Tuesday, January 22, 2008

ACRL Virtual Reference Competencies II

Virtual Reference Competencies II: Practice and Expand Communications Skills and Knowledge
An ACRL Online SeminarJanuary 28 -February 16, 2008

Course Description:Virtual reference service requires all of the same professional communications skills and knowledge as face-to-face reference service. The challenge is to apply, practice, imagine, and understand how to communicate professionally within the technology context and using good reference skills and knowledge. In this course participants will engage in learning activities, supported by readings as well as lecture and discussion to practice and expand the communications competencies required by effective virtual reference librarians.

"Virtual Reference Competencies II: Practice and Expand Communications Skills and Knowledge" is a primarily asynchronous seminar, allowing participants to work through course material at times convenient to them throughout the three week scheduled course time. Participants may also choose to schedule online chat time with the teacher, as they feel necessary. Specific material and learning activities will be covered during each week of the course. Threaded discussion forums are available for use in learning activities and other course-related conversations.

Instructor: Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
CACUL member: Can$195 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

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The Virtual Chase

This may have caught your attention or you knew about this resource already. From ResourceShelf:

"Genie Tyburski’s Virtual Chase website is, without a doubt, up there among the creme de la creme of Internet resources. Perhaps you’ve been fortunate enough to hear Genie speak at a conference or, perhaps, read an article she has written. The Virtual Chase, which Genie started as hobby, is now owned by Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll."

This collection is organized into five categories:

Public Records and Public Information
Phone Lookup & Reverse Telephone Directories
Finding E-mail Addresses
White Pages Outside of the U.S.
Disciplinary Actions

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Thursday, January 17, 2008

a Wiki capturing ALA Midwinter 2008

From the ALA Marginalia blog:

"Now that we’re all recovering from Midwinter 2008, hopefully we’re also building an archive of materials from the event. We’ve started a page on the wiki for Handouts, Podcasts, and other Post Midwinter Information where you can post handouts, presentations, notes, minutes, and whatever else your committee, unit, group, etc. distributed during your meetings."