe the two stages of screening

 

About the Presenter:

Dr. Zahra Premji is a Health Research Librarian at the University of Victoria Libraries, in Victoria, BC. Prior to this role, she was a business librarian at the University of Calgary where she developed her competencies in evidence synthesis for Business/Management. She has designed and delivered numerous workshops on systematic reviews to both discipline specific (Medicine, Social Work, Business) and general audiences, including 2 co-facilitated highly attended workshops at Academy of Management conferences in 2020 and 2021. She has also collaborated and co-authored systematic reviews in both business and medicine and has co-instructed a graduate level course on systematic reviews.

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.

December 10, 2021
Webinar

This active learning workshop will consider the scenario of a New England-area entrepreneur opening a business for a local market.Participants will cover four common research needs of entrepreneurs:•industry identification and analysis, •market identification and sizing, •competitive intelligence, and •financial benchmarking. The workshop will focus on free resources, including annual Census demographic and industry data, but will also incorporate a few well-known commercial databases such as DataAxle and SimplyAnalytics.

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About the Presenter:

Steve Cramer is the entrepreneurship librarian for UNC Greensboro, an urban, social mobility campus at which social entrepreneurship and cross-campus (ex. arts) entrepreneurship are particularly popular. He also serves as a Coleman Fellow for Entrepreneurship Education and a co-chair of the Entrepreneurship and Libraries Conference.

 

 

 

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.

January 28, 2022
Webinar

In this workshop, Jennifer will introduce you to New England-specific sources in the public domain from the federal government, open access from states, and a few commercially available data sources. Make sure you are using a laptop or workstation, so you can apply search strategies and customize the handouts for your community. By the end of our time, you will be going beyond the Census to describe your community'sbusiness environment or help your entrepreneurs and researchers.

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About the Presenter:

Jennifer Boettcher is the Business Reference Librarian at Georgetown University since 1997. She was formerly Business Librarian at Texas A&M University and Head of Reference at the National SBDC Center Research Network. She got her BA in Art History degree at UNH-Durham, MLS at SUNY-Albany, and MBA at Georgetown. Her research focuses on open data from government sources and industry research. She co-authored, with Leonard Gaines, Industry Research Using the Economic Census: How to Find It, How to Use It (Greenwood Press, 2004) and has written widely on the NAICS classification system and OpenData.

 

About the BLC Business Librarianship Speaker Series:

The Business Series is organized by Business COI member Alison Messier (UMass Amherst) and Co-Chairs Edward Junhao Lim (UConn) and Wendy Pothier (UNH), with financial support from the BLC Innovation Fund. To see the full list of presenters and topics, visit the Series webpage.