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Professional Development Alliance October 2020 Events

Librarians Across Disciplines: Mitigating Archival Chaos

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 2:00pm to 2:45pm EST

This session seeks to equip librarians and library administrators with basic tools to gain control of archival collections. Particularly geared towards small theological libraries with minimal archival staff, we will discuss basic archival principles, and outline steps for inventorying, describing, and digitizing archival objects. Participants will leave with tasks that can be introduced into workflows to mitigate archival chaos. The realization that taking even the first step towards archival control will give attendees great confidence in tackling their “stuff” and advocating for institutional support.


  • Gain an understanding of the importance of archival collections and the ways they can be leveraged to support institutional goals.
  • Obtain awareness of basic archival principles, including accessioning, arrangement and description, and processing.
  • Acquire a number of achievable tasks that incorporate archival control into diverse settings and workflows.

Presenter: Caitlin Reeves, Archivist, Columbia Theological Seminary


Assessment of Student Learning in Academic Libraries

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 – 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

The assessment of learning is not a new practice – it has unfolded within institutions of higher education since the 1980s.  While historically, assessment has occurred within institutions of higher education, learning occurs in a variety of contexts and places. Increasingly, efforts are unfolding to capture and document evidence of student learning outside of traditional curricular experiences.

Given the intensified attention to assessment and accountability issues in the higher education sector, academic libraries and librarians in the United States have felt increasingly compelled to demonstrate the value they bring to their colleges and universities. Opening with an introduction to assessment, in this session, we will explore how academic libraries have approached assessment in recent years as well as current practices and future trends in assessing and documenting learning.

Dr. Gianina Baker is currently the Assistant Director at the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment which is co-located at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Indiana University-Bloomington. Prior to this position, she served in roles of Counselor, Director of Institutional Research, and Director of Institutional Effectiveness & Planning, all at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois. She holds a Ph.D. in Educational Organization & Leadership.


Transcending Meatspace: Virtual Reality Library Events via Mozilla Hubs

Monday, October 19, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Meatspace: the corporeal opposite of cyberspace.

In pre-COVID times, our libraries were champions of building rich, collaborative programming in meatspace. But this far into our post-COVID reality, we’ve all developed an intimate awareness of the limitations of Zoom, et al. and the kinds of programming that fits (or doesn’t fit) into a web-meeting model of video feeds and flat screen shares.

Two SCELC Member libraries experimented together to transcend meatspace by implementing virtual reality spaces powered by Mozilla Hubs.

University of the Pacific held its computer science capstone project showcase in Mozilla Hubs. Held in virtual rooms, students presented their project and discussed their learning outcomes from their semester. Faculty, teachers, alumni, and visitors had the opportunity to talk and learn about current Pacific students’ CS projects.

The University of La Verne Library hosted its annual Faculty Book Day, Faculty Research Day, Student Research Day, and Mini Maker Fair virtually using Mozilla Hubs. Faced with canceling these popular face-to-face events, UoP shared its experience with Hubs. Within three weeks, ULV staff created virtual rooms (even designing the outdoor space where the Maker Fair is held every year) and successfully hosted all four events.

Both will share their experiences in projecting the best aspects of presenting in meatspace into cyberspace, and how you might do the same for your libraries.

Presented by Keely Caniff, Digital Project Manager (University of the Pacific); Vinaya Tripuraneni – Dean of Libraries and Learning, Sabrina Mora – Marketing and Media Specialist & Circulation Supervisor, David Ovcharenko – Circulation Supervisor — Evening and Weekend (University of La Verne)


Teaching Information Literacy K-16

Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

The challenges students face when conducting research can feel overwhelming. In this presentation, Reference Outreach & Instruction Librarian Linda Mork, a former high school English teacher, K-12 media specialist, and academic librarian, will offer ideas about teaching concepts from the ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy in order to help students of all ages understand and navigate the information ecosystem and provide strategies to help move them past common research roadblocks.

Presented by Linda Mork, Reference and Instruction Librarian

Demystifying Research and Publishing in Libraries

Thursday, October 22, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

This discussion-based webinar offers guidance for academic library staff who want to conduct research and get published. The webinar comes from the perspectives of four librarian authors and editors who are at varying stages of their careers. Speakers will attempt to demystify topics such as developing research ideas and methods, conducting research projects, writing for your audience, intriguing editors with unique angles to your work, and more. Tips and tricks will be shared! Speakers will address a diverse range of publication types, from peer-reviewed articles to reviews and case studies. This webinar is designed for any and all library workers who want to explore pursuing research and publishing, including librarians going up for promotion, tenure, or review. Following the webinar, attendees will be provided with additional learning materials to keep.

Presented by Michael Rodriguez (University of Connecticut), Marie Kennedy (Loyola Marimount University), Juleah Swanson (University of Colorado-Boulder), Ken Varnum (University of Michigan)

The Happy Place: Creating Positive Library Spaces Using Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Employee engagement can be challenging. In this fun and interactive workshop, participants will learn how to engage staff in meaningful ways while creating a culture of positivity and respect. Based on real life situations and years of communicating and working with staff, managers from Wake County will explore the key factors they discovered that contribute to a happy work environment. Participants will have an opportunity to share ideas that have worked in their organizations.

Brandy Hamilton is currently a Regional Library Manager within the Wake County Public Libraries system, in the greater Raleigh Area. She holds a BA in English and an MLIS from the University of South Carolina. She has more than 18 years of library and management experience. Brandy has been active in the North Carolina Library Association for 18 years, holding a variety of positions. She is the current Chair for the Leadership, Administration, and Management Section of the association.

Rita Bhattacharyya is the Adult Services Department Manager within the Wake County Library System, located in the greater Raleigh area. She holds a BS in Social Work from Texas Tech University and a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rita began her career as a youth services librarian and transitioned to adult services in 2014. Her professional interests are making sure that the library system provides exceptional service to all areas of the population.

Presented by Brandy Hamilton and Rita Bhattacharyya (Wake County Public Library)

Github: A Primer for Librarians

Tuesday, October 27, 2020 – 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

Git was built for programmers to keep track of changes to their code. GitHub was built for allowing programmers to share their code. But anybody can use this powerful and popular combo of software and platform, for writing, for building websites, and for collaboration. This presentation will explain the basics of using Git and GitHub, for an audience of non-programmers, using examples from libraries.

Presented by Mike Waugh, Library Services Platform Administrator

Tips and Techniques for Facilitating Meetings Online

Wednesday October 28, 2020 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

As libraries continue to work online or in a hybrid format, the need for well-designed and effectively facilitated meetings rises. Disorganized or poorly run Zoom meetings can lead to wasted time and frustrated teams. Attendees will learn techniques they can use immediately to plan for a meeting and develop a participatory environment where all attendees are proposing ideas and contributing to the meeting’s success.

Presented by Angel Truesdale, Business and Social Sciences Librarian at UNC-Charlotte