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Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL)

Discussion Tracing the evolution of the ACRL Virtual Worlds Interest Group from the ACRL Second Life Task Force

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 11:22 am

See the June 23, 2009 post in ACRL Board of Directors (Association of College and Research Libraries) from Katie Coombes, UPDATED Board II Agenda and Documents now available, which includes the following pertinent documents as PDF file attachments:

Doc 31.0 ACRL Second Life Task Force Final Report 2009.pdf - 27.6 KB 

See the June 23, 2009 post in ACRL Board of Directors (Association of College and Research Libraries) from Katie Coombes, UPDATED Board II Agenda and Documents now available, which includes the following pertinent documents as PDF file attachments:

Doc 31.0 ACRL Second Life Task Force Final Report 2009.pdf - 27.6 KB 

Doc 5.0 Virtual Worlds Interest Group ACRL_Board_Action_Form.pdf - 101.95 KB

(excerpts)

The ACRL Second Life Task Force has been operating within the virtual world of Second
Life since 2007. In that time we have provided programming and professional networking
for ACRL members and potential members within Second Life. Educators are increasingly
using virtual worlds for both distance and traditional classes. Librarians involved in virtual
environments have found that in addition to the opportunity to support academics, many
opportunities exist for professional networking and continuing education for library
professionals.

The ACRL Second Life Task Force sunsets in 2009 and the recommended ACRL Virtual
Worlds Interest Group will continue and expand upon the initiatives of the Task Force by
including any virtual environment where educators, library professionals, and library
students operate. The ACRL Board has approved the recommendation of the ACRL
Second Life Task Force to find a volunteer to manage the ACRL in Second Life space on
ALA’s sim in Second Life.

Our charge is to provide support and oversight for a designated volunteer to manage the
Second Life presence of ACRL; to facilitate communication and collaboration for ACRL
members and potential members involved in or interested in virtual worlds for professional
activities; to participate in and support the activities of ACRL in virtual worlds on an ongoing
basis; to advocate for ACRL and to recruit new members to ACRL in virtual worlds.

 

FISCAL AND STAFFING IMPACT: Minimal. ACRL staff will need to work with the ACRL
Member Services office to ensure that the new interest group is added as a dues
product to the membership form before September 2009. Staff will also need to
update the ACRL web site to include information about the IG and work with the ALA
ITTS department to add this group to ALA Connect.

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Cataloging Rules

Discussion Link to Blog entry: "In Appreciation of Library Catalogers and Cataloging Standards"

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 09:56 am

In Appreciation of Library Catalogers and Cataloging Standards

The above posting by David Badertscher appears in the Criminal Law Library Blog.

LHRT (Library History Round Table)

Online Doc 2010 Invited Speakers Program CFP

by Bernadette Lear on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 02:24 pm

CALL FOR PRESENTERS
 
Documenting and Celebrating Your Library’s History: Tips from the Experts

Library History Round Table (LHRT) Invited Speakers Program, June 2010

Co-sponsored by ALTAFF and PLA

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks presenters for its Invited Speakers Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 24-30, 2010.

CALL FOR PRESENTERS
 
Documenting and Celebrating Your Library’s History: Tips from the Experts

Library History Round Table (LHRT) Invited Speakers Program, June 2010

Co-sponsored by ALTAFF and PLA

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks presenters for its Invited Speakers Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 24-30, 2010.

No community’s history is complete without the history of its library. Yet many libraries have never researched or published an institutional history. While many libraries collect local newspapers, maps, and other documentation about their surrounding area, they often neglect their own library’s annual reports, newsletters, and photographs. Thus they lose an opportunity to remind constituents that libraries are among the grandest, busiest buildings in town, have long records of public service, and are a vital part of community life. In light of the large number of Carnegie, LSA/LSCA-funded, and other libraries celebrating anniversaries in coming years, LHRT’s 2010 Invited Speakers program aims to help practitioners and library advocates to document, preserve, and promote the unique histories of their own institutions.

Importantly, this event will NOT be a scholarly, “conference paper” panel. Instead, the program will provide step-by-step instructions, helpful advice, and ready-to-use resources. We are seeking speakers who can address one or more of the following topics:

*Recommended information sources for library history research
*Capturing 20th and 21st -century library history through oral history, photography, and other means
*Handling and storage considerations for historic documents and artifacts
*Organizing an archive of your library’s reports, newsletters, photos, and other documents
*Interpreting old documents, notetaking, and other practical aspects of research and writing
*Options for publishing and promoting your library’s history
*Other topics pertaining to documenting, researching, archiving, and promoting library history

LHRT welcomes proposals from speakers of all backgrounds, including library school faculty, practitioners, administrators, and library volunteers. Proposals are due on November 27th, 2009. Each proposal must give a presentation title, a summary or outline (up to 500 words), and the presenter’s resume or vita. The proposal should also make clear which of topic(s) above the presenter is willing and able to address. If the presenter has taught similar workshops in the past, he or she is welcomed to append handouts and/or slides. Since this program will emphasize practice rather than research, it is desirable that the resume or vita emphasize the presenter’s professional expertise, work experience, and workshops/courses taught, rather than scholarly publications or awards.

From the submissions, the LHRT Program Committee will select 1-4 Invited Speakers and publicize the list of speakers in January 2010. Depending on the number, quality, and variety of proposals, LHRT may pursue publication of a book or journal special issue on this topic. The Invited Speaker(s) and other high-quality submissions will be offered first opportunity to publish in this venue if it is arranged.

So that the program’s facilitator may introduce each presenter, completed presentations are due June 12th, 2010. The Invited Speakers Program will likely occur during a 1.5-2 hour time slot on Sunday, June 27th, 2009. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at http://www.ala.org/ .

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 27, 2009
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED PRESENTATIONS: June 12, 2010

Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:

Bernadette A. Lear
LHRT Chair/Program Committee Chair
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
Telephone: (717) 948-6360
E-mail: BAL19@PSU.EDU

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LHRT Officers (Library History Round Table)

Online Doc 2010 Invited Speakers Program CFP

by Bernadette Lear on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 02:19 pm

Call for Presenters 

Documenting and Celebrating Your Library’s History: Tips from the Experts

Library History Round Table (LHRT) Invited Speakers Program, June 2010 

Co-sponsored by ALTAFF and PLA

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks presenters for its Invited Speakers Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 24-30, 2010.

Call for Presenters 

Documenting and Celebrating Your Library’s History: Tips from the Experts

Library History Round Table (LHRT) Invited Speakers Program, June 2010 

Co-sponsored by ALTAFF and PLA

The Library History Round Table (LHRT) of the American Library Association (ALA) seeks presenters for its Invited Speakers Program at the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., June 24-30, 2010.

No community’s history is complete without the history of its library. Yet many libraries have never researched or published an institutional history. While many libraries collect local newspapers, maps, and other documentation about their surrounding area, they often neglect their own library’s annual reports, newsletters, and photographs. Thus they lose an opportunity to remind constituents that libraries are among the grandest, busiest buildings in town, have long records of public service, and are a vital part of community life. In light of the large number of Carnegie, LSA/LSCA-funded, and other libraries celebrating anniversaries in coming years, LHRT’s 2010 Invited Speakers program aims to help practitioners and library advocates to document, preserve, and promote the unique histories of their own institutions.

Importantly, this event will NOT be a scholarly, “conference paper” panel. Instead, the program will provide step-by-step instructions, helpful advice, and ready-to-use resources. We are seeking speakers who can address one or more of the following topics:

*Recommended information sources for library history research
*Capturing 20th and 21st-century library history through oral history, photography, and other means
*Handling and storage considerations for historic documents and artifacts
*Organizing an archive of your library’s reports, newsletters, photos, and other documents
*Interpreting old documents, notetaking, and other practical aspects of research and writing
*Options for publishing and promoting your library’s history
*Other topics pertaining to documenting, researching, archiving, and promoting library history

LHRT welcomes proposals from speakers of all backgrounds, including library school faculty, practitioners, administrators, and library volunteers. Proposals are due on November 27th, 2009. Each proposal must give a presentation title, a summary or outline (up to 500 words), and the presenter’s resume or vita. The proposal should also make clear which of topic(s) above the presenter is willing and able to address. If the presenter has taught similar workshops in the past, he or she is welcomed to append handouts and/or slides. Since this program will emphasize practice rather than research, it is desirable that the resume or vita emphasize the presenter’s professional expertise, work experience, and workshops/courses taught, rather than scholarly publications or awards.

From the submissions, the LHRT Program Committee will select 1-4 Invited Speakers and publicize the list of speakers in January 2010. Depending on the number, quality, and variety of proposals, LHRT may pursue publication of a book or journal special issue on this topic. The Invited Speaker(s) and other high-quality submissions will be offered first opportunity to publish in this venue if it is arranged.

So that the program’s facilitator may introduce each presenter, completed presentations are due June 12, 2010. The Invited Speakers Program will likely occur during a 1.5-2 hour time slot on Sunday, June 27, 2009. All presenters must register to attend the conference. For registration options, see ALA’s events and conferences page at http://www.ala.org/ .

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: November 27, 2009
DEADLINE FOR COMPLETED PRESENTATIONS: June 12, 2010

Please submit proposals and direct inquiries to:
Bernadette A. Lear
LHRT Chair/Program Committee Chair
Penn State Harrisburg Library
351 Olmsted Dr.
Middletown, PA 17057
Telephone: (717) 948-6360
E-mail: BAL19@PSU.EDU

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SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

Discussion SRRT Endorses Free Gaza Movement's Right to Read Campaign

by LaJuan Pringle on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm

During the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, at its meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2009, the Action Council of the Social Responsibilities Round Table voted to endorse the Right to Read Campaign of the Free Gaza Movement. This campaign, initiated in partnership with Al-Aqsa University, will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, using boats to deliver textbooks and other educational supplies to universities throughout the occupied Gaza Strip. Other endorsers of activities of the Free Gaza Movement include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire, scholar Noam Chomsky, and British MP George Galloway.

For more information about this campaign, see the Free Gaza Movement's website:

http://freegaza.org/right-to-read

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SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

Online Doc SRRT Endorses Free Gaza's Right to Read Campaign

by LaJuan Pringle on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 12:17 pm

During the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, at its meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2009, the Action Council of the Social Responsibilities Round Table voted to endorse the Right to Read Campaign of the Free Gaza Movement. This campaign, initiated in partnership with Al-Aqsa University, will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, using boats to deliver textbooks and other educational supplies to universities throughout the occupied Gaza Strip.

During the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, at its meeting on Saturday, July 11, 2009, the Action Council of the Social Responsibilities Round Table voted to endorse the Right to Read Campaign of the Free Gaza Movement. This campaign, initiated in partnership with Al-Aqsa University, will challenge Israel's blockade of Gaza, using boats to deliver textbooks and other educational supplies to universities throughout the occupied Gaza Strip. Other endorsers of activities of the Free Gaza Movement include Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Maguire, scholar Noam Chomsky, and British MP George Galloway.

For more information about this campaign, see the Free Gaza Movement's website: http://freegaza.org/right-to-read.

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2009 ALA Annual Conference [Event]

Online Doc ALA Annual 2009 Meeting - Carl Fleischhauer of LC: Presentation on the U.S. Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

by Preston Cabe on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 09:45 am

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner.  The initiative was launched in 2007 with the formation of the Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, who concentrate their efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives.  In 2008, the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working G

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner.  The initiative was launched in 2007 with the formation of the Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, who concentrate their efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives.  In 2008, the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group was formed with a focus on sound, video, and motion picture film.

The Working Groups plan to develop recommended practices and associated specifications that are based on clearly articulated objectives describing the expected uses of the digitized content.  The initiative's methodologies and requirements will be based on recognized approved standards or empirical data to the extent possible.  

Federal agency participation is voluntary and non-binding.  Participants will provide input, share information and resources (when possible), and provide their opinions on priorities, methodology of the initiative, and approval or disapproval of draft guidelines, and respond to external recommendations or queries.  Adherence by the participating agencies to the guidelines developed under this initiative is not required, nor is it expected to be practical under all circumstances.

http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/

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ALCTS PARS Digital Conversion Interest Group

Online Doc ALA Annual 2009 Meeting - Carl Fleischhauer of LC: Presentation on the U.S. Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative

by Preston Cabe on Thu, Jul 23, 2009 at 09:45 am

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner.  The initiative was launched in 2007 with the formation of the Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, who concentrate their efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives.  In 2008, the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working G

The Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative is a collaborative effort by federal agencies to define common guidelines, methods, and practices to digitize historical content in a sustainable manner.  The initiative was launched in 2007 with the formation of the Federal Agencies Still Image Digitization Working Group, who concentrate their efforts on image content such as books, manuscripts, maps, and photographic prints and negatives.  In 2008, the Federal Agencies Audio-Visual Working Group was formed with a focus on sound, video, and motion picture film.

The Working Groups plan to develop recommended practices and associated specifications that are based on clearly articulated objectives describing the expected uses of the digitized content.  The initiative's methodologies and requirements will be based on recognized approved standards or empirical data to the extent possible.  

Federal agency participation is voluntary and non-binding.  Participants will provide input, share information and resources (when possible), and provide their opinions on priorities, methodology of the initiative, and approval or disapproval of draft guidelines, and respond to external recommendations or queries.  Adherence by the participating agencies to the guidelines developed under this initiative is not required, nor is it expected to be practical under all circumstances.

http://www.digitizationguidelines.gov/

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