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

October 20, 2020
Webinar

The challenges students face when conducting research can feel overwhelming. In this presentation, Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian Linda Mork, a former high school English teacher, K-12 media specialist, and academic librarian, will offer ideas about teaching concepts from the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in order to help students of all ages understand and navigate the information ecosystem and provide strategies to help move them past common research roadblocks.

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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 Pilot Project page.

October 22, 2020
Webinar

This discussion-based webinar offers guidance for academic library staff who want to conduct research and get published. The webinar comes from the perspectives of four librarian authors and editors who are at varying stages of their careers. Speakers will attempt to demystify topics such as developing research ideas and methods, conducting research projects, writing for your audience, intriguing editors with unique angles to your work, and more.

Tips and tricks will be shared! Speakers will address a diverse range of publication types, from peer-reviewed articles to reviews and case studies. This webinar is designed for any and all library workers who want to explore pursuing research and publishing, including librarians going up for promotion, tenure, or review. Following the webinar, attendees will be provided with additional learning materials to keep.

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will understand how to develop research ideas and identify methodologies.
  • Attendees will identify the various elements and avoid the various pitfalls of the research, writing, and publishing process.
  • Attendees will understand the editorial process for various types of publications, think through their research agendas, and select the right venues for their work.

Presenters:

Michael Rodriguez is the Collections Strategist at the University of Connecticut Library, where he coordinates collection development and strategic initiatives. Prior to this role, he was Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian, also at UConn, and E-Learning Librarian at Hodges University in Florida. A 2017 graduate of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship, he has published three book chapters and many articles and reviews in Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship, Charleston Advisor, Technical Services Quarterly, and other venues. Michael is a column editor for Serials Review and was a Library Journal Reviewer of the Year and an Against the Grain Up-and-Comer.

Juleah Swanson is an Assistant Professor and Head of Acquisition Services at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Her research areas include exploring librarianship through the lens of racial, ethnic, and professional identity theory, as well as examining equity and inclusion in the knowledge production system, using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Juleah has published a number of peer reviewed articles in journals such as College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, In the Library with the Lead Pipe, and Library Resources & Technical Services. Juleah was a participant in the first cohort of the Institute for Research Design in Librarianship.

Ken Varnum is the Senior Program Manager for Discovery, Delivery, and Library Analytics at the University of Michigan Library. In this role, Ken is responsible for the library's discovery interface and the library's evolving and emerging analytics infrastructure. He received a master's degree from the University of Michigan's School of Information and his Bachelor of Arts from Grinnell College. Ken is editor of the open-access, peer-reviewed journal Information Technology and Libraries. In addition to numerous articles and chapters, he has written or edited five books, including 2019’s Beyond Reality: Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed Reality in the Library.

October 22, 2020
Webinar

Consortial partners, commercial developers and related technology-focused organizations came together in mid-2018 to create new resource sharing solutions amidst an environment of increasing market consolidation and concerns about worsening service. ReShare is an open source, community-owned resource sharing solution which can be self-hosted or hosted by a service provider to extend a shared index and resource sharing functionality to groups of libraries. Presenters will demonstrate the software, describe the partnership that created it, and will provide insight into planned future developments, with special focus on the specifications being developed for a suite of tools to facilitate controlled digital lending while making use of interlibrary lending workflows, controls and safeguards. More on the website: https://projectreshare.org/

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Please note that this webinar is open only to staff at BLC member libraries. The webinar will be recorded and shared within the BLC.

October 26, 2020
Meeting

The BLC AUL/AD COI will hold a virtual meeting on Monday, October 26th from 2pm-3:30pm. The agenda and login information will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

October 27, 2020
Webinar

Employee engagement can be challenging. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will learn how to engage staff in meaningful ways while creating a culture of positivity and respect. Based on real life situations and years of communicating and working with staff, managers from Wake County will explore the key factors they discovered that contribute to a happy work environment. Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas that have worked in their organizations.

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Brandy Hamilton is currently a Regional Library Manager within the Wake County Public Libraries system, in the greater Raleigh Area. She holds a BA in English and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. She has more than 18 years of library and management experience. Brandy has been active in the North Carolina Library Association for 18 years, holding a variety of positions. She is the current Chair for the Leadership, Administration, and Management Section of the association.

Rita Bhattacharyya is the Adult Services Department Manager within the Wake County Library System, located in the greater Raleigh area. She holds a BS in Social Work from Texas Tech University and a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rita began her career as a youth services librarian and transitioned to adult services in 2014. Her professional interests are making sure that the library system provides exceptional service to all areas of the population.

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 Pilot Project page.

 

October 28, 2020
Webinar

Git was built for programmers to keep track of changes to their code. GitHub was built for allowing programmers to share their code. But anybody can use this powerful and popular combo of software and platform, for writing, for building websites and for collaboration. This presentation will explain the basics of using Git and GitHub, for an audience of non-programmers, using examples from libraries.

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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 Pilot Project page.

October 28, 2020
Webinar

As libraries continue to work online or in a hybrid format, the need for well-designed and effectively facilitated meetings rises. Disorganized or poorly run Zoom meetings can lead to wasted time and frustrated teams. Attendees will learn techniques they can use immediately to plan for a meeting and develop a participatory environment where all attendees are proposing ideas and contributing to the meeting's success. 

This session will be led by Angel Truesdale - Social Sciences and Business Librarian at UNC-Charlotte. 

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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 Pilot Project page.

November 06, 2020
Meeting

The BLC Special Collections COI will hold a virtual meeting on Friday, November 6th from 11am-12pm. The agenda and login information will be shared via the COI's list-serv.

November 06, 2020
Webinar

Changes in how instruction is delivered may lead Librarians who do reference and instruction to reflect on their role. The field of Learning Design both identifies the pain points of the learning process and offers conceptual tools Librarians can use to make that process more effective, individually or in collaboration with other instructors, regardless of the teaching modality. Using common Librarian tasks, this webinar will demonstrate scenarios of how to collaborate with an Instructional Designer and use Learning Design to both engage students and produce targeted outcomes that help students perform well in their courses.

By the end of the workshop, audience members will be able to describe techniques and concepts that create effective learning and will be able to collaborate with Learning Designers or other librarians to adapt their instruction and instructional support to the changing environment of online learning and the hybrid classroom.

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Presenters:
John McCormick, Associate Director of Learning Design, Brandeis University

Peter Shea, Professional Development Director and Learning Designer, Middlesex Community College

Viral Amin, Reference Librarian for Electronic Resources, Bentley University Library

November 09, 2020
Meeting

The BLC Heads of Resource Management (HRM) Committee will hold its Fall 2020 meeting on Monday, November 9th from 12pm-2pm. The agenda and login information will be shared via the Committee's list-serv.

November 09, 2020
Webinar

The BLC is pleased to bring  this webinar and Q&A session to our member libraries. Please join Chris Freeland, Director of Open Libraries, from Internet Archive for an overview of how controlled digital lending works. Attendees will learn how Internet Archive acquires books; how they are scanned in our scanning centers; how they are made available to blind and print disabled patrons; how they are made available to readers one-at-a-time via controlled digital lending; and how they are connected to Wikipedia and other resources. The session will also cover how libraries can join the Open Libraries program to provide access to these books for their patrons, as well as how Open Libraries can be used to make decisions about physical collections.

The webinar will take place on Monday, November 9th, 2020 from 2:00pm-3:00pm. Register via the link below. 

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The webinar will be recorded and shared via this website and the BLC.Announce list-serv. The webinar is only open to staff at BLC member institutions.

About the presenter:

Chris Freeland is the Director of Open Libraries at the Internet Archive, working in support of the organization's mission to provide "Universal access to all knowledge." Before joining the Internet Archive Chris was an Associate University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, managing Washington University Libraries' digital initiatives and related services. He holds an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri-Columbia. His research explores the intersections of science and technology in a cultural heritage context, having published and presented on a variety of topics relating to the use of new media and emerging technologies in libraries and museums.
 

November 10, 2020
Webinar

JSTOR Open Community Collections: Getting Primary Source/Special Collections into the Research Workflow

Join us on Tuesday, November 10, from 1:00-2:00 PM EST to hear how JSTOR is working with institutions to make their special collections and archive content openly available through their Open Community Collections initiative. This quickly growing program is already helping faculty and scholars worldwide enhance their teaching and research with rich primary source materials. This session for BLC member institutions will be led by Bruce Heterick, SVP of Open Collections & Infrastructure, who will detail the goals of this initiative, spotlight the collections that are being contributed daily, share data on usage, and outline how your library can share digitized text and image collections in the JSTOR channel.

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November 18, 2020
Meeting

The BLC's Business COI holds monthly virtual meetings; this month's meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 187th at 9am. Login information and any agenda items are shared via the COI's list-serv and Slack channel. 

November 19, 2020
Webinar

Please join Edward Lim (UConn) and Jiebei Luo (Boston College) on Tuesday, November 19th at 11am as they provide an overview of selected official statistical information collected in the People’s Republic of China, with a particular focus on economic and financial data on Mainland China. It will explore options beyond the official statistics and ‘known data’ and discuss what needs to be considered when ‘thinking’ about data used for economic and financial research.

Attendees will be able to:

  • Identify China's information custodians.
  • Identify and use suitable tools to find and access different information sources related to China.

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Edward Lim is the Business & Entrepreneurship Librarian at the University of Connecticut. He joined in March 2020 just as COVID-19 unfolded, so he has been working remotely from Singapore. Edward has been a business librarian since 2011. Previously he worked at New York University Shanghai in China as the Reference and Research Services Librarian for Business. His time at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore allowed him to experience stints in library user experience, marketing & outreach, and access services. Follow @BarbarianEd on Twitter and ask him anything.

 

Jiebei Luo is a Data Services Librarian at Boston College’s O’Neill Library, where she provides services and support related to research data acquisition, management, curation and visualization. She offers a variety of data instruction workshops and research consultation sessions for faculty and students. She is currently also serving as the interim liaison librarian for economics and business data. (Her research interests center on data literacy instruction, evidence-based statistical analysis, data visualization, scholarly communication, and library assessment.)