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Course & Workshop Catalogs: Workshops

The following is an alphabetical list with descriptions of the workshops offered by the School of Library and Information Science through the Kent State University Office of Continuing and Distance Education. For more information on workshops, including how to register, visit the SLIS Workshops page.

The ABC's of Emergent Literacy: The Building Blocks for Infusing Early Literacy Strategies into Preschool Storytimes

The purpose of this workshop is to inform youth services library practitioners and pre-service practitioners of emergent literacy basics, the role that librarians play in preschoolers' literacy development, and examples of children's literature that facilitate demonstration of basic skills in emergent literacy development. Students will look at and practice incorporating specific strategies within preschool storytimes and will create a six-week series of programs that infuses emergent literacy strategies.

* Students cannot receive credit for both this workshop and the workshop Library Programming for Families with Young Children.

Access to Government Documents Online
Government documents contain a wealth of information that is seldom tapped by researchers and librarians. This workshop gives participants a basic working knowledge of these documents, methods for accessing them and an explanation of how the materials are arranged.

Archival Description:  DACS, MARC, and EAD
This workshop will introduce participants to the three standards central to archival description: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC), and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Students will gain knowledge of how archival collections are organized and described, and learn the key components of archival finding aids (including biographies and administrative histories, scope and content notes, and other elements specific to archival description). They will then generate electronic versions of these descriptions in both MARC and EAD formats.

Audiovisual Archiving

This workshop targets students and professionals who would like an introduction to the issues and challenges of preserving moving image and sound material. Through a combination of lecture, demonstrations and discussion, participants will be introduced to the core concerns of moving image and sound archiving, including basics of film and magnetic media care and handling, methods of preservation and restoration (for both analog and digital media), approaches to restoration, systems of description and retrieval for archival audiovisual material, and ways to provide access to audiovisual media.

Children's Literature Update
Sharing, evaluating and compiling a bibliography of recent publications in the field of children's literature is just one aspect of this workshop. Participants will also learn about recent releases in children's literature and receive suggestions for their use. In addition, this workshop will introduce the annual recommended reading and award lists and give participants experience in utilizing selection tools for evaluating children's materials. Finally, students will learn how to acquire promotional materials to provide programming ideas for newer titles.

Children's Poetry Pizzazz
During this workshop, participants will learn the importance of sharing poetry with children and discover techniques for effectively promoting poetry. They will exchange ideas for creating thematic units with poetry, for writing poetry, for choral readings using sound effects and for combining drama with poetry. They will also explore how to liven up their library with poetry bulletin boards, displays and contests. The latest and greatest poetry books for children will be examined.

Crisp Communications
This workshop will give participants experience with reading, writing and producing library marketing and operational documents typically generated by libraries and library-related agencies. After completing this workshop, students should be able to:  Write a press release for a library, design an annual report for a library, design and create documents outlining procedures and programs for library service, design and create a library newsletter, and work comfortably with desktop publishing and Web 2.0 tools.

Database Design and Applications: Introduction to Database Systems

Participants in this workshop will learn the concepts of database systems and gain a working knowledge of designing and building a simple database system with Microsoft Access. Workshop topics include database systems and models, maintaining a database, querying a database and creating forms and reports.

Database-Driven Websites
Database-driven websites are commonly used to manage and publish data for sophisticated and complex websites. This workshop will be helpful to library and information science students, librarians, information specialists and anyone interested in understanding database-driven websites. Students will study applications that can produce database-driven websites, including both commercial and open source tools, and will learn possible ways to create such websites. In addition, students will get hands-on experience in creating dynamic database-driven websites using various approaches. Knowledge and skills in relational databases and HTML. *Participants should have some familiarity with Microsoft Windows and Access.

Designing Successful Grant Projects

Participants will discuss various grant projects utilized by librarians to serve library patrons and the community, reviewing projects in the areas of literacy, older readers, services to people with disabilities, among others. Students will be introduced to the major components of grant writing and will learn how project ideas result in a successfully funded proposal. As a result of this workshop, students will have increased knowledge, skill and experience in developing grant projects that will bring in new funds for their library.

Developing a Research Agenda for Academic Librarians
The goal of this workshop is to assist new and future academic librarians in developing the skills and strategies needed for creating and sustaining a research agenda. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to discuss the history of tenure for library faculty and the relative pros and cons of the librarian tenure process, describe a variety of research methods and research designs appropriate for academic library-related research, and articulate an area of research of interest, including posing researchable questions in that area, describing methods for answering the questions, and proposing potential venues through which to distribute the results of the research.

Developing Memorable Museum Tours
This workshop will examine the important role that museum tours play in fulfilling museums’ educational and programmatic goals.  Students will examine the various types and styles of personally and technologically-mediated tours and look at their successful development as well as weighing their relative strengths and limitations. Students will learn to use museum tours as a tool for communicating with specialized museum audiences including children, families and special interest groups

Delivering Digital Reference
Participants will learn about the conceptual and practical aspects of electronic reference services, including OhioLINK, OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network) and IPL (Internet Public Library). They will become familiar with recent developments, current practices, challenges and opportunities associated with these services, such as learning to adjust traditional reference techniques to the electronic environment and designing, implementing and evaluating an electronic reference service.

Digital Imaging I: Image Processing
This workshop introduces students to the fundamental concepts, terminology, techniques and applications of digital imaging as they relate to the development of digital image collections depicting works found in museum collections, archives and special collections in libraries. Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to create, process and manage digital images of text, graphics, slides and reproductions of 3-D objects. This workshop focuses on individual images.

Ethical Principles and Cases for Information Professionals

This workshop introduces ethical concerns of library and information professionals, considering such dimensions as ethical principles, how they might conflict, organizational and professional loyalties, codes of ethics, and environmental influences such as how a type of library affects ethical deliberations.  It will analyze such issues as intellectual freedom; the fee versus free controversy; copyright; privacy; ethical issues regarding the internet and reference services.  After providing some ethical frameworks, the bulk of the workshop will address specific cases of ethical concern: e.g., censorship issues in public libraries.

Genealogy and Local History Research Methods for Librarians

During this workshop, participants will learn how to interpret questions and find appropriate sources in order to guide genealogists, local historians and other researchers to the next source. They will become familiar with census records, government documents, local history resources, online resources for genealogy and a variety of public records found in court houses, including birth, death, marriage and divorce records.

GIS in Academic Libraries: Geospatial Resources
This workshop is an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in academic libraries. Through hands-on exercises, lectures and discussions, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, making maps and researching geospatial data. Students who complete this workshop will be able to use visual resources across many disciplines to promote information literacy and library services and to teach GIS-related resources to others. Geographic and map literacy has become extremely popular for those who require geospatial-related resources for academic research and coursework.

How Are We Doing?: An Introduction to Surveys
This workshop teaches the process of administering surveys from planning questions to using results. Participants will learn how to develop survey questions and identify managerial and ethical concerns. The hands-on exercises prepare participants to implement surveys in their current and future jobs. Students will learn how to plan a survey, how to write questions, what can be surveyed, how to recruit respondents, how to critique surveys, and what possible complications may arise.

Is That a Fact? Nonfiction Children's Literature
With the virtual explosion in the quality and quantity of nonfiction children's titles in the last decade, there is a crucial need for librarians and educators to apply selection criteria and utilize reviewing tools in their evaluation of these materials. This workshop offers suggestions for incorporating nonfiction into children's programming, utilizing nonfiction techniques. Students will be expected to compile a bibliography related to the topic prior to the start of the workshop.
Juggling Act:  Managing a Special Library
This three-week workshop will introduce students to concerns facing all libraries, especially special libraries with targeted patrons and unique environments. Workshop participants will participate in general discussions on the concerns of special libraries, read selected literature, and write a paper comparing similar special libraries. This unique workshop will give students not only exposure to special librarianship for possible career development, but also an introduction to library management as well.

Learning Library Instruction
This workshop seeks to introduce participants to the theoretical and practical aspects of educating users in library research skills. It will familiarize students with the why, when, and how of user education. It will bring together for the participant considerations in designing,implementing, and evaluating instructional programs.  Upon completion of the workshop, participants will be equipped to apply learning theory for adult learners in an information literacy program and design an instructional session, using appropriate methods.

Legal Resources for Non-law Librarians
In this workshop, students will become aware of the structure of legal literature and learn to use legal indexes and sources for both case and statutory law. In addition, students will become familiar with the major success of American legal literature, furthering their awareness of the principles, issues, and practices in law librarianship. Finally, the rules of proper legal citation will be introduced.

Library Programming for Families with Very Young Children
Participants in this workshop will be introduced to the important role family members can play in the emerging literacy skills of young children. Library programs for the entire family will be discussed, including family history, multicultural and intergenerational programs as well as family storytime programs and storytelling techniques. In addition, participants will learn to relate the developmental characteristic of young children to program planning and book sharing and will learn to plan literature-based family programs and methods of outreach to families of special populations.

Library Services to Latino and Spanish-speaking Children and Families
Latinos are the largest minority group in the United States, as well as the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in our population. However, many libraries still struggle to connect with Latino and Spanish-speaking families. Through exposure to excellent Latino children’s literature, professional resources and model programs, participants in this workshop will learn to provide quality outreach, collections and programs that meet the information needs of Spanish-speaking families, regardless of their own Spanish-language skills.

Making Teamwork Work
This workshop will introduce the concepts and practices of group dynamics, teamwork processes, team development and team function. Illustrations and exercises will emphasize the library setting. Workshop participants will learn to identify and describe the characteristics of teams; understand the basic process of teamwork; understand issues faced by teams such as conflict, power, leadership and problem solving; structure team meetings for optimal effectiveness; and facilitate teams using effective communication skills and motivational techniques.

Metadata for Digital Audio and Video

This workshop will introduce students to the metadata needs and requirements for audiovisual material, including descriptive, technical, preservation, and administrative information.  Students will become familiar with metadata schemas that are used to describe, annotate, and preserve moving image and sound material.  The workshop will also provide students with opportunity to create a sample set of records for digital audiovisual material.

Metadata for Digital Collections
This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants to learn to establish digital collections in distinct information communities for the purposes of managing, publishing and preserving documents in the digital environment. Emphasis will be on the development and implementation of metadata schemas and on the standards and technological applications used to create machine-understandable metadata. Among other skills, workshop participants will gain experience in applying a selected metadata standard to records or collections and will learn to design, evaluate and modify metadata elements according to local need. Finally, participants will be able to contribute to the implementation of metadata in a website or database.

Museum Collection Information Management
This workshop will start with the definition of a museum and the code of ethics for museums. In this context, students will discuss the various institutional processes that aid the physical and intellectual organization and care of a collection. Topics will include accessioning/deaccessioning, cataloging, condition reporting, storage methods, loans, insurance, packing/crating/shipping, art handling, climate control and collection management systems. On-site tours of storage at the Kent State University Museum will facilitate in-depth discussion of some of the workshop material.

Museums and the Law
In this workshop, students will examine the ways in which museums and the law intersect from a variety of perspectives including museum organization and board functions, national and international laws and regulations, intellectual property, cultural appropriation, and freedom of expression.  Students will gain a broad overview of the most significant legislation and regulations that affect museum operations.

Ohio Children's Literature
Participants in this workshop will come to recognize the importance of local history, becoming familiar with Ohio children's literature, Ohio children's authors and related nonfiction materials. They will learn about Ohio history, geography and science materials and be able to use this knowledge to enhance their teaching of Ohio. Participants will also leave the workshop ready to incorporate children's Ohio materials in classroom and library settings.

Open Source Software for Libraries and Museums
More and more libraries and museums are beginning to embrace open source, utilizing open source software for a range of needs, from general (such as operating systems) to more specific tasks (ranging from very small utility software to major applications). This workshop covers topics related to open source for libraries and museums that attendees may apply in order to identify, evaluate and implement open source in libraries and museums.

PHP and MySQL for Web Database Creation and Implementation
This workshop offers a basic understanding of PHP (Personal Home Page Tools, a server-side scripting language) and MySQL (a powerful database system that is used for storage and retrieval of information residing on a server but accessed through a Web interface). Participants will learn to build and configure PHP as a server module and implement a MySQL database with which a Web interface will interact.*Participants must have familiarity with HTML, programming, database theory and browsers.

Picture Book Webs: Extending Picture Books with Drama, Language Arts, Music, Art, Math, Science and Writing
This workshop teaches new ways for sharing picture books with children in preschool through third grade. Participants will discover how to enhance literature throughout the curriculum using drama, language arts, music, math, science and writing. They will also gain motivation to use more picture books and literacy activities with children in public and school libraries while increasing young children's emergent literacy activities.

Preservation of Library Materials
Various aspects of preservation will be covered in this workshop, including care and handling of general collections, disaster response and prevention, repair decisions as related to collection development and reformatting of brittle materials. Participants will gain a more complete understanding of the factors that influence the life span of print and non-print materials and will also develop skills to make repair decisions, respond to disasters and plan for water and fire damage.

Repair Decisions and Methods for Circulating Materials
The goal of this workshop is to teach repair methods that are less damaging to books, leading to preservation-oriented, archival-quality collection maintenance. Participants will learn to determine the appropriate methods for preserving books, repairing torn pages, tipping in loose pages, tightening hinges, reattaching broken hinges, repairing simple spine damage, re-casing books, binding pamphlets and making simple phase boxes.

Sports Reference:  Sources for Sports Information
Students will gain insight into the breadth of the topic of sports and society as well as awareness of potential sources they can use to assist patrons. People who study an aspect of sports, or who simply are interested as fans or participants, will have opportunity to acquire new information tools with which to broaden their understanding of sports.  By the end of the workshop, students should be able to understand the structure of sports information sources, both print and electronic, and answer a wide variety of sports-related reference questions.

Telling Tales: Sharing Folk and Fairy Tales with Children
This workshop offers an overview of the origin and history of different types of folktales, paying particular attention to recurring themes and motifs. Participants will hear about folktales from around the world as well as American tall tales, fables, modern fairy tales and award-winning tales. They will also learn creative ways to extend folk and fairy tales, including story sharing, poetry, music, dramatics, reader's theatre, puppetry and rap.

Thinking Outside the Book: Non-Book Materials for Teens in Libraries
This workshop will introduce participants to popular, current titles of non-book media targeted at young adults. Items such as magazines, graphic novels, comic books, music, audiobooks, movies, software and websites will be examined and discussed. Participants will be able to identify current trends and titles and integrate this type of media into their plan of service.

Tips and Tricks for Searching Online Databases
This workshop provides tips and tricks for different kinds of searches to enhance searching effectiveness. By the end of the workshop, students will acquire greater understanding of database structures and indexing, enhanced searching skills, and will become acquainted with the various types of tools available to aid online searching. In addition, they will consider the various merits of natural and controlled vocabulary searching and develop critical skills in evaluating databases and search output.

UNIX and Linux Operating Systems
This workshop examines theoretical concepts common to both operating systems while providing a hands-on approach to these systems. In addition to examining the UNIX file structure, this workshop will explore application design and programming using UNIX. After completing the workshop, participants will have a working knowledge of UNIX and Linux and will be able to do the following: set up a homepage in a UNIX environment such as kent.mail, understand more than 50 of the most frequently-used UNIX commands, describe Linux as it relates to UNIX, define operating systems in general and the UNIX operating system in particular, develop customized shell scripts to extract and combine file data.

Using JavaScript to Jazz up Web Pages (1 cr.)
Participants of this hands-on workshop will gain a working knowledge of JavaScript so that they can implement design features of Web pages, making them dynamic and interactive. This workshop will also teach students the tools to find and use JavaScript resources on the Internet. Some previous experience with HTML and computer programming is useful but not required.

Video Games in the Public Library
Electronic games are a huge and rapidly growing, global industry, and libraries are increasingly turning to them to draw hard-to-reach audiences like 20-somethings and teens. Learn how to implement and run successful, cost-effective video game programs in a public library setting. We’ll look at using existing public library equipment, handling concerns about game content, and understanding just what players are talking about when they start speaking in gamer slang.

White Gloves and Red Paint: Handling and Labeling Museum Collections
This workshop is a good way for future museum professionals to gain a firm understanding of museum standards for handling and physically numbering objects. This workshop will identify different numbering techniques for assorted collection media and offer hands-on experience in applying the techniques. In addition, it will teach students museum standards in handling different collection media and offer hands-on experience in applying these with replica objects or non-accessioned objects. The goals will be met by observing and practicing hand-on techniques with museum professionals.

Writing and Developing an Exhibit Script
All exhibitions require expertise in writing and developing an exhibition script, starting with the initial exhibition proposal highlighting the theme, audience and significance. In addition, external communication to public outlets and the internal components of the exhibition itself must be scripted and send a cohesive message. Students will learn the written components of exhibition development; write an exhibition proposal; and work in a team environment to develop an exhibition concept and written materials.

Young Adult Best Bets: A Young Adult Literature Update
During this workshop, participants will become familiar with current young adult books and the qualities that make an award-winning "best" book. They will learn to identify young adult literature trends and titles, and to market books in a manner that appeals to young adults by utilizing readers' advisory services, book talks and promotional activities. They will also discuss how to review and annotate a book.

For information on other credit and non-credit workshops offered at Kent State, visit the Office of Continuing and Distance Education website.

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