American Libraries Live

COVID-19 Webinar: Considering Copyright during a Crisis

April 6, 2020

In an April 3 American Libraries Live webinar, Libraries and COVID-19: Considering Copyright during a Crisis, several panelists discussed how libraries can address these challenges and share practical tips and information about which digital content providers have loosened restrictions on their materials during this pandemic. Panelists included: Lesley Ellen Harris, CEO of Jill Hurst-Wahl, associate … Continue reading COVID-19 Webinar: Considering Copyright during a Crisis

American Libraries Live

Libraries and COVID-19 Webinar: Providing Virtual Services

March 25, 2020

Note: This event has filled up, but please check back Friday, March 27 for the recording of this webinar. Panelists include: Jason Griffey, director of strategic initiatives at NISO Francisca Goldsmith, consultant at Library Ronin David Lee King, digital services director at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Lindsey Gervais, digital pedagogy specialist at Gale … Continue reading Libraries and COVID-19 Webinar: Providing Virtual Services

American Libraries Live

Free Webinar: Libraries and COVID-19

March 18, 2020

They’ll discuss lessons learned during the initial response and how they are continuing to provide important services as public facilities close and commerce slows. We’ll also speak with mindfulness and mental health experts about how library workers can manage stress and anxiety during this ever-evolving situation and how they can disseminate these strategies to their … Continue reading Free Webinar: Libraries and COVID-19

Librarian's Library: Karen Muller

A Librarian’s Good-Bye

June 3, 2019

In 1970, I was working in book receipts at Boston Public Library and just beginning to consider library school when I expressed an interest in cataloging during a coffee break with colleagues. Bill Crowe, who became dean of University of Kansas Libraries, suggested Cataloging USA, by Paul S. Dunkin, published by the American Library Association … Continue reading A Librarian’s Good-Bye

Youth Matters: Linda W. Braun

Connect to Connected Learning

May 1, 2019

“Library staffers still are uncertain what the [CL] framework actually encompasses and how to integrate it into library services for and with teens,” says Lance Simpson, youth services director at Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Public Library. Simpson is a member of the project Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach (T3). A joint endeavor of the … Continue reading Connect to Connected Learning

Minding Professional Ps and Qs

January 28, 2019

“The whole point of professional etiquette is that you want to make the other person feel comfortable,” Calvin said. The pair discussed three aspects of etiquette geared toward making other people comfortable in a work environment: professional attire, professional communication, and professional dining skills. Determining how to dress in a new work environment can be … Continue reading Minding Professional Ps and Qs

Advice for Every Phase

November 1, 2018

We talked with Sara Kelly Johns, retired school librarian, online instructor, and school library activist; Kathryn Kjaer, head of library human resources at University of California, Irvine; and Jill Klees, career consultant to students and alumni at San José State University School of Information. Finding a Job Don’t neglect networking. According to a 2016 survey … Continue reading Advice for Every Phase

11 Tips for Meaningful Networking

November 1, 2018

How do you make networking effective and meaningful for your career and community? Library professionals affiliated with the American Library Association’s (ALA) New Members Round Table (NMRT) share their strategies for connecting with colleagues and building relationships. 1) Get in the mindset. “You have to go in looking for a positive interaction,” says Athanasia Fitos, … Continue reading 11 Tips for Meaningful Networking

Zoe McLaughlin

Getting Advice

November 1, 2018

Here are some people and resources to consider when building connections for your job search: Career centers. Your school’s career center is an obvious first stop. It can be useful to learn if the center’s staffers have certain specialties. For example, someone may be well versed in interview preparation, while another person may be better … Continue reading Getting Advice

Community Colleges of Spokane (Wash.) librarians Melinda Martin (left) and Heather Morgan at an Assessment in Action RoadShow delivered to community college librarians in Washington state.

On the Road Again

July 18, 2018

The program offers daylong, immersive workshops in a variety of disciplines that can be brought to institutions around the world upon request. Led by experts in the field, these traveling workshops help academic librarians learn new skills and strengthen existing competencies to tackle the greatest issues facing the profession today. The program reaches hundreds of … Continue reading On the Road Again

Mandy L. Havert

Finding the Right Fit: The Mentorship Search

June 25, 2018

Reflecting on her experiences, University of Notre Dame digital research and outreach librarian Mandy Havert began the session with brainstorming different parts of the mentorship relationship, asking us to “get to the ‘why’ of mentoring” and ask ourselves “What do I want to learn? What will I do with that knowledge?” and “Who can help?” Whether within … Continue reading Finding the Right Fit: The Mentorship Search