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

June 16, 2021
Training

The Boston Library Consortium has partnered with the New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium (NESCLiC) to host 3 workshops using lessons from the Library Carpentry curriculum. These are stand-alone sessions, so you can attend any or all of them. There will be opportunities to discuss questions you may have about the lesson topics as they relate to your library in a collaborative environment. These sessions lead into Taking the Next Step: Library Carpentry & Data Stewardship, led by Thea Atwood.

The series runs for three consecutive Wednesdays, starting on June 16th and ending on June 30th. Each workshop is scheduled for 1pm-5pm, allowing for office hours with the instructors. Registration for the workshops is limited to 25 attendees, and will be closed when that number is reached. Workshop instructors will be in touch with registrants prior to the sessions in order to provide additional details.

 

REGISTER FOR FULL WORKSHOP SERIES

 

Introduction to Data (Wednesday, June 16th, 1-5pm)

In the first session of our Library Carpentry series we will cover the Introduction to Working with Data from the Library Carpentry curriculum. We will discuss why understanding data matters in libraries, examples of places where a computational approach to problems can save time, and the basics of regular expressions. Bring your ideas and questions about jargon that you find frustrating (what is an API, anyway?), data that you collect or want to combine with other kinds of data, and tricks that you have learned when it comes to dealing with data in libraries,

 

Working with Spreadsheets (Tidy Data) (Wednesday, June 23rd, 1-5pm)

Spreadsheets are a common way to organize, store, and manipulate data in library work, but have you ever wondered how you could make your spreadsheets better? Or why your dates turn to five-digit numbers when you aren’t looking? Or what those little green tags that alert you to “numbers stored as text” mean? In this session we will look at how you can make your spreadsheets work for you, how you can create ways to help a group enter data consistently, and how you can make sure that the data in your spreadsheet can be used in other software, both now and in the future. 

 

Cleaning Data with OpenRefine (Wednesday, June 30th, 1-5pm)

A large part of working with data is cleaning it up so that you can analyse and display it. In this session we will look at OpenRefine, an open-source software that offers tools to explore your data, make mass updates, and export it in a variety of formats, all while keeping track of each step so you can undo actions or repeat the process on other datasets. 

 

New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium (NESCLiC)

The New England Software Carpentry Library Consortium, affectionately known as NESCLiC (https://nesclic.github.io/) an association of academic libraries and information technology organizations, joined the larger Carpentries organization as a community of practice focused on building data science skills in research computing, and extracting, wrangling, storing, analyzing, and visualizing data. Since we formed in 2017 we have had four cohorts of people go through the Carpentries Instructor Training and have participated as instructors in workshops at our own institutions and for organizations like the New England Chapter of the Association for Information Science & Technology. 

June 24, 2021
Training

This instruction session provides basic cataloging instruction for the RDA instructions relevant to continuing resources in electronic form, including serials and integrating resources such as online databases. All examples are provided using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD).

Register Here!

 

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to apply the RDA instructions specific to continuing and electronic resources, identify and distinguish serials and integrating resources, and understand major and minor title changes.

The session will be recorded, and the recording and ancillary materials will be posted on this page.


About the presenter:

Bobby Bothmann is professor and catalog & metadata librarian in Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bobby catalogs all formats and attends many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer and president. Bobby is a past chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and of the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group, and a past delegate on the Cataloguing Section Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA), where he contributed to the recent revision of the International Cataloguing Principles. 

This workshop is brought to the BLC membership by the Continuing Resources & Metadata Management COI, with support from the BLC Innovation Fund.

June 29, 2021
Meeting

The BLC Science & Engineering Community of Interest (CoI) will hold a general membership meeting on Tuesday June 29 from 2-3:30pm.  

The meeting will include introductions, discuss recruitment of new members, event planning, and group administration and co-chair terms of service. Anyone with an interest in science and/or engineering librarianship is welcome to attend!  

If you are not already a member of the BLC Science & Engineering listserv, please sign up here: http://lists.unh.edu/mailman/listinfo/blc.science 

July 07, 2021
Webinar

Library Carpentry provides you with an introduction to tools used to automate and improve processes and research. These tools are a piece of data stewardship, or the responsibility one has to ensure their data are safe, accessible, usable, and trusted. Each individual that works with data on a campus -- from a librarian compiling usage statistics to an anthropologist coding a survey -- has a hand in data stewardship. Further, as funding agencies and sponsors begin to closely examine non-compliance, skills associated with good data stewardship practices will be critical to the future success of research efforts. 

In this talk, we will explore the link between Library Carpentry, libraries, and data stewardship, as well as next steps you can take on your campus and beyond to further your skills and service offerings.  

Register Here!

 

About Thea Atwood:

Thea (pronounced “tey-ah”) Atwood is the Data Services Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She received her MSLIS from Syracuse University in 2012, where she focused on e-Science Librarianship -- an early iteration of the Data Science certification. Atwood leads the Data Services program at UMass Amherst, which includes providing individual data management consultations, workshops, and oversight in the development and support of the data repository. More broadly, she works to initiate culture change around data management practices, including through implementation of a research data management strategic plan. When Atwood is not leading through change, she is at her home in western Massachusetts, where she enjoys painting, bullet journaling, and hanging out with her spouse, goofy three-year-old, and two cats.

July 14, 2021
Meeting

The BLC's Media COI will hold a meeting on Wednesday, July 14th from 10:00am-11:00am. The agenda and login details will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

July 20, 2021 to July 22, 2021
Training


RDA provides methods to explicitly document types of relationships between the manifestation being described and the access points of agents responsible for the creation of or contribution to the work and/or expression embodied in the manifestation. RDA also allows for structured relationships between the work, expression, manifestation, and/or item and other works, expressions, manifestations, and items. These relationships are fundamental to the entity-relationship model put forth in the IFLA-LRM (International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions-Library Reference Model) theoretical model.
This workshop provides instructions on identifying and constructing access points for works, expressions, manifestations, and items and the application of relationship designators to various authorized access points using the MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data (MFBD).
 

This workshop will be presented in two parts, please register for each below. The workshop will be recorded, and the ancillary materials and recordings will be shared on this page.

Register Here for Part One (Tuesday, July 20th, 2pm-3pm)
Register Here for Part Two (Thursday, July 22nd, 3pm-4pm)

 

Learning Outcomes
Participants will be able to identify LRM entities, apply the RDA instructions for the construction of general access points for works, expressions, manifestations, and items, for the application of relationship designators to the access points, and for the methods to encode these relationships in the MFBD.
 

About the Presenter:

Bobby Bothmann is professor and catalog & metadata librarian in Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bobby catalogs all formats and attends many meetings. He is a member of the editorial board for Cataloging & Classification Quarterly and an active member of OLAC (OnLine Audiovisual Catalogers) where he has served in various leadership roles including treasurer and president. Bobby is a past chair of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) and of the CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group, and a past delegate on the Cataloguing Section Committee of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA), where he contributed to the recent revision of the International Cataloguing Principles. 

This workshop is brought to the BLC membership by the Continuing Resources & Metadata Management COI, with support from the BLC Innovation Fund.