Upcoming ALCTS webinars Cindy Hepfer 17 Mar 2010 20:06 UTC

With apologies for cross-posting, here is a message regarding upcoming
ALCTS webinars.

ALCTS announces four new webinars on Institutional Repositories

Wednesday March 24, 2010 - Making the Most of your Descriptive Metadata:
Planning, Tranforming, and Re-using, presented by Marisa Ramirez and Nancy

*This webinar was prepared by Nancy Fallgren in her private capacity.  The
views expressed do not represent the view of or endorsement by the United
States Government or the National Library of Medicine.

Metadata is essential for organizing, searching, and managing information
resources, particularly as libraries expand their efforts in making their
collections available on the web.  Libraries are populating institutional
repositories with a myriad of resources, including digitized special
collections materials, finding aids, electronic theses, peer-reviewed
faculty work and other research, scholarship and creative outputs.  But
what are libraries doing about the descriptive metadata that allows users
to search, find, and select these resources in their repositories?  What
redundancies are created when libraries engage in collecting, enhancing, or
redistributing metadata in siloed systems?  Can redundant metadata
generation efforts be streamlined?   We will discuss some current
descriptive metadata practices in institutional repositories, identify
areas where redundant efforts may occur, and discuss strategies to improve
management, collection, and re-use of descriptive metadata.

The webinar requires a basic understanding of metadata and XML.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 - Selecting an IR Platform: Options, Approaches
and Implications, presented by Bob Gerrity

This webinar will explore the basics of determining the "right" IR platform
for your institution. It will cover issues such as the benefits and
drawbacks of open-source vs. commercial platforms and hosted vs. local
installations, determining what level of local technical expertise is
required for a successful IR implementation, understanding functional
requirements, etc. The webinar is not intended to provide detailed
information about any specific IR platform, but rather to provide useful
context for evaluating and selecting a platform that will work.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - The consortial-campus view: Reinventing the IR
from all directions, presented by Sharon Farb, Bonnie Tijerina, and
Catherine Mitchell

The California Digital Library supports the 10 University of California
campuses' institutional repository and campus publishing efforts through
the development and central hosting of eScholarship.  This presentation
will give an overview of a centralized model and the scholarly publishing
initiatives taking place at the University of California. The director of
the Publishing Group at the CDL will begin the conversation with an
overview of the publishing and dissemination services available through
eScholarship and the outreach and marketing campaign recently launched in
conjunction with the UC campuses.  An eScholarship Liaison from UCLA will
discuss the role of campus librarians in this model and highlight
successful faculty and graduate student publications which transitioned
from print to online journals.  The presentation will conclude with a
library administrator's perspective on new roles for academic libraries and
how this works fits in the mission of the institution.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Perpetual Beta: Early Literature about
Institutional Repositories and What Assessment Can Tell Us Now, presented
by Allison Sivak and Leah Vanderjagt

As we develop new technologies for managing, accessing, and preserving
information materials, libraries concurrently develop our theories and
predictions for how those new technologies will affect our operations,
services, and patrons; these predictions create a framework within which we
designate our workflows and measures of success. But to what extent do we
consider whether these early assumptions are viable or realistic? How do we
understand methods of assessment for institutional repositories (IRs) when
we are in a state of perpetual beta? Leah and Allison will discuss their
findings from a review of the early literature and strategic documents and
corresponding/related current statements on IR success, showing the changes
between theory and practice, with implications for planning and assessment.

ALCTS thanks Berkeley Electronic Press for the generous support of this
series of webinars.

All webinars begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain and 11am
Pacific time and run approximately one hour.

Please note that all webinars are recorded, so if it is not possible to
participate in the webinar during the broadcast, all registrants will
receive instructions on accessing the recording of the session.

For additional details about each webinar, please visit:

To register, complete the online registration form located at:

Webinar Fees for Institutional Repositories Series

INDIVIDUALS (one person watching from 1 access point)
ALCTS members:  $39 each; $99 any 3; $159 any 5; $219 any 7
Nonmembers: $49 each; $129 any 3; $209 any 5;  $289 any 7

GROUP RATE (a group of people watching webinar together from 1 access point)
Members and nonmembers: $99 each; $269 any 3; $439 any 5; $609 any 7

*The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording and

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior
Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or tferren@ala.org.


Cindy Hepfer
Head, Electronic Periodicals Management &
                  Continuing Resources Cataloging
Central Technical Services
University at Buffalo (SUNY)
134 Lockwood Library
Buffalo, NY 14260-2210
Tel 716-645-8584; Fax: 716-645-5955