ATG Conferences, Meetings, and Webinars 4/6/20

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OCLC Virtual Town Hall: Libraries and the COVID-19 Crisis

 Monday, April 13, 3:00-4:30 ET

The COVID-19 crisis has created a strain on both the personal and professional lives of library staff everywhere. As libraries respond to rapidly evolving information and guidelines, building closures, and loss of resources, staff are considering new, virtual ways to connect with and support patrons and colleagues. 

Join us on Monday, April 13 at 3:00 PM ET for an OCLC virtual town hall with a welcome from Skip Prichard, President and CEO of OCLC. This live event will feature WebJunction and OCLC Research Library Partnership program staff and five guest panelists from public, academic, special, and school libraries who will share their experiences with the shifting landscape, including how libraries are moving services, programming, and learning online. 

Panelists will also discuss methods for taking care of ourselves and one another as we grapple with the stress and fear that results from a crisis of this magnitude. Having a strong network of support is essential to everyone’s well-being, so we want to hear from you, too. Please bring your ideas, questions, and insights, and plan to participate via chat and in other interactive elements of the town hall. 

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Free LITA Webinar: Protect Library Data While Working From Home

Presenter: Becky Yoose, Founder / Library Data Privacy Consultant, LDH Consulting Services

Thursday, April 9, 2020

1:00 – 2:00 pm Central Time

There’s a seat waiting for you… Register for this free LITA webinar today!

Libraries across the U.S. rapidly closed their doors to both public and staff in the last two weeks, leaving many staff to work from home. Several library workers might be working from home for the first time in their current positions, while many others were not fully prepared to switch over to remote work in a matter of days, or even hours, before the library closed. In the rush to migrate library workers to remote work and to migrate physical library programs and services to online, data privacy and security sometimes gets lost in the mix. Unfamiliar settings, new routines, and increased reliance on vendor technology all puts library data privacy at risk.

This 60-minute interactive webinar will guide library workers in protecting patron data as they adjust to the new normal of working from home. Participants will also have the chance to ask questions of their fellow attendees or share how they are addressing library data privacy at their library in the webinar.

Learning objectives for this program include:

  •  Identify and understand key risks to library data privacy and security from a rapid shift to working from home
  •  Learn and implement strategies and tools in mitigating common privacy and security risks to library data when working from home
  •  Assess and plan how to protect library data while working remotely for the long term

Who Should Attend:

  •  Library workers working from home for the first time in their current positions or careers
  •  Library technology workers responsible in guiding library workers in securing their home offices while working remotely
  •  Library administrators who are concerned about how library user data privacy and security can be affected by shifting to remote work, and what their staff can do to mitigate additional risks

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Special thanks to LDH Consulting Services for sponsoring this free webinar.

Upcoming Open Access webinars for librarians in North America and around the world

According to No Shelf RequiredKnowledge Unlatched has announced two upcoming webinars in April for librarians around the world looking to invest in and support Open Access collections and infrastructure.

Open Research Library webinar

We invite you to join us in a short presentation of the new hosting platform Open Research Library (ORL), which was launched in its full version in January of this year. In view of the current restrictions being faced by almost all countries around the world, it is more important than ever that scholars and students have free and easy access to quality research-level content. The ORL already hosts around 26,000 open access books, and other formats such as videos and posters will be added soon.

In the webinar, we would like to give you a brief overview of what the platform is and how it can benefit you and your users. As well as giving a short demo of the key functionality for users, we will focus on the discovery aspect of the platform, and how you can index title data, thus hopefully increasing the usage of the content. We will also show you the options for libraries wishing to take advantage of customized features such as a branded microsite and custom curations. At the end, there will be time for your questions and comments.

The webinars will take place on Tuesday, April 28, and there are several to choose from depending on your region. Please register your non-binding interest by clicking on the relevant registration link…

Language Science Press webinar

Together with Sebastian Nordhoff from Language Science Press (LSP), we would like to invite you to join us in a webinar where Sebastian will briefly present the LSP initiative, the LSP community, and some highlights for the coming round.

LSP is the leading academic-led Open Access initiative in the field of Linguistics and much of its success is due to the very active community of linguists, now totaling over 1,000 members. The community has also played an active role in promoting the Language Science Press initiative to institutions worldwide. Thanks to the cooperative financing model, there are no publishing costs to authors as these are covered by the funding from institutions from all over the world.

Due to the success of the first round in 2017, and in order to promote a sustainable model, we are pleased to announce the renewal of the initiative into a second round and invite institutions to support the LSP initiative once more.

The webinars will take place on Tuesday, April 21, and there are two to choose from depending on your region. Please register your non-binding interest by clicking on the relevant registration link…”

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