Recordings and Resources Now Available from ALA Midwinter

ALA Midwinter 2019 was held in Seattle in January, and OCLC Research staff presented their work in sessions, panels, and OCLC booth Power Hours. Now video recordings, notes and slides from these presentations are available for anyone who wasn't able to attend, or wants to learn more.

OCLC Research Update: Emerging Trends

OCLC Research provided overviews of several active projects as well as explored new (or new again) areas for libraries including discovery and access, open access/open content, linked data, and research information management.

Slides are now available.

Presented by OCLC Research's Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, and WebJunction's Betha Gutsche.

OCLC Linked Data Roundtable: Stories from the Front

An OCLC hosted panel of experts shares their current activities and recent experiences with linked data. Hear updates on OCLC's initiatives, an LC update on BIBFRAME, and more.

Includes OCLC Research's Karen Smith-Yoshimura.

OCLC Power Hour: Information Literacy: Visual Context Matters

OCLC Research and partners at the University of Florida and Rutgers University are working together on a four-year IMLS-funded project. Initial results of a study of 175 STEM students from grade 4 through graduate school indicate that while students feel pretty confident identifying and judging the credibility of online resources, in reality students struggle with what researchers have coined “container collapse”—the lack of visual context and cues that print containers provide to help individuals identify a document’s origins and measure its value. Find out what this can mean for libraries and meet with some of the research team members.

Presented by OCLC Research's Lynn Silipigni Connaway; Samuel Putnam, University of Florida; Joyce Kasman Valenza, PhD, Rutgers University.

OCLC Power Hour: Supercharge Your Library's Storytimes

WebJunction has exciting news about Supercharged Storytimes, a research-based program that helps storytime providers enhance children’s (0-5) early literacy development. WebJunction shared free tools and materials as well as transformation stories from the field.  

Slides are now available on WebJunction.

Presented by WebJunction's Kathleen Gesinger and Brooke Doyle.

Return to the Real: The Library as Social Connector  

Studies show an increase in loneliness and depression because of too much time spent online. Communities experience steady erosion of the bonds formed when people share real-time activities together, which affects our health and well-being. As a magnet for social connection, libraries offer that sense of community and shared place that humans as social animals crave. Active learning programs that offer participatory activities to enhance individual learning can go further to cement social connection when people are learning and doing together. This session explorde library programs through the lens of social possibilities, with the goal of strengthening community bonds.

Slides and related resources available here.

American Libraries writeup on the session, Getting Real Again.

Presented by WebJunction's Betha Gutsche and Jennifer Peterson.

OCLC Power Hour: Learning on the Go-Go-Go

When an active library keeps staff busy all day, who has time to stop and learn? Yet the ever-changing and emerging needs that keep us busy also make learning imperative. Join this interactive session with OCLC’s WebJunction to explore resources and strategies for integrating learning into your workday, and motivating others to do the same. Taking a flexible approach to lifelong learning is a great way to have fun and to apply new skills that benefit and impact you, the library and your community.

Slides and Learner Guide are available on WebJunction.

Presented by WebJunction's Jennifer Peterson. 

Community, Equity, and Storytimes (part of ALA's Symposium on the Future of Libraries)

Leading for equity means examining our library practices and policies with an equity lens. This shift in practice moves away from viewing our services as merely transactional and instead builds them in partnership with community. This interactive session highlighted The Seattle Public Library’s work to prioritize community voices and equitable partnerships to create relevant, responsive youth services programming. We also explored how Supercharged Storytimes is applying an equity lens to a training program that builds the skills and knowledge of storytime providers across the country as they nurture early literacy skills in the readers of the future.

View slides and handout from the session.

Visit the Supercharged Storytimes project area on WebJunction to access the new course and other resources.

Presented by CiKeithia Pugh, Early Learning Program Manager, The Seattle Public Library, and WebJunction's Betha Gutsche.

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