2014 Workshops

The Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L) conference is once again offering an outstanding and timely line-up of 4 hour workshop courses. These are focused in on the topics you need to excel and lead your library. All workshops take place on Wednesday afternoon, 1-5pm.

Join us for ER&L

Add a professional development day, learn a new skill or challenge yourself with one of these workshops:

Workshop 1: Developing Workflow from TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management
Workshop 2: Influencing & Improving Products: Structured Interface Reviews
Workshop 3: Introduction to Project Management for Libraries
Workshop 4: Outsourcing Work to Your Computer
Workshop 5: Electronic Resources & Data Management: A Love Story
Workshop 6: Forever Changes: Cultivating Resilience in Times of Challenge and Uncertainty
Workshop 8: Railsbridge Workshop for Women

ER&L conference does not include workshops and non ER&L attendees can attend workshops. LTG Summit attendees and area library staff are encouraged, too! Course 1-7 fees are $150. Course 8 fee is $25.

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Workshop 1: Developing Workflow from TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management

Presented by Graham Stone (University of Huddersfield), Jill Emery (Portland State University)

TERMS: Techniques for Electronic Resource Management has been a developing crowdsourced project to provide the best practices for electronic resource management. This workshop will focus on the creation of workflows from the six functional areas of electronic resource lifecycle for varying types of resources: ebooks, ejournals/back-files/databases, and archive collections.

Learning Objectives:
–Following this session, participants will be able to codify, assess and alter current practices into documented workflow.

Workshop 2: Influencing & Improving Products: Structured Interface Reviews

Presented by Ranti Junus (Michigan State University), Adam Chandler (Cornell University)

Librarians from Cornell and Columbia libraries created a joint working group called the 2CUL Licensed Electronic Resources Interfaces Working Group (LERIWG) to create a successful model whereby partner libraries can collaboratively evaluate vendor e-resource interfaces together, efficiently and systematically, with a minimum of administrative overhead. In this hands on workshop participants we will share the details of how we conduct our evaluations and organize ourselves across two libraries. Michigan State University libraries will also discuss and look at various ways to access e-resources accessibility, especially for users with visual disability, by using a set of free accessibility assessment tools available for us. We will have discussions on best practices, including assessment planning and documenting the outcomes. Bring your own laptop, if possible.

Learning Objectives:
–Learn how to use structured reviews as a tool for assessing the usability of vendor e-resource platforms.
–Learn how to access electronic resources for accessibility.
–Assemble a cross functional library working group that systematically licensed electronic resource platforms and keeps track of feedback in a coherent fashion.
–Learn how to use the feedback in order to influence vendors and content providers.

Workshop 3: Introduction to Project Management for Libraries

Presented by Jennifer Vinopal (New York University)
In this hands-on workshop, learn the basic theories and practice of project management for library projects. Working on real-life projects of their own choosing, workshop participants will learn and practice the key concepts and techniques for planning, organizing, managing, and completing projects in a library setting. Using simple, freely-available tools, attendees will leave the workshop with a project charter– including a scope statement, deliverables, and milestones–as well as a project plan specifying tasks on a timeline and assigned resources. This workshop will also touch on related topics such as agile project management and portfolio management. This workshop will be taught by Jennifer Vinopal, Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives at New York University. Among other responsibilities at NYU, Vinopal is a project manager in NYU’s Digital Library Technology Services, http://dlib.nyu.edu/dlts. Jennifer blogs about project management and other topics at http://vinopal.org

Learning Objectives:
–Write a project charter including a scope statement, deliverables, and milestones,
–Create a project plan specifying tasks on a timeline and assigned resources.

Workshop 4: Outsourcing Library Work to Your Computer

Presented by Francis Kayiwa (Colgate University)

The workshop is geared towards complete newbies. People with no Python experience may be interested in the class also. We will look at typical problems encountered by Librarians and how to go about using computers/computation to solve them.

Learning Objectives:
–Understand Programming (Python) Concepts
–Get comfortable with the UNIX/Linux Command Line
–Set up a Virtual Machine for non-Unix natives.

Workshop 5: Electronic Resources & Data Management: A Love Story

Presented by Annette Bailey, Andrea Ogier and Monena Hall (Virginia Tech)

Data management protocols are applied by academic libraries to the data that faculty produce. Library data including COUNTER statistics, ILLiad statistics, invoices, and other data are evaluated for procedures such as preservation and accessibility. This workshop will teach participants how to apply the Data Audit Framework to their library’s data.

Learning Objectives:
–Gain understanding of how connections can be made between the management of electronic resources and the management of library and research data
–identify the purpose and structure of a data audit

Workshop 6: Forever Changes: Cultivating resilience in times of change, challenge, uncertainty – and opportunity

Presented by Sarah Durrant (Red Sage Consulting)

A 4-hour workshop to deepen awareness around and develop of personal resilience. Drawing from the latest neuroscience, psychology, organisational science and leadership research, this workshop explores the how and why of human behaviour in adverse conditions and shares practical knowledge and skills plus a selection of tools and models designed to build personal resilience. The workshop is designed to empower librarians, and the organisations they work for, to respond to change, challenge and uncertainty with creativity, wisdom and confidence.

WORKSHOP 8 (LTG): RailsBridge Workshop for women

Presented by Matt Zumwalt with funding from CurateCamp and Digital Library Federation

The workshop will be facilitated by Matt Zumwalt, who has taught this material numerous times within the context of of HydraCamp trainings in North America and Europe.~ The RailsBridge curriculum provides a fun way to get started or level up with Rails, Ruby, and other web technologies. It was designed for events that focus on increasing diversity in tech, so that people of all backgrounds can feel welcome and comfortable in our industry. For more information on RailsBridge, see http://www.railsbridge.org/

In this workshop, we will cover installing Ruby on Rails and working through the “classic” RailsBridge curriculum, which takes you step-by-step through making a Rails app, one command at a time. The curriculum is outlined on the RailsBridge website at http://docs.railsbridge.org/docs/