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GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

Discussion ALA Connect to replace the GODORT email list immediately after ALA Annual

by Amy West on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 01:54 pm

The godort@ala.org announcement list will be discontinued, in lieu of ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org), immediately following the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Setting up email notifications in Connect:                                                                                            If you have not yet logged into ALA Connect and set up your email preferences, please do so.

The godort@ala.org announcement list will be discontinued, in lieu of ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org), immediately following the Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. Setting up email notifications in Connect:                                                                                            If you have not yet logged into ALA Connect and set up your email preferences, please do so. You can elect to receive an email message every time someone posts new content to one of your ALA groups or communities, or you can change the frequency of emails to twice a day, daily, or weekly. You will need your ALA member number and password to login to Connect as a member and your member log in will allow you to view and participate in member-only areas of the site. Step-by-step instructions for refining your email preferences are available at http://connect.ala.org/email-help. Background:At the 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago, an Ad Hoc Committee on GODORT Communications was formed, with the following charge:   To identify the range of GODORT communications, define appropriate roles for each of the tools above if appropriate for the purpose, and to define a policy regarding member experiments that may make use of the GODORT identity.  The committee recommendations should

  • support and further the intent of the GODORT communication
  • facilitate communication by all GODORT members and not serve as a barrier to participation
  • enhance distributed work patterns, as we are an all-volunteer organization
  • maximize automated solutions where possible in order to extend the reach of GODORT-created content as widely as possible with the least amount of manual effort
  • support continued experimentation with new technologies in order to expand virtual, year-round participation in GODORT
  • eliminate tools if deemed appropriate 

The committee reviewed the use of several existing tools and at the Midwinter Meeting in Boston recommended to Steering that the godort@ala.org announcement list be discontinued, in lieu of ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org)  Rationale:The committee noted that the godort@ala.org list is not automatically updated with current GODORT membership information and believes that ALA Connect will allow greater participation by members.

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USBBY (United States Board on Books for Young People)

Discussion Celebrate International Children's Book Day, April 2

by Doris Gebel on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 05:55 am

Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 2 April, International Children's Book Day (ICBD) is celebrated to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children's books.

http://www.ibby.org/index.php?id=269

How will you celebrate International Children's Book Day at your library or school? Post ideas in the comments.

Games and Gaming

Discussion Call for volunteers for Open Gaming Night

by Scott Nicholson on Sat, Mar 13, 2010 at 10:56 am

The GGMIG has decided to step up and host the Open Gaming Night at ALA Annual 2010.  If this works out, it will be a regular event that the MIG will be responsible for.

 

So, we need volunteers.   This runs the Friday night before ALA Annual, and we need help both in the planning ahead of time as well as on the ground.

We have some new ideas to try - we want to have a vendors area, where those vendors who are on the ALA show floor and want to have a presence at Game Night will pay a small fee, and this fee is what will support the costs of the game name.

The GGMIG has decided to step up and host the Open Gaming Night at ALA Annual 2010.  If this works out, it will be a regular event that the MIG will be responsible for.

 

So, we need volunteers.   This runs the Friday night before ALA Annual, and we need help both in the planning ahead of time as well as on the ground.

We have some new ideas to try - we want to have a vendors area, where those vendors who are on the ALA show floor and want to have a presence at Game Night will pay a small fee, and this fee is what will support the costs of the game name.

We also are going to have a poster session, where libraries and researchers who want to talk about what they are doing with gaming will have an area to display this work.

And, like last year, games games games!

 

If you have interested in being involved, please respond here.  We will be using this space as the main place to coordinate the work.

 

Here's what we need:

 

 - Planning committee:  These folks will work with Jenny Levine and support her in the planning of the game night.  

 - Poster Session committee: These people will work with Scott Nicholson in doing the review of poster submissions (not this year)

 - Board Game Instructor: These people will help on the night of the event with the board/card game area, teaching games 

 - Video Game Assistant:  These people will help on the night of the event, helping with the video games

 - Greeter/Mingler:  These folks will welcome people as they come in, will mingle with the crowd, and work to get people playing games with other folks

 

So, if you are interested in one of these roles, please respond here and tell us what you'd like to do!

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ALCTS

Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Acquisitions

by Debra Spidal on Thu, Apr 1, 2010 at 10:07 am

FOA Session: May 3 - May 28, 2010

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the library acquisitions basics:

  • goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials
  • financial management of library collections budgets
  • relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.

This course provides a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

FOA Session: May 3 - May 28, 2010

The Fundamentals of Acquisitions (FOA) web course focuses on the library acquisitions basics:

  • goals and methods of acquiring monographs and serials
  • financial management of library collections budgets
  • relationships among acquisitions librarians, library booksellers, subscription agents, and publishers.

This course provides a broad overview of the operations involved in acquiring materials after the selection decision is made.

In FOA, we distinguish between collection development, which involves the selection of materials for the library; and acquisitions, which orders, receives, and pays for those materials. In many libraries, selecting and acquiring materials may be done in the same department—in the smallest libraries perhaps even by the same person. In larger libraries, selection may be done by a collection development department and/or designated subject specialists, while a separate department acquires the selected materials. Acquisitions, in essence, is the business side of bringing materials into the library or licensing access to library resources.

As a “fundamentals” course, FOA is tailored for librarians and paraprofessionals new to the acquisitions field, in all types and sizes of libraries. Although many formats and types of materials are discussed, FOA focuses on the acquisition of monographs in a physical format. Although FOA focuses on physical book acquisitions, the structural components of the course—goals and methods of acquisitions, vendor relations, financial management, and ethics—constitute the key components of acquisition and licensing processes for all library materials, in all formats, in all types of libraries.

Instructors: Eleanor Cook and TBD

Length of web course: 4 weeks

For additional details and registration information see:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse/foa/index.cfm

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GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on Communication (Government Documents Round Table)

Discussion Emerging communications technologies - what is their role for GODORT?

by John Stevenson on Fri, Mar 12, 2010 at 01:44 pm

At the Midwinter Meeting, the committee and guests discussed tools available for GODORT members to communicate.  As the minutes show, these five were discussed at length and recommendations for the disposition of these tools were shared:

At the Midwinter Meeting, the committee and guests discussed tools available for GODORT members to communicate.  As the minutes show, these five were discussed at length and recommendations for the disposition of these tools were shared:

It was generally agreed that

  • The ALA website GODORT page should have its content migrated from the ALA site and be converted into a useful point of entry for the GODORT wiki and ALA Connect pages.
  • The wiki will be the home of current information and recent content, including what GODORT has done and its current projects. The wiki will be the repository for GODORT activities including minutes, agendas, and free online publications.
  • As ALA Connect includes both wiki and broadcast features, the committee sees it as offering organizational details for active GODORT members and those with committee appointments. As Connect offers granularity of membership access to information, it replaces closed email lists for committee discussion.
  • godort@ala.org (the email list) cannot be maintained by GODORT and will be phased out in favor of ALA Connect.
  • The blog was seen as desirable because it supported RSS feeds but may now be redundant.

There are at least three other communications tools that some members are using (some assuming an unofficial "godort" identity) which the committee would like to discuss:

blip.tv http://godort.blip.tv/posts?view=archive

Facebook http://www.facebook.com/

Twitter http://twitter.com/godort

What role should these play, if any, in official GODORT communications?

If you know of communications tools that are being used by GODORT members, please let the committee know so we can add them to this list for discussion. Thank you, and let the discussion start.

John Stevenson & Valerie Glenn

Co-Chairs, GODORT Ad Hoc Committee on Communications

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RUSA ETS Continuing Education Committee (Emerging Technologies Section)

Online Doc Purpose and Initial Charge for the MARS Continuing Education Committee

by Linda Keiter on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 04:00 pm

Purpose and Initial Charge for the
MARS Continuing Education Committee

Purpose: To encourage the development of continuing education (CE) activities in MARS and to promote and advocate for those and other appropriate CE activities to MARS members, and the library community at large.

Initial Charge:

Purpose and Initial Charge for the
MARS Continuing Education Committee

Purpose: To encourage the development of continuing education (CE) activities in MARS and to promote and advocate for those and other appropriate CE activities to MARS members, and the library community at large.

Initial Charge:

  • Read and discuss the June 2008, Report of the MARS Task Force on Continuing Education and Publications (see attachment below);
  • Consider the results of the survey in the June 2008 Report when encouraging CE activities;
  • Promote CE within the MARS organization: specifically to the Executive Committee and to other appropriate committees and discussion groups;
  • Create, and keep up-to-date, a Web-based list of CE activities which are outside of ALA and appropriate to the interests of MARS members; [see draft at http://connect.ala.org/node/81528 ]
  • Arrange with the Executive Director of RUSA for a demonstration of ALA’s OPAL rooms;
  • If the OPAL demonstration is successful and with the consent of the Executive Committee, encourage its use by MARS committees and discussion groups for suitable programs and act as the MARS contact with RUSA regarding MARS’ use of ALA’s OPAL rooms.
  • Create a draft outline for an online course, Reference Tech 101, (See Section VI. B. of the June 2008 report) and solicit proposals from MARS members to teach the course as part of RUSA's Online Continuing Education (http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/rusa/development/onlinece.cfm).   
  • Submit  a proposal for the course to RUSA;
  • With the Publications Committee:
    • Promote MARS CE offerings to MARS members,
    • Review programs for publishable material,
    • Consider repeat program topics for online courses or Webinars,
    • Explore the possibility of a partnership with WebJunction to provide information specifically for public librarians in the discussions, overviews and documents, in some way maintaining our MARS branding;
  • Encourage the MARS Chair and other MARS representatives to ALA and RUSA to keep pressure on those organizations to continue with recent CE initatives, e.g. ALA’s upgrading the online communities and the ALA Connect Network; RUSA’s providing equipment for audio and video recording Section programs; improving access to CE on the ALA and RUSA Websites; and ensure that MARS is poised to take advantage of these initiatives;
  • With Publications Committee and Webmaster: Ensure that MARS continuing education, publications, and web-based resources are linked from RUSA and ALA continuing education listings and announced broadly to MARS members, to RUSA and ALA members, and to the library profession;
  • Explore what ALA Connect and CLENE (Continuing Library Education Network and Exchange Roundtable) may have to offer in regard to MARS CE activities
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ALCTS

Event ALCTS Web Course: Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management

by Debra Spidal on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 03:42 pm

FCDM Session:  May 3 - May 28, 2010

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management is a four-week, self-paced Web course that addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. The course was developed by Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota.

Course Components:

FCDM Session:  May 3 - May 28, 2010

The Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management is a four-week, self-paced Web course that addresses the basic components of these important areas of responsibility in libraries. The course was developed by Peggy Johnson, University of Minnesota.

Course Components:

  • Complete definition of collection development and collection management
  • Collections policies and budgets as part of library planning
  • Collection development (selecting for and building collections)
  • Collection management (e.g., making decisions after materials are selected, including decisions about withdrawal, transfer, preservation)
  • Collection analysis—why and how to do it
  • Outreach, liaison, and marketing
  • Trends and some suggestions about the future for collection development and management

Instructors:  Brian Quinn and Jennifer Arnold

Length of web course: 4 weeks

For additional details and registration information see:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse/fcdm/index.cfm

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YALSA Partnerships Advocating for Teens (Young Adult Library Services Association)

Discussion PAT CHATS RESUME!

by Amy Pelman on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 02:11 pm

Hello!

I'm very sorry I've not been in touch lately. 

The good news is, we are going to resume PAT CHATS!  YAY!  It's so hard to schedule at a time when everyone is available to log on, but... we just have to go forward and give it a go. 

SO the next PAT CHAT will take place on ALA Connect on Thursday, April 22 8:00 AM PST/10:00AM CST.

Hope you can make it!  Please reply with questions, or whatever!

Hello!

I'm very sorry I've not been in touch lately. 

The good news is, we are going to resume PAT CHATS!  YAY!  It's so hard to schedule at a time when everyone is available to log on, but... we just have to go forward and give it a go. 

SO the next PAT CHAT will take place on ALA Connect on Thursday, April 22 8:00 AM PST/10:00AM CST.

Hope you can make it!  Please reply with questions, or whatever!

Also, I wanted to give you heads up about how YALSA is going to help us promote Interest Groups in the month of April.  On April 5, YALSA president Linda Braun is going to post on the YALSA blog about Interest Groups (how great they are, and how people should really consider getting involved with them, etc).  Then each day after that there will be a blog post featuring each of the different Interest Groups.  I'll be posting about Partnerships Advocating for Teens on Friday, April 9th.  I hope that this will get us some new participants.  Let me know if there is anything you'd like to make sure I include in this post.

Thanks!
--Amy

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School Library Month 2010

Event L4L Webinar Series | Chapter 4: Empowering Learning Through Leadership

by Stephanie Book (staff) on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:48 am

Learning4Life (L4L) Webinar

Empowering Learning through Leadership - “Building a Strong Leadership Foundation through Transformational Leadership Practices”

Wednesday, April 28th, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Presenter: Daniella Smith

Learning4Life (L4L) Webinar

Empowering Learning through Leadership - “Building a Strong Leadership Foundation through Transformational Leadership Practices”

Wednesday, April 28th, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Presenter: Daniella Smith

Have you been searching for a way to increase your involvement within your school while considering time constraints and resources? Do you dream of empowering learning through leadership? Stop searching and move towards realizing your dream.  Join this webinar to learn about the benefits of transformational leadership and how small changes in your practices can help your become a leader in your school. Participants will be provided with easy, yet effective suggestions for becoming transformational leaders. A list of resources will also be provided.

Visit the L4L Webinar page for more information on webinar objectives, meet the presenter, and register.

*District pricing and grad school credits are available for this series.

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School Library Month 2010

Event L4L Webinar Series | Chapter 3: Building the Learning Environment

by Stephanie Book (staff) on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:45 am

Learning4Life (L4L) Webinar

Building the Learning Environment - “Engage, Interact, Immerse, Learn”

Wednesday, April 21st, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Presenters: Gail Porter, Marcia Mardis and Susan Van Gundy

Build your learning environment and place your school library at the center of the national focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with free, high quality, image-rich digital media and immersive activities!

Learning4Life (L4L) Webinar

Building the Learning Environment - “Engage, Interact, Immerse, Learn”

Wednesday, April 21st, 4:30 p.m. CDT

Presenters: Gail Porter, Marcia Mardis and Susan Van Gundy

Build your learning environment and place your school library at the center of the national focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with free, high quality, image-rich digital media and immersive activities!

This webinar, hosted by the National Science Digital Library (NSDL), will introduce you to a variety of freely available, interactive and engaging resources supporting STEM instruction, placing them in the context of the AASL Standards for the 21st Century Student Learner. With the assistance of Gail Porter Long, Chief Education Officer of Maryland Public Television, and Marcia Mardis, Associate Director of Florida State University’s Partnerships for Advancing Library Media (PALM) Center, learn to effectively integrate digital resources into your collection and school library program, connecting to NSDL’s extensive network of partner libraries, resources, and services. (Participants will be provided with a Diigo bookmark listing of key resources).

NSDL is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

Visit the L4L Webinar page for more information on webinar objectives, meet the presenter, and register.

*District pricing and grad school credits are available for this series.

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