SILS Ph.D. Student Hosts Globally-Focused Webinars

January 28, 2013


Amanda Click, a Ph.D. student at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has recently hosted a series of webinars as a part of a collaboration between the Educating Librarians in the Middle East: Building Bridges for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) initiative and Libraries Thriving. The Global Information Issues Series has featured speakers from all over the world. 
Click, a doctoral fellow of the ELIME-21 initiative, hosted the first webinar in the series from The American University of Cairo in Egypt, where she spent the fall semester. That webinar, "Adventures in International Librarianship: Living and Working Outside of the United States," took place in November 2012. Click says over 300 people from many different countries participated in the two sessions of the webinar. Full audio and video for the webinar are available here.
More recently, Click co-hosted "Basics of Information Literacy Assessment" with Lauren Pressley, head of Instruction at Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library. In keeping with the series' global focus, the webinar took place twice to make it available to people in different time zones. At the time of this writing the video for this webinar had not yet been posted, but an archive of Library Thriving's webinars is available here. Upcoming webinars will cover topics from metadata to digital imaging. The series is designed to benefit librarians worldwide and to emphasize collaboration between library and information science (LIS) professionals in the US and abroad. The full series schedule is available here.
Click was inspired to study LIS issues in the Middle East by her time living and working as an instruction and reference librarian in Egypt at The American University in Cairo. Her research interests include information literacy in the Middle East, the tools and techniques that students use to conduct academic research and library services for second language learners.
ELIME-21 is an Institute of Museum and Library Services-funded program that aims to develop professional development opportunities for LIS professionals through partnerships with organizations in the Middle East and North Africa and to foster American library educators to become experts in cultures, knowledge and education systems, and field of library and information science in that region. Libraries Thriving is a Credo Reference-sponsored (though vendor neutral) online community dedicated to communicating the value of libraries and their ability to impact learning.