Library and Information Science Workshops | School of Information | Kent State University

Library and Information Science Workshops

Workshops for students in the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program offer brief but in-depth examinations of specific aspects of the profession.

M.L.I.S. students should register for workshops in the same way you would register for courses. (See instructions on Courses and Schedules page.) If you are not a current student but would like to take a workshop for purposes of professional development or continuing education, you must register through the Kent State University Office of Continuing and Distance Education. For more information on workshops, including how to register, visit the iSchool Continuing Study Courses and Workshops page. For information on non-iSchool credit and non-credit workshops offered at Kent State, visit the Office of Continuing and Distance Education website.

Archival Description: DACS, MARC, and EAD

  • This workshop will introduce participants to the three standards central to archival description: Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS), Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC), and Encoded Archival Description (EAD). Students will gain knowledge of how archival collections are organized and described, and learn the key components of archival finding aids (including biographies and administrative histories, scope and content notes, and other elements specific to archival description). They will then generate electronic versions of these descriptions in both MARC and EAD formats.

Audiovisual Archiving

  • This workshop targets students and professionals who would like an introduction to the issues and challenges of preserving moving image and sound material. Through a combination of lecture, demonstrations and discussion, participants will be introduced to the core concerns of moving image and sound archiving, including basics of film and magnetic media care and handling, methods of preservation and restoration (for both analog and digital media), approaches to restoration, systems of description and retrieval for archival audiovisual material, and ways to provide access to audiovisual media.

Crisp Communications

  • This workshop will give participants experience with reading, writing and producing library marketing and operational documents typically generated by libraries and library-related agencies. After completing this workshop, students should be able to: Write a press release for a library, design an annual report for a library, design and create documents outlining procedures and programs for library service, design and create a library newsletter, and work comfortably with desktop publishing and Web 2.0 tools.

Database Design and Applications: Introduction to Database Systems

  • Participants in this workshop will learn the concepts of database systems and gain a working knowledge of designing and building a simple database system with Microsoft Access. Workshop topics include database systems and models, maintaining a database, querying a database and creating forms and reports. 

Database-Driven Websites

  • Database-driven websites are commonly used to manage and publish data for sophisticated and complex websites. This workshop will be helpful to library and information science students, librarians, information specialists and anyone interested in understanding database-driven websites. Students will study applications that can produce database-driven websites, including both commercial and open source tools, and will learn possible ways to create such websites. In addition, students will get hands-on experience in creating dynamic database-driven websites using various approaches. Knowledge and skills in relational databases and HTML. *Participants should have some familiarity with Microsoft Windows and Access.

Designing Successful Grant Projects

  • Participants will discuss various grant projects utilized by librarians to serve library patrons and the community, reviewing projects in the areas of literacy, older readers, services to people with disabilities, among others. Students will be introduced to the major components of grant writing and will learn how project ideas result in a successfully funded proposal. As a result of this workshop, students will have increased knowledge, skill and experience in developing grant projects that will bring in new funds for their library.

Developing a Research Agenda for Academic Librarians

  • The goal of this workshop is to assist new and future academic librarians in developing the skills and strategies needed for creating and sustaining a research agenda. At the end of the workshop, students will be able to discuss the history of tenure for library faculty and the relative pros and cons of the librarian tenure process, describe a variety of research methods and research designs appropriate for academic library-related research, and articulate an area of research of interest, including posing researchable questions in that area, describing methods for answering the questions, and proposing potential venues through which to distribute the results of the research.

Developing Memorable Museum Tours

  • This workshop will examine the important role that museum tours play in fulfilling museums’ educational and programmatic goals. Students will examine the various types and styles of personally and technologically-mediated tours and look at their successful development as well as weighing their relative strengths and limitations. Students will learn to use museum tours as a tool for communicating with specialized museum audiences including children, families and special interest groups.


  • Participants in this workshop will become sensitive to the factors that give rise to considerations in ethical issues in the information professions, such as the attempt to ban certain books from the library. They will come to understand some common ethical positions and their application to addressing these ethical concerns in library and information centers. In addition, they will develop grounds for undertaking and promoting a position on specific cases in the information professions, will look at specific ethical dilemmas and the factors that are brought into consideration when addressing these cases and will develop skills in obtaining sources to resolve or analyze issues of ethical conflict.

GIS in Academic Libraries: Geospatial Resources

  • This workshop is an introduction to GIS technology and GIS in academic libraries. Through hands-on exercises, lectures and discussions, students will acquire skills in using GIS software programs, social mapping tools, making maps and researching geospatial data. Students who complete this workshop will be able to use visual resources across many disciplines to promote information literacy and library services and to teach GIS-related resources to others. Geographic and map literacy has become extremely popular for those who require geospatial-related resources for academic research and coursework.

Museums and the Law   

  • In this workshop, students will examine the ways in which museums and the law intersect from a variety of perspectives including museum organization and board functions, national and international laws and regulations, intellectual property, cultural appropriation, and freedom of expression.  Students will gain a broad overview of the most significant legislation and regulations that affect museum operations.

Open Source Software for Libraries and Museums 

  • More and more libraries and museums are beginning to embrace open source and utilize open source software for needs ranging from general (such as operating systems) to more specific library tasks. This workshop will cover the following topics related to open source software for libraries and museums: 
    • What is open source software?, What makes open source software work?, What are the major benefits of open source software?, What are open source-related licenses, use terms, and standards?, What open source software is available for libraries and museums?, Where can it be found? , What are successful examples and practices of adopting open source software in libraries and museums?, How do libraries and museums evaluate and select open source software?, What is the typical procedure for obtaining, evaluating, selecting, installing, and using open source software?
  •  Intended Audience: MLIS students, librarians, information specialists, and anyone interested in understanding open source software concepts, practices, issues, and opportunities in general, and for libraries and museums in particular.  
  • Prerequisite: Attendees should have the basic skills of installing software and using Internet tools such as Web browsers and search engines.

Tips and Tricks for Searching Online Databases

  • This workshop provides tips and tricks for different kinds of searches to enhance searching effectiveness. By the end of the workshop, students will acquire greater understanding of database structures and indexing, enhanced searching skills, and will become acquainted with the various types of tools available to aid online searching. In addition, they will consider the various merits of natural and controlled vocabulary searching and develop critical skills in evaluating databases and search output. 

Using Javascript to Jazz Up Web Pages

  • The goal of this workshop is to provide a working knowledge of JavaScript so that participants can implement design features of webpages, to make them dynamic and interactive, and to provide the tools to find and use Javascript resources on the Internet. Workshop participants will gain knowledge and application skills of techniques and resources to enhance webpage creation and interactivity through the use of Javascript. Note: Participants should have some familiarity with HTML and browsers.

White Gloves and Red Paint: Handling and Labeling Museum Collections

  • This workshop is a good way for future museum professionals to gain a firm understanding of museum standards for handling and physically numbering objects. This workshop will identify different numbering techniques for assorted collection media and offer hands-on experience in applying the techniques. In addition, it will teach students museum standards in handling different collection media and offer hands-on experience in applying these with replica objects or non-accessioned objects. The goals will be met by observing and practicing hand-on techniques with museum professionals.

Writing and Developing an Exhibit Script

  • All exhibitions require expertise in writing and developing an exhibition script, starting with the initial exhibition proposal highlighting the theme, audience and significance. In addition, external communication to public outlets and the internal components of the exhibition itself must be scripted and send a cohesive message. Students will learn the written components of exhibition development; write an exhibition proposal; and work in a team environment to develop an exhibition concept and written materials.