Knowledge E | 14th – 16th March 2015: 21st SLA Pre-Conference Workshops, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

14th – 16th March 2015: 21st SLA Pre-Conference Workshops, Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Start Date: March 14, 2015

End Date: March 16, 2015

Venue: Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi, UAE


Workshop 1A & 2A (14th-15th March): Habits of Highly Effective Librarians

In this workshop we will explore the theory and practice of effectiveness in the workplace. Considering themes around confidence, resilience, interpersonal communication and time management, the workshop will give each participant the opportunity to create a tailored development plan so that the impact of the two days will be fully integrated into future workplace experience. The workshop will comprise a blend of group and individual exercises, discussion and instruction from the facilitator. Handouts will be provided.

Workshop Stats:

  • 88% would recommend to others
  • 100% rated Good and Excellent

Testimonials:

  • “Interesting! Well presented!”
  • “It gave me really positive feelings and make me want to change so badly.”
  • “An excellent workshop with inspiring topic!”

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Workshop 1B & 2B (14th-15th March): Understanding E-Resources

The two-day course looks at how both books and journals business models have migrated to an online delivery environment, and then takes a comprehensive look at how publishers and libraries plan access and use of these resources.

Journals were the first to go online, and the business models for journals migrated and settled down first. When e-books started to emerge, publishers were more worried about illegal copying and embarked on a series of protection measures (DRM) for their content which has left books replicated across many content silos and makes organizing the purchase and access to this content more complex.

This course will give you a good understanding of the underlying technicalities involved in e-resource set-up and delivery, including e-journals, online databases and e-books. It looks at how library technologies can be set up to maximize the use of r-resources, how mobile delivery is evolving, and the latest trends in e-journal and e-book use including tools like ReadCube, Browzine and Mendeley.

Workshop Stats:

  • 100% would recommend to others
  • 100% rated Good and Excellent

Testimonials:

  • “Fantastic! I have learned a lot and it was a wonderful experience!”
  • “I highly recommend this training to my colleagues!”
  • “Excellent workshop!”

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Workshop 2C (15th March): Resource Description and Access (RDA) Cataloging

This workshop will teach you how to catalog materials, using such tools as AACR2, RDA, LCC and Library of Congress Subject Headings. will address original & copy cataloging in the MARC format. The instruction will cover issues like the chief source of information, physical description, main entry, and choice of additional access points. In addition, participants will learn the MARC fixed and variable fields for monographs, serials, maps and e-books etc. and will study the relationships among these fields. Several MARC record examples will be examined, and a number of hands-on exercises will be included. The booklet for this workshop contains RDA rules combined with MARC coding information. Basic navigation in the RDA Toolkit will be covered and number of practical exercises.

The Session will cover: RDA Terminology; MARC 21 updates; Differences between AACR2 & RDA; FRBR, FRAD, FRSAD; RDA toolkit

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Workshop 3A (16th March): Social Media and Its Use in Promoting the Library Services

In order to cope with the rapid expansion of information technology in modern library setting, many libraries have started transforming their services. It is inevitable that Social Media changes the way people communicate and interact with each other. Social media tools are now part of our daily lives and routines, due in part to the rapid growth of mobile technology. Accordingly, the inclusion of social media in libraries’ daily operations to outreach users is becoming more and more crucial. Needless to say that Social Media offer an unprecedented range of opportunities for libraries to engage immediately with thousand of people.

In this context, this workshop is designed to enhance the librarians’ information skills and develop his/her ability in marketing their libraries by using Social Media Tools. It also familiarizes him/her with different marketing strategies used currently in public and/or academic libraries. The workshop is divided into two sessions: “Marketing @my Library” which is dedicated to understand the marketing strategies used by libraries, and “Social Media @my Library” which covers different types of Social Media currently used in libraries.

Workshop Stats:

  • 76% would recommend to others
  • 95% rated Good and Excellent

Testimonials:

  • “It gives me more information about social media in libraries.”
  • “It was a very successful workshop and I benefited from the experience a lot. It would be very helpful for my work.”
  • “The course was very informative, well organize and presented in an excellent way.”

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Workshop 3B (16th March): Patron-Driven Acquisition

During the print era, academic library collections were built with physical objects, and therefore had to be anticipatory in nature: that is to say, the only effective way to meet academic needs was to have the physical objects (books and journals) waiting on shelves before patrons knew that they would be needed. This meant that collections had to be built using a combination of speculation (“what will our patrons need?”) and professional expertise (“what constitutes a good collection?”). In the online era, when scholarly information is no longer delivered primarily by means of physical objects, it is now possible to give patrons access to books that have not yet been purchased, and to purchase them only when need has been demonstrated by actual use.

This development makes possible the building of collections that are much more relevant and useful to today’s patrons, but it also creates complications and raises questions about the nature and future of academic library collections.

This course will discuss the history and theory of academic library collection development, the programs and models of patron-driven collecting that have emerged in recent years, and the ways in which these programs and models can be applied in specific situations. There will be ample time provided for discussion of these models in the contexts of the needs represented by attendees’ libraries.

Workshop Stats:

  • 100% would recommend to others
  • 100% rated Good and Excellent

Testimonials:

  • “It was very useful for me as a new subject.”
  • “Very good and the presenter is very knowledgeable.”
  • “Excellent trainer, very well informed and enthusiastic. Learned a new concept clearly and concisely.”
  • “Well organized, clear explanations.”

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Workshop 3C (16th March): Entrepreneurial Librarian

Organizational culture can either foster or stifle innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. In this workshop, the presenters will define the characteristics of an entrepreneurial culture, and identify techniques for developing an entrepreneurial culture in your library. Such a culture would reward innovative thinking and risk-taking.

An important benefit of developing a more entrepreneurial culture is that the organization’s members feel safe proposing new ideas to management and are given the autonomy to develop ideas into projects and programs.

The workshop will employ active learning techniques including small group discussion, exercises and worksheets. At the end of the workshop, delegates will have an understanding of an entrepreneurial culture’s benefits as well as skills and tools for infusing it into their home institutions.

Workshop Stats:

  • 80% would recommend to others
  • 100% rated Good and Excellent

Testimonials:

  • “Very informative and encouraging.”
  • “Everything was perfect.”
  • “I love all the ideas and activities.”

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