10 Webinars of 2018 You Won’t Want to Miss

OCLC Research features dozens of webinars each year hosted by the Research Library Partnership (RLP) and WebJunction that span nearly every area of librarianship. Here we present ten of the most popular webinars of 2018—make some time to watch these and explore all the webinars the RLP and WebJunction have to offer!

Evaluating and Sharing Your Library’s Impact
Want to know if your programming or services are effective? This three-part series walks you through the why and how of evaluating your library’s programs and resources using various assessment tools and data collection methods. This series has something to offer whether you’ve never used data before or you have some experience in this area.

Lessons Learned from a Linked Data Prototype for Managing Bibliographic Data
In 2017 and 2018, OCLC partnered with libraries on a prototype to demonstrate the value of linked data for improving resource-description workflows in libraries. Metadata experts from OCLC, the University of Minnesota, and Harvard University talk about the prototype and share the latest developments with linked data and the future of bibliographic services utilizing Wikibase, FAST, VIAF, and Wikidata.

Librarian Evolution: Libraries Thrive When We Change
Learn how library staff are becoming change agents to help Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, the 2016 Gale/LJ Library of the Year, become an essential asset in its community. This webinar will help you position your library as an organization that not only responds to change, but one that embraces it.

Introduction to Wikidata for Librarians
Andrew Lih, Author of The Wikipedia Revolution, and Robert Fernandez, Prince George's Community College, lead an overview and introduction to Wikidata, where you can learn about this free and open knowledge base that acts as central storage for the structured data of its Wikimedia sister projects including Wikipedia, and more.

Three-Part Series on Research Data Management
The RLP hosted three webinars last year to provide an in-depth exploration of research data management (RDM) in the real world, and are a continuation of the work presented in the four-part report series The Realities of Research Data Management. Led by OCLC researchers Rebecca Bryant, Brian Lavoie, and Ixchel Faniel, the webinars span understanding institutional RDM, identifying and acting on incentives when planning RDM services, and acquiring RDM services for your institution. Whether you are working in RDM now or are wondering how to approach these services, these webinars for you.

1. Understanding Institutional Research Data Management (RDM) Services
2. Identifying and Acting on Incentives When Planning RDM Services
3. Acquiring RDM Services for Your Institution

Voter Perceptions of Libraries: Getting From Awareness to Funding in 2018
In 2008, OCLC published From Awareness to Funding: A Study of Library Support in America, a study of the awareness, attitudes, and underlying motivations among US voters for supporting library funding. Last year OCLC and partners repeated a version of the survey and you can find out how perceptions and support has shifted in this webinar as well as kickstart discussion on how library leaders and advocates can act on these findings.

Articulating Accessioning
Archival accessioning is a foundational part of a collection management program, but perhaps the most un-examined part of archival practice. In this webinar, Accessioning Archivists Rachel Searcy from NYU Libraries and Rosemary Davis from the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library will draw on their experience to articulate the role and goals of accessioning work and discuss building accessioning programs at their intuitions. 

Sharing Special Collections Materials via Resource Sharing
Librarians involved in SHARES, the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), and the Ivy Plus Libraries share freely available tools and implemented programs that can help you facilitate the sharing of rare, and often deeply needed, items at your library.

Library Programming for Adults, From Start to Finish
Watch this very popular webinar to get practical tips on how to plan events and programs for adults from start to finish, including identifying potential partners, getting community input, and successful marketing. Learn how to deliver quality, budget-friendly programs that will bring in the crowds without reinventing the wheel.

Laying Out the Welcome Mat: Asset Mapping to Better Serve the Immigrant Community
With immigration in the news, many library practitioners are wondering how they can support immigrant populations as they transition into their communities. This webinar covers how to use asset mapping—a way to discover, gather, and share community resources—to grow strong relationships and align with existing community partners and resources. Asset mapping will help you understand and highlight your community’s resources, strengthening your library as an invaluable hub for the immigrants in your area.

BONUS Webinars!

In 2018, OCLC Research also hosted two Distinguished Seminar Series presentations you’ll want to watch:

Wikipedia’s gender gap, and what would Hari Seldon do about it?
Rosie Stephenson-Goodknight, Visiting Scholar at Northeastern University, gives an overview on Wikipedia’s gender gap and explains how a “small group of nobodys” are making a difference in improving the largest and most popular general reference work on the internet.

But what about copyright?
In this Distinguished Seminar Series, Melissa Levine, Lead Copyright Officer at the University of Michigan Library, talks about how copyright touches almost all aspects of the work of libraries, museums, and archives, and she discusses current efforts to address copyright-related concerns at scale.

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