Continuing education

THE DIGITAL DELIVERY ROOM:
WE’VE BEEN EXPECTING LONG ENOUGH

The Boston Public Library’s digitization lab and imaging studio is where items from the library’s vast and varied collections will begin their new lives as electronic files in the long-overdue BPL Digital Library. Come learn about out the gadgets and procedures that will help grow our digital library into one of world’s most unique and accessible repositories on the internet. You will also see the recently opened mass-digitization center at BPL: 10 high-speed book scanners, run by the Open Content Alliance, paid for and used by the Boston Library Consortium.

Tours will be held in the studio where demonstrations of the state-of-the-art digital capture station will take place. Participants will be able to see high-resolution files on screen. Discussions and questions will center around the implications of such technology both locally and globally, as well as the current state of and future plans for digital initiatives. Enrollment Limit : 10

Instructor: Thomas Blake, Digital Imaging Production Manager, Boston Public Library.


USING BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ELECTRONIC RESOURCES TO FIND HEALTH INFORMATION

This session will provide hands-on training in the Gale health databases “Health Reference Center Academic, and “Health Source: Consumer Edition”. Patrons are increasingly using the Internet to search for health information, and we are presented with many different health questions in our libraries every day. Come learn search strategies we can show patrons to help them search authoritative sources for health information. Also included: training on how to sign up for the Boston Public Library “e-card”. With this card, residents from all over MA can access and explore the electronic resources available at www.bpl.org. An overview of all other resources available will be covered as well. This class is part of an ongoing series of Regional trainings on the electronic resources offered by the Boston Public Library.

Enrollment Limit: 15

Instructor: Christine Schonhart, General Reference Librarian, Boston Public Library


COLLABORATION MADE EASY:
FREE ONLINE PRODUCTIVITY APPLICATIONS

The Web is changing fast and new technology with an emphasis on community is growing. In this program we will look at a number of web based applications which can be used to enhance the collaboration between library teachers and students. Project management applications such as Basecamp, Social Bookmarking sites such as del.icio.us, and Zoho Writer for collaborating on group projects are some of the sites which will be reviewed.

Enrollment Limit : 25

Instructor: Barbara A. Andrews, Andrews Consulting


USING BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY ELECTRONIC REOURCES
TO EXPLORE LITERARY CRITICISM

It’s that ever popular question: “I need to find a criticism of a book I am reading for English class – how do I do that”. Well, this training session will showcase two online databases available through the BPL website that can help you answer that question! “Contemporary Literary Criticism” and the “Dictionary of Literary Biography” provide thousands of biographical and critical essays of authors and their works from all genres. Also included: training on how to sign up for the Boston Public Library “e-card”. With this card, residents from all over MA can access and explore the electronic resources available at www.bpl.org. An overview of all other resources available will be covered as well. This class is part of an ongoing series of Regional trainings on the electronic resources offered by the Boston Public Library.

Enrollment Limit: 15

Instructor: Christine Schonhart, General Reference Librarian, Boston Public Library


THE HEALTHY LIBRARY WORKER:
CULTIVATING WELLNESS IN THE WORKPLACE

Learn simple strategies to cultivate wellness in the workplace at your library. Participants will learn skills to manage challenges of the job including emotional patrons and a sedentary job. This interactive session will explore practical solutions including stress management skills, ergonomics and how to incorporate more activity into your day. Resources for improving one’s health literacy including health check tools and developing resiliency for changes in the profession will be explored. Participants will leave with enhanced knowledge and practical skills for incorporating healthy habits into their daily work.

This class is relevant for anyone who works in a library, including support staff and librarians.

Enrollment Limit: 30

Instructor : Michelle Eberle, Consumer Health Information Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine – New England


PLANNING FOR DIGITIZATION: AN OVERVIEW

Creating and managing digital collections is increasingly common in libraries, archives, and museums. Putting collection materials online can increase access to your rare or special collections, expand your user base, preserve fragile materials, and raise public awareness of your organization, but getting started with digital collections can present new challenges. In this workshop, you will become acquainted with the issues involved in a digitization project through an overviewof relevant topics including collection assessment, metadata, copyright, and technical considerations. Understanding what’s involved in the development and maintenance of digital collections will help you makethe right decisions about your collections and digitization projects.

Topics include:

  • Collection assessment
  • Intellectual access
  • Standards
  • Technical issues
  • Copyright
  • Preservation

Enrollment Limit : 20

Instructor: Amy Benson, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University

Time:Location:Tue., Mar. 18, 20089:30am – 3:30 pmBPL McKim Lower Level

CHOOSING TO PARTICIPATE: FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES

Choosing to Participate ExhibitChoosing to Participate: Facing History and Ourselves, is an engaging interactive multimedia exhibition that has won nationwide praise for encouraging people of all ages to consider the consequences of their everyday choices and for inspiring them to make a difference in their schools and communities.  This multi-media exhibit will be on display at the Boston Public Library from January through May 2008, welcoming visitors from all over New England including an anticipated 10,000 middle and high school students. The exhibition focuses on four individuals and communities whose stories illustrate the courage, initiative, and compassion that are needed to protect democracy and human rights. Visitors will learn about “Upstanders” in New England – people who are making a difference locally and around the globe – and explore a remarkable display of student artwork. Choosing to Participate will also offer a calendar of exciting events including internationally renowned speakers, award winning films, theatre, and dance.

Regional members are invited to enjoy coffee and breakfast pastries while they learn about Facing History and Ourselves, the organization, its mission, and how libraries and academic institutions can be involved, followed by a personalized tour of the exhibit.

Enrollment Limit : 20


REACHING PATRONS : ONLINE OUTREACH FOR LIBRARIES

Every type of library can benefit from online outreach: public libraries reaching out to increasingly mobile, independent and tech-savvy patrons; special libraries seeking to expand their clientele and bring their expertise beyond their walls; and academic libraries trying to provide 24/7 services to students and invite the local community into their programs.  Meeting wired users where they are is quickly becoming a vital component of library service, as an increasing number of people live their lives online. In this presentation, Jennifer Koerber will discuss approaches to reach out to users using social computing technologies and “Web 2.0” tools, from Craigslist and Wikipedia to RSS feeds and the local chamber of commerce site.

Topics covered in this course: ways that your current and future patrons can find your collections and online services; community partners to approach for help with your online visibility; places to advertise programs and other offerings; and avenues for bringing your staff and professional expertise out of your building and into the service of the world.

Enrollment Limit : 15

Instructor: Jennifer Koerber, Generalist Librarian, Boston Public Library, Honan-Allston Branch


TELL ME MORE: LANGUAGE LEARNING ONLINE

Over 140 languages are spoken in Boston. Libraries and schools are one of the first places that many speakers-of-other-languages come to help. Come for a hands-on workshop to learn about the electronic resource Tell Me More, an interactive database that uses activities “to develop the essential skills needed to communicate: oral and written comprehension, oral and written expression, vocabulary and grammar.” English language skills are just the beginning… join us and we will tell you more.

Audience: BPL Staff helping ESL customers, Librarians (public service, academic, school, special), Administrators & Directors of public service organizations, Teachers of ELL & ELP students

Enrollment Limit : 15

Instructor: JoAnn Butler, Literacy Services Manager, Boston Public Library


TOUR OF THE CONGREGATIONAL LIBRARY AND ARCHIVE

Congregational Library Reading RoomBegun in 1853 with the gift of 56 books from its founders’ personal collections, the Congregational Library is located on Boston’s historic Beacon Hill. The library offers researchers, readers, and browsers an extensive array of classic and contemporary religious material. The collection includes a wide variety of resources on American religion, New England local and town histories, 19th century social issues and, of course, three hundred years of records documenting the history of American Congregationalism.

The tour will include the history of the library, its mission, collections, and services. Participants will tour our closed stacks and our rare book room as well as our public areas.

Enrollment Limit : 15

Instructor: Claudette Newhall, Associate Librarian, Congregational Library


POP CULTURE IN LIBRARIES: HOW TO HAVE WHAT THEY WANT BEFORE THEY ASK  ADULTS EDITION!

Confused about what will be the NEXT BIG THING? Still trying to learn about the current big thing? Explore the phenomenon that is Pop Culture and learn about its importance in every public library. Learn about the variety of materials available that your patrons want. Get some tips about how you can discover the next big thing before anyone else!

Enrollment Limit : 20

Instructor: Sarah Sogigian, Trainer/Consultant for Youth Services, Metrowest MA Regional Library System

Time: Location: Thu., Apr. 17, 2008 10:00am – 12:00 pm BPL McKim Conference Room


FREEBIES FOR LIBRARIANS!

Ever wish you could get some free stuff for your teens and your teen room? Learn about lots of free items available to educators and librarians! Sarah Sogigian, Young Adult Librarian at the Shrewsbury (MA) Public Library, will share some secrets on how to spice up your YA department with materials from a variety of sources. Who knows? You may also walk away from the meeting with some freebies! This program is a great resource for librarians working with ALL ages, not just teens!

Enrollment Limit : 20

Instructor: Sarah Sogigian, Trainer/Consultant for Youth Services, Metrowest MA Regional Library System

Time: Location: Thu., Apr. 17, 20081:00 – 3:00pm BPL McKim Conference Room


CREATING SPREADSHEETS USING MICROSOFT EXCEL

Spreadsheets are a great way to create budgets and track expenses. This hands-on workshop will explore all of the pull down menus, toolbars and features that will help you create worksheets and charts. Learn to create and edit a spreadsheet, use formulas, preview and print a worksheet, and create and edit charts.

Enrollment Limit : 15

Instructor: Barbara A. Andrews, Andrews Consulting

Time: Location: Wed., May. 7, 2008 10:00am – 1:00 pm BPL Training Room


MORE THAN BASIC EXCEL: MACROS, TEMPLATES AND LINKING SPREADSHEETS

If you perform a task repeatedly in Microsoft Excel, you can automate the task with a macro. A macro is a series of commands and functions that can be run whenever you need to perform the task. Another way to enhance your use of Excel is to create links between cells in the same worksheet or between cells in different workbooks. This workshop can be presented as a demonstration or hands on.

Enrollment Limit : 15

Instructor: Barbara A. Andrews, Andrews Consulting

Time: Location: Wed., May. 14, 2008 10:00am – 1:00pm BPL Training Room


PIXELS VS. PRINT: DIGITAL COLLECTION MANAGEMENT IN YOUR LIBRARY

Library collections are in transition between books and bytes as resources become available in increasing numbers and types of formats. Library staff face the challenge of deciding whether to replace, or duplicate traditional resources when they become available electronically. In addition to making decisions about format, libraries must manage, maintain, and above all, integrate this growing array of electronic resources with traditional materials. And licensed digital content brings with it complex questions about long-term access. Join us for a review of the relevant issues, examples of current approaches, and a discussion what this means for your library.

Topics include:

  • Evaluating use of print and electronic resources
  • Purchasing versus licensing / providing access to
  • E-content including books, journals, databases, documents
  • Budget Implications

Part of the Looking at Collections in a New Way continuing education series.

Enrollment Limit : 25

Instructor: Amy Benson, Librarian/Archivist for Digital Projects, Schlesinger Library at Harvard University

Time: Location: Tue., May. 13, 2008 9:30am – 3:30pm Special Functions Room, Main Campus Building, Simmons College

All classes are held at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston St., Boston, MA, unless otherwise noted.

The BPL Digital Scanning Lab and Imaging Studio is located on the 2nd floor of the Johnson Building. Enter the Johnson Building through the Boylston St. entrance. Follow the corridor to the left after passing the check-out stations. Take your first left through the black door that says “staff only.” Take the elevator to the 2nd floor. The Digital Scanning Lab and Imaging Studio will be on your left as you exit the elevator.

The BPL McKim Conference Room is located on the 1st floor of the McKim Building. Enter the McKim Building through the Dartmouth St. entrance. Take a right after the Information Desk. The McKim Conference Room will be the first door on your left.

The BPL McKim Lower Level A is located on the basement level of the McKim Building. Enter the McKim Building through the Dartmouth St. entrance. Take the stairs on either side of the grand staircase down one level. McKim Lower Level A is through the door directly in front of you, then to the left.

The BPL McKim Popular Reading Room is located on the first floor of the McKim Building. Enter the McKim Building through the Dartmouth St. entrance. Take a right after the information desks. The Popular Reading Room will be on the right next to the Map Café.

The BPL Mezzanine Conference Room is located on the Mezzanine (“M”) level of the Johnson Building. Enter through the Boylston St. entrance, take the elevator or stairs up to the Mezzanine level. The Conference Room is located on the Boylston Street side of the building.

The BPL Training Room is located on the third floor of the Johnson Building. Enter the Johnson Building through the Boylston St. entrance. Follow the corridor to the left after passing the check-out stations. Take your first left through the black door that says “staff only.” Take the elevator to the 3rd Floor. The Training Room will be directly on your left as you exit the elevator.

The Congregational Library is located at 14 Beacon St., Boston, MA. Directions can be found at http://www.congregationallibrary.org/contact/hours

Special Functions Room, Main Campus Building, Simmons College, 300 The Fenway. Directions can be found at http://www.simmons.edu/overview/visit/here.shtml

Workshops fill very fast! Please register quickly, but ONLY for those you are certain you can attend. Register on-line at www.bpl.org/brls/ or email [email protected]

Please contact the BRLS office if you cannot attend a workshop for which you have registered.
In the instance of inclement weather, please call the Boston Public Library’s main number at 617.536.5400. If the library is closed, then classes are cancelled.
Participants from other Massachusetts Regions and librarians currently unemployed are welcome if space is available. Please contact us.


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