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Workshops & Lectures

Workshops are one day, 5-6 hour long, hands-on programs designed for libraries, archives, historical societies and other organizations. Shorter lectures and programs are available upon request.
The KSU Students section contains workshops that are currently offered at the Kent State University School of Library and Information Science and are two days in length.  For the most part, these workshops are more in-depth  and are designed for Graduate Level Continuing Education.  Links to these 2 day workshop outlines are also available below.

Workshop Offerings
Preservation and Disaster Response Research and Reference Lectures Website Design, Development and Maintenance


Preservation and Technology

How libraries and archives are using technology to “preserve” original items and how do libraries and archives preserve the technology
Preservation of Library Materials A basic course about the four aspects of preservation - care & handling, reformatting, binding and disaster response.  Offered as a two day workshop.  Ask about shorter versions.

Preservation of Non-Print Materials in libraries, archives and historical societies

Learn the basics about care, handling, and long-term storage of audio-visual materials including photographs, magnetic tape and CD formats.

Preservation Issues and Practices: basic care and handling

Understand the appropriate care, handling, environmental conditions and other issues are covered in this workshop, including how to  keep your collection circulating year after year. For 2 day workshop (KSU) info. click here.

Book Repair of General Circulating Collections

Learn  appropriate hands-on repair techniques for circulating collections.  For 2 day workshop (KSU) info. click here
Repair methods for archival & manuscript collections

As each mss collection is processed or scheduled for use, various repairs can be performed to increase the lifespan of the paper materials and make them useable by our patrons and researchers.  Learn simple repair techniques to maintain and/or your mss and print collections when you process or use the materials.

Disaster Prevention & Emergency Planning

Learn what to do when your library is damaged by fire, flood or mold.  Basic plans are discussed and developed in this essential workshop. 
Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst: What's Your Disaster Preparedness Plan? Disaster can come in many forms:  from water leaks to phone outages.  The costs to your institution and the community are determined by your response.  A planned response can save time, money, and (perhaps) your sanity.
Disaster Response and Prevention for Computers and Data Do you know what to do if your computers get wet during a fire or flood?  Learn how to plan for loss of service and what can be recovered after a disaster.
Disaster Response & Continuous Operations Planning Design plans that are proactive continue operating while dealing with loss of power, telecommunications, administrative functions as well as traditional print and non-print resources.

Planning for Disasters – Putting the pieces together

Does your disaster plan need some revision? Did you fill in the blanks from a printed or online plan, but does it fit your library? Is your disaster response plan half finished? Did you build a new wing, add a department, or hire new staff? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to revise your disaster response plan to fit the new reality.

Security for your Buildings & Collections Design a plan to secure and protect your facility and building, protect your collections from theft or damage, and safeguard your staff and patrons.

Indoor Air Quality or Sick Building Syndrome

Every time something is done in or to the library or the building that houses it, there is the potential to create an imbalance in the internal environment. Mold, dust, painting and construction can all cause sick buildings.  Learn how to detect the problems and what to do if you have indoor air quality problems.
Libraries and Accessibility under the ADA Accessibility and disability awareness are key to working with our disabled and senior citizen patrons.  Evaluate your building and its accessibility for the disabled.  Help your staff understand special needs patrons and how ADA works.
Your Building, Its Hazards and the ADA (preventing disaster before they happen) Survey your library for potential disaster areas prior to writing your disaster response plan.  Learn about potential hazards to our disabled patrons and senior citizens and where ADA fits into the picture.


Current Events and Issues in the News The workshop will help you locate web sites that carry the news and politics throughout the world. We will learn to locate and evaluate these sources for currency and accuracy.
Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services

also available for YA and School Librarians

As Ohio’s Bicentennial approaches, and schools and the public become caught up in the excitement, librarians and archivists will be challenged to provide reference services and reading selections. (Separate sessions are available school & children's librarians/ teachers and for librarians who serve adults)

Local History Research Methods for Librarians and Archivists

Explore print and on-line resources about your area's state & local history.  Workshop is designed to complement the genealogy workshop, but can be modified to focus on specific history topics.
Statistical Census for the 21st Century Have your patrons been clamoring for ‘current’ statistics? Are they asking for population changes, density and housing information? The Bureau of the Census has been releasing Census 2000 bit by bit since April 2001.  Learn how to search and use the data efficiently to answer their questions.
Data, Data Everywhere: Finding and Using Current US & Ohio Census Information Get the background information on how and why the Census is such a useful tool for spotting trends and researching communities.  Explore free data sets of statistical information for federal and state research projects.
Ohio Capitol Connection Learn how to use the Ohio Capital Connection web site to search for current and historical information on the legislature. These workshops are 1/2 day.  Pair them with a half day 'Government Documents on the Internet' for a full day of learning.

Government Documents and Resources on the Internet

Learn how to search for Government Documents on FDsys and THOMAS.  Then learn how to find information about governments. Available as full and half days.  For 2 day workshop (KSU) info. click here.
Gov 2.0: Helping Patrons with E-Gov Resources Food assistance programs, unemployment benefits, tax preparation, and (now) health insurance information--more and more government services and resources are available (sometimes exclusively) online.  Learn what you need to know about helping your staff help others navigate government services online.
Business Resources for Reference Librarians Learn to use and provide excellent reference service using business reference tools in print and on the net.  Explore the world of statistics, economic data and much more.

Genealogy Research Methods for Librarians and Archivists

Basic genealogy research methods are the focus of this workshop.  Learn how to use census and Soundex indices and records, and vital records.  Understand the information on the forms and where the next research step is for the genealogist at your reference desk. For 2 day workshop (KSU) info. click here.

Using the Internet @ the Reference Desk

Refresh your searching skills and focus on reference and research sites on the net in this full-day, hands-on workshop.
Train the Library User Learn new reference tools, work with complex indexes,  train the user to explore the web, ignore the clutter & identify the important information; explain reference tools; and decipher those unusual indexes as are found in Statistical Abstract.
Support a Maker Culture: Arts and Crafts Resources on the Web The Maker Movement- (hand made and DIY) is booming across America.  Explore YouTube “how-to” clips and one-of-a-kind merchant sites like Etsy to help patrons boost their creativity and allow them to customize their surroundings.
Satisfying your Creative Energies Combine Readers’ Advisory with reference services for how-to-do-it books to start arts & crafts projects, find fiction and non-fiction on the same subjects and explore website to entice your creative energies. Prepare yourselves for the 2009 Library Summer Reading Program.

Readers Advisory for Fiction, Popular Non Fiction and Audio Performance

Looking for good books for your patrons?  Learn how to evaluate books for their allure and energy, find book reviews, find on-line sites that recommend books and audio performances.
Promoting Reading in the Library Learn techniques to promote books at your library, including exhibits, book discussion groups, writing book reviews and even providing readers advisory services.

Multicultural Literature

There's plenty of literature out there by and African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans and Latin Americans.  Learn how to find these books and others to enrich your Readers' Advisory program.
Getting Ready for the Holidays: Web Resources Got the holiday blues?  Find out about the meaning of each holiday and learn about websites that have recipes, crafts and decorations (inside and out) for secular and religious holidays. 
Travel and Tourism on the Web Locate travel and tourism information on the Internet.  National Parks, tourist sights, blue highways and exotic locations are just around the corner and in the next town.
Cooking & Nutrition on the Web Have you ever wondered if what you are eating is as healthy as is tastes?  Your patrons are wondering. Learn about websites that contain information about recipes, dieting, and nutrition

Arts & Crafts (Practical Arts) Resources on the Internet

also called "Home Work on the Web"

Landscaping, gardening, home-repair, crafts of all types, decorating and cooking are the name of the game to serve the Do-It-Yourself patron in your library.


Communities between Census Decades

What happened in your community between census decades? Explore which primary sources explain the growth of a town, urban area, and even the disappearance of agricultural land.

Public Records in County Court Houses

Looking for ancestors? Courthouses hold numerous types of public records including birth and death records, wills, tax records, and deeds for land. Learn the ins and outs of courthouses and their records.

Unlocking the US Serial Set

Historical, political, economic, and genealogical gems are hidden in the US Serial Set. Our founding fathers wanted citizens to know just what the government was doing and what Congress was studying. Learn how to unlock this complex government document for use in the classroom and your own historical research.
Passenger Lists Learn about passenger and immigration lists for historical and genealogical research
Documentary & Textual Editing Texts and documents are edited in many different ways. Some focus on historical elements, others on language. Learn how to evaluate and select the edited text or materials for your needs.
Rare Books & Digital Projects  

Website Design, Development and Maintenance

Techno Stress (coping with it all and still loving your job) Learn to cope with the demands of patrons and their use of technology, make appropriate referrals, keep up with the changes and still love your job at the end of the day.
Train the User Help patrons use new reference tools, databases and websites, even if you have never used them before.
Creating a website for your unique collections Learn how to develop & build your website so that all of that valuable information you have collected can be shared with others via the World Wide Web. Web design, construction, scanning and more give you the skills to build a great website.
Understanding Website Development & Maintenance This three tiered workshop series is designed to help Administrators, Information Gatherers and Webmasters design useful, efficient, easy to maintain websites for libraries, archives and historical societies.  Learn what to link, how to present information and make the site easy to navigate and easy to maintain.  Web accessibility and security are also addressed.
Intranet Site Design for Libraries, Archives and Historical Societies Need to get information, policies and proprietary materials to your staff? Design an Intranet Website.  Learn how to stop the paper glut by adding procedure and policy manuals, mission statements and other information essential for staff and administration. 
Understanding Usability and the ADA for Websites Understand web design and what the ADA has to do with it.  Learn about usability and easy site navigation while promoting your library's website.
Are You Listening to Your Website? How can you make your site easy to use and accessible to all types of users?

Workshop Fees


Workshop & Lecture Descriptions Websites & Bibliographies Consulting About MBK
Publications Schedule KSU Students Home


MBK Consulting


Miriam Kahn, MLS, PhD 614-239-8977 (voice)
60 North Harding Road 614-579-9855 (Cell)
Columbus, OH 43209-1524 mbkcons@gmail.com

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