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YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association)

Discussion Join President Sarah Debraski on June 9 for YALSA's First Online Chat: Teen Librarians, YALSA & The Economy

by Stephanie Kuenn (staff) on Tue, May 26, 2009 at 04:10 pm

YALSA will host its first online chat right here in ALA Connect on Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Join YALSA for a discussion about the impact of the recession on library workers who serve teens and how YALSA might provide support to our members in this economic climate. YALSA President Sarah Debraski will convene the discussion here on ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/yalsa).

YALSA will host its first online chat right here in ALA Connect on Tuesday, June 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern. Join YALSA for a discussion about the impact of the recession on library workers who serve teens and how YALSA might provide support to our members in this economic climate. YALSA President Sarah Debraski will convene the discussion here on ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/yalsa).

Please feel free to drop in any time between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. Eastern to share your thoughts and listen to what others have to say on the topic. Click on the link called ‘chat’ in the upper right corner of the page at any time between 8 and 9 p.m. on June 9 to participate.

If you are new to ALA Connect, which launched just last month, please know that members log in to Connect using their regular ALA Web site username and password. Members do NOT need to create a new account when accessing Connect for the first time; simply log in via the box in the upper left corner.

In the meantime, please answer the poll about voice chats, as this will help YALSA plan future online activities. Thank you and we look forward to chatting with you on June 9!

 

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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Discussion External Data Dashboard link

by Mary Ghikas on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 01:59 pm

Here is a link to an external data dashboard -- courtesy of the ALA Library.  You may find it useful in tracking economic changes.  It's also an interesting model.

See -- http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/briefroom/BriefRm

 

2009 ALA Annual Conference [Event]

Discussion Final Schedule with Meeting Room Assignments

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 08:41 pm

Here's the PDF of room assignments for meetings scheduled at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference.

ALCTS CRS (Continuing Resources Section)

Discussion CRS events at ALA annual 2009

by Felicity Dykas on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 04:54 pm

ALCTS CRS Meetings at 2009 Annual Conference

Saturday, July 11

  • All Committee Meeting
    08:00 am - 10:00 am – Sheraton Chicago, BR VII
  • CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm – Chicago Hilton, PDR 4
  • Holdings Information Update Forum
    03:30 pm - 05:30 pm – Chicago Hilton, Continental B
  • Swingin' With the Pendulum: Facing Cancellations in the Age of E-Journal Packages
    03:30 pm - 05:30 pm – Chicago Hilton, Williford

ALCTS CRS Meetings at 2009 Annual Conference

Saturday, July 11

  • All Committee Meeting
    08:00 am - 10:00 am – Sheraton Chicago, BR VII
  • CRS College and Research Libraries Interest Group
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm – Chicago Hilton, PDR 4
  • Holdings Information Update Forum
    03:30 pm - 05:30 pm – Chicago Hilton, Continental B
  • Swingin' With the Pendulum: Facing Cancellations in the Age of E-Journal Packages
    03:30 pm - 05:30 pm – Chicago Hilton, Williford

Sunday, July 12

  • All Executive Committee Meeting
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm – Intercontinental, Empire BR
  • Continuing Resources Standards Update Forum
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm – McCormick Place, W-192c
  • Costs of Continuing Resources in Libraries
    03:30 pm - 05:30 pm – Chicago Hilton, Lake Huron
  • Re-Thinking Staff Resources in the E-Serials Environment
    08:00 am - 10:00 am - McCormick Place, W-181

Monday, July 13

  • Continuing Resources Cataloging Update Forum
    01:30 pm - 03:00 pm - McCormick Place, W-474
  • Electronic Resource Management Systems: The Promise and Disappointment
    08:00 am - 10:00 am - McCormick Place, W-184
  • Policy and Planning Committee
    08:00 am - 10:00 am – Chicago Hilton, Conference Room 5A

Tuesday, July 14

  • CRS Executive Committee Meeting
    08:00 am - 10:00 am – Chicago Hilton, Conference Room 4A
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ACRL ULS (University Libraries Section)

Discussion Hellooooo ULS!

by Kim Leeder Reed on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 08:34 am

Hi ULS members, I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the ULS group on ALA Connect! Please feel free to make this space your own to share ideas and communicate with your university colleagues. You're invited to post your own greetings here or in the discussion area.

Hi ULS members, I just wanted to say hello and welcome to the ULS group on ALA Connect! Please feel free to make this space your own to share ideas and communicate with your university colleagues. You're invited to post your own greetings here or in the discussion area.

If you haven't used ALA Connect before, check the menu in the upper right for options of what you can do within this group. And be sure to set up your email subcription or RSS feed (lower right) to make sure you keep on top of new posts and updates. If you have any questions about the group, just post them or you're welcome to email me directly.

Cheers!

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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion Save NYC Libraries!--Borrowed from FB posting

by Stephanie Gross on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 02:39 pm

Even if you miss today, call or email.  Your voice matters!

 Version 1 Kate Kosturski (Pratt) (creator)

*** All information on how to lend your voice to this cause, on behalf of all systems collectively and each system individually, can be found in the FB discussion board. ***

Even if you miss today, call or email.  Your voice matters!

 Version 1 Kate Kosturski (Pratt) (creator)

*** All information on how to lend your voice to this cause, on behalf of all systems collectively and each system individually, can be found in the FB discussion board. ***

Last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled his budget for FY 2009 - 2010, revealing a 22% funding cut to all three city library systems (NYPL, Brooklyn and Queens). These cuts would eliminate over 900 employees, eliminate weekend service, and cut materials budgets by at least 30%.

We understand a need to cut costs, but now - when people are using their libraries more than ever - it seems almost foolish to do so. When library circulation and usage has increased nearly thirty percent this year alone, eliminating funding is cutting off the nose to spite the face! People are turning to their libraries for free entertainment, internet usage and career guidance. In fact, NYPL’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) recently opened a new job center in its Madison Avenue facility, and has seen record usage since its opening on April 14th.

For us (library students and seasoned librarians) in what is and still will be a great library town, this is now past a moral calling. Jobs that belong to our classmates, professors, colleagues and friends are now on the line. People that have shaped our graduate school experience in ways I cannot even begin to describe (and thank them enough for) now may lose the chance to serve the public and influence learners and information seekers of all ages when they need that compass the most.

If you or your loved ones have ever used a library, it’s now time to give back. Please consider helping us. And spread the word - let's make this a global effort to save our libraries!

Our colleagues want to provide you with the highest quality of service you have come to expect and love. We need you behind us to make it happen.

Version 2.Take Action: Save Brooklyn Public Library (creator)

Subject: Today is Call-In Thursday!

I know you are all very busy, but just a few minutes out of your day could make a huge difference.
Please call your local council member and/or Mayor Bloomberg.
Let them know you care about Brooklyn Public Library.

Not sure who your local council member is? Simpy type in your address and borough into the following form: http://www.facebook.com/l/;http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml

 
Click on "Find my City Council Member" to view your representitive's phone number.

Mayor Bloomberg's office can be reached by calling 311.

In addition, we have included a number of talking points that you may find helpful when calling your council member or the mayor:

Mayor Bloomberg’s budget proposal for the upcoming fiscal year, if adopted, would spell disaster for public library users in Brooklyn and around the city. The proposed budget includes an approximately 20% funding cut for all three city library systems. Brooklyn Public Library would face a $14 million budget gap that would result in:

• 175 library staff layoffs, resulting in fewer programs and services for patrons
• Reduced weekday service, no Saturday service at most branches, and no Sunday service anywhere in Brooklyn.
• 185,000 fewer books, DVDs, CDs, and other library materials

BPL thanks you!

 

Whichever posting you've seen, both contain vital information regarding the specific budget cuts, usefulness of libraries AND librarians, and numbers to call.  Please keep the pressue on and let's defeat these cuts!!! PBS managed to halve the cuts.  If they can do it, so can we.  Stephanie

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Government Information Interest Group

Discussion Data.gov Launched!

by Rebecca Troy-Horton on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 11:29 am

Data.gov is now live and ready for you to explore! More datasets will be added and you can even suggest datasets or site improvements/enhancements. Go play with it! :-)

Virtual Reference Discussion Group (RUSA MARS - Machine Assisted Reference Section)

Discussion Best recent articles on digital reference

by Stephen Francoeur (non-member) on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 12:53 pm

What are the best articles or blog posts or presentations you seen, heard, read, browsed lately that talk about any aspect or form of digital reference (chat reference, email reference, SMS reference, IM, reference, Q&A reference services, etc.)

I realize that there is a great bibliography of digital reference already. I'm looking for personal recommendations here, not just lists.

Thanks!

Stephen Francoeur

Digital Reference

GLBTRT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table)

Event Deadline for Early Submissions to COGNOTES

by David Vess on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

Advance submissions are due by Wed., June 17 at 4:00 pm CT. This deadline is for guaranteed inclusion in Cognotes. (Issues appear Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Annual). Appearing in the Saturday issue cannot be guaranteed for articles that are not “time sensitive” for Saturday. Saturday is the most popular issue – time-sensitive articles will be placed first, then other requests for Saturday will be honored on a space available basis.

Advance submissions are due by Wed., June 17 at 4:00 pm CT. This deadline is for guaranteed inclusion in Cognotes. (Issues appear Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday at Annual). Appearing in the Saturday issue cannot be guaranteed for articles that are not “time sensitive” for Saturday. Saturday is the most popular issue – time-sensitive articles will be placed first, then other requests for Saturday will be honored on a space available basis.

After the deadline, submissions will still be accepted to be included on a space-available basis. The final deadline is 1:00 pm the day before printing (i.e. Sunday to appear on Monday).

Submissions can be sent to me via email at kwilliams@ala.org.

Cognotes is printed at Annual on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. A Highlights issue, which is mailed to all ALA members, is produced on Tuesday, and mailed out about a week later. The final deadline for the Highlights issue is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, July 14. Space in the Highlights issue is limited, and goes first to covering events during the Annual Conference. Articles about things other than the Annual Conference will be included only if additional space is available.

For your article submission, please submit them in story format, and include date, time, location, title of the event, and, if needed, any information on how to purchase tickets. Please send the information in the format you want it to appear - already written as a story, rather than forwarding me flyers, email chains, etc. I don't know what's important about your event. I will not be creating articles.

If you are sending information on programs, please be aware that there is just not room to print the descriptions of all the programs happening at Annual in Cognotes. Please do not simply send program descriptions by themselves. If you would like to highlight one or two of your programs, please do so by creating an article – focus on an interesting speaker, or write about several programs that have something in common. Descriptions of programs that basically come out of the program guide will be sent to the end of the line and used as “filler”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me and let me know!

Karee Williams
kwilliams@ala.org
American Library Association
Conference Services
Marketing Specialist
50 E Huron St.
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-3221

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LLAMA (Library Leadership & Management Association)

Discussion Prison Inmates and Information Literacy

by Sandra Newell (non-member) on Thu, May 21, 2009 at 09:29 am

Here is an interesting article on a public library serving ex-offenders by
Otis D. Alexander is the director of the Danville Public Library. He can be reached at alexaod@ci.danville.va.us.

Many of this audience have low literacy skills and would benefit from being referred to library literacy programs and/or to community literacy programs as they get out of prison.

The library developed a resource guide for ex-offenders in Virginia

Here is an interesting article on a public library serving ex-offenders by
Otis D. Alexander is the director of the Danville Public Library. He can be reached at alexaod@ci.danville.va.us.

Many of this audience have low literacy skills and would benefit from being referred to library literacy programs and/or to community literacy programs as they get out of prison.

The library developed a resource guide for ex-offenders in Virginia

http://www.ilovelibraries.org/news/topstories/danville.cfm

 

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