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Event Second Life Orientation Session March 2nd!

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 12:42 pm

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Second Life Orientation Sessions March 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th!

(By Tricky Lexington!)

Are you new to Second Life (SL)? Or has it been a while since you last assumed your avatar’s skin?

Consider brushing up on your essential skills by attending an orientation session for ALA’s upcoming virtual worlds and libraries online conference, The Future is Now: Libraries and Museums in Virtual Worlds, to be held March 5th through 6th, 2010.

Make sure you can sit and listen during sessions that are important to you. Brush up on your communication skills, both written and verbal. Relearn the basics of maneuvering around in Second Life.

Orientation sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday March 2nd from 5-6 PM SLT/PST;
  • Wednesday, March 3rd from 1-2 PM SLT/PST;
  • Thursday March 4th from 6-7 PM SLT/PST;
  • Friday March 5th from 8-9 AM SLT/PST.

All orientations will take place at Banned Books Week Town Square on ALA Island (205, 56, 61) - http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/205/56/61

Feel free to contact Valerie Hawkins by e-mail or send an IM to Second Life Avatar ALALibraryVal Miles with any questions.

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LITA Online Programming Task Force

Discussion Charge 3. Identify, evaluate, and analyze available systems

by Aaron Dobbs on Sun, Feb 21, 2010 at 04:57 pm

In the ALA ITTS report to ALA Web Advisory Committee (WAC), Emerging Leaders Team I was mentioned as using "ALA Connect, AL Focus, Blip.tv, YouTube, and Vimeo" as distribution channels for promotional and informational ALA Connect screencasts.
[ http://connect.ala.org/node/75742  Section 6.15]

How and where would LITA track similar expressions of LITA programming?

I think the tracking of content expression will be the difficult part of this task.

ALSC Board of Directors

Poll Motion to send the revised draft ALSC-L Policy to the ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom for review

by Thom Barthelmess on Sat, Feb 20, 2010 at 05:06 pm
Aye
0% (0 votes)
Naye
0% (0 votes)
Abstain
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 0
Guide to Reference

Discussion Free Webinar: Using ALA's Guide to Reference—An Introduction

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 04:52 pm

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Join General Editor Denise Beaubien Bennett and ALA Publishing staff for an introduction to Guide to Reference, with more than 16,000 fully annotated entries describing essential print and web reference sources.

In this one-hour webinar you’ll discover the benefits of using Guide to Reference in your library and learn how to:

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM CST

Join General Editor Denise Beaubien Bennett and ALA Publishing staff for an introduction to Guide to Reference, with more than 16,000 fully annotated entries describing essential print and web reference sources.

In this one-hour webinar you’ll discover the benefits of using Guide to Reference in your library and learn how to:

  • Use Guide to Reference for reference, staff training, collection development, and LIS instruction.
  • Uncover subject specific reference sources—both print and online resources.
  • Use Editor’s Guides to track the evolution of reference sources within disciplines.
  • Personalize Guide to Reference through user lists, notes, and sharing.
  • Connect from Guide to Reference to sources in your collection.
  • Set up a free trial!

Reserve your seat today!

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/691846491

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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

Event YALSA Online Chat: Engaging the after school crowd

by Eve Gaus (staff) on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 04:45 pm

Feb 19th Update: The March chat will take place on Meebo (www.meebo.com) in the YALSA room. New to Meebo? Look for instructions on how to set up an account and access the chat room on the YALSA blog next week!

Feb 19th Update: The March chat will take place on Meebo (www.meebo.com) in the YALSA room. New to Meebo? Look for instructions on how to set up an account and access the chat room on the YALSA blog next week!

Join YALSA for its monthly online chat! The March chat will be on engaging the after school crowd. Share with us how you engage this crowd, whether it is through after school homework help programs or through bookclubs or other innovative program ideas.  The chat will be hosted by Mari Hardacre.  Join us on Meebo, in the YALSA chat room on March 3, 8-9 p.m. Eastern

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LITA Web Coordinating Committee

Online Doc WCC Meeting Report, Midwinter 2010

by Jean Rainwater on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 03:08 pm

Web Coordinating Committee
Midwinter 2010, Boston MA
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 152

Present: Kevin Clair, Mary Axford, Debra Hill, Lauren Pressley, Cindi Trainor, Karen Coombs, Matthew Hamilton (virtual via Skype)
Absent: Jason Michel, Anne Graham, Lisa Sibert

Web Coordinating Committee
Midwinter 2010, Boston MA
Sunday, January 17, 2010, 1:30 - 3:30pm
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 152

Present: Kevin Clair, Mary Axford, Debra Hill, Lauren Pressley, Cindi Trainor, Karen Coombs, Matthew Hamilton (virtual via Skype)
Absent: Jason Michel, Anne Graham, Lisa Sibert

  • LITA Communication Channels
    • Lauren and Jean are mentors for an Emerging Leaders group that will look at the perennial problem of which communication tool is best for which purpose.  See: http://connect.ala.org/node/89585
    • I recommended at the Committee & IG chairs group that the convoluted process of meeting reports being submitted to the WCC for upload to the web be discontinued and that chairs be able to post reports directly.  Aaron Dobbs took the proposal to the Board and the Board supported the idea.  Chairs will now post reports to ALA Connect and mark them as public.  The reports or a link to them will be posted to lita-l .   This gets the WCC out of the middle man position.
  • Management of the LITA Blog
    • What’s involved?
      • Systems Admin – keep it running
      • User Account Admin – spam control
      • Content generation – blogger wrangling
    • Karen and Cindi have expertise but ALA/LITA should support basic infrastructure maintenance (patches and upgrades, etc.)  Who does this for other ALA Blogs (ACRL, for example)?  Is tech support available from the host for a fee?  Melissa will find out.
    • Cindi will take over management of user accounts and WCC volunteers will take over lining up bloggers for conferences and Forum with an emphasis on major sessions.  We need a volunteer to set up and maintain a google spreadsheet for blogger sessions.  This needs to be done 6-8 weeks out from the event and posted on lita-l and other likely sources of volunteers. Emerging leaders would be a great group to tap.
    • Cindi will looks at tagging on the Blog so that filters can be created for the Spotlight on the LITA home page and other purposes.
    • It would be good to use the same skin for the Blog as for the website.  Karen will help Cindi with that.
  • LITA Website
    • A demo of the redesigned website was held for the Executive Board at Midwinter and the site will be launched soon.  Jean will figure out what ALAL is using for web traffic analysis (google analytics?) and investigate whether we have access to raw logs.
    • Once the new site launches WCC members will be tasked to participate in a content inventory.
  • Sandbox Server
    • Jean will post a message on lita-l describing what’s currently available on the sandbox server and asking what else people need.
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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Discussion Brainstorming Category #3: Review existing ALA activities that may address the needs of young librarians

by Brett Bonfield on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm

This discussion thread is for ideas that are closely connected to the following category:

Review ALA activities underway that may address the needs of young librarians, such as electronic participation.

For additional context, please see: Brainstorming Introduction: Categories 1-4 (and None of the Above) and Activating Young Members: Which groups are addressing this?

 

This discussion thread is for ideas that are closely connected to the following category:

Review ALA activities underway that may address the needs of young librarians, such as electronic participation.

For additional context, please see: Brainstorming Introduction: Categories 1-4 (and None of the Above) and Activating Young Members: Which groups are addressing this?

 

ALA Groups focused on leadership, reform, or bringing in new/young members, etc.:

Related ALA Connect Communities

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ALSC Bloggers

Discussion ARCs, Book Reviews and the ALSC Blog Policy

by Teresa Walls on Fri, Feb 19, 2010 at 10:08 am

I received an offer of an ARC. I plan to respond with the following:

That is very nice of you to offer an ARC to the ALSC Blog. However, what with the ALSC awards and all the other blogs which review books, we don't typically review books. The ALSC book and media submission process is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/pubinfo.cfm

 

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I received an offer of an ARC. I plan to respond with the following:

That is very nice of you to offer an ARC to the ALSC Blog. However, what with the ALSC awards and all the other blogs which review books, we don't typically review books. The ALSC book and media submission process is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/pubinfo.cfm

 

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I wanted to bring this up here to allow for further discussion since there is nothing official about book reviews on the ALSC Blog Policy. The Blog policy regarding Blog Content states, " The Blog Manager with direction from the ALSC Executive Committee will determine specific topics appropriate for blogging." My feeling has always been that ALSC bloggers should feel fine about mentioning books that work well for them in particular programs or have moved them to the point to discuss it on the Blog. While I don't want to split hairs about what could possibly be defined as a book review by adding a clause to the ALSC Blog policy, I don't feel comfortable accepting ARCs on behalf of the ALSC Blog. I appreciate your thoughts regarding this.

Thanks! Teresa 

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