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Summary, August 2021 Core e-Forum, “Instructional Technologies and the Effects of COVID-19 on Library Instruction”

The August Core e-Forum focused on instructional technologies and the effects of COVID-19 on library instruction. Attendees were asked how they changed their teaching styles during COVID-19 and responses varied from asynchronous modules and recordings in the LMS to synchronous online instruction sessions. Tools mentioned included Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Kaltura, Camtasia, BlueJeans, Canvas modules, slides, LibAnswers, LibWizard, Google Forms, and Qualtrics. During COVID-19, some libraries were fully closed, while others offered online instruction. Next we discussed how to engender a sense of community during online teaching. Some methods discussed include chat and breakout rooms in Zoom, Kahoot, Padlet, and discussion boards for asynchronous credit-courses. Many students did not want to show themselves via cameras, which made it difficult to assess engagement. Some recommendations included having students read from the slides and ask targeted questions that could lead to discussions. We also discussed how to keep morale up. Humor was recommended,…Continue Reading

Summary, March 2021 Core e-Forum, “Changes in Library Organization”

The two day e-forum “Changes in Library Organization” which took place on March 2-3, 2021 had 80 posts from 13 participants, representing a range of institutions: public, academic, and vendor. Our discussions included reasons why libraries needed to change their organizational structure, barriers to change and how to overcome them, communication techniques, as well as discussing specific organizational structure models and positions. The resources shared by the two co-hosts and participants can be found at the end of this summary. We explored some of the primary reasons organizations needed to change, such as retirements, new leadership, new systems, and new priorities.  There were a variety of responses with a couple of common themes emerging with organizational change being driven by COVID-19 changes and by library staff changes (retirements, new leadership/administration). Additional reasons were system migrations and other library work changes. One library that reorganized ~3 years ago expressed a desire…Continue Reading

Summary, November 3-4 Core e-Forum, “Focus on Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, exploring a new professional home”

November 3-4, 2020, Core e-Forum, “Focus on “Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures,” exploring a new professional home” The November e-Forum, hosted by Anne Cooper Moore (LLAMA past president) and Jennifer Bowen (ALCTS past president), elicited a thoughtful discussion of our new organization, on the interconnections between the operational areas represented by the Core sections, and on what it will take for Core to succeed. The e-Forum generated 130 posts from 32 individuals (including the moderators) over the course of two days.  On Day 1 participants responded to questions about Core’s mission statement and what members want to see in a new professional association. To make Core welcoming, it needs to offer a space for the specific areas of specialized knowledge as well as a space for the cross-pollination of ideas. It needs to both respect its members and expect its members to respect one another. It needs to be a space…Continue Reading

Summary, October Core e-Forum, “Regarding Library Database Cleanup”

Thank you all for an engaging start to the “Regarding Database Cleanup” e-Forum. We concluded with 134 messages from 70 contributors!  However, there were issues with the delay in or non-delivery of messages half-way through the first day, so we plan to continue this discussion at a later date, tentatively early-December 2020. Any emails posted to the list are viewable at the list archives: https://lists.ala.org/sympa/info/alcts-eforum The e-forum participants included librarians from public, academic, and special libraries across the United States as well as Canada, Great Britain, Bermuda, Thailand, and Egypt.  Their ILS/LSPs included (in alphabetical order) Aleph, Alma, Auto-Graphics’ Verso, Axiell’s Book-It, BookSystems by Atrium, EOS.web, Evergreen, Horizon, Koha, Polaris, Sierra, Symphony, TLC, Voyager, and WMS.  The most frequently mentioned ILS was Symphony. The most common database errors that our participants mentioned were primarily those identified in bibliographic data: typographical errors, overlaying brief records, handling or removing missing, lost, or…Continue Reading