Reference & User Services Assn.

Tired of staring at a blank piece of paper (or screen), waiting for your Muse to show up? This 90-minute session will introduce you to the art of writing reader-grabbing annotations.
Do you wish you felt more confident when faced with a business reference question? Want to demystify SIC and NAICS codes, ROI and 10k's? Then Business Reference 101 is for you! This four-week, Web-based professional development course is designed for academic, special or public librarians and other researchers and library staff who have a basic understanding of some business resources but who do not work with them often enough to build expertise.
Do you find it difficult to incorporate assessment strategies into your one shot library instruction? This four week course will demonstrate how to create and use effective assessment strategies that can fit into the time constraints of one shot library instruction. This course will provide examples of how to seamlessly place iclicker tests, group activities, worksheets and gaming techniques into your sessions that will provide you with meaningful assessment data.
Genealogy 101 is aimed at reference staff with little or no experience in genealogy, and will provide tools for assisting patrons with family history research. The goal of the class is to give students confidence and skill in assisting family history researchers.
During this six week course, we'll demystify and decode medical terminology then learn the basics of evidence-based biomedical literature searching. We'll learn how to systematically evaluate a health website then look at some the best of best sites for medical, pharmaceutical and drug information.
Interested in conducting some usability test of your library website or resources, but not sure where to start? Come to this one session and hear about what things to consider when conducting usability tests for the first time. We will cover research questions, recruitment, creating user study scripts and other best practices.
If you’ve ever considered starting a workshop series at your library, but wrote it off as too much work, then think again! With a little planning and creativity, you can design a beneficial and engaging workshop series without the stress. This webinar will provide recommendations and best practices for planning and implementing a successful workshop series, including developing enticing topics, successful advertising techniques, and tips for community buy-in.
This online course will provide new interlibrary loan (ILL) practitioners and those that need a refresher with a broad overview of interlibrary loan (ILL) policies, procedures, and practices. Participants will learn standard practices, gain an overview of emerging trends, and practice writing policies for interlibrary borrowing and lending.
In this course, students will become familiar with major free sources of economic data in four categories: • United States macro and regional data • International and trade data • Financial data • Special areas, including energy, transportation, agriculture, social welfare, education.
This webinar presents 6 fundamental steps to follow to conduct market research. It illustrates the differences between 5 market research methods and explains how to select the right method. This webinar is distinct from others because it provides a quick, easy, and effective way to begin market research, regardless of the level of expertise of the attendees.
Learn how to become more comfortable providing readers' advisory (RA) services. Through practice sessions, learn how to use RA tools, craft annotations, read in genres, articulate appeal, and experiment with methods to offer RA services. Readers' Advisory 101 is tailored for support staff, library technicians, newly hired reference librarians, and those librarians who want to brush up on their skills. The topics covered are introductory in nature. Class segments are geared to cover issues of interest to staff in all types of libraries.
Reference Interview is a comprehensive course focusing on the methods of evaluating reference service, behavioral aspects of reference service, and the different types of questions that can be used to help patrons identify what they need. Using images, audio, and video, this in-depth educational approach covers everything from the approachability of the librarian to how to follow up with a patron.
Interested in applying UX research to your library but not sure where to start? This 90 minute webinar will introduce the concept of user experience, research planning, and practical research methods to librarians who may not have formal training in user experience research. Content of the webinar will be structured along the user-centered design process to help the audience integrate user experience research into their existing work. We will also use real-world examples from libraries.
As a business librarian, do you wish you could have some way to show users the best way to navigate a complex resource or answer a tough question? This webinar will teach you how to create your own web videos to provide personalized and topic-specific instruction, showcase your resources and expertise, and reach users wherever they may be online.