OCLC Research Announces Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI) Webinar Series

OCLC Research, on behalf of the RLG Partnership and under the management of Senior Program Officer Roy Tennant, is developing a series of webinars to teach library staff new technology skills and educate them about new products to help increase their productivity in today's changing library, archive and museum environment.

The goal of these webinars is to highlight specific innovative applications, often locally developed, that libraries, museums and archives may find effective in their own environments, as well as to teach technical staff new technologies and skills. The webinar series, titled Technical Advances for Innovation in Cultural Heritage Institutions (TAI CHI), will have two tracks: an instructional track and a product demo track.

Instructional Track:
The instructional track will provide a practical, efficient overview of key details for technical staff so they can get up to speed on new technologies. Webinars in this track will focus on topics such as OCLC Web Services APIs, Solr indexing platform, XSLT, XPath and XQuery, Java, Javascript and the Google Books API.

Product Demo Track:
The product demo track will provide overviews and demonstrations of new and useful products for staff at cultural heritage institutions who are interested in increasing their general product understanding as well as in making informed purchase and use decisions. Webinars in this track will cover products such as Library a la Carte and Blacklight.

These webinars will be broadcast live online via WebEx. Attendance is open to all and participation is free but advanced registration is required. This series of webinars will be recorded and made available on the OCLC Research Web site and in the iTunes Store.

The first product demo track webinar in the series will cover Library a la Carte on Wednesday, 26 August 2009 from 11 a.m.-12 noon Eastern Daylight Time/8-9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Library a la Carte is software developed at Oregon State University that lets you build customized Web pages by choosing exactly what you want from a menu of choices. Jane Nichols, Oregon State University subject librarian, will demonstrate how to create course Web pages, assignment tip sheets and subject guides in minutes without writing a single line of HTML. This content management system makes it easy to integrate Web 2.0 features, chat and RSS feeds, etc. with traditional library content, such as catalogs and article databases, into Web pages. Kim Griggs, Oregon State University programmer, will discuss installing and customizing Library a la Carte and future developments.

More Information

Register to attend the 26 August Library a la Carte Webinar

For more information:

Roy Tennant
Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research

Melissa Renspie
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research