Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Librarians and Coding - real lifelong learning

We refer to librarians as life-long learners, yet we oft times build our resumes and careers along tracks "Technical Services," "Access Services," etc in academic libraries - but I think we need to advocate a more cross-departmental learning curve - especially now - wherein more librarians learn to code and can this contribute to locally produced library applications and tools of all sorts. This "new" skill set goes hand-in-hand ...more »

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Library Services for Legal Clinics

With the release of the ABA's standards for experiential coursework (Rules 303 and 304) and the demand for practice ready graduates on the rise, legal clinics at law schools are becoming a critical component of a well-rounded and meaningful legal education. All aspects of library services can apply to legal clinics, but clinicians and clinical students may need different resources (i.e. more practical or transactional) ...more »

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How to find almost anyone almost anywhere

A session on different tips and techniques for researching people. The session could cover everything from free online sources, to reports from sources like Accurint, to how to use social media platforms and geo tagging.

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Digitizing Historical Documents

You've got a lot of useful material, but its format makes it difficult to use. You decide to digitize! Do you do it in house? Send it out? Where will you store the files? How will you make it accessible to users? What are the copyright implications? Ideally this would be a panel discussion with a variety of approaches people have taken.

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Why our metadata is not obsolete

Presenting an argument by creators of systematic metadata (formerly "catalogers"), that our tools of metadata creations (RDA, LCC and LCSH), formerly called "cataloging standards" are still relevant, and often significant advantages to users in retrieving materials, compared to free-text (with no metadata) or uncontrolled non-systematic metadata. The program will demonstrate how our tools for description of resources, ...more »

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Vendor statistics: are we asking the right questions?

Are we getting the information we actually need from vendor statistics? How do we get the data we really need using the tools we have.

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Library Services for Communities Living in Fear

In 2015, Baltimore experienced massive protests against police brutality and in reaction to the death of 25-years old Freddie Gray. Some of these protests turned violent and the despair and frustration of our communities were evident all across the city. Despite the unrest and riots, Enoch Pratt Free Library and its then-CEO, Carla Hayden (our current Librarian of Congress) decided to keep the library open. Similar to ...more »

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APIs (Accessible Powerful Information?)

A well-known library technologist has said that it is critical for librarians to know how to deploy APIs in conjunction with library systems. This program will focus on the basics of APIs, what are they, how are they are used, and how we can learn to use them. Examples will feature how APIs have been successfully used to improve discoverability and access to resources.

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Trump's Tweets: Can 140 characters be Presidential Records?

The passage of the Presidential Records Act sought to preserve the records of the President rather than let them be destroyed or lost. President Trump communicates with the American People more via his tweets than he does through any other means of communication. Can these be considered part of his Presidential Records? Media have discussed this issue, but a deep dive into the actual legislation, amendments, and subsequent ...more »

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Is Digitization Preservation?

Common digitization beliefs

Guidelines for the stewardship of digital records

Making digitization and preservation work together

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

But I Don't Want to Be a Manager

There's an assumption that in order to ascend the ladder of success, one must take on the role of managing people, but what if it's not for you? Maybe you know that managing others is not a good fit for your lifestyle or personality or maybe you've tried it and felt like a failure. How do you move forward in your career, continue to learn and grow, take on new responsibilities, and stay engaged? Panelists will discuss ...more »

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Professionalism & Leadership at Every Level

Impostor Syndrome: The Plague of the Smart Professional

Talk to any smart and successful person and you'll hear the same story - impostor syndrome. First defined in the 1970's by psychologists Imes and Clance, impostor syndrome is that feeling of anxiety that you really don't know what you are doing, you only got where you are by luck, and everyone is soon to find out that you are a fraud. Sound familiar? These are feelings that live and thrive in the darkness; this program ...more »

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