Professional Development Alliance November 2020 Events

PDAS November events

Inclusive Online Instruction

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST

Join us in discussing ways to create inclusive library instruction in an online environment. Presenters will talk about polling tools, using breakout rooms, providing captioning and/or transcripts, best practices for asynchronous video instruction, learning activities they’ve translated from in-person to online teaching, and making an environment where students feel valued with practices like pronoun go ‘rounds. We’ll talk about lessons learned from remote teaching, and provide an opportunity for participants to share their instruction hot tips with each other.


  • Learning about easy-to-use tools to create an inclusive class environment
  • Ideas for online learning activities
  • Resource recommendations

Presented by Kristan Shawgo (she/her), Social Sciences Librarian, University Libraries, UNC-Chapel Hill; Nancy Lovas, Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian, University Libraries, UNC-Chapel Hill; Jade Bruno, Graduate Research Assistant, UNC-Chapel Hill


Taking Comments & Making Clarity: A Website Usability Case Study

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST

This webinar will present the usability test that was performed on the Atla Digital Library this past year. We will look at the components of the test, the results, and how changes were made. Participants will see an example of how to make a website work better for users by implementing a simple method of user observation.

Presented by Christy Karpinski, Digital Projects Coordinator, Atla

A Practical Guide to COUNTER Release 5

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 2:00pm EST

Release 5 of the COUNTER Code of Practice is the newest standard for counting usage for electronic resources. New releases of COUNTER are intended to improve reporting, and can include changes in usage metrics and types of reports offered. Librarians need to understand changes from previous to new releases in order to effectively interpret usage data. This session examines the specific metrics and reports included in COUNTER Release 5, and offers a look at how Release 5 compares to Release 4. The goal is to provide a practical guide for understanding COUNTER Release 5, as well as overall challenges and opportunities with interpreting usage reports.

Presenter: Heather Getsay, Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania.
Heather Getsay is Resource Acquisitions Librarian and Assistant Professor at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. She serves as subject librarian for the departments of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Homeland and Corporate Security Studies, Political Science, and Social Work. She is co-author of the book Measuring the Validity of Usage Reports Provided by E-Book Vendors: Emerging Research and Opportunities.

Google Chrome Extensions: Helpful Hacks for the Chrome Experience

Monday, November 16, 2020 @ 4:00pm EST

Google Extensions, for use with Chromebooks and the Chrome browser, are part of a rising trend. Schools and libraries are turning more toward Google for Education and Chromebooks as tech tools. Extensions are a growing aspect of the Chrome experience. This presentation will help attendees understand what an extension is and where to begin. Additionally, the presentation will demonstrate many different extensions and discuss how they can be used and which might benefit various users the most. Attendees are encouraged to follow along on their own device.

Presenter: Olivia Moris, Metronet

Restoring Our Attention

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 @ 11:00am EST

At a time of pandemic and civil unrest, many of us are glued to our devices, doomscrolling with anticipation for the worst to come. We rely on technology more than ever before to connect to each other, our students, our families. How do we use it wisely? And how do we manage and protect our attention when our lifeline to the outside world is designed to exploit it?

In this webinar, we will take a look at the market forces that incentivize technology to distract and manipulate us. We’ll consider the consequences of chronic distraction in the short and long term, across individuals and society as a whole. And then we’ll look to attention restoration theory (ART) for ideas about what to do differently.

ART is a theory that helps us understand how our attention is depleted and restored. At UW, I used ART in an undergraduate design methods course to frame the design of restorative spaces and experiences on the University of Washington’s campus. In the process, students showed promising signs of changing their behaviors and attitudes with technology. We’ll learn about several of the practices we used in the class, many of which were contemplative in nature. We’ll also consider how these practices, and a design-framing, might help us and our students use technology differently.

Presenter: Beck Tench
Beck Tench is a wife, daughter, friend, teacher, gardener, cyclist, kind stranger, and PhD student at the University of Washington Information School. She researches how the design of physical and digital spaces cultivates contemplative experience and practice. She is particularly interested in understanding how space facilitates a greater capacity for accessing personal wisdom, connecting with others through compassion and friendship, improving the quality of our lives through greater awareness of life as we’re living it, and coping with the distractions of digital culture.

She was formally trained as a designer at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent her career before returning to academia helping museums, libraries, and non-profits embrace risk-taking, creativity, and change through technology and personal space-making. Her work from that time was mentioned in the New York Times, National Public Radio, Scientific American, and several books and blogs.