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Supporting an Informed Citizenry with State Legislative Research Strategies and Tools 2/15/2023

State legislative bodies vary greatly, ranging from full-time professional legislatures to part-time institutions with limited staff, and their websites reflect these differences. This session focuses on researching state legislation, including navigating state websites that are not necessarily designed with the average citizen in mind. This webinar highlighted alternative sources of state legislative information and strategies for finding additional information and much-needed context, background, and rationales for bills. The presentation, by Jennifer Horne, is appropriate for public, academic and special librarians as well as students.

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Developing Collections on Gender Relations and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century: Part One 4/26/2023

The changes in gender relations around the world have been astounding in the past fifty years. These changes have involved contradictory developments involving both forward movement and backlash. Different currents in feminist theory have also responded to these changes in different ways. The presenter, Frieda Afary, is an Iranian American public librarian, translator, and author of Social Feminism: A New Approach. She is the 2023-2024 co-chair of PEN America's Translation Committee.

Developing Collections on Gender Relations and Feminism in the Twenty-First Century: Part Two 5/7/2023

This second part of the 2 part series offers a guide to works representing additional feminist theories of gender oppression as well as feminist alternatives.

An Introduction to ShelfReader, Winner of The Best Emerging Technology Award in 2020 - 5/26/2021

Speaker: Corey Wetherington | Moderator: Jason Coleman

Learn about ShelfReader, the 2020 winner of RUSA/ETS’s Best Emerging Technology Application Award sponsored by LibraryH3lp and Chatstaff. ShelfReader is a freely available web application developed by Corey Wetherington and Scott Wagner at Penn State University Libraries. This application is being used by nearly all of Penn State’s libraries to ensure accuracy of shelf reading and to identify item record metadata errors.

Advocacy, Community and Information Literacy: Using Wikipedia Edit-a-thon to Advance Your Library’s Strategic Priorities - 2/22/2019

Speakers: Kristan Shawgo, Therese Trimph, Alice Whiteside, and Emily Jack

Wikipedia occupies an unusual niche in our information landscape; it is both a website an a community of volunteer editors striving to compile the sum of all human knowledge. Librarians are uniquely positioned both to navigate Wikipedia better. Hosting an edit-a-thon can provide entry point for librarians to begin engaging with Wikipedia.

In this session, the presenters will address the many benefits of hosting an edit-a-thon, including community engagement, professional enrichment and opportunities for modeling and teaching information literacy practices; discuss the ways in which edit-a-thons can serve as a platform for advocacy by filling in gaps in Wikipedia's coverage of certain topics.

Exploring Local Business and Industry Data 1/15/2019

Speaker: Grace Liu

The webinar will share what the presenter has learned from her unique experience of aggregating more than 200 data programs related to local business and industries. The webinar intends to answer the questions such as "who creates local data?" "What data is available at more granular, below state level?", "What are the hidden treasures that were often neglected by data researchers?", what are the strategies for finding local business statistics and data?"

Virtual Video Reference: Connecting with Patrons at a Distance 11/7/2018

Speakers: Carmen Cole and Victoria Raish

What is the best way to serve a patron's information need at a distance? Academic and public libraries may utilize virtual chat or email to answer reference questions, but do those reference models always serve as the best communication method? An additional means of providing virtual reference is via video conferencing platforms.

Presenters will discuss practical tips for utilizing video conferencing platforms for virtual reference, establishing rapport with patrons using this medium, and how to determine when video may be an appropriate option for conducting a reference transaction. Situated in quality reference as a whole, the presenters will explore this model of serving patrons no matter their location.