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Discussion Seeking Librarians and Journalists to Participate in a Session at the Upcoming NCDD Conference in Reston, VA, October 18

by Nancy Kranich on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 11:06 pm
in Libraries Foster Community Engagement

What's Possible When Librarians, Journalists, and Dialogue Professionals

Work Together to Inform and Engage Communities?

 

6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation:


Democracy for the Next Generation

October 17-19, 2014

Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA (Washington, DC Area)

What's Possible When Librarians, Journalists, and Dialogue Professionals

Work Together to Inform and Engage Communities?

 

6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation:


Democracy for the Next Generation

October 17-19, 2014

Hyatt Regency, Reston, VA (Washington, DC Area)

www.NCDD.org/ncdd2014

 

Today’s communities are challenged by polarizing, often intractable conflicts. Many librarians and journalists engage residents in civil discourse to explore values, beliefs, and politics--often unaware of natural allies in their communities who can help: dialogue and deliberation practitioners.

Join us at the upcoming NCDD Conference

for a session to explore…

 

Beyond Books:

Librarians, Journalists and Dialogue Professionals Working Together

 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

9:00 am – 10:30 am, Lake Anne A

What’s Possible When Information Professionals like Librarians, and Journalists and Dialogue Practitioners Work Together to Inform and Engage Communities?

 

Facilitated by:

Nancy Kranich, founder and convener of the American Library Association (ALA) Center for Civic Life

Peggy Holman, cofounder Journalism That Matters to re-conceive journalism as more engaged, diverse, & generative.

Marla Crockett, public engagement consultant who worked in public broadcasting for more than 25 years as a news manager, producer, talk show host, and reporter.

 

This session will bring to NCDD an opportunity to join a conversation begun in 2012 with librarians, journalists, and civic practitioners sponsored by Journalism That Matters in conjunction with the American Library Association and other organizations.  Details about that gathering including session notes and video recordings of speakers and participants are available at: www.biblionews.org.   That experience can inform NCDD conference participants about what's possible for building a civic infrastructure within their communities in collaboration with librarians, journalists, and other information agents.

 

The 6th National Conference on Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) will include:

  • Dozens of workshops offering best practices and the latest innovations in group process and communication methods, including online dialogue.
  • Interaction with many of the leading figures in the dialogue and deliberation field.
  • Unique experiences with large-group dialogue and deliberation methods, as well as creative expression through visual and performing arts.

You will leave the NCDD conference with new ideas and methods that you can apply immediately to engage your communities through social media, online, and in person.  

For more info and to register, visit www.ncdd.org/ncdd2014

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Event Bridget Farrell

by Sarah Hammill on Thu, Sep 4, 2014 at 05:02 pm
in IAmRUSA

IAmRUSA Interviewee for the Week of September 29th is

Bridget Farrell

Ask her a question!

Event 2015 Midwinter Meeting Minutes Due 3/6

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 01:55 pm
in ACRL Division-level Committee Leaders

All committee meetings at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago should post their meeting notes/minutes (drafts are acceptable) by March 6, 2015 as public posts in their ALA Connect community and email them to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) for the historical files. Please visit the ACRL website for more information on the ALA Open Meeting Policy.

Event 2015 Midwinter Meeting Agendas Due 1/16

by Allison Payne-IL (staff) on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 01:49 pm
in ACRL Division-level Committee Leaders

All committee meetings at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago should post their agendas (drafts are acceptable) by January 16 as public posts in their ALA Connect community and email them to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) for the historical files.

All committee meetings at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago should post their agendas (drafts are acceptable) by January 16 as public posts in their ALA Connect community and email them to Allison Payne (apayne@ala.org) for the historical files.

Note: If your committee is not meeting, an agenda is not needed. If your committee is meeting virtually, an agenda should still be submitted to me and posted to ALA Connect at least 10 days before the meeting. Please visit the ACRL website for more information on the ALA Open Meeting Policy.

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Poll Which Emerging Leaders Project idea should we submit? See full ideas at: http://connect.ala.org/node/228607

by Cindi Trainor Blyberg on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 08:02 am
in LITA Board of Directors
"Students at Conferences" Program
0% (0 votes)
Forum Planning accessibility and inclusivity guidelines
20% (1 vote)
"Virtual LITA" - how to make LITA about more than f2f
80% (4 votes)
Other - please see my awesome idea in the comments below!
0% (0 votes)
I have another idea, but I'll email the Board list by 10/2 4:00 PM EDT
0% (0 votes)
None. Sorry.
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 5

Meeting Request Choose your best date/time for ALA Midwinter 2015 Just Ask Discussion and Meeting

by Cathay Keough on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm
in Just Ask Team

Please indicate your availability for a lively meeting at ALA Midwinter (2015/Chicago).  Agenda is forthcoming.  You may select more than one option (up to all four).  Afternoon options are 90 minutes, not one hour.

Note that:

The morning options on Saturday 1/31 and Sunday 2/1 are 1 hour:  10:00 to 11:00am

The afternoon options on Saturday 1/31 and Sunday 2/1 are 1-1/2 hours:  1:00-2:30pm.

 

Thank you!

-Cathay Keough

Discussion thoughts on dues increase proposal messaging

by Andromeda Yelton on Thu, Jul 10, 2014 at 08:43 am
in LITA Board of Directors

Pursuant to the dues increase working documents:

If we are going to approve a dues increase, it's critically important that we communicate with the members in advance and demonstrate that they're getting increased value.  I went through all our programs a while ago and identified things we've started doing since our last dues increase.  I drafted it as a a blog post, but I never got around to posting it, and honestly it's the sort of content that should be coming from official LITA channels, not my blog.  Someone asked at Annual that I post it here, so here you go!

What do you all think about messaging?


[intro text that works only on my blog cut]

One of the first questions anyone asks with a dues increase proposal is, why should we pay more if we're not getting more? So I decided to interrogate that question. What is LITA doing now that it hasn't since 2004? I was pretty sure I'd find some things; I found more than I expected. Since 2004, new things LITA has done include:

In chatting with some prior LITA presidents at Midwinter, I also heard about how LITA has been a leader in pushing ideas that other divisions or ALA as a whole later adopt (like interest groups, which we've had since the mid-1980s!). The examples which stick out in my head, and which I believe postdate 2004, are a streamlined program planning timeline (you used to have to get conference programs approved a year and a half in advance, which means no timely topics for you; LITA sped up its process starting 4 years ago, and ALA has since followed suit) and the expectation of wifi throughout the convention center (we crazy tech people kept insisting on having it for our sessions until it became the default). And, of course, we're actually paying less; $60 in 2004 dollars is $74 in 2013 dollars (Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator), but we're still paying $60. And we don't have more staff.

and what haven't you?

I expect there are things we were doing in 2004 that we're not doing now; I haven't researched this as thoroughly. I know we haven't offered regional institutes in several years; that we experimented briefly with LITACamp but are no longer doing it; and that some IGs are no longer active (getting an exact count would be quite time-consuming; on the other hand, since IGs are driven by member interest, I'm not concerned when they go extinct - it lets us refocus energies on places where people are more motivated).

tl;dr

I'm still thinking about this, and I want to hear your thoughts. The Financial Strategies Task Force report is quite clear that a dues increase is not a panacea, and the Board should not do only a dues increase and not push for other strategies as well. I am absolutely persuaded by this recommendation; a dues increase by itself would be at best a bandaid that presented the Board with the same problems a few years later. LITA needs to do some things genuinely differently to be financially viable. And I mean that without hyperbole. I am from the startup world, where we care deeply about runway and burn rate; in the discussions I've had with other board members we disagree on exactly how long we think that runway is, but a decade is not an unreasonable estimate. If you're not from the startup world, what I mean by runway is the length of time we have before we must be aloft or we will crash and burn. As LITA is presently constituted, its revenue typically exceeds its expenses. And we are in a challenging environment - like many nonprofits, including big ALA, our membership is declining, and the macroeconomic slowdown has done us no favors. External factors won't help us here; we need to help ourselves. So I want to hear your thoughts about that too. The task force recommended investigating entrepreneurial possibilities -- what would that look like to you? What would a soaring, aloft LITA look like to you?

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Discussion "10 Things You Should Know about Scholarly Communication"

by Jeffrey Beall on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 10:12 am
in Scholarly Communications Interest Group (ALCTS - Association For Library Collections & Technical Services)

I have created a derivative work of the handout called "10 Things You Should Know about Scholarly Communication" that I believe better addresses the most crucial issues facing researchers seeking to communicate their findings with other researchers.  I attach the file here. The gold open-access model has many perils for researchers, and I believe that librarians ought to help guide them away from these pitfalls. This handout provides some helpful tips and information for researchers.

Thanks, 

Jeffrey Beall

Event Scholarly Communication Discussion Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm
in Scholarly Communication Discussion Group (ACRL - Association of College & Research Libraries)

The Scholarly Communications Discussion Group is an informal and in-depth
discussion of one or more hot topics that impact Open Access initiatives and the
many related opportunities which aim to advance the dissemination of scholarship
without economical, legislative or technical barriers.

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