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Archival URL for “Why Not Minot: lessons learned from the 2011 flooding in North Dakota, a disaster affecting the cultural resources of the Ward County Historical Society” now available

posted Dec 28, 2011, 1:45 PM by Joni Blake

Randy's informative, fun, and somewhat horrifying presentation  “Why Not Minot: lessons learned from the 2011 flooding in North Dakota, a disaster affecting the cultural resources of the Ward County Historical Society,” is now posted on the Marriott Library’s server and is available for people to watch.

Please feel free to pass this message on to interested colleagues.

Meanwhile,the next 'post mortem' disaster webinar will be about the fire at UMC's main library in September 2011.  Be on the lookout for scheduling info about it--we're shooting for late January/early February after ALA.

Archival URL for Webinar on KIC walk-up scanners: KIC’n Off Public Scanning in Texas

posted Mar 30, 2011, 8:08 AM by Joni Blake

Here's the url to the Archived version:

Name: Webinar on implementation and use of KIC (Knowledge Information Center-walk up scanner) - 06/02/2010 14:01


Leveraging Library Strengths: Contributions to Undergraduate Education Reform webcast from UNLV

posted Mar 12, 2011, 7:53 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Apr 24, 2011, 8:17 PM ]


Leveraging Library Strengths: Contributions to Undergraduate Education Reform

 Webcast URL:

  • Welcome and Program Overview: Patricia Iannuzzi, Dean, University Libraries, UNLV 
  • The National Undergraduate Education Agenda: Alma Clayton-Pederson, former Vice President for Education and Institutional Renewal of the American                     Association of Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
  • Focusing on Undergraduate Education during Tough Budget Times: One Campus Perspective: Dave James, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Programs,                 UNLV
  • The Educational Role of Libraries: Patricia Iannuzzi, Dean, UNLV Libraries
  • Collaboration in Action  -- Panel of three campus partnerships
    •  An Outcomes Based Approach to Undergraduate Education 

        Jennifer Fabbi, Special Assistant to the Dean, University Libraries and

                    Carl Reiber, Academic Affairs Fellow, Office of the Executive Vice President & Provost

    • All Roads Lead to Faculty Development

        Vicki Nozero, Director, Research and Education, University Libraries and

        Christine Bergman, Associate Dean, Harrah’s College of Hotel Administration

    • Curricular and Co-Curricular Collaborations

        Anne Zald, Head, Instruction, University Libraries and

        Alicia Simon, First Year Experience Program Coordinator, College of Sciences

  •  Discussion with Audience

RSDD/CD Joint Meeting, May 2-4, Park City Utah

posted Feb 11, 2011, 10:58 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated May 18, 2011, 10:38 AM ]

The latest draft of the 3-day event schedule is available for the upcoming RSDD/CD joint meeting.  First, thanks to Dean Rick Clement and his staff at Utah State University for hosting our meeting--we're in for a real treat.  We have arranged for the meeting to be at the Swaner EcoCenter Conference Facility, a 1100-acre wilderness preserve just outside Park City, UT.

Second, thanks to everyone who submitted presentation proposals and the meeting planning group which met in San Diego to help craft the schedule.

Everyone should plan to arrive in Salt Lake City mid-day on Monday, May 2nd.  Park City is about 30+ minutes from the SLC airport by shuttle van; more info regarding ground transportation will be coming closer to the meeting.  The SLC airport is a hub for Delta, so chances are good for a non-stop flight.

Anne has secured a great rate at the Holiday Inn Express, Park City, just a few minutes' walk from the Swaner Center (see attached map).  The hotel perks include a complimentary hot breakfast and free internet.  We will be in the "NewPark" area a few miles north of Park City proper--there are a wide variety of restaurants and pubs within a block or two for group dining.

Holiday Inn Express Park City

1501 Ute Boulevard
Park City, UT 84098
(435) 658-1600

Hotel Block under: GWLA. Rate: $79/night.

Hot breakfast daily, indoor swimming pool whirlpool and sauna, complimentary wireless internet, recently remodeled.

Please call above number directly and say that you are reserving a room under the GWLA room block--we have reserved 18 king rooms and 17 queen/queen rooms.

LAST DAY TO RESERVE is MARCH 31ST, 2011.  Any rooms remaining open will be released to general public and you may only reserve a room on space available and at rack rate price.

All of the committee meetings, presentation sessions, and social activities may get moved around a bit as the event plans evolve--we're open to suggestions.  Please contact Joni or Anne if you have any questions.

Registration is Now Open for GWLA/WESTPAS Disaster Preparedness & Materials Recovery Workshop, May 23-25

posted Jan 19, 2011, 10:38 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Jul 27, 2011, 3:16 PM ]

Registration is now open for the GWLA/WESTPAS Disaster Preparedness & Materials Recovery Workshop!  The workshop will be hosted by our friends at Marriott Library, University of Utah, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 24-25, 2011.  Participants should plan to arrive in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 23. 

There is no registration fee for GWLA members.  Staff from non-member institutions are welcome and encouraged to attend; a non-member fee of $100 for cost recovery for refreshment and lunch catering will be billed after the event.  

Go to Registration Form       Go to Printable Event Schedule

We have tried to keep the cost of participation for institutions as affordable as possible--the NEH is providing the instructors and curriculum materials, the University of Utah is donating the space to host the workshop, and GWLA has negotiated a favorable hotel rate. 

Goals of the workshop:
  • Test emergency preparedness & response plans and identify areas for improvement
  • Identify mechanisms for collaborative partnerships
  • Improve participants’ ability to evaluate risks
  • Encourage participants to improve disaster preparedness
  • Experience salvage procedures for books, documents, and non-print media.
Who should attend:
  • Send 2-3 participants from your library/archive to work together on disaster preparedness activities. Team members may include: 
    • Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness.
    • Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection and/or risk management.
    • Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making.
Learn about cutting edge techniques and facilities:

If possible, schedule your arrival in Salt Lake City on Monday, May 23rd early enough so you can join us for a tour of the brand new LDS Church History Library on Temple Square on Monday afternoon.  Randy Olsen, former Dean of Libraries at Brigham Young University and good friend to GWLA, will be our guide as we learn about their state-of-the-art storage and preservation facilities.

Participants will be encouraged to bring a few damaged and deaccessioned items from their own collections for hands-on salvage experience in Marriott Library’s cutting edge conservation lab.  Details on what to bring will be coming soon.


WESTPAS (Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service) is a regional library and archives preservation service. Started in 2007, its goals are to deliver preservation education and training workshops to libraries and archives in 14 participating states and territories: Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawai'i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Marianas Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

With major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, contributions from preservation service companies, and partnerships with the state libraries and archives in the participating states, workshops are located in regional libraries and archives selected to maximize participation.  Workshop Instructors are experienced preservation professionals from California, Hawai'i, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.  The instructors for this session will be Barclay Ogden, Randy Silverman, and Julie Page.

Workshops are designed to help institutions protect the asset value of their collections, to promote stewardship of the heritage of the West and the Pacific, and to create a culture of preservation management, one where management staff with preservation knowledge and decision-making tools will guide the use of institutional resources to ensure survival of their heritage collections. In addition to providing formal training, the workshops foster creation of networks of library and archives staff that can create a community of mutual aid assistance for disaster response and preservation of collections in the region. The successes of WESTPAS workshops have been documented in reports to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In addition to training, WESTPAS maintains a 24/7 disaster assistance number to provide advice and help in the event of a collection disaster. See the contact information for further information.

Hotel Information:

The hotel room block at the Embassy Suites Salt Lake City is now open. The hotel is located at 110 West 600 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84101.  You may make your reservations by phone at 801-359-7800  or via the web: Be sure to use the room block code "GWLA" to get the special rate of $109 per night.  The Embassy Suites offers many great amenities, including:

  • Complimentary Full Cooked-to-Order Breakfast Served daily in the Atrium
    • Monday – Friday: 6:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    • Saturday & Sunday: 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Complimentary Evening Reception Served daily in the Atrium
    • Monday – Sunday: 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Self-Parking--Complimentary in the hotel’s parking structure
  • Airport Shuttle Service--Complimentary service provided to and from Salt Lake City International airport
    • Airport to Hotel: Please call (801) 359-7800 to arrange pick-up
    • Hotel to Airport: Please schedule time with hotel front desk staff
    • Monday – Friday: 5:00 AM – 1:00 AM
    • Saturday & Sunday: 6:00 AM – 1:00 AM
  • High-speed Wireless Internet Access--Complimentary throughout the hotel

Questions about the workshop?  Ask us!

Joni Blake:
Anne McKee:
Randy Silverman:
Barclay Ogden:
Julie Page:

BePress Webinar "Kick-Starting IR Success at Any Stage" Video Available

posted Nov 10, 2010, 5:28 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 8:05 AM ]

The webinar, "Kick-Starting IR Success at Any Stage", is available via BePress' Vimeo service.  The presentation addresses practical strategies and tips a library can use when implementing a new institutional repository, or when looking to re-invigorate and existing repository initiative.

Donald Worster's Water Forum Keynote Address now available

posted Nov 5, 2010, 5:46 PM by Joni Blake   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 8:06 AM ]

The video of Donald Worster's keynote address, "Water and Empire in the American West: Past, Present, and Future" from the recent GWLA/CRL Global Resources Forum on Water is now available.  More presentations from the forum will be made available over the next week or so via GWLA's Vimeo channel.

GWLA/CRL Global Resources Forum on Water Presentation Handouts

posted Oct 27, 2010, 3:24 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 8:04 AM ]

Thanks to all of you who participated in the forum!  A selection of the presentation handouts from the GWLA/CRL Global Resources Forum on Water on October 21-22, 2010 are available.  We will post additional presentations when we receive them from the presenters.   We hope to post videos of the presentations soon.

GWLA/CRL Jointly Sponsored Presentation: "GRN Forum: Global Water - 2010 and Beyond"

posted Sep 8, 2010, 6:29 AM by Joni Blake   [ updated Mar 30, 2011, 8:04 AM ]

Registration is open for the GWLA/CRL Global Forum on Water, October 21-22!

The issues surrounding the use, supply, and management of water are steadily gaining interest in the academic, policy, and business communities. Water issues are global in nature. Water demand already exceeds supply in many parts of the world, causing tensions and conflict within and between communities. Population growth, urbanization, and per-capita consumption are but a few of the human factors affecting water use, while climate change and ecosystem degradation impact availability of freshwater systems for human and nonhuman use.

The Global Resources Network (GRN) seeks to stimulate national and international interest in collecting, preserving, and providing access to documents that support research into water-related topics. Through this forum, the GRN will study the nature and sources of documentation on water issues; assess how scholars, policymakers, and nongovernmental organizations make use of such data; and propose a series of strategies, policies, and practices that libraries, archives, and other repositories can adopt to accommodate the realities of the field.

In partnership with the Greater Western Libraries Alliance (GWLA), the GRN Forum will feature GWLA’s Western Waters Digital Library  as a “model for providing students and scholars with a web accessible archive of texts, images, audio/video files and data sets on water issues.”


The GRN Forum will feature keynote speaker Donald Worster, professor of U.S. History and Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas. A detailed agenda is also available.


The GRN Forum will be held at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado. Conference registration is free for all members of CRL  and GWLA. Nonmembers may register to attend the first day’s Program Session for a fee. Click here for registration details.

Oct 21 2010 - Oct 22 2010

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Location: Magnolia Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA

Event Contact: James Simon-

Archival URLs for Data Curation Webinars

posted Jun 8, 2010, 12:02 PM by Joni Blake   [ updated Jun 4, 2013, 12:15 PM ]

If you were unable to attend the GWLA sponsored Data Curation webinar(s), or would like to review them again, the archived version(s) are available through the direct links below (there is no set up to enter, and the presentations start on there own; please hit 'exit' when you're done).

The link for Seminar #3 (July 1, 2010):

I. Big Picture Overview of Data Curation, Thursday May 6, 12-1:30 EDT

Archived version

Over this decade, increasingly more people are viewing research data as an asset requiring proper management and long-term stewardship. This outlook is a major cultural shift from the perspective that knowledge outputs such as journal articles and books are the sole treasures of research.  One consequence is that librarians in research institutions are now having to consider how to incorporate data as a library resource.  Chuck Humphrey's presentation provides an introduction to basic data concepts relevant to librarians.  Topics to be discussed include how to differentiate research data from everything else that is digital, how lifecycle data management helps us better deal with data as a resource, how collections remain important in managing data and how levels of service can be defined for data.

It is important to understand data curation within the larger scholarly communication context, and then to identify opportunities and capacities where librarians can and should find a role to engage. Given a definition that ranges from managing to archiving to preserving data along the data lifecycle, there are various points where data curation services can be pursued by librarians: at a point of research initiation (articulating the problem and pursuing funding), at a point of recent or ongoing research (organization within the lab), at a point where a larger community needs to be engaged (broadening access), and at a point where time scale is important (archiving and preserving in a repository). D. Scott Brant will discuss the role of librarians in pursuing and engaging in these data curation activities with specific examples presented.


Charles (Chuck) Humphrey has been the Head of the Data Library at the University of Alberta since 1992 and began a data library service in 1980 in the University's academic computing centre while employed as a statistical consultant. In 2000, Mr. Humphrey also assumed responsibility for the implementation and management of a Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) at the University of Alberta, which is a data enclave for Statistics Canada confidential data. As the Academic Director of the RDC, he oversees the operations of this facility and serves on the RDC National Coordinating Committee.

D. Scott Brandt is a professor of library science and associate dean for research in the Purdue University Libraries. Primarily he helps guide the Libraries' research and facilitates participation in sponsored funding (e.g., NSF, IMLS, local seed grants)---since April 2005, Purdue librarians have participated in more than 70 grant applications with more than 80 faculty across campus. As acting director of the Distributed Data Curation Center, he oversees investigation into curation issues of organizing, discovery and access to, and archiving research data in complex environments. Prior to arriving at Purdue in 1993 he was associate head of the Science and Engineering Libraries at MIT, and is the author of Teaching Technology (2002) and Unix in Libraries (1991).

II. What kinds of data are libraries managing, how are they doing it and with what staff?, Tuesday June 1, 12-1:30 EDT

Archived version

After giving a brief background summary of what the MIT Libraries are doing, Anne Graham and Amy Stout will discuss issues surrounding starting a data management program and provide an overview of what libraries need to know before starting a data management program. They will discuss the following topics from a subject librarian perspective:

  • How does your library system operate? Are you better off starting your program from the top-down or using a grassroots approach?
  • Making contact with your faculty and finding out what they need
  • Learning about data and e-science
  • Developing relationships across departments that will facilitate your offering of services to people outside the library system

Sayeed Choudhury will discuss early experiences related to the Data Conservancy, one of two current awards through NSF's DataNet program.  Choudhury will speak specifically about the types of data being considered for the early prototype development, the initial technical architecture, and the new duties or skill sets that are being developed as a result of these activities.


Anne Graham is Civil and Environmental Engineering Librarian and GIS Liaison and Amy Stout is Computer Science Librarian at MIT Libraries. Both Anne and Amy have been working on starting data services at the MIT Libraries. This includes educating faculty, students and lab managers about "best practices" for data management as well as initiating projects that encourage faculty to look to the libraries for the stewardship of their data.

G. Sayeed Choudhury is the Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs and Hodson Director of the Digital Research and Curation Center at the Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University. He is also the Director of Operations for the Institute of Data Intensive Engineering and Science (IDIES) based at Johns Hopkins. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins, a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Senior Presidential Fellow with the Council on Library and Information Resources. He is a member of the ICPSR Council and DuraSpace Board.

III. What is happening at GWLA Libraries and what are next steps for GWLA?, Thursday July 1, 12-1:30 EDT

Archived version

Presenters from several GWLA libraries will provide 5 minute presentations on what is happening at their institutions, at what stage they are at with data curation, and what they see as a possible GWLA role. Presentations will be followed by discussion about possible next steps for GWLA and potential areas of collaboration among GWLA libraries regarding data curation.

Speakers: GWLA members involved in data curation: DeeAnn Allison (University of Nebraska); Holly Mercer (Texas A&M);  Brian Westra (University of Oregon); Daureen Nesdill (University of Utah), Terry Reese (Oregon State University)

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