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Event LAST StoryLines Midwest on ALA Island: The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:19 am

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

In this engrossing novel--alternately hilarious and sad--the author presents varying versions of events, each from the point of view of a different character.

Writer Lorrie Moore says of Baxter, "One of Mr. Baxter's great strengths as a writer has always been his ability to capture the stranded inner lives of the Middle West's repressed eccentrics."

Read the four-page Feast of Love Discussion Guide (PDF).

RSVP at its Facebook Event page.

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Second Life Users Group

Event LAST StoryLines Midwest on ALA Island: The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:19 am

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest radio episode featuring discussion of The Feast of Love by Charles Baxter.

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21).

In this engrossing novel--alternately hilarious and sad--the author presents varying versions of events, each from the point of view of a different character.

Writer Lorrie Moore says of Baxter, "One of Mr. Baxter's great strengths as a writer has always been his ability to capture the stranded inner lives of the Middle West's repressed eccentrics."

Read the four-page Feast of Love Discussion Guide (PDF).

RSVP at its Facebook Event page.

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Event StoryLines Midwest on ALA Island: The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

Louise Erdrich returns in The Antelope Wife to the Ojibway people, whose lives, loves, and passions she has so masterfully chronicled in previous novels. In her fictional world, where myth is woven deeply into the fabric of everyday life, "there is light as well as darkness ... and encountering it offers pain and exhilaration in equal measure."--The New York Times Book Review

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Second Life Users Group

Event StoryLines Midwest on ALA Island: The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 10:12 am

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

From Michigan (public) Radio - StoryLines Midwest one-hour radio episode featuring discussion of The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Episode available "on demand" at the Story Hour Garden on ALA Island (25, 101, 21)

Louise Erdrich returns in The Antelope Wife to the Ojibway people, whose lives, loves, and passions she has so masterfully chronicled in previous novels. In her fictional world, where myth is woven deeply into the fabric of everyday life, "there is light as well as darkness ... and encountering it offers pain and exhilaration in equal measure."--The New York Times Book Review

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Union Library Workers

Discussion What if Green Jobs Don't Pay

by Kathleen McCook on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 07:05 am

 In "What if Green Jobs Don't Pay," by 

Brady Yauch in the 4/19/20 Washington Post 

 In "What if Green Jobs Don't Pay," by 

Brady Yauch in the 4/19/20 Washington Post 

The green jobs initiative gets even stickier when it comes to unions -- a major supporter of the Obama administration and his fellow Democrats. The Good Jobs First report noted that few workers at wind and solar jobs were backed by collective bargaining agreements. And in at least two cases, the company leaders were found to have run aggressive anti-union campaigns, aided by union-busting consultants.

As lawmakers and business leaders across the country battle over the Employee Free Choice Act (which would make it easier to unionize workplaces), that fight is likely to get heated. But as money from the stimulus plans starts to make its way to the coffers of green companies, the importance of the union in the nation's manufacturing heartland will flare up once again.

 

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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Discussion Seven Measures Working Group: Who

by Mary Ghikas on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 06:52 pm

Several people has asked me who has been on the Seven Measures Working Group.  Here is the list:

Mark Beatty (LITA); Emily Bergman (LLAMA); Paula Brehm-Heeger (YALSA); Peggy Danhof (ALTA/ALTAFF); Carol Desch (ASCLA); Dina Giambi (ALCTS); Erika Linke (ACRL); Floyd Pentlin (AASL); Jan W. Sanders (PLA); Roberta Stevens (ALA Executive Board); Neal Wyatt (RUSA); Sue Zeigler (ALSC); and, Mary Ghikas (ALA Staff Liaison).

Members who have rotated off the Working Group are Alan Harkness (PLA); Dennis LeLoup (AASL); Judy Nelson (YALSA); and, Bonnie Postlethwaite (LITA).

Several people has asked me who has been on the Seven Measures Working Group.  Here is the list:

Mark Beatty (LITA); Emily Bergman (LLAMA); Paula Brehm-Heeger (YALSA); Peggy Danhof (ALTA/ALTAFF); Carol Desch (ASCLA); Dina Giambi (ALCTS); Erika Linke (ACRL); Floyd Pentlin (AASL); Jan W. Sanders (PLA); Roberta Stevens (ALA Executive Board); Neal Wyatt (RUSA); Sue Zeigler (ALSC); and, Mary Ghikas (ALA Staff Liaison).

Members who have rotated off the Working Group are Alan Harkness (PLA); Dennis LeLoup (AASL); Judy Nelson (YALSA); and, Bonnie Postlethwaite (LITA).

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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Discussion Recommendation 2: Dialogue and Engagement -- Strategies

by Mary Ghikas on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 06:43 pm

The Fall 2008 Joint Meeting of the ALA Executive Board and the Executive Committees of ALA's 11 Divisions resulted in a lengthy list of possible strategies for improvement.  Following the Fall Board meeting, a consolidated list of possible strategies was sent to all participants in the Fall 2008 meeting and participants were asked to select the strategies most likely to result in improvement.

Discussion of the survey results and next step is ongoing.  Please join in!

Documents attached:

Update to the Working Group

Strategy List - with Survey Results

The Fall 2008 Joint Meeting of the ALA Executive Board and the Executive Committees of ALA's 11 Divisions resulted in a lengthy list of possible strategies for improvement.  Following the Fall Board meeting, a consolidated list of possible strategies was sent to all participants in the Fall 2008 meeting and participants were asked to select the strategies most likely to result in improvement.

Discussion of the survey results and next step is ongoing.  Please join in!

Documents attached:

Update to the Working Group

Strategy List - with Survey Results

Strategies for Dialogue and Engagement -- Ranked

 

 

 

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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Discussion Recommendation 2: Dialogue and Engagement

by Mary Ghikas on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 06:35 pm

Becoming more "data-driven" was the highest priority arising from the Fall 2007 Joint Boards meeting (see Recommendation 1: Data Dashboard).  Examining the record of that meeting, the Seven Measures Working Group determined that the next priority was improving dialogue and engagement across a complex and diverse association.  While the Fall 2007 meeting underscored the importance of dialogue and engagement, it did not provide a clear pathway to improvement.  The Working Group recommended that the Fall 2008 Joint Boards meeting be focused on developing actionable recommendations to improve d

Becoming more "data-driven" was the highest priority arising from the Fall 2007 Joint Boards meeting (see Recommendation 1: Data Dashboard).  Examining the record of that meeting, the Seven Measures Working Group determined that the next priority was improving dialogue and engagement across a complex and diverse association.  While the Fall 2007 meeting underscored the importance of dialogue and engagement, it did not provide a clear pathway to improvement.  The Working Group recommended that the Fall 2008 Joint Boards meeting be focused on developing actionable recommendations to improve dialogue and engagement.

Document attached: 

Seven Measures Update #2, June 23, 2008

 

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Seven Measures of Success & ALA

Discussion Recommendation 1: Data Dashboard proposal

by Mary Ghikas on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 06:25 pm

In Fall 2007, the joint meeting of the ALA Executive Board and the Executive Committees of the 11 ALA Divisions held their initial discussion of 7 Measures of Success.  Based on that meeting, the Seven Measures Working Group, composed of one member from each of the 12 Boards, recommended that ALA begin development of a "data dashboard" to support decision-making by both member of ALA and staff.  Subsequent discussions were held with representatives of ALA Divisions and Round Tables (Midwinter 2009) and with ALA staff. 

Document attached:

In Fall 2007, the joint meeting of the ALA Executive Board and the Executive Committees of the 11 ALA Divisions held their initial discussion of 7 Measures of Success.  Based on that meeting, the Seven Measures Working Group, composed of one member from each of the 12 Boards, recommended that ALA begin development of a "data dashboard" to support decision-making by both member of ALA and staff.  Subsequent discussions were held with representatives of ALA Divisions and Round Tables (Midwinter 2009) and with ALA staff. 

Document attached:

Report of the Seven Measures Working Group, March 17, 2008

 

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ALSC Bloggers

Online Doc ALSC Blog Policy

by Jenny Najduch (staff) on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 03:30 pm

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