Monday, April 02, 2018

April 2018: Jill's travel and presentation schedule

Cafe au lait and Beignets at Cafe du Monde
Coffee and Beignets
I have two presentations next week, which I want you to know about:
  • April 11: 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET (webinar) - part of a three-person panel entitled "Can There Be Neutrality in Cataloging? A Conversation Starter" for NISO.  My presentation is entitled "Access Requires Subjectivity." The event's description is: How does one create awareness of the bias that may be introduced into automated systems? This session will look at the selection of vocabulary in establishing taxonomies and ontologies. What is the real nature of the issue? How might establishing, maintenance, and use of a thesaurus contribute to a more inclusive search/discovery process? And where should responsibility lie for developing such ostensibly neutral tools?  How can we bring more diverse voices into the development/maintenance of these resources?
  • April 13, Upstate New York Chapter of SLA Spring Conference (Rochester, NY) entitled "Lead from Where You Are." I'll be leading an interactive session on "Putting the Goal Before Your Work."
Also, last year I recreated a graduate course in the Syracuse University iSchool entitled "Collection Development and Access."  I taught this class in the fall quarter and it went very well and will be teaching it again beginning later this week. This class is taught with a combination of asynchronous content and live (synchronous) sessions. Our online classes used to be just asynchronous, but now we (SU iSchool) now offer our MSLIS degree in this format. If this online format for an MSLIS program would be of interest to someone you know, please point them towards our iSchool Online web site. Of course, if anyone is interested in our on-campus format, we have information on that, too.

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