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Connect & Communicate Series Panel Discussion on
Using Archives and Special Collections in Instruction
Friday, April 29, 2016

Whether your institution is currently using its archives and special collections in instruction or not, you’ll want to join us for this panel session! Panelists Christy Fic (Archives & Special Collections Librarian, Shippensburg University), Julia McGinnis (Associate Professor & Resources Acquisition, Metadata, and Special Collections Librarian, California University of Pennsylvania), and Isabella O’Neill (Head of Special Collections/University Archives, Bucknell University) discuss various topics, including how collaborations with faculty have led to the integration of archival and special collections-based instruction, the development of special collections, and the improvement of resources and funding, as well as how to go beyond “show and tell” and create a real learning experience for students. A Q&A session follows the panel discussion.


Connect & Communicate Series Panel Discussion on Student Advisory Groups with
Ben Hoover – Bucknell University, Karen Wanamaker and Dan Stafford – Kutztown University, and Michelle Foreman – Shippensburg University

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Connect & Communicate LogoAre you considering the possible benefits of student advisory groups for your library, but you’re just not sure how to get started, or whether it will be worth the effort? Join our panelists as they discuss recruiting a representative mix of students, getting students to actually attend meetings, what a meeting looks like, and what kinds of changes have been implemented in their libraries as a result of student advisory activities. They may even share some surprising results of student advisory group input!Bring your questions! There will be time for Q&A at the end of the panel discussion.


“Tech Tools for Interaction:
Get your Students to take an Active Role in the Classroom”
A Connect & Communicate Series Presentation
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 2:00-3:00PM Eastern

Join us for a one-hour interactive online session to chat about interactivity in the classroom.  The discussion is based on the ACRL Instruction Section, Instructional Technologies Committee’s latest Tips and Trends article, “Interactive Options in Online Learning,” written by Liz Johns.  Although the article discusses the tools with an eye towards an online classroom, many of the tools can be adapted for use in face-to-face classrooms as well.  Attendees will have the opportunity to experience first-hand some of the tools discussed in the article, and share techniques they have effectively utilized to stimulate engagement in their own face-to-face and online learning environments.  “Interactive Options in Online Learning” is freely available at bit.ly/tipsandtrendsfa15

Liz Johns is a teaching and research librarian at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  Liz works with undergraduate and graduate students both face-to-face and online settings, synchronously and asynchronously.  Liz focuses her research and practice in developing innovative uses of technology in the classroom and online to support student research and learning.

NOTE: Liz presented an online discussion, “Interactive Options in Online Learning,” for ACRL’s Instruction Section on November 17th. If you attended that session, this one will be very similar.


“Library Security Strategies”
A Connect & Communicate Series Presentation
Friday, October 30, 2015

What is your library’s strategy for dealing with security threats on campus? Is it an effective one? Does it even have one? Can it afford not to have one?  Nobody wants to consider that their library may be the target of a security threat. Preparing ourselves–making ourselves aware of our options–is our best line of defense in facing threats.

Please join us for a presentation by Scott R. DiMarco, Director of Library and Information Resources at Mansfield University of Pennsylvania, on library security strategies.

 


Framework “Un-Conference”
A Connect & Communicate Series Discussion

September 17, 2015

Please join us for a panel discussion in which speakers present what they’ve done, what they’re doing, or what they plan to do with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in their academic libraries. Leslie Worrell Christianson, User Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at Marywood University will facilitate the discussion.

There will be time for YOU to ask questions of the panelists, to provide feedback, and to discuss the presentations.


Spaghetti Session
A Connect & Communicate Series Discussion
Friday, March 13, 2015

During this hour, we’ll discuss a variety of topics suggested by PA academic librarians through our Padlet wall at http://padlet.com/amynsnyder/CandC. You throw your ideas (spaghetti) on our wall (Padlet), and we’ll see which ones stick. We’ll spend some time discussing ideas and possibly shaping some of them into topics for full-length discussion or presentation.

This will be an informal discussion, during which all attendees are encouraged to participate. The easiest way to participate is through the use of a headset with microphone, but attendees may alternately participate via chat.

Throw spaghetti at http://padlet.com/amynsnyder/CandC


Safety and Security in the Campus Library
A Connect & Communicate Series Discussion

Friday, January 30, 2015

During this hour, academic librarians are invited to share their experiences confronting dangerous situations in the library, as well as their concerns, thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for keeping themselves and their patrons safe.

This will be an informal discussion, during which all attendees are encouraged to participate. The easiest way to participate is through the use of a headset with microphone, but attendees may alternately participate via chat.


Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries:
A National Network of Libraries of Medicine Presentation

Friday, December 5, 2014

Have you been wondering how PA Forward PA Forward Logo RGBis relevant to you and your academic library? You won’t want to miss this health literacy presentation for academic librarians!

4_Health_4CPresenters:

Jody Cole, Director of the Shippensburg Public Library and Co-Chair of the Health Literacy Planning Team for PA Forward: Opening Comments: PA Forward and Health Literacy in the Academic Library

Missy Harvey, Technology & Communication Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region (NN/LM MAR): Navigating Health Information for Academic Libraries

This class, presented by Missy Harvey of NN/LM MAR, is for academic librarians to learn more about how their faculty/students can research the health, chemical, and environmental literature; find consumer health information; and learn about mobile apps to find what they need. Includes introductions to PubMed, Medline Plus, PubChem, TOXNET, Genetics Home Reference, Drug Information Portal, ClinicalTrials.gov, as well as other free databases/services from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Discovery and the Future of the Catalog
A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 1:00pm

How’s that new discovery service really working out in your library?
Join the Connect & Communicate series’ panel of academic librarians, from colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, for a discussion about discovery service and the future of the catalog.

Panelists include:
Sara Pike (Shippensburg University of PA)
Robert Flatley (Kutztown University of PA)
Sarah Hartman-Caverly (Delaware County Community College)
Amanda Avery (Marywood University)
Jamey Harris (Mansfield University)
Ashley Esposito (Shippensburg University of PA)

The Connect & Communicate Series Planning Committee is pleased to offer this virtual discussion, in which panelists will discuss what they learned and the challenges they encountered as they worked through the process of selection, implementation, and assessment of discovery services. Find out how discovery has changed instruction in their libraries, what faculty and students think about it, and where things are headed in the future.


by Jill Hallam-Miller, September 25, 2014

Save the Date!

How Learning Objects and OERs Position the Library to
Enhance Student Success

October 17, 2:00pm EST

by John Shank, Head of the Boscov-Lakin Information Commons & Thun Library
at Penn State Berks

The Connect & Communicate Series Planning Committee is pleased to offer this virtual presentation, in which John Shank will discuss how learning objects and open educational resources can change the perspective of how librarians can help enhance student learning.

Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/mHQuqp

  • For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.
  • A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members following the program.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: http://goo.gl/4urXl . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

by Jill Hallam-Miller, May 15, 2014

Join us for the next Connect & Communicate Series Discussion
Digital Learning Objects & Materials: What’s Our Role?

When: Friday, June 6th 11:00AM-12:00PM
Where: Adobe Connect
Please register here: http://goo.gl/BKQzo7 (registration is free)

Join fellow PA academic librarians for an informal discussion of our role in finding and using digital learning objects and materials for our patrons.

Some questions to ponder as you prepare for the discussion:

  • What are the “go-to” resources for digital learning objects and materials, and open educational materials? Share your favorites.
  • Should librarians be curators of these types of materials for faculty to use in their teaching? If so, how is this best accomplished?
  • Do you make your own? How do you make them?

For this discussion, speakers are required. Participation using a microphone is preferred, but participants without a microphone may use the chat feature.

Here are a few resources that compile digital learning objects and materials:

  • MERLOT II (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching)
  • PRIMO Database (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online)
  • OER Commons – Post-Secondary (Open Education Resources)

Before the Discussion:

To test your computer (recommended): http://meet30727816.adobeconnect.com/discussion/

To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you would like to be emailed directly about other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, please provide us with your name and email address here:  http://goo.gl/4urXl .
(If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)


by Jill Hallam-Miller, April 11, 2014

Join Us! Outreach in Academic Libraries

Discussion: What works and what doesn’t in academic library outreach?

 

When: Friday, April 25, 11:00AM-12:00PM
Where: Adobe Connect
Please register here: http://goo.gl/v59fyW (registration is free)

 

Join fellow PA academic librarians for an informal discussion of promoting library services and resources to, and partnering with, internal and external constituents.

Some questions to ponder as you prepare for the discussion:

  • Promotion of services and resources

o   How do we communicate new/existing services to various constituent groups?

o   What works and what doesn’t?

  • Collaboration with faculty

o   Is reaching faculty the key to reaching students?

o   How do we develop relationships with faculty?

o   What works and what doesn’t work?

  • Outreach to the local community

o   What services and resources do we offer to the local community?

o   How do we make them aware of what we can offer?

o   With whom should we partner in the local community?

For this discussion, speakers are required. Participation using a microphone is preferred, but participants without a microphone may use the chat feature.

Just a few resources related to academic libraries and outreach:

CUNY Academic Commons. (2009). Best practices in social media for academic libraries. Retrieved from http://commons.gc.cuny.edu/wiki/index.php/Best_Practices_in_Social_Media_for_Academic_Libraries

Ghinazzi, C. (2012, September 13). Academic outreach to high schools: Research days at Tredway Library [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://theoutreachlibrarian.com/tag/academic-libraries/

Jewell, T. (2014). Outreach, communication, & marketing. Retrieved from Staffweb: University of Washington Libraries Intranet: http://staffweb.lib.washington.edu/units/cms/sl-portal/working/programs-user-data

Before the Discussion:

To test your computer (recommended): http://meet30727816.adobeconnect.com/discussion/

To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

If you would like to be emailed directly about other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, please provide us with your name and email address here:  http://goo.gl/4urXl . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)


 

Save the Date!

Diverse Literacies: PA Forward as a Framework for Academic Outreach

October 15, 2:00pm EST

by Barbara Eshbach, Head Librarian, Penn State York

and

 Erin Burns, Reference Librarian, Penn State Shenango

The PA Forward initiative is responsible for leveraging libraries’ and librarians’ expertise in what the initiative describes as 5 different literacies: Basic, Information, Health, Financial, and Civic/Social. While these literacies have been used with great success in many school and public libraries, we know that many academic librarians have used these literacies for successful outreach programs to their “communities” (faculty, staff and students), especially creating programs in conjunction with faculty colleagues. This Connect and Communicate discussion will be about how academic librarians can leverage the PA Forward literacies to create practical ideas for inclusion of the other literacies: Health, Financial and Civic/Social and other possible outreach opportunities at the campus level.

Please register at the following link: http://goo.gl/gCVteP

  • To test your computer in advance (recommended): http://meet30727816.adobeconnect.com/present/ 
  • To run the Adobe Connect Meeting Connection Diagnostic at https://meeting.psu.edu/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm
  • To join the live program, please direct your web browser to: http://meet30727816.adobeconnect.com/present/ 
  • enter as a “guest,” providing your name OR your library’s name and the number of participants if attending as a group (example: Jane Doe OR School Campus Library – 6), as this will simply help us get an accurate count of attendance.
  • To troubleshoot audio problems in Adobe Connect by going to Meeting > Audio Setup Wizard (top left corner)
  • Any additional questions may be asked via the Chat box.
  • For this program, participants will need speakers to hear the presenter speaking, but will not need any additional audio equipment. Participants may ask questions via the Chat box; moderators will monitor the Chat box and facilitate question and response.
  • A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members and program registrants following the program.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: http://goo.gl/4urXl . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

by Amy Deuink, July 10, 2013

The Connect & Communicate Series of online programming offered by the PaLA College & Research Division aims to help foster a community of academic librarians in Pennsylvania. After success last summer and fall we hit a bit of a road bump with the technology, but we are back with new programming! We hope you will find it thought-provoking, informative, and timely.

New Adventures: Circulating iPads from Your Library
Wednesday, July 17 from 2:00-3:30 pm
Rescheduled for Thursday, August 8 from 2:00-3:30
by Dolores Fidishun, Ed.D., Head Librarian at Penn State Abington College and Penn State Great Valley

Description: Do you have an iPad? Do your patrons have them? Would you like to be able to add them to the list of services your library offers? This session will discuss the pros and cons of circulating iPads and will share our experiences in signing them out to undergraduate students at Penn State Abington. What policies and procedures do you need to put into place? How do you keep them secure? Do you really get them back and what happens if someone breaks one? Learn from both our fun and our challenges. Bring your questions and your ideas about how this popular technology can be integrated into your library.

Free Registration: http://goo.gl/cX2j6
Instructions for joining the program will be emailed to registrants. Participants will watch and listen in Adobe Connect, with the ability to ask questions via chat.

 by Amy Deuink, November 1, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, the November 2 discussion on a tech services topic will be rescheduled for a later date. The storm affected many in PA and some are still dealing with the aftermath. The storm also curtailed planning and publicizing of the event. We do hope to be back on our regular schedule soon. Our technical difficulties have been resolved and, barring any further unexpected events, we should still be on track for the Dec 7 discussion. Please stay tuned to more on the time and topic of discussion.

by Amy Deuink, October 10, 2012

Due to technical difficulties, the October 12 discussion on Technology in the Classroom (The Conversation Continues) will have to be rescheduled for a later date. Please stay tuned for more details. Other upcoming discussion themes include:

November 2: Tech Services
December 7: Collaborating with Faculty

by Amy Deuink, September 5, 2012

The Connect & Communicate Series of online programming offered by the PaLA College & Research Division aims to help foster a community of academic librarians in Pennsylvania. We launched the series with a topic discussion and are continuing the series with a presentation by Commonwealth Colleague, Kristen Yarmey. We hope you will find it thought-provoking, informative, and timely.

Information Literacy in an Age of Algorithms
Tuesday, September 11 from 11 am to 12 pm
by Kristen Yarmey, Digital Services Librarian at the University of Scranton

Description: As data collection and processing become easier and cheaper, algorithms and information systems are quite literally reshaping our communities. Our students face a radically new information environment in which converging streams of data have unseen and unexpected effects on human attitudes and behavior. How can academic librarians teach students to recognize and remain conscious of the information systems in which they participate? How can we prepare students to be informed citizens in an increasingly complex, data-driven society?

Free Registration: http://goo.gl/Jtqaw
Instructions for joining the program will be emailed to registrants. Participants will watch and listen in Adobe Connect, with the ability to ask questions via chat. (No conference call for this one.)

A recording of the program will be made available to PaLA members in the members-only area of the PaLA website.

If you would like to be emailed directly about upcoming events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: http://goo.gl/4urXl .  (If you submitted previously, you are still on the list.)

Coming Soon
We are getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it! Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats here: http://goo.gl/IljHr .

Save the Dates
Online discussions are in the works for the remainder of 2012. Themes include:

October 12: “Technology in the Classroom” (The Conversation Continues)
November 2: Tech Services
December 7: Collaborating with Faculty

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by ErinB, August 26, 2012

Tuesday, September 11 from 11am-12pm, Kristen Yarmey will present on “Information Literacy in an Age of Algorithms.” We want to experiment with different kinds of online programs to achieve our goals, so Kristen’s presentation will be delivered in more of a traditional lecture format, with some time for comments and questions. Stay tuned for more, including program description and instructions for joining the session.

If you would like to be emailed directly about this and other upcoming Connect & Communicate Series events, you may provide us with your name and email address here: http://goo.gl/4urXl . (If you submitted previously, you are still on our list.)

Please continue to share your ideas for programming topics, speakers, or formats with us! We’re getting some great suggestions and themes are starting to emerge, but we could also use some more speaker names. If you or someone you know is doing something great in Pennsylvania’s academic libraries, tell us about it!

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