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Secrets of the Catalog: Basics for Non-Catalogers

Secrets of the Catalog: Basics for Non-Catalogers

 

Have you ever wondered how library data impacts what we see in a record? In this session, we’ll explore the interaction between the OPAC and MARC Records. Are you looking for search strategies & tips? This inside look at the catalog is a resource for everyone who wants to improve their search strategies.

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Original broadcast March 27, 2019

Biography ~ Robin Fay
Robin Fay is the Metadata Analyst with Orbis Cascade Alliance, a multi-state consortium serving academic libraries in the Northwest. Robin has over 10 years experience in library technology, with an interest in metadata and emerging technologies. in addition to that experience, Robin is an avid designer. Find her on social media @georgiawebgurl.

What’s up with XML?…and why you should care

What’s up with XML?…and why you should care

Why do librarians and those working in libraries need to know about XML? Do you know that XML is used by a variety of projects from blog feeds to library catalog records? XML is a programming language that has been used in the web environment for a while, which is increasingly become important with our data – our library catalogs, databases we use, and even our blogs.

This introductory session will introduce XML, explore how XML is currently used in library settings and the larger web (RSS feeds, social media and more!), and consider how it will impact our future in libraries as we move beyond MARC. No programming language experience is needed and this session will be of interest to all staff including those digital libraries, software/systems, web development, emerging technologies, cataloging, reference, and/or social media.

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Metadata & Semantic Web Terms A-Z for Libraries

Original broadcast August 24, 2016

Robin Fay ~ Biography

“Robin Fay became the Portal Manager/Digital Initiatives for ATCx3 Consortia (Athens, Albany and Atlanta Technical Colleges) in 2013. In this position, she has been responsible for building a digital repository of scholarly content and digitizing Athens Technical College’s Archives. This project has involved cataloging multimedia materials, creating a metadata schema and harvesting protocols (XML/MARC/OAI) for the repository. In addition to this position, she has served as a trainer for Lyrasis, SEFLIN, and TBLC, in cataloging and metadata topics (FRBR, RDA, BIBFRAME, LCSH, and authority control), among others. Her broad range of experience with cataloging and metadata (Oxford at Emory College, University of Georgia, and GALILEO projects such as the GKR and CRDL), provide her with a deep understanding of bibliographic information in a larger context. Her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 15 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in English (University of Georgia), with additional graduate work in Computer Programming and Instructional Design.”

The Digital Library Landscape: What’s out There and How You can use it (for photographs, video, text & more)

The Digital Library Landscape: What’s out There and How You can use it (for photographs, video, text & more)


In this session, we will explore software solutions for digital projects. What is easiest to use? What is free? What works best for photographs, multimedia objects or textual materials like letters or PDFs, perhaps, even a website? We’ll explore pros/cons, options, and features of a variety of popular solutions from Omeka, Dspace, Fedora, new projects on the horizon, and even WordPress! Attendees will be able to better evaluate software through understanding choices and methods for evaluation. A resources list for further exploration will be provided.

This introductory session is appropriate to all staff including those interested in digital libraries, software/systems, web development, emerging technologies, project management, and/or cataloging.

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Digital library/learning object comparison (2014)

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Repository Preliminary survey

 

Original broadcast June 1, 2016 

Robin Fay ~ Biography
Robin Fay became the Portal Manager/Digital Initiatives for ATCx3 Consortia (Athens, Albany and Atlanta Technical Colleges) in 2013. In this position, she has been responsible for building a digital
repository of scholarly content and digitizing Athens Technical College’s Archives. This project has involved cataloging multimedia materials, creating a metadata schema and harvesting protocols
(XML/MARC/OAI) for the repository. In addition to this position, she has served as a trainer for Lyrasis, SEFLIN, and TBLC, in cataloging and metadata topics (FRBR, RDA, BIBFRAME, LCSH, and authority control), among others. Her broad range of experience with cataloging and metadata (Oxford at Emory College, University of Georgia, and GALILEO projects such as the GKR and CRDL), provide her with a deep understanding of bibliographic information in a larger context. Her
book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Search for Librarians was published in 2012 (Neal Schuman/ALA TechSource). Robin is a sought after instructor and presenter with 15 years experience in teaching and training. She holds a MLIS (University of South Carolina); B.A. in
English (University of Georgia), with additional graduate work in Computer Programming and
Instructional Design.

The Numbers Game: Quantifying the Unquantifiable

The Numbers Game: Quantifying the Unquantifiable

 

We talk about libraries being a wise investment for communities, but are we really having an impact where we think we are? Are there services or programs that we don’t realize are truly impacting the community? We cite how many items have circulated, how many people have cards, and how many events we have but what do these numbers really mean? Moving beyond the numbers we can assess the true value of the library to the community.

After this workshop participants will:

Have a better understanding of how to demonstrate the impact and value of the library to the community through ongoing evaluation and assessment of library services
Be able to start instituting outcome-based evaluation techniques to measure the impact of library programs and services.
Understand the value of collecting and sharing stories that demonstrate the impact of programs, services, and even staff on the community and individuals.
Have resources on various data collection, research, and analysis methods for continued learning.

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Original broadcast April 14, 2015

Instructor Bio ~ Melissa Powell
Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry. She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.

Intellectual Freedom and the Collection Management Policy

Intellectual Freedom and the Collection Management Policy

One of the core values in libraries is Intellectual Freedom, ensuring free access to information. Collection Management is one of the key areas in that mission. Creating policies that ensure diversity and accessibility to information for our communities, while also valuing the different opinions in that community, can be challenging for the library organization. 

It is important to understand the core concepts of Intellectual Freedom and how they apply to collection development so that your library is fulfilling its mission in your community.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Understand what ‘intellectual freedom’ means and ensure that collection management policies include and align with these concepts
  • Understand the processes for handling challenges to materials and services and be able to create appropriate procedures and documents for challenges
  • Be more aware of tools to assist with intellectual freedom concepts and collection management

Originally broadcast September 23, 2014. 

Melissa Powell ~ Biography
Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry. She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.  She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”), 2012-13 assisting with the setup and cataloging of a dual language university catalog, and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services.

Weeding: The Action

Weeding: The Action

Once you have created your plan for de-selection what next?  There are many ways to determine what goes and what stays and usage and age are only two of them.  How do you deal with the digital collection?  What about resource sharing?  Should you sell, donate, or toss what you cull?  Are you applying this equally in all areas of your library including services related to collections? Make informed decisions without bias.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Be able to assess materials and services in terms of de-selection
  • Understand how to take a more holistic approach to weeding in all areas of the library
  • Be more aware of tools to assist in the de-selection process
  • Have new ideas of how to dispose of weeded materials 

Melissa Powell ~ Biography
Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry.

She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.  She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”), 2012-13 assisting with the setup and cataloging of a dual language university catalog, and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services.

Originally broadcast 05/27/2014

Collection Management Policies

Collection Management Policies

The best defense is a good offense. Putting parameters in place for your collection management strategy, in writing, makes it easier for your staff, your board and your community when hard choices or questions arise. Aligning these with your mission and your abilities as an organization is vital.

Ensure that you are covering all the bases while remaining flexible for the many changes in information access.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Understand the purpose of writing policies and their place in library administration
  • Know what to include in collection management policies
  • Be able to begin an outline for writing a collection management policy
  • Be more aware of tools to assist with writing collection management policies

Melissa Powell ~ Biography
Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry.

She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.  She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”), 2012-13 assisting with the setup and cataloging of a dual language university catalog, and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services.

Originally broadcast 05/06/2014

Weeding: The Plan

Weeding: The Plan

“Weeding” in library circles is often a dirty word.  Why would we want to get rid of anything?  Or maybe you have experienced a backlash or resistance from the community, persistent patrons, your board, your staff, or even yourself.  How we approach the task is as important as how we carry it out. Preparation, publicity, timing, mindset, and creating your strategy all figure in the first steps of de-selection.

After this webinar participants will:

  • Understand how weeding fits into the larger scheme of collection management
  • Understand more fully the need for de-selection of materials and the reasons for resistance to weeding
  • Understand the need for transparency and working with public relations in relation to weeding
  • Be able to get started on a strategic plan for weeding in their library 

Melissa Powell ~ Biography
Melissa Powell has worked for 35 years in libraries as a paraprofessional and degreed professional, in addition to a 4-year “retirement” to learn about the book & publishing industry.

She is an Independent Librarian currently teaching Cataloging Fundamentals and Collection Management both online and through state libraries, library consortia, and other education agencies.  She spent 2009 organizing a local history collection at a public library in the mountains of Colorado (“from boxes to shelves”), 2012-13 assisting with the setup and cataloging of a dual language university catalog, and regularly consults with school and public libraries on technical and public services.

Originally broadcast 04/22/2014