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NLA/NSLA 2015 Joint Conference Pre-Conference Sessions
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NLA/NSLA 2015 Joint Conference / Pre-Conference Sessions


All preconferences take place on Wednesday, October 14. Registration for the full conference is not required in order to attend any preconference.

Love among the Libraries (Registration: $25)

Sponsored by the NLA Special and Institutional Section
9:00 AM -5:00 PM
Our full-day preconference at the University of Nebraska will be another first for NLA. It will showcase the University special collections on site and promote the ever-changing world of the UNL Library System. This will be a truly special experience for all who appreciate unique collections and those who attended the University as a student will be amazed at the changes time has brought. Attendance will be limited to 24 due to time & travel constraints. 5 CEUs available for full-day attendance Registration Fee : $25 All inclusive.

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Augmented Reality in the LibrARy (Registration: Free)

Sponsored by the Nebraska School Librarians Association
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Heard of Augmented Reality (AR)? Want to create dynamic, out of this world learning experiences? This session will feature examples of augmented reality for participants to interact with, as well as provide hands-on experience creating AR. Learning in the library has never been so much fun! 

Reaching Teens Through Graphic novels (Registration: $40)

Sponsored by the Nebraska Regional Library Systems
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Graphic novels and manga have provided a fun way for busy teens to read. The format has evolved over the past few decades and has become much more than the superhe- ro-centric form most people think of as comics. Nowadays, many graphic novels and manga appeal to children - thanks mostly to Raina Telgemeier, Kazu Kibuishi, and Jen- nifer and Matthew Holm and the Eisner Awards expanded their youth categories to three age levels. Kat Kan will talk about the many genres, diversity in comics, resources for building and augmenting collections, programming, and classroom use. Whether you work in a public or school library, you can find help, ideas, and inspiration for using graphic novels with your teens and youth

Katharine “Kat” Kan will present information about graphic novels and integrating them into various types of libraries. Kat has worked with graphic novels and libraries since 1983. She has worked in both school and public libraries and is currently the librarian for St. John Catholic School in Panama City, Florida. She writes the "Graphically Speaking" column for VOYA, reviews children's graphic novels for Booklist, and is the collection development librarian for Brodart. 

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Learn to be a MarcEdit Ninja: Automating Technical Services (Registration: $35 TSRT/MPLA Member, $50 general)

Sponsored by the NLA Technical Services Round Table
9 AM-5 PM (Lunch is on your own)
Calling all technical services ninjas and manipulators of library data! Join us for a preconference event at the 2015 Nebraska Library Association/Nebraska School Library Association Annual Conference. “Learn to be a MarcEdit Ninja: Automating Technical Services” introduces MarcEdit, a freely downloadable metadata software suite. The tool is designed for large-batch record processing, including batch editing of MARC records, character set conversions and record extractions. MarcEdit provides a number of useful functions that can be used to simplify database maintenance activities, as well as provide libraries with an invaluable tool for customizing and correcting vendor records before introducing them to one's database.

This preconference is sponsored by grants from the Mountain Plains Library Association and the McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Presenter bio: Terry Reese works at The Ohio State University Libraries as the Head of Digital Initiatives. His primary research interest is the development of services and infrastructure to support large scale data projects and preservation. Terry has been an active researcher and participant in the library development community since 1999, working on a wide range of development and research projects. His unwavering interest in issues surrounding the continuing evolution of library metadata remains a common thread throughout his research, and informs his work as the author and creator of MarcEdit — a tool developed primarily for the library cataloging community to lower technical barriers and empower metadata librarians to take more control over their organization’s metadata. Intended audience: Catalogers and other library staff with technical services duties, and systems librarians and programmers who manipulate library bibliographic data


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