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PDA webinars September 2021

Getting Started with OCLC’s Worldshare Records Manager

September 15, 2021 – 2:00pm EST

Join Samantha Thorne, Metadata Librarian at Shaw University, for a practical, introductory, how-to session on OCLC’s WorldShare Record Manager. Samantha will take you through functions and features of Record Manager used in common cataloging workflows, including searching, creating bibliographic and local holdings records, bulk editing, and creating labels. Come prepared to ask questions and receive hands-on training!


TikTok on the Clock: Teaching Digital Media Literacy Skills on TikTok

September 21, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

TikTok is a popular social media app that allows users to create and share short, bite-size videos. While teenagers and young adults have made up the vanguard user group of this platform since its start in 2017, millennials and older generations have increasingly joined the app in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially known for its viral dance crazes and lip syncing challenges, TikTok has grown to become a rich community space for knowledge and skill sharing.

TikTok is a ready medium for librarians to create virtual content and reach younger generations where they are at. This presentation will share how one academic librarian uses TikTok to fight misinformation by teaching digital media literacy skills. The presenter will also provide a short tour of the app, share how to create your first video, and showcase how other librarians have creatively used this app to engage their communities.

Natalie Ornat is the Humanities Librarian and an associate professor at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Natalie holds an MSLS from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She served as a 2019 American Library Association Emerging Leader and a 2012 Teach For America corps member.


Sprouting Talent: Growing Library Leadership at Every Level

September 22, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Develop leadership at every level of your library after hearing the experiences of two veterans in the field in this practical and inspiring session. Former library director Maxine Bleiweis found ways to open up opportunities to all staff members through daily practices that helped staff become their best and step forward in the library, the community and the profession. Kate Byroade went from shelver to library director to statewide leader with the encouragement of wise supervisors and an adventuresome spirit. You’ll come away with ideas to put immediately into action and a plan for a longer strategy.

Kate Byroade is the director of the Cragin Memorial Library in Colchester, CT. She is a Past President of the Connecticut Library Association and has done just about every library task over the course of her 36-year library career.

Maxine Bleiweis broke every rule as a public library director, encouraged eating and drinking in libraries, initiated the first maker space, and hired a WWE employee to manage new initiatives. She’s now helping librarians have the courage to do great things as a consultant.


Elevating and Celebrating Black Men: The Black Male Archives Project

September 23, 2021 @ 2:00pm EST

Rodney Freeman, founder of the Black Male Archives, will spend some time walking us through his initial ideas to final creation of this amazing project. The objective is to capture, curate, and promote positive stories about Black men to combat the negative images portrayed in the media. Rodney recently left his library director position to dedicate himself to making his dream a reality. During this webinar, he will also provide us with a demonstration on all the features of the archive and how libraries and archives can use this material for instruction and DEI related activities. Come with your questions and suggestions on how to support Rodney’s work.

Rodney Freeman is a librarian, archivist who believes the practice of preserving your stories and memories is essential. Rodney presents on a range of topics from diverse library leadership, digital collections, and programming while also presenting issues surrounding digital preservation and 3D modeling. In 2018, Rodney developed a platform called The Black Male Archives.