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Adventures in International Librarianship Library Language: Vocabularies for the Modern Librarian
Basics of Information Literacy Assessment  Free Online Technologies for Teaching and Learning
Are Libraries Thriving? Reaching the Youth at Your Library
Aligning Information Literacy Outcomes with Institutional Goals To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian
Digitization 101  Towards Digital Literacy
Extending the Reach of Your Academic Skills Instruction The Socialite Library
Find, Point, Scan: Using QR Codes in Your Library The Future is Coming! What Does That Mean for Public Libraries?
From School to Workforce When the Archives Get Social: The Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis Project
Information Literacy and E-Resources: Moving Beyond the Chalkboard
Adults Just Wanna Have Fun
Innovating on a Budget New Librarian Roles
Learning Through Community Effort



Adults Just Wanna Have Fun

Many public libraries promote themselves as centers of lifelong learning, but fail to engage adults 20-55. Both notoriously underserved "emerging adults" in their 20s and 30s and middle-aged adults who find that there are more learning opportunities for their children than for themselves need creative, social hands-on programs to attract them back to the library. Learn how to remind your adult patrons--and yourself!--that lifelong learning really is fun and fulfilling during this online session.


Adventures in International Librarianship

This two-part panel discussion featured presenters with an incredible variety of experiences who have worked all over the world, from Switzerland to Azerbaijan to Japan. Watch the session recording if you're curious about what it's like to live and work in a different culture and find out more about how to find a job in library and information science outside of North America.

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Basics of Information Literacy Assessment

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Are Libraries Thriving?

With low usage and shrinking budgets, libraries are challenged to justify resource investments now more than ever. At the same time, information users are ill-prepared to navigate the quantity and quality of content on the web. This creates a tremendous opportunity for libraries to show that they are well-equipped to help users navigate information resources and for users to benefit from this guidance.

With this in mind, Libraries Thriving and Against the Grain's MultiGrain wonder: are libraries actually thriving? To answer this question, these two online communities are teaming up to sponsor an Oxford-style live debate, including audience participation and voting, at the upcoming Charleston Conference. You're invited to participate in the online discussion going on now and to join the live debate online. So, which side are you on?

 Aligning Information Literacy Outcomes with Institutional Goals


Extending the Reach of Your Academic Skills Instruction

The Skills@Library team from University of Leeds was recognized for their work on a valuable resource for lecturers teaching such academic skills at the 2012 Librarians’ Information Literacy Annual Conference. While the ready-made instructional materials available on the Skills@Library lecturer pages can greatly benefit librarians teaching information literacy courses, the overarching goal of the project was to help academics and librarians embed broad academic skill instruction into the curriculum. Representatives from the Skills@Library e-learning team will join us during this session to share key takeaways from their work on this project and suggestions for your efforts to introduce information literacy instruction into your curriculum.




Find, Point Scan: Using QR Codes in Your Library

Smartphones are being used by an estimated 100 million people, and each of those phones has the capability to scan QR codes. Think of the possibilities! Elizabeth Graves, a head of technical processes, and Julie Obst, an e-learning librarian, both have extensive experience introducing QR codes into academic library settings. During this session they discuss the planning and implementing of QR code projects at their libraries as well as explain why it is critical to use QR codes in a manner that will produce statistics, the difficulties of promoting the codes, and how the project is or is not scalable.


 Free Online Technologies for Teaching and Learning


From School to Workforce

Recent reports from employers indicate that employees enter the workforce from school without the continuous learning competencies necessary for their personal and professional success. Among these are information literacy, critical thinking, and problem-solving. This webinar will explore how these essential habits might be embedded in the transition from secondary schools, vocational and technical schools, community colleges, colleges, and universities to the world of work. This panel discussion featured librarians and other stakeholders addressing ways to fix the skills gap.



Information Literacy and E-Resources: Moving Beyond the Chalkboard

Ask any twenty-first century librarian and they will tell you that the traditional chalkboard is not the instructional tool of choice anymore. This panel discussion addresses the place of free and subscription e-resources in information literacy instruction and features librarians from South University and representatives from Credo Reference, the database that was voted Library Journal's "Best Overall" in 2012.




Innovating on a Budget

This talk will explore and analyze cases where libraries are innovating despite an uncertain budgetary climate. In fact many innovations can enhance the user experience of the library and reduce costs at the same time. We will look at how open source, cloud computing and community cooperation are changing the landscape for e-resource deployment in libraries.



Learning Through Community Effort

The Libraries Thriving Learning Community, organized by Credo Reference and LYRASIS, invites members to think about and engage on key current issues with the aim of developing approaches, solutions and responses that demonstrate the effectiveness of individual library professionals as well as libraries' effectiveness within the institutions of which they are a part. Since February, community participants have been engaging in a variety of interactions, primarily online, to explore and experiment with the kinds of individual and institutional actions needed for libraries to thrive.  Join this session to learn about this innovative online collaboration and to hear details about how you can join a similar group in an upcoming learning community.


Library Language: Vocabularies for the Modern Librarian

The age of librarians toiling away in dust and silence is long over--if it ever existed at all. Librarians are in touch with different groups almost constantly, and librarianship today requires some serious communication skills. Whether it's other librarians, administrators, users, publishers or vendors, librarians have to juggle several different vocabularies to make sure they're communicating as clearly as possible.

Beth Ardner and Deirdre Costello draw on their sales, publishing, usability and web design experience to help build some guidelines and answer questions about communicating with some of these groups during this session. The focus is specifically on communicating with publishers, vendors and users, but the speakers would love to continue conversing about other stakeholders on the Libraries Thriving Discussion Forum!

 Slides available here:

Reaching the Youth at Your Library

School’s out for summer, as you’ve probably noticed because of the recent influx of tots and teens participating in your story hours and book clubs. Public librarians with experience in youth outreach will spend this hour sharing what has worked and what has not when it comes to reaching this patron population at their libraries. Bring your own best practices to share with the group as well.


The Socialite Library

Feel like you’re using social media on behalf of your library “just because” and to an unresponsive audience? Think of a great party host. They plan the party and provide a welcoming space. Maybe they even incentivize you to attend and participate. Great hosts also take the time to check how their guests are doing, respond to needs and complaints, and adjust the party to accommodate future attendees. Learn how one library revamped its social media by thinking like a socialite party host. Katy Kelly, Communications and Outreach Librarian at University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, will describe her use of Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Instagram on behalf of Roesch Library to embrace the student-created nickname, Club Roesch.


To Evaluation and Beyond: The Evolving Role of the Embedded Librarian

Higher education administrators and faculty are increasingly attuned to the importance of information literacy and the role of academic librarians in teaching it. With this new engagement come new challenges, including the need to balance cost and quality, helping to shape instructional strategy, and especially developing meaningful evaluation of students’ information literacy learning. Also on the horizon are embedded data curation and new roles beyond instruction. This webinar will explore key trends in embedded librarianship today.

[Recording Coming Soon]

Slides, and other posts relevant to embedded librarianship, available here:

Towards Digital Literacy

Depending on the type of library in which you work, you may assume that someone is "digitally literate."  Yet what do we mean by those words and how do we know if the person meets our definition? What can we do in our libraries to increase the information and digital literacy of our users/patrons/members/owners?  How does that impact the tools that we acquire and the services that we provide?  Who should we be partnering with in these efforts?  These and other questions will be address in this session, which will also include time for brainstorming.

Jill Hurst-Wahl is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the director of its library and information science program.  She is a member of SLA’s Board of Directors, NYS Regents Advisory Council on Libraries, and the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council.  A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for libraries being centers of learning in their communities (no matter what community they serve).



The Future is Coming! What Does That Mean for Public Libraries?

This brainstorming session is the culmination of a month-long campaign for public libraries on Libraries Thriving. It features a discussion panel of library supporters sharing their visions of the public library of the future and builds on a discussion forum conversation of the following prompt: "It's the year 2022. The public library of today differs from the public library of 2012 in these three ways..."



When the Archives Get Social: The Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis Project

Donnelyn Curtis, the Director of Research Collections and Services at the University of Nevada at Reno, recently introduced Joe McDonald and Leola Lewis, two early twentieth century students, to the digital age. Curtis is the creator of the Facebook pages where Joe and Leola post about poignant song lyrics, parties on the Reno campus, and "current" (that is, current in 1913) bills in the legislature. Curtis talks about the creative process that led to the Facebook project, the hurdles that she's had to overcome (including Facebook's deleting the profiles for violating their terms of service), and what the future holds for Joe and Leola.