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Discussion CAUT Policy Statement on Advancing Women’s Human Rights.

by Kathleen McCook on Mon, May 18, 2009 at 07:26 am

From the Canadian Association of University Teachers.

CAUT Policy Statement on Advancing Women’s Human Rights.

Action should be taken to achieve and secure equity for women in Canadian universities and colleges, eliminating the current socio-economic and professional disparities between women and men.

Read the entire statement: here.

Cataloging Rules

Discussion New Article

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 04:43 pm

Free Books: Loading Brief MARC Records for Open-Access Books in an Academic Library Catalog

Author: Jeffrey Beall 

Affiliation:    University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

DOI: 10.1080/01639370902870215 Publication Frequency: 8 issues per year

Free Books: Loading Brief MARC Records for Open-Access Books in an Academic Library Catalog

Author: Jeffrey Beall 

Affiliation:    University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado, USA

DOI: 10.1080/01639370902870215 Publication Frequency: 8 issues per year

Published in:  Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Volume 47, Issue 5 July 2009 , pages 452 - 463 

Abstract

Mbooks are open-access, digitized books freely available on the Internet. This article describes the Auraria Library's experience of loading brief MARC records for Mbooks into its online public access catalog and looks at some of the issues that arose from the record-loading project. Despite the low quality of the records, librarians in Auraria Library thought that loading them into the catalog was advantageous because of the rich content in the collection and because many of the records could be improved using the global update functionality in the catalog. Making the records available through the catalog, as opposed to merely linking to the entire collection from the Library's Web page, was considered to be valuable because of the aggregation a catalog provides and because the Mbooks collection helped fill gaps in the Library's physical collections. As more open-access, digitized books become available, libraries will need to plan and manage how best to provide access to them.

 

Keywords: Mbooks; library catalogs; open-access books; metadata; metadata quality; Hathi Trust; University of Colorado Denver; Auraria Library; MARC records

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Women Administrators Discussion Group (LLAMA - Library Leadership & Management Association)

Discussion ALA Annual Meeting Details

by Elizabeth Brice on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 02:03 pm

The Women Administrators Discussion Group will meet in Chicago on Sunday, July 12, from 10:30-noon in the Missouri Room at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel. This is an ALA Headquarters Hotel. Please plan to join us!

Women Administrators Discussion Group (LLAMA - Library Leadership & Management Association)

Online Doc Midwinter Meeting Minutes

by Elizabeth Brice on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 01:29 pm

LLAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter - Denver, CO - January 25, 2009

Topic: Maintaining Morale in Hard Times

(31 participants)

 

Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Brice, Miami University, chair

Minutes: Nancy Hewison, Purdue University, chair-elect

LLAMA Women Administrators Discussion Group
ALA Midwinter - Denver, CO - January 25, 2009

Topic: Maintaining Morale in Hard Times

(31 participants)

 

Discussion Leader: Elizabeth Brice, Miami University, chair

Minutes: Nancy Hewison, Purdue University, chair-elect

How do we maintain morale in times of uncertainty and ambiguity?

  - Obama approach - we're all in this together. Administration needs to understand the pain also. Choose words, jargon carefully - take lead from Obama's playbook

- Provide as much information as possible.

- Ask staff for ideas and input. Helps in feeling it's not just being done to us.

- Get out on the floor and ask what people hear, rumors going around. Even if don't know, say I'll let you know as soon as I find out. Almost set up our own snopes.com.

- Series of early bird meetings to relay what information now possible to share, emphasize intent and avoid layoffs at all costs. Get input from staff.

- Do what is under your power and authority. Provide recognition in any way you can for extra efforts, initiative taken.

- Staff can give any other staff a recognition card when see, e.g., going out of way to do something nice for someone. When collect 5, get one hour administrative leave.

- Bingo parties or other parties every quarter (with a few minutes of announcements so this can be considered worktime).

- Connect the dots for staff in information in the news or issued on campus - they may not think at the level of those more in the know (even if we're not fully in the know).

- Problems in rewarding staff in one unit in a unionized organization.

- Use donated money (non-state funds) for rewards.

"Transparency in communication" - How does it work when there is bad news coming but implications are not yet forthcoming? When you don't have enough information yourself?

- Empowering department heads and letting them interface with their people.

- Administrators will know things they can't tell, e.g., names/positions to be laid-off/cut. Can remind people we have to respect people's privacy.

- You can tell what you legally can tell - but you can't just be frank.

- At end of a group meeting, check understanding by saying, "____ wasn't here today. When you leave this room, what will you tell them we did today?"

- Put minutes in a place available to all staff.

- It's confidence-ending to tell one thing and then a different thing the next day. Better to say there's nothing decided yet, so I have nothing to tell you.

- Explain what looking to cut (supplies, student assistant support) with an X% target we've been given, but also explain that target may change.

What's the best way to lay people off, if you've ever done so or been laid off?

- In a union situation, laid off two people. Union representative was there in layoff meeting, taking notes. Both layoffs were grieved and the union lost. Used careful language: "your position has been eliminated" (not "you have been eliminated").

- Situation where change in administration resulted in a position no longer being wanted. Individual moved to another position with no reduction in salary.

- Was advised by university employee relations specialist that it would be fine to start by stating my feelings, i.e., "This is a day I had hoped would never come," and then proceed to explain the facts of the situation.

Furloughs (unpaid leave)

- Voluntary furlough are great for the short term. But everyone at all levels needs to take them, or resentment lasts for years

- Director can cut back on her pay even if she works as many hours.

- If possible, benefits should stay at full level and vacation/sick accrual ditto.

- "Separation incentive program" - avoids age discrimination of asking who's ready to retire. In speaker's experience, individual did not need to be retirement age. Cash payment was offered if people resign; some then retired the next day. Maximum payout was $50,000 (several years ago in a multi-campus university system). A reduction in hours program was also available.

- At some institutions, the retirement incentive program for faculty may be extended to staff.

- At others, faculty jobs are being protected but staff positions are not.

- Opportunities to redistribute staff within libraries, via internal recruitment, non-voluntary transfers, semi-voluntary where someone is offered a job and can say no.

Preparing staff for potential new roles through training, or helping to look at what else might be interested in ideas?

- Job shadowing program

- Internal rotation program is sort of internal recruitment. Growth opportunity for those looking for something different.

- Internal mentoring program - librarians mentoring staff who have library degree.

- Mini-training program based on pockets of expertise - reference expertise, PC experts. Identifying who can you learn from if you want to learn something.

When in a layoff situation, how to help those remaining - low morale, survivors' guilt.

- Involve people in strategic planning to come up with solutions. Encourage them to look forward and not back. Pep talks.

- Resign self to saying things over and over again, often to the same people.

- Experience in which laid off more people than necessary in order to have some budget for materials, etc. This gave those left more to work with. The library is now flourishing. Worked with union and eliminated unique titles so no bumping was possible.

- Manager talking with manager about abilities of person moving to another position because theirs has been eliminated.

- Looking to future, paraprofessional certification may help us sell to higher administration that there is complicated, specialized work involved and specialized skills taking years to develop.

- Situation: library degree holders in staff positions can lead to job creep and paraprofessionals (e.g., able to rare book cataloging) who are more valuable than tenured faculty librarians.

Do we as women have special skills in dealing with morale issues? Is it harder for us? Easier?

- Empathize understanding issue - how much can I do? Selling importance of it to paternalistic administration.

- Advice received from several bosses (male): Now that you're a manager, stay away from emotional involvement because someday you'll have to lay someone off.

- Show your humanity.

 

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Library Facilities Planning Discussion Group (LLAMA BES)

Discussion ASHRAE Advanced Energy Design Guides - Download Free

by William Lull (non-member) on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 08:40 am

[Forwarded from ASHRAE:]

[Forwarded from ASHRAE:]

Advanced Energy Design Guides Free Download

The Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a sensible approach to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis.  The four-color guides offer contractors and designers the tools, including recommendations for practical products and off-the-shelf technology, needed for achieving a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999.  The energy savings target of 30% is the first step in the process toward achieving a net-zero energy building, which is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws from outside resources equal or less energy than it provides using on-site renewable energy sources.

These guides have been developed through the collaboration of ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from the Department of Energy (DOE), to help meet all of an owner’s energy performance requirements.  In an effort to promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners have made these guides available for download (PDF) at no charge.

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You can download them from a link on this page: http://www.ashrae.org/publications/page/1604

If preservation is a goal in your library, not all of these guidelines would necessarily apply, since they are designed to save energy in buildnigs occupied by people, and not necessarily save books.

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Library Facilities Planning Discussion Group (LLAMA BES)

Discussion IFMA Pandemic Preparedness Manual - Download for Free

by William Lull (non-member) on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 08:30 am

[Forwarded from ASHRAE...]

Pandemic Preparedness Guidance

In light of the swine flu outbreak, ASHRAE is providing a document from its memorandum-of-understanding partner, the International Facility Management Association, regarding pandemic preparedness. The goal of the IFMA Foundation’s Pandemic Preparedness Manual is to assist in planning for, controlling and responding to a possible swine flu threat. The document was prepared in 2006.

[Forwarded from ASHRAE...]

Pandemic Preparedness Guidance

In light of the swine flu outbreak, ASHRAE is providing a document from its memorandum-of-understanding partner, the International Facility Management Association, regarding pandemic preparedness. The goal of the IFMA Foundation’s Pandemic Preparedness Manual is to assist in planning for, controlling and responding to a possible swine flu threat. The document was prepared in 2006.

While ASHRAE is bringing this manual to you as a resource, please note that it has not undergone any technical review by ASHRAE as is done for Society documents.

Please do not hesitate to contact ASHRAE if you need additional information. Through ASHRAE.org, you can find other resources, such as Transactions articles, Handbook chapters and seminar recordings, related to control of the spread of respiratory illness.

http://www.ashrae.org/docLib/20090505_IFMApandemic.pdf

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ALA/SAA/AAM Joint Committee

Event Libraries, Archives and Museums: Converging for Real

by Karen Muller on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 06:59 pm

Our users ask for access to information unhampered by arbitrary boundaries between libraries, archives and museums. Yale, Princeton, the Smithsonian, the University of Edinburgh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum have been working at breaking down the walls between their collections. Each of these institutions strives to present a holistic view of all collections regardless of where they are housed or how they are managed. Come learn about what has worked and what has not.

Our users ask for access to information unhampered by arbitrary boundaries between libraries, archives and museums. Yale, Princeton, the Smithsonian, the University of Edinburgh, and the Victoria and Albert Museum have been working at breaking down the walls between their collections. Each of these institutions strives to present a holistic view of all collections regardless of where they are housed or how they are managed. Come learn about what has worked and what has not.

Speakers: Meg Bellinger, Director of the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure, Yale University; John Scally, Director of University Collections, University of Edinburgh; Cathryn Goodwin, Manager, Collection Information and Access, Princeton University Art Museum; Moderator: Jennifer Schaffner, OCLC Research

 

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Games and Gaming

Discussion Interactive Exhibits, Games, & Experiments at the World Science Festival

by LaVerne Poussaint on Thu, May 14, 2009 at 05:26 pm

© 2009. Science Festival Foundation. All rights reserved. Digital press release.

 

 

http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/

http://www.worldsciencefestival.com/2009/street-fair

 

Some features: Math Factory, Math Maze, Discovery Labs, Formula SAE Racing, Science Circus, Mathemagician, CSI Ballistics Adventure, Math Carnival, Let's Play Science author, and much more.

Among last year's signature events: The Science of Disney Imagineering. Audience engaged in multimedia environments with scientists and engineers who apply knowledge of chemistry, physics, biology, and technology to computer simulations and animatronics.

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Unconferences

Poll Have you ever attended a library camp or an unconference focused on issues relevant to the library community?

by Stephen Francoeur (non-member) on Mon, May 11, 2009 at 01:32 pm
Yes
60% (6 votes)
No
40% (4 votes)
Total votes: 10
Social Media Mavens

Discussion Increasing Participation?

by Aaron Dobbs on Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 01:10 pm

While looking at the election returns statistics this week several folks had the same question I had... "I wonder why the turnout was so much lower this year?"

Along with the election, I wonder what we can do to increase participation (both in Association activities and on ALA Connect).

Any ideas?  (It's the end of the semester here & my brain is mush)

 

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