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NMRT (New Members Round Table)

Discussion What's ALAconnect FOR?

by Linda Crook (non-member) on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 04:52 pm

I found myself a little hesitant with ALAconnect because I didn't know what it was for.  And then I kicked myself. 

I found myself a little hesitant with ALAconnect because I didn't know what it was for.  And then I kicked myself. 

When I do workshops about emerging technology, I always caution the participants, when confronted with a new tool, not to ask "What is it for?" because, so often, we don't really know what it's for yet.  It's not to replace a listserv or webpage, it's something new, and we'll probably be surprised at what it turns out to be "for."  We usually start out knowing some things the tool can *do*, and then it's really up to the people who join in and use it to start defining what it's "for."

So, for those of you who have been using ALAconnect, what's it for so far? Have you found unexpected benefits? Is there something I should be doing to maximize my use of it?

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Second Life Users Group

Discussion AASL-ISTE SIGMS May Learning Community Mtg

by Lisa Perez (non-member) on Tue, May 19, 2009 at 08:01 am

Please plan to attend our last learning community meeting of the school year in Second Life on Tues, May 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT.

Please plan to attend our last learning community meeting of the school year in Second Life on Tues, May 19th at 8pm ET/7pm CT/6pm MT/5pm PT. Let’s come together to discuss powerful ways to influence administrators to support our library programs!  We will be on the ALA Main Stage at http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/127/102/29.   If you are new to Second Life, see http://blogs.cuip.net/dlis/attend-our-librarian-meetings for instructions on how to join.  This time, we will focus on the important issue of successful advocacy for our library media programs with our administrators. Our guest facilitators will be Marla W. McGhee and Barbara A. Jansen, authors of the book “The Principal’s Guide to a Powerful Library Media Program.”   We will be giving away a copy of the book to one lucky winner!

 Forging Powerful Partnerships for Student Success


“Principals, assistant principals and central office staff seldom learn about library media centers or the role of teacher-librarians in their preparation programs.  However, decisions administrators make can either enhance or inhibit the work of librarians and the effectiveness of the school library.  This session will focus on how to approach educational leaders to communicate the importance a quality library media program can make in the learning life of a school.”  

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SRRT (Social Responsibilities Round Table)

Discussion King County Library Unions Merge

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 07:41 pm

 

King County library unions merge to form second-largest local in Council 2

 

King County library unions merge to form second-largest local in Council 2

SEVERAL YEARS AGO Local 1652-lm, King County Library Maintenance, had about 15 members who were the only union workers in the library system. The local has now merged with Local 1857, the King County library workers, and the resulting local is 970 members strong.

Local 1857 is now the second largest Council 2 local in the state.

The rapid growth in the local has its origin in 2002. It was then that 550 members of the library voted to join Council 2. At the time they became local 1857 and eventually bargained their first contract. Then, last year, 400 library pages voted to join Council 2.

Now the 550 members of local 1857 have merged with the pages as well as the original maintenance workers to become one big local 1857, putting it second only to the City of Spokane local, which has 1,100 members.

Our eventual goal is to negotiate one contract for all of these library workers, says Council 2 Director of Organizing Bill Keenan. That is one of the benefits of merging them into one unit.

In addition to the newly merged local, Council 2 represents the 83 supervisors, Local 1857-s, of the King County Library System. They recently joined Council 2 and now have a contract as well.

Keenan worked on the project to organize the library workers from the day it first started.

Assisted by a large group of dedicated and enthusiastic members of the organizing committees from the library system, he worked steadfastly to ensure the projects ultimate success.

Almost all of the eligible employees at the library system are now members of Council 2.

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Union Library Workers

Discussion King County Library Unions Merge

by Kathleen McCook on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 07:41 pm

 

King County library unions merge to form second-largest local in Council 2

 

King County library unions merge to form second-largest local in Council 2

SEVERAL YEARS AGO Local 1652-lm, King County Library Maintenance, had about 15 members who were the only union workers in the library system. The local has now merged with Local 1857, the King County library workers, and the resulting local is 970 members strong.

Local 1857 is now the second largest Council 2 local in the state.

The rapid growth in the local has its origin in 2002. It was then that 550 members of the library voted to join Council 2. At the time they became local 1857 and eventually bargained their first contract. Then, last year, 400 library pages voted to join Council 2.

Now the 550 members of local 1857 have merged with the pages as well as the original maintenance workers to become one big local 1857, putting it second only to the City of Spokane local, which has 1,100 members.

Our eventual goal is to negotiate one contract for all of these library workers, says Council 2 Director of Organizing Bill Keenan. That is one of the benefits of merging them into one unit.

In addition to the newly merged local, Council 2 represents the 83 supervisors, Local 1857-s, of the King County Library System. They recently joined Council 2 and now have a contract as well.

Keenan worked on the project to organize the library workers from the day it first started.

Assisted by a large group of dedicated and enthusiastic members of the organizing committees from the library system, he worked steadfastly to ensure the projects ultimate success.

Almost all of the eligible employees at the library system are now members of Council 2.

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Union Library Workers

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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