#01/21 PD Newsbytes

From this year, to support you in keeping up-to-date on the latest happenings and trends in the library world and your development, Professional Development will be putting up periodical Newsbytes posts to highlight free-to-access upcoming webinars/talks, courses and articles, and other relevant resources.

We hope you enjoy this inaugural issue of our PD Newsbytes!

PS: If you’ve come across useful links you’d like to suggest for inclusion here, please email us at profdev@las.org.sg, and we will assess the suitability of doing so.


How a New Haven library is connecting residents to the city’s innovation economy

3 min read

This article shares how public libraries are important spaces and frontline forces in economic recovery. Using the example of New Haven Free Public Library in Connecticut, Margaret Sullivan shares how it embarked on a mission to tackle the city’s “intractable history of economic exclusion” by creating a free and accessible space, connected to New Haven’s innovation culture, for residents.

Ain’t No Party Like a LibGuides Party: ’cause a LibGuides Party is Mandatory

Ornat, Natalie; Auten, Beth; Manceaux, Reese; Tingelstad, Catherine. College & Research Libraries News; Chicago Vol. 82, Iss. 1,  (Jan 2021): 14.

A fun read on how an annual LibGuides party is not only a chance for editors to get together to compare guides, ask questions and get what they’ve been meaning to get done all semester/year, but also serves as a de facto retreat. Tips on how to host a LibGuides party shared as well.

Superheroes Teach Flash Facts: DC’s Nonfiction Remake Brings Real-World Science, Technology To Readers

Alverson, Brigid. School Library Journal; New York Vol. 67, Iss. 2, (Feb 2021): 14.

A quick introduction to Flash Facts, DC’s non-fiction for tweens. Writer Cecil Castellucci introduces science and tech in a fun way through various DC characters, including having Batman and Plastic Man use 3-D printing to create a heatproof suit!

Circ Disrupted: Covid Shifts Drove Falling Print Circ And Rising Ebooks. But Will It Last?

Hoffert, Barbara.Library Journal; New York Vol. 146, Iss. 2, (Feb 2021): 20.

As the title suggests, this article provides a quick insight into circulation shifts during these uncertain times, as well as what is trending.

Library of the Future – Trends – Coronavirus Pandemic

25 min read

This page is a compilation of information on short term and long term implications of COVID on libraries, and asks questions on how libraries will play a role in the possible futures that unfold.

Webinars / Courses / Events

Designing Virtual Opportunities, Managing Remote Volunteers

Wednesday, 17 February, 11am PT (3am Singapore time)

As we are welcoming more people back into our spaces, re-engaging volunteers may be a priority for some libraries. What happens to volunteers who may not be comfortable coming back into physical spaces? Are there remote opportunities for volunteering that could work? Find out some tips and tricks for engaging volunteers remotely through this webinar.

ACRL Presents: Let’s Keep Doing This! Found UX Opportunities in the Midst of the Pandemic

Thursday, 18 February, 11am CT (1am Singapore time)

How have our users’ experiences, needs and desires shifted during this pandemic period? Have academic libraries pivoted well to meet those needs?

In this series of lighting talks, presenters will each share a UX initiative established during the pandemic that is working well and that they hope to continue post-pandemic.

Library Journal Summit: Building the Next Normal

Tuesday, 23 February, 10am ET – 5pm ET (11pm – 6am Singapore time)

Library leaders will come together to discuss lessons learnt from the COVID-19 pandemic, and how to shape libraries’ post-COVID strategy. Registration is free, and sessions will be available for viewing online for a period of 3 months from the event date.

Evaluating Program Success in a World gone Virtual

Thursday, 4 March, 1pm CT (3am Singapore Time)

How do success factors for programmes conducted virtually differ from those conducted in-person? What data and feedback should be collected?

This webinar will introduce participants to various tools and methods that can be used for evaluating online programmes, and walk participants through ways of making data tell a compelling story.

Libraries — From Crisis to Opportunity

Tuesday, 9 March, 10am – 11am UTC (6pm – 7pm Singapore Time)

A Wiley Research APAC webinar.

Faced with a new normal and rapidly changing environments, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, how can libraries be prepared to respond and adapt to continual change in the future?

Gulcin Cribb, Chair, Academic and Research Libraries Section, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, shares recent challenges faced by libraries and librarians, and addresses how the library world can continue to be driving forces behind evolution and change.

Participants who attend the live session will be issued a certificate of participation.

COUNTER Foundation Classes by Project Counter

A collection of online tutorials introducing COUNTER Release 5 metrics and reports. Each class in the series runs for between 10 and 15 minutes.

Libraries spend considerable amounts of money licensing different types of online content to support their user’s needs. Libraries need to assess user activity, in relation to this content, to ensure that this money is spent as productively as possible. The COUNTER Code of Practice helps librarians demonstrate the value of electronic resources by facilitating the recording and reporting of online resource usage stats in a consistent and credible way. The implementation of the Code of Practice helps publishers and vendors support their library customers and provide statistics comparable with those of their competitors.

Good for any librarians planning to work in Technical Services/Acquisitions (academic or public)

Journal / LibGuide Spotlight

Library and Information Science Research

An open-access journal, cross-disciplinary, refereed journal that publishes from a social science perspective. 4 issues yearly.

College and Research Libraries News

Established in 1966, College & Research Libraries News (C&RL News) provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official newsmagazine and publication of record of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Monthly columns include Scholarly Communication, The Way I See It, Internet Resources, Internet Reviews, Washington Hotline, Grants and Acquisitions, and People in the News. C&RL News is published 11 times per year.

Research Data Management @Nanyang Technological University

A library guide on what research data management is and what NTU Libraries is working on in this area. A trending area in academic librarianship. This is a subset of the open access/ open science movement.