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LearnRT (Learning Round Table)

Event LearnRT Monthly Virtual Meeting 10/20

by Patricia Carterette on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 08:22 am

All Learning Round Table members (and all other interested people) are invited to attend our virtual monthly meetings.

We use the meetings for updates and follow-ups to committee work, in-depth discussions, sharing and announcements, as well as for Q and A.

Currently we're using ALA’s OPAL web-conferencing platform for these meetings. Here's our 2010 schedule!

All Learning Round Table members (and all other interested people) are invited to attend our virtual monthly meetings.

We use the meetings for updates and follow-ups to committee work, in-depth discussions, sharing and announcements, as well as for Q and A.

Currently we're using ALA’s OPAL web-conferencing platform for these meetings. Here's our 2010 schedule!

  • Wednesday, July 14
  • Wednesday, August 18
  • Wednesday, September 15
  • Wednesday, October 20
  • Wednesday, November 17
  • Wednesdya, December 15

Please note the time zones for our meetings:

10:00 am Pacific;  11:00 am Mountain; 12:00 noon Central and 1:00 pm Eastern

Registration is not required. Just click this link to join in: http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs423c62c43df0

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Open Access, DLS 2010 Program

Discussion Slides from Heather Joseph

by Cynthia Porter (non-member) on Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 06:28 am

Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, prepared slides with some interesting comparisons.

ACRL EBSS ERIC Users Committee (Education and Behavioral Sciences Section)

Discussion ERIC Update

by Lesley Farmer on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 06:01 pm
I’m pleased to announce that on June 20, ERIC released a major update to
the Web site at www.eric.ed.gov. This update features search enhancements,
research tools, and useful information for all ERIC audiences. Some
highlights of interest to the library community include:

The addition of “keep” lists for ERIC microfiche to supplement the existing

I’m pleased to announce that on June 20, ERIC released a major update to
the Web site at www.eric.ed.gov. This update features search enhancements,
research tools, and useful information for all ERIC audiences. Some
highlights of interest to the library community include:

The addition of “keep” lists for ERIC microfiche to supplement the existing
“pull” lists in the Librarian area of the site. Librarians just beginning
the weeding effort should consider using the "keep" lists to streamline
their work. There will be fewer microfiche to handle since more than half
of the microfiche collection is now available electronically.

Improved search tools that refine the way searchers modify their search
results, including the ability to narrow searches based on Author,
Descriptors, Date, Audience, Journal, Education Level, and Publication
Type. ERIC has also added three new search limiters to the Advanced Search
feature: "ED Only," "EJ Only," and "Peer Review".

Expanded RSS feeds, including updates to Department of Education featured
collections, new materials in selected high-interest topics (including
teacher effectiveness, autism, and community colleges), and additions of
AERA conference papers.

Ability to search ERIC’s journal and non-journal source lists, improving
users’ ability to locate journal names or contributing organizations by
keyword or phrase.

Addition of a "Share" tool that enables searchers to post citations and
searches to popular social applications and sites.

Thesaurus update, including 8 new Descriptors, 13 updated Scope Notes, 3
new Synonyms, and 7 relationship changes.

Additionally, ERIC is now reaching out to users and potential users via
social networking. You’ll find links throughout the ERIC Web site to ERIC’s
new Facebook page. The page provides periodic information updates as well
as links to materials helpful for those searching or contributing to ERIC.
We hope you will encourage students and colleagues to visit ERIC on
Facebook and click on the “Like” button to receive updates.

For more information about ERIC’s latest Web site update, visit
www.eric.ed.gov.

Best Regards,

Nancy Cawley
Communications Lead, ERIC Project

 
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LITA Web Coordinating Committee

Online Doc WCC Meeting Report, Annual 2010

by Jean Rainwater on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 02:38 pm

Web Coordinating Committee
ALA Annual, Washington, DC
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 1:30-3:30

Present: Jean Rainwater (chair), Matt Hamilton (incoming chair), Debra Hill, Brett Bonfield, Karen Coombs, Cindi Trainor (incoming Board liaison), Michelle Frisque (Board liaison), Melissa Prentice (LITA Staff), Andy Boze (ITAL)

Absent: Lisa Sibert, Mary Axford, Jason Paul Michel, Kevin Clair, Lauren Pressley, Anne Graham

Web Coordinating Committee
ALA Annual, Washington, DC
Saturday, June 26, 2010, 1:30-3:30

Present: Jean Rainwater (chair), Matt Hamilton (incoming chair), Debra Hill, Brett Bonfield, Karen Coombs, Cindi Trainor (incoming Board liaison), Michelle Frisque (Board liaison), Melissa Prentice (LITA Staff), Andy Boze (ITAL)

Absent: Lisa Sibert, Mary Axford, Jason Paul Michel, Kevin Clair, Lauren Pressley, Anne Graham

LITA Communication Channels
At Midwinter the Board endorsed using ALA Connect as the direct channel for Committee and Interest Group chairs to post meeting reports.  This has been successful but Committee and IG pages now look out-of-date as there are no links to current reports.  Such links need to be added and chairs need to be encouraged to spruce up their page content.

Cindi reported on the LITA Blog.  Matt upgraded the WordPress installation which is now running 2.9; Matt will work on upgrading to 3.0.  Brett now has administrative privileges and is in charge of user accounts. Cindi put out the call for bloggers at Annual and Brett coordinated the schedule.  Karen suggested that the ability to log in to the blog with an ALA account would be desirable and she wiil investigate if this is possible. 

LITA Website Redesign
Jean walked the committee through the elements of the redesigned website.  The information she shared is available on Collage at http://connect.ala.org/node/106795. Google Analytics data is available for the website since December 2009; login information is at the link above.

WCC Changes
Michelle explained the new committee structure.  The WCC will have two sub-committees: Communications and Technology.  The Communications sub-committee will be charged with coordinating a coherent LITA web presence across all channels and tools and with seeing that members use the channels and tools appropriately.  The Technology sub-committee will provide technical support for the Communications sub-committee and for other LITA committees.  As chair of the WCC Matt will sit on both sub-committees and will facilitate communication between them.  Each sub-committee will need to identify a chair or have one appointed.  The committee will need to decide how to update content on the website and whether to retain the positions of Web Coordinator for Committees and IGs. The current Web Coordinators are rolling off the committee and none of the new members have Collage training.  Matt will investigate training options.

Sandbox Server
Jean will share login information for the sandbox with Matt.  The sandbox currently has only python and django installed.  There was no response from the comchair list to Jean's request after Midwinter for other desired applications.

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LITA Web Coordinating Committee

Discussion LITA Website Redesign Documentation

by Jean Rainwater on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 02:37 pm

Attached is some documentation and a screenshot showing the components of the new LITA website.

ALA Task Force on proposed Google Book Search (GBS) settlement

Discussion Internet Archive begins digital lending

by Karen Coyle on Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

The Wall St. Jo. article is a bit confusing, but the Internet Archive, via the Open Library, is now lending digitized out of print books that MAY still be under copyright. This may receive some attention from AAP/AG, as it brings up issues similar to the GBS ones.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405274870327970457533519305488463...

 

ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee

Discussion Convergence--Library, Archives, and Museum Identity in the Web Age?

by Karen Muller on Thu, Jun 17, 2010 at 03:41 pm

Convergence--Library, Archives, and Museum Identity in the Web Age?

Convergence--Library, Archives, and Museum Identity in the Web Age?

Care to explore a different type of future? Traditional professional identities are being challenged. In the short term, an economic crisis threatens all cultural institutions. It is leading enterprising Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) to work together and seek cooperative ventures. In the long term, the Web may be forcing a basic redefinition of those fields. Nineteenth-century institutional distinctions blur in the unifying face of digital images and attitudes of a new generation of information-driven digital natives.

Join us in exploring this looming and perhaps inescapable landscape at “The LAMs Converge,” on Saturday, June 26, from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m in Room 209A/B of the Washington Convention Center. Help explore how LAMs can address a new era of collaboration. How are the relationships shifting? How can cultural heritage institutions create structures that move beyond their building walls for a very different type of user? Indeed, what is the economic future of libraries, archives and museums?

The program grew out of the 2009 "Convergence" conference of the Institute of Museum and Library Services and follows a similar session at the American Association of Museums in May. Your invitation comes from CALM, the unique inter-organizational committee with representatives from ALA, the Society of American Architects, and the American Association of Museums. The distinguished panel includes (L) Martín Gómez, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library; (A) Helen Tibbo, Professor, School of Information & Library Science, UNC; and (M) Michael Edson, Director, Web & New Media Strategy, Smithsonian Institution, OCIO; and, Fred Stielow, American Public University System and ALA's CALM co-chair.

(Description by Fred Stielow)

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The American Dream Starts @ your library

Discussion Literacy Enhancement for All

by Elizabeth Aguilar (non-member) on Wed, Jun 2, 2010 at 04:37 pm

Hello, My name is Elizabeth, and am now a new Library Director for the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.  I came to work with the Public Library this past January 2010, after recently retiring from an Elementary Public School Library of 11 years with prior teaching experience of 20 years.  I am excited to continue my career as a librarian and as teacher  by providing needed services to the community as a Public Librarian.

Hello, My name is Elizabeth, and am now a new Library Director for the Town of Bernalillo Martha Liebert Public Library.  I came to work with the Public Library this past January 2010, after recently retiring from an Elementary Public School Library of 11 years with prior teaching experience of 20 years.  I am excited to continue my career as a librarian and as teacher  by providing needed services to the community as a Public Librarian.

I am excited to use the American Dream Grant to help limited English speakers and readers by holding reading/computer literacy groups.  I am now in the process of networking with local literacy organizations to identify clients for this project. 

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