Busy Winter Session

While most students at USD were on break, some were taking a class during the winter session. Copley Library’s librarians were also busy going to workshops regarding the new core curriculum or attending professional meetings like the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Boston, January 8-12, 2016.

Here is a short list of the winter professional activities by a few of our librarians:

Chris Marcum, History Liaison & Evening Services Reference Librarian, attended the Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) all day CORE Workshop on Friday, January 15th. This training is ideal for anyone designing a course to meet USD’s new core curriculum requirements. The training is divided into three modules. Christopher completed the first two modules, Aligning your Course to the Core and Course Design for the New Core and he will complete module three, Engaging Practices to Immerse Students in the Core on April 1st.

Alejandra Nann, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian, held the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section (CRS) Acquisitions committee meeting on January 9th where the 2016 ALA program was discussed. She attended the ALCTS CRS Executive meeting where they discussed ways to collaborate with outside committees within ALA. Alejandra also attended the WEST members meeting where they discussed cycles to look forward to this year and new developments in building and filling gaps within the archives. She had the opportunity to connect with colleagues and explore new products with vendors.

Alma Ortega, Reference Librarian, attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston, where she not only attended ACRL committee meetings  on January 9th but also had the opportunity to explore new products and updates with vendors at exhibits. APA showcased APA Style Central, a cloud-based tool, which lets you create APA papers online. Alma explored SAGE’s Research Methods platform and attended the round table The Age of Enlightenment arrives in Technical Services at the ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group session hosted by USD’s Laura Turner on January 10th.

Kelly Riddle, Digital Initiatives Librarian, attended Library/Faculty Engagement—Bridging the Gap through Digital Humanities, a panel focused on library support for digital humanities on January 10th. While this session did involve those discussions, the panelists and audience also had conversations about encouraging reproducibility and transparency in DH research and talking more about the value and formal evaluation of DH work. As librarians increasingly support digital scholarship across disciplines, librarians should participate in these ongoing conversations at all levels.

Laura Turner, Head of Technical Services, attended the Print Archive Network meeting on January 8th to review shared print activities happening in libraries and consortia across the nation.  She also attended the OCLC Linked Data Roundtable on January 9th.  Laura took minutes as a member of the ALCTS Leadership Development committee on January 10th.  Facilitated a round table entitled The Age of Enlightenment arrives in Technical Services at the ALCTS Creative Solutions in Technical Services Interest Group session on January 10th.

As you can see besides keeping the library open over the winter break the librarians also made time for professional development to better serve the university community!

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