Here are some upcoming webinars, and a call for proposals that we hope our members will find of interest:

Backstage Library Works presents:

Authority Control: Consistency Among the Changes

In this webinar, Casey Cheney, vice president of automation services at Backstage Library Works, will explore external and internal changes that can affect headings in a library catalog. She’ll discuss how leveraging automation can help a library’s metadata team manage updates and propagate decisions made at a local level. She’ll also answer your questions. We hope you’ll join us.

Click here to register:

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

11:00 a.m. MDT (Denver)

We look forward to the conversation.


ACRL IS Inclusive Pedagogy Committee: Bringing Race to the Forefront to Engage Students and Teaching Faculty

May 13, 2021 11:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)


In this conversation between Jesus Espinoza and Symphony Bruce, the speakers will talk through their experiences using Critical Race Theory and Antiracism to inform their instruction and engage students and teaching faculty. They will discuss the successes and challenges of their work, in addition to the process of navigating the uncertainty of applying critical race theories and antiracist pedagogies while still learning about them. Specifically, they will talk about their individual experiences creating lesson plans and workshops, especially in online learning spaces.

As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from ACRL specifically related to this webinar (including, but not limited to, instructions for accessing both the live webinar and its archived recording) as well as information about other programs and resources from ACRL and its partners/sponsors. You may also receive relevant messages from our webinar partner or sponsor (if any). If a webinar sponsor chooses to communicate with you by e-mail, they are obligated to provide you with an opportunity to opt-out from future e-mails in compliance with the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003.


Registration is now open for the Critical Pedagogy Symposium, which will be held virtually May 17th – May 19th, 2021, 11am – 4pm EST.

Use this link to register

Registration is free! 

We will explore together a pedagogy that interrogates and explores frameworks of power. We’re open to any framework of anti-oppression and vision of justice that can help us to do better work, to hold ourselves to a deeper accounting, and to think more rigorously and more clearly. The Symposium invites critiques along the lines of race/ethnicity, indigenous and decolonial perspectives, issues of labor and class, and inclusive of gender/sexuality.

Featuring Keynotes by Jamillah Gabriel and by Cite Black Women in conversation with Black Women Radicals.


FREE Online Presentation: 

A Predatory Primer: What Every Librarian Should Know about Problem Publishers
Nicole Webber and Stephanie Wiegand
Monday, May 24, 2021, 11 am to 12 pm Central time
Register here
Sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee

Researchers and faculty are talking about predatory publishers within the academic literature. In fact, many disciplines devote considerably more ink to this issue and the pitfalls of illegitimate journals than the library community does. Small pockets of the greater scholarly community further whisper about the benefits of journals with lax standards for faculty who are under extreme pressure to publish or pad their record. How scholars come to know about and interact with deceptive publishers has evolved and matured since they first garnered attention a little over a decade ago, and thus, how we as information professionals approach this topic must adapt and mature.

The issue of “predatory journals” is deceptively simplistic, but its underlying complexities extend the conversation into a variety of topical concerns in librarianship. Such conversations include questions about the consequences of journal labeling and categorization, the use of pejorative or racially-charged terminology in such labeling, the new challenges for open access and start-up publishers, the relationships between journal reputation and diversity, the unidentified consequences of publishing in low-quality journals, and the overall academic publication system. These aspects begin to move away from the typical confines of how scholars conceptualize predatory publishing, but they lend important perspectives and considerations to what has been, and will continue to be, the complicated landscape of academic publishing.

Join us for a primer on the basics and complexities of predatory publishing in order to more effectively discuss and assist researchers with questions of journal and publisher quality.


The RBMS Bibliographic Standards Committee is seeking presenters for lightning talks on “cool things we’ve cataloged.”

Presenters will discuss any memorable objects that have crossed their desks, whether they were books, collections, maps, images, manuscripts, kitchen implements, or anything else! Our aim is to present the various tools that catalogers use to solve mysteries (for example, learning new software, developing new content standards, new languages, cultural competency training) and describe unusual artifacts. We want to highlight this work since it is often invisibilized. We are looking for presenters to talk about an interesting item or collection cataloged for special collections, describe why it was a challenge, share how they cataloged it, and (if applicable) how they publicized it. Presentations should be 7-10 minutes and will be presented via Zoom in summer/fall 2021 (date TBD). The full session will be approximately one hour and will include a questions and discussion period. Based on interest, we may offer multiple sessions. All interested people are encouraged to apply, whether they are a member of RBMS or not. We’re hoping to identify a broad range of presenters (catalogers, archivists, students, interns, paraprofessionals, etc.). Presentations will be selected based on their relevance to these themes.

Please submit proposals by May 24, 2021 by completing this form:

Elizabeth Hobart
Special Collections Cataloging Librarian
Pennsylvania State University


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