November Continuing Education Opportunities

 November educational opportunities

RDA Cataloging Bee

If you are a cataloger and want to really understand RDA and using it for your organization, please come to the RDA Cataloging Bee to be held at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library November 12-16 2012.  

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National implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging rules, is right around the corner. Are you ready? Please come to a week long, hands on workshop on cataloging using RDA sponsored by the Utah State Library and Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library.  The Lee Library participated in the National Test of RDA during 2010 and has adopted RDA as its cataloging standard. With more than two years experience cataloging using the code, the Library is well equipped to help others in Utah implement the new standard. The workshop will be from the ground up, so catalogers with any level of experience are welcome.
Audience: Catalogers from public, academic, and special libraries
Instructors: John Wright, head of general cataloging at the Lee Library; Robert L. Maxwell, author of Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2 (ALA 2004), and the forthcoming Maxwell's Handbook for RDA (ALA).
Required: RDA Toolkit. It will be provided at the workshop site, and a free 30 day trial is available. The State Library will pay for a 1 year subscription for attendees. Turn in your receipt within 60 days after the event to get reimbursed, maximum reimbursement: $325 per institution. Note: You must attend to qualify.
Bring: Some of your library's materials to practice cataloging with RDA
Mileage reimbursement: Available to those traveling over 50 miles one way, for those driving a personal vehicle. Sorry, no reimbursement to libraries.
Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Provo, 1600 N Freedom (200 West) Boulevard · Provo. 801-373-2222. Ask for the Utah State Library group rate of $78, before October 29, 2012

Advocacy Webinars:

The Power of Data

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Andrews
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST/5 p.m. MST/4 p.m. PST
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The Power of Data will explore the types of data available to school librarians and how the data can be used to support school library programs. Dr. Sandra Andrews will explore with participants a variety of datasets at the local, state, and national level that include information on schools and school libraries. Participants will have the opportunity to compare local data with national data to determine how data can help in making decisions at the school level. The concept of benchmarking will be explored and a demonstration of how benchmarking can be utilized will be explored. Topics will include using data for advocacy and communicating your needs and successes through the use of data.
Sandra Andrews, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the department of library and information studies. She has worked as both a school librarian and a district media supervisor. Andrews has presented regionally and nationally on school library topics, including the use of standards, technology integration and benchmarking. She has written in the area of curriculum, technology integration and the use of data in developing exemplary programs. Sandra’s interests include hiking, camping, reading, knitting, and playing with her two extraordinary grandchildren. She currently lives with her husband in Concord, NC.
Note: Webinar is open  to AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers only. Registrations will be accepted until 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 14. A seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL.

November webinars from ALCTS

CHICAGO —RDA, holdings comparison and long-term storage are webinar topics coming to you in November from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Registration is easy.  Just click the title of your choice and sign up.
Nov. 7
RDA in 10 Easy Steps with Thomas Brenndorfer
Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the successor to the cataloging rules, AACR2. RDA completely revamps the structure of the cataloging instructions by closely following the entity-relationship model used to construct databases. However, as complex as these changes are, they can be reduced to 10 easy steps. Join in on a walkthrough of the new structure. A demonstration of how a simple book can be cataloged with RDA helps catalogers understand the new structure and makes it easier to navigate RDA and find related instructions for other resources.
Nov. 14
The Role of Long-Term Storage in Digital Curation with Laura Osterhout and Erin Rhodes
Introduces considerations for the long-term storage of digital content selected for preservation. This content must be stored in ways that align with good practice. The session addresses issues related to the development of storage management policies, including file formats for deposit and preservation, the preservation of multiple copies, the locations of those copies, the characteristics of those locations and the means for meeting longā€term storage requirements.
Nov. 28
Holdings Comparisons: Why are they so Complicated? with Amy Kirchoff
As librarians look for innovative and effective ways to collaborate and share resources, understanding holdings of partner libraries is imperative not only for resource sharing, but also for preservation purposes. How can libraries work together to compare their holdings as they think through issues of collection management and preservation? This webinar will discuss the challenges of comparing holdings and provide suggestions on how to understand the tools that are available to do this.

For more information on these webinars and all upcoming continuing education from ALCTS, visit

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.