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2009 ALA Annual Conference [Event]

Discussion Re-Thinking Staff Resources in the E-Serials Environment

by Lori Kappmeyer on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 02:34 pm

The presentation slides from this program that took place on July 12, 2009, 8-10 a.m., are now available on the ALA conference materials wiki.

http://presentations.ala.org

 

ACRL Copyright Committee

Online Doc DRAFT - Copyright Committee meeting minutes - Annual 2009

by Heather Williams on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 01:52 pm

Minutes from the ACRL Copyright Committee meeting held on July 12, 2009.

 

 

Gaming in Libraries Course

Discussion Please Fill Out the Survey!

by Scott Nicholson on Sat, Aug 8, 2009 at 09:38 am

I've had over 250 people watch the final video, and only 26 have filled out the 10-question evaluation survey.

 

This is important!!  I have to justify to my funders that this course was worthwhile.

 

If you went through the course (or just went through enough of it so that it was meaningful), please visit

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=XmwNGir6vV4Qv9E9OU_2bgrQ_3d_3d

and fill out the survey.

 

Thank you.

 

K-16 Information Literacy

Discussion "Helping High School Students Become 'College Ready'"

by Paula Garrett on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 09:51 am

The LIRT committee, Transitions to College, hosted a Brown Bag discussion that followed the main LIRT program at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, July 2009.  The attached document provides a summary.

LIRT Transition To College Committee (Library Instruction Round Table)

Online Doc "Helping High School Students Become 'College Ready'"

by Paula Garrett on Wed, Aug 19, 2009 at 09:41 am

July 21, 2009

"Helping High School Students Become 'College Ready'"

The LIRT committee, Transitions to College, hosted a Brown Bag discussion that followed the main LIRT program at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  As with all LIRT committees, Transitions encompasses multiple library types: school, public, academic, and special.  All of these libraries can be involved in developing the research and information literacy skills of high school students.  

July 21, 2009

"Helping High School Students Become 'College Ready'"

The LIRT committee, Transitions to College, hosted a Brown Bag discussion that followed the main LIRT program at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.  As with all LIRT committees, Transitions encompasses multiple library types: school, public, academic, and special.  All of these libraries can be involved in developing the research and information literacy skills of high school students.  

One goal of the ALA discussion was to initiate conversations among librarians representing these different library types.  The 25 attendees broke into small groups and centered their conversations around 4 facets of college readiness identified by David T. Conley in "Rethinking College Readiness," an article from the Spring 2008 issue of The New England Journal of Higher Education.  We were honored to have Dr. David Barr, Founding Director of 21CIF (the 21st Century Information Fluency project in IL), as facilitator.  

The consensus was that Conley’s facets, cognitive strategies and academic behaviors, directly relate to the transition of library skills from high school to college.  Librarians and teachers alike work with students on their time management and problem solving skills, as well as helping them develop critical thinking abilities.  Attendees voiced the familiar challenges and need for working closely with teachers and academics.

In addition, collaborations among school, public, special and academic libraries can help students bridge the transition of their research skills from high school to college.  LIRT Transitions member, Jeanne Swedo, gave us an example.  She initiated a collaboration of 43 schools to open lines of communication between secondary school librarians and higher education librarians in south Orange County, California.

Dr. Barr suggested in his wrap-up that librarians and library organizations have multiple entry points into such collaborations, depending on time and resources.  On a local level we can focus on connections with our teachers.  Further a field are district, state, national and international levels of collaboration.  He cited the American Diploma Project, a network of 35 states working together to make college and career readiness a priority by improving college preparation in their schools.  See:  http://www.achieve.org/node/604

Also of possible interest on ALA Connect is the K-16 Information Literacy Community:
http://connect.ala.org/node/75389

For further communication with the Transitions to College committee, e-mail the co-chairs:
Judith Arnold:  ay4047@wayne.edu
Paula Garrett:  pgarrett@imsa.edu

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Green Libraries

Discussion Efforts for a "Greener" Library

by Marcos Martinez on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 10:52 pm

What are some "green" programs or efforts your library is doing? (Ex. recycle paper, harvest solar energy, host workshops on water conservation for patrons to attend, etc.)

If you would like to share information on what others are doing, that would be great too.

I am interested to know what others are doing, and to make this a great opportunity for members to share and discuss ideas.

Green Libraries

Discussion Solar Technology for Libraries

by Marcos Martinez on Thu, Aug 13, 2009 at 02:46 pm

Would libraries have an attractive return of investment if Solar technology were installed at this time?

I understand various factors would affect the ROI such as location, square footage, etc.

Government Information Interest Group

Discussion E-gov use in libraries - "real life" stories needed

by Rebecca Troy-Horton on Tue, Aug 18, 2009 at 03:10 pm

The ALA Public Information Office and the Office for Research & Statistics are preparing to release the 2009 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study on Tuesday, September 15, and are seeking “real-life” stories to include as part of our pitch focusing on increased library use – including technology use – particularly for job-seeking and e-government.

There are a few different ways that you might be able to be part of our national pitch:

The ALA Public Information Office and the Office for Research & Statistics are preparing to release the 2009 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study on Tuesday, September 15, and are seeking “real-life” stories to include as part of our pitch focusing on increased library use – including technology use – particularly for job-seeking and e-government.

There are a few different ways that you might be able to be part of our national pitch:

·         Have you partnered with a local/state government agency to provide information or training in job-seeking or government services (including unemployment benefits, Medicare sign-up, etc.)? Would your government partner or local elected official be willing to talk about the impact of this initiative?

·         Do you have a patron or patrons that would be willing to talk about how the library helped connect him/her with government information or services or helped him/her get employment?

·         Have you seen increased use of library technology in the past year (including computer sign-ups, wireless usage, database use, circulation of electronic materials, etc.)? Please be specific.

·         Have you made changes in how you deploy your technology in the past year to assist with job-seeking and/or e-gov (including creating a job center, bringing back old computers to meet increased demand, offering new computer/Web classes, etc)?

If you have any information along these lines, we’d love to hear from you. We understand this story has been told to a certain extent, but know that compelling human interest can always attract attention. We also hope the e-government angle may provide a bit of a fresh perspective and help us raise awareness among elected officials. Government trade media will be part of our target audience for the pitch.

Please send information to Larra Clark at lclark@ala.org by August 25.

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Improving ALA Connect

Discussion Inviting Friends to Join Communities Could be Easier

by Emily Ford on Fri, Aug 14, 2009 at 04:29 pm

I was just trying to invite some colleagues to join a community that I found, and I had a hard time doing this because I'm not able to choose from those people in my network already. I had to open a new tab and browse my network to see to whom I needed to send this invitation. Maybe for a future Connect enhancement we would be able to select people from a list of our networks when sending invitations to join communities.

SALALM: Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials

Discussion News & Events: OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship Program - Two Openings for 2010

by Roberto Delgadillo on Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 08:15 pm

*Call for Applications for the 2010 OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship Program*

*Application deadline: September 8, 2009*

OCLC has announced the expansion and increased support of the OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship program designed to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically under-represented groups.

*Call for Applications for the 2010 OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship Program*

*Application deadline: September 8, 2009*

OCLC has announced the expansion and increased support of the OCLC Minority Librarian Fellowship program designed to provide a unique opportunity for aspiring library professionals from historically under-represented groups.

OCLC’s Minority Librarian Fellowship offers an opportunity unlike any other.  As the world’s leading library cooperative, OCLC offers global exposure through its enterprise-wide product portfolios and operations.  OCLC Minority Librarian Fellows will spend time in an assigned host unit, such as Metadata Contract Services or Question Point, working on content-specific projects such as cataloging or cooperative reference services.  In addition, the Minority Librarian Fellows will spend time in the Global and Regional Councils division, with an orientation to OCLC and the OCLC member community, participation in OCLC governance meetings, and opportunities for shared learning experiences with many library and information professionals.  Each Fellow will have a unique and specifically tailored experience.  More information is available online at:

http://www.oclc.org/us/en/community/careerdevelopment/minorityfellows/

*Description of the fellowships*

In 2010, there will be two fellowships with different assignments.

*Cataloging and Metadata Services*

The Cataloging fellow will participate in several Metadata services, including cataloging for client libraries with emphasis on non-English materials, assistance in the selection and cataloging of materials for language sets, quality control work for WorldCat, and CIP upgrades. The opportunity to work with and create NACO authority records, along with exposure to a book vendor warehouse operation is included. This fellow will spend 3-4 months each in Metadata Contract Services, Quality Control, and the Cataloging in Publication Upgrade. (The fellow will spend 8-9 months in Dublin, OH and 3-4 months in Blackwood, NJ.)

Specific requirements:

  * Strong interest in specializing in cataloging/technical services
  * Fluent reading skills in a language other than English
  * Some familiarity with MARC, AACR2, Dewey decimal classification or
    Library of Congress Classification, Library of
  * Congress subject headings (course work would be acceptable).
  * Good communication skills
  * Flexibility
  * Self-directed

*Question Point—Cooperative reference service*

The Question Point fellow will have a unique opportunity to help develop an intern/practicum program for MLIS students geared towards virtual reference. The fellow will make contact with MLIS schools in the U.S. and Canada and work with designated faculty or staff to outline areas of possible interest, research, and work within the Question Point platform, cooperative, and databases. The fellow will have a significant role in launching the program and overseeing MLIS interns during the fellowship year.

Specific requirements:

  * Strong interest, with significant MLIS coursework or experience,
    in library reference services
  * Strong interest, with significant MLIS coursework or experience,
    in virtual reference
  * Some experience at a reference desk or other public services desk
    is highly desirable
  * Good communication skills
  * Flexibility
  * Self-directed

 

      Salary and Benefits

·         Salary will be very competitive and commensurate with experience and applicable market compensation

·         The Fellows will be eligible for health & welfare benefits such as is provided to other similarly situated term-limited employees

·         Relocation Assistance will be offered in the form of a lump sum distributed in two installments (50% at signing of offer and 50% after 90 days).  The amount of the lump sum will be determined by the distance required for relocation during the term of the fellowship

 /Eligibility/

Listed below are the position requirements:

·         ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or other graduate degree in technology with a special emphasis in libraries or other cultural heritage institutions (granted by January 2010)

·         Have less than three years’ post graduate work experience

·         Demonstrated awareness and sensitivity in issues of inclusion/diversity: strong awareness of other cultures and viewpoints, appreciation for the benefits of diversity in the workplace and library community, behavior which demonstrates the ability to work with people at all levels and from different backgrounds

·         Strong organizational skills which include the ability to organize work plans and processes toward a targeted outcome

·         Exceptional communication skills – written, oral, small group presentation

·         Selected individual must represent historically underrepresented groups (i.e., defined in a manner consistent with the 2007 EEO-1 reporting classifications)

 

Applications are initiated by applying to a specific fellowship. The Metadata Services Job ID number is 1763 and the Question Point cooperative reference Job ID 1764, OCLC Minority Librarian* *Fellowship Program, at the OCLC Careers Center Internet site, www.oclc.jobs http://www.oclc.jobs/>, where you will need to create an OCLC candidate profile.  
____________________________________________
Jerome Offord, Jr., MS, MLS
Manager, Corporate Inclusion
OCLC Online Computer Library Center

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