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Discussion Learn about ALA Connect before leaving ALA Annual 2009 - A great way to stay in touch after conference!!!

by Sheila Joy (staff) on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 10:20 am

There are a few sessions to learn about ALA Connect on Tuesday, July 14th.

Come to a one hour session in Room W-177 at McCormick Place at either 10:00 am or 1:30 pm.

Or come to the ALA Membership Pavilion which is Booth 3034 in the Exhibit Hall from 10:00 to 10:30 or 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.

You can also join this "Sandbox" community and experiment with Connect features including:

Posts: For posting short announcements, links, and news (use to post files, too)

There are a few sessions to learn about ALA Connect on Tuesday, July 14th.

Come to a one hour session in Room W-177 at McCormick Place at either 10:00 am or 1:30 pm.

Or come to the ALA Membership Pavilion which is Booth 3034 in the Exhibit Hall from 10:00 to 10:30 or 11:30 am to 12:00 pm.

You can also join this "Sandbox" community and experiment with Connect features including:

Posts: For posting short announcements, links, and news (use to post files, too)

Online Docs: For longer documents that can be edited by members of the group collaboratively

Calendar: Your group calendar - add events with start and end date/times

Surveys: Create online surveys for the group (more than one question

Polls/Votes: Create online polls for the group with one question

Chats: Text-based chat room for members of the group

Discussions: Forums for discussing various topics (also known as bulletin boards)

Images: Upload an image file that can be used by others

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Kentucky Library Assoc. and Kentucky School Media Assoc. Planning Forum

by Michael Dowling on Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 08:42 am

Responses from the Kentucky Library Assocation and the Kentucky School Media Association on where the Kentucky library community would like ALA to focus its efforts during the next five years.

ALCTS CRS Access to Continuing Resources Interest Group

Discussion ALCTS CRS 2010 Midwinter Topic

by Lai-Ying Hsiung (non-member) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 08:13 pm
Meeting Title: Open Access: Entitlement, Opportunity, or Peril?
Type: Discussion Group
Meeting Description (Mandatory for Institute meetings. Please enter "NA" Committee Meetings. Field is optional for Discussion Groups):
Meeting Title: Open Access: Entitlement, Opportunity, or Peril?
Type: Discussion Group
Meeting Description (Mandatory for Institute meetings. Please enter "NA" Committee Meetings. Field is optional for Discussion Groups): Current tough economic times are forcing libraries to explore alternatives to conventional publishing access models. Many institutions (like MIT) have expressed strong support for Open Access while others (like University of Maryland) have proceeded more cautiously. Can all parties, including publishers, in the scholarly communication environment overcome the challenges from this alternative? Come and hear our panelists' perspectives on this issue and possible future trends, including those who had voted not to require OA.
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Guide to Reference

Discussion Fall "Reference Interview" Online Course

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 04:44 pm

Registration is now open for the fall session “The Reference Interview,” one of the Reference and User Services Association’s (RUSA) online courses. More info is available at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/referenceinterview/index.cfm.

Games and Gaming

Discussion "Philly Plays Scrabble" 2009

by Martha Cornog on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 11:55 am

It was the Battle of the Commissioners as the Philadelphia Free Library’s popular “Philly Plays Scrabble®” tournament kicked off for the fourth year on October 1. To start things off, Deputy Police Commissioner Charlotte Council and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers faced each other over a Scrabble board at the Parkway Central Library. Local Scrabble club members, high schools, and the public were invited to witness the lively duel of definitions and dictionaries.

It was the Battle of the Commissioners as the Philadelphia Free Library’s popular “Philly Plays Scrabble®” tournament kicked off for the fourth year on October 1. To start things off, Deputy Police Commissioner Charlotte Council and Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers faced each other over a Scrabble board at the Parkway Central Library. Local Scrabble club members, high schools, and the public were invited to witness the lively duel of definitions and dictionaries. For the month-long tournament, After School Activities Partnership (ASAP) and the Free Library partner with the National Scrabble Association to invite all ages to come play Scrabble at participating library facilities throughout the city. Over 700 students and 60 clubs participate, and the finalists compete in a full-day playoff tournament. For more information about the program, please visit the ASAP Website at www.phillyasap.org or call 215-545-2727, ext. 10.

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ALCTS

Discussion ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

by Julie Reese (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 11:16 am

Next Sessions: Oct. 26 – Nov. 20, 2009 (Space is Limited) & Nov. 30, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010 | Register Now

Fees: $109 ALCTS Member; $129 Non-Member

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries.  This course is sponsored by ProQuest.

Next Sessions: Oct. 26 – Nov. 20, 2009 (Space is Limited) & Nov. 30, 2009 – Jan. 1, 2010 | Register Now

Fees: $109 ALCTS Member; $129 Non-Member

Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries.  This course is sponsored by ProQuest.

Please visit the ALCTS Web Site and click on the Conferences and Events link for more information.

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ALCTS

Discussion ALCTS- E-Forum: Licensing: Why, When, and How

by Charles Wilt on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 10:11 am

Please join us for an e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Licensing: Why, When, and How”

October 13-14, 2009

E-forum runs 9-5 Eastern time each day

Moderated by Selden Lamoureux, Electronic Resources Librarian at North Carolina State University and Kristin Martin, Metadata Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago.

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Licensing: Why, When, and How”

October 13-14, 2009

E-forum runs 9-5 Eastern time each day

Moderated by Selden Lamoureux, Electronic Resources Librarian at North Carolina State University and Kristin Martin, Metadata Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago.

 

If your library is like many others, electronic resources are taking up a bigger portion of the budget and growing every day.  Licensing is often an essential component of e-resources workflow but frequently delays timely acquisitions and access.  This e-forum will be a chance to discuss the mechanics of licensing e-resources and share your experiences and best practices with others.  Come discuss the reasons for licensing, your strategies for making this a more efficient part of your workflow, and the future of licensing in your institution.

 

*To register:*

 

Go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa [1], click on ALCTS (spelled out) under the ALA Division heading, then choose alcts-eforum@ala.org [2] mailto:alcts-eforum@ala.org> [3]. A login and password are required to register. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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Literacy for All

Discussion ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

by Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 09:53 am

ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

 

“Providing access for all”—what does this mean for libraries who are striving to accommodate patrons with some functional differences?

 

If you or your library are interested in finding out more about creating physical, communication and information environments that minimize limitations and maximize the library experience for all types of patrons, we encourage you to attend ASCLA’s upcoming midwinter institute:

 

ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

 

“Providing access for all”—what does this mean for libraries who are striving to accommodate patrons with some functional differences?

 

If you or your library are interested in finding out more about creating physical, communication and information environments that minimize limitations and maximize the library experience for all types of patrons, we encourage you to attend ASCLA’s upcoming midwinter institute:

 

“Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices in Universal Design for Libraries”

Friday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Institute for Human Centered Design

located at 200 Portland Street, Suite 1, in Boston.

 

The topic of this event has become even more timely as a result of the recent economic crisis, which has brought people to libraries in record numbers to take advantage of the unique opportunities, experiences and services available there. The agenda includes presentations on an array of best practices in universal design, including opportunities for experiential learning  and a forum for presenting your library’s universal design problem or aspiration and receiving on-the-spot consultation and solutions.

 

More information about this engaging half-day workshop, including registration rates, is available at the ASCLA blog:

http://ascla.ala.org/blog/2009/10/universaldesign-mw2010/

 

Register online now at www.ala.org/midwinter. You’ll find this event under Step 7—scroll down to ASCLA’s events and check the box next to “Breaking Down Barriers.”

 

This event is made possible by a partnership between the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Institute for Human Centered Design (ICHD, formerly Adaptive Environments).

 

**Know someone who would be interested in attending this event? Please forward this message to them!**

 

 

Sincerely,

Liz F. Markel, M.A.

Marketing Specialist

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

 

The American Library Association // 50 E. Huron Street // Chicago, IL  60611

800-545-2433 // p. 312-280-4398 // f. 312-280-5273 // e. lmarkel@ala.org

Find our divisions online at    www.ala.org/rusa    &    www.ala.org/ascla

 

Want to know what we're up to daily? Subscribe to our blog RSS feeds!

RUSA: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/feed/

ASCLA: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/feed/

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ALA Literacy Assembly

Discussion ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

by Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 09:52 am

ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

 

“Providing access for all”—what does this mean for libraries who are striving to accommodate patrons with some functional differences?

 

If you or your library are interested in finding out more about creating physical, communication and information environments that minimize limitations and maximize the library experience for all types of patrons, we encourage you to attend ASCLA’s upcoming midwinter institute:

 

ASCLA Midwinter workshop addresses "access for all"

 

“Providing access for all”—what does this mean for libraries who are striving to accommodate patrons with some functional differences?

 

If you or your library are interested in finding out more about creating physical, communication and information environments that minimize limitations and maximize the library experience for all types of patrons, we encourage you to attend ASCLA’s upcoming midwinter institute:

 

“Breaking Down Barriers: Best Practices in Universal Design for Libraries”

Friday, Jan. 15, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Hosted by the Institute for Human Centered Design

located at 200 Portland Street, Suite 1, in Boston.

 

The topic of this event has become even more timely as a result of the recent economic crisis, which has brought people to libraries in record numbers to take advantage of the unique opportunities, experiences and services available there. The agenda includes presentations on an array of best practices in universal design, including opportunities for experiential learning  and a forum for presenting your library’s universal design problem or aspiration and receiving on-the-spot consultation and solutions.

 

More information about this engaging half-day workshop, including registration rates, is available at the ASCLA blog:

http://ascla.ala.org/blog/2009/10/universaldesign-mw2010/

 

Register online now at www.ala.org/midwinter. You’ll find this event under Step 7—scroll down to ASCLA’s events and check the box next to “Breaking Down Barriers.”

 

This event is made possible by a partnership between the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) and the Institute for Human Centered Design (ICHD, formerly Adaptive Environments).

 

**Know someone who would be interested in attending this event? Please forward this message to them!**

 

 

Sincerely,

Liz F. Markel, M.A.

Marketing Specialist

Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA)

 

The American Library Association // 50 E. Huron Street // Chicago, IL  60611

800-545-2433 // p. 312-280-4398 // f. 312-280-5273 // e. lmarkel@ala.org

Find our divisions online at    www.ala.org/rusa    &    www.ala.org/ascla

 

Want to know what we're up to daily? Subscribe to our blog RSS feeds!

RUSA: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/feed/

ASCLA: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/feed/

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Literacy for All

Discussion Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, October 18-23

by Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 09:29 am

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

October 18-23, 2009

 

www.ncladvocacy.org/aefl.html

 

Adult Education and Family Literacy Week

October 18-23, 2009

 

www.ncladvocacy.org/aefl.html

 

October 18-23, 2009 is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week! Recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (http://clerk.house.gov/floorsummary/floor.html/thisweek.htm), this is a one-time only dedication to raise public awareness of adult education and family literacy, assist adult learners in need of literacy services, and support increased access to adult education and family literacy programs. Use this opportunity to elevate adult education and family literacy nationwide with policymakers, the media, and the community.

 

The National Coalition for Literacy has created a resource collection in the NCL Advocacy Clearinghouse and Toolkit (www.ncladvocacy.org/aefl.html), to support your efforts to raise awareness and celebrate the week.

 

Resources include the latest fact sheets, sample press releases, and commemoration ideas for raising awareness for program directors, instructors, and partners.

 

Join the U.S. House of Representatives and NCL in honoring adult learners nationwide. Show your support for increasing access to adult education and family literacy programs to ensure a literate society.

 

 

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