Developments and new products from the PALS office
Stephen Elfstrand, PALS Director, will briefly highlight some of the new offerings of the PALS office of particular interest to Reference Librarians.
The Portable Library: Accessing Library Resources on Mobile Devices Alec Sonsteby, Metropolitan State University and Perry Madden, PALS
Mobile devices are everywhere, and students are relying on them more and more. Alec Sonsteby will address mobile access to databases, other catalogs, reference sites, and chat services, such as EBSCO and Gale databases, RefWorks, WorldCat, and Meebo. Perry Madden will focus on tips for using MnPALS Plus with a couple different mobile devices. He will also ask for feedback from your experiences in using MnPALS Plus on your mobile device, including ways to make MnPALS Plus work better for mobile devices.
Breakout #1: WebJunction Minnesota / Minitex Update Jennifer Hootman, MINITEX
WebJunction Minnesota (WJMN) offers many ways for library staff to connect and interact. Find out how you can participate in WJMN by uploading and sharing documents, starting and contributing to a group discussion, and more. Also, learn about additional ways in which Minitex Reference Services can support reference services at your library and provide continuing education opportunities.
Breakout #2: Google for Research: Tips & Tricks for Expert Searching Martha Hardy, Metropolitan State University Computer Lab
Is Google a legitimate place to conduct credible research? Absolutely! One can use Google to find scholarly articles, books (including books housed in libraries), government documents, patents, and legal opinions and journals. In this session you will learn tips and tricks to help you and your patrons search Google more effectively. You will learn to: simplify your Google searching; target search strategies to retrieve specific types of results; and, search broadly to maximize relevant results. We will also explore newer Google features, including the Wonder Wheel, Timeline and faceted search results.
Lunch is on your own. There is a cafeteria in the building or options nearby are listed here.
Theme: How to keep updated on library literature/professional development
LibJam is the part of the day where everyone can contribute. In this age of information overload, how are you keeping up to date? What are the best resources out there for Reference and Instruction librarians? Share with us how do you do it, and what social networking tools you use to keep it all organized.
Breakout #3: Health Reference Resources Anne Beschnett, Health Sciences Libraries, U of MN Computer Lab
Health questions can be challenging, and finding reliable health information online can be difficult. This session will introduce attendees to quality online consumer health resources as well as state, national, and international health statistics resources. We will take an in-depth look at MedlinePlus, a consumer health information website developed by the National Library of Medicine, and turn to resources produced by organizations such as the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization to help find statistical information.
Breakout #4: Facilitating Library Instruction to Distance Students through Web Page Design and Instructional Design Paul Wyss, MSU Mankato
The session will focus on a web page design that is an attractive gateway to library resources. A major focal point of web design will be how it facilitates library instruction via the use of ECHO 360 Lecture Capture Software. Another facet of the presentation will be on using Instructional Design techniques to guide in the writing of scripts for library instructional videos.
Breakout #5: Business Questions at the Reference Desk Theresa Borchert (Concordia College) Computer Lab
Company & industry information, NAICS numbers, consumer spending, demographics, statistics… What does it all mean? Where do you find business information? Google gives you lots of sites that ask for money. Where can you find this information in an economy strapped for cash? Find some answers at the “Business questions at the reference desk” session.
Breakout #6: Social Networking Tools Barbara Tuttle (Dakota County Technical College) and Amy Soma (Concordia College, Moorhead)
These things are cool...so what do we do with them? Everybody is talking about Twitter, Facebook, and Google Wave, but what practical applications do these trendy tools have for libraries? This session will combine demonstration and group sharing to explore some new tools and new uses for old tools. Barbara Tuttle and Amy Soma will facilitate discussion by sharing some creative ideas used in their libraries. Topics will include Google Wave, publishing Web pages with free online tools, using Delicious at the reference desk, Meebo chat reference, and using Google Docs to gather reference statistics, just to name a few. Audience members should come prepared to learn, share, and brainstorm.