Special Collections & Rare Books

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ALL | AASL Learning Library is a repository of webcasts, podcasts, and resources from AASL professional development events. ALL also contains read-only versions of AASL’s print journal, Knowledge Quest, which is available for view before the issue mails. 
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Changes in collection development and technical services lead to reorganization and the redefinition of roles. Join this e-Forum to share insights and tips with colleagues as the hosts facilitate a discussion about change while sharing their own experiences and insights.
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A three-part series including the following webcasts: Webcast One: Databases Webcast Two: Manuscript Collections Webcast Three: Library of Congress Collections
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During this hour-long webinar, special collections librarians that include Spectrum Scholars and members of the RBMS Diversity Committee will speak about different career paths within the rare books, archives, and special collections profession. Each professional will share stories about how they chose their careers and contribute to different facets of the special collections profession, from public services and curating exhibits to collection development and digital initiatives.
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For those library staff interested in going a little deeper into sources, Holly will look at the most used types of sources in genealogy and family history research, show what information can be gleaned from them, and provide examples along the way using a case study. She will give an overview of the following types of records: census, vital records (birth, marriage, and death), obituaries, cemetery, military, land, and probate records.
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Libraries are a popular place for people searching their family history. Most librarians are not genealogy specialists, yet they frequently get genealogy questions. During this three-part webcast series, learn about genealogy principles and resources that can prepare you to help the next genealogy patron who visits your reference desk—without needing to become a specialist.
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Libraries are often tasked with handling genealogy requests from patrons who need guidance about the types of records that exist and how they can be located. Tina will cover how libraries can utilize and promote their genealogy and local history collections to users, and where to turn when patrons need help outside of their collection’s scope. She will walk library staff through the process of conducting the genealogy reference interview to fulfill the patron’s requests.
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Learn about free websites librarians can use to point their patrons to for help, including the FamilySearch Research Wiki and many others.
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Collections of games and other three-dimensional materials may be invisible to the library user if they are not cataloged. This presentation will provide best practices for providing access to these collections through the application of cataloging standards, discovery layers and controlled vocabularies. The presenters will discuss how they implemented these practices to meet user needs.
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Are you looking to take steps to identify or address a lack of diversity and inclusion within your library’s collections? Do you want to go beyond usage stats and cost-per-use and assess collections using values-based metrics? Attend this ALCTS AS Committee on Research & Statistics sponsored e-Forum to learn about the need, techniques, and tools to assess collections for diversity and inclusion.