2016 Alumni Webinar Series!

All live webinars have been presented. You may view the webinar recordings using the links below.

February 16: Engaged Planning
Cindy Fesemyer ('12), Director, Columbus Public Library

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How can you make your library the heart of the community? To survive and thrive in the current political and fiscal climate, libraries must reflect their communities’ needs and wants. Learn the basics of turning outward in order to reflect the aspirations of your community as you plan for your library's future.

February 23: Altmetrics: An introduction to alternative metrics
Tara Brigham ('07), Medical Librarian, Mayo Clinic

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Altmetrics, or alternative metrics, are forging a new way to capture the attention of not only articles, but also scholarly or research ‘‘products’’ by tracking them when they are mentioned online, such as in blogs or social media platforms. While altmetrics have a lot of potential, there are also some limitations preventing their full acceptance alongside traditional citation metrics. In the presentation, we will review the basics of altmetrics and altmetric tools, discuss some possible concerns with this new metric, and explore various applications in libraries.

March 8 (2:00 - 3:00 CST): Supporting Makerspace Literacies in the Library
Tara Radniecki ('08), Engineering Librarian, DeLaMare Science & Engineering Library at the University of Nevada, Reno

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Makerspaces continue to become increasingly prevelant within libraries allowing for a variety of active learning and discovery opportunities. Yet, along with exciting new equipment and resources, new literacies and subsequently, deficiencies in those literacies, are appearing. In order to fully ulitize the potential of the makerspace patrons must acquire literacies beyond information including 3D modeling, design, computational, and tactile literacies. This webinar will focus on how one academic library has been utilizing expert student employees, online point of need resources, and repurposing the traditional reference interaction to teach these new literacies and encourage deeper use of the makerspace.

March 22: 'Tween Programming
Amanda Struckmeyer ('05), has worked in school and public libraries and is an editor at the Collaborative Summer Library Program

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Your professional shelves are likely lined with story time resources and books full of ideas for cutting-edge teen programs. But what about the kids in between? In this webinar, we'll discuss the nuts and bolts of programming for 'tweens: selecting topics, structuring programs, and getting the most mileage possible out of your planning and preparation time.

April 12: The Low-Hanging Fruit: Developing Original Digital Collections for Small and Medium Sized Libraries
Brad Wiles ('08), Director, Clinton (IA) Public Library

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While the demand for digital content continues to rise among library and archives users, the resources available to small- and medium-sized organizations for digital projects have not kept pace. National funding initiatives tend to favor projects of a scale largely out of reach for these organizations and shrinking local budgets make it difficult to adequately develop the unique (and often hidden) assets within their walls. The need and desirability for digital projects - for access, preservation, and exploitation - is well-established but the cost-benefit analysis of taking them on is overly influenced by an aversion to thinking small. This webinar explores how a “Low-Hanging Fruit” approach can help manage expectations and create a sustainable strategy to develop your institution’s digital assets. Clinton (Iowa) Public Library Director, Brad Wiles, will discuss the initial challenges and ongoing experience of creating a digital collections program at CPL and make recommendations for those looking to add original digital materials to their resources.

April 26: The Library's Role in University Research Reputation
Anne Rauh ('07), Associate Librarian for Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, Physics, and Astronomy, and Scott Warren ('01), Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship, Syracuse University

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Faculty and the institutions they work for have increasingly strong needs to manage their research reputations. Syracuse University Libraries assists individuals and institutional offices in determining metrics such as the H index, citation counts, altmetrics, and provides context to these metrics. Anne will describe how the Libraries provide this service to individual researchers. Scott will focus on institutional wide assessment being done in cooperation with other campus units. Both presenters will talk about subscription based and free tools available to do this work.

May 24: It's 10 p.m.! Do You Know Where Your Collections Are? Library and Archival Security
Gregor Trinkaus-Randall ('80), Preservation Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

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Protecting one's collections, especially archives and special collections, through internal security. All too often librarians and archivists ignore the issues of library and archival security to the detriment of their holdings. There are numerous activities that contribute to the loss of collections. Some are dramatic such as a disaster or theft, and some are insidious, such as the impact of poor storage conditions and environment. This webinar will address security in the broader sense, emphasizing policies and procedures as well as disaster planning and environmental monitoring and climate control.

Friday, June 3: Finding Rare Maps Online (12:00 - 1:00 CST)
G. Salim Mohammed ('05), Head and Curator, David Rumsey Map Center, Stanford University

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With the advent of the geographic turn, especially in the humanities, rare and historic maps have become more and more critical for scholarship. Almost everything has a place associated with it, and often maps are the containers of information not found in texts. The placement of text next to a place paints ten thousand words. In my webinar, after showing you examples of map making and role of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in scholarship, I will show you ways to find rare maps online. You can then download and use in your research. Most of the maps are out of copyright or in the public domain and yours for the taking.

Spring 2015 Webinars

Library Services for the Hmong Community - Tuesday, March 10th, 12:00 pm

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There are more than 200,000 Hmong living in the United States. The highest Hmong populations are found in California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Michigan. The Hmong have been in the United States for 39 years, however the Hmong community is often unaware of services offered by public libraries. The Hmong do not seek information from the library compared to other immigrants. In the webinar, Yee Lee Vue, Hmong Family Outreach Specialist, will discuss barriers that prevent Hmong from using libraries and share the Appleton Public Library’s successful outreach strategies for reaching out to Hmong patrons.

Yee Lee Vue graduated with a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yee is currently the Hmong Family Outreach Specialist at Appleton Public Library (APL) in Appleton, Wisconsin. Her responsibilities include developing programs and library services to the Hmong community. In 2013 Yee was awarded the Wisconsin Library Association Rising Star Award for her outstanding contribution to the library and the community. Her passion is to support and work with immigrant families who come from countries with limited or no library resources and services.


Public Libraries and the Affordable Care Act - Monday, March 23rd, 12:00 pm

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According to a recent study, the three most common motivations for people to use public library computers are information needs about education (42%), employment (40%), and health (37%). In the health domain, library computer users do research into medical conditions, find health care providers, and investigate health insurance options. According to a survey conducted in 2010, 28% of “Health and Wellness” information seekers used their public libraries to research health insurance or drug discount plans. Demographically, the typical health information seeker is most likely to be poor (<300% of poverty guidelines); Latino; middle-aged (45-64 years of age); and speak a language other than English. These are underserved populations with a critical need for this information.

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) took full effect on October 1, 2013. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Library Association partnered for an “educational collaboration” campaign to train public library workers to meet the information needs of the public around the ACA.

During the summer of 2014, 11 interviews were conducted with reference staff at 9 public libraries in Dane County, Wisconsin, including rural community libraries as well as the city of Madison. The content of these interviews revealed professional tensions around implementation of the IMLS/CMS/ALA initiative.  How should, and how could, public libraries be involved?

It is clear that the ACA presents an area of high information need: a need which public librarians have been tasked with filling, but one in which they need considerable support. To best support them and move forward with ACA, we need to understand the challenges and the successes of this unfunded mandate for libraries. This webinar will review the findings from the interviews and put them in context of public libraries' long history with health information provision.

Catherine Arnott Smith is a former medical librarian with experience in both academic and corporate settings who received her doctorate through the Center (now Department) of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh in 2002. She is an Associate Professor at the School of Library & Information Studies, UW-Madison, teaching courses in health information, online searching and collection management.

Responsive Web Design  - Monday, April 6th, 12:00 pm

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Responsive web design (RWD) "is a web development approach that creates dynamic changes to the appearance of a website, depending on the screen size and orientation of the device being used to view it. RWD is one approach to the problem of designing for the multitude of devices available to customers, ranging from tiny phones to huge desktop monitors.” NNg/Nielsen-Norman Group

Made possible by the latest versions of HTML and cascading stylesheets, HTML5 and CSS3, responsive web design has been around for almost 5 years. RWD provides a solution to the conundrum of a library or organization having to maintain multiple versions of their website, each optimized for a different device. In addition, responsiveness is being built into more content management systems, for example Word Press themes, so RWD is within the reach of organizations without large IT departments. This webinar will present an overview of the benefits RWD, and provide criteria to help anyone charged with managing a website choose between a mobile site, RWD, or mobile app development.

Debra Shapiro is an instructor at the School of Library & Information Studies (SLIS), the iSchool at UW-Madison, and the coordinator of the online masters’ degree program. Deb has been at SLIS since 2000, teaching a variety of topics for both credit and continuing education courses, including information architecture and website usability. Deb has been the manager for at least 4 versions of the SLIS website, and has moved it from static html into the WiscWeb CMS (content management system). A migration to Word Press is planned this summer.

Open Access in the Humanities - Friday, May 1st, 12:00 pm

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The open access (OA) movement has broad support within the library community, and it is increasingly embraced by researchers, granting agencies, and publishers. Why, then, are many graduate students, faculty, and professional associations in the humanities advocating measures such as embargoing access to dissertations in digital repositories? Why are some humanities faculty skeptical of accepting peer review requests from OA journals? In this session, Professor Jonathan Senchyne will explore some of the issues that differentiate OA conversations in the humanities and the sciences. The conversation will explore the pros, cons, and gray areas of OA in the humanities from different stakeholder perspectives while seeking common ground and increased collaboration between students, faculty, publishers, and librarians within the scholarly communication ecosystem.

Dr. Jonathan Senchyne is assistant professor of library and information studies and associate director of the Center for the History of Print and Digital Culture at UW-Madison. He holds a PhD in American literature and print culture from Cornell University. His previous webinar in this series was "Digital Humanities for Librarians."




Archived Webinars: Spring 2014

All webinars have been archived. Access the recordings below.

UW-Madison SLIS-CES also hosted 2 free webinars on BIBFRAME with Kevin Ford.

Copyright, Libraries, and the Higher Ed Classroom - Thursday, February 13

With Dorothea Salo, MA-LIS and MA-Spanish

Get updated on the latest lawsuits, campaigns, and other copyright happenings in the higher-education classroom. We'll touch on electronic-reserves legal action, streaming video legal action, the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use, MOOCs, Google Books and Hathi Trust lawsuits, open access, open textbooks, and open educational resources.

Archived presentation here

Linked Data's Many Varieties  - Tuesday, March 18

With Debra Shapiro, MA-LIS

For the last two years, we've been hearing a lot of talk about converting library metadata to linked data. But how? Library of Congress is working on BIBFRAME, a linked data format that is designed to carry all the data in the many millions of existing MARC records. OCLC is using schema.org, a microdata format, to enhance the Web displays of WorldCat records. Dublin Core can be written in RDF; is that linked data? In this webinar, Debra Shapiro, UW-Madison SLIS instructor, will help you untangle the acronyms, and pick your favorite flavor of linked data.

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Get up and move! Why movement is part of early literacy skills development - Wednesday, April 9

With Dr. Allison Kaplan

Pitter, patter like a cat;
Stomp like an elephant with feet flat!
Now turn around and just like that;
Sit down quietly with hands in your lap!

The ALSC early literacy initiative, "Every Child Ready to Read," presents five practices: Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing, as strategies for helping parents understand how to develop early literacy skills in their children. We tend to feel pretty comfortable with incorporating Talking, Singing, Reading, and Writing into storytime programming; but, what about Playing? In this webinar, participants will learn about the important role moving, playing instruments, and pretending have in helping children ages 0-4 develop early literacy skills and how to incorporate those into storytime programming.

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An Introduction to the Digital Humanities for Librarians - Thursday, May 15

With Dr. Jonathan Senchyne

In recent years, the term "digital humanities" has been used to describe modes of research, collaboration, and teaching that apply or analyze computational, digital, and networked tools in humanities contexts. The collaborative, project-focused, and technologically-oriented nature of the field means that information professionals often work alongside scholar-researchers and students. Academic, special, and public libraries and librarians have played important roles in the development of "dh." This webinar will provide an introduction to the digital humanities using examples of recent projects, and focus on how librarians can contribute to or support the digital humanities through, for example, maker spaces, digital labs and learning environments, or as managers of data and providers of digital resources. A good resource for the curious to consult ahead of the webinar is dh+lib, available here.

Archived Presentation