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(via Christine Moeller, PhD student at University of Washington iSchool)

We are seeking participants for an IMLS-funded research project conducted by faculty and graduate students from the Information School at the University of Washington. This research investigates the challenges and opportunities that neurodivergent librarians experience in library workplaces. We are inviting U.S. library workers aged 18 and older to participate in this study.

You are eligible to participate if:

  • You are a neurodivergent (autistic or ADHD) librarian or supervisor who is currently employed at a public or academic library, or who has worked in public or academic libraries in the past five years.
  • You are or have been a co-worker of a neurodivergent (autistic or ADHD) librarian, and are currently employed at a public or academic library or have been in the past five years.
  • You are or have been a manager or supervisor of a neurodivergent (autistic or ADHD) librarian, and are currently employed at a public or academic library or have been in the past five years.

Currently, neurodivergent librarians remain underrepresented in the profession, and there is very little research and few established practices to guide their recruitment, onboarding, retention, and advancement. The goal of this study is to is to build libraries’ capacity, at the team level, to improve employment outcomes of neurodivergent librarians, including representation, empowerment, equity, belonging, and advancement.

We hope that you will consider participating in this study. If interested, please visit our website for more information.

This research study has been approved by the University of Washington Institutional Review Board. If you have any questions, please contact our research team at neurodiversity@uw.edu.

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(via Joshua Newport Illinois State University)

We are seeking presenters for the RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) at ETS (Emerging Technologies Section) Tech Showcase at the ALA 2023 Annual Conference in Chicago, IL (Thursday, June 22 – Tuesday, June 27). Our planned format will be for all of the presenters to give a short introduction to their topic at the beginning of the session and then have tables where the audience can go to interact with the presenters and get more information about the technologies being showcased that seem of most interest to the attendees.

Do you want to present a fun new technology that you are using in your library? What are you doing at your library that others in the library community should know about?  Answer these questions by Tuesday, February 28, to apply to be a presenter at the RUSA ETS 2023 Technology Showcase!

Please use the form available here.

Posted in American Library Association (ALA), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations | No Comments »

(via Erin Gray, East Carolina University)

It’s that time again! The Paraprofessional Conference is seeking proposals. Our 19th annual Conference will be held Friday, May 12, 2023, at Joyner Library in Greenville, N.C. Sponsored by East Carolina University’s Academic Library Services SHRA Assembly the conference is aimed at providing professional development for library workers in academic, public, and special library systems.

This year’s conference will be focused on our theme, Motivation & Teamwork. At this time, the planning committee would like to extend a call for proposals. We would be honored if you would be interested in creating a presentation, participating in a panel session, or displaying a poster at our conference.

Important points:

  • “Motivation & Teamwork” is the 2023 conference theme.
  • Session lengths are 45 minutes and should include time left for discussion & questions.
  • Adherence to the theme is suggested, but not mandatory, and a wide range of topics will be considered.
  • Deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, February 24.

If you are interested, please fill out the Conference proposal form here.

For general updates on the event, please visit our Conference website.

All questions or comments can be directed to the Paraprofessional Conference Planning Committee members at paraprofes@ecu.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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(via Chelsee Dickson, Kennesaw State University)

We invite all interested parties to submit a presentation proposal for Kennesaw State University Libraries’ inaugural celebration of All Things Open Week. All sessions will be virtual. You might be wondering, what does “all things open” encompass?

  • Open access publishing
  • Open data
  • Open educational resources
  • Open pedagogy
  • Open science
  • Open-source software
  • Open licensing and fair use
  • And any other efforts to increase access and equity!

Speakers can choose from different “open” tracks and themes, and there are options for lightning talks, full-length presentations, or interactive Q&A panels.

The submission portal is open now until 10:59 PM CDT on Friday, March 3. For more information and to submit a proposal, please follow this link.

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(via Zahra Premji, University of Victoria)

Happy 2023! To start us off this semester, we will host a journal club session on Friday, February 3, at 12:00 PM CDT.

Amy Riegelman from University of Minnesota Libraries will facilitate a discussion about the following article: Lee, M. S., Hughes, A., Lockmiller, C., Day, A., Brown, M., & Jenson, R. (2022). Working Together: How Academic Librarians Can Help Researchers Prepare for a Grey Literature Search for Systematic Reviews Involving Minoritized Populations. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 102626. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.acalib.2022.102626

*We have also received a request to discuss/demo the new proximity searching operator on PubMed. If you have tested or used this feature and are willing to do a 5-7 minute demo on how it works (as part of the journal club event mentioned above), please reach out to me (zahrapremji@uvic.ca) to express your interest.

Time: Feb 3, 2023, 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting: uvic.zoom.us/j/83250870069

Meeting ID: 832 5087 0069

Password: 274172

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(via ACRL)

Want to get together with your fellow folks of any feather? Here is your chance to discuss, commiserate, and laugh with others who share similar interests. Community Chats are 50-minute informal sessions that provide space for unique communities to connect in-person in Pittsburgh or virtually. Suggestions include (but are in no way limited to) meet-ups with your colleagues in communities such as Parenting & Caregivers, LGBTQIA, BIPOC, Disability, Community Colleges, Tech Services, EDI Librarians, Sci-Fi Fans, Knitters, Musicians, and/or whatever identity or passion motivates you to connect.

Submissions will be evaluated on the 150-word description, the appeal of the proposed session, demonstrated enthusiasm for the topic, and the three questions you’ll use to keep the conversation going. Submit your proposal to host a Community Chat in-person or virtually, here by Tuesday, January 31.

The advance registration deadline for the ACRL 2023 Conference, to be held March 15-18 (Wednesday-Saturday), 2023, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and virtually, is coming up on Friday, February 10. To register, please go here.

Posted in Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Calls and Requests, Conferences and Meetings (non-HSLI), Library Organizations, Webinars | No Comments »

(via Lisa Kallman Hopkins, Texas A&M University-Central Texas)

Please consider participating in a research study being conducted by Lisa Hopkins, Bridgit McCafferty, Andria Schwegler, and Rebecca Hopkins titled “Organizational Culture and Work Modality in Academic Libraries,” reviewed and approved by the Texas A&M University-Central Texas Institutional Review Board. We will be publishing our findings in an ACRL publication about Innovative Library Workplaces.

All academic library workers are invited to participate in this survey. We ask you to share this call for participants widely among academic library staff and colleagues. We will be studying the characteristics of the library workplace, including work modality, types of communication used, relationships with your supervisor and co-workers, and satisfaction with your job. The purpose of this study is to examine qualities of academic libraries that may contribute to creating effective work contexts. The goal of the research is to examine organizational culture, including perceptions of remote work and working relationships. This survey should take about 15-20 minutes to complete. We hope to aggregate information across different library contexts to examine which features are related to more effective workplaces. This information could be used to improve how libraries function in the future.

Copy and paste this URL into your browser if the hyperlink does not work: cttamus.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e5PBFR2IY1SJXuK.

Questions about the study may be directed to the following:

Lisa Kallman Hopkins
Assistant Dean of the University Library & Archives
and Head of Technical Services
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Bridgit McCafferty
Dean of the University Library & Archives
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Andria Schwegler
Department of Counseling and Psychology Chair
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

Rebecca Hopkins
Texas A&M University-Central Texas

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(via Dr. Pamela Thomas, Illinois Heartland Library System)

Registration is open for the Cataloging Maintenance Center’s February Online with the CMC webinar, “Stop Wasting Time: Adding the 033 & 518 MARC Fields”. It will take place on Thursday, February 9, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CDT.

When a recording contains a live event, but the bibliographic record omits the MARC 033 and 518 fields (Date/Time and Place of an Event and Date/Time and Place of an Event Note), patrons searching for date-, time-, and place-based resources may not find it. This month, Dr. Pamela Thomas discusses how these MARC fields work together in a bibliographic record to provide valuable information to patrons, sharing examples of each.

Please register here.

Direct any questions to Dr. Pamela Thomas, Bibliographic Grant Manager at Illinois Heartland Library System’s Cataloging Maintenance Center, at pthomas@illinoisheartland.org. Also, make certain to check here for additional upcoming training opportunities.

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(via Yan (Grace) Liu, West Chester University)

Registration is open for the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) National Forum Webinar Session #1, “Evaluating Data Quality: Challenges and Consequences”. It will take place on Thursday, January 26, from 1:00 to 2:30 PM CDT. Please see below for more details, including the link to registration.

Imagine you’re the librarian asked to help a researcher find and use data for their project. What are your next steps to ensure no data quality problems surface? Join data librarians from Princeton (Bobray Bordelon), Stanford (Ron Nakao), and Yale (Barbara Esty) for an introduction to building competencies for understanding and evaluating data quality. Documentation is a fundamental complement to usable data. Without good documentation, data has little, if any, value.

The trio will describe the data-focused reference interview, discuss different sources of data, review examples of data documentation, and offer strategies for handling incomplete or inaccurate documentation. This session will prime attendees to the challenges librarians encounter with data quality issues and provide adaptable techniques for identifying and addressing these challenges.

Register here.

This webinar commences the 7 National Forum Series in Building Capacity of Academic Librarians in Evaluating Data Quality. This project is organized by West Chester University, Stanford University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-252357-OLS-22). Find future webinars and project details here.

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(via Tracy Coyne, Northwestern University)

The ACRL Distance and Online Learning Section (DOLS) Conference Program Planning Committee is soliciting speakers for its panel presentation “Learners of 2030: Preparing for Literacies and Skills of the Future“. This program will be a 60-minute interactive panel presentation held at the ALA Annual Conference, June 22 through June 27, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois (exact date and time are pending schedule announcements from ALA). The program description is as follows:

Abstract: All types of libraries are shifting workflows and materials to teach patrons the expertise needed for job skill sets required to be successful in careers that do not yet exist. Join this panel session to hear from a diverse set of librarians on their perspectives, resources, and services related to needed skills, literacies, technologies, and the ways digital and online learning can be leveraged for the future. Engage with colleagues to begin to understand this new landscape and how we can prepare to better serve our patrons in academic, public, and school libraries.

We are seeking speakers from a variety of academic libraries, especially libraries serving a diverse student population. Speakers should be knowledgeable about and experienced with identifying and teaching new literacies, selecting and using technologies to craft an equitable and ethical future for all learners, and able to present on one of the session’s proposed learning outcomes:

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to describe projected shifts in the job market and in the composition of learner populations.
  • Attendees will be able to identify new literacies, critical thinking, and technology skills that will be needed to be successful in the future.
  • Attendees will be able to develop strategies to prepare for these needs at their libraries.

If you are interested in participating in this panel presentation as a speaker, please fill out our speaker interest form by Friday, February 17. Speakers will be selected and notified by February 24.

For questions about the program, contact:

Melissa Atkinson

Co-chair, ACRL DOLS Conference Program Planning Committee 2023


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