Professional Development Alliance: Register for November’s Professional Development Offerings
November 02, 2020
Autumn has arrived, and with it, so much professional development! We hope you were able to catch some of October’s PDA offerings, but if not, we have plenty more for you this month.
Did you know that Atla posts all of its past webinars on our website for free? Check out our On Demand Learning page to see the archive!Read
Atla is partnering with other library consortia and organizations to create a Professional Development Alliance (PDA). The PDA is dedicated to sharing professional development opportunities across the participating organizations. This new cooperative initiative multiplies the number and variety of online professional development opportunities available to members of each participating library organization.
As a pilot, each PDA-participating organization is sponsoring a no-cost, online professional development session each month that is being promoted to members of all participating library organizations. Sessions will cover a broad array of topics of interest to library professionals. Atla’s November contribution is “Taking Comments & Making Clarity: A Website Usability Case Study,” during which Christy Karpinski, Atla Digital Projects Coordinator, will share with participants how to make a website work better for users by implementing a simple method of user observation.
PDA offerings, including registration information, are included in the Atla events calendar, as well as down below.
November’s PDA Offerings
|Inclusive Online Instruction||
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.
1 – 2 p.m.
|Fair Use: You Be the Judge||The session will start with a quick review of copyright’s educational exception and the Fair Use balancing test. Then we’ll look at three recent fair use cases, with the audience testing their understanding of fair use and voting on which way they would decide the case. We’ll wrap up with the actual case outcomes and conclude with questions and answers.||
3 – 4 p.m.
|A Practical Guide to COUNTER Release 5||
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.
1 – 2 p.m.
|Google Chrome Extensions: Helpful Hacks for the Chrome Experience||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.||
3 – 4 p.m.
|Restoring Our Attention||
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.
10 – 11 a.m.
|Understanding China Data & Business Research||
This webinar will provide an overview of selected official statistical information collected in the People’s Republic of China, with a particular focus on economic and financial data on Mainland China. It will explore options beyond the official statistics and ‘known data’ and discuss what needs to be considered when ‘thinking’ about data used for economic and financial research.
Attendees will be able to:
10 – 11 a.m.
Professional Development Alliance (PDA) participating consortia:
- ASERL: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
- BLC: Boston Library Consortium
- CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois
- LOUIS: Louisiana Library Network
- NC LIVE: North Carolina’s statewide library cooperative
- SCELC: Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
- SEFLIN: Southeast Florida Library Information Network
New Initiative Aligns with Organizational Ends
This new initiative aligns with Atla’s new Organizational Ends adopted by the Board of Directors earlier this year, specifically OE 3, Librarians and information providers are growing in their competencies and skills, and OE 3.3, Librarian and information providers have access to professional development in technical and digital skills. This collaboration with other library organizations also supports the increased need of members for expanded learning opportunities given the recent shift to largely online operations at some institutions.
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Digital Humanities and Libraries and Archives in Religious StudiesJoin Bo Adams and Cliff Anderson on Nov 17, 2020, at 1 p.m. CT as they discuss how theological librarians can contribute to projects in the digital humanities.
November 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - November 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm
Taking Comments & Making Clarity: A Website Usability Case StudyJoin us on November 12, 2020 at 1pm CT as Christy Karpinski, Atla Digital Projects Manager tests the website usability of the Atla Digital Library.
November 12, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - November 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm