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The American Dream Starts @ your library

Discussion Cultivating Adult Literacy @ Your Library

by Jackie King on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 10:06 am

Hello! My name is Jackie King and I am the Library Director for the Pasquotank-Camden Library.  We are located in Elizabeth City, NC.  Thanks to the Dollar General initiative, we will start our Cultivating Adult Literacy @ Your Library (CAL) program this fall. The goal of CAL is to encourage reading and language skill development for adult Hispanics in our community. Our bookmobile will visit La Casa (a local Hispanic/Latino organization) once a month to distribute bilingual and Spanish materials and conduct “conversational” workshops.

ALA Dance Party

Discussion ALA Dance 2010 Official Info

by Amanda Pilmer on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 10:52 am

WHEN:

FRIDAY JUNE 25

WHERE:
APEX NIGHT CLUB

ADDRESS:
1415 22ND STREET NW, WASHINGTON DC

TIME:
10PM TILL THE SUN COMES UP

http://www.apex-dc.com/

Be there!

ALCTS CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group

Event ALA Annual 2010 Program, ALCTS CRS C&RL IG

by Rebecca Goldfinger on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 09:34 am

This is CRS College & Research Library Interest Group's annual meeting.  See the program description for more details.

ALCTS CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group

Discussion ALA Annual 2010 Program Announcement

by Rebecca Goldfinger on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 09:20 am

Please join us:

ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College & Research Libraries Interest Group Annual Meeting
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Time: 10:30 am -12:00 noon
Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom IV
Program:

1. Electronic Resources Evaluation Central: Homing in on a Permanent Site
Presenter: Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Maryland University College

Please join us:

ALCTS Continuing Resources Section College & Research Libraries Interest Group Annual Meeting
Date: Saturday, June 26, 2010
Time: 10:30 am -12:00 noon
Location: JW Marriott Hotel, Grand Ballroom IV
Program:

1. Electronic Resources Evaluation Central: Homing in on a Permanent Site
Presenter: Lenore England, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Maryland University College

The UMUC library staff carefully review electronic resources each fiscal year. This process can be complex and inefficient since a wide variety of sources and tools need to be utilized. To more effectively manage the process, evaluation of resources was streamlined by setting up a site with LibGuides that could be utilized each fiscal year, which is called Electronic Resources Evaluation Central (EREC). EREC includes statistical and cost analysis of our resources, trials, fact sheets, library liaison information and templates for communication with faculty, and a comments blog. This presentation will discuss the effectiveness of setting up a central site and statistics on its use.

2. Ithaka S+R 2009 Faculty Survey Report
Presenter: Ross Housewright, Analyst, Ithaka S+R

Ithaka S+R recently released the results of its fourth faculty survey, which examines changes in faculty attitudes towards the academic library, information resources, and the scholarly communications system as a whole.  In the published report based on this survey, Ithaka S+R analyzes responses from over 3,000 faculty members based at US four-year colleges or universities.  This presentation will report findings on (1) faculty attitudes about the idea of a local shift away from print journal collections and towards electronic-only access and (2) faculty attitudes towards scholarly communications trends in open access and digital repositories.

3. Scholarly Video Publishing to Increase Productivity and Standardization in Life Sciences
Presenter: Moshe Pritsker, CEO, Editor-in-Chief and Co-founder of JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

An insider in the business will provide answers on video-publication in science: why do it? Who needs it? What fundamental problems of today research and education does it address?  He will also detail how to build a sustainable video-publication and discuss acceptance of video-publication in the scientific and librarian communities based on 3 years of the experience acquired by JoVE.

We hope to see you in DC!

Best wishes,

Rebecca Kemp, Chair, CRS C&RL IG
E-Resources Acquisitions Librarian
CB#3938 Davis Library
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-8890
rkempemailuncedu
ph: 919-962-0162
fax: 919-962-4450

Beth Bernhardt, Chair-Elect, CRS C&RL IG
Electronic Resources Librarian
Jackson Library
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402
Beth_Bernhardtuncgedu
336-256-1210

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The American Dream Starts @ your library

Discussion The American Dream lives on at the Dorchester County (SC) Library

by Frank Bruno (non-member) on Fri, May 28, 2010 at 07:18 am

Family literacy can changes lives.  As a child growing up in the 1950s and 1960s both my parents were born and lived through the Great Depression which was a difficult time.  Both dropped out of high school during World War II. My mom at fifteen worked in a bottle factory and my father served in the Navy at seventeen. We lived in a small town like many served by Dollar General stores.

Family literacy can changes lives.  As a child growing up in the 1950s and 1960s both my parents were born and lived through the Great Depression which was a difficult time.  Both dropped out of high school during World War II. My mom at fifteen worked in a bottle factory and my father served in the Navy at seventeen. We lived in a small town like many served by Dollar General stores. My mom stayed at home my dad worked as a trucker driver/heavy equipment operator for a construction company building roads.  My dad and mom told us that the only way we would ever get anywhere in life was to get an education.  We were very poor but one of the bright spots in our life was that our mother walked us about seven blocks once a week to the local public library where we would get out books.  The public library made a difference in our lives as my two sisters and my brother and I read our way through the small Carnegie Library's collections.  In school I was not considered for the first five years to be an exceptional student in fact I was considered a problem child having bite the kindergarten teacher on the leg. I usually sat in last seat in the last row as students were tracked back then.  In fifth grade though an usual thing happened as they tested every child in the town's reading ability.  I scored in the twelfth grade second month and was the second best child in my entire school.  I was moved up to the top class and treated differently.  The public library and my ability to read changed my life.  It even changed the life of my mother who checked out a GED book and took the test and passed it. Today I have a doctorate degree and two master degrees as well as a bachelor's degree and run a county library with two branches and a bookmobile.  I owe it all to a little library that provided me the books that made it possible for me to read.

The community that I work in is much like the one in which I grew up, there are many high school dropouts and the unemployment rate is nearly 25%.  We have a ninety percent school lunch rate and the lower to middle income ratio is 55%.  Businesses are drying up and there are not a lot of opportunities for growth.  Just like me there are many young people who want to get ahead whose parents are telling them the only way they are going to move up in the world is to learn to read and get an education.  The Dorchester County Library's two branches focus on helping parents and children engaging in the reading process.  Dollar General's grant makes it possible for us to do a better job and possibly touch the life of a child like myself who can live the American Dream.  We commend Dollar General not only for supporting our community through helping our citizens improve their lives through this family literacy grant but that they have stores in small towns and contribute to the ecoonomy as employers and make a difference in helping people get by in their daily lives.  Our literacy grant can make a difference in helping people like my mother and me to become more functional and give them an important skill which is to read at a higher level.  Dollar General is giving back to the community in many important ways.

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ACRL Arts (Arts Section)

Discussion How We Memorialize: The Art and Politics of Memorialization

by Ann Medaille on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 07:03 pm

The ACRL Arts Section will be presenting the ALA 2010 Conference program, "How We Memorialize: The Art and Politics of Memorialization" on Sunday, June 27, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at REN (Renaissance Washington Hotel) in Congressional Hall A/B.

The ACRL Arts Section will be presenting the ALA 2010 Conference program, "How We Memorialize: The Art and Politics of Memorialization" on Sunday, June 27, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm at REN (Renaissance Washington Hotel) in Congressional Hall A/B.

The program will examine emotional, spiritual and intellectual responses to public memorials and consider political issues involved in their creation. In addition, the program will examine, within the context of the nature of the public memorial, how the act of memorializing is evolving. What is the definition of a memorial? Is this definition being recast in light of virtual or transitory memorials? How does one document and “preserve” memorials that are not physical or permanent?

This program will be supported by a bibliography, and by a supplement to the Washington, D.C. ArtsGuide that will selectively identify memorials and monuments in the D.C. area and briefly discuss the history of their design and construction.

Speakers include Kirk Savage (Professor and Chair, History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh) and Davis Buckley (of Davis Buckley Architects and Planners). For more information, see the Arts Section Program Information.

ACRL Arts Section would like to thank ARTstor for its support of the 2010 Annual program.

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ALCTS New Members Interest Group

Discussion Tips for searching the conference event planner

by Ginger . Williams on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 05:40 pm

Want to sit in on a committee meeting, but can't find it in the Event Planner? A new member who wants to attend a specific committee before his appointment begins on July 1 emailed me because he couldn't find the committee listed in the Event Planner. After I replied, I realized others might also need help with the Event Planner.

Want to sit in on a committee meeting, but can't find it in the Event Planner? A new member who wants to attend a specific committee before his appointment begins on July 1 emailed me because he couldn't find the committee listed in the Event Planner. After I replied, I realized others might also need help with the Event Planner.

Tip: Don't search for specific committee meetings. Instead, set the event type to "committee" and select the division/section you're interested in, such as "ALCTS/CMDS" if you're interested in attending the CMDS Education Committee. When you scan the results, you won't find that specific committee, but you will find "All committees meeting (CMDS)." That's the one you're looking for. When you arrive in the meeting room, you'll find a half-dozen committees; just look/ask for the one you want to visit. 

By the way, committee meetings are open to visitors unless specifically marked otherwise. So, if you've accepted a committee appointment or just want to learn more about the inner workings of ALCTS, feel free to visit.

Anyone else have tips for using the event planner? 

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The American Dream Starts @ your library

Discussion The American Dream Starts @ The Atlantic County Library System

by William Paullin on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 02:09 pm

Hello everyone,

I am William D. Paullin, Director, at the Atlantic County Library System in Southern New Jersey. We are the true garden part of the "Garden State". The library system has ten branches, a reading center and a Bookmobile for our public service outlets. The county consists of urban, suburban and rural areas. Our county has a population of just over 250,000 people.

Hello everyone,

I am William D. Paullin, Director, at the Atlantic County Library System in Southern New Jersey. We are the true garden part of the "Garden State". The library system has ten branches, a reading center and a Bookmobile for our public service outlets. The county consists of urban, suburban and rural areas. Our county has a population of just over 250,000 people.

We are grateful to be one of the libraries selected for this grant. The purpose of the grant is to market and create adult literacy services for English language learners in Atlantic County through the Atlantic County Library System.

Janet Marler, Senior Librarian, who supervises the Bookmobile is the steward of the grant for the library system. She will be posting future information from us.

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ALA Emerging Leaders Program Subcommittee

Discussion 2011 Emerging Leaders application process now open

by Peter Bromberg on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 02:04 pm

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/25/2010 – 22:03

Contact: Beatrice Calvin
Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/25/2010 – 22:03

Contact: Beatrice Calvin
Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

CHICAGO – The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2011 class of Emerging Leaders.  Applications can be found at http://www.ala.org/cfapps/emergingleaders/index.cfm. The deadline to apply is July 30.

The program is designed to enable a group of library workers to get on the fast track to ALA and professional leadership.  Participants are given the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, network with peers and get an inside look into the ALA structure and activities.

An ALA division, round table, ethnic affiliate, state chapter or school library media affiliate will sponsor many of the selected applicants.  Each sponsor will contribute $1,000 toward expenses ($500 for each conference).  Sponsorship is not required for participation in the program.

Applicants can indicate on the application which groups they want to consider them for sponsorship.  A list of sponsoring units is included as part of the online application. You can also check with your state association and/or state chapter to find out if they are participating and how to apply for their sponsorship.

Library support staff are encouraged to apply to the program and will have an opportunity to be considered for sponsorship through the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table.

No more than one person from any institution will be selected for participation in the program.  Preference will be given to those who do not have experience working on ALA committees, task forces, etc.and to those who meet the following criteria:

  1. Be under 35 years of age or be a library worker of any age with fewer than five years experience working in a library, and
  2. Be able to attend both ALA conferences and work virtually in between each,
  3. Be prepared to commit to serve on either an ALA, division, chapter or round table committee, taskforce or workgroup, or in your state or local professional library organization upon completion of program and
  4. Be an ALA member or join upon selection if not already a member.

For questions or more information regarding the program, contact Beatrice Calvin at bcalvin@ala.org.

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