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Genrefication in the Library

Genrefication in the Library

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Primary school students are very visual in their book choices. Arrangement of books greatly affects how students make choices. Since most students ask for books by broad topics, e.g. books about puppies or dinosaurs or cars or presidents, Jan decided to make the leap and genrefy the entire library, fiction and nonfiction, by topic. The initial reaction was very promising and circulation patterns changed, but Jan took an opportunity for a new challenge at the neighboring Holley Navarre Middle the next year.

This presentation is a collection of what she learned while genrefying the HNP library, genrification stories from other area librarians, and tentative plans to do some genrefication at her current middle school library. It focuses on anecdotes of individual librarians and their genrefication projects to exemplify the reasons, the work involved, and the outcomes of these projects.

Jan Macauley has been a school library media specialist for 12 years, with an MIS from Florida State University. She is currently the librarian at Holley Navarre Middle School in Navarre, FL. Jan got interested in genrefication while looking for ways to improve student access at the library at Holley Navarre Primary School, where she worked for 11 years. She believes libraries are all about access, connecting people of all types to whatever piques their interests and serves their needs. Prior to becoming a librarian, Jan worked in environmental science for 20 years. She discovered that environmental and library sciences have a lot in common and many of the same tools – classification, description, cataloging – are essential in both disciplines.

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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.”

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