The Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project is a collaboration between the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries and the library system at the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras. It receives funding support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for Florida and Puerto Rico’s involvement in the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP). The NDNP is a long-term effort between the NEH and the Library of Congress to create Chronicling America, a national, text-searchable database of historical newspapers published in the U.S. and its territories between 1836 and 1922. The main purpose of this database is to preserve and increase accessibility to historical newspapers. This webinar will provide a brief overview of our project, the digitization process, and an overview of the content. A demonstration of the contents and functionality of Chronicling America will follow to showcase how this resource is of great value to historians of all ages.
Biography ~ Melissa Espino Melissa Espino is the Project Coordinator for the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project. Espino is currently responsible for all the day-to-day activities for the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project, which includes all technical and administrative activities related to the digitizing of the selected newspapers, maintaining communication with the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras, project vendors and the Library of Congress, as well as overseeing and assisting with outreach activities and publicity efforts. Espino received a BA in Criminology as well as an MS in Forensic DNA & Serology at UF. Espino has been employed in the Smathers Libraries at UF for eight years in various departments including Access Support in their Interlibrary Loan and Course Reserves department, as well as for the Circulation Department as acting supervisor for overnight hours.
Biography ~ Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba Sarah “Moxy” Moczygemba is the outreach and promotion assistant for the Florida and Puerto Rico Digital Newspaper Project. In addition to managing the project’s social media and blog, she also provides outreach to educators to help them integrate Chronicling America and associated resources into K-12 and university classrooms. Moxy is also a Religious Studies Doctoral Student at the University of Florida in the field of Religion and the Americas. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Trinity University in 2009 and received her M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Florida in 2013. Currently, she is in the beginning stages of dissertation research, and is exploring transnational religious tourism and ethnic identity by looking at the Silesian Polish Catholic experience in Texas.
Adapting the standard library orientation to embrace evidence based practices (EBP) requires the librarian to shift their presentation from coverage of library resources and services to the development of research skills. During this online tutorial you’ll examine successful learning theory applied to vital research objectives and come away with research skills for you to develop a distinctive EBP library orientation of your own. Complementary resource materials and ACRL based assessment standards will provide the structure needed for transforming the library orientation to an EBP Research Training. Students will value their new research skillset and appreciate the research proficiency of you and your librarians. You may find your patrons visit the library to meet with adept librarians rather than the collection.
Biography ~ Dr. Karyn Waters-Zelbovitz Dr. Karyn Waters-Zelbovitz is the library director of Lakeland Keiser University, a non-profit, private university. In response to a Healthcare H1-B grant she developed an evidenced based practice training to provide college students an advantage in their college research assignments and for many medical graduates, a required skillset for their graduate employment. Based on the foundation of applied learning theory, Dr. Z helped students transform their appreciation and use of research to having an evidence based voice as a new professional.
For academic librarians, evidence based practice (EBP) is a new integration of the one-shot library orientation with theory and pragmatic advanced research training exercises. The EBP webinar presentation was created for information literacy savvy librarians wanting to enhance research skill training for their patrons and to explore its qualities for use in their library settings.
Dr. Z holds two graduate degrees and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership. Her dissertation into why students drop out of college explored many ways students can be re-engaged by colleges. She is a dedicated librarian educator that has explored methods of success that librarians can utilize to help students academically succeed. She firmly believes that the most significant resource in the library is not the books, special collections or databases, but rather the librarian that teaches knowledgeable information access to the various resources. It is her passion for research that has led to the development of the EBP training for students and now a training webinar for research focused librarians.
Probably the single greatest online resource on the planet for educators and researchers is the Library of Congress Website. It makes numerous historical and instructional materials accessible, including primary resources.
The difficulty arises in how to access this information.
This session will demonstrate how to navigate the Library of Congress Website to access all kinds of resources including historic newspapers, photographs, primary documents, music, interviews, and instructional material for the classroom.
Biography ~ Alison Leonard Alison Leonard is the Online Learning and Reference Librarian at Lynn University. She holds a B.A. in History from Virginia Tech, an M.A. in International Transactions from George Mason University (which included study abroad at Oxford University in England), and an M.L.I.S. from San Jose State University. She has visited over 90 U.S. national parks, and has run into bears on the trail but thankfully no mountain lions.
In 2014 Florida Chief Justice Labarga established the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice as a response to the unmet civil legal needs of low and moderate income Floridians. The FL Access to Justice Commission seeks to further the mission of improving access to civil justice by creating strong collaboration among various groups. As public librarians who serve the public and help connect patrons with resources, we are stakeholders in their mission. Public librarians are often the first point of contact for someone seeking answers to a legal question. This webinar is designed to help public librarians understand the process of basic legal research and effectively develop and use the legal information located within their libraries. Additionally, this webinar will highlight some of Florida’s free and low cost legal resources and services.
Biography ~ Leanna Fitzgerald Leanna Fitzgerald is a 2010 Master of Library and Information Science graduate who also holds a Juris Doctor degree. Leanna has worked in academic law libraries in Miami, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina. Leanna currently works for Brevard County Public Libraries where she is Head of Reference.
“Can you direct me to your Science Fair resources?”
If you provide reference services to educators, you may have only one chance to make a great first impression. Educators are time-strapped professionals and they need library assistance that is efficient, comprehensive and right on point. Get it right the first time, and you’ll have an opportunity to build a lasting and meaningful school/library partnership. Understanding an educator’s perspective will give you the skills to shorten your reference interview and get right to the resource he or she needs – fast!
In this webinar, we’ll step into the educator’s shoes and discuss:
an overview of standards and lesson planning resources
online resources teachers really use
tech tools that promote excitement and engagement
We’ll also spend some time on innovative ways libraries have reached out, connected with and served homeschooling parents.
Lisa Calvert is the Virtual Services Librarian for the St. Johns County Public Library System. She has many years of experience as a reference and youth services librarian, and is a currently certified Educational Media Specialist. One of the highlights of her Media Specialist years was a chance to serve on FAME’s Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award Committee.
Who are sports fans, what would they like from their library, and what can libraries do for them? Your circulation stats will likely tell you that it’s more than providing sports books. The psychology of the sports fan is somewhat unique and can give us glimpses into the ways libraries can appeal to them, grab their attention, and ultimately serve them.
Understand the basics of what makes a sports fan tick
Be able to put on a program targeting sports fans
Know how to create a visual sports display that appeals to sports fans
Learn how to engage with local schools and their sports teams
See how libraries and sports are a perfect fit for one another
Nathan Hohl ~ Biography Nathan is a Senior Services Outreach Librarian at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library in Topeka, KS, who works to bring lifelong support services to the Topeka and Shawnee County area through outreach and programming. He is also a sports enthusiast, works closely with the library’s sports collection, and provides programming to engage the community’s sports fans.
With the Internet-age maturing, and the DIY culture expanding, we are seeing a change in the traditional reference question. Patrons are no longer asking, “Where do I find a book on Word?” Instead, they are asking, “How do I make columns in my document?” The new patron treats the librarian as a primary source of information. How do we adapt?
In this webinar, we will:
Evaluate the new reference question for the patron’s information needs,
Understand the importance of the “how do I” questions on the relevance of the library,
Learn how to recognize patterns in technology to offer assistance across devices,
Discover techniques for providing “hands-off” hands-on training,
Master our anxiety when we are confronted with technology or practical topics with which we are unfamiliar.
This webinar is open to all levels of users.
Original broadcast July 28, 2016
Crystal Feyerchak – Biography Crystal is the Continuing Education Librarian at the Twinsburg Public Library. She develops, teaches, and manages the technology training program at the library. In addition, she also coordinates the continuing education classes (in-person and virtual). She is currently the assistant manager in the Digital and Learning Services Department.
Authors love to visit libraries, and libraries love having them, but it’s not that simple. To put on an exceptional author event, staff coordinating the program must have everything in order, from first contact to thank you note. In this webinar, we will explore what it takes to create and maintain successful author programs.
Participants will: • Learn about the range of programs libraries can put on with authors and how to make them happen • Discuss the pitfalls that can come up along the way and learn how to prevent them • Take home a checklist for successful author events
Original broadcast July 21, 2016
Cari Dubiel ~ Biography Cari Dubiel is the co-host of the ABC Book Reviews Podcast, a popular online program that was recognized by the Wall Street Journal as a best book podcast. Cari has worked in public libraries for over 15 years, doing everything from student page to her most current role as computer services manager at the Twinsburg Public Library.
The web is constantly changing so it is hard to keep up with all the new and useful websites out there. This webinar will revisit some oldies but goodies and introduce you to some new sites to help you know where to send your patrons for free, authoritative information on subjects including health, politics, travel, statistics, entertainment and more.
Biography ~ Kira Smith Kira Smith is a virtual reference provider for Florida’s Ask A Librarian Service. She has Master’s Degrees in Library Science and Education. Kira is a former elementary school teacher and childbirth educator. She has lived in New York, Louisiana, Texas and Florida. She enjoys teaching, technology and travel.
When you’re starting a business, where do you go to get the help, advice and the tools you need? Many people are going to their libraries! There are plenty of resources out there — so many, in fact, that you might have trouble sorting through them all to give people the help they’re looking for.
In this interactive and informative webinar you’ll learn how to use subject trees, subject indexes and subject tracers to deliver the essential resources that your current and future entrepreneurs will need to succeed!
Marcus P. Zillman ~ Biography Marcus P. Zillman, M.S., A.M.H.A. is the Executive Director of the Virtual Private Library, eSolutions Architect and Internet Expert, Tutor, Author and Keynote Speaker. He has been actively involved with the Internet for over 30 years and active member of the management agency IETF that writes the controlling protocols. He has written over 100 Internet publications and white papers and his Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2016 has been downloaded over 4,000,000 times!! He was just recently acknowledged by Range Rover’s OneLife Magazine as one of the top 20 innovators in the world. His Entreprenurial Resources Subject Tracer™ is considered a bible for the new and seasoned Entrepreneur.