Category Archives: Events

Streaming Digital Preservation Webinar

If you missed yesterday’s Kent State Digital Preservation webinar, you can view the live stream online. You will need to have the most up to date version of Microsoft Silverlight (Netflix lovers will have no problem there!).

Speakers Yin Zhang, Ph.D., Catherine Smith, Ph.D, and Karen Gracy, Ph.D cover the core concepts of digital libraries and preservation. They introduce the webinar with definitions and basic examples of digital libraries, but lead into topics like curation and digitization, online communities and users,  preservation strategies, metadata, usability, and access. They also discuss job opportunities within the realm of digital libraries. They speak about job titles, skill sets, responsibilities and activities, and the diversity of employers who need staff with a background in digital libraries and preservation.

New York Comic Con and Librarians

At NY Comic Con this week several panels were held with talks about special digital assets ranging from comics, graphic novels, and video games. The move from print to digital platforms was discussed:

…for librarians, the goal was to talk to industry leaders about the future of digital access to comics and explore streamlined methods for purchasing video games…With the growing number of digital comics and graphic novels now available to readers in different formats and on a variety of platforms…

Read more here:

The Power of the 21st Century Librarian

Presented by Drexel’s iSchool, this free webinar will cover topics like social media, but also the tools that librarians need in order to adapt in their changing roles.

What: Dr. Michael D. McDonald

When: October 20, 5:00pm


Details from the Drexel site:

In the context of increasing real-time information abundance, librarians as a profession face new opportunities to contribute to a more resilient public health by applying long-held skills and values to social media content and intelligent social networks. Dr. Michael D. McDonald will engage in a discourse as to how the strategically oriented librarian can invest a new dimension of power and responsibility in their professional role by contributing to the management of this new information sharing environment in the prevention and management of large-scale social crises (e.g., disease outbreaks, terrorism, natural disasters, economic and social discontinuities) at the global, national, regional, and local levels.

Read Dr. Michael McDonald’s recent article on SLA’s FutureReady365 blog.







Expanding Your Career Potential: Nov. 9 & Dec. 14, 2011

METRO and SLA-NY are offering a two-part webinar series on learning how to better market your skills and create new opportunities for yourself, entitled “Expanding Your Career Potential: Construct a Plan to Attain New Levels of Expertise, Employment, Compensation and Career Satisfaction”. For all those struggling to find a job or suffering at your current job, learn how to join the movement toward giving us librarians a new public image!

Here is the email we received today:

 Join us for a special two-part webinar with David Grossman and SLA President-Elect Deb Hunt as they present:

Expanding Your Career Potential: Construct a Plan to Attain New Levels of Expertise, Employment, Compensation and Career Satisfaction

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm and Wednesday, December 14, 2011 – 3:00 to 4:30 pm

During these webinars you’ll:

  • discover how to leverage your existing skills and experience or acquire new skill sets to improve your marketability
  • devise a strategy to capitalize on new opportunities with your current employer
  • receive practical advice on how to prepare for an alternative career
  • develop a personal action plan to assure continued employment

Webinar Package Fee:

  • $50: SLA-NY members; METRO, myMETRO, and NY 3R’s Council Members;
  • $75: Non-members

Learn more & register at:

Librarian Libations: Friday, Oct. 14, 2011

We invite you to this month’s happy hour dedicated to librarians and information professionals. Please join us for drinks, conversation and networking with current and aspiring librarians. Brought to you by Beauty Bar and We Are Librarians, this event aims to bring together smartypants from all disciplines to talk shop and job opportunities. You are encouraged to dress up in your best librarian outfit!

What: Librarian Libations

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

When: Friday, October 14, 2011 from 6:00pm-9:00pm

See you next week!

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

Job Hunting for Today’s Libraries in Today’s Job Market

Today’s job market is rough (I know, I don’t have to tell you) and we all need a new strategy. During this webinar from the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), you will learn directly from a recruiter how to best present yourself to potential employers. Bonus: it’s free!

What: Job Hunting for Today’s Libraries in Today’s Job Market

When: Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 pm -3:00 pm CST

Where: Register at Space is limited!

Details from LLAMA’s blog:

Participants will: increase their confidence and raise their success rate; gain a comprehensive understanding of how libraries conduct searches and make hiring decisions; and learn what libraries are looking for through practical tips and insight from a seasoned recruiter.

Speaker: Brian Keith is Assistant Dean for Human and Financial Resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. He will share his insight and advice from years of experience recruiting librarians.

Day of Digital Archives: Thurs, October 6, 2011

What: Day of Digital Archives

When: Thursday, October 6, 2011. All day.


Details from the Day of Digital Archives blog:

This Thursday, October 6th, is the first ever Day of Digital Archives. The Day of Digital Archives project has been created to raise awareness of digital archives among both users and managers. By collectively documenting what we do, we will be answering questions like: What are digital archives? Who uses them? How are they created and managed? Why are they important?

On the 6th, more than 30 archivists, librarians, scholars, and technologists will blog or tweet about their work with digital archives. Check out the project blog at or look for the twitter hashtag #digitalArchivesDay

This is a great opportunity to not only learn about what others are doing in digital archives, but also to share what YOU are doing, or what you’d like to do. Promote your valuable skills to current and future employers!