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RUSA Executive Committee (Reference and User Services Association)

Poll Do you approve the minutes of the June 23, 2017 RUSA Executive Committee meeting?

by Alesia McManus on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 01:11 pm
Yes
100% (2 votes)
No
0% (0 votes)
Abstain
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 2
ALCTS

Event ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

by Jeremy Myntti on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

September 5-6, 2017

 

Moderated by Violet Fox and Beth Shoemaker

 

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:

ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

September 5-6, 2017

 

Moderated by Violet Fox and Beth Shoemaker

 

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.

 

Catalogers know that the decisions they make in their work can enhance or obscure access to resources. Instructions when applying subject headings are framed in the arguably unattainable prescription to strive for neutrality. Neither the ALA Code of Ethics or the 1994 Guidelines for ALCTS Members to Supplement the American Library Association Code of Ethics speak specifically to the day-to-day challenges faced by catalogers—how would a code written with cataloging practice in mind be useful?

 

At ALA Annual in June 2017, Elizabeth Shoemaker & Hope Olson spoke at the CaMMS Forum about “Power That Is Moral: Creating a Cataloging Code of Ethics” (http://connect.ala.org/node/265990). This forum is designed to continue that discussion about creating a document that would help guide ethical cataloging decisions.

 

Moderators

Violet Fox is Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (Minnesota) and a 2013 graduate of the University of Washington iSchool. She has been the News Editor for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly since 2014. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethics of classification. Chat with Violet on Twitter at @violetbfox.

 

Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Cataloger at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library. She graduated from the GSLIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Her research interests are cataloging and discovery of artists’ books and ethics in cataloging and metadata production. You can reach her at: elizabeth.shoemaker@emory.edu.

 

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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ALSC Children and Technology Committee

File ALSC-C-T-August-2017-Meeting-Agenda

by Angela Nolet on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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The Picture Books for Young Adults Interest Group

Discussion Booklist - Top Ten Humorous Picture Books

by Diane Colson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 03:41 pm

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

FEATURE.  First published July, 2017 (Booklist).

From the dryly witty to the sidesplittingly hilarious, these funny picture books, reviewed in Booklist between July 2016 and June 2017, provide a bundle of laughs for all.

Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Aug. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442402980). K–Gr. 3.

Jasper Rabbit doesn’t realize that his prized new undies glow, until the bedroom lights go out. His dismay quickly changes to terror after he stuffs them in the laundry hamper—and, horror of horrors, wakes up wearing them again.

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author. 2016. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763665302). PreS–Gr. 2.

A few bugs discover a green shoot sprouting from the ground and, in their own gibberish language, discuss. Visual cues in splendid folk-style illustrations allow readers to draw meaning from the hilariously nonsensical dialogue.

How to Be a HeroBy Florence Parry Heide. Illus. by Chuck Groenink. 2016. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452127101). PreS–Gr. 1.

Fairy-tale-obsessed Gideon keeps a constant eye out for his chance to be a hero. Readers will chuckle watching the caped boy, who’s so focused that he misses glaringly obvious opportunities to help.

The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsBy Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Adam Rex. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062438898). PreS–Gr. 1.

This madcap origin story presents Rock, Paper, and Scissors as three mighty warriors. The earnest gravity of the fighters’ quests pairs with the melodramatic tone to produce a brand of purely absurd, sidesplitting humor.

Lexie the Word Wrangler. By Rebecca Van Slyke. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2017. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399169571). K–Gr. 3.

Lexie ties words together and herds them into sentences. But a missing d turns Lexie’s bandana into a banana: a word rustler is on the loose! Droll and playful wordplay will impress teachers and readers alike.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. By Alex T. Smith. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780545914383). K–Gr. 2.

Little Red marches off through the African bush to deliver medicine to her aunt—but who’s that behind her? Warm colors, fantastic comic timing, and a twist ending infuse this updated tale with humor.

Nanette’s Baguette. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. 2016. Hyperion, $17.99 (9781484722862). PreS–K.

Nanette, a young frog, is sent to pick up a baguette but ends up devouring it. Full of regret, Nanette contemplates moving to Tibet, but, luckily, Mom understands. Delicious wordplay and delightful illustrations convey energy, emotion, and hilarity.

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626722408). PreS–Gr. 1.

Little luchador Niño faces off against his little sisters, and they fight dirty. They tattle, screech, and scream—until Niño cleverly traps them and calms them with a book. English-Spanish text and hilarious pictures depict the spectacular battle.

TriangleBy Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763696030). PreS–Gr. 1.

Triangle is up to no good: a prank on his friend Square. Square fails to see the humor and chases the tricky Triangle back to his triangle-shaped house, where the tables are hilariously turned.

A Well-Mannered Young WolfBy Jean Leroy. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet. 2016. Eerdmans, $16 (9780802854797). PreS–Gr. 2.

A young wolf catches a rabbit and politely offers a last wish—only to have the rabbit break his promise to stay put. This understatedly humorous tale of politeness gone awry even sports a twist ending.

 

She isn't focusing on a young adult audience, although several of the books she mentions work well with that age group. 

What is missing here? What are the books that you have used with tweens and teens to make them laugh? Or...which of the books listed above are already on your go-to list?

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data, Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 03:30 pm

Howard Tilton Memorial Library (HTML) at Tulane University invites applications for the position of Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.  The Systems Librarian will combine a strong service orientation with application development to ensure that HTML maintains and builds upon the high level of services for which it is renowned.

Posting Summary

Howard Tilton Memorial Library (HTML) at Tulane University invites applications for the position of Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.  The Systems Librarian will combine a strong service orientation with application development to ensure that HTML maintains and builds upon the high level of services for which it is renowned.

Posting Summary

The Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data supports faculty and students in Tulane University’s social sciences departments in the discovery, analysis, and representation of information resources.  Reporting to the Director of User Services and Library IT, s/he provides Tulane students and faculty with guidance on the discovery, evaluation, and use of social science information resources, including datasets and data repositories such as ICPSR.  S/he also provides instruction on statistical and qualitative analysis software.  The Social Sciences and Data Librarian teaches in the course-integrated library instruction and workshop program, provides research consultations, and prepares online guides, video tutorials, or other instruction aids as appropriate.  S/he handles collection development for assigned social sciences subject areas.  S/he will participate in the Scholarly Engagement Instruction and Digital Scholarship groups and collaborate with liaisons to integrate quantitative social science methodologies and data reference into liaison services.  S/he collaborates with counterparts in the humanities and sciences to ensure a consistent approach to instruction, research support, and outreach, and s/he collaborates with the Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences to provide and promote social science-related workshops.  The Social Sciences and Data Librarian, with colleagues, uses a team approach to fulfil the library’s mission in an era of fast-evolving information needs.  

Librarians are expected to develop expertise in emerging technologies and lead and/or participate in innovative library projects.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • ALA-accredited MLS with an academic background in social sciences at the time of hire; OR a graduate degree in the social sciences and 2 or more years of relevant academic library experience

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES TYPICALLY NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB SUCCESSFULLY:

  • Knowledge of library research tools relevant to the social sciences; related reference and research consultation experience.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative Social Sciences and Data resources.
  • Understanding of the academic research process and the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the social sciences.
  • Ability to identify, obtain, and prepare datasets for quantitative research in the social sciences, and knowledge of statistical-quantitative methods of analysis.
  • Knowledge of one or more quantitative research/statistical software tools, such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or ArcGIS.
  • Experience in the use or support of published data repositories such as ICPSR.
  • Familiarity with one or more visualization tools such as InstantAtlas, Dygraphs, or Tableau.
  • A strong commitment to user service and creative, engaging outreach.
  • Understanding of academic library collection development, including financial management.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, technology professionals, and library colleagues.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with U.S. Census Data.
  • Experience working with cartographic materials.
  • One year of teaching using instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment.
  • One year of collection development in an academic library.

To Apply. To apply for this position please go to Tulane University Jobs IRC12297. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

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