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ALA Membership Committee

Discussion Annual 2007 (DC) Report to Council

by John Chrastka (non-member) on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 04:21 pm

The 2007 Annual Conference (DC) Report to Council from the ALA Membership Committee

ALA Membership Committee

Discussion Midwinter 2006 Meeting Minutes

by John Chrastka (non-member) on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 04:10 pm

The minutes of the 2006 Midwinter ALA Membership Committee sessions. 

Literacy for All

Discussion New Literacy Statistics for those with the Lowest Level Literacy

by Sandra Newell (non-member) on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 03:34 pm

Key Findings:

* Seven million adults, or about 3% of the adult population, could not complete even the most basic literacy tasks in the main assessment and were given the supplemental assessment.

* Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the nonliterate in English group had a high school diploma or GED. Among them, more than half (representing roughly 600,000 adults) had earned their high school degree in the US.

Key Findings:

* Seven million adults, or about 3% of the adult population, could not complete even the most basic literacy tasks in the main assessment and were given the supplemental assessment.

* Nearly 1 in 5 adults in the nonliterate in English group had a high school diploma or GED. Among them, more than half (representing roughly 600,000 adults) had earned their high school degree in the US.

* For those for whom Spanish is a first language, a delay in learning English is associated with low basic reading skills. Those who learned English before age 11 had basic reading scores similar to average native English speakers (97 words read correctly per minute); however, for those who learned English after age 21, average scores were 35 points (or about one-third) lower. Due to the correlational nature of these data, it is impossible to make causal attributions, i.e., to say that a delay in learning English causes low basic reading skills.

* Adults who took the main literary assessment were able to read, on average, 98 words correctly per minute (wpm), in comparison to 34 wpm by those in the supplemental assessment.

To view, download and print the report as a PDF file, please visit:

http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2009481

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ALA Election Committee

Discussion sharing write in vote names

by Peter Hepburn on Mon, May 4, 2009 at 01:14 pm

A recommendation mentioned in an e-mail to the Committee:  that the names of those listed as write in votes be shared with nominating committees or persons in the relevant ALA bodies
in order to facilitate the search for suitable candidates in subsequent
years.

ALCTS

Discussion ALCTS 2009 Election Results

by Charles Wilt on Wed, May 6, 2009 at 11:26 am

ALCTS members,

The 2009 election results are attached to this post.  1102 of eligible ALCTS members voted.

I want to thank everyone who stood for election this year.  

 

Charles Wilt

ALCTS Executive Director

 

 

Drupal4Lib Interest Group (LITA)

Discussion Using Drupal's Actions & Triggers (Workflow)

by Leo Klein on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 09:58 pm

So my next project is to do a blog and notification system for four different departments or sections at MPOW.

Each section will have its own team of 'authors' and 'editors'.  The authors will create the content and the editors will approve it for final publication. In addition to the approval process, I need to build into the system a calendering option so that time-sensitive posts can be published by date.  The whole thing will be pushed out to our static HTML pages through some form of RSS-to-HTML-thru-Javascript doohickey.

Anyway, I'm finding Chapter 6 "Managing Publishing Workflow" from Using Drupal particularly helpful.

I've already got Actions and Triggers installed, Workflow too.  Since the workflow depends on Content Types and Roles, I'm also looking into Rules.

It's funny, I'm usually so focused on CCK and Views as the 'signature' Drupal modules.  I'm coming to see that Actions and Triggers have a prominent role to play as well.

UPDATE: Matt Petrowsky has a very useful video on Actions/Triggers v. Rules over at the GotDrupal.com site.  His bottom line: Forget Triggers/Actions -- Rules rules!

So my next project is to do a blog and notification system for four different departments or sections at MPOW.

Each section will have its own team of 'authors' and 'editors'.  The authors will create the content and the editors will approve it for final publication. In addition to the approval process, I need to build into the system a calendering option so that time-sensitive posts can be published by date.  The whole thing will be pushed out to our static HTML pages through some form of RSS-to-HTML-thru-Javascript doohickey.

Anyway, I'm finding Chapter 6 "Managing Publishing Workflow" from Using Drupal particularly helpful.

I've already got Actions and Triggers installed, Workflow too.  Since the workflow depends on Content Types and Roles, I'm also looking into Rules.

It's funny, I'm usually so focused on CCK and Views as the 'signature' Drupal modules.  I'm coming to see that Actions and Triggers have a prominent role to play as well.

UPDATE: Matt Petrowsky has a very useful video on Actions/Triggers v. Rules over at the GotDrupal.com site.  His bottom line: Forget Triggers/Actions -- Rules rules!

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Summer Reading Interest Group (YALSA - Young Adult Library Services Association)

Discussion Live performances for summer reading programs

by Jessica Brawner on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 07:20 pm

Hi Everyone!

I finally filled out my profile and have started getting set up with the ALA Connect!

 I work with a company called Unbound Booking that specializes in bringing family friendly, live performances to libraries nation wide. One of the things that I am always trying to find out is, what are you interested in seeing in your library? What kind of performances do you want to have and are there things that you would love to have, but just can't find.

I would also love to hear what kinds of programs have been really successful already. 

Regards,

Hi Everyone!

I finally filled out my profile and have started getting set up with the ALA Connect!

 I work with a company called Unbound Booking that specializes in bringing family friendly, live performances to libraries nation wide. One of the things that I am always trying to find out is, what are you interested in seeing in your library? What kind of performances do you want to have and are there things that you would love to have, but just can't find.

I would also love to hear what kinds of programs have been really successful already. 

Regards,

Jessica Brawner

Unbound Booking

http://www.unboundbooking.com  

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GLBTRT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table)

Discussion Uncle Bobby's Wedding: A Request to Remove a Book from a Library Collection

by David Vess on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 05:47 pm

Jamie LaRue, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, Colorado, has graciously allowed us to link to his very thoughtful response to a library patron who was asking for the removal of an LGBT picture book from the collection.

Nancy Silverrod
Co-Chair GLBT-RT

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Jamie LaRue, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, Colorado, has graciously allowed us to link to his very thoughtful response to a library patron who was asking for the removal of an LGBT picture book from the collection.

Nancy Silverrod
Co-Chair GLBT-RT

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Uncle Bobby's Wedding

Recently, a library patron challenged (urged a reconsideration of the ownership or placement of) a book called "Uncle Bobby's Wedding." Honestly, I hadn't even heard of it until that complaint. But I did read the book, and responded to the patron, who challenged the item through email and requested that I respond online (not via snail-mail) about her concerns.

I suspect the book will get a lot of challenges in 2008-2009. So I offer my response, purging the patron's name, for other librarians.

Jamie LaRue
Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, ColoradoUncle Bobby's wedding

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Link to LaRue's blog post:
http://jaslarue.blogspot.com/2008/07/uncle-bobbys-wedding.html

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ALCTS CaMMS (Cataloging and Metadata Management Section)

Event Research and Publications Committee Meeting -- Palmer House Dearborn 2

by Mark Braden on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 05:05 pm

The Committee's meeting time and place--I'll announce the agenda at a time closer to our meeting.

 

 

ALCTS CaMMS Research & Publications Committee (Cataloging & Metadata Management Section)

Event Research and Publications Committee Meeting -- Palmer House Dearborn 2

by Mark Braden on Tue, May 5, 2009 at 05:05 pm

The Committee's meeting time and place--I'll announce the agenda at a time closer to our meeting.

 

 

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