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Vote for the 2013 ALA Annual Conversation Starters [Community]

Suggestion Caterpillars to Butterflies: Transformational Leadership

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

Description: What is transformational?  What would your library look like if the student employees contributed to the same degree as professional librarians?  How do you re-engage staff who have spent the last two decades doing the same old thing?   This panel will describe the transformational process of engaging staff at all levels by creating expectations, challenges, and opportunities for leadership.

Description: What is transformational?  What would your library look like if the student employees contributed to the same degree as professional librarians?  How do you re-engage staff who have spent the last two decades doing the same old thing?   This panel will describe the transformational process of engaging staff at all levels by creating expectations, challenges, and opportunities for leadership.  Panelists include a student “peer leader”, a staff member fresh from college, a manager with a passion for professional development, and the “boss” who believes that leadership is best demonstrated from the bottom up.

Presenters: Chris Atkins, Suzanne Byke, Holly Kouns, Jenni McKnight

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Law
  • Library School
  • Medical
  • Museums
  • Public
  • Regional Library System
  • Research
  • Students
  • Undergraduate

Subjects:

  • Administration and Management
  • Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Organizational Change
  • Professional Development
  • Support Staff
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Suggestion Developing Savvy Future Business Leaders Using Information Literacy and Social Media

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

Description: Motivating the non-traditional students of Miami Dade College to upgrade their skill set to succeed as business leaders.  Information literacy is critical in providing students with the tools to research market trends. Students in a virtual Principles of Business class will use LibGuides to investigate companies based on interests. This methodology creates a community of learners by introducing them to social media.

Description: Motivating the non-traditional students of Miami Dade College to upgrade their skill set to succeed as business leaders.  Information literacy is critical in providing students with the tools to research market trends. Students in a virtual Principles of Business class will use LibGuides to investigate companies based on interests. This methodology creates a community of learners by introducing them to social media.

This developed critical thinking and technical skills early in their academic career and showcased their ability to work innovatively with social media. The session will include sample student blogs, tweets, podcasts, LibGuides and conversations with information professionals.

Presenters: Branly Fontaine, Lizeth Garcia, Ileana Porges-West

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Community College
  • Corporate
  • High School
  • Research
  • School/Media Center
  • Undergraduate

Subjects:

  • Distance Learning
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information Literacy
  • Social Media & Networks
  • Virtual Communities and Libraries

Additional comments: Miami Dade College is the largest and most diverse college in the nation. With eight campuses and more than 174,000 students from across the world, the College offers over 300 programs of study and several degree options, including vocational, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. MDC features numerous Continuing Education classes, online credit classes through the Virtual College, the New World School of the Arts, The Honors College and Dual Enrollment.

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Suggestion Creating Exemplary Library Space: A Roadmap for Your Building Project

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:44 am

Description: A librarian and architect will present a roadmap for creating exemplary library space. This program will describe a process and timeline in clear steps from defining your need for new space through move-in day, and can be applied to your project whether transforming existing space or conceiving a new building.

Description: A librarian and architect will present a roadmap for creating exemplary library space. This program will describe a process and timeline in clear steps from defining your need for new space through move-in day, and can be applied to your project whether transforming existing space or conceiving a new building. Milestones include convincing your administration, finding the right design team, creating a space program, reviewing physical collections and staff spaces, the value of variety in learning spaces, defining a construction budget, monitoring the design and construction process and preparations for moving in.

Presenters: Mark Freeman, Kathryn Growney

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Buildings and Facilities
  • Learning Commons
  • Project Management
  • Transforming Libraries
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Suggestion How Can a Library Support and Create a Culture of Sustainability?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

Description: This is a discussion facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will address how these positions can assist the library in accomplishing the sustainability initiatives of the organization. The conversation will focus on how to insert the library into sustainability efforts by recognizing that any behavioral change is rooted in providing information. The goal is to brand the library as a learning center for sustainability and to motivate library users to increase community and campus sustainability efforts.

Description: This is a discussion facilitated by a Public Services Librarian and a Sustainability Coordinator who will address how these positions can assist the library in accomplishing the sustainability initiatives of the organization. The conversation will focus on how to insert the library into sustainability efforts by recognizing that any behavioral change is rooted in providing information. The goal is to brand the library as a learning center for sustainability and to motivate library users to increase community and campus sustainability efforts.

Presenters: Jill Bambenek

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Organizational Change
  • Outreach Services
  • Public Relations
  • Public Services
  • Social Change
  • Trends and Forecasting

Additional comments: This discussion will address how to embed the library into a sustainability plan through a variety of methods.  These include ensuring that day to day operations include awareness of all campus and community sustainability efforts.  The conversation will center on the important role of providing information to provoke change and how a library can empower an individual’s personal ability and initiative to access information.

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Suggestion Giving a Facelift to an Aging Public Library

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

Description: Updating the look of the public library using a variety of free to minimal costs to create an inviting place to visit. We also invited feedback from library staff and the public to update our new look. We look forward to sharing your ideas, successes and challenges in this venture. Photos are welcome!

Presenters: Lynette Schurdevin

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public

Subjects:

Description: Updating the look of the public library using a variety of free to minimal costs to create an inviting place to visit. We also invited feedback from library staff and the public to update our new look. We look forward to sharing your ideas, successes and challenges in this venture. Photos are welcome!

Presenters: Lynette Schurdevin

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public

Subjects:

  • Buildings and Facilities
  • Transforming Libraries
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Suggestion DJs and Databases: How to infiltrate campus life through innovative outreach programs

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:42 am

Description: Is your library considered cool? Do you have people lining up just to get their hands on some library swag? Learn how one large academic library has strategically positioned itself to be the “Club” on campus. From party planner in the residence halls to boogie breaks in the library, this program will highlight how the library can unite social and academic programming to shape the student experience.  Attend this rocking discussion to learn how others are doing it… and you can too!

Presenters: Holly Kouns, Suzanne Byke

Description: Is your library considered cool? Do you have people lining up just to get their hands on some library swag? Learn how one large academic library has strategically positioned itself to be the “Club” on campus. From party planner in the residence halls to boogie breaks in the library, this program will highlight how the library can unite social and academic programming to shape the student experience.  Attend this rocking discussion to learn how others are doing it… and you can too!

Presenters: Holly Kouns, Suzanne Byke

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Library School

Subjects:

  • Learning Commons
  • Marketing
  • Outreach Services
  • Partnerships
  • Transforming Libraries
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Suggestion 10 Ways to Excite Kids About Poetry

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

Description: Feeling uncertain about how to present poetry to kids? Children's writer and poet Laura Purdie Salas (BOOKSPEAK! and STAMPEDE, among others), who does many school visits and teacher inservices, will share 10 easy, practical ways to invite kids into poetry. You can implement these ideas right away--few or no materials required!

Presenter: Laura Salas

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Elementary School
  • Public

Subjects:

Description: Feeling uncertain about how to present poetry to kids? Children's writer and poet Laura Purdie Salas (BOOKSPEAK! and STAMPEDE, among others), who does many school visits and teacher inservices, will share 10 easy, practical ways to invite kids into poetry. You can implement these ideas right away--few or no materials required!

Presenter: Laura Salas

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Elementary School
  • Public

Subjects:

  • Children's Literature
  • Children's Services
  • Public Programs
  • Youth Services

Additional comments: It's likely that I could add other children's poets to the mix, depending on which of my colleagues are attending. In that case, the description/summary would stay the same, but there would be several well-known published children's poets sharing tips.

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Suggestion Free Comic Book Day at the Library

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:39 am

Description: Held the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition for comic book and graphic novel shops and fans. Libraries can also tap into this excitement by hosting their own Free Comic Book Day events. This panel will show librarians how to put their own FCBD together, including tips on partnering with local comic shops, utilizing their graphic novel collections, acquiring comics to give away, and more.

Presenter: Mark Banaszak

Format: Panel Discussion

Description: Held the first Saturday in May, Free Comic Book Day has become a highly-anticipated annual tradition for comic book and graphic novel shops and fans. Libraries can also tap into this excitement by hosting their own Free Comic Book Day events. This panel will show librarians how to put their own FCBD together, including tips on partnering with local comic shops, utilizing their graphic novel collections, acquiring comics to give away, and more.

Presenter: Mark Banaszak

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public
  • School/Media Center

Subjects:

  • Children's Literature
  • Marketing
  • Popular Culture
  • Public Programs
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Suggestion Does Canada Need More Visible Minority Librarians?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:38 am

Description: As Canada’s demographics change and immigration plays a significant role in the population increase, the public face of Canadian librarians have remained largely unchanged as minority librarians make up only 7% of the library workforce. Not only are minority librarians underrepresented in libraries, they are also less likely to occupy senior administrative or management positions. Canadian visible minority librarians face unique challenges within the profession.

Description: As Canada’s demographics change and immigration plays a significant role in the population increase, the public face of Canadian librarians have remained largely unchanged as minority librarians make up only 7% of the library workforce. Not only are minority librarians underrepresented in libraries, they are also less likely to occupy senior administrative or management positions. Canadian visible minority librarians face unique challenges within the profession. Join the discussion as three motivated and passionate minority librarians argue their case for why Canada needs more visible minority librarians and the need for the establishment of a national network for minority librarians (ViMLoC).

Presenters: May Chan, Guoying (Grace) Liu, Norda Majekodunmi

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Association
  • Library School
  • Public
  • Regional System
  • Special

Subjects:

  • Human Resources
  • Leadership
  • Multicultural Services
  • Recruitment
  • Strategic Planning
  • Trends and Forecasting
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Suggestion Imposter Librarians

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:37 am

Description: Are there imposters at your library? In our recent study, we found that one in eight academic librarians suffered from the Imposter Phenomenon, which consists of feelings of fraudulence in one’s professional life and inability to internalize personal achievement. Young and new librarians are particularly susceptible. This phenomenon can be detrimental to job performance, satisfaction, and retention.

Description: Are there imposters at your library? In our recent study, we found that one in eight academic librarians suffered from the Imposter Phenomenon, which consists of feelings of fraudulence in one’s professional life and inability to internalize personal achievement. Young and new librarians are particularly susceptible. This phenomenon can be detrimental to job performance, satisfaction, and retention. We will discuss how to recognize the phenomenon in yourself and others, how to minimize its effects, and how managers can help employees counteract these symptoms.

Presenter: Kimberly Vardeman

Format: Facilitated Ddiscussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Administration and Management
  • Human Resources
  • Librarianship
  • Mentoring
  • Personnel and Staffing
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