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Suggestion Using an iPad to Redefine Roving Reference Service

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm
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Description: Two reference librarians at a mid-sized academic library conducted student outreach by creating a roving reference service using an Apple iPad. This technology allows them to travel lightly and provide information services beyond the library's traditional reference desk. Originally, this project began as a way to increase graduate student outreach and evolved into a method for raising awareness of library services for all students, faculty and staff with a relatively small budget and time commitment. After collecting data for approximately one year, the librarians will reflect on the positive aspects and pitfalls of this project as they move forward to continue helping their patrons. Learn how they use the iPad, a portable laptop stand and an attention-grabbing sign in order to market services, provide reference as needed, and create positive buzz for the library.

Description: Two reference librarians at a mid-sized academic library conducted student outreach by creating a roving reference service using an Apple iPad. This technology allows them to travel lightly and provide information services beyond the library's traditional reference desk. Originally, this project began as a way to increase graduate student outreach and evolved into a method for raising awareness of library services for all students, faculty and staff with a relatively small budget and time commitment. After collecting data for approximately one year, the librarians will reflect on the positive aspects and pitfalls of this project as they move forward to continue helping their patrons. Learn how they use the iPad, a portable laptop stand and an attention-grabbing sign in order to market services, provide reference as needed, and create positive buzz for the library.

Presenter: Joanna Gadsby and Shu Qian; Reference and Instruction Librarian/Science Reference and Instruction Librarian; University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Target audience: Library professionals who are interested in using new technologies to offer library services in a new way--our method could apply to any type of library.

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • High School
  • Research Library
  • School/Media Center
  • Undergraduate

Subjects

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Outreach Services
  • Reference Services
  • Technology
  • Transforming Libraries

Additional comments: We are excited to share what we have learned during this project with other library professionals. As the types of tablets increase and come down in price, this model for reference and outreach services becomes more viable for all budgets.

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Suggestion Ebooks Must Replace Paper Textbooks, and Librarians Must Lead the Charge

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm
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Description: As the costs of education at all levels continue to spiral out of control, textbooks (and schoolbooks of all kinds) in electronic format could provide a way for both students and educators to reduce their out-of-pocket expense. Such books are also more convenient to use and more durable than paper books. This presentation is a call for school, academic, and public librarians to take the lead in making electronic texts available as an option for students. There are many complicated problems to be resolved, including issues related to hardware, software, intellectual property, the rights of authors, education policy, and teaching strategies. But the expertise of librarians, and their commitment to service, make them the people best qualified to confront these issues.

Suggestion Unfettered Librarians

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm
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Description: Texas Tech University Librarians removed from the traditional reference desk are free  to take more active roles within their assigned subject areas enabling them to provide individualized service and presenting librarians with new challenges and opportunities.

Suggestion The Freakiest Comic Moments of Osamu Tezuka

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:01 pm
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Description: "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka created over 150,000 pages of comics in his lifetime, planting him in the heart of manga history and influence. Instead of the Ken Burns rendition of Tezuka's biography, I want to share the most utterly unique moments from his catalog so that other librarians can see why Tezuka is as timely, weird, funny, and thought-provoking for every age as ever.

Description: "God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka created over 150,000 pages of comics in his lifetime, planting him in the heart of manga history and influence. Instead of the Ken Burns rendition of Tezuka's biography, I want to share the most utterly unique moments from his catalog so that other librarians can see why Tezuka is as timely, weird, funny, and thought-provoking for every age as ever.

Presenter: Thomas Maluck; Librarian I

Target audience: YA librarians, graphic novel acquisitions and collection development librarians, anime/manga fans

Types of libraries:

  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Public
  • Regional System
  • School/Media Center
  • Undergraduate

Subjects

  • Collection Development
  • Popular Culture
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Young Adult Services

Additional comments: This is a topic near and dear to my heart, and one that will be spoken about at length for NashiCon in South Carolina in March, and written about for the YALSA Hub blog. An Ignition presentation would be an excellent opportunity for me to continue spreading the word about one of history's greatest comics masters.

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Suggestion Give Boys Books!

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 02:33 pm
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Description: This presentation will focus on the importance of giving young male readers the materials they want to read; the materials they WILL read. Emphasizing the importance of variety, high-interest, boy-focused and culturally responsive books, I will present the successes of a small library collection created at a residential treatment center for young adults in Chicago.

Description: This presentation will focus on the importance of giving young male readers the materials they want to read; the materials they WILL read. Emphasizing the importance of variety, high-interest, boy-focused and culturally responsive books, I will present the successes of a small library collection created at a residential treatment center for young adults in Chicago.

Presenter: Kate Tkacik; Learning Center Coordinator; Mercy Home for Boys and Girls

Target audience: Children's and young adult librarians, young adult specialists, school media specialists, librarians working in or with juvenile justice institutions

Types of libraries:

  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Prison Library
  • Public
  • School/Media Center
  • Student
  • Tribal
  • Urban

Subjects

  • Children's Literature
  • Urban Libraries
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Young Adult Services
  • Youth Services
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Suggestion Evolution of a Collection: Improving Patron Access through Effective Collection Management

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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Description: The session will highlight a weeding project at one campus of a large library system. Attendees will see the visual impact of collection assessment and management over time, which in turn improves appeal and access for users, and has increased use of print materials. Also, attendees will learn tips for efficiently weeding a collection and techniques for collaborating with faculty.

Suggestion Virtual Media in Libraries and Museums

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:04 pm
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Description: An exploration of virtual media as experienced in virtual worlds and through augmented reality. Examples of virtual library exhibits, virtual simulations for learning, and virtual field trips to historical replicas and museums will be featured.

Description: An exploration of virtual media as experienced in virtual worlds and through augmented reality. Examples of virtual library exhibits, virtual simulations for learning, and virtual field trips to historical replicas and museums will be featured.

Presenter: Valerie Hill; Librarian; Ethridge Elementary

Target audience: Librarians of all types, administrators, museum curators, library students, educators

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Museum
  • School/Media Center
  • Special

Subjects

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information Literacy
  • Technology
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Virtual Communities and Libraries

Additional comments: Examples will include photos taken in virtual world environments and information about emerging virtual worlds and augmented reality tools and applications as relevant to librarianship.

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Suggestion P's and Q's in a Virtual Reference Environment

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm
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Description: Has the traditional reference desk replete with face-to-face dialogs between librarian and patron taken a back seat to the explosion of a social media-driven reference presence? Will receiving or sending a 140-character message via mobile texting elicit the same quality of service? Minus the visual cues, the virtual reference interview now utilizes a symbolic format, which plays a major role in articulating questions and answers. In a world where speed and brevity take precedence, the old-fashioned adage of watching your P's and Q's is still an effective means toward assuring high level service to our virtual library users.

Suggestion Teach the Children Well: Can't You See We Must Be Free

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm
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Description: This session will document in photographs (and music) one small school district's journey from limping along with an Internet fettered by filters to becoming a robust learning community with access to a free and open Internet. It will show how devastating to education a filtering system can be, and in turn, how constructive open access is to learning. The focus will be on the many wonderful lessons that can be learned by simply trusting in teachers, in students, and in the world itself.

Suggestion It's Not Your Catalog

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm
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Description: Hey librarians, if you wanna mess around with AACR2 formatting, MARC fields, and esoterica like the size of the book then fire up your cataloging app. But keep your technical hands off of the one user-facing interface for the library collection. The library's catalog must be designed for users, so what can we work on to bring about immediate change?

Description: Hey librarians, if you wanna mess around with AACR2 formatting, MARC fields, and esoterica like the size of the book then fire up your cataloging app. But keep your technical hands off of the one user-facing interface for the library collection. The library's catalog must be designed for users, so what can we work on to bring about immediate change?

Presenter: Christopher Harris; Director, School Library System; Genesee Valley School Library System

Target audience: Both technical and administrative roles who are interested in providing a better interface for users.

Types of libraries:

  • All types of libraries

Subjects

  • Administration and Management
  • Cataloging
  • Integrated Library Systems (ILS)
  • Marketing
  • Technical Services

Additional comments: The fact that there isn't a subject heading for customer outreach, user needs, or anything that indicates a focus on the humans that we work with/for shows the real need for this proposal!

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