This Fall’s ALCTS Webinar Offerings

In addition to the MOOC webinar series, a number of other webinars are scheduled this fall.

Using Open Refine to Update, Clean up, and Link Your Metadata to the Wider World

Missspelings, extra spaces, random; punctuation/ and wEird capitalizaTion: Are any of these issues with your metadata? Open Refine (formerly Google Refine) is a powerful tool that can solve all of these problems with a single click. Even more amazing, Open Refine allows you to transform your data from one format to another, extend it with Web services and even connect it to linked data sources like Freebase. This presentation will show just how useful this tool can be for local database projects like the Minneapolis Community & Technical College Zine Collection as well as messy MARC records in your ILS. The world of metadata has been rapidly changing and it's time to get your data out of the 90s, clean it up and be ready to link to the wider world of information! Sarah Weeks and Elissah Becknell will present this session on September 18. Learn more and register.

Electronic Resources Workflows and Tools

This webinar, held on October 23 and presented by Dawn Hale, Kari Schmidt and Laura Wrubel, will cover key points to consider, tools and workflow options in managing electronic resources. Most libraries use multiple tools and approaches to manage e-resources, which brings benefits and challenges. Speakers will provide insights and perspectives on ERM systems, supplemental processes to fill gaps in functionality and those systems' interoperability with patron-facing interfaces. Learn more and register.

Evaluating Print Book & E-Book Patron-Driven Acquisitions

On November 13, Suzanne Ward and Rebecca Richardson will describe two patron-driven acquisitions (PDA) models: buying print books based on interlibrary loan borrowing requests and  the current e-book model working with an e-book aggregator or a library book vendor. The session will describe several approaches for evaluating the success and effectiveness of both models. Evaluation points include considerations such as subsequent circulation, appropriateness to the collection of purchased titles, subject analysis, cost analysis and even a peek at the difference in future performance between user-selected and librarian-selected e-books. Learn more and register.

Assessment Strategies for Cataloging Managers

On November 20, Rebecca Mugridge will look at qualitative assessment activities, which, when conducted regularly and methodically, can help managers and administrators understand the impact and value of the work that we do for our customers. Are we meeting our customers' needs? Are there services that we could provide but currently do not? What are our customers’ priorities? Are we responsive to their questions and issues? Are we working as effectively as we can? This webinar will explore the use of customer service surveys, focus groups, quality initiatives, benchmarking and other methods to evaluate and assess the work that we do. Learn more and register.

For more information on these webinars and all upcoming continuing education from ALCTS, visit the website.