Digital Skills for Older Adults: Teaching Technology in Public Libraries

May 18, 11:00am PDT

Join us to learn how your library can help older adults learn to use new technologies. You will hear from the St. Mary’s County Library (Maryland), which is providing older adults with effective training and technology assistance. You will also learn about TechBoomers, a free website that offers technology training tutorials developed specifically for older adults. Register

Invitation…to Murder: More Mysteries for 2016

May 31, 1:00pm CDT

Booklist’s seventh annual Mystery Month ends with a (hollow-tipped) exclamation point as Executive Editor Keir Graff joins four publishers to preview their new and forthcoming mystery titles. Register

Who Pays the Freight? Open Access: the Future of Funding

Library Journal
May 25, 11:00am EDT

The attention on funding models has been increasing for years, as has discussion around journal transition and conversion. Best practices presume these models are continually refined through historical experience, policy and competition. But the iterative nature of OA can come with a cost in terms of implementation, integration, and aggregation performance. Register

Collection Development: Children’s and Young Adult Books about Native Americans

July 19, 11:00am Central

Are you worried that your collection of books by/about Native peoples is in need of a 21st century update so that it accurately reflects Native peoples of the past and present? Are you concerned that your collection has too many biased depictions of them? In this webinar, Dr. Debbie Reese will offer tips and ideas to think about as you select and weed your collections. Register

Introduction to Metadata and Linked Data eCourse

July 5, continuing for 6 weeks
Fee $250.00

Computers increasingly collect, manage, and analyze data for scholarly research. Linked data and metadata give libraries the ability to support this eResearch, making them powerful tools. Unfortunately, libraries that are at a tipping point in adoption of linked data, and librarians that don’t learn about this topic are at risk of falling behind.

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