Professional Development Alliance - Pilot Project

The BLC, together with eight other multi-type library consortia, have joined the Professional Development Alliance, a pilot project to gauge the feasibility and workflows necessary to share professional development expertise and experience and deliver additional value to our member libraries. This new initiative multiplies the number and variety of online professional development opportunities available to the member libraries of each participating consortium. The pilot will run from September - December 2020, with regular meetings of the appropriate program officers to assess impact on consortial workflows, attendance from participating consortia, and attendee feedback on both the pilot project and the content delivered.

In addition to the BLC, participating consortia include ASERL, ATLA, CARLI, LOUIS, MINITEX, NC Live, SCELC, and SEFLIN.

Upcoming Professional Development Alliance webinars are listed below. 

September Calendar

Date & Time Presentation Title & Description Consortium

Thursday,

9/3

12pm

EST

Creating Patron Driven Acquisitions for Your Library

Due to a large online student presence, in part by two fully-accredited online degrees at Fuller Theological Seminary, the David Allan Hubbard Library recognized this pedagogical shift and developed its own patron-driven model in library acquisitions as a departure from "classic" collection development methods.

ATLA

Thursday,

9/3

1pm

EST

Best Practices for Effective Email Outreach

Effective and appropriate communication is now more important than ever. In a profession driven by collaboration and cooperation, the nuances of communication and tone can set the tone for future interactions. Informed by the DISC model, this webinar will teach participants how to craft their message depending on the audience, successfully apply the DISC model, and draw on this knowledge for any future communications.

BLC

Tuesday,

9/15

12pm

EST

Introduction to Creative Commons Licensing

Dr. Jeanne Pavy, a graduate of the Creative Commons (CC) Certificate program will present an introduction to CC licenses including the impact of CC licenses in higher education. She will explore how developing this expertise can better position the library to support a culture of open (OER, OA, etc.) on campus. She will also share insights from the CC Certification Course for those who might be considering enrolling in the course.

LOUIS

Tuesday,

9/15

2pm EST

Best Practices for Marketing & Social Media

A library’s social media presence has the potential to increase community engagement and bring your current programming to an online audience. Even with limited staff and time, Libbie Hough - Communications Manager for Orange County Public Library - will share best practices for marketing library services and events as well as ways to manage user engagement over time. Learn how social media platforms can help your library build local partnerships and connect with your community online.

NC LIVE

Thursday,

9/17

2pm EST

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

Growth mindset, the belief that we can improve, seems simple but is nuanced, powerful, and relevant to any person. In this session, Eduardo Briceño, who co-founded Mindset Works with Carol Dweck and has two TEDx talks watched by millions, will deepen our understanding of growth mindset theory and practice. He will share key research, common misconceptions, and ways that we can all cultivate a growth mindset in ourselves and in others. Come prepared to reflect as well as capture insights and next steps.

NC LIVE

Monday,

9/21

1pm EST

Chaos is a Ladder: Assessing Opportunities on the Fly

The COVID pandemic challenges consortia and libraries to innovate. In this two-part session SCELC Staff will share how it responded to these challenges. First, a debrief on recent pandemic-related obstacles that SCELC converted into successful programming, and the strategic assessment techniques that drove our response. Second, we will break into hands-on breakout sessions, where attendees work together in groups, employing SWOT analysis principles to assess their own organizational challenges, with some guidance from pain points identified in the May 2020 ICOLC pandemic planning call.
 

SCELC

Wednesday,

9/23

2pm EST

Accessibility Benefits Everyone

Are you losing patrons because your web site is too difficult for them to use? Are there unintentional roadblocks hidden in your web pages? This presentation will share ideas on how to improve things to benefit all of your audiences. Things like:
• Using good link text
• Effective alternative text for images - when to use ALT and when not to
• Information architecture - can your users easily find relevant information
• Simple usability tests to uncover hidden blind spots
• Page structure - does your site have it?
• Easy ways to test your site for accessibility
• How does your website sound? Using screen readers
 

CARLI

Tuesday,

9/29

2pm

EST

Browser and Smartphone Privacy Tips

Recent news about social media, smartphone apps, and data breaches highlight the fact that much of our online activity is tracked, monetized, and often tied to our offline identities. Fortunately, there are steps we can all take to keep our online activities and identities more private. This webinar will cover tips and strategies to more privately browse the internet and use smartphones. Topics will include:

Privacy tips and extensions for popular Internet browsers
Smartphone privacy tips
Privacy-focused Internet searching
Tips for Teaching Others

SEFLIN

October Calendar

Date & Time Presentation Title & Description Consortium
Tuesday, 10/13 2pm EDT

Librarians Across Disciplines: Mitigating Archival Chaos

Librarians across disciplines unexpectedly inherit archival collections and are often faced with supervising materials despite lack of expertise and training. This situation proves especially challenging for theological libraries because of the variety of materials these collections include. Ranging from ephemera and photographs, to diaries, bibles, and congregational records, these collections offer hidden resources that document local communities and organizational history. Taking the time to minimally organize these collections creates opportunities to connect with faculty and patrons, and supports institutional and alumni relationships.

ATLA

Wednesday,

10/14 11am EDT

Assessment of Student Learning in Academic Libraries

The assessment of learning is not a new practice – it has unfolded within institutions of higher education since the 1980s. The National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), formed in 2008, has been examining assessment processes and practices in the United States to better understand meaningful, sustainable engagement with authentic assessment of student learning. While historically, assessment has occurred within institutions of higher education, learning occurs in a variety of contexts and places. Increasingly, efforts are unfolding to capture and document evidence of student learning outside of traditional curricular experiences. Given the intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues in the higher education sector, academic libraries and librarians in the United States have felt increasingly compelled to demonstrate the value they bring to their colleges and universities. Opening with an introduction to assessment, in this session, we will explore how academic libraries have approached assessment in recent years as well as current practices and future trends in assessing and documenting learning.

CARLI
Monday, 10/19 2pm EDT

Transcending Meatspace: Virtual Reality Library Events via Mozilla Hubs

Meatspace: the corporeal opposite of cyberspace. In pre-COVID times, our libraries were champions of building rich, collaborative programming in meatspace. But this far into our post-COVID reality, we’ve all developed an intimate awareness of the limitations of Zoom, et al. and the kinds of programming that fits (or doesn’t fit) into a web-meeting model of video feeds and flat screen shares.

Two SCELC Member libraries experimented together to transcend meatspace by implementing virtual reality spaces powered by Mozilla Hubs.

Both will share their experiences in projecting the best aspects of presenting in meatspace into cyberspace, and how you might do the same for your libraries.

SCELC
Tuesday, 10/20 12pm EDT

Teaching Information Literacy K-16

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.

Minitex
Thursday, 10/22 2pm EDT

Demystifying Research and Publishing in Libraries

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.

BLC
Tuesday, 10/27 2pm EDT

The Happy Place: Creating Positive Library Spaces Using Emotional Intelligence

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.

ASERL
Wednesday, 10/28 11am EDT

Git and GitHub for Libraries

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.

LOUIS

Wednesday, 10/28 2pm EDT

Tips and Techniques for Facilitating Meetings Online

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. 

NC Live