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Vote for the 2013 ALA Annual Conversation Starters [Community]

Suggestion Why Jane and Not Maria

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

Description: Maria Edgeworth was at the height of her popularity when Jane Austen published her first novel in 1811. She was well-published in children and young adult literature, and with her first adult novel, Castle  Rackrent, Maria had become internationally famous. While Jane’s novels struggled to find a reading public, Maria’s following continued to grow.  However, by 1900, Maria Edgeworth disappears into history, while Jane Austen rises to idolatry status.

Description: Maria Edgeworth was at the height of her popularity when Jane Austen published her first novel in 1811. She was well-published in children and young adult literature, and with her first adult novel, Castle  Rackrent, Maria had become internationally famous. While Jane’s novels struggled to find a reading public, Maria’s following continued to grow.  However, by 1900, Maria Edgeworth disappears into history, while Jane Austen rises to idolatry status.

With this Conversation Starter, Business Librarian, Anne Macdonald offers some reasons why one author might swell the tides of history and another disappear into oblivion. 

Presenter: Anne Macdonald

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Popular Culture
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Reference Services
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Suggestion REINVENT, REARRANGE, REFRESH – The Transformed Identity of a Brutalist Library

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:55 am

Description: UMASS Dartmouth has completed a project of extraordinary success- transforming their dysfunctional 1960s Library into a state-of-the-art, sustainable building.

Presenters: Catherine Fortier-Barnes, Robert Miklos

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

Description: UMASS Dartmouth has completed a project of extraordinary success- transforming their dysfunctional 1960s Library into a state-of-the-art, sustainable building.

Presenters: Catherine Fortier-Barnes, Robert Miklos

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • All

Subjects:

  • Buildings and Facilities
  • Learning Commons
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Trends and Forecasting

Additional comments: The case-study building we will discuss is a Mid-Century Modernist University building, however designLAB has used these transformative strategies on a variety of library/building typologies. This discussion will enable all institutions the opportunity to re-imagine their own facilities/identities regardless of age, size, or location. We are introducing straight-forward and cost effective techniques such as rearrangement of furniture, lighting, and finishes that can transform the library with a small budget.

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Suggestion You and iTime Digital Storytime: A Research-Based Approach to Pitching, Planning and Presenting Digital Storytimes

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

Description: You and iTime incorporates tablet technology into the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read. This session will demonstrate how digital media, when used appropriately, can be an effective tool in supporting literacy skills without replacing exploration of traditional print materials, creative play, or physical activity. You will learn how to introduce, fund, and create a digital storytime in your library.

Presenters: Erin Neufeld, Micaela Sanchez

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

Description: You and iTime incorporates tablet technology into the five practices of Every Child Ready to Read. This session will demonstrate how digital media, when used appropriately, can be an effective tool in supporting literacy skills without replacing exploration of traditional print materials, creative play, or physical activity. You will learn how to introduce, fund, and create a digital storytime in your library.

Presenters: Erin Neufeld, Micaela Sanchez

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Public

Subjects:

  • Children's Services
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Equity of Access
  • Information Literacy
  • Literacy
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Suggestion Resistance Is Futile! Discovery systems and academic libraries.

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Description: Discovery systems such as Serial Solutions’ Summon, OCLC’s WorldCat, Exlibris’ Primo and Ebsco’s Discovery Service are one of the biggest developments to impact academic libraries. Sheffield Hallam University is the 4th largest in the UK and implemented Summon in 2010.

Presenter: Matthew Borg

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • High School
  • Library School
  • School/Media Center
  • Students

Subjects:

Description: Discovery systems such as Serial Solutions’ Summon, OCLC’s WorldCat, Exlibris’ Primo and Ebsco’s Discovery Service are one of the biggest developments to impact academic libraries. Sheffield Hallam University is the 4th largest in the UK and implemented Summon in 2010.

Presenter: Matthew Borg

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • High School
  • Library School
  • School/Media Center
  • Students

Subjects:

  • Emerging Technologies
  • Information Literacy
  • Instruction
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Suggestion School & Public Library Collaborations

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:51 am

Description: TBA

Presenters: Denise Hudec

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Public

Subjects:

  • Partnerships
Vote for the 2013 ALA Annual Conversation Starters [Community]

Suggestion Community Building and the Public Library: The Story of the Evanston Public Library and the Mighty Twig

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

Description: When the City of Evanston faced economic challenges the citizens of Evanston organized to save branch libraries.  The Community quickly raised funds to sustain service at the North and South branches for six months.

Presenter: Marcia Mahoney

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public
  • Urban

Subjects:

Description: When the City of Evanston faced economic challenges the citizens of Evanston organized to save branch libraries.  The Community quickly raised funds to sustain service at the North and South branches for six months.

Presenter: Marcia Mahoney

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Public
  • Urban

Subjects:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Equity of Access
  • Friends Groups
  • Fundraising
  • Partnerships
  • Trustees

Additional comments: Attendees at this session will witness the power of partnerships and grassroots organizing when a new library service model is created.

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Suggestion The DIY Database: Learn How Designing and Building a Drupal-based System Lets You Re-Take Ownership of Your Content

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

Description: Scott Horn, application developer for the University of Kentucky, has been working with Virginia McClure of the Lexington Public Library the past year to transition their old, hand-coded Local History Index into a customized Drupal installation.  This surprisingly simple process provides a blueprint for other libraries looking to inexpensively make their locally-owned content available online to their patrons.  In this session, learn the tools and process involved, and see a model in action.

Presenters: Virginia McClure, Scott Horn

Description: Scott Horn, application developer for the University of Kentucky, has been working with Virginia McClure of the Lexington Public Library the past year to transition their old, hand-coded Local History Index into a customized Drupal installation.  This surprisingly simple process provides a blueprint for other libraries looking to inexpensively make their locally-owned content available online to their patrons.  In this session, learn the tools and process involved, and see a model in action.

Presenters: Virginia McClure, Scott Horn

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Consortium
  • Corporate
  • Federal
  • Government
  • Joint Use
  • Law
  • Museums
  • Nonprofits
  • Other
  • Public
  • Regional Library Systems
  • Research
  • Rural
  • Seeking Employment in Libraries
  • Special
  • State Library
  • Students
  • Tribal
  • Undergraduate
  • Urban

Subjects:

  • Adult Services
  • Archives
  • Digital Libraries
  • Digitization
  • Distance Learning
  • Ebooks
  • Electronic Resources
  • Emergnig Technologies
  • Genealogy
  • Government Documents & Information
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Metadata
  • Preservation
  • Professional Development
  • Resource Sharing
  • Special Collections
  • Technology
  • Transforming Libraries

Additional comments: Online resources will be provided during and after the presentation.

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Suggestion Fulbright Opportunities in Library Science

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:48 am

Description: The Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, sends more than 1,200 U.S. scholars and professionals each year to teach and conduct research in more than 125 countries. This presentation will guide attendees in identifying opportunities through the Fulbright Scholar Program and will make suggestions as to how to be successful in a proposal.

Description: The Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange, sends more than 1,200 U.S. scholars and professionals each year to teach and conduct research in more than 125 countries. This presentation will guide attendees in identifying opportunities through the Fulbright Scholar Program and will make suggestions as to how to be successful in a proposal. The presentation will address ways that the internationalization of education in institutions of higher education can improve the quality of education as well as specific opportunities for scholars and professionals in library science.

Presenters: Abby Greenwell, Mandana Nakhai

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Association
  • Community College
  • Consortium
  • Federal
  • Government
  • Information-related Organization
  • Law
  • Library School
  • Medical
  • Museums
  • Native
  • Nonprofits
  • Prison
  • Regional Library System
  • Research
  • Retired Librarians
  • Rural
  • School/Media Center
  • Special
  • State Library
  • Tribal
  • Urban

Subjects:

  • Career Advice
  • Civic Engagement
  • Funding
  • International Issues
  • Professional Development
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Suggestion Where We Aren’t: Collaboration for Information Literacy Beyond the Classroom

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:47 am

Description: What happens when undergraduates leave the classroom? Can we integrate Information Literacy (IL) in their busy, very non-academic, lives? Join us for a discussion about the implications of IL outside of the classroom, as we share the experiences of two librarians’ efforts to integrate IL in their collaborations with non-academic campus units and departments, such as Career Centers, Student Health, Residence Halls, and Living & Learning Communities.

Description: What happens when undergraduates leave the classroom? Can we integrate Information Literacy (IL) in their busy, very non-academic, lives? Join us for a discussion about the implications of IL outside of the classroom, as we share the experiences of two librarians’ efforts to integrate IL in their collaborations with non-academic campus units and departments, such as Career Centers, Student Health, Residence Halls, and Living & Learning Communities.

This conversation starter will stimulate a discussion about ways to connect with students and will encourage the audience to generate new ideas for innovative academic library and outreach services. 

Presenter: Lily Todorinova

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Library School
  • Undergraduate

Subjects:

  • Information Literacy
  • Instruction
  • Outreach Services
  • Public Services
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Suggestion Making and Maintaining a Marketing Mastermind Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:46 am

Description: Interested in improving your library marketing? Unsure about what works and what doesn’t in your community? Need a support system to challenge you and force accountability? Then come to this session to see what a Mastermind group is, how you can create your own with a well-selected group of professionals, and how you can use it to create new materials, programs and atmospheres that work! After learning the basics spend some time networking with your colleagues for additional ideas or even to create your first mastermind group.

Description: Interested in improving your library marketing? Unsure about what works and what doesn’t in your community? Need a support system to challenge you and force accountability? Then come to this session to see what a Mastermind group is, how you can create your own with a well-selected group of professionals, and how you can use it to create new materials, programs and atmospheres that work! After learning the basics spend some time networking with your colleagues for additional ideas or even to create your first mastermind group.

Presenter: Susan Schreiner

Format: Lecture

Types of libraries:

  • All
  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Public
  • Regional Library System
  • Research
  • School/Media Center
  • Special
  • State Library
  • Students
  • Undergraduate

Subjects:

  • Marketing
  • Networking
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