Weekly Webcast Recap

Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse

January 30, continuing for 6 weeks
Fee $250.00

In this eCourse, Dr. Oksana L. Zavalina—an experienced instructor with extensive teaching and research experience in linked data and metadata—will provide you with the tools to get started and the resources to learn more on your own. Zavalina will cover topics such as the building blocks of metadata scheme (structure, syntax, and semantics); how metadata schemes are implemented in database records; application of several metadata schemes that are most widely used in digital libraries, including Dublin Core and MODS; and the role of metadata in Semantic Web and Linked Data environment. Register

Brainfuse Webinars for ALS Member Library Staff

By Mollie Stanford
February 7 (9:30am-11:30am)
March 16 (1:30pm-3:30pm)
April 12 (9:30am-11:30am)

I’m happy to announce another round of Brainfuse webinars for ALS member library staff of all types!  The two-hour, interactive webinars will focus on the databases available to ALS patrons and students — HelpNow and JobNow.  For a brief overview of services, please see the attached document. To register for a webinar, please click on the following link. If you or your staff are interested in attending a webinar and the dates and times don’t work for your schedule, please let me know or feel free to view an archived ALS Brainfuse webinar here.

Using Surveys to Improve Your Library Workshop

February 1 & 8, 2:30pm Eastern
Fee $75.00

Surveys are a great way to gather user feedback that you can analyze to help enhance your library’s services and increase patron satisfaction. In this two-part workshop, assessment experts Joyce Chapman and Emily Daly will provide you with the knowledge you need to employ effective surveys that gather crucial data. In the first session, you’ll be introduced to survey planning, piloting, and methods for selecting your sample populations. The second session will focus on survey design and implementation with an overview of a popular survey creation tool. You’ll gain useful tips on how to implement surveys and the best strategies to write effective, actionable, and unbiased survey questions. You’ll walk away with practical skills that will help you gather useful data to make informed decisions for your library. Register

Early Childhood Screening and Libraries

MN State Library Services

Public librarians can help increase participation in early childhood screening by encouraging families to get their children screened between the ages of 3 and the start of kindergarten. To learn how you can help increase families’ awareness of screening and comfort with the process, please watch this 15-minute webinar presented this past December by MDE’s Early Childhood Screening Coordinator, Margo Chresand. If you have only five minutes to spare, this brief informational video (created by MDE and community partners and funded by The McKnight Foundation) presents basic information about screening for parents and caregivers. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

Libraries=Education: Your Key to Success

February 23, 2:00pm Eastern

Looking for a webinar that will make you think? During this presentation, you’ll discover a strategy that is ushering in a new era of how we view libraries. Presenter Valerie Gross details the steps to rebranding your library as a key educational institution in your community, helping you gain the respect and funding you deserve. This game-changing vision of “Libraries = Education” has been hailed by Library Journal as “a 21st-century model worthy of study and consideration by every library in America, if not the world.” The approach will help you transform the image of your library to be on-par with your region’s schools, colleges and universities and earn your institution optimal funding. The Libraries = Education approach can be used for all types of libraries — and the best part? By making just a few easy modifications to how you present your library, you can enjoy huge returns. Register

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