Libraries & the Changing Scholarly Environment: Case Studies for Open Science

Library Journal 
February 9, 3:00pm EST
As scholars use new digital tools and resources to expand their scope of research and teaching, libraries are evolving to support them. While some of these tools and resources reside within the infrastructure of the library, others sit outside of it. This is a trend that cascades across all academic disciplines, from the humanities to the sciences, with often varying needs from disparate researchers. These different needs have led libraries to develop a wide range of service models to support curricular and research needs at their institutions. Learn about these tools, resources, and services and how they can further your interactions with researchers and help you support curricular innovations. Register
Rethinking Library Instruction

February 8, 4 week course 
fee $175.00
Too often a library’s rich resources are underutilized because library users don’t know how to use them, are afraid to ask, or simply aren’t aware. Whether in public or academic libraries, effective instructional programs developed around a library’s resources and services can boost customer satisfaction. Through this interactive eCourse, training specialist Paul Signorelli will help you and your staff increase awareness of all the library has to offer as he teaches basic instructional techniques to improve presentation skills. The eCourse will also include readings, simple assignments, an asynchronous discussion board, and optional, live, online discussions. Register

Basic American Sign Language for Library Staff eCourse

fee $195.00
March 7, continuing for 6 weeks
American Sign Language (ASL) is an invaluable skill for library professionals. A basic grasp of ASL enhances your ability to serve deaf library users and opens up a new world of possibilities for baby storytime programs. It’s also a marketable professional skill that can translate to public service jobs beyond the library world. Register

20 Subjects in 90 minutes: Themed Programs for Adults Workshop

February 10, 2:30pm Eastern
Themed events are popular throughout the year at libraries and community colleges and often entice a lot of visitors. In addition to summer reading programs, One Book community tie-ins, special themed weeks, and anniversary celebrations, are you ever wondering what else you could provide for adults to get them interested and engaged? In this workshop, library services and vintage cooking enthusiast Amy Alession, will introduce you to 20 themes that you can use, including three or more program ideas per theme. While outside performers and groups are often necessary to hire to meet these themes, many topics can be addressed by staff run events. Register
Managing with Data: Using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics

Cisco WebEx
February 12, 12:00pm CST
We will show you how data can help you manage your library more effectively and improve accountability! The key to the important data provided by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Public Library Association (PLA) is knowing how to extract and apply the most relevant information. Register

New Spring Nonfiction for the Library, Classroom and Home

School Library Journal 
February 10, 3:00pm EST
With the elevated emphasis of higher learning standards, providing patrons with informative, high-quality (and highly appealing) nonfiction is more vital than ever. Outstanding nonfiction is key to meeting the needs of all readers, from the very youngest library users to high school students. Register

American Libraries Live: Introducing RDA
February 11, 1:00pm CST
As more libraries around the world adopt RDA (Resource Description and Access), knowledge of this new standard is a crucial skill. RDA has tremendous potential for helping the library world move into the digital world. On the flip side, it is a major anxiety point for catalogers who aren’t sure what they need to learn to get started with this new standard. In this episode, our expert panel will discuss how RDA is different from MARC, how librarians can get started with RDA, and they will also share their own experiences.
You can pre-register for this free 60-minute event, or go to at the start time of the event.
More About American Libraries Live
American Libraries Live, a free, streaming video broadcast allows viewers to watch broadcasts about library issues and trends in real time and interact with hosts via a live chat. Each episode focuses on a specific issue affecting libraries and librarians, and features a panel of vendors and library industry experts engaged in a real-time discussion which is broadcast through a live video format. Viewers can ask questions during the program via chat. American Libraries Live is a joint production of American Libraries and ALA Editions, units of the American Library Association.
Why Books are Still A Good Library Brand

Library Journal
February 11, 3:00pm EST
Today’s libraries do so much more than just loan books. With innovative programming, educational and outreach initiatives, and amazing electronic resources, why would libraries want to be thought of as “the book place”? Haven’t we spent the last 25 years trying to turn that image around?  While libraries have worked hard to develop an image with meaningful programming that goes well beyond book loaning, patrons still look to libraries to for that good read.  How do today’s libraries balance the need to support books as brand with their other missions? How do we build on this strong association with books? Join us for a special webinar to explore the notion of embracing the book brand to advance the library’s role in the community. Thorndike Press is hosting thisLibrary Journal webinar on February 11th at 3pm, which will feature panelists who can share their experiences and insights about the value of the book brand. Register

Wyoming State Library Training Calendar
Filled with multiple opportunities for webcasts and training opportunities:
The Start Up Effect – How Start Ups are Changing the Culture of Scholarly Communication
February 10, 12:00pm CST
For an industry that just celebrated its 350th anniversary, scholarly communications is in the midst of a period of disruption. Long established companies are joining new start-ups in fostering a culture of innovations and iteration in this once staid community.  New applications, tools and even new content forms are being tested and adopted by researchers and library patrons.  Understanding the drivers of this change, and its broader effects will be vital to planning near- and long-term technology investments, staffing needs, and training investments.  
This session will explore the organization and cultural characteristics that support innovation from the perspective of both new and traditional organizations.  It will also explore the impacts the culture of start-ups has already had on scholarly communications and what might be forthcoming from this innovative explosion.  Register
Using Open Source in Your Institutio
NISO Virtual Conference
February 17, 10:00am-4:00pm
Open Source technology is broadly adopted in a variety of contexts and has long-since proven its value in many technology environments.  With its signifigant advantages, open source technologies can allow for community priorities to be addressed, flexibility for implementers, community interactions and support, as well as potential cost savings.  There are challenges, costs, and potential pitfalls posed by an open source approach as well.  Understanding the benefits, risks, costs and opportunities is vital to determining the best option to choose in selecting a solution to large-scale software management.
During this virtual conference, we will explore the variety of decision points regarding an open sources investment to ensure a successful implementation.  The session will cover investments necessary both at a staffing, technology resources, as well as legal issues to consider.  We will cover integration issues, collaboration and support networks that can either hinder or propel a project’s realization.  Case studies of open source successes and disappointments will be covered.  
NEW! All registrants to this virtual conference will receive a login to the associated Training Thursday on GitHub – How to Use it to Greatest Effect to be held on February 25. (Separate registration to the training event only is also available.)  If you are unable to attend the Training Thursday in person, you can view the recording of the session. Register
GitHub – How to Use it to Greatest Effects
February 25, 12:00pm
GitHub is a repository primarily for open source software. It has become an important central resource for many open source projects. Understanding how to use it, what can be done with it, and how the community uses the service to share resources is an important fundamental skill for those wanting to implement an open source solution.  This session will introduce particpants to the GitHub service and describe its key features.  This introduction will provide a foundation for future work with open source tools and software.  Register
This session is meant to be a guided, step-by-step session that will follow the February 17 NISO Virtual Conference: Using Open Source in Your Institution.