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Gaming in Libraries Course

Discussion Beyond libraries

by David Miller. Purple Pawn (non-member) on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 07:38 pm

As a hobbyist and semi-professional, I found this lesson particularly interesting. I've been reading and thinking more about game design recently. This approach, with its focus on the game playing experience, however, was new to me. I will be recommending it to game designers. And I look forward to the book.

AASL International Relations Community

Discussion International Collaborative Lesson Plans

by Judi Repman on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 04:25 pm

This great wiki has some terrific examples of collaborative lessons with an international focus. The lessons include Our Nation, Cyber Classroom, Small World, Kiwis for Kenya, Islands Around the World, and Little Language Experts.

AASL International Relations Community

Discussion Worlds of Words

by Judi Repman on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 04:20 pm

Worlds of Words is published electronically by the Collection of Education at the University of Arizona. The current issue focuses on reading across cultures.

 

This is a description of the site from the home page:

Worlds of Words is published electronically by the Collection of Education at the University of Arizona. The current issue focuses on reading across cultures.

 

This is a description of the site from the home page:

WOW!

Welcome to Worlds of Words. You will find many useful resources on this site for building bridges between cultures. These resources include multiple strategies for locating and evaluating culturally authentic international children’s and adolescent literature as well as ways of engaging students with these books in classrooms and libraries. Use the blue navigation bar at the top of the page to browse or search our growing database of books, to read one of our two on-line journals, or to learn more about our mission. We encourage you to take time to explore the many resources on this site and to return often as we expand to include more voices like yours.

 

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Union Library Workers

Discussion Wirtz Labor Library receives John Sessions Memorial Award

by Kathleen McCook on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 12:02 pm

 

 

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wirtz Labor Library is the recipient of the 2009 John Sessions Memorial Award, an honor presented by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) and named for John Sessions, former American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) co-chair of the AFL-CIO/ALA Joint Committee on Library Service to Labor Groups.

 

This annual award recognizes a library or library system that has made a significant effort to work with the labor community and has consequently brought recognition of the history and contribution of the labor movement to the development of the United States. Wirtz Labor Library was selected for its efforts in supporting the history and contribution of the labor movement in the United States. In addition to maintaining unique and historically significant collections, including rare international material, the library particularly impressed the committee with its recent efforts to make its collection more accessible to a broader audience through digitization and to increase visibility of the library through the Wirtz Labor Library Lecture Series.

A statement issued by the library expressed gratitude and appreciation for the distinction: “The U.S. Department of Labor’s library, established in 1917, is one of the oldest Cabinet-level libraries.  As we plan for the library’s centennial, our recent efforts have been to strengthen and revitalize the library and its services – and to provide and promote the library’s resources to a wider universe of customers.  As we build upon our rich history, it is our great pleasure to accept the 2009 John Sessions Memorial Award.”

Richard V. French, director of the library’s Center for Program Planning and Review, will receive the winner’s plaque on behalf of the library at the RUSA Awards Ceremony and Reception, scheduled for 3:30-5:30 p.m., Monday, July 13, as a part of ALA’s Annual Conference events. The exact location of this event will be announced on the RUSA website and at the RUSA Blog in late spring.

 

See also Working Life.

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METRO Member Librarians

Discussion Are you LinkedIn?? NY Librarians Meetup to host InfoCurrent rep and guide you to success!

by Stephanie Gross on Sun, Jun 14, 2009 at 09:24 am

LinkedIn is the premier social media program for getting recruiters and employers to find you. Come hear Kate Dietrick of InfoCurrent tell you how to set up an account, what to post and how to make the most of your listing. If you have time, why not go to the site, even make up an account?

LinkedIn is the premier social media program for getting recruiters and employers to find you. Come hear Kate Dietrick of InfoCurrent tell you how to set up an account, what to post and how to make the most of your listing. If you have time, why not go to the site, even make up an account? The NY Librarians Meetup has a Discussion Group on LinkedIn so check it out, post something, tell us what you think. As Q&A will be an important feature of the session, it might be advisable to do some reading up on LinkedIn and take a site tour. This meetup event is a work in progress, and the presentation may vary slightly from the current description. We're hoping that Kate may be joined by another recruiter or social media maven, so do keep posted. Feel free to contact me directly or get a discussion going on how you think NYLM might best take advantage of this well-respected web application. As we are limited to 30 people, you must RSVP to Meetup.com/nylibrarians on the Web to reserve a spot. However, do feel free to bring along a guest. Just remember to include him or her in your RSVP. If time permits, we may also tour the Mulberry Branch, as it has been recently renovated.

Best,

Stephanie Gross,
Organizer NYLM

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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion ACRL skeleton schedule for ALA 2010 conferences

by Katharine Coombes (staff) on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 09:50 am

The ACRL 2010 skeleton schedule for ALA 2010 conferences is now available. 

The ACRL 2010 skeleton schedule for ALA 2010 conferences is now available. 

Thank you to all the ACRL members who provided constructive feedback regarding the one-day reduction (conference ending on Tuesday instead of Wednesday) of the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference. The ACRL Board considered historical meeting times, member feedback, and strove to anticipate future needs while finalizing the ACRL skeleton conference schedule.

Please expect more information about scheduling 2010 ALA conference meetings this fall.

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Literacy for All

Discussion Project Planning Meeting on July 11th

by Robin Osborne on Fri, Jun 12, 2009 at 09:44 am

The ALA Committee on Literacy invites you to a discussion and planning meeting on Saturday, July 11 at 1:30 pm at McCormick Place West in W-176c to discuss an exciting new project to support online information and learning opportunities for adults and teens with low reading skills.

The National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL) tells us that at least 90 million adults in the U.S. read at or below basic literacy levels. Current statistics show that 30% of high school students leave school without a diploma (50% in African American and Latino communities). We see these adults and teens - who have the same information needs and interests as those with degrees - every day in our libraries.

Public libraries are overwhelmed with demands on services in this economic downturn. People looking for work flock to the libraries to read wants ads, write resumes and complete online job applications.  Can’t afford to go to the doctor? Need to study for the GED? Want to become a citizen? There are many resources on the web that can respond to these needs but one needs to be pretty web savvy to locate (and evaluate) them. Savvy like librarians.

The objective of this meeting is to explore the possibility of a national project to support cooperative collection development of online information portals for adults and teens with low literacy skills. Project participants would share responsibility for and access to a common web library that could respond to the common information needs of our common clients. Such a project would be a win-win for everyone.

At the meeting we will look at some existing web portals, like Internet Public Library (http://ipl.org) and the Beehive (http://beehive.org). We will also showcase many websites that could be incorporated into a larger portal.

Please join us to discuss these ideas and more. The meeting will be led by Robin Osborne, Director of the Office of Community Connections at the Westchester Library System (NY) and editor of From Outreach to Equity: Innovative Models of Library Policy and Practice (ALA Editions, 2004).

For more information contact Robin Osborne at rosborne@wlsmail.org.

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Cataloging Rules

Discussion PPT on the Status Quo of Cataloging.

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 04:49 pm

What's New in Cataloging 2009?

This is an excellent PowerPoint presentation by Wayne Sanders and Felicity Dykas. It describes new developments in the world of cataloging, and there are a lot of them.

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ALA Connect Help

Discussion Non-members in ALA Connect FAQ

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Wed, Jun 3, 2009 at 03:41 pm
  1. Can non-ALA members join ALA Connect?
    Yes! Anyone can join ALA Connect at a basic participation level.
     
  2. What can non-ALA members do in Connect?
    Non-members can create an account on Connect and join any open community, where they'll have full posting rights. In addition, non-member accounts can comment on any content marked "public" in any group on Connect, whether the group itself is open or closed.
  1. Can non-ALA members join ALA Connect?
    Yes! Anyone can join ALA Connect at a basic participation level.
     
  2. What can non-ALA members do in Connect?
    Non-members can create an account on Connect and join any open community, where they'll have full posting rights. In addition, non-member accounts can comment on any content marked "public" in any group on Connect, whether the group itself is open or closed.

    Non-members cannot fill out full profiles, see details on member profiles, network with ALA members, or create new communities. As new features become available, some of them won't be available to non-members, such as the mentoring network and posting to the opportunities exchange.
     

  3. Why do I have to wait for admin approval when I create a non-member account?
    Unfortunately, we've had to implement this extra step due to spam. Although we've been able to stop automated spam, some humans are taking the time to create an account and post spam to the site, so we've had to step in and moderate new accounts. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we'll activate accounts as quickly as we can.
     
  4. Why does it say (non-member) after my name if I'm an ALA member?
    If you're an ALA member, you don't need to create a new account on Connect. Instead, you should log in using your ALA website username and password. If you're not sure what those are, you can recover them from the ALA website.
     
  5. If I join ALA, can you make my non-member account into a member one?
    Unfortunately, we don't have a way to do this, but once you join ALA, you'll have immediate member access to Connect using your ALA username and password. If you want to transfer any content you posted from your non-member account to your member one, please contact us.
     
  6. How do I delete my non-member account?
    We haven't yet implemented a way for you to delete your non-member account, so please contact us and we'll do it for you. Sorry about this, but we hope to provide this functionality in the future.
     
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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Online Doc ALCTS Seven Measures Survey Results -- December 2007

by M. Dina Giambi on Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 01:52 pm

These are the results of the Seven Measures survey conducted of the ALCTS members in December 2007. M. Dina Giambi

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