In about a month, I will be down in DC for Computers in Libraries 2011. From the animated .gif, you may already have concluded that I will be providing some of the entertainment at these festivities. In fact, if you attend you’ll have the opportunity to see me get up in front of a room full of my peers and contribute something theoretically meaningful four times — and that’s not even counting Rock Band and karaoke.
Sunday, March 20
Games & Simulations to Energize Training & Teaching
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
With Dr. Scott Nicholson, Associate Professor, Syracuse University School of Information Studies and Author of Everyone Plays at the Library: Creating Great Gaming Experiences for All Ages
If designed well, games can be a motivating tool to teach and to entertain. One of the challenges of being an instructor is avoiding the traps of presenting slide after slide from a PowerPoint presentation or demonstrating the same tired searches while attendees look on, bleary-eyed This workshop shows a wide variety of activities to get audiences energized and engaged. Come with an open mind and willingness to participate as this workshop is run in the style of the NASAGA (North American Simulation and Gaming Association) conference: low on PowerPoint and high on engagement. Participate in Jolts, Icebreakers, Roleplays, and Simulations; debrief what happened in each; and explore how these might be applied in different training and teaching situations.
Digital Repositories: Strategies & Techniques
1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
With Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator, McGill University Library
This workshop addresses key issues surrounding the creation, maintenance, and cultivation of digital repositories. Drawing on the latest literature, case studies, and personal experiences, speakers lead a discussion covering planning the digital repository, selecting a methodology for its establishment, populating it with content, marketing it to the library’s constituencies, and meeting the various challenges and questions along the way. Share your own experiences, engage in group discussions regarding how to get the most of a digital repository, and leave with lots of ideas and strategies for dealing with digital repositories.
Monday, March 21
Building Community With Faculty & Suppliers
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Time slot shared with:
Regina Reynolds, ISSN Coordinator, Library of Congress
Laurie Kaplan, Director, Serials Editorial, Serials Solutions
One of the major obstacles facing digital repositories at academic institutions is getting faculty to contribute their content. Get insights and ideas from one success story, DigitalCommons@ILR, which now holds content from nearly 70% of the faculty at Cornell University’s ILR School, having worked with faculty to capture content that pushes the boundaries of traditional institutional repositories. Hear about their strategies, practices, experiences, and lessons learned. Reynolds and Kaplan share the secrets of a 10-year partnership between the U.S. ISSN Center at LC and the Serials Solutions editorial team, illustrate how the partnership has enabled both organizations to learn from each other, balancing the public and private aspects of librarianship and metadata collection, and talk about plans to move forward.
Wednesday, March 23
Repositories: Strategies & Practices
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Amy Buckland, eScholarship, ePublishing & Digitization Coordinator, McGill University Library
Mitzi Cole, Electronic Library Systems Team Lead, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Zimmerman Associates, Inc.
Jeremy Gottwig, Web Developer, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Our panel discusses institutional repository design, technologies, processes, and practices at each of their organizations. They share challenges, lessons learned, and future plans for those contemplating creating their own repository.
Attending CiL has been a great experience for me these past few years, and I’m honored to be a contributor again this year. Also existentially terrified, but I’m sure that’ll pass. Quite sure.
In any case, check out the rest of the program, and I guarantee you’ll find numerous items worth making the trip down to DC. Hope to see you there!