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DEFUNCT Young Professionals Working Group

Online Doc Young Librarians Working Group Official Charge

by Xima Avalos on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 12:34 pm

The Task Force will identify strategies and actions for ALA, its offices, committees, divisions and round tables to be more responsive to the young librarians who will be its members and future leaders with a goal of increasing retention rates.

Guide to Reference

Discussion RUSA Programs at 2010 ALA Annual Conference

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) has released its list of programs scheduled for the 2010 ALA Annual Conference, June 24-29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Go to http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2009/09/15/rusa-2010programslate-announcement/.

ALA Connect Help

Discussion Mentoring Starter Questions

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 10:00 am

How do we get going?

There is no set way for mentoring relationships to get started. However, it’s very important for both the mentor and mentee to remember that the work needs to focus on the needs of the mentee. Subjects for early conversations should include: goals and aspirations of the mentee, frequency of contact desired, preferred learning styles, communication preferences, and sharing of information about the mentor’s and mentee’s backgrounds.

If you’re a mentor, you might open the conversation by asking the mentee one of the following questions:

How do we get going?

There is no set way for mentoring relationships to get started. However, it’s very important for both the mentor and mentee to remember that the work needs to focus on the needs of the mentee. Subjects for early conversations should include: goals and aspirations of the mentee, frequency of contact desired, preferred learning styles, communication preferences, and sharing of information about the mentor’s and mentee’s backgrounds.

If you’re a mentor, you might open the conversation by asking the mentee one of the following questions:

  1. What are three things you would like to accomplish through mentoring?
  2. How do you like to learn?
  3. When it comes to communication that does not take place in person, how do you prefer communicating?
  4. How much time would you like us to spend working together? Weekly? Bi-weekly? Monthly?
  5. Are there very specific goals you have in mind that you would like to accomplish?

Things to be careful of:

While most mentoring relationships are very successful, the ones that fail usually do so due to one of the following issues:

  1. Lack of contact between mentor and mentee – if there is no contact there is no mentoring.
  2. Lack of focus on the needs of the mentee – even if you are having a good time you might not be focusing on the needs of the mentee.
  3. Loss of trust – mentoring is a relationship that requires trust, because so much of personal importance is shared by the mentee. If the mentor betrays any confidentialities the relationship will begin to falter.

Some arenas where mentoring is useful:

  • Career development and planning
  • Leadership development
  • Developing a broader understanding of organizations
  • Developing political skills and awareness

Final words of wisdom to both mentee and mentor:

For the mentee: Take this opportunity seriously and spend some reflective time considering what your greatest needs are. Understand the gift of time that your mentor is giving you and respect it. You might develop a statement of purpose for the mentoring relationship just to have a clearer sense of your intention.

For the mentor: The mentoring relationship is more about guiding and helping than about telling the mentee what you would do. It is about the mentee’s goals and needs. Spend a lot of time listening and think about how you might best help your mentee. Sometimes it might be providing the mentee with a reading suggestion to stimulate their thinking or crystallize their thinking on an issue; sometimes it might be providing the mentee with a connection to someone else in the field; and yet other times it might be a conversation that helps the mentee understand their own thinking better.

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RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee (Reference Services Section)

Discussion Call for Presentations – 16th Reference Research Forum, 2010

by Liane Taylor (non-member) on Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 09:52 am

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

 The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

 The Research and Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of RUSA invites the submission of research projects for presentation at the 16th Reference Research Forum at the 2010 American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable research projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. All researchers, including reference practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals, are encouraged to submit a proposal.

For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:

http://tinyurl.com/rssresearchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind review process to select three projects for 20 minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Winning submissions must be presented in person at the Forum in Washington, D.C.

 

Criteria for selection:

• Quality and creativity of the research design and methodologies;

• Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service;

• Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies;

• Research projects may be in-progress or completed;

• Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted

 

Proposals are due by Monday, January 4, 2010. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 8, 2010. The submission must not exceed two pages. Please include:

 

1. A cover sheet including your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), mailing address(es), fax number(s) and email address(es).

2. The second page should NOT show your name, any personal information, or the name of your institution. Instead, it must include:

a. Title of the project;

b. Explicit statement of the research problem;

c. Description of the research design and methodologies used, and preliminary findings if any;

d. Brief discussion of the unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research

 

Please send submissions by email to:

Liane Luckman

Chair, RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee

lluckman@txstate.edu

 

 

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ACRL IS (Instruction Section)

Event Virtual Midwinter 2010 Meetings

by Clara Fowler (non-member) on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 05:57 pm

Dates for Virtual Midwinter Instruction Section meetings (test message)

ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion Academic Libraries presentation

by Mary Ellen Davis on Sun, Sep 13, 2009 at 04:30 pm

This is the presentation from the small group representing Academic Libraries.

ALA Public Awareness Committee

Online Doc Public Awareness Committee - Meeting Notes from 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago

by John Amundsen (staff) on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 03:59 pm

Untitled Document

Public Awareness Committee
2009 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Monday, July 13, 2009

Meeting minutes

PAC members in attendance: Leslie Burger, Chair; Sue Tyson, Donna Morris, Kenton Oliver, Sonia Alcantra-Antoine, Judith Gibbons, Brenda Pruitt-Annisette

Executive Board liaison: Charles Kratz

Untitled Document

Public Awareness Committee
2009 Annual Conference
Chicago, Illinois
Monday, July 13, 2009

Meeting minutes

PAC members in attendance: Leslie Burger, Chair; Sue Tyson, Donna Morris, Kenton Oliver, Sonia Alcantra-Antoine, Judith Gibbons, Brenda Pruitt-Annisette

Executive Board liaison: Charles Kratz

ALA staff in attendance: Cathleen Bourdon, Mark Gould, Megan Humphrey, Megan McFarlane, Macey Morales

Guests: John W. Berry, Elliot Appelbaum, Kevin Walsh

Metropolitan Group: Kevin Kirkpatrick

The committee reviewed and approved the agenda and the minutes from the PAC meeting during the 2009 Midwinter Meeting in Denver.

Public Information Office update

Mark Gould, PIO Director, gave an update of the recent activities of the Public Information Office, highlighting the following items that took place:

  • A communications strategy meeting with then-incoming ALA President Dr. Camila Alire
  • Held media trainings for Dr. Camila Alire and division presidents
  • Media day for Dr. Alire in New York
  • Development of the 2009 State of America’s Libraries Report
  • Maintaining the online press center
  • The growth of Visibility @ your library, an aggressive blog focused on information sharing and  interviews with celebrities.
  • Major media placements were achieved  on key initiatives such as the role of libraries in tough economic times.
  • The creation of print  Public Service Announcements featuring Jamie Lee Curtis and Candace Parker.
  • The announcement of Neil Gaiman as Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2010.
  • The renewal of three Campaign for America’s Libraries partnerships

Update from ALA Executive Board

Executive Board liaison Charles Kratz gave an update on the current issues undertaken by the Board. Kratz informed the group that he will continue to serve as the PAC Executive Board Liaison in the upcoming year. In addition, he updated the group on preliminary attendance figures, overall membership figures, current advocacy activity, an update on the 2009-2010 budget, the 2015 Strategic Plan, electronic member participation, creation of a support-staff certification, a new Spectrum fundraising initiative, and the search for a new director for the Office for Intellectual Freedom. 

Campaign for America’s Libraries Update

Committee and staff updated PAC on multiple-year partnerships.  The Univision partnership was renewed for a second year and has resulted in $1 million worth of free advertising to promote usage in libraries in 13 markets to Spanish-speaking audiences.

The Woman’s Day magazine (circulation of 4 million) has renewed its commitment to the Campaign and will publish an article in spring 2010 based on the topic “How the library helped me save money.” Woman’s Day is expected to once again publish 4 pages of editorial content valued at $1 million in donated advertising space.  Over the partnership’s eight years, Woman’s Day has donated a total of 32 pages of editorial content about the value of libraries and librarians, at a value of $15 million. 

The Baseball Hall of Fame renewed its partnership with the Campaign and rolled out year four of the Step Up to the Plate @ your library program.  1,000 libraries registered for the program.

FINRA announced the renewal of its partnership, Smart Investing @ your library.

The I Love My Librarian award will continue in 2009.  Carnegie Corporation of New York awarded ALA $489,000 to support the award through 2013.  In the first year, more than 3,000 library users nominated a librarian for the award, and 10 school, public and university librarians were honored.  Each received $5,000 and were honored at a reception in New York, hosted by The New York Times.  In addition, The New York Times donated 5 full page ads to the award, at a value of $35,000 each. 

The Connect with your kids @ your library initiative has generated strong support from media partners. The Lifetime Network, seen in 95 million households, has given its verbal approval.

Beginning in August 2009, messages about the value of libraries and librarians will appear on the back of Safeway family-brand cereal boxes at 1,500 stores nationwide. 

The Campaign will collaborate with ALCTS on the Preservation @ your library initiative and is in talks with the Office for Diversity to develop a campaign as well.  ALSC launched the second phase of its Kids @ your library program, which targets parents and kids in grades 5-8.  The incoming president of the Freedom to Read Foundation asked the Campaign to explore collaboration with OIF on its new reader privacy initiative.  PIO and the Campaign will collaborate with OLOS and the National Bookmobile Subcommittee in promotion of National Bookmobile Day during National Library Week 2010.

Media relations report:

Macey Morales discussed the extensive media coverage achieved around the 2009 Annual Conference, which include Book TV, CBS Sunday Morning News, National Public Radio, Chicago Sun-Times, and local television and radio stations.  thanked.

OLOS bookmobile report:

Kevin Walsh, chair of the National Bookmobile Day Subcommittee, reviewed planning for a National Library Week 2010 launch of National Bookmobile Day.  The Public Information Office will be providing media support for this initiative.

National Library Week Subcommittee & PR Assembly:

PR Assembly – Approximately 125 people attended the PR Forum entitled Breaking through the Message Clutter @ your library.  

The National Library Week theme for 2010 will be “Communities Thrive @ your library.” Applications for the Scholastic National Library Week Grant are online and will be accepted through October 13. This is the first year that the application process is completely online. 

Dave Baum Media Training

Dave Baum, who has trained 7 ALA presidents and dozens of ALA division presidents, trained 40 participants at the conference in a 2 hour media training.

“Pride and Passion”

“Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience,” a collaboration between the Campaign, the Public Information Office and the Public Programs Office, drew more than 150 attendees to hear author Sharon Robinson, Kadir Nelson, Professor Lawrence Hogan and Susan Brandehoff of the ALA Public Programs Office.  The program continues the collaboration with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  ALA partners with the Hall of Fame on Step Up to the Plate @ your library.  More than 1,000 have registered this year for the program.

Verizon Internship

The Campaign worked with Verizon to place more than 200 Verizon interns as volunteers in 44 libraries and branches around the country. Most will volunteer in gaming and summer reading programs.

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ALA 2015 Environmental Scan

Discussion 2010 Strategic Plan - Interim Report (draft)

by Mary Ghikas on Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 09:52 am

As we look forwarded to the next 3-5 year planning period, it may be helpful to take a look at where we are in implementation of the 2010 plan -- what's happened, what hasn't.  An interim report is attached.  It will be updated again.  If you have comments or suggestions, post them here or contact Mary Ghikas (through Connect or at mghikas@ala.org).

ACRL IS (Instruction Section)

Event First Wednesdays on Facebook - Science Information Literacy Discussions

by Elizabeth Berman on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 (2PM ET; 1PM CT; 12PM MT; 11AM PT) for the First Wednesday IL Discussion on Facebook. To join the discussion, logon to Facebook and search for "Science Information Literacy Wiki," then go to the SILW page Discussions tab.

If you can't make it on August 5, please feel free to post at your convenience. We also welcome topic suggestions for future First Wednesday discussions.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 (2PM ET; 1PM CT; 12PM MT; 11AM PT) for the First Wednesday IL Discussion on Facebook. To join the discussion, logon to Facebook and search for "Science Information Literacy Wiki," then go to the SILW page Discussions tab.

If you can't make it on August 5, please feel free to post at your convenience. We also welcome topic suggestions for future First Wednesday discussions.

-Elizabeth Berman (eliabeth.berman@uvm.edu) and Roxanne Bogucka (roxanne.bogucka@austin.utexas.edu), STS Information Literacy co-chairs

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ACRL STS (Science and Technology Section)

Event First Wednesdays on Facebook - Science Information Literacy Discussions

by Elizabeth Berman on Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 10:20 am

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 (2PM ET; 1PM CT; 12PM MT; 11AM PT) for the First Wednesday IL Discussion on Facebook. To join the discussion, logon to Facebook and search for "Science Information Literacy Wiki," then go to the SILW page Discussions tab.

If you can't make it on August 5, please feel free to post at your convenience. We also welcome topic suggestions for future First Wednesday discussions.

Please join us on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 (2PM ET; 1PM CT; 12PM MT; 11AM PT) for the First Wednesday IL Discussion on Facebook. To join the discussion, logon to Facebook and search for "Science Information Literacy Wiki," then go to the SILW page Discussions tab.

If you can't make it on August 5, please feel free to post at your convenience. We also welcome topic suggestions for future First Wednesday discussions.

-Elizabeth Berman (eliabeth.berman@uvm.edu) and Roxanne Bogucka (roxanne.bogucka@austin.utexas.edu), STS Information Literacy co-chairs

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