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Discussion Volunteer Opportunity - Web Course Liason

by Erica Findley on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 08:54 pm

The Continuing Education Committee of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is looking for volunteers to serve as Web Course Liaisons on a Web Course Sub-Committee.  ALCTS currently offers web courses in Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Fundamentals of Acquisitions, and Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions.  Additional courses on the Fundamentals of Cataloging and the Fundamentals of Preservation are in development.  Courses are taught at regular intervals throughout t

The Continuing Education Committee of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) is looking for volunteers to serve as Web Course Liaisons on a Web Course Sub-Committee.  ALCTS currently offers web courses in Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management, Fundamentals of Acquisitions, and Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions.  Additional courses on the Fundamentals of Cataloging and the Fundamentals of Preservation are in development.  Courses are taught at regular intervals throughout the year.  Each course lasts four weeks and is taught by two instructors.  Students come from all over the world and some are working towards their Library Support Staff Certification.  

Requirements:

  • Knowledgeable about a range of technical services activities
  • Interest in distance education
  • Strong inter-personal skills
  • Availability ca. one to two hours a week to handle inquiries and maintain contacts with instructors and others interested in online course preparation

Responsibilities:

  • Creating training procedures for new course instructors and reviewing those procedures periodically
  • Gathering feedback from course instructors in order to improve future offerings
  • Monitoring course evaluations and identifying any problems with instructor performance
  • Working with course instructors to develop new sections of existing courses exclusively for international students
  • Responding to copyright inquiries relating to course materials
  • Coordinating with course developers and content experts to identify and recruit instructors
  • Facilitating the review and updating of course content
  • Supporting the requirements of the Library Support Staff Certification Program within the parameters of the online courses
  • Facilitate communication between the instructors and the International Relations Committee regarding the ALCTS web course grant for librarians from developing countries.

One liaison will be assigned for each course.  Appointments to Web Course Sub-Committee are for two years, with the possibility of an additional two year appointment. 

If interested, please contact Pamela Bluh, Chair of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee at pbluh@umaryland.edu 

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AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)

Discussion AASL issues school librarian call to action and position statement on Common Core Standards

by Stephanie Book (staff) on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 05:12 pm

CHICAGO – A statement released by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) urges school library professionals to examine the grade level bands in the first official public draft released today of the K-12 standards, a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and provide feedback through the Common Core Standards Web site at www.corestandards.org.

CHICAGO – A statement released by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) urges school library professionals to examine the grade level bands in the first official public draft released today of the K-12 standards, a part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, and provide feedback through the Common Core Standards Web site at www.corestandards.org. Additionally, AASL encourages school librarians to study the finalized college- and career-readiness standards released in 2009, to determine how school library programs support student success in meeting these standards.

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Governors and state commissioners of education from 48 states, 2 territories and the District of Columbia committed to developing a common core of state standards in English-language arts and mathematics for grades K-12 that define the knowledge and skills students should have to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing, academic college courses and in workforce training programs.

As students strive to meet the rigor of the Common Core Standards, certified school librarians will play an essential part in ensuring that 21st-Century information literacy skills, dispositions, responsibilities and assessments are integrated throughout all curriculum areas. AASL leads the way in addressing information literacy through the “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.”  The accompanying publication “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action” provides a coherent framework of development from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. With the integration of these standards to the Common Core Standards, students have the opportunity to be well-prepared as life-long learners facing the challenges of college and careers.

As the Common Core Standards are implemented by the states, AASL stands ready to participate in the process. A task force has been charged with preparing a crosswalk from the AASL “Standards for the 21st-Century Learner” to the Common Core Standards. This document will guide members as they collaborate with classroom teachers.

The college- and career-readiness standards were released for public comment in September 2009, and finalized in November 2009.  Released for comment March 10, 2010, the NGA Center and CCSSO are soliciting for research and evidence supported feedback on the K-12 standards through April 2, 2010. States are projected to submit in early 2010, a timeline and process for adoption of Common Core State Standards in English-language arts and mathematics.

For more information about the Common Core Standards Initiative and both sets of standards issued, visit www.corestandards.org. To view AASL’s statement on the Common Core college- and career-readiness standards in its entirety, visit the AASL Web site at www.ala.org/aasl/collegecareerstandards

The American Association of School Librarians, www.aasl.org, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field. 

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AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)

Discussion AASL Legislation Alerts: NETP, ESEA and FY2011 Budget

by Stephanie Book (staff) on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 05:10 pm

Draft National Education Technology Plan open for comment

The United States Department of Education has released the draft National Education Technology Plan 2010, and is encouraging public feedback. Embeded Commenting is featured within the context of the plan and will be available for the next sixty days. To learn more about the draft plan and the commenting process, visit http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010.

Draft National Education Technology Plan open for comment

The United States Department of Education has released the draft National Education Technology Plan 2010, and is encouraging public feedback. Embeded Commenting is featured within the context of the plan and will be available for the next sixty days. To learn more about the draft plan and the commenting process, visit http://www.ed.gov/technology/netp-2010.

Speak out on ESEA reuthorization; resources available on AASL Web site

The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is calling on school librarians to contact their local legislators, media and community organizations concerning the reform and reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and to speak to the integral part strong school libraries play in a student’s successful education. To support this call to action, more information, talking points and resources are available for download on the AASL Web site at http://www.ala.org/aasl/aaslissues/ESEA.

Call now to support school library funding!

President Obama’s FY2011 Budget Proposal to Congress consolidated Improving Literacy Through School Libraries with five other literacy programs, requiring school libraries to directly compete with other programs to receive federal dollars and ultimately taking the funds out of reach for most school libraries. However, is currently drafting their own budget for FY2011 in response, and there is no word yet if they will go along with the recommendation consolidations. Congress needs to hear from their constituents now about the important role that school libraries play in today’s schools.

A letter is currently circulating in the House of Representatives urging the Appropriations Committee to specifically appropriate $100 million for Improving Literacy Through School Libraries, making this program available to every state, rather than through a competitive grant program. Contact your representative’s office explaining the importance of a strong school library program in a child’s education, and ask them to sign on to the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries “Dear Colleague.” You can find your legislator’s contact information at http://capwiz.com/ala/home/. The deadline is March 12.

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ALCTS

Discussion More Cataloging Icky Things available

by Christine McConnell (non-member) on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 04:17 pm

Presenter Pamela Newberg took participant questions during her February webinar. Those questions and Pamela's answers are now available online. Learn more about cataloging mp3s, DVDs, Playaways, and more. Go Now.

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Library Leadership and Management Associations (LLAMA ) Mentoring Committee

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:05 am

Hi All Spectrum Scholars,

Are you interested in serving on the Library Leadership and Management Associations (LLAMA ) Mentoring Committee? If so, than you are invited to volunteer for this great committee.  Our committee gets lots of work done and you'll also work with a great group of individuals. 

Hi All Spectrum Scholars,

Are you interested in serving on the Library Leadership and Management Associations (LLAMA ) Mentoring Committee? If so, than you are invited to volunteer for this great committee.  Our committee gets lots of work done and you'll also work with a great group of individuals. 

As a group, we, plan, implement, and oversee an ongoing LLAMA mentoring program.  The mentoring program is designed to facilitate and encourage the professional development of current and emerging library leaders.  These activities are intended to support the LLAMA Strategic Plan.

We are looking for someone with a technology background or skillset OR are serious about developing these skills independently.  You must also be a member of LLAMA or be willing to become a member upon appointment to this committee.

This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in becoming more involved with ALA and LLAMA!  If you want to learn more about committee work, LLAMA, mentoring, or are looking for a volunteer opportunity in a supportive environment while sharing your tech skills, we would love to hear from you.  Perfect for anyone new to committee work!

Please fill out the volunteer form and tell us why you'd like to join the LLAMA Mentoring Committee.  If you have any questions, please contact me directly at agonzalez@library.tamu.edu

Thanks,

Adriana Gonzalez

Vice Chair – LLAMA Mentoring Committee

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RDA: Resource Description & Access

Discussion RDA seminar in Copenhagen

by Patrick Hogan (staff) on Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 10:01 am

via CILIP's Catalologue and Index blog

The European RDA Interest group (EURIG) and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) are planning a seminar on the new cataloguing rules and their implications for libraries in Europe and in particular its non-English speaking cataloguing communities.

RDA in Europe: making it happen!  EURIG-JSC joint seminar, to be held at the Royal Library, Copenhagen, on 8th August 2010.

via CILIP's Catalologue and Index blog

The European RDA Interest group (EURIG) and the Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA (JSC) are planning a seminar on the new cataloguing rules and their implications for libraries in Europe and in particular its non-English speaking cataloguing communities.

RDA in Europe: making it happen!  EURIG-JSC joint seminar, to be held at the Royal Library, Copenhagen, on 8th August 2010.

Topics to be covered during the seminar will include: RDA: background and context - RDA: a demonstration of the online toolkit - RDA: a non-Anglo-American perspective - Translation issues - Implementation plans - Future development of the rules - Reports from European countries considering a move to RDA - Time for discussion.

The programme is available at: http://www.slainte.org.uk/eurig/docs/EURIGJSCSeminar2010Programme.pdf

Further information at: http://www.slainte.org.uk/eurig/meetings.htm#eurigjsc2010 or from Anders Cato, email: anders.cato@kb.se.

Registration: http://rda.axaco.se

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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Discussion A Question for the Think Tank

by Kim Leeder Reed on Tue, Jan 19, 2010 at 02:52 pm

At the Young Turks reception in Boston, we initiated a conversation by asking the question of those present:

What would make ALA a better fit for you?

We invited responses on paper, on Twitter using #youngturks, or by email to any of the working group members. We'll post some of those responses here for all to share.

At the Young Turks reception in Boston, we initiated a conversation by asking the question of those present:

What would make ALA a better fit for you?

We invited responses on paper, on Twitter using #youngturks, or by email to any of the working group members. We'll post some of those responses here for all to share.

If you weren't at the reception, or even if you were and have new ideas, we invite you to comment below and share your constructive ideas for what might make ALA a better place.

 

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LSSIRT (Library Support Staff Interests Round Table)

Discussion ala10 Preliminary Program is out!

by Betsy R. Miller (non-member) on Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 03:02 pm

Since we'll have the "Staff Support Interests" track instead of an Empowerment Conference this year, what other sessions (outside that track) are people thinking about attending?

Betsy R. Miller, Senior Library Technician          http://www.linkedin.com/in/betsyrmiller

ALA COL Copyright (Ad hoc Subcommittee)

Discussion Reading reminder!

by Corey Williams (staff) on Thu, Mar 4, 2010 at 02:26 pm

Hi,

Just wanted to remind everyone that we have two readings as preparation for our next subcommittee call scheduled for Thursday, March 18 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The two readings include:

Hi,

Just wanted to remind everyone that we have two readings as preparation for our next subcommittee call scheduled for Thursday, March 18 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The two readings include:

Also, please let me know if you have suggested agenda items for the call.

Thanks,

Corey

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