For immediate release | September 12, 2014

Engaging your community through cultural heritage digital libraries

CHICAGO — ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, Engaging Your Community Through Cultural Heritage Digital Libraries, with Karen Calhoun and Aaron Brenner. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT/1:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014.

Karen Calhoun and Aaron Brenner will discuss the digital library as a platform for a two-way exchange of knowledge between your library and community. At cultural heritage’s core is community, and in this workshop, you’ll learn about a range of approaches for community engagement. Community focuses your mission, builds and enriches your collection and ultimately defines your digital library’s value and decides its sustainability.

Topics include:

  • how to test your assumptions on your audience and its needs;
  • how to crowd source your digital library;
  • how to use web services, APIs and the semantic web to improve discoverability;
  • how to establish a sustainable funding base for the long term;
  • how to collaborate with community partners;
  • how to win attention on the social web.

About the Instructors

Karen Calhoun leads organizational change and strategic initiatives for the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held senior leadership positions at Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and Cornell University Library. Her career has focused on academic research libraries and global library cooperatives with particular emphasis on redesigning services for the digital age. She is the author of the new book Exploring Digital Libraries: Foundations, Practice, Prospects.

Aaron Brenner is the head of the Digital Research Library department at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently he is leading a large-scale strategic audit of digital scholarship at the University of Pittsburgh. He is exploring the changing nature of scholarly practice, what roles librarians and libraries play or might play in the new landscape, as well as what new partnerships and services make sense for supporting scholarly communication and practice today.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

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Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing