Category Archives: Professional Development

Information on professional development opportunities for USMA Library Staff.

Librarian from German Army Officers’ School Visits Library

USMA Librarian Christopher Barth introduces Barbara Marschallek, Librarian from the German Army Officer's School before her presentation.

USMA Librarian Christopher Barth introduces Barbara Marschallek, Librarian from the German Army Officer’s School before her presentation.

Barbara Marshallek, librarian at the Offizierschule des Heeres (The German Army Officers’ School in Dresden), recently visited the USMA Library. She met with library staff to gain a greater understanding of our facilities and functions. At the conclusion of her time visiting the library, she gave the USMA Library staff a presentation about The German Army Officers’ Academy in Dresden and its library. We were surprised to learn that the German Army Officers’ School staff is not nearly as large as West Point’s. Ms. Marshallek’s presentation was very enlightening, showing historical documents and visuals of the German library. The staff thoroughly enjoyed getting to know our German counterpart!

Online Learning Opportunities with lynda.com

Now that the New Year has arrived, why not take the opportunity to learn a new skill or brush up on an old one? One way to do this is to take advantage of the online tutorials offered on lynda.com, a program that USMA Library staff members can access through our affiliation with the Southeastern New York Library Resource Council.

The lynda.com library offers over 2,326 online courses that teach software, business, creative skills, and more. The easy-to-follow video tutorials are designed for all levels of learners, and are available when and where you are ready to learn.” Sample course topics include:  How to build leadership skills, Online Marketing, Presentation/Design and Delivery and Time management fundamentals. The course list also includes, but is not limited to, tutorials on: Microsoft Office, Word, Excell, Photoshop, Microsoft Access, PowerPoint, Publisher, iTunes, and WordPress, Google and Podcasting.

Before you can access one of the tutorials on Lynda.com, you must first register at http://www.senylrc.org/lynda  Once you register, you will receive a confirmation via email from Southeastern that contains a password for sign in.  There may be a waiting period as there are a fixed number of licenses for release.  Registration will give you access to the site for 30 days, but you can re-register after that period if you would like to continue taking courses. . Lynda.com can be accessed from home or work with the given password.

Professional Engagement Team

EDS Discovery Layer Training Opportunities next week

ALL,

As you know, the USMA Library is in the process of implementing EDS as our discovery layer. There are two upcoming live online training sessions that EBSCO recommends to help familiarize library staff with EDS (EDS Overview) and to assist in searching EDS (EDS: Searching Overview).

EDS Overview

Date: Wednesday 7 August 2013

Time: 0700-0800

Description: focus on the key features and functionality of EDS through searching, manipulating the result list to locate relative search results,and accessing external resources from the library catalog.

EDS: Searching Overview

Date: Friday 9 August 2013

Time: 1100-1200

Description: focus on the key features and functionality of EDS through searching, manipulating the result list to locate relative search results. An overview of content searched in EDS as well as items returned from the library catalog will also be covered.

To register for an EBSCO training session:

  1. Go to https://ebscotraining.webex.com
  2. There’s a search box at the top of the trainings page. If you run a search for ‘EDS’, you should see all upcoming EDS related trainings
  3. Find the appropriate session in the list
  4. Click on “Register” on the right-hand side of the screen or click on the session name to see more information.

Additional information about EBSCO training opportunities can be found at: https://ebscotraining.webex.com

Please contact Christine in SMD with questions.