Workshop & Lecture Descriptions


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.

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.

Passenger Lists
Learn about passenger and immigration lists for historical and genealogical research
Bibliography & Websites   Outline  

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.

Research Methods Workshops

Understanding the literature and fiction of many cultures
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.
Course Outline   Selected Bibliography  

"Train the User" Training Librarians to Train the 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.
Bibliography   Outline   Websites  

Arts & Crafts on the Internet
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.
Fine Arts on the Internet  

Business Resources on the Web
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.
Exercises   Links   Outline   Selected Bibliography  

Cooking and 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

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.
Exercises   Links   Outline  

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.
Exercises   Outline  

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.
Course Materials   Course Outline   Links   Selected Genealogy Bibliography  

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.

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.

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.
Exercises   Exercises for KSU Government Documents and Resources   Links   Links To Government Documents   One - Day Course Outline   Outline for KSU Government Documents and Resources OnLine   Selected Bibliography of Books about Government Documents  

Local History Resources 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.
Course Outline Local History and Research Methods for Librarians and Archivists  

Oh the Places You Can Travel To 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.
Oh the Places You Can Travel To on the Web Course Links  

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.

Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services
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)
Course Materials Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services   Course Outline Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services   Exercises for Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services   Links For Ohio History & People: Resources for Excellent Reference Services  

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.
Bibliography for Promoting Reading in the Library   Links for Promoting Reading in the Library   Outline for Promoting Reading in the Library  

Reader's AdvisorySatisfying 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.
Course Outline Satisfying your Creative Energies   Links for Arts & Crafts on the Internet   Questions about Arts & Crafts on the Internet  

Statistical census for the 21st Century and Related Statistics
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.
Bibliography for Statistical Census for the 21st Century and Related Statistics   Exercises for Statistical Census for the 21st Century and Related Statistics   Links for Census 2000, 2010 and Related Statistics   Outline for Statistical Census for the 21st Century and Related Statistics  

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.
Links for Arts & Crafts on the Internet   Support a Maker Culture: Arts and Crafts Resources on the Web Links & Articles   Support a Maker Culture: Arts and Crafts Resources on the Web Outline  

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.
Course Materials Using the Internet @ the Reference Desk   Course Outline Using the Internet @ the Reference Desk   Links for Using the Internet @ the Reference Desk  

Preservation & Disaster Response Workshops

A Safe & Healthy Building - Protects Your Staff & Patrons
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.
Outline   Selected Links   Selected Readings  

Book Repair 1 Day Workshop
Learn appropriate hands-on repair techniques for circulating collections.
1 Day Course Outline   Book Repair Bibliography   Book Repair Links   Book Repair Suppliers  

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.
Bibliography   Cleaning Instructions   Disaster Response Resources   Illustrations   Links   Response and Recovery Procedures  

Disaster Response & Continuous Operations Planning: Designing plans that are pro-active
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.
Bibliography   Links   Outline   Response and Recovery Procedures  

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.

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.

Indoor Air Quality and 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 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.

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.

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.

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

Repair methods for archival & manuscript collections 1/2 Day Workshop
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.

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.

Contact MBK Consulting to schedule a workshop.