Transforming Technical Services: Growing IT Skill Sets Within Technical Services Departments
Drastic staff reductions and the continuous print to digital shift require a transformation of Technical Services (TS) to remain relevant. One effective approach is through growing IT skill sets within the department to become IT independent and to facilitate technology application. We will present strategies to overcome potential barriers.TS staff who have mastered IT skill sets will also describe how they are overcoming the “lost in translation” and related issues to support others moving in similar directions.
Subjects: Technical Services, Acquisitions, Professional Development
Nonfiction Book Blast: Booktalks and Activities for Your Library
Start school with new booktalks and activities for this year’s hottest nonfiction books. Twelve authors will booktalk their new 2012 nonfiction books for elementary school, middle school, and high school readers. Find out the story behind each book and take home booktalks and activities for your library. Moderated by Booklist Quick Tips for Schools & Libraries columnist Anastasia Suen.
Subjects: Children’s Literature, Children’s Services, Collection Development, Public Programs, Readers’ Advisory
Isn’t It Romantic?
Love is in the air with this popular program that features best-selling romance writers talking about their craft, including Susan Mallery, Deb Coonts, and Jillian Hunter. Free books for all! Barbara Hoffert, editor of Library Journal’s Prepub Alert, will moderate the panel.
Library of the Future: The Indispensable Library
New Jersey State Librarian Norma Blake and Peggy Cadigan, associate state librarian for library development, will discuss current and future policies and practices that will help libraries survive and thrive.
Subjects: Trends and Forecasting
Disaster Response - Lessons Learned
Speakers will describe major disasters at their libraries and how they responded to them using established disaster plans. They will also discuss how those plans were updated to address aspects that were not originally included.
Subjects: Disaster Planning, Preservation
GLSEN Safe Space Training (GLBT Round Table)
GLSEN (Gay, lesbian & straight education network) staff will provide training.
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