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ALA 2010 Final Projects


Emerging Leaders 2010 Final Projects


Project A:  Learning 4 Life Implementation Resources:  Resources for applying the AASL Standard’s for the 21st Century Learner to your everyday practice.

  1. Team A collaborated to come up with various websites which correlated to the new American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner, also known as the Learning 4 Life (L4L) Standards.  We were asked to design resources specifically for new or returning school librarians.  Four of us took on the challenge of finding websites which would help librarians attain the skills to teach each of the four main standards.  The fifth person developed the brochure, bookmarks and website to advertise those websites.  You will find our resources on our website.  Besides participating in the Emerging Leader poster session, we will be presenting two sessions on the pavillion discussing our resources and the correlated websites.
  2. Link to Final Project Page:  http://connect.ala.org/node/105768

Project B: ACRL 101: Enhancing the Annual Conference Experience for 1st-Time ACRL Attendees

  1. Team B was challenged by ACRL to find ways to enhance the Annual Conference experience for first-time ACRL attendees by supplementing the ACRL 101 program. We approached our task with three areas of focus in mind. First, we developed a series of blog posts in both ACRL Insider and ACRLog which discussed our experiences as new librarians and conference attendees. Our second task was to host two OnPoint chat discussions for first-time conference goers in which we discussed the structure of the conference, how to get around, how to schedule your time and spent time answering any questions that participants had about attending ALA for the first time. Third, we are in the process of planning three Mini-ACRL 101 sessions which will take place at the ALA Pavilion during the conference which will supplement the ACRL 101 program.
  2. Team B's Final Project Page

Project C: CALM Podcast

  1. The 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders Group C is the third team to work with the Joint Committee on Libraries, Archives, and Museums (CALM) on a project involving the development of Web 2.0 technologies.  CALM comprises representatives from ALA (American Library Association), SAA (Society of American Archivists), and AAM (American Association of Museums).

    This year, the group created CALM’s inaugural podcast.  Group C was fortunate to arrange an interview with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, for our podcast.  A former librarian who now heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a federal agency that includes archives, libraries, and museums, Mr. Ferriero represents a unique perspective which is of interest to the CALM audience.  The interview covers Mr. Ferriero’s background and experience as a librarian, his current work at NARA, and views on the convergence of libraries, archives, and museums in the digital landscape.  The team produced a three-part podcast series of the interview with Mr. Ferriero, recorded on April 23, 2010 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
    Group C also developed a set of recommendations for CALM regarding procedures, technology, and content for the creation of future podcasts, as well as recommendations about other Web 2.0 technologies to pursue. These recommendations are presented in a report submitted to CALM.

  Podcast episodes are available at http://calmcte.podomatic.com/.

   2.   Link to the Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106379


Project DALCTS Web Based Leadership Development

  1. In a context of changing demographics, rapidly evolving Web technologies for community work and declining travel budgets, ALCTS wants to enhance the way it develops new leaders for the Association. In the past, the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee has been responsible for two in-person events. The Volunteer Forum at Midwinter was designed to encourage new ALCTS members to seek deeper involvement in the organization through committee service and, more recently, other kinds of remote engagement such as website development and online training. The New Leaders Orientation at Annual was designed to give initial support to newly appointed committee chairs and members and, more recently, interest group chairs, as they began their terms of office. The committee has been charged by the Board to move support for volunteers and new leaders away from these in-person events to Web-based tools that will engage new leadership at various stages and provide effective point-of-need guidance and information.

    ALCTS would like EL project volunteer(s) to advise it on the transformation of one or both of these two functions, using a solid understanding of 1) the Association, as assisted by the member mentor, immediate past-president of ALCTS 2) member needs as expressed to the committee in various fall fora (e.g. an ALCTS e-forum, polling the alctsleaders listserv) and 3) available Web 2.0 options for presenting/enhancing online content, including A/V features, interactive elements, etc.  End Results of the 2010 Emerging Leaders Project D was the facilitation for creation of 9 videos from current or past leaders of ALCTS discussing experiences and tips for future participants in ALCTS.

  2. Link to Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106372

Project EALSC Future Scan

  1. Emerging Leaders Team E conducted a thorough environmental scan of the Association for Library Service to Children and the economic, cultural, and technological environment in which it exists. The team considered both external (cultural, political, technological, demographic trends and patterns) and internal (conditions that affect how the Association operates such as changes in membership, member needs, resources available) factors while conducting the scan. The end result of the project was a comprehensive report about ALSC and current trends in professional associations. This report offers valuable information as ALSC begins to create its new strategic plan.
  2. ALSC Future Scan  

Project FRevision of IMLS 21st Century Librarian Grant

  1. Group F worked on revising a 21st Century Librarian grant proposal, so that it can be submitted by ASCLA to the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program in December 2010.  The proposal, if funded, will support scholarships and assistive services for either persons with disabilities, or people interested in working with disabled populations, to attend graduate school and obtain their MLS.
  2. Link to Final Project Page

Project GProject Title

  1. CALA’s 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Project, whose goal is to promote international librarian collaboration and exchange, has gained much momentum in recent years. The project has involved over 1,000 librarians from China and the U.S. Last year, three ALA Emerging Leaders took on the task of evaluating the project and provided very valuable suggestions to the program. One of the suggestions is to find ways to improve the website of the project so that easier access to the information on the seminar would be gained by CALA members and beyond. Therefore, Team G will be a continuation of project improvement from last year which would focus on redesigning the website, reorganizing and restructuring of the project web pages, and improved access to the information.

    Expected outcomes of the project include presenting a better-designed website to the public and providing easier access to information related to the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series.

  2. Link to Final Project Page  

Project H:   Libraries and the Internet Toolkit - Ongoing

  1. The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) & Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) charged team H with updating the original "Libraries and the Internet Toolkit" published in 2003. The project envisioned not only a simple rewrite of the existing Internet Toolkit, but creating a thorough and comprehensive toolkit of the most current research and information on providing Internet access for all types of libraries. Our challenge was to broaden the scope of the original toolkit to address issues outside of child safety and privacy such as Web 2.0, information literacy and digital citizenship, open access, preservation, accessibilty, and crisis communication. Currently, team H has submitted a final draft of the Internet Toolkit to IFC/OIF. The team hopes to meet with IFC during the ALA Conference and go over the final edits. A final version of the Internet Toolkit will be available in early July for publication via various media, including print and the Internet. 
  2. Link to Final Project Page

Project IIRRT Free Links Projects

  1.  The first part of the Free Links Program was started by a team of Emerging Leaders in 2008. The purpose of their project was “to identify and select free web-based tutorials and professional development information for librarians in other countries to access via the Internet.” The group choose to make these links available using a wiki.

    The Free Links Program was continued by our Emerging Leaders team. Our group’s assignment was to develop a list of free links to professional development tools for library advocacy and add them to the wiki. After some consideration, we decided that a website would be more user friendly and easier to navigate. We created a website where we posted our advocacy links. The links are all annotated and organized into several logical categories. We also posted the technology links to our new website. Although we checked the links for currency, we did not go back and annotate them due to time constraints. As the Free Links Program continues to grow, other teams (or the party responsible for maintaining the website) will be able to add content so that it is all in the same location while retaining a user friendly format. The advantages of this would be simplicity and ease of use, which are factors especially important to international librarians who may not be fluent in English or very comfortable with Web 2.0 technology.

  2. Link to Final Project:http://connect.ala.org/node/105596

Project J How Web 2.0 Should ALA Go?

  1. Short Description

    To inform the transition of the ALA.org website to a new content management system, Team J worked to assess membership opinion towards the adoption of Web 2.0 tools.  Through a survey of ALA members and the library community, we analyzed the interactivity needs of ALA.org users.  Team J formulated website recommendations in the form of wireframes and mock-ups based on the feedback collected in the survey data.  

    The online survey featured a series of questions in regards to the ALA Website, experiences with ALA Connect, and user collaboration. Questions were designed to  provide both quantitative and qualitative data.  Demographic information was provided on a voluntary basis.  The survey was distributed via various listservs, social media outlets, and through official ALA communication channels.

      2. Link to Final Project Page:


Project K: ITTS Accessibility / Usability Survey

  1. Team K developed a remotely-administered usability test that examined the accessibility of ALA's website to individuals using assistive devices.  Volunteer test participants were recruited nationally and asked to complete a series of tasks on the website using their accustomed assistive devices.  Participants were asked to answer a set of questions about their experiences in completing the tasks including strategies used, time spent, and obstacles encountered.  Each task was analyzed based on participant responses to the task.
  2. Accessiblity/Usability Survey Project Page  

Project L: Mapping ALA

  1. Team L was charged to develop a visual guide of ALA’s network of member-group and affiliate relationships, committees, event cycles, and other interactions and connections. The team interviewed several ALA staff members and member-volunteers, and collected information from ALA websites and other documents for this project. The team then built a highly inter-connected PowerPoint which shows the association’s units and overall structure, and highlights connections between the various units. The PowerPoint includes many links to ALA and division websites, ALA Connect, and also includes internal links that show the many connections between ALA’s divisions, round tables, committees, offices, ALA Council, and other units.
    The PowerPoint is a living document that may be edited by future Emerging Leaders groups or ALA staff as ALA itself changes over time.  The PowerPoint will be posted on the ALA website, and will be used to orient members, member-leaders, and ALA staff.
  2. Link to Final Project Page 

Project M: LearnRT Staff Development

  1. Working with a CLENERT (LearnRT) past president and long-time board member, Team M will research best practices for planning and implementing all-staff development days in libraries of all sizes. The group will identify and gather planning and budgeting tools, templates, assessments and evaluations, practical and affordable program ideas, digital media and case studies that demonstrate “staff day success,” events that are valuable to and valued by library employees at all levels. The resources will be compiled and edited as an online publication, Staff Day Success.


  2.  Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106055

Project N: LearningRT Sustainable Webinar Series

  1. The Learning Round Table (formerly CLENE) has successfully partnered with WebJunction in the last year to deliver two webinars - Learning for Learning Professionals and Libraries as Learning Organizations. Team N built off of our success and create a sustainable education program that delivers regular webinars on topics of interest to the LearnRT membership.  The program was designed to serve as a model to other units in ALA who would like to deliver learning opportunities to their members.
    In early 2010, Project N conducted a survey to gauge interest in a webinar series. Information was gathered to determine the best length for a webinar, the best topics for a webinar, and the best format. In June we hosted and helped produce Building an Online Learning Community in Your State with WebJunction.  A second webinar is for September on Creating a Virtual Orientation. Project N delivered recommendations for future webinars, best practices and recommendations for others creating future webinars.
  2. Link to Final Project Page 

Project O: LITA Conference and Event Website

  1. Our group was tasked with creating a beta version of a LITA conferences and events website which incorporated event information, twitter happenings, live streaming events and presentation materials all in one interface. We did background research and discovery around work done by multiple LITA Task Forces as well as enhancements for ALA Connect.  We surveyed the LITA membership for content they would like to see included.  We researched tools that could be used to capture all the requirements for the LITA conference website. Our final deliverables were working beta sites written in Drupal & WordPress, standard hashtags for LITA events at ALA Annual 2010 and recommendations on tools & workflow to be used for future LITA conferences and events.
  2. Link to Final Project Page

Project P: LITA Web Tools

  1. Every round table and division within ALA has dealt with the proliferation of communication tools from listservs to social networking to the new ALA Connect. Each group has been required to create its own guidelines for using these tools. To consolidate these efforts, the Library and Information Technology Association asked for an ALA Emerging Leaders group to examine the various tools used by the LITA leadership, and analyze how LITA uses each tool. The ultimate goal is to establish best practices for using communication tools with the wider membership.

    To understand usage, Project P members surveyed the current LITA leadership about their interest in and use of each tool. Our report describes each tool, provides a narrative description of the survey results, and closes with recommendations on using ALA Connect to replicate select functionality of the various tools.

  2. Link to Final Project Page

Project Q
: LLAMA-HRS Staff Development Resource Center

  1. Project Q has updated the LLAMA-HRS Staff Development Resource Center.  In addition to being totally revamped in terms of content and organization, the Resource Center has a new, online home on the LLAMA Wiki.  We have organized our links by topic (New Employee Orientation/Staff Development Policies/New Employee Orientation/etc.) and library type (Public/Academic/etc.), making information easier to find and access. 
  2. Link to Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106026

Project R: MAGERT Marketing Analysis and Plan

  1. Team R developed a marketing assessment and plan for the Map and Geography Round Table.  MAGERT is a community for both new and experienced map/GIS librarians, for full-time map librarians and for those who have ancillary map/GIS duties. 

    We surveyed MAGERT members and non-members alike to find out what map/GIS related duties are prevalent among information professionals, how MAGERT's current offerings are perceived, and more.  After analysing the market research, we presented a plan that encourages MAGERT to focus on five key areas: training opportunities, connecting with others in the field, discussion forums, growth and expanding membership, and fundraising. 

  2. Link to Final Project: http://connect.ala.org/node/105957

Project S
: Career Fair Toolkit

  1. The ALA Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR) has developed a number of valuable recruitment resources (brochures, bookmarks, posters, traveling table top panels, etc.) which are available to library recruiters.  The ALA Recruitment Assembly has identified a need to promote the availability of these resources and to make them easily accessible on the web as a toolkit entitled “Career Fair Toolbox.”  The “Career Fair Toolbox” website is designed to make it simple for library recruiters to find out what resources are available and to order or print material to use as displays and handouts at events which promote careers in librarianship.  Team S consolidated links and information about recruitment resources from the ALA Library Career Recruitment Wiki, included links to additional recruitment resources offered through other websites, and created new recruitment tools. All of these materials are included in the “Career Fair Toolbox.”
  2. Final Project Page

Project T: YALSA Member Involvment

  1. Our group was tasked to define what YALSA members mean when they say they "want to be more involved."  We started by analysing the YALSA 2008 Survey of membership.  This data gave us a starting point for the common barriers to involvement and ideas for solutions.  In May 2010, our group hosted four conversations with YALSA members in ALA Connect.  We wanted to hear directly from YALSA members about common barriers and solutions to increasing involvement.
  2. Link to Final Project Page:http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddkqn89d_406hm2w5fgp

Project U: YALSA Job Shadow

  1. Our team created a set of resources for YALSA that will give school and public librarians resources to help them build or revamp a job shadowing project.  This job shadowing project will allow librarians to share the ins and outs of teen library work with teens in order to build interest in becoming a teen librarian.  The resources that our team created include job shadowing program toolkits for school and public librarians, promotional materials about job shadowing as well as teen library work, and a video entitled "Busting Myths:  The Real Teen Librarians" that shows the different activities teen librarians engage in and dispels some myths about librarians in general.
  2. http://connect.ala.org/node/106448


For more information on the Emerging Leaders Program see our webpage and our blog