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Continuing Education

October Workshops

Evaluating Library Websites for Better Design and Services

Friday, Oct. 3, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jingjing Liu, School of Library and Information Science, USC

As a helpful information source, library websites have oftentimes been said to be difficult to use, especially when Google, etc., can give searchers desired information at a click.  Assessment shows the need for better design of library websites with input from constant evaluation.  This workshop aims to provide an extensive introduction to library website evaluation and design, addressing both theoretical design rules and practical evaluation methods.  From this workshop you will gain an in-depth understanding of library website usability and ways to improve the user’s experience.

Registration: $30.00

Location:  Room 111, Davis College, USC – Columbia Campus

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Digital Photography Basics

Friday, Oct. 10, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Curtis Rogers, Communications Director, South Carolina State Library

Taking pictures is more than just pointing the camera and pressing a button. To get the kind of photos libraries need for promotional purposes, attendees will learn more about the basics of digital photography and how to get the most out of digital cameras. Transition from taking just snapshots to producing inspired images that will make your library shine!

Attendees should bring a digital camera and cables for downloading images to a computer. We will review library public relations, dSLR cameras, lighting, perspective, composition, and editing. There will be time to take photos and edit them using web based photo editing tools.

Registration: $30.00

Location: Room 111, Davis College, USC – Columbia Campus

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Storytelling with Puppets and Dr. Pat Feehan

Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Pat Feehan, School of Library and Information Science, USC

Bring a favorite story, poem or think about a storytime mascot.  We will talk about the craft, then craft some puppets and then . . . show and tell our stories.

Bring your lunch.  We’ll work and play throughout the day.

Registration: $30.00

Location: Room 216, Davis College, USC – Columbia Campus

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Family Literacy Programs in SC

Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Kim Jeffcoat, South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, School of Library and Information Science, USC

Attendees will learn how to craft successful literacy programs for families in rural and urban areas.  Potential funding sources will be described, and participants will get to observe through video and photographs the impact of these events.  We will show the attendees how to incorporate a holistic view of literacy into their programs, presenting programming ideas for environmental, nutritional, and financial literacy.  Participants will receive a bag, books and program outlines from our family literacy programs to take with them.

A high energy Prezi filled with video and photographs will take participants along for the ride with Cocky, USC’s beloved mascot, as he leads the literacy charge into South Carolina.

Registration: $25.00

Location:  South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy, 1430 Senate Street, Columbia, SC.  You may park in any of the spaces at the rear of the building.  Please enter through the side door opening onto Bull Street.

Limited to 20 participants.

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Towards a Diverse and Inclusive Cultural Record:  Strengthening Archives through Collection Development and Advocacy

Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Jennifer Marshall, School of Library and Information Science, USC

The immeasurable value of the cultural record maintained by independent archives calls for the archival profession to embrace the growing community archives movement.  For archives to remain relevant, we must ensure the creation and preservation of archival collections that matter to communities.  We can do this by working to build institutional collections that are more representative of society, as well as by developing relationships with minority communities that maintain their own archives.  Prioritizing such collection development initiatives and partnerships with marginalized communities offers the archival profession the potential to build a truly participatory archive – one that allows communities to experience the relevance of archives at first-hand, which is the most powerful means of advocacy.  This workshop will provide strategies for archival institutions committed to partnering with independent archives in their communities.

Registration: $30.00

Location: Room 112, Davis College, USC – Columbia Campus

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