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Discussion Preservation Week coming in May

by Charles Wilt on Thu, Dec 10, 2009 at 10:01 am

ALCTS is excited to announce the inaugural Preservation Week to be held May 9-15, 2010.  This important event focues on libraries role in preserving our cultural heritage by helping the public preserve their own family heritage.

More information will be forthcoming through the spring leading up to Preservation Week.

 

Best Wishes,

Charles Wilt

Executive Director, ALCTS

 

RDA: Resource Description & Access

Discussion Announcement of June 2010 Release Date for RDA

by Patrick Hogan (staff) on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 04:56 pm

RDA: Resource Description and Access will be published in June 2010.  While we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from publication of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web based toolkit is a complex process with many interdependencies. 

The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting earlier this year.  The revised text has been successfully loaded into the RDA database.  The product is currently undergoing thorough quality review and testing in preparation for release.

RDA: Resource Description and Access will be published in June 2010.  While we regret this delay in release of RDA, the transition from publication of AACR2 as a printed manual to release of RDA as a web based toolkit is a complex process with many interdependencies. 

The updated text of RDA incorporates recommendations from constituencies and other stakeholders approved at the JSC meeting earlier this year.  The revised text has been successfully loaded into the RDA database.  The product is currently undergoing thorough quality review and testing in preparation for release.

We recognize that customers and prospective users of RDA need reliable and timely information for planning and budgeting.  We are confident that this revised deadline is a realistic target for publication of RDA.

 

Pricing and purchasing information will be introduced at the time of the ALA Midwinter Meeting, 15-18 January 2010.

 

Mary Ghikas,  Chair Committee of Principals
Alan Danskin, Chair Joint Steering Committee for Development of RDA
Don Chatham, Chair Co-publishers

 

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Career Connections

Discussion Workshops to help Job Seekers Re-Tool Skills at Midwinter

by Beatrice Calvin (staff) on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 04:51 pm

Workshops to help Job Seekers Re-Tool Skills at Midwinter

Activities in the Placement Center are designed to help job seekers re-tool skills and prepare for job searches.  They are not just for new graduates.  They are intended for people at every stage of their careers.  The following sessions will be held in the Placement Center (Hall B, Level Zero of the Convention Center).

 

Saturday, January 16

 

10:30am – 12:00noon

Workshops to help Job Seekers Re-Tool Skills at Midwinter

Activities in the Placement Center are designed to help job seekers re-tool skills and prepare for job searches.  They are not just for new graduates.  They are intended for people at every stage of their careers.  The following sessions will be held in the Placement Center (Hall B, Level Zero of the Convention Center).

 

Saturday, January 16

 

10:30am – 12:00noon

Beyond the Basics of Interviewing: How to Stand Out In a Crowd of Competition in a Tough Economy; Presented by Vicki Burger

 

1:30 – 3:00pm

Moving Your Career and Job Search Ahead: Surviving in Tough Economic Times; Presented by Dr. Caitlin Williams

 

Sunday, January 17

 

9:00 – 10:30am

Job Search Skills in a Tough Economy; Presented by Vicki Burger

 

1:30 – 3:00pm

Interviewing Basics from an Employers’ Perspective; Presented by Melanie Garaffa

 

For more information, visit http://www.joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Conference_Workshops.cfm

or contact bcalvin@ala.org.

 

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Career Connections

Discussion ALA Placement Center to provide free Career Counseling during Midwinter Meeting

by Beatrice Calvin (staff) on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 04:41 pm

ALA Placement Center to provide Career Counseling during Midwinter Meeting

 

The Placement Center will provide free career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, 2010 in the Placement Center during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

ALA Placement Center to provide Career Counseling during Midwinter Meeting

 

The Placement Center will provide free career counseling sessions on Saturday and Sunday, January 16-17, 2010 in the Placement Center during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting in Boston.

As part of its efforts to help job seekers re-tool their skills and prepare for job searches, the ALA Placement Center will host Dr. Caitlin Williams, Ph.D. in the Placement Center.  Dr. Williams, a career development consultant and coach in San Jose, California will provide twenty-minute sessions to conference attendees. Caitlin works with individuals and organizations to create and implement professional development initiatives.  She focuses on helping professionals leverage their talents in ways that truly make a difference. Dr. Williams teaches in the master’s program in Counselor Education at San Jose State University and is Associate Editor of National Career Development Association’s Career Convergence Organizations department.

To sign-up for a session in advance,send an email to bcalvin@ala.org, use MDW Counseling as subject.  On-site, conference attendees should go to the scheduling booth in the Placement Center.   

The Placement Center will be located in Hall B, Level Zero of the Convention Center.

 

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Open Source Systems Interest Group (LITA)

Discussion Library Systems and Customization--Who is Driving the Discussion?

by Daniel Freeman (staff) on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 03:01 pm

In the most recent issue of Library Technology Reports, Marshall Breeding tackles the trend toward making Integrated Library Systems more customizable through APIs and the Web:

In the most recent issue of Library Technology Reports, Marshall Breeding tackles the trend toward making Integrated Library Systems more customizable through APIs and the Web:

In today’s environment, systems that are perceived as being “closed” have diminished appeal. It sure sounds better to characterize an automation system as “open” and flexible, but what do the terms really mean? We will explore some of the techniques that provide increased access to data and internal functionality, focusing especially on Web services and other application programming interfaces.

Many libraries might say that they do not want a “black box” system that restricts users to the functionality in the interfaces provided by the vendor, with no access to the internals of the system. Yet many libraries need a turnkey system that helps them carry out their work without the need for any local programming or intervention. We should emphasize that APIs offer additional opportunities for those that want to do more with their software, but do not impose any technical requirements for libraries that choose not to use them.

When it comes to the purveyors of proprietary software, claims of openness are also everywhere. The emphasis on openness may have been accelerated by the open source movement, but it has been a steady theme for many years. Press releases and product literature gush with the language of openness. The means to this openness are the adherence to standards and Web services and other application programming interfaces.

Clearly, along with most other software and technology, with Library Systems, the next decade is not going to be about working within the confines of the software; it will be about making the software work for you. While the expert-analysis of scholars like Breeding and the product development work being done by software vendors is certainly a huge component the library software future, the most important players are everyday librarians—the people who work with these systems every day and who know their strengths and limitations better than anyone else.

One of the great things about Web 2.0 is that it gives everyone with access to the Internet a vehicle to help drive these discussions. With tools like ALA Connect, people who might not publish prolifically or hold a senior position as a software developer can make their voices heard.

So what do you want from your ILS?

Do you have specific ideas about how a library system could help your library run more efficiently?

If you’re currently involved in discussions about purchasing and implementing a new ILS, what are your criteria?

Make your voice heard—no one is more important in this conversation than the people who will work with the Systems every day.

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ALCTS

Discussion ANO: December issue coming soon

by Christine McConnell (non-member) on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm

ALCTS Newsletter Online
Contents of December Issue

Letters From ALCTS

 

  • From the Editor
  • From the President
  • From the Office

 

Looking Ahead

Announcements: Midwinter ‘09

  • ALCTS Event Schedule by Date / by Group
  • Midwinter Meeting Events

Features

  • My ALCTS Experience- Marlene Harris
  • IFLA Reports

 

News

From ALCTS

ALCTS Newsletter Online
Contents of December Issue

Letters From ALCTS

 

  • From the Editor
  • From the President
  • From the Office

 

Looking Ahead

Announcements: Midwinter ‘09

  • ALCTS Event Schedule by Date / by Group
  • Midwinter Meeting Events

Features

  • My ALCTS Experience- Marlene Harris
  • IFLA Reports

 

News

From ALCTS

  • 2010 Designated as the Year of Cataloging Research
  • Bylaws Vote Results
  • New Members Interest Group Debuts
  • ANO Survey
  • Survey of Catalogers  
  • Call for Papers: Emerging Research in Collection Management and Development Collections Research Forum, 2010ALA Annual Conference

From ALA

  • Candidates Announced for 2010 Midwinter Council Executive Board Election
  • Applicants Sought for ALA Committees
  • Applications Sought for 2010 ALA Annual Conference Poster Session Proposals
  • ACRL Announces New Image Resources Interest Group

From the Profession

  • Calls for Papers: OCLC Systems & Services:  International Digital Library Perspectives
  • Call for  Participation: Libraries in the Digital Age (LIDA) 2010
  • OLAC Seeks Applicants for 2010 OLAC Research Grant
  • California Library Association Technical Services Interest Group Presents Two Awards
  • 2010 National Leadership Grant Guidelines Now Available
  • UKSG and NASIG Announce New John Merriman Award
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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

by Linda Hofschire on Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 12:06 pm

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for presentation at its meeting at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, MA on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009.

Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for presentation at its meeting at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Conference in Boston, MA on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009.

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group is for new (and aspiring) academic librarians. We meet twice a year–at both ALA conferences–to chat about whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL. Presenters at this meeting have the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of other academic librarians, gain conference presentation experience, and build their CV. Students are welcome to submit proposals.

This Midwinter conference we want to hear from you on themes relating to Incorporating Technology Tools in Library Instruction. How do you perceive the role of technology in library instruction and how do you handle teaching about technology? We are interested in presentations that share personal experiences with incorporating technology tools, such as customized browser toolbars, screencasting, citation management software, and podcasting into library instruction. The goal of these presentations is to familiarize new and aspiring academic librarians with effective uses of these tools and effective methods of teaching about technology topics. We seek proposals for presentations that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

-Examples of effective uses of technology tools in library instruction, either as a means for delivering instruction (for example, creating screencasts about citation management software), or as the topic of instruction (for example, delivering library instruction sessions that teach students how to use tools such as podcasting or citation management software)
-How to use technology tools to meet specific learning outcomes
-Successful strategies for promoting library instruction sessions that focus on technology

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group meeting will take place on Saturday January 16, 2010, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Westin Copley Place Essex Center. Presenters should plan to speak for 10 minutes and allow 5 minutes for questions/discussion. There will be three presentations. Following the presentations, we will open the floor for discussion on the topic, or we can answer your questions about getting involved in national activities and/or academic librarianship in general.

Proposals are due by Monday 12/28/2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by Tuesday 01/05/2010. Please include the following information in your proposal:

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, institutional affiliation (or LIS program), mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. A second sheet that contains no identifying information and includes the title and a 200-300 word description of your presentation. The description should clearly identify the topic of your presentation, your personal experience with this topic, and how your presentation will contribute to new and aspiring librarians’ understanding of how to incorporate technology tools in library instruction.
3. Keep in mind that there will be no use of technology for these presentations. If your proposal is accepted, you should plan to provide handouts that contain tips, further reading, etc.

Please submit proposal by email to Allie Flanary (ACRL NMDG convener) at aflanary@gmail.com.

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Drupal4Lib Interest Group (LITA)

Discussion Library DrupalCamp 2010 (Pre ALA Annual)

by Cary Gordon on Sat, Oct 31, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Momentum is building for a Library DrupalCamp to be held in Washington (or close by) immediately preceding ALA Annual. I would like to consolidate discussion of this to the groups.drupal.org library group. There is also a thread about this on the drupal4lib mailing list.

Should this IG have a role? Should there be a LITA/ALA affiliation?

Momentum is building for a Library DrupalCamp to be held in Washington (or close by) immediately preceding ALA Annual. I would like to consolidate discussion of this to the groups.drupal.org library group. There is also a thread about this on the drupal4lib mailing list.

Should this IG have a role? Should there be a LITA/ALA affiliation?

My thought is that this should be a free or very inexpensive event, so affiliation might be impossible.

Thanks!

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ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section)

Discussion Don’t miss the ULS social in Boston

by Kim Leeder Reed on Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 02:27 pm

Greetings ULS,

I think it’s time we got a little animated, inspired — rowdy, even! That being the case, I’d like to invite you all to join me, fellow ULS members, and friends of ULS for an informal social in Boston. Let’s prove that university librarians can have fun, too!

Greetings ULS,

I think it’s time we got a little animated, inspired — rowdy, even! That being the case, I’d like to invite you all to join me, fellow ULS members, and friends of ULS for an informal social in Boston. Let’s prove that university librarians can have fun, too!

We’ll be at Cheers Boston, 84 Beacon St, at 5-7pm on Saturday, Jan. 16th. If possible, please email me an RSVP or RSVP on Facebook so I can save you a seat. All are welcome!

See you there,

Kim Leeder
ULS vice chair

PS: I don’t think we’ll really be rowdy. But we might!

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