What: ALA Midwinter Tech Wrap-up
When: January 30, 1:00pm EST
Register for this free webinar hosted by ALA TechSource with speakers Jason Griffey, Marshall Breeding, and Sue Polanka. The online discussion will give an overview of what was covered at ALA Midwinter in terms of tech trends and new innovations impacting libraries.
What: Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting
When: January 4, 2:00pm EST
Where: Register here
This free webinar Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting is hosted by ALA Editions in partnership with ALA JobLIST and ALA HRDR. Andromeda Yelton and Tiffany Mair will lead this interactive webinar, which intends to engage participants to voice their opinions about today’s job market. Here are some of the topics of discussion:
- Networking online and in-person
- Cultivating your personal brand
- Effective cover letter strategies
- Coping with discouragement
- Limits of geography and questions of relocation
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.
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.
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.
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.
What: Digital Libraries/Digital Preservation Online Open House
When: October 26, 12:00-1:00 pm
Participate in Kent State’s interactive webinar featuring presentations from leaders in the field of digital libraries and digital preservation.