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in LLAMA MAES Data Collection for Library Managers Committee
May 11, 2015
9AM PT/ 10AM MT/ 11AM CT/ 12PM ET/ 7PM Kuwait
1. Recorder: (Rob Withers; June: [needs volunteer])
2. Roll Call for Minutes
3. Call for Additional Agenda Items (all members)
4. Approve Minutes
5. Working Group Reports
5a. Reviews of Tools (Donna Smith)
5b. What's Your Story? (Sarah Naper)
5c. Assessment Findings Repository (Jessame Ferguson)
6. Other Old Business
6a. Welcome to DCLM (Sarah Naper, Jennifer Fuentes)
6b. Succession Planning for DCLM (John Wiggins)
6c. DCLM identify/description in contrast to that of Using Measurement Data... Committee (Jessame Ferguson, Kari Lucas)
7. Additional Ideas and Future Projects
7a. Call for additional ideas (all members)
8. Additional New Business
in GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)
Greetings! ALA GODORT is examining its structure and in-person vs virtual meeting options. To that end, the Ad Hoc Committee on Reorganization and the Ad Hoc Committee on Virtual Meetings have designed the survey linked below. What we wish to emphasize most is that no matter whether you are or are not currently a member of ALA GODORT, we need your feedback! So, please take a moment of your time to respond to this survey; your opinions and ideas are valuable to the future of ALA GODORT!
This survey will be open from Monday, May 4 until Friday, May 22, 2015. Here is the link: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0HrTqbfl56Q2Avj
Thank you for your anticipated participation,
Remember: We’d like your input whether or not you are an ALA GODORT member, and you are encouraged to forward this message to anyone who you think would be interested—even if multiple postings result!
For more details on the charges for both committees, see: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/GODORT_Steering_Committee
For technical questions about the survey, please contact:
Valerie Glenn firstname.lastname@example.org
in ACRL ULS Mid-Level Managers Group
The ACRL/ULS Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group will meet on Sunday, June 28, 2015, from 1:00-2:30 in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Room 22.
This meeting is open to all and is particularly relevant for those in academic library middle management. The topic for this meeting is staff engagement with guest speakers Erin Leach, Head of Serials Cataloging at the University of Georgia; and Michelle Millet, Director, Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center at John Carroll University. The agenda is attached.
in ALA Council
in SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)
I've written a piece for GODORT's journal Documents to the People (DttP) about the future of the national collection (aka FDLP collections). I hope you'll read and comment on "What are we to keep? Thoughts on the national collection" as well as the What are we to keep? FAQ which gives more context and additional bibliography.
The question of “how many copies” of print documents the FDLP should collectively keep is the wrong question asked for the wrong reasons and trying to answer it will only lead to the wrong answers and irreparable loss of information. For me, even thinking about answering it raises more questions. How can we know how many copies to keep unless we specify the purposes for which we wish to keep them? What are those purposes? How will we know if we are meeting our goals? How will discarding paper benefit users? How can we be sure that we are not losing information when we discard paper copies if we do not have an inventory of the paper copies that exist? How can we implement a policy that is so vague that it doesn’t define things like “a requisite number of copies,” and how decisions will be made, and which apparently treats a born-digital XML document created by GPO and an indifferent digitization without OCR text and missing its maps and foldouts as of equal value?
Let’s be clear. We are talking about the records of our democracy. Loss of even a single page could damage the ability of historians, journalists, economists, and citizens to understand our history and hold our government accountable for it successes and its failures. We have those documents now in our libraries; there are not hundreds or even dozens of copies of these documents floating around in used bookstores or elsewhere. They are in our charge.
in ALA Website Advisory Committee
Dear WAC Members,
Our May 4 Bi-monthly meeting is coming up next week! Currently, our agenda consists of two discussion items, but please let me know if you'd like to add anything:
1) The first is the current RFP process for the new Connect platform. By now, you should have seen Jenny's post and have hopefully had a chance to weigh in with your thoughts. We'll use the first part of the meeting to discuss the project as it stands at that point (which, as you can see, is a quickly moving one!)
2) Additionally, please be prepared to give an update on your subcommittee's work. We'll use this time to identify any final action items for each subcommittee to accomplish before we meet at ALA Annual.
Virtual Meeting Room: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/wac14/
I know some of you are unable to attend. If no one from your subcommittee is able to attend, please post your update in the comments below.
Liza or Sam: could I ask one of you to take notes? (the session will be recorded, so you can do this post-meeting if necessary)
Thank you, everyone! =)