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RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

Online Doc RUSA Section Review

by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:23 am

RUSA Section Review

The RUSA Organization Committee reviews sections every five years. Sections are asked to review their committees and discussion groups and evaluate their effectiveness. 

RUSA Section Review

The RUSA Organization Committee reviews sections every five years. Sections are asked to review their committees and discussion groups and evaluate their effectiveness. 

Procedure Statement on Evaluation of Committees

  • Policy dictates that all eligible sections be reviewed every five years.
  • Newly established sections receive their first review after three years.(STARS first review is scheduled for 2010)
  • STARS should submit its review documentation to the RUSA Organization Committee in time to allow distribution of copies in preparation for discussion at the Annual Conference.
  • Normally, reviews are conducted during the Midwinter Conference and are administered by the Subcommittee on Reviews.
  • If necessary to maintain the integrity of the schedules, reviews also may be conducted during the Annual Conference.
  • Reviewers should not be members or active participants of their assigned section. Reviews should be conducted at a regular business meeting of the section.

For more information

Calendar and outline of the normal review procedures


  • October 15

Chair of Subcommittee on Reviews notifies chairs of all sections slated for review by a form letter adopted for that purpose. Also included is a copy of the evaluation checklist and a copy of the policy statement concerning "Establishment and Evaluation of Committees ."

  • December 1

Chair of Subcommittee notifies all Subcommittee members of sections slated for review and their meeting times and dates. By December 10, committee members inform Subcommittee Chair which times they are available.

  • December 10

Chair of Subcommittee notifies subcommittee members of review assignments. In cases where committee members have not responded with their choices, assignments will be arbitrary. If subcommittee members are unable to attend their assigned meetings, the Subcommittee Chair should be notified. (If conflicts cannot be resolved, these section reviews may be postponed until the Annual Conference and section chairs informed of same.)

  • December 15

Subcommittee members contact chairs of sections to be reviewed directly and inform them of their visit on a certain day.

  • Mid-Winter Reviews are conducted according to the schedule described above and checklists are filled out.


  • February 14

Subcommittee members send copies of their reviews to Subcommittee Chair for purposes of synthesis and distribution.

  • March 15

Subcommittee chair sends each member of Organization Committee copies of all reviews together with a brief report of findings.

  • March 30

Organization Committee chair sends review results to section chairs.

RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

Online Doc How to present RUSA/STARS Preconference

by Andrea Schurr on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:23 am



Preconferences are held at the beginning of the ALA Annual Conference each year.  They do not receive financial support from ALA and are meant to be self-supporting.   This document is designed to lead you through the process for presenting a successful preconference.

Getting Started



Preconferences are held at the beginning of the ALA Annual Conference each year.  They do not receive financial support from ALA and are meant to be self-supporting.   This document is designed to lead you through the process for presenting a successful preconference.

Getting Started

Preconference program proposals must be submitted to the RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee 18 months in advance of the program, so you will need to get started early, usually 2 years in advance.  Often a section committee will have several ideas for a preconference and will debate the merits of each.  You should consider the following points:

  • Is the topic relevant to members of ALA and RUSA?  Is it current?
  • Will the program appeal to enough conferees to ensure a substantial audience?
  • Will the cost of the program fit within the budgets constraints of ALA and RUSA?
  • Has a similar program been done recently?  Will this program bring anything new to the discussion?
  • Is the program appropriate for a preconference or would another venue be more suitable?
  • Is the title descriptive?  Can a potential attendee tell what the program is about by looking at the title?
  • Who are potential speakers for the preconference?
  • You will want to appoint a preconference planning committee with a chair to organize and run the preconference.

Writing a Preconference Description

When writing or editing preliminary program copy, remember that you are writing copy to market a product. You must not only provide the required information, but also present it convincingly. Write the copy as if you had to justify program attendance to your boss.

The copy should answer the following questions:

  • Who should attend?
  • Why is the topic important?
  • What will program attendees gain to help them do their jobs better?
  • What bonus information will attendees gain? Are there special hand-outs or freebies?
  • Who will be giving the program and what are their credentials?
  • How will the program be conducted? (panel, speakers, small group interaction)
  • Is advance registration required? What are the fees?
  • When is the program?
  • Where is the program? (If it is off-site or requires advance arrangements, say so.)

After writing or editing the copy, read it aloud or show it to someone else. Does it interest you? Would you want to attend the program after reading the copy? Did you leave anything out?

When writing copy, remember:

  • Place the most important information first.
  • More is not necessarily better. Nothing is more intimidating to a reader than a long, jargon-filled description. Keep it simple. Keep it short.
  • Use the active, not passive voice.
  • Write your copy and then rewrite it, edit out words and phrases that contribute nothing.


  • Announce the preconference on the appropriate listservs, including local listservs in the conference city.
  • Remember that people who live close to the conference site may not usally attend ALA but may want to attend the preconference.
  • Consider using social media and wikis, such as ShareILL.
  • Consider passing out advertisements at ALA Midwinter events prior to the preconference.  Circulate information at other library oriented events as well.
  • If you have corporate sponsors, consider asking them to publicize the preconference on their websites or listservs.
  • Ask the STARS webmaster to include information on the STARS website.
  • Request that the event be added to the American Libraries Calendar of Events online.
  • Work with RUSA staff to write a press release.
  • Remember to begin your publicity far enough in advance of ALA Annual so possible attendees can make their travel plans.

Calendar of tasks for preconference subcommittee

Once you have settled on a topic, a title, and potential speakers it’s time to get to work.   Following is a calendar to guide the committee in its work:

  • Annual Conference 2 years prior to preconference
    •  Identify topic and title, appoint committee.
    • Consider potential cosponsors, corporate sponsors, and budget.  Remember that you must get approval from RUSA to contact any coporate sponsors.
    • Notify the STARS Excutive Committe as soon as possible that you are considering a preconference and get preliminary approval.
  • After Annual Conference
    • Contact potential speakers to see if they are interested.
    • Committee Chair submits proposal to RUSA Office no later than the following January 1st.
  • Midwinter Meeting 18 months prior to preconference
    • Stars Executive Committee approves the proposal. 
    • RUSA Program Coordinating Committee evaluates proposal and submits it to the RUSA Board with a recommendation.
    • Committee continues to work on preconference planning.
  • Annual Conference 12 months prior to preconference
    • Committee continues planning for preconference, including speakers, handouts, evaluation forms, cosponsors and corporate sponsors.
    • Committee reviews budget and publicity.
    • If event is to be catered, consider getting support from a coporate sponsor.
  • July prior to preconference
    • Committee Chair submits the Preconference Workshop Program Form online.
    • RUSA staff finalizes budget.
  • August prior to preconference
    • Preconference chair submits the proposal to the RUSA Publications Committee if the proceeding will be published.
  • September prior to preconference
    • Preconference chair confirms arrangements with speakers
    • Preconference chair submits list of sponsors for approval
    • Preconference chair submits information to RUSA for news releases.
    • RUSA staff submits meeting request form by October 1 with room size/layout and orders AV equipment.
  • November prior to preconference
    • Preconference chair confirms sponsor funding.
    • Preconference planning committee starts publicizing the event so that potential attendees know about it when they make conference hotel reservations.
    • If there will be a publication submit copy to the RUSA Publications Committee.
  • Midwinter Meeting 6 months prior to preconference
    • Committee reviews details for the preconference.
    • Preconference chair submits preliminary program copy information.
  • March prior to preconference
    • Preconference chair submits final program copy.
  • April prior to preconference
    • Preconference chair sends handout to RUSA staff for reproduction including evaluation forms.
    • Confirm that the registration list, nametags (if provided) and other materials will be available.
    • Preconference chair submits list on non-registered participants (speakers, committee).  Make sure you have alloted for them in your budget.
    • RUSA notifies Chair of final head count and catering arrangements.
    • Make sure speakers have a copy of the agenda, PowerPoint presentations are ready to be loaded on computer, etc.
  • Annual Conference when preconference is held
    • Preconference planning committee arrives early to check setup and greet speakers.
    • Preconference committee staffs registration table, keeps time for speakers, helps with Q&A sessions, hands out and collects evaluations, and in general makes sure everything goes as smoothly as possible.
  • July after preconference
    • Preconference chair completes publications.
    • Preconference chair submits requests for reimbursement.
    • Preconference chair submits evaluation of program to RUSA.
    • Make sure speakers get thank you letters.


As noted earlier, preconferences do not receive financial support from ALA and are meant to be self-supporting.  The RUSA Executive Director must give final approval to both the budget and the registration fee, and no registration fees should be publicized until this approval has been given.  Please note that only official members of the preconference planning committee may attend the preconference at no charge.  Following are some items to consider when planning your budget and registration fees:

  • Corporate Sponsorship
    • Can be asked to support program or catering costs.
    • Must be approved by the ALA Development Office and be registered as Exhibitors for the Conference.
  • Printing
    • Publicity, registration, handouts, name tags, etc.
  • Postage
    • Publicity, registration confirmation, and other correspondence.
  • AV and computer equipment.
  • Speaker Expense
    • Usually limited to non-librarian speakers.
    • Estimated expenses are $200/day for hotel, $40/day for meals, and $450/day for transportation.
    • Check with the RUSA office for the most recent guidelines on reimbursing speakers.
  • Meeting space rental if not held at a conference hotel or the convention center.
  • Expenses for free registrants, including speakers/presenters and planning committee members
    • Meals, registration packets, badges, etc.
  • Catering
    • Breaks, meals, coffee, etc.
  • ALA Overhead
    • Cost is set annually by ALA and averages 20%, although it could be higher.
  • RUSA Office Expenses
    • Photocopying, faxing, and postage will be charged to the preconference.


You may ask another ALA unit or committee or outside organization to cosponsor a RUSA/STARS preconference.  The request must be reviewed by the Conference Program Coordinating Committee and then submitted to the RUSA Board of Directors for approval.   If the cosponsor is part of a RUSA Section, the Executive Committee must give approval.  Otherwise, the approval decision rest with the cosponsor.

RUSA links

  • RUSA Guide (and calendar) to meetings,programs, preconferences and workshops  (information on budgets and funding is available here)
  • RUSA Preconference/workshop proposal
  • RUSA Program Proposal Form
  • RUSA program evaluation form
  • Other Topics to Cover in This Document

    • Logistics such as: Table and technology setups should reflect the nature of the preconference.
    • Possible review of final agenda by exec before the preconference - these events reflect on STARS as an organization.
    • What is a preconference?  General guidelines for types of activities, learning outcomes, etc.
    RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

    Online Doc Communications

    by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:22 am





    STARS-L provides news and information about RUSA-STARS programs and activities of interest to those involved with resource sharing and access services in all types of libraries. The list also serves as a means for subscribers to communicate with other list members, including STARS leaders. In addition, STARS-L is now open to all interested persons, without the need for subscription approval by the listowner.    * Click on :STARS-L  then on SubscribeWhen your request to subscribe has been approved by the list owners, you will receive an e-mail welcome message.(For a complete list of all RUSA mailing lists visit the the ALA Mailing List Service page.)

    RUSA Blog

    This blog is a forum for ongoing discussion of issues relating to reference and user services in libraries. http://rusa.ala.org/blog/For more information about the blog, visit http://rusa.ala.org/blog/about/


    RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

    Online Doc Committees and Discussion Groups

    by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:20 am

    STARS Committees and Discussion Groups 

    Committee Structure

    STARS Committees and Discussion Groups 

    Committee Structure


    • Atlas / STARS Mentoring Award
    • Code and Guidelines  
    • Cooperative Collection Development 
    • Cooperative/Remote Circulation 
    • Education and Training
    • Interlibrary Loan 
    • International Interlibrary Loan  
    • Legislation and Licensing
    • Membership
    • Nominating  
    • Organization  
    • Research and Statistics  
    • Rethinking Resource Sharing Policies  
    • Vendor Relations  
    • Virginia Boucher-OCLC Distinguished ILL Librarian Award

     Discussion Groups

    RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

    Online Doc Budget and Funding

    by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:17 am

    Committee Funding

    RUSA Committees are allotted a $50 budget to use for supplies, printing, etc. These funds can also be used to make conference calls via the ALA conference calling service. The cost is $25-30 for a short (hour long) call, and ALA will bill RUSA. Contact the STARS chair for more information.

    Committee Funding

    RUSA Committees are allotted a $50 budget to use for supplies, printing, etc. These funds can also be used to make conference calls via the ALA conference calling service. The cost is $25-30 for a short (hour long) call, and ALA will bill RUSA. Contact the STARS chair for more information.

    RUSA Budget and Finance information

    Preconference Funding

    Preconference planners should coordinate with the STARS Chair to request funding for preparations, etc.




    RUSA STARS Organization Committee (Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section)

    Online Doc Conference Programs

    by Geneva Holliday on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 08:17 am

     Conference Programs

    RUSA offers three types of on-site professional development opportunities:

        * Midwinter Institutes, held at the beginning of ALA Midwinter Meeting
        * Preconferences, held at the beginning of ALA Annual Conference
        * Programs, held during ALA Annual Conference 

     Conference Programs

    RUSA offers three types of on-site professional development opportunities:

        * Midwinter Institutes, held at the beginning of ALA Midwinter Meeting
        * Preconferences, held at the beginning of ALA Annual Conference
        * Programs, held during ALA Annual Conference 


    Preconference and program proposals are due to the STARS Executive Board and the RUSA Program Planning BEFORE the summer Annual Conference. Any committee contemplating submitting a program proposal needs to contact the Executive Board as early as possible. 

    The STARS Executive Board needs to know ASAP if you are thinking about proposing a program and needs to approve the actual program proposal before it goes forward to the RUSA Conference Program Coordinating Committee. Approval can be handled during one of STARS Exec’s monthly conference calls since it’s not likely that a complete program proposal can be developed during this conference.  (need some dates when proposals are due to the STARS Executive Committee)

    Please ONLY use this form as a guide re: information to submit to STARS Exec, at first. DO NOT complete and submit the proposal form to RUSA until you have Exec Comm approval.


    LITA International Relations Committee

    Online Doc LITA International Relations Committee (IRC) Annual Meeting Agenda - June 27, 2010

    by H. Frank Cervone on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 07:45 am

    LITA International Relations Committee


    Sunday June 27, 2010 – 8:30-10:00 AM

    Washington Hilton, Boundary Room


    1. Report on LITA IRC program 
    2. Update from the LITA Committee and IG Chair meeting
    3. Discussion of LITA Strategic Plan and future directions and activities of IRC
    4. IFLA Meeting Update
    5. Other items
    2018 Emerging Leaders

    Online Doc ALA 2010 Final Projects

    by Peter Bromberg on Sat, Jun 26, 2010 at 07:26 am


    Emerging Leaders 2010 Final Projects


    Project A:  Learning 4 Life Implementation Resources:  Resources for applying the AASL Standard’s for the 21st Century Learner to your everyday practice.


    Emerging Leaders 2010 Final Projects


    Project A:  Learning 4 Life Implementation Resources:  Resources for applying the AASL Standard’s for the 21st Century Learner to your everyday practice.

    1. Team A collaborated to come up with various websites which correlated to the new American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner, also known as the Learning 4 Life (L4L) Standards.  We were asked to design resources specifically for new or returning school librarians.  Four of us took on the challenge of finding websites which would help librarians attain the skills to teach each of the four main standards.  The fifth person developed the brochure, bookmarks and website to advertise those websites.  You will find our resources on our website.  Besides participating in the Emerging Leader poster session, we will be presenting two sessions on the pavillion discussing our resources and the correlated websites.
    2. Link to Final Project Page:  http://connect.ala.org/node/105768

    Project B: ACRL 101: Enhancing the Annual Conference Experience for 1st-Time ACRL Attendees

    1. Team B was challenged by ACRL to find ways to enhance the Annual Conference experience for first-time ACRL attendees by supplementing the ACRL 101 program. We approached our task with three areas of focus in mind. First, we developed a series of blog posts in both ACRL Insider and ACRLog which discussed our experiences as new librarians and conference attendees. Our second task was to host two OnPoint chat discussions for first-time conference goers in which we discussed the structure of the conference, how to get around, how to schedule your time and spent time answering any questions that participants had about attending ALA for the first time. Third, we are in the process of planning three Mini-ACRL 101 sessions which will take place at the ALA Pavilion during the conference which will supplement the ACRL 101 program.
    2. Team B's Final Project Page

    Project C: CALM Podcast

    1. The 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders Group C is the third team to work with the Joint Committee on Libraries, Archives, and Museums (CALM) on a project involving the development of Web 2.0 technologies.  CALM comprises representatives from ALA (American Library Association), SAA (Society of American Archivists), and AAM (American Association of Museums).

      This year, the group created CALM’s inaugural podcast.  Group C was fortunate to arrange an interview with David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, for our podcast.  A former librarian who now heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), a federal agency that includes archives, libraries, and museums, Mr. Ferriero represents a unique perspective which is of interest to the CALM audience.  The interview covers Mr. Ferriero’s background and experience as a librarian, his current work at NARA, and views on the convergence of libraries, archives, and museums in the digital landscape.  The team produced a three-part podcast series of the interview with Mr. Ferriero, recorded on April 23, 2010 at the National Archives Building in Washington, D.C.
      Group C also developed a set of recommendations for CALM regarding procedures, technology, and content for the creation of future podcasts, as well as recommendations about other Web 2.0 technologies to pursue. These recommendations are presented in a report submitted to CALM.

      Podcast episodes are available at http://calmcte.podomatic.com/.

       2.   Link to the Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106379


    Project DALCTS Web Based Leadership Development

    1. In a context of changing demographics, rapidly evolving Web technologies for community work and declining travel budgets, ALCTS wants to enhance the way it develops new leaders for the Association. In the past, the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee has been responsible for two in-person events. The Volunteer Forum at Midwinter was designed to encourage new ALCTS members to seek deeper involvement in the organization through committee service and, more recently, other kinds of remote engagement such as website development and online training. The New Leaders Orientation at Annual was designed to give initial support to newly appointed committee chairs and members and, more recently, interest group chairs, as they began their terms of office. The committee has been charged by the Board to move support for volunteers and new leaders away from these in-person events to Web-based tools that will engage new leadership at various stages and provide effective point-of-need guidance and information.

      ALCTS would like EL project volunteer(s) to advise it on the transformation of one or both of these two functions, using a solid understanding of 1) the Association, as assisted by the member mentor, immediate past-president of ALCTS 2) member needs as expressed to the committee in various fall fora (e.g. an ALCTS e-forum, polling the alctsleaders listserv) and 3) available Web 2.0 options for presenting/enhancing online content, including A/V features, interactive elements, etc.  End Results of the 2010 Emerging Leaders Project D was the facilitation for creation of 9 videos from current or past leaders of ALCTS discussing experiences and tips for future participants in ALCTS.

    2. Link to Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106372

    Project EALSC Future Scan

    1. Emerging Leaders Team E conducted a thorough environmental scan of the Association for Library Service to Children and the economic, cultural, and technological environment in which it exists. The team considered both external (cultural, political, technological, demographic trends and patterns) and internal (conditions that affect how the Association operates such as changes in membership, member needs, resources available) factors while conducting the scan. The end result of the project was a comprehensive report about ALSC and current trends in professional associations. This report offers valuable information as ALSC begins to create its new strategic plan.
    2. ALSC Future Scan  

    Project FRevision of IMLS 21st Century Librarian Grant

    1. Group F worked on revising a 21st Century Librarian grant proposal, so that it can be submitted by ASCLA to the IMLS Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program in December 2010.  The proposal, if funded, will support scholarships and assistive services for either persons with disabilities, or people interested in working with disabled populations, to attend graduate school and obtain their MLS.
    2. Link to Final Project Page

    Project GProject Title

    1. CALA’s 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series Project, whose goal is to promote international librarian collaboration and exchange, has gained much momentum in recent years. The project has involved over 1,000 librarians from China and the U.S. Last year, three ALA Emerging Leaders took on the task of evaluating the project and provided very valuable suggestions to the program. One of the suggestions is to find ways to improve the website of the project so that easier access to the information on the seminar would be gained by CALA members and beyond. Therefore, Team G will be a continuation of project improvement from last year which would focus on redesigning the website, reorganizing and restructuring of the project web pages, and improved access to the information.

      Expected outcomes of the project include presenting a better-designed website to the public and providing easier access to information related to the CALA 21st Century Librarian Seminar Series.

    2. Link to Final Project Page  

    Project H:   Libraries and the Internet Toolkit - Ongoing

    1. The Intellectual Freedom Committee (IFC) & Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) charged team H with updating the original "Libraries and the Internet Toolkit" published in 2003. The project envisioned not only a simple rewrite of the existing Internet Toolkit, but creating a thorough and comprehensive toolkit of the most current research and information on providing Internet access for all types of libraries. Our challenge was to broaden the scope of the original toolkit to address issues outside of child safety and privacy such as Web 2.0, information literacy and digital citizenship, open access, preservation, accessibilty, and crisis communication. Currently, team H has submitted a final draft of the Internet Toolkit to IFC/OIF. The team hopes to meet with IFC during the ALA Conference and go over the final edits. A final version of the Internet Toolkit will be available in early July for publication via various media, including print and the Internet. 
    2. Link to Final Project Page

    Project IIRRT Free Links Projects

    1.  The first part of the Free Links Program was started by a team of Emerging Leaders in 2008. The purpose of their project was “to identify and select free web-based tutorials and professional development information for librarians in other countries to access via the Internet.” The group choose to make these links available using a wiki.

      The Free Links Program was continued by our Emerging Leaders team. Our group’s assignment was to develop a list of free links to professional development tools for library advocacy and add them to the wiki. After some consideration, we decided that a website would be more user friendly and easier to navigate. We created a website where we posted our advocacy links. The links are all annotated and organized into several logical categories. We also posted the technology links to our new website. Although we checked the links for currency, we did not go back and annotate them due to time constraints. As the Free Links Program continues to grow, other teams (or the party responsible for maintaining the website) will be able to add content so that it is all in the same location while retaining a user friendly format. The advantages of this would be simplicity and ease of use, which are factors especially important to international librarians who may not be fluent in English or very comfortable with Web 2.0 technology.

    2. Link to Final Project:http://connect.ala.org/node/105596

    Project J How Web 2.0 Should ALA Go?

    1. Short Description

      To inform the transition of the ALA.org website to a new content management system, Team J worked to assess membership opinion towards the adoption of Web 2.0 tools.  Through a survey of ALA members and the library community, we analyzed the interactivity needs of ALA.org users.  Team J formulated website recommendations in the form of wireframes and mock-ups based on the feedback collected in the survey data.  

      The online survey featured a series of questions in regards to the ALA Website, experiences with ALA Connect, and user collaboration. Questions were designed to  provide both quantitative and qualitative data.  Demographic information was provided on a voluntary basis.  The survey was distributed via various listservs, social media outlets, and through official ALA communication channels.

          2. Link to Final Project Page:


    Project K: ITTS Accessibility / Usability Survey

    1. Team K developed a remotely-administered usability test that examined the accessibility of ALA's website to individuals using assistive devices.  Volunteer test participants were recruited nationally and asked to complete a series of tasks on the website using their accustomed assistive devices.  Participants were asked to answer a set of questions about their experiences in completing the tasks including strategies used, time spent, and obstacles encountered.  Each task was analyzed based on participant responses to the task.
    2. Accessiblity/Usability Survey Project Page  

    Project L: Mapping ALA

    1. Team L was charged to develop a visual guide of ALA’s network of member-group and affiliate relationships, committees, event cycles, and other interactions and connections. The team interviewed several ALA staff members and member-volunteers, and collected information from ALA websites and other documents for this project. The team then built a highly inter-connected PowerPoint which shows the association’s units and overall structure, and highlights connections between the various units. The PowerPoint includes many links to ALA and division websites, ALA Connect, and also includes internal links that show the many connections between ALA’s divisions, round tables, committees, offices, ALA Council, and other units.
      The PowerPoint is a living document that may be edited by future Emerging Leaders groups or ALA staff as ALA itself changes over time.  The PowerPoint will be posted on the ALA website, and will be used to orient members, member-leaders, and ALA staff.
    2. Link to Final Project Page 

    Project M: LearnRT Staff Development

    1. Working with a CLENERT (LearnRT) past president and long-time board member, Team M will research best practices for planning and implementing all-staff development days in libraries of all sizes. The group will identify and gather planning and budgeting tools, templates, assessments and evaluations, practical and affordable program ideas, digital media and case studies that demonstrate “staff day success,” events that are valuable to and valued by library employees at all levels. The resources will be compiled and edited as an online publication, Staff Day Success.


    2.  Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106055

    Project N: LearningRT Sustainable Webinar Series

    1. The Learning Round Table (formerly CLENE) has successfully partnered with WebJunction in the last year to deliver two webinars - Learning for Learning Professionals and Libraries as Learning Organizations. Team N built off of our success and create a sustainable education program that delivers regular webinars on topics of interest to the LearnRT membership.  The program was designed to serve as a model to other units in ALA who would like to deliver learning opportunities to their members.
      In early 2010, Project N conducted a survey to gauge interest in a webinar series. Information was gathered to determine the best length for a webinar, the best topics for a webinar, and the best format. In June we hosted and helped produce Building an Online Learning Community in Your State with WebJunction.  A second webinar is for September on Creating a Virtual Orientation. Project N delivered recommendations for future webinars, best practices and recommendations for others creating future webinars.
    2. Link to Final Project Page 

    Project O: LITA Conference and Event Website

    1. Our group was tasked with creating a beta version of a LITA conferences and events website which incorporated event information, twitter happenings, live streaming events and presentation materials all in one interface. We did background research and discovery around work done by multiple LITA Task Forces as well as enhancements for ALA Connect.  We surveyed the LITA membership for content they would like to see included.  We researched tools that could be used to capture all the requirements for the LITA conference website. Our final deliverables were working beta sites written in Drupal & WordPress, standard hashtags for LITA events at ALA Annual 2010 and recommendations on tools & workflow to be used for future LITA conferences and events.
    2. Link to Final Project Page

    Project P: LITA Web Tools

    1. Every round table and division within ALA has dealt with the proliferation of communication tools from listservs to social networking to the new ALA Connect. Each group has been required to create its own guidelines for using these tools. To consolidate these efforts, the Library and Information Technology Association asked for an ALA Emerging Leaders group to examine the various tools used by the LITA leadership, and analyze how LITA uses each tool. The ultimate goal is to establish best practices for using communication tools with the wider membership.

      To understand usage, Project P members surveyed the current LITA leadership about their interest in and use of each tool. Our report describes each tool, provides a narrative description of the survey results, and closes with recommendations on using ALA Connect to replicate select functionality of the various tools.

    2. Link to Final Project Page

    Project Q
    : LLAMA-HRS Staff Development Resource Center

    1. Project Q has updated the LLAMA-HRS Staff Development Resource Center.  In addition to being totally revamped in terms of content and organization, the Resource Center has a new, online home on the LLAMA Wiki.  We have organized our links by topic (New Employee Orientation/Staff Development Policies/New Employee Orientation/etc.) and library type (Public/Academic/etc.), making information easier to find and access. 
    2. Link to Final Project Page: http://connect.ala.org/node/106026

    Project R: MAGERT Marketing Analysis and Plan

    1. Team R developed a marketing assessment and plan for the Map and Geography Round Table.  MAGERT is a community for both new and experienced map/GIS librarians, for full-time map librarians and for those who have ancillary map/GIS duties. 

      We surveyed MAGERT members and non-members alike to find out what map/GIS related duties are prevalent among information professionals, how MAGERT's current offerings are perceived, and more.  After analysing the market research, we presented a plan that encourages MAGERT to focus on five key areas: training opportunities, connecting with others in the field, discussion forums, growth and expanding membership, and fundraising. 

    2. Link to Final Project: http://connect.ala.org/node/105957

    Project S
    : Career Fair Toolkit

    1. The ALA Office for Human Resource Development & Recruitment (HRDR) has developed a number of valuable recruitment resources (brochures, bookmarks, posters, traveling table top panels, etc.) which are available to library recruiters.  The ALA Recruitment Assembly has identified a need to promote the availability of these resources and to make them easily accessible on the web as a toolkit entitled “Career Fair Toolbox.”  The “Career Fair Toolbox” website is designed to make it simple for library recruiters to find out what resources are available and to order or print material to use as displays and handouts at events which promote careers in librarianship.  Team S consolidated links and information about recruitment resources from the ALA Library Career Recruitment Wiki, included links to additional recruitment resources offered through other websites, and created new recruitment tools. All of these materials are included in the “Career Fair Toolbox.”
    2. Final Project Page

    Project T: YALSA Member Involvment

    1. Our group was tasked to define what YALSA members mean when they say they "want to be more involved."  We started by analysing the YALSA 2008 Survey of membership.  This data gave us a starting point for the common barriers to involvement and ideas for solutions.  In May 2010, our group hosted four conversations with YALSA members in ALA Connect.  We wanted to hear directly from YALSA members about common barriers and solutions to increasing involvement.
    2. Link to Final Project Page:http://docs.google.com/present/view?id=ddkqn89d_406hm2w5fgp

    Project U: YALSA Job Shadow

    1. Our team created a set of resources for YALSA that will give school and public librarians resources to help them build or revamp a job shadowing project.  This job shadowing project will allow librarians to share the ins and outs of teen library work with teens in order to build interest in becoming a teen librarian.  The resources that our team created include job shadowing program toolkits for school and public librarians, promotional materials about job shadowing as well as teen library work, and a video entitled "Busting Myths:  The Real Teen Librarians" that shows the different activities teen librarians engage in and dispels some myths about librarians in general.
    2. http://connect.ala.org/node/106448


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