Webinars at Your Fingertips

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Before beginning your online learning at SLIS, take advantage of the abundance of free seminars on the web available to prospective and enrolled students, LIS professionals, and just about anyone interested in Library Science topics. There are many offerings, so let me break them down for you:

Colloquium Series: Each Fall and Spring Semester, SLIS offers a series of webinars featuring experts and professionals in the field of Library and Information Science discussing timely, relevant topics. You can catch them live or watch the recorded sessions at your own pace. Take a look at who’s lined up so far for Fall 2012, and then check out the past semester’s Spring 2012 speakers, where you can look for the icon to the right of the speaker’s bio that links to the recorded session.

Career Webcasts: There are two types of career-related webinars. The Career Colloquia webcasts feature speakers and topics that are of particular interest to job-seekers, and the Collaborate Workshops  offer focused, interactive how-to presentations on the job-seeking process, from resume writing, to interviewing, to making a career transition – great topics for students new to SLIS!

Student Groups Events: Once you’re admitted to SLIS, you’ll discover a wealth of opportunities to join student groups, including the student chapters of professional organizations. Many of these student groups and student chapters offer webinars on timely topics, and most make their online content freely available, even before you enroll in courses Best way to discover what’s coming up is to visit their individual websites and look for the Events link (most of them have one). It’s a good way to investigate these groups early on, so when you enroll you’ll have a good sense of which groups are relevant to your interests.

Library 2.012 Worldwide Virtual Conference: Be sure to mark down this upcoming free event on your calendar, from October 3-5, 2012. SLIS is playing a leading role in hosting the Library 2.012 Virtual Conference, a worldwide event featuring presentations on topics critical to our profession.

Other Events: Special Webcasts, Webinars, and virtual conferences seem to pop up throughout the semester. Keep in top of it all by checking out our Events page.

Any questions? Post them in the Comments section, below, and I’ll get right back to you!