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NOTE: Public voting for the 2013 Conversation Starters has closed. We've taken a snapshot of the results as of midnight CDT and will use it to determine the 18 sessions that will count for 30% of the outcome. Staff votes (30%) and ALA Conference Program Coordinating Team committee votes (40%) will determine the rest of the counts. We'll notify proposal authors about the final results on April 5th. 

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by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 12:21 am

NOTE: Public voting for the 2013 Conversation Starters has closed. We've taken a snapshot of the results as of midnight CDT and will use it to determine the 18 sessions that will count for 30% of the outcome. Staff votes (30%) and ALA Conference Program Coordinating Team committee votes (40%) will determine the rest of the counts. We'll notify proposal authors about the final results on April 5th. 

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NOTE: Public voting for the 2013 Conversation Starters has closed. We've taken a snapshot of the results as of midnight CDT and will use it to determine the 18 sessions that will count for 30% of the outcome. Staff votes (30%) and ALA Conference Program Coordinating Team committee votes (40%) will determine the rest of the counts. We'll notify proposal authors about the final results on April 5th. 

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When viewing an individual proposal, you'll see a "thumbs up" image underneath the title when you're logged in to Connect. Click on that image to vote for that proposal.

Alternatively, you can view a list of the proposed Conversation Starters that's sortable by title or by number of votes.

If you voted and you want to remove your vote, click on the "reset" link underneath the "thumbs up" image.

To leave a comment or ask a question on a proposal, click on the "join" link in the left-hand column. To get notifications when new comments/questions are posted, join the community and then check the box in the left-hand column to enable email notifications from this group.

“Conversation Starter” talks are fast-paced 45-minute sessions intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends.

Voting is open through March 31st. The public votes will be weighted for 30% of the selection process; staff votes will account for another 30%, while the remaining 40% will be decided by an advisory group of ALA members.

We'll notify selected presenters by April 5, 2013.

Vote for the 2013 ALA Annual Ignite sessions or learn more about the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.

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Moving the Diversity Discussion Forward: What's Next?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:57 am

Description: The recent ALA Diversity Counts report was both eye opening and sobering. The movements we are making toward creating a more representative and diverse workforce are incremental, at best. While relevant, this session is, and must be, more than a discussion on “workforce transformations.”  Current librarians, staff, and students who represent underrepresented groups, either by being a member of one or by working toward diversity initiatives, will find this session useful.

Description: The recent ALA Diversity Counts report was both eye opening and sobering. The movements we are making toward creating a more representative and diverse workforce are incremental, at best. While relevant, this session is, and must be, more than a discussion on “workforce transformations.”  Current librarians, staff, and students who represent underrepresented groups, either by being a member of one or by working toward diversity initiatives, will find this session useful. In a facilitated discussion, we will attempt to tackle the question of “what’s next?” and hopefully develop connections, community, and change, which will continue outside of ALA.

Presenter: Jennifer Garrett

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Diversity
  • Transforming Libraries

Additional comments: As a recent MLIS graduate, participant in various ALA and ARL Diversity programs, and a member of the 5%, this topic is very personal and important to me. I understand that it would also be personal to the attendees and I will take special care to make sure the discussion is a positive one.

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Information@Work

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:50 am

Description: This session will provide a look at information literacy in the workplace by examining the available literature including Project Information Literacy's report: "Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace." In addition,  a case study detailing the use of a blog to embed library and technology instruction, cater to reference needs, and facilitate student reflection in online business course for student interns will be presented.

Presenters: Chanitra Bishop, Christina Sheley

Description: This session will provide a look at information literacy in the workplace by examining the available literature including Project Information Literacy's report: "Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace." In addition,  a case study detailing the use of a blog to embed library and technology instruction, cater to reference needs, and facilitate student reflection in online business course for student interns will be presented.

Presenters: Chanitra Bishop, Christina Sheley

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Corporate
  • Research

Subjects:

  • Information Literacy
  • Instruction
  • Literacy
  • Social Media & Networks
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Graphic Novels and the Common Core: Meeting the Standards

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:01 am

Description: Graphic novels are an ideal format for the Common Core, meeting standards in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Science.  Hear a school librarian, academics, and comics creators as they show how school librarians can use graphic novels in their classrooms and how public librarians can help teachers and students find the best graphic novels.

Presenter(s): Josh Elder, Katharine Kan, Karen Gavigan

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

Description: Graphic novels are an ideal format for the Common Core, meeting standards in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Science.  Hear a school librarian, academics, and comics creators as they show how school librarians can use graphic novels in their classrooms and how public librarians can help teachers and students find the best graphic novels.

Presenter(s): Josh Elder, Katharine Kan, Karen Gavigan

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Public
  • School/Media Center

Subjects:

  • Collection Development
  • Instruction
  • Literacy
  • Professional Development
  • Youth Services

Additional comments: Common Core State Standards is a major topic of discussion in schools and public libraries.  Our panel will explore creative ways of meeting CCSS while making education enjoyable for students and their teachers.

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Technological Determinism and the Future of Reference Services

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Description: In many ways, technology determines our roles and duties as librarians. There are Luddites and tech savvy individuals who believe that technology will make librarianship obsolete. However, reference librarians know that technology is not making librarianship obsolete; it is just changing how we provide reference services. In this session, we will not discuss the "threat of technology," but rather how reference services have adapted to new technology and what the near-future has in store for reference librarians.

Description: In many ways, technology determines our roles and duties as librarians. There are Luddites and tech savvy individuals who believe that technology will make librarianship obsolete. However, reference librarians know that technology is not making librarianship obsolete; it is just changing how we provide reference services. In this session, we will not discuss the "threat of technology," but rather how reference services have adapted to new technology and what the near-future has in store for reference librarians.

Presenter: George Aulisio

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Elementary School
  • Federal
  • Government
  • High School
  • Library School
  • Middle School
  • Public
  • Research
  • School/Media Center
  • Students

Subjects:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Public Services
  • Reference Services
  • Technology
  • Transforming Libraries
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One Book at Work in One Country

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 08:06 pm

Description: In spring of 2013, the Cultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina is sponsoring a One Book project for the entire country. The book selected is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Join the U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer at this thought-provoking program and learn how significant a One Book initiative can be in a troubled country, particularly the book discussions, which can help citizens learn how to talk about controversial issues.

Presenters: Sunshine Ison, Nancy Pearl

Description: In spring of 2013, the Cultural Affairs Office of the U.S. Embassy in Bosnia-Herzegovina is sponsoring a One Book project for the entire country. The book selected is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie. Join the U.S. Cultural Affairs Officer at this thought-provoking program and learn how significant a One Book initiative can be in a troubled country, particularly the book discussions, which can help citizens learn how to talk about controversial issues.

Presenters: Sunshine Ison, Nancy Pearl

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Civic Engagement
  • International Issues
  • Outreach Services
  • Public Programs
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Social Change

Additional comments: Nancy Pearl originated the One City One Book program in the U.S. and was invited by the Cultural Affairs Office at the US Embassy to help implement the program in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

 

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From Memory to Action: How can the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum work with the library community to spark critical thinking and civic engagement?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 03:24 pm

Description: In this session, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will share information about the upcoming national tour of the special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. The tour begins in late 2013 and will be accompanied by community programming to spark reflection, critical thinking, and engagement with propaganda in history and today. Libraries will host the exhibition in cities throughout the U.S., representing important partners in this effort.

Description: In this session, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will share information about the upcoming national tour of the special exhibition, State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda. The tour begins in late 2013 and will be accompanied by community programming to spark reflection, critical thinking, and engagement with propaganda in history and today. Libraries will host the exhibition in cities throughout the U.S., representing important partners in this effort. We will engage participants in a dialogue to determine the best opportunities for partnerships around the exhibit working with the library community across the nation.

Presenters: Renee Hobbs, JoAnna Wasserman

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Ethics
  • Outreach Services
  • Partnerships
  • Social Change

Additional comments: The Museum truly seeks to ignite a conversation with the library community to identify opportunities for partnerships around our special exhibition on propaganda.  As we build the tour, we know that libraries will host the exhibit, and value the shared goals both institutions hold: catalyzing civic engagement, building skills and commitment to critically evaluate information, and generating necessary discussions around challenging issues our communities face.  We hope to use this discussion as a platform for starting this dialogue and building a relationship between the Museum and the library community that will continue long into the future.

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LibrARy Orientation: Augmented Reality in the Library

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:25 am

Description: Using a free augmented reality application, University of Houston-Downtown librarians have been working  to create an engaging and memorable library orientation activity for students that will launch in Fall 2013. Come join us in this fun session to see how augmented reality is being used “in the wild” and brainstorm with us about ways this emerging technology could be used in libraries.

Presenters: Jovanni Lota, Alexandra Van Doren, Lindsey Simard

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Description: Using a free augmented reality application, University of Houston-Downtown librarians have been working  to create an engaging and memorable library orientation activity for students that will launch in Fall 2013. Come join us in this fun session to see how augmented reality is being used “in the wild” and brainstorm with us about ways this emerging technology could be used in libraries.

Presenters: Jovanni Lota, Alexandra Van Doren, Lindsey Simard

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information Literacy
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CIA’s Historical Collections: How You Can Access Declassified Primary Records & How You Can Help Improve Accessibility

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 01:22 pm

Description: The Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Collections Division is one of eight information review and release programs within the CIA’s Information Management Services. The scope of what we declassify is different from other programs (like FOIA and Executive Order Mandatory Declassification Review) because we choose our topics on a discretionary basis, and we focus on subjects and events whose release can fill important gaps in the historical record.

Description: The Central Intelligence Agency’s Historical Collections Division is one of eight information review and release programs within the CIA’s Information Management Services. The scope of what we declassify is different from other programs (like FOIA and Executive Order Mandatory Declassification Review) because we choose our topics on a discretionary basis, and we focus on subjects and events whose release can fill important gaps in the historical record.

It used to be that when CIA/Historical Collections Division (HCD) finished reviewing a collection, all the declassified records were sent to the National Archives, and that was the end of the project. The problem with this was that the records would only be available to those who could visit NARA in person, and there wasn’t a way to make it widely known that the records were there. For the past few years, HCD been producing booklets that include supporting material (like timelines and essays by professors and historians), as well as a DVD containing the complete collection of declassified documents, which can range from hundreds to thousands of pages. The booklets have greatly increased accessibility to our collections because we can dispense them at conferences and send them to anyone who requests them through our website. You can also view the booklets in PDF form on our website, and the Flickr or Youtube links you see there will take you to those sites to view any supporting photo or video from our archives.: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/historical-collection-publications/index.html

While we’ve had very positive responses to the booklets, we are discovering that this may not be the ideal format for many users and that librarians, too, have their own reservations. Our first objective in presenting at ALA Annual is to discuss what this material is and how we create these collections. We hope to use a Conversation Starter as a chance to start a dialogue with any librarians who want to provide feedback on the format, organization, and presentation of our products, with the goal of achieving maximum accessibility to the widest audience possible. Before we can decide how our products might change, we need guidance on what researchers at multiple levels are looking for and how they expect to find it. We believe that librarians are the best positioned to provide that guidance because they have the networks and ability to disseminate information better than anyone else. 

Presenter: Lois Peters

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic

Subjects:

  • Training
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Are We Having Fun Yet? Energizing Staff Development

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Description: Staff Development and Continuing Education don't need to be a drag! This session will focus on creative ways to make learning something new a fun and productive experience for library staff. In addition to a presentation of examples including community scavenger hunts, staff competitions and learning games, attendees will engage in some group activities to brainstorm new ideas on the spot. Bring your enthusiasm for learning and be ready for fun and prizes!

Presenter: Emily Clasper

Description: Staff Development and Continuing Education don't need to be a drag! This session will focus on creative ways to make learning something new a fun and productive experience for library staff. In addition to a presentation of examples including community scavenger hunts, staff competitions and learning games, attendees will engage in some group activities to brainstorm new ideas on the spot. Bring your enthusiasm for learning and be ready for fun and prizes!

Presenter: Emily Clasper

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Administration and Management
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Civic Engagement
  • Continuing Education
  • Games and Gaming
  • Human Resources
  • Instruction
  • Mentoring
  • Personnel and Staffing
  • Professional Development
  • Support Staff
  • Training
  • Transforming Libraries

Additional comments: This program is highly interactive for the participants, and the discussion can end up spanning many diverse areas of librarianship.

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Voting for the Conversation Starter program proposals is open! Voting is open through March 31st. We'll notify authors of the selected proposals and announce them here in early April.

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These fast-paced, 45-minute sessions are intended to jumpstart conversations and highlight emerging topics and trends. Your votes will count for 30% of the total, while ALA staff votes will also count for 30%. The ALA Conference Committee will weigh in with 40% of the votes.

Learn about all of the exciting things happening at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference and register today! You can also vote for the 2013 ALA Annual Ignite proposals, too.

 

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