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LinkedIn is the premier social media program for getting recruiters and employers to find you. Come hear Kate Dietrick of InfoCurrent tell you how to set up an account, what to post and how to make the most of your listing. If you have time, why not go to the site, even make up an account? The NY Librarians Meetup has a Discussion Group on LinkedIn so check it out, post something, tell us what you think. As Q&A will be an important feature of the session, it might be advisable to do some reading up on LinkedIn and take a site tour. This meetup event is a work in progress, and the presentation may vary slightly from the current description. We're hoping that Kate may be joined by another recruiter or social media maven, so do keep posted. Feel free to contact me directly or get a discussion going on how you think NYLM might best take advantage of this well-respected web application. As we are limited to 30 people, you must RSVP to Meetup.com/nylibrarians on the Web to reserve a spot. However, do feel free to bring along a guest. Just remember to include him or her in your RSVP. If time permits, we may also tour the Mulberry Branch, as it has been recently renovated.
The ACRL 2010 skeleton schedule for ALA 2010 conferences is now available.
Thank you to all the ACRL members who provided constructive feedback regarding the one-day reduction (conference ending on Tuesday instead of Wednesday) of the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The ACRL Board considered historical meeting times, member feedback, and strove to anticipate future needs while finalizing the ACRL skeleton conference schedule.
Please expect more information about scheduling 2010 ALA conference meetings this fall.
The ALA Committee on Literacy invites you to a discussion and planning meeting on Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 pm at McCormick Place West in W-176c to discuss an exciting new project to support online information and learning opportunities for adults and teens with low reading skills.
The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) tells us that at least 90 million adults in the U.S. read at or below basic literacy levels. Current statistics show that 30% of high school students leave school without a diploma (50% in African American and Latino communities). We see these adults and teens - who have the same information needs and interests as those with degrees - every day in our libraries.
Public libraries are overwhelmed with demands on services in this economic downturn. People looking for work flock to the libraries to read wants ads, write resumes and complete online job applications. Can’t afford to go to the doctor? Need to study for the GED? Want to become a citizen? There are many resources on the web that can respond to these needs but one needs to be pretty web savvy to locate (and evaluate) them. Savvy like librarians.
The objective of this meeting is to explore the possibility of a national project to support cooperative collection development of online information portals for adults and teens with low literacy skills. Project participants would share responsibility for and access to a common web library that could respond to the common information needs of our common clients. Such a project would be a win-win for everyone.
At the meeting we will look at some existing web portals, like Internet Public Library (http://ipl.org) and the Beehive (http://beehive.org). We will also showcase many websites that could be incorporated into a larger portal.
Please join us to discuss these ideas and more. The meeting will be led by Robin Osborne, Director of the Office of Community Connections at the Westchester Library System (NY) and editor of From Outreach to Equity: Innovative Models of Library Policy and Practice (ALA Editions, 2004).
For more information contact Robin Osborne at email@example.com.
This is an excellent PowerPoint presentation by Wayne Sanders and Felicity Dykas. It describes new developments in the world of cataloging, and there are a lot of them.
- Can non-ALA members join ALA Connect?
Yes! Anyone can join ALA Connect at a basic participation level.
- What can non-ALA members do in Connect?
Non-members can create an account on Connect and join any open community, where they'll have full posting rights. In addition, non-member accounts can comment on any content marked "public" in any group on Connect, whether the group itself is open or closed.
Non-members cannot fill out full profiles, see details on member profiles, network with ALA members, or create new communities. As new features become available, some of them won't be available to non-members, such as the mentoring network and posting to the opportunities exchange.
- Why do I have to wait for admin approval when I create a non-member account?
Unfortunately, we've had to implement this extra step due to spam. Although we've been able to stop automated spam, some humans are taking the time to create an account and post spam to the site, so we've had to step in and moderate new accounts. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we'll activate accounts as quickly as we can.
- Why does it say (non-member) after my name if I'm an ALA member?
If you're an ALA member, you don't need to create a new account on Connect. Instead, you should log in using your ALA website username and password. If you're not sure what those are, you can recover them from the ALA website.
- If I join ALA, can you make my non-member account into a member one?
Unfortunately, we don't have a way to do this, but once you join ALA, you'll have immediate member access to Connect using your ALA username and password. If you want to transfer any content you posted from your non-member account to your member one, please contact us.
- How do I delete my non-member account?
We haven't yet implemented a way for you to delete your non-member account, so please contact us and we'll do it for you. Sorry about this, but we hope to provide this functionality in the future.
- Don't see your question listed here? Contact us for an answer or leave a comment below.
See Emily Ford's post Why We Should Adopt ALAConnect: A brief review and rumination on ALA's new online community on In the Library with the Lead Pipe for some starting points. In fact, her initiative inspired the creation of this group, with Diane Chen's nudge, so thank you to both of them.
Please use the discussion forums listed in the right-hand columns to start posting your suggestions, ideas, and feedback. Don't forget that there's a separate help community if you have specific questions about how to use Connect.