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ALA Connect Help

Discussion ALA Connect for LIS Students

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 12:20 pm

ALA Connect offers the opportunity for users to create member communities- communities that any ALA member can participate in. This provides a great opportunity for LIS students and alumni to congregate in an unofficial sort of way, network and build those professional relationship!...

ALA Connect offers the opportunity for users to create member communities- communities that any ALA member can participate in. This provides a great opportunity for LIS students and alumni to congregate in an unofficial sort of way, network and build those professional relationship!...

One in a series of introductory screencasts created by the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders Group I.
View the original video and transcript.

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LearnRT (Learning Round Table)

Event LearnRT Monthly Virtual Meeting 10/14

by Patricia Carterette on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 10:05 am

All Learning Round Table members and other interested people are invited to join us for our monthly virtual meeting using OPAL.

Here is the link to enter the room and information on how use OPAL.

100-seat room D:
http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs423c62c43df0

LearnRT (Learning Round Table)

Event LearnRT Monthly Virtual Meeting

by Patricia Carterette on Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 10:02 am

All Learning Round Table members (and any other interested people) are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the LearnRT using OPAL.

 

All Learning Round Table members (and any other interested people) are invited to attend the monthly meeting of the LearnRT using OPAL.

 

Meeting time: 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
Location/Log In:
  http://www.conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rs423c62c43df0

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ALCTS Continuing Education Committee (Association for Library Collections and Technical Services)

Event Banned Books Week E-forum

by Kristin Martin on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 08:33 pm

Please join us for an e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone! Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Banned Books, Intellectual Freedom, and the Library”

September 30 – October 1, 2009

Moderated by Marilyn Wilt, Rutgers University Libraries, and Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University Libraries

Please join us for an e-forum discussion.  It’s free and open to everyone! Registration information is at the end of the message.

“Banned Books, Intellectual Freedom, and the Library”

September 30 – October 1, 2009

Moderated by Marilyn Wilt, Rutgers University Libraries, and Roxanne Myers Spencer, Western Kentucky University Libraries

With the annual “celebration”/observance of Banned Books Week, we have an opportunity to step back from daily routines and activities and reflect on the ever-present challenges to intellectual freedom, and the basic right to read that pervades the current national environment.

Join this timely e-forum and share your ideas and experiences. What have our libraries done to safeguard these freedoms? Do our current policies support handling challenges to books in the collection? Do the existing policies address privacy and security concerns―protect First Amendment rights, address potential censorship? How have electronic publications changed the conversation―relationship to author, publisher, vendor?

What have our libraries done to educate our communities, to expand awareness and understanding of the roles of the libraries in safeguarding intellectual property, while providing access to, and information on, a variety of issues and concerns that impact the community’s civil discourse? Are these educational ventures designed to inform, educate, provoke, entertain?

“Intellectual freedom can exist only where two essential conditions are met: first, that all individuals have the right to hold any belief on any subject and to convey their ideas in any form they deem appropriate; and second, that society makes an equal commitment to the right of unrestricted access to information and ideas regardless of the communication medium used, the content of the work, and the viewpoints of both the author and receiver of information. Freedom to express oneself through a chosen mode of communication, including the Internet, becomes virtually meaningless if access to that information is not protected. Intellectual freedom implies a circle, and that circle is broken if either freedom of expression or access to ideas is stifled.” (Intellectual Freedom Manual, American Library Association, 7th edition)

Discussion will start Wednesday, September 30, at 9:00 AM eastern time, and conclude Thursday, October 1, at 5:00 PM eastern time.

Marilyn Wilt is the Training and Learning Coordinator for Rutgers University Libraries. She is responsible for the professional development of faculty librarians, professional/administrative staff, and support staff on the three Rutgers campuses―New Brunswick/Piscataway, Newark, and Camden. Her programs, both formal and informal, are designed to create and maintain a dynamic, vibrant learning environment, supporting innovation and successfully achieving goals. Rutgers University Libraries’ celebration of 2009 Banned Books Week includes two faculty panel presentations: (1) “Academic and Intellectual Freedom Climate on Campus―Are our Freedoms Secure in the Next Generation”, and (2) “I Know Why the Caged Book Sings: Reading and Identity”; and screening two challenged films: “Fahrenheit 451 “(Truffaut, 1966), “Salt of the Earth” (1954). In addition, we are gathering a series of video podcasts of volunteer readers from across the University reading from their “favorite” banned books. Access to the video podcasts will be available through the Libraries’ website during Banned Books Week.

Roxanne Myers Spencer is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Educational Resources Center (ERC) for Western Kentucky University Libraries, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She manages the campus branch library that primarily serves the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, but is open to the entire WKU community. Roxanne supervises ERC staff and student workers and is responsible for selection of University Libraries’ education collection, consisting of some 85,000 titles, including a juvenile collection of 30,000 titles. She produces a newsletter, ERC Bookends, which is distributed to all WKU faculty and staff. As an adjunct faculty member in WKU’s Library Media Education program, Roxanne teaches a graduate course in collection management. WKU Libraries is celebrating Banned Books Week at the ERC with a selection of students’ comments about their favorite challenged children’s or young adult books, as well as the intellectual freedom exhibit “Posters for Peace: Images from the National Circulating Library of Students’ Peace Poster Stamps.” Exhibits for Banned Books Week at the Helm-Cravens Library include posters and book displays in the study lounge of the Helm Reference area.  

*To register:*

Go to: http://lists.ala.org/sympa, click on ALCTS (spelled out) under the ALA Division heading, then choose alcts-eforum@ala.org . A login and password are required to register. Instructions for obtaining a login and password may be found on the list homepage. Participation is free and open to anyone.

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Games and Gaming

Discussion IGDA's Global Game Jam 2010: Call for Research Projects

by LaVerne Poussaint on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 07:30 pm

Research Project Proposals Submission Deadline Date: 1st October 2009

http://www.igda.org/education/

 

International Game Developers Association / Game Education Special Interest Group Projects: 

 

Curriculum Knowledge Base:

Research Project Proposals Submission Deadline Date: 1st October 2009

http://www.igda.org/education/

 

International Game Developers Association / Game Education Special Interest Group Projects: 

 

Curriculum Knowledge Base:

http://igda.org/wiki/index.php/Curriculum_Knowledge_Base 

 

Global Game Jam:

http://www.globalgamejam.org/

 

 

 

 

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PLG (Progressive Librarians Guild)

Discussion Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians? by John Buschman

by Kathleen McCook on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 05:57 pm

Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians?

by John Buschman

Academe, Sept/Oct. 2009.

The ALA should defend librarians as the AAUP defends faculty members.

 

Who Defends Intellectual Freedom for Librarians?

by John Buschman

Academe, Sept/Oct. 2009.

The ALA should defend librarians as the AAUP defends faculty members.

 

The bottom line is that librarians (academic or otherwise) are unwilling, through their premier professional association, to shame those involved in the most egregious violations of intellectual freedom when the violations occur within the profession.

 

Read the article here.

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Guide to Reference

Discussion Free Access to Guide to Reference for LIS Programs

by Steven Hofmann (staff) on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 01:13 pm

ALA is pleased to provide free, ongoing access to LIS faculty and students for their teaching and coursework. See http://www.guidetoreference.org/DynamicContent.aspx?ctype=24 for more information.

ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Event ACRL OnPoint Chat Sept 23: Ph.D.s in Academic Libraries

by Kara Malenfant on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 11:25 am

Join us for the next free ACRL OnPoint chat:

Ph.D.s in Academic Libraries: The Role of the Scholar-Librarian
September 23, 2009
(10:00 a.m Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern)

Join us for the next free ACRL OnPoint chat:

Ph.D.s in Academic Libraries: The Role of the Scholar-Librarian
September 23, 2009
(10:00 a.m Pacific | 11:00 a.m. Mountain | 12:00 p.m. Central | 1:00 p.m. Eastern)

This discussion will address the hybrid figure of the ’scholar-librarian,’ focusing on the role of Ph.D. recipients in academic libraries. Questions to be asked will include: How does the very specific knowledge gained during Ph.D. research apply in an academic library setting? What roles do Ph.D.-holders play in the future of librarianship? How are Ph.D-holders particularly poised to mentor student research? This month’s chat is convened by: Heather Waldroup, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow, The Libraries of the Claremont Colleges; Amanda Watson, Research and Instruction Librarian, Connecticut College; Christa Williford, Project Coordinator, Cataloging Hidden Collections, Council on Library and Information Resources; and Patricia Hswe, Project Manager, NDIIPP Partner Projects, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

ACRL OnPoint is a live series of informal monthly chat sessions that provide the opportunity to connect with colleagues and experts to discuss an issue of the day in academic and research librarianship.

All ACRL OnPoint chats are free and open to the public. Sessions are unmoderated, 30-45 minutes in length and take place in a Meebo chat room. While no registration is necessary to participate, ACRL recommends creating a quick and easy Meebo account for the best experience while participating in ACRL OnPoint discussions/events. Find the link to chat and full details at http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/onpoint/index.cfm.

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NMRT Student and Student Chapter Outreach

Discussion Looking for a Mentor? Want to Be a Mentor? MentorConnect Is Here!

by Donald Wood (staff) on Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor.

MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.

ALA has launched MentorConnect in ALA Connect so you can find or become a mentor.

MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.

Mentoring others is one of the most powerful ways you can give back to the profession, but it’s not a relationship to be entered into lightly. If you join MC, you’re making a commitment to help someone else. A strong mentoring relationship requires consistent contact between the mentor and mentee so think carefully about making this commitment before offering your services as a mentor.

Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Asking someone to take the time to mentor you is a serious commitment . When someone agrees to mentor you, they’re making an investment in your future. Plan on spending time with your mentor via MentorConnect in order to get the most from this important relationship.

If you choose to join MentorConnect, you can:

  • Create a mentor and/or a mentee profile
  • Search for a mentor in a variety of subjects
  • Offer your services as a mentor
  • Track feedback from your mentors/mentees
  • Create your own private community in ALA Connect for you and your mentee(s) if you want to take advantage of the online documents, calendar, discussion forum, and chat features available to all members.

To learn all about this new service, see Mentoring Starter Questions and Mentoring and MentorConnect FAQ.

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