Webinars and eCourses

The Education Committee of the Music Library Association in partnership with the American Library Association sponsors webinars and ecourses on a variety of topics related to music librarianship.

All webinars and ecourses are taught by experienced music librarians. The focus of these workshops is on gaining practical skills in a specific area. Workshops are targeted to new music librarians who would like additional training, library students contemplating a specialization in music librarianship, general librarians who would like to learn more about music librarianship, library staff members who would benefit from knowing more about music librarianship, and seasoned music librarians who would like a refresher.

For a listing of previous webinars along with links to slides and videos, see our Previous Webinars and Workshops page.

If you would like to teach an ecourse or webinar or propose a topic, let us know!

Webinars

Coping with Burnout: Strategies for Staying Centered
A 90-minute workshop, Wednesday, February 6, 2019 
2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific  

In our latest workshop in collaboration with ALA Publishing, we are focusing on how you can avoid some of the mental health perils of your demanding job.
 Librarianship is a stressful profession—in addition to our daily responsibilities, we often feel like tutors and social workers.  Many studies and observations have shown that fatigue, stress, and burnout are occurring at higher and higher rates among library staff.  The negative effects from burnout and fatigue can impact many aspects of life, including work, interpersonal relationships, and health.

In this new workshop, librarians Heather Fisher and Michael Duffy teach you how to identify the signs of burnout and fatigue—both in yourself and your colleagues, so you can be proactive and take manageable steps to reverse the effects of burnout. You’ll learn time and stress management strategies that are simple and easy to apply to help avoid burnout and to better cope with it when it does occur.

You can register for this workshop directly at the ALA Store (direct link: https://www.alastore.ala.org/content/coping-burnout-strategies-staying-centered-workshop). By using coupon code MLA10 at checkout, MLA members will save 10%. If you’re an ALA member, you’ll receive an additional automatic 10% discount. 
If you’ve got any questions about this course, please feel free to contact ALA Publishing at editionscoursehelp@ala.org.

ECourses

Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian
Begins Monday, February 4, 2019

If you’re working the reference desk, you are likely to encounter questions about music, and whether you need to find music, scores, or books about music, you need to be prepared.
 
MLA is pleased to offer another eCourse as part of our continuing partnership with ALA Publishing. Music Reference Skills for Every Librarian begins on February 4, 2019, and our members receive exclusive savings. This course will be facilitated by Sara J. Beutter Manus, Music Librarian at Vanderbilt University.
 
In this eCourse, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions and the Music Library Association introduce you to the fundamentals of music reference. This 4-week eCourse provides you with tools and techniques to help locate recordings and printed music as well as other sources for general information about music and musicians in various genres. You’ll learn about some of the most common problems encountered in music reference and how to solve them. The course also shares tips and strategies that can help you answer nearly any music reference question—from broad queries to more specific, concrete inquiries—so that you can best meet your patrons’ information needs.
 
You can register and learn more about the course at the ALA Store (Direct Link: https://goo.gl/F7vVxC). By using coupon code MLA10 at checkout, MLA members will save 10%. If you’re an ALA member, you’ll receive an additional automatic 10% discount. 
 
If you’ve got questions about this course, please feel free to contact ALA Publishing at editionscoursehelp@ala.org.

Music Collection for Every Librarian
Begins Monday, February 4, 2019

MLA is pleased to offer another eCourse as part of our continuing partnership with ALA Publishing. Music Collection Development for Every Librarian begins on Monday, February 4th, and will feature instructors Houman Behzadi, Lisa Hooper, and John Redford.
This eCourse provides a detailed introduction to the core concepts, functions, and tools of music collection development. Over the course of pre-recorded video lessons, readings, and assignments, you will develop your own collecting philosophy and gain a deeper understanding of collection development policies, ownership vs access, collecting strategies, budget management, format-based selection tools, firm orders, standing orders, and approval plans. Instructors will note the commonalities and differences in how core concepts are adapted to local institutional needs in small, medium, and large institutions.

You can register here at the ALA Store. By using coupon code MLA10 at checkout, MLA members will save 10%. If you’re an ALA member, you’ll receive an additional automatic 10% discount. 

If you’ve got any questions about this course, please feel free to contact ALA Publishing at editionscoursehelp@ala.org.

 

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The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.