Man or Machine? Or Both?

Are you a people person? Good with communication skills but always looking for ways to improve? Or, are you a “techie” who can’t think of anything more enjoyable than tinkering with the latest technology? Or, do you feel a bit of both – trying to keep that balance in your life between the human touch and cyber-future?!

This month at WNYLRC you can live your dreams, as we have training opportunities that will ante up both your interpersonal and intergalactic skill sets! For the “machine-minded” who want to learn we invite you to join Ken Fujiuchi, Emerging Technology Librarian in the E. H. Butler Library at SUNY Buffalo State, who also works as an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education, Department of Library and Information Studies at the University at Buffalo, as he helps us navigate the changing world of searching with “Semantic Web and Google’s Knowledge Graph: The Changing Landscape of Search,” that will be held at the WNYLRC Training Center on Friday, November 6, 2015, from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Join your colleagues as Ken demonstrates for us where we are in the evolution of search technology and where we may be headed. Ken will show us how the emerging search engines may have implications for the library profession of the not-so-distant future!

We will also be guided by Ken Fujiuchi when he offers the session, “Linked Data: Accessibility for Machines,” on Thursday, November 12th, from 9:30-11:30am, also at the WNYLRC Training Center. According to OCLC, the presence of growing digital content on the web is making it “…imperative that library data be available in new data formats that are native to the web. It also needs to be exposed to the wider web community, making it easily discoverable by other sites, services, and ultimately consumers.” This workshop will cover a brief overview of linked data, look at some practical applications, and do some hands on exercises to demonstrate linked data.

Please note: for this session, there is a required pre-session reading: Christian, B., Tom, H., & Tim, B. (2009). Linked data : The story so far. International Journal on Semantic Web and Information Systems (IJSWIS), 5(3), 1-22. doi:10.4018/jswis.2009081901

For the “humanoids,” WNYLRC is offering two workshops tailored to help you improve the way you reach and impact a live audience when promoting your library. If your goal is to acquire these interpersonal skills, we invite you to join author and Associate Librarian & Head of Research and Interlibrary Loan for the Montante Family Library at D’Youville College, Debra Lucas-Alfieri, who will be presenting “Marketing Your Library: The Time is Now” on Friday, November 20, 2015, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at the WNYLRC Training Center. The all-day session (with lunch provided) will include individual and group exercises and presentations by Ms. Lucas-Alfieri that will help you realize your goals of attracting new patrons as well as invigorating existing patrons; create sustainable constituency partnerships; and take the first steps in customizing your own library marketing plan.

Following this, WNYLRC is pleased to host a workshop being moderated by Peter Iglinski, “Speaking with Impact” on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, from 9:30-12:30pm, also at the WNYLRC Training Center. Mr. Iglinski, a well-known expert in the field of broadcast journalism, has been sharing his expertise and knowledge throughout the state, including training for library audiences in several regions of New York State. Through his interactive session, participants will learn three basic skill- sets:  meaningful phrasing, speech preparation, and the fundamentals of performance.

Please note: Everyone taking part will be asked to work on a brief homework assignment before attending the workshop.

So, whatever your inclination, man (or woman!) or machine – or both – WNYLRC workshops in November will be worthwhile investments in any library professional development portfolio! For these and other workshops and events, please go to: www.wnylrc.org/workshops