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The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association, is now accepting applications for the Online Course Grant for Library Professionals from Developing Countries to participate in our online Fundamentals courses held between September 19, 2016 and December 16, 2016. One free seat per session is available to librarians and information professionals from developing countries.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates Melanie Church, content services librarian at Greenlease Library, Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., as the recipient of the 2016 First Step Award—A Wiley Professional Development Grant presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section. The award will be presented on Saturday, June 25, at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida.

Sunday, April 24 kicks off the 6th annual Preservation Week, a national awareness campaign developed by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). Established in 2010, Preservation Week promotes the importance and understanding of protecting and caring for personal and community cultural heritage collections, including books, documents, photographs, textiles, artwork, furniture and any other collectible items.

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) congratulates the recipient of the 2016 Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award, Bonnie Parks. Presented by the Continuing Resources Section (CRS) of ALCTS, this award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by ProQuest and is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship. The award will be presented at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony on June 25 during the 2016 American Library Association Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando.

The Acquisitions Section of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) has selected Jim Mouw, associate university librarian for collection services at the University of Chicago, to receive the 2016 HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. The award will be presented on June 25 at the ALCTS Awards Ceremony during the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando.

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Discussion ALCTS preconference builds digital collections at small institutions

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 at 03:33 pm

On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills required to build a sustainable digitization program at your library. Register through the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website. The price to register is: $219 for ALCTS members; $269 ALA for members; $319 for non-members. Event Code: ALC2.

On Friday, June 23, at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) brings you “Building Successful Digital Programs at Small Institutions.” This all-day preconference (8 a.m. – 4 p.m.) will address the skills required to build a sustainable digitization program at your library. Register through the 2017 ALA Annual Conference website. The price to register is: $219 for ALCTS members; $269 ALA for members; $319 for non-members. Event Code: ALC2.

Have you wanted to create a digital collection at your institution, but believe you lack the resources and know-how? This preconference is designed to help smaller institutions with limited resources begin or reinvigorate a digitization program that will endure. Four presentationsl focus on each step in the digital lifecycle, including selection, metadata creation, access and digital preservation. This event is intended for smaller institutions that do not have individualized areas of expertise available to help maintain a local digital collections program.

This preconference is presented by:

  • Peggy Griesinger, metadata and cataloging librarian, George Mason University
  • Jaime Schumacher, director, scholarly communications, Northern Illinois University
  • Madeline Sheldon, member representative, Digital Technology Services, LYRASIS
  • Danielle Spalenka, project director, Digital POWRR Project

For questions, contact Julie Reese in the ALCTS Office at jreese@ala.org or 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034.

See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including a preconference on exposing metadata on the open web, as well as an interactive preservation event. 

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange 2017: Registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines next week

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Fri, Mar 10, 2017 at 03:37 pm

Hurry, registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines quickly approaching!

March 15 – Early-Bird Deadline

The early-bird registration deadline for the first-ever, fully online forum from ALCTS is March 15. Register by March 15 to save on registration costs. Learn more and register

March 17 – Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline

Hurry, registration and virtual poster presentation deadlines quickly approaching!

March 15 – Early-Bird Deadline

The early-bird registration deadline for the first-ever, fully online forum from ALCTS is March 15. Register by March 15 to save on registration costs. Learn more and register

March 17 – Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline

The ALCTS Exchange is now accepting virtual posters for two virtual poster presentation opportunities. Virtual posters highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion will be accepted until March 17. Learn more and submit your virtual poster

Newly confirmed presentations, speakers and more are being added to the ALCTS Exchange website weekly—be sure to check the site often for the most up-to-date ALCTS Exchange information. Explore the ALCTS Exchange

Part of a group or institution that wants to attend the ALCTS Exchange? Register at the group or institutional rate for maximum savings. Register your group or institution today

The ALCTS Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the four days of presentations, panels, and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange 2017: Register as a group and save!

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 12:08 pm

Early-bird registration ends March 15. Register your group or institution today.

Register as a group or institution and save on registration costs

Early-bird registration ends March 15. Register your group or institution today.

Register as a group or institution and save on registration costs

The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities in a four-day, fully online, virtual forum. The ALCTS Exchange is designed to facilitate engagement of site-based groups that wish to promote collective learning and seek optimal savings.  

Group Registration Includes:

  • Single (1) user access to the live stream over all four days.
  • Unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Members of the group are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content.

Groups can purchase additional users for the live stream at a rate of $125 per user. To learn more, contact the registration staff at registration@ala.org or call 312-280-4293.

Institutional Registration Includes:

  • Up to six (6) user access to the live stream over all four days.
  • Unlimited user account creation on the Exchange event site. Members of the institution are encouraged to create their own user accounts and participate in the event’s discussions and non-streaming content.

Institutions can purchase additional users for the live stream at a rate of $125 per user or $495 per five users. To learn more, contact the registration staff at registration@ala.org or call 312-280-4293.

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Discussion ALA seeks proposals for 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grants through April 15

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 11:32 am

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. 

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017. 

The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services seeks proposals for the Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity-related topic which addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversity, equity, and outreach issues within library and information science. 

The application deadline has been extended to midnight central time on April 15, 2017. 

The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,500 award for original research. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and select up to three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2017 ALA Annual Conference. Researchers are invited to present interim findings at the News You Can Use Diversity Research Grant Update held each ALA Midwinter Meeting and are asked to publish findings in a publication of their choosing within one year of completing their project. 

Proposals are currently being accepted for one year research projects that will be undertaken July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Grants should not be sought for work leading toward the completion of a degree, thesis or dissertation. A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved (including ALA membership number, the Principle Investigator should hold ALA membership), a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, and a budget plan and timeline on the provided template. 

For a complete list of criteria and proposal instructions, please visit: www.ala.org/research/larks/diversity

For more information or to inquire about possible research topics, please email diversity@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433 ext. 5048.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7

by Gina Solares on Mon, Mar 6, 2017 at 09:46 am

ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Gender Studies Collection from Duke University Press.

https://www.dukeupress.edu/genderstudiescollection

ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Gender Studies Collection from Duke University Press.

https://www.dukeupress.edu/genderstudiescollection

Description:

One of the paradoxes at the heart of library cataloging and classification is the demand to fix in place elements of a record even when those elements are in flux. This webinar will discuss the particular example of RDA rule 9.7, a rule that formerly required gender, if recorded, to be fixed in RDA-compliant name authority records using a binary controlled vocabulary: male, female, or not known. Also covered will be an understanding of queer theory and gender outside the male/female binary, the process followed by a group of catalogers who lobbied the international RDA Steering Committee for a rule change and ultimately succeeded, and best-practices for recording gender in RDA Authority Records.

Learning outcomes:

During this webinar, participants will

* Learn the basic concepts of queer theory in order to understand thinking about gender outside of the male/female binary male/female.

* Review the development of RDA and the shift in cataloging practice for name authorities in order to understand the need for an intervention in RDA Rule 9.17.

* Learn about the process of changing RDA Rule 9.7 in order to understand how catalogers can intervene to make positive change on behalf of authors and users.

* Discuss the implications and best-practices for recording gender of a person in an RDA Authority Record in order to develop ethical description practices for gender in authority files.

Who should attend? General library professionals who have some background in cataloging

Presenters:

Amber Billey received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009. She is the Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and is a visiting instructor at Pratt School of Information. Amber is Chair of the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group. She is a member of the Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Committee of the ACRL RBMS Manuscripts Section, the PCC NACO Task Group on Identity Management, and the Advisory Board for the Digital Transgender Archive.

Emily Drabinski is an academic librarian, author and teacher working in New York City. She holds the position of Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn and is a part-time faculty member at Pratt Institute's School of Information. She was a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Advocate, and winner of the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year in 2015 for her article "Towards a Kairos of Library Instruction.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Drabinski

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; International $43  

Group rate (members/non-members) $99/$129

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/031517

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Talent Management and Succession Planning

by Gina Solares on Wed, Mar 1, 2017 at 02:30 pm

 

ALCTS webinar: Talent Management and Succession Planning

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This webinar is 90 minutes in length and will begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Session 4 of the five-session series Re-envisioning Technical Services: Identifying Leadership and Talent Management Best Practices

 

ALCTS webinar: Talent Management and Succession Planning

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017

This webinar is 90 minutes in length and will begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Session 4 of the five-session series Re-envisioning Technical Services: Identifying Leadership and Talent Management Best Practices

 

Description: Libraries need the “next” workforce to transform and innovate. Organizations can use talent management to recruit, retain, and develop the future staff they need. Let’s examine performance elements of talent management to learn its applications for re-envisioning the skills and competencies needed among the technical services workforce.

Learning outcomes:

* Learn about the components of talent management and their relationships to organizational strategies, outcomes, and succession planning.

* Understand talent management and succession planning within the context of libraries and technical services.

* Know how to get started addressing the talent management needs within an organization.

Who should attend?

Library and technical services managers and others interested in the future of technical services

 

Presenters:

Dr. Meredith Taylor has worked in higher education administration and research libraries for over 16 years; her current role is in administrative operations for the Provost’s Office at the University of Texas. Dr. Taylor also co-authored a study for ARL exploring the utilization of talent management strategies in research libraries.

Dr. Sylvia Hall-Ellis provides leadership and vision for colleagues in higher education, government, and the information industry. A highly successful grant writer and fundraiser, she has more than 40 years of experience working as an administrator, development officer, and project manager. An accomplished writer and editor, she is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Information at San Jose State University. Dr. Hall-Ellis is currently co-authoring a new book on succession planning in libraries.

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Registration Fees (per individual webinar or series of 5 webinars):  

ALCTS Member $43 ; series of 5 webinars: $172

Non-member $59 ; series of 5 webinars: $236

Group rate (members/non-members) $129 ; series of 5 webinars: $516  

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/032217

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Discussion ALCTS Exchange Call for Virtual Poster Proposals Deadline Extended to March 17

by Brooke Morris (staff) on Wed, Feb 22, 2017 at 12:02 pm

The ALCTS Exchange virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future. We are especially interested in highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion.

The ALCTS Exchange virtual poster session offers the opportunity to share and promote work, research, and ideas across the ALCTS Exchange’s topical themes: new roles and workflows, creative problem solving, creating connections with user communities, and building skills to prepare for the future. We are especially interested in highlighting work that addresses the intersections of collections and technical services and diversity and inclusion.

The ALCTS Exchange will include two poster presentation opportunities:

  • A poster lightning round session on May 11, wherein each presenter will have five minutes to speak, followed by a Q&A discussion forum. 
  • A virtual poster collection and discussion forum available to Exchange registrants. File formats are not limited to static documents and presenters are encouraged submit videos and other types of media files. If you would like to submit a recorded video for the virtual poster collection, the ALCTS office will be available to assist with your recording.

Allowable file formats for live lightning round presentations include:

  • Handouts/Downloadable materials: PDF, DOC, DOCX, XLS, XLSX, ZIP
  • Multimedia (Video and/or audio): SWF, MP3, MP4, F4V
  • Presentation Slides: PPT, PPTX, JPEG, GIF, PNG

We want to hear what you’ve been up to, and learn from your experience. The lightning round session and virtual poster collection are an excellent opportunity to share work and projects that are just getting started or still evolving.

The ALCTS Virtual Exchange Working Group strongly encourages proposals from people who belong to communities that are underrepresented in librarianship and in the conversation about librarianship. Students and early career professional are also encouraged to submit proposals.

Ready to submit your proposal? Complete the Virtual Poster Presentation Proposal Form before the March 17 deadline.

The ALCTS Exchange is a celebration of excellence at the intersections of libraries, collection management, acquisitions, metadata and cataloging, preservation, and technology. This fully online event will offer synchronous and asynchronous opportunities for learning and engagement. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the four days of presentations, panels, and activities both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The ALCTS Exchange will engage a wide-range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Everyone, including non-ALCTS members, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

Be sure to visit the ALCTS Exchange website as new program details are being added weekly. Early-bird registration has been extended to March 15—register today!

Follow the conversation: #ALCTSx17

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Event ALCTS e-Forum: Advances in Electronic Resources Management

by Jeremy Myntti on Fri, Feb 17, 2017 at 10:48 am

ALCTS e-Forum: Advances in Electronic Resources Management

ALCTS e-Forum: Advances in Electronic Resources Management

March 28-29, 2017

 

Moderated by George Stachokas and Anne Liebst

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

As libraries continue to transition away from information services based on physical materials, how is electronic resources management changing? How are electronic resources changing libraries? How have libraries reorganized? How are library consortia and other groups of libraries working together to solve problems? What new systems or tools are being used? What new professional positions are being created? How is work distributed across the library? Are legacy print collections being replaced systematically with online journals and eBooks? What are some of the problems encountered in this transition? How have information services been improved to serve users?

 

Moderators

George Stachokas is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Auburn University Libraries. His responsibilities include negotiating license agreements with library vendors and coordinating the management of electronic resources. Previously, he has served as Special Assistant to the Dean for Project Management and Head of Resource Services at Purdue University Libraries and Electronic Resources Librarian at Indiana State University.

 

Anne Liebst is currently the Discovery and Access Coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In this capacity she is responsible for the maintenance and administration of the ILS, discovery, and e-resource systems and platforms, as well as the dissemination of assets and metadata to partners. Anne starts a new chapter in life on March 13, 2017 as the Director of Library Services for the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith.

 

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

 

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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Event ALCTS webinar: Intermediate LC Subject Headings

by Gina Solares on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 at 07:19 pm

 

ALCTS webinar: Intermediate LC Subject Headings

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description:

Part 2 of the two-part series Library of Congress Subject Headings

 

ALCTS webinar: Intermediate LC Subject Headings

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description:

Part 2 of the two-part series Library of Congress Subject Headings

This session will build off of the introductory session by providing more detailed instruction on the construction of structured headings with geographic, chronological, and free-floating subdivisions. Additionally, the session will address the application of names as subject headings, as well as headings for literature and the use of genre terms.

Learning outcomes:

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

* Construct structured headings with applicable free-floating subdivisions

* Select and apply name headings as subject headings

* Apply appropriate headings for works about literature and works that are literature

* Apply appropriate genre terms

Who should attend? Catalogers and metadata librarians.

Presenter: Bobby Bothmann is metadata & emerging technologies librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and professor in Library Services. Bobby catalogs books and e-resources, wrangles files of MARC records, and investigates new technologies. He is a member of OLAC and serves on the editorial board for CCQ. He holds an MLIS and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication. He teaches cataloging and classification as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Registration Fees (per individual webinar or series of 2 webinars):  

ALCTS Member $43 ; series of 2 webinars: $69

Non-member $59 ; series of 2 webinars: $95

Group rate (members/non-members) $129 ; series of 2 webinars: $206  

 

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/030317

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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Discussion ALCTS and LLAMA speaker presents the business of social impact

by Keri Cascio-IL (staff) on Tue, Feb 14, 2017 at 01:34 pm

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The President’s Program “The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) and the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA). The President’s Program “The Business of Social Impact: Creating a World Where Everyone Has Value” will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 26, 2017 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Chicago.

Businesses and their role in society are often defined by an organizations’ tax status as a “for profit” or “non-profit.” However, every business is a social enterprise, whether they know it or not, and has a role to advance society. With social entrepreneurship on the rise, the convergence of for profit and non-profit business models is imminent. In her presentation, McWhorter asks “How do we create social impact and a world where everyone has value?”

McWhorter became the CEO of the YWCA Metropolitan Chicago in March 2013. She has embarked upon a journey to transform the 140-year-old social service agency to a 21st century social enterprise. McWhorter is moving the agency into the digital age by re-launching the TechGYRLS program, which focuses on developing STEM awareness for girls ages 9 through 14 and introducing 3D: Developing Digital Diversity, which provides web and mobile application development training to adult women. McWhorter was included in the inaugural list of “The Blue Network”, comprised of the top 100 innovators in Chicago, by Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation.  In Spring of 2015, the YWCA launched its own e-commerce site, called the YShop, which provides carefully curated goods and services from businesses that support the mission of the YWCA.

A proven leader in the corporate and social change sectors, McWhorter prides herself on being a socially-conscious business leader throughout her career. McWhorter is an active member of Chicago’s civic, business and philanthropic communities. Most recently, she was a partner at Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest accounting firms in the U.S. She has also held senior positions with Snap-on Incorporated and Booz Allen Hamilton. McWhorter also serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Chicago Finance Exchange, Chicago Child Care Society and Search Inc. McWhorter is also a member of the Executive Council of Ms. Tech advancing women businesses in technology and a board member of the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology. As an engaged community leader, McWhorter is a member of the Mayor's Commission on a Safer Chicago and served as a member of Mayor Emanuel’s second term transition team.  She received her bachelors in business administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her masters in business administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.

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