MLA-Tech Services Section Program: Introduction to Library Digitization (open to anyone)

Massachusetts Library Association Technical Services Section proudly presents “Introduction to Library Digitization”, a one day program on Tuesday October 28th, 2008, at the Worcester Public Library (open to non-MLA members).  This program will cover what libraries need to consider before starting a digitization project.  The speakers will be Massachusetts librarians who have successfully implemented digitization projects at their libraries. 

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ALA President To discuss Creating Connections Online

Join ALA President Jim Rettig at the ALA Connections Salon, an online event scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST Friday, Sept. 26.

Online Programming for All Libraries (OPAL) Coordinator Tom Peters will begin the hour with an interview with Rettig, whose presidential focus is “Creating Connections.” Rettig’s initiatives foster connections among libraries, library workers, the communities libraries serve and those who make library funding and policy decisions. Rettig is particularly interested in fostering connections among ALA members and exploring new ways for members to benefit from and contribute to our association. The ALA Connections Salon is one such exploration.

Like its 17th and 18th Century European counterparts, the ALA Connections Salon offers a place for ALA members to gather and discuss professional topics of interest. Following the interview, participants will be free to ask questions and engage with Rettig and one another about ways to make the most of their ALA experience.

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Register Now for Fall ’08 Simmons Continuing Education Workshops

The Simmons GSLIS Continuing Education program offers half-day, full-day, and month-long workshops each season at our Boston and Mount Holyoke campuses, online, and elsewhere throughout New England. Our workshops and courses are scheduled on weekends or online for the convenience of practicing librarians and other professionals.

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NEDCC’s Preservation Workshop Series Fall 2008 – SEATS STILL AVAILABLE


The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is pleased to present

* Intermediate Book Repair — Tuesday, September 23
* Writing Successful Grant Proposals — Wednesday, September 24
* Preserving Oversize Paper Artifacts — Thursday, September 25
* Caring for Textiles — Wednesday, October 1
* Disaster Planning with dPlan Lite — Thursday, October 2,
(at Merrimack College)
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Understanding Human Information Interaction talk at Simmons

Join NE ASIS&T colleagues and Simmons students for a thought provoking talk by Gary Marchionini: “Understanding Human Information Interaction” on September 15th at 5:30.

Understanding how people interact with information is a fundamental problem of information science. Interaction includes finding information in libraries and the WWW, consuming and evaluating what is found, and using this information to transform personal and global knowledge. Today, most human information interaction (HII) is mediated by technologies and much of the research is informed by principles and techniques that evolved in the field of human-computer interaction. This talk will focus on empirical techniques used to study HII, particularly user studies in laboratories. Investigations of personal health record usability, video retrieval, and exploratory search will be used to illustrate these techniques.

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Interested in Teaching Online? Register Now for Simmons GSLIS Online Instructional Design Workshop

Instructional Design: Creating Materials for an Online Course

Online — August 29 – October 3, 2008

What is the difference between preparing to teach an online course and preparing to teach in a face-to-face setting? A lot! Many who are new to online teaching are surprised at how much planning and writing is involved. This workshop orients participants to the ins and outs of online course design and authorship. This workshop is non-technical and software agnostic; we will not focus on the technical process of posting materials within a learning management system. Instead, we will concentrate on instructional design and materials preparation. By the end of the workshop, you will have developed (1) a sample syllabus and other orienting materials; (2) an online community-building warm-up activity; (3) the text for one online “session,” including an activity/assignment; and (4) a strategy for assessing student learning.

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Faculty: Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Ph.D., Associate Director of Academic Technology, Simmons College;

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NISO Webinar at Holy Cross

ITIG has purchased access to the NISO Webinar on Open Url’s.

Cost: FREE!!

Date and Time: August 21, 2008 from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location: College of Holy Cross, Scalia Electronic Classroom on the second floor of the library

Please RSVP to: Bob Scheier,

Description: “OpenURL Implementation: Link Resolution That Users Will Love.” This follow-up to to introductory webinar on “Demystifying Standards” will take a look at implementing the NISO standard for link resolvers, OpenURL (ANSI/NISO Z39.88), from an end user perspective. You do not need to have attended the previous webinar to participate, however the slides and Q&A from that webinar are available online( for those who wish to review them.**

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Surveying your Preservation Needs

The Vermont Department of Libraries is pleased to offer a full-day (9:30-3:00) workshop, conducted by a preservation professional from the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC), designed to help libraries identify, assess, prioritize, and address their preservation needs. It will be offered in four locations around the state. To register, click on the link below. You will find a full description of the workshop below the registration links. Please pass this along to your colleagues who may be interested. Please contact Mara Siegel (828-3261) if you have any questions.

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