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ALA Committee on Literacy

Discussion Fact Sheets from the National Coalition for Literacy

by Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:15 am

I thought you might find these useful. They're hot off the NCL press.

Dale

Literacy for All

Discussion Adult Literacy featured on CBS Morning

by Dale Lipschultz (staff) on Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 11:09 am

Byron Pitts, CBS Anchor, discussed his own struggle with illiteracy and featured adult learners from Pittsburg and Baltimore. Emily Kirkpatrick from the National Center for Family Literacy provided the background and confirmed the data. It's powerful piece.

CBS News Sunday Morning yesterday.  In case you missed it, you can access the video at:  http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5362241n&tag=related;photovideo.

 

 

 

 

LITA National Forum 2009

Online Doc Lightning Talk Sessions - Presenters and Topics

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Oct 3, 2009 at 05:17 pm

LIGHTNING TALK SESSIONS for LITA FORUM 2009

Sessions for Oct. 2

Bohyun Kim / Fla. International (bohyun.kim@fiu.edu) Google Squared

Maurice York / NCSU (maurice_york@ncsu.edu) Ther I Fix'd it: The ILS Undone in Three Easy Steps

LIGHTNING TALK SESSIONS for LITA FORUM 2009

Sessions for Oct. 2

Bohyun Kim / Fla. International (bohyun.kim@fiu.edu) Google Squared

Maurice York / NCSU (maurice_york@ncsu.edu) Ther I Fix'd it: The ILS Undone in Three Easy Steps

Jacquelyn Erdman / ECU (erdmanj@ecu.edu) Design is About Strategy not Decoration
    
Marilyn Billings / UMass Amherst (mbillings@library.umass.edu) ESENce: The Ethics Clearinghouse an Example of Partnering with Faculty to Pull in Large Grants

Tate Nunley / ExLibris (tate.nunley@exlibrisgroup.com) Digital Perils and Preservation    

Mark Beatty / Wils (mbeatty@wils.wisc.edu) Make your own Sandbox: with Bitnami

Sessions for Oct. 3

Lisa Carlucci Thomas / Yale (lisa.thomas@yale.edu) Mobile Access to Ebooks @ Yale
   
Sean Fitzpatrick / American Libraries (sfitzpatrick@ala.org) Little Budget, Big Sandbox: How American Libraries is using free, open source software--and avoiding red tape—to massively revamp its web presence

Tim Rowley / Utah Valley University Library (rowleyti@uvsc.edu) Equipped for Information: Cutting-Edge Gadgets

Erik Mitchell / Wake Forest University (mitcheet@wfu.edu) Using EC2 for your IT infrastructure.  The Z. Smith Reynolds Library has begun moving key services to Amazon’s EC2 cloud computing service.  This lightning round will present our initial experience with EC2.

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Baker & Taylor / YALSA Conference Grant Award Jury (Young Adult Library Services Association)

Discussion Baker & Taylor Award: Attend ALA on YALSA

by Kathleen Isaacs on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 04:22 pm

Win a free trip to Washington DC to attend ALA’s Annual Conference!

YALSA members who have never attended an American Library Association Annual Conference are invited to apply for YALSA’s $1,000 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant. To learn more and download an application, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications are due Dec. 1.

Win a free trip to Washington DC to attend ALA’s Annual Conference!

YALSA members who have never attended an American Library Association Annual Conference are invited to apply for YALSA’s $1,000 Baker & Taylor Conference Grant. To learn more and download an application, visit www.ala.org/yalsa/awards&grants. Applications are due Dec. 1.

For questions, contact Kathleen Isaacs at kisaacs@mindspring.com.

YALSA will have more than 30 programs, meetings, and events at the 2010 Annual Conference that you won’t want to miss. The conference is also an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues and potential employers. Besides all that, Washington DC is a great place to visit. Don’t miss the opportunity!

Thanks,

Kathleen Isaacs, Chair

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Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Online Doc Notes from ALAD and Universal Accessibility Interest Group’s first joint meeting ALA Annual Monday, 7/13/09

by ala-admin (non-member) on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 01:46 pm

Notes from ALAD and Universal Accessibility Interest Group's first joint meeting Monday, 7/13/09, 8am-10am, Chicago, Hilton headquarters hotel

 

Attendees: Mary Cassner, Sarah Hamrick (Chair, ALAD), Linda Spiro, William Straub, Julia Gustafson, Adina Mulliken (Convener, UAIG)

 

  1. Introductions.
  2. Discussion on various accessibility topics:

 

-a Libguide someone has created about accessibility was mentioned

-accessibility of Libguides itself- the forms usually do not have form labels

Notes from ALAD and Universal Accessibility Interest Group's first joint meeting Monday, 7/13/09, 8am-10am, Chicago, Hilton headquarters hotel

 

Attendees: Mary Cassner, Sarah Hamrick (Chair, ALAD), Linda Spiro, William Straub, Julia Gustafson, Adina Mulliken (Convener, UAIG)

 

  1. Introductions.
  2. Discussion on various accessibility topics:

 

-a Libguide someone has created about accessibility was mentioned

-accessibility of Libguides itself- the forms usually do not have form labels

-web accessibility in general

-assistive technology- several people said it does not get used much in their library

discussion about how often Jaws needs to be updated, some versions were more critical

discussion about how students use computers in libraries to drop-in between classes.  Most students have assistive technology they need on their own computer.

 

-definitions of disability in different contexts- deafness is not a disability at Gallaudet.

-Captioning and audio description

Difference between captioning and subtitles was discussed.  Some librarians ask the professor if subtitles are okay if captioning isn't commercially available.

When Gallaudet captions a video, they give a copy to the publisher to make available to others. 

The need for advocacy from libraries for more captioning and audio description from filmmakers was mentioned.

Audio description is description of the visual part of the film for blind people.

Costs of captioning can be several hundred dollars per hour of video.  Budgeting can be difficult because requests for captioning may fluctuate from semester to semester.

Availability of captioning on commercially produced DVDs varies.

Someone thinks Films for the Humanities are captioned.

Some DVDs won't play captioning.  Someone thought Motorola is good and Sony isn't (not sure).

Blu-ray was mentioned.  Some people think libraries will skip DVD and go to Blu-ray.

 

-The World Intellectual Property Organization is trying to establish narrower copyright standards than the US Chaffee Amendment allows.  Chaffee allows copyright exceptions for blind and visually impaired people, such as for making large print copies.  ALA is working to prevent this narrowing.

 

-Ruth Moon at College of the Redwoods made library introductory tutorials with captioning. 

 

-request for introductory materials about accessibility.  Sarah mentioned a book by Rhea Rubin.  Adina will post some items on ALA Connect.  Others are encouraged to post resources they find useful as well.

 

-Adina shared copies of the ASCLA wiki on Accessibility to Library Databases and Other Online Library Resources for People with Disabilities and the proposed ALA resolutions on Web Accessibility and Purchased Electronic Resources Accessibility (they were passed later).

 3.  Explanation of ALAD and UAIG:

Sarah Hamrick from Gallaudet has chaired ALAD for several years.  ALAD is a discussion group about academic library accessibility and disability issues.  ALAD is within the ASCLA division of ALA.

 

Adina and Sarah decided to start the Universal Accessibility Interest Group within the ACRL division of ALA so as to have a presence for accessibility issues within ACRL and to have the meeting included in the conference Event Planner and other promotional information under ACRL.  ALAD and UAIG are planning to have a joint discussion meeting again at Midwinter.  The Interest Group differs from ALAD in that the Interest Group needs to choose a new Convener each year.  Also, the Interest Group gets a small amount of funding and can take on projects or programs if wanted. 

 

4. Please consider being a Convener and let Adina know if you are interested.

 

5. Adina and Sarah will look into setting up virtual conference for Midwinter in January.

 

6. Meeting times for the Midwinter conference were discussed.  Monday at 8am is a good time for those present.  Suggestions from those who weren't able to attend are welcome.

 

Submitted by Adina Mulliken

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LHRT (Library History Round Table)

Online Doc Proposed Bylaws Changes, 2010

by Bernadette Lear on Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 01:00 pm

All LHRT members are encouraged to view the proposed changes (see attached MS Word 2007 document), and provide feedback before the Executive Committee meets at Midwinter. Contact Bernadette Lear, LHRT Chair (BAL19@psu.edu) with your comments or concerns.

All LHRT members are encouraged to view the proposed changes (see attached MS Word 2007 document), and provide feedback before the Executive Committee meets at Midwinter. Contact Bernadette Lear, LHRT Chair (BAL19@psu.edu) with your comments or concerns.

The first item proposes to specify terms of service for LHRT’s Members-at-Large, Awards Committee, and Nominations and Elections Committee.  The second item proposes to define the duties of the Past-Chair and Past-Secretary. The third item proposes to create the position of Webmaster, which will also be a position on LHRT’s Publications Committee. The final item proposes to create a (standing) Fundraising Committee, to subsume the current ad-hoc Auction Committee.

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