Category Archives: Events

Electronic Resources Conference

What: Electronic Resources Conference

When: April 2-4

Where: Austin, Texas

Tomorrow is the deadline for early bird registration for this year’s Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference. Save 20% on your conference admission if you register by January 5th.

We know ya’ll will be down in Austin for SXSW Interactive March 9-13, but the Electronic Resources and Libraries Conference also has a lot to offer this year. Check out some of the sessions that they recorded last year.

Virtual Lunch: Your Career Roadmap Webinar

What: Navigating Your Career Roadmap, Detours and Rough Roads

When: December 15, 2:00pm EST


Jill Hurst-Wahl will talk about career paths for information professionals and handling bumps in the road:

Jill says, “Likening your career to a car, there are some times when you are in the driver’s seat and other times when rough road and detours are influencing your course. During this webinar, we will discuss tips for constructing your career roadmap as well as how to handle the bumps, dips, and cracked pavement (e.g., conflict, abuse, bad bosses, career detours). There will be a time for Q&A in order to assure that the webinar addresses the needs of students, new information professionals, and those that are in the middle of their career.”

For more information including registration (free for students and all SLA members), please visit the website of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SLA.

Check out Jill’s other works, including her book The Information and Knowledge Professional’s Career Handbook: Define and Create Your Success, which in addition to her Twitter feed sounds to be a valuable resource for the WAL audience.

December Librarian Libations

What: Librarian Libations

When: Friday, December 9, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Beauty Bar, 231 E. 14th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in Manhattan

The second Friday of December is already upon us! We Are Librarians and the entire Librarian Libations crew are really excited about the diverse turnout at the last two events. Please join us on the 9th for drinks, conversation, and networking with current and aspiring librarians.  This event aims to bring together smartypants from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities.

See you Friday!


Biblioball 2011: Biblio Noir

Have you bought your ticket for Biblioball? The fourth annual celebration takes place on December 3 so hurry up! Biblioball is a blast, plus it’s for a good cause!

“Every winter the librarians of New York City let down their hair, dust off their dancing shoes and party with the literati. Archivists, authors, readers and nerds of all kinds gather to enjoy live music, trapeze, a bit of film and some of the city’s finest DJs at Brooklyn’s most wildly bookish event: the Desk Set’s Biblioball. On Saturday December 3rd, the Desk Set returns to the Bell House for the fourth annual winter celebration.”

Read more at The Desk Set, and go buy your ticket here.

NYC World Usability Day Recap

This year’s New York event for World Usability Day was truly inspiring. It also happened to be my first time attending a NYC UPA event as a new member. Over 300 members attended the event held at Bloomberg, and despite the large crowd, I felt welcomed by open arms by this friendly and engaging group.

The theme of the event was Designing for Social Change. Several speakers spoke about how their projects employ good design to improve not only the way people interact with products, but also the positive impact on the world around them. The missions of speakers’ projects ranged from education and awareness about global issues such as women’s health, immigration and eating locally, to redesigning existing products such as voting ballots, to improving workflows for democracy like those at third-world poll locations.

My biggest takeaway, aside from my awe inspired by these innovators, was that the road to success in socially responsible design is not a straightforward one. It does require doing some work pro bono to build a portfolio and gain recognition. It was heartening to hear several speakers say that such free work eventually led to grants and paid work.  Doing work for free for an inspired non-profit is a positive act for social change in itself. Design and social impact need not to exist in separate worlds.

For more on the speakers and their projects at NYC World Usability Day, please check out NYC UPA’s event page. If you weren’t there, I’m really sorry! If you were, what were your favorite moments?

Visionaries in Usability Webinar

What: Visionaries in Usability Webinar

When: November 10, 1:30pm EST


Tomorrow is World Usability Day! Participants from around the world will gather to discuss solutions, train fellow professionals, educate the public, and most importantly celebrate the design that aides our everyday access and use of technology. There are many online events taking place, but you can register here for this free webinar.

Here is an abstract from the website:

Usability relies on the triangulation of data: see, say, do. One goal is to eliminate the discrepancy between what users “say” they see and what they actually do see. New eye tracking technologies make this goal more attainable than it has been in the past. In this webinar, Dr. Tharon Howard of Clemson University, Dr. Joyce Carter of Texas Tech University, and Dr. Brian Still of Texas Tech University discuss the importance of eye tracking to a usability professional’s tool kit as well as the possibilities for using vision technologies in the future.

11/11/11: Librarian Libations, November Edition

What: Librarian Libations

When: Friday, November 11, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

Where: Beauty Bar, 231 E. 14th Street between 3rd and 2nd Avenues in Manhattan

Librarians and information professionals: you are invited to this month’s Librarian Libations! October’s inaugural event was a great success. New connections were made and fun was had.

Please join us on Friday, November 11th for drinks, conversation and networking with current and aspiring librarians. Brought to you by Beauty Bar and partnering with We Are Librarians, this event aims to bring together smartypants from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities. Be sure to leave your business card so you can be contacted about future events.

See you next week!

– Librarian Libations crew (Ruby, Rie, Jessica, Lilli & Jessica)

Library 2.011 Virtual Conference

What: Library 2.011 Virtual Conference

When: November 2 – 4


If you haven’t already gone to the Library 2.011 Virtual Conference website, we encourage you to take the opportunity to participate in this free virtual conference.  Since this is a global conference, here is the entire schedule in Eastern Standard Time.

One of tomorrow’s sessions focuses on new librarians! The session is Successful Paths for New Librarians: Best Practices, Models, and Recommendations.  The speakers are Loida Garcia-Febo, Dr. Claudia Lux, Anca Rapeanu, Cristina Vaileanu, and Monica Avram. This session is presented in association with the IFLA Continuing Professional Development in the Workplace and Learning Group and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group. This virtual session will run from 1:00-2:00pm on November 3.

Here is the abstract for the session: 

This session presents best practices, models and recommendations to help new librarians develop their careers. It speaks to the concerns experienced by new professionals regarding rapidly changing skills to help them secure jobs. Additionally, strategies for successful education paths and participation in library associations are also included. Attendees will walk away with practical ideas to tailor to their own needs and situations. Often new librarians express their desire to know ‘how others made it.’ Daily, we can read blog posts and messages asking what is needed to find a job, to be part of a committee at a library association, and how to interact within various library environments. This webinar will explore answers to these, and will direct attendees to tested and proved resources.