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Discussion Info Quest opens: A new virtual world for librarians 8/30/2015

by Valerie Hill on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 02:17 pm

Anyone interested in a new web-based virtual world for libraries, education, and museums is invited to Info Quest on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at noon Pacific Time (2pm Central).

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Anyone interested in a new web-based virtual world for libraries, education, and museums is invited to Info Quest on Sunday, August 30th, 2015 at noon Pacific Time (2pm Central).

Details

Info Quest: A Web of Worlds Seminar
http://infoquest.spruz.com
 
Watch the promo 
 
August 30th 2015 (Sunday) at 12:00pm PST/SLT - 3:00pm CST - 3:00pm EST
Featured Speakers:
~~~Dr. Valerie Hill
~~~Dr. John Jamison
~~~ John Lester
~~~Faylene Keep
Our seminar will feature four keynote speakers with experience with web-based technology for 3D immersive education. Please visit our website for more information on the speakers under "Opening Day" dropdown menu "Keynote Speakers" http://infoquest.spruz.com/keynote-speakers.htm
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Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the technology. Follow the five easy steps down below to access our worlds, thanks.
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~STEP ONE~
Download the Unity Web Player URL: http://unity3d.com/webplayer/ choose which versions for Window or Mac. 
~STEP TWO~
Register at Info Quest’s URL: http://infoquest.jibemix.com/jibe/default.aspx
~STEP THREE~
You will be asked to download “Vivox” plug-in used for voice/mic. Make sure “Vivox” is downloaded to your computer to turn on the audio will work.
~STEP FOUR~
Important please close your browser before entering Info Quest or you will not have voice/audio!!!
~STEP FIVE~
Re-start and enter Info Quest.
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Please take the time to watch the 2.5 minute video below "How to Enter Info Quest," Thank you.
2.5 Minute Video Tutorial:  http://web.photodex.com/view/26da9ax4
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Want to learn more explore our website menu, webpages, tutorials, and visit our worlds through our portals and jiways. http://infoques.spruz.com/ & http://infoquest.jibemix.com/ 
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It is highly recommended that you follow the instructions and it may take several minutes to set-up. Please allow yourself at least 20 minutes before the seminar to set-up. DO NOT USE the Internet Explorer browser it is not compatible with Jibe/Unity. We recommend Chrome, Firefox, Opera, and Safari as your web browsers. Thank you, we hope to see you in Info Quest on Sunday August 30th 2015.

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ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion Call for Nominations: Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award

by Mary Oberlies on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 at 01:43 pm

Nominations for the Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award due December 4th!  The award recognizes an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to the library profession through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity.   

Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:

Nominations for the Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award due December 4th!  The award recognizes an academic or law librarian who has made distinguished contributions to the library profession through research, service to the profession, or other creative activity.   

Nominees should have achieved distinction in one or more of the following areas:

  • Planning and implementation of a model bibliography/information services program in a law or political science library.
  • History of contributions to the field through research, publications and other activities displaying active participation in the advancement of law/political science librarianship.
  • Service to the profession through ACRL or related regional and national organizations.
  • ​Promotion or development of an education program for law and political science librarianship that has served as a model for other courses and programs.

The award recipient receives $1,000 and a plaque sponsored by SAGE-CQ Press.

Nominations should be submitted with the name and contact information of the nominee as well as a short narrative supporting the nomination. The narrative must speak to the impact of the nominee’s work on librarianship in law/political science through the areas of distinction. The committee will contact the nominee’s supervisor for more detailed information and a CV, which will be considered along with the nominator’s narrative. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

For more details about the award or to learn about previous recipients, visit http://www.ala.org/acrl/awards/achievementawards/martalangecq

 

Mary Oberlies

Chair, Marta Lange/SAGE-CQ Press Award Committee​

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GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

Discussion Open Meeting Announcement--IDTF in SF

by Stephanie Braunstein on Fri, Jun 5, 2015 at 09:26 am

Please join us for what we think will be an informational and exciting meeting of the International Documents Task Force during Annual.  As you look at the agenda below, note that we will be having special guests from the UN.  Maritina Paniagua, Outreach and Professional Development, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, will update us on the United Nations Depository Library Programme (yes, there are 2 "m's" and an "e" in that word); and Ann Paprocki, Librarian, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, will do a presentation concerning the 70th Anniversary of the UN.  Get there early--there might even be treats to h

Please join us for what we think will be an informational and exciting meeting of the International Documents Task Force during Annual.  As you look at the agenda below, note that we will be having special guests from the UN.  Maritina Paniagua, Outreach and Professional Development, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, will update us on the United Nations Depository Library Programme (yes, there are 2 "m's" and an "e" in that word); and Ann Paprocki, Librarian, Dag Hammarskjöld Library, will do a presentation concerning the 70th Anniversary of the UN.  Get there early--there might even be treats to help celebrate that big "Seven-0" (anyone got any ideas for UN theme decorated cookies?).

Questions?  Answers?  Please contact me directly:

Stephanie Braunstein

225-578-7021

sbraunst@lsu.edu

 

GODORT International Documents Taskforce (IDTF) Meeting

ALA Annual 2015, San Francisco

4:30-5:30pm, Sunday, June 28

Marriott Marquis (780 Mission Street, 415-896-1600)—Pacific Suite I

Meeting Agenda

I. Welcome and Introductions

a) Assign Note-taker

II. Approval of the Agenda

III. Approval of Midwinter 2015 Minutes (available in consolidated minutes, pgs. 11-12: http://wikis.ala.org/godort/index.php/File:GODORT_2015_Midwinter_Consolidated_Committee_Minutes.pdf)

IV. Reports from Committee Liaisons

a) Education (Stephanie Martin)

b) Government Information to Kids (Susan Paterson)

c) IFLA and Publications (Jim Church)

d) Legislation (Brett Cloyd)

e) Programming (Melanie Sims)

f) Rare and Endangered Documents (Mary Mallory)

g) Cataloguing (Jeff Hartsell-Gundy)

V.  Update report on UNDL Programme and other new UN resources—Maritina Paniagua, Outreach and Professional Development, Dag Hammarskjöld Library

VI. Reports from other Vendors

VII. Presentation about online exhibit celebrating 70th Anniversary of the UN—Ann Paprocki, Librarian, Dag Hammarskjöld Library

VIII. Any other business?

IX. Adjournment

 

 

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LLAMA SASS / RUSA STARS Consortial Borrowing Joint Committee

Discussion ALA Meeting Minutes

by Dennis J. Smith on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 07:54 pm

All,

Attached is the minutes from our ALA discussion.  We have an update that RUSA accepted our program.  Once most of us have gotten through the start of the Fall semester, I'm hoping that we can have a conference all to begin planning the program.

Thanks,

Dennis

 

ALCTS

Event ALCTS webinar: Designing Collections for Collisions: Preserving Library Serendipity in a Digital World

by Gina Solares on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 01:04 pm

 

ALCTS webinar: Designing Collections for Collisions: Preserving Library Serendipity in a Digital World

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

 

ALCTS webinar: Designing Collections for Collisions: Preserving Library Serendipity in a Digital World

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2015

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

Description: Nearly every librarian has a story to share about a community member who makes a fantastic serendipitous discovery. Sometimes these discoveries change lives. Unfortunately, we may be hearing fewer and fewer of these stories. Why? Because in a digital world the opportunities for great accidental discoveries are being engineered out of the library experience. In this presentation Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian at Temple University, will share insights into why we need to start talking about designing our libraries, both physical and virtual, with engineered serendipity in mind. If the whole point of collections is to facilitate interactions with discovery, research and learning, then we have to come up with better ways to design it into the library experience. Serendipitous library discoveries are too valuable to lose. We need to figure out how to preserve them in a digital world.

Learning outcomes:

Be able to identify factors leading to the decrease in serendipitous discovery in libraries.

Gain a better understanding of how engineered serendipity works and to appreciate the importance of accidental discovery.

Learn about strategies libraries can use to design for better serendipity in an increasingly digital environment.

Who should attend? Librarians in both public and technical services and from all sectors, any librarian who wants to preserve serendipitous discovery in libraries.

Presenter: Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library management, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a co-founder of the Blended Librarian's Online Learning Community. He blogs at Designing Better Libraries, authors columns, and is co-author of the book "Academic Librarianship by Design". For additional information about Steven J. Bell and his projects: http://stevenbell.info

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Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate (members/non-members) $99/$129 ; International $43   

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:

http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webinar/091615

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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ALCTS

Event ALCTS e-Forum: Leaving Library Services Behind: An e-Forum on (Preparing For) Retirement

by Jeremy Myntti on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:20 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: Leaving Library Services Behind: An e-Forum on (Preparing For) Retirement

ALCTS e-Forum: Leaving Library Services Behind: An e-Forum on (Preparing For) Retirement

October 13-14, 2015

 

Moderated by Pamela Bluh and Jane Edmister Penner

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

What images do you conjure up when you think of “retirement?” An AARP card? Medicare? Caribbean beaches? Continuing Education? Travel? Sleeping until noon? Reading the latest best-sellers? All of the above and then some!

 

This e-forum will give participants – and lurkers on the list –opportunities to ask questions and share experiences to ease the transition from a career in library services to the condition of ‘retirement.’

 

There is a lot of talk about the “graying” of the profession but less about the kinds of things those who are ‘graying’ should consider. We hope that sharing our experiences in navigating our way out of the work world and into the world of retirement will stimulate a lively discussion.

 

Moderators

Pamela Bluh retired from the Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland at the end of July 2014. She ‘resisted’ retirement for quite some time, but now finds it hard to understand how she had time to work.

 

Jane Edmister Penner has worked at the University of Virginia for 27 years, most recently as Director of Content Management Services (i.e., Technical Services) and previously as Head of the Music Library. Professionally, she has been active in the ALA/ALCTS Directors of Technical Services at Large Research Libraries Roundtable and in the Music Library Association. She is taking advantage of UVa’s option of a two-year “step-down” and will retire in April 2016.

 

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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ALCTS

Event ALCTS e-Forum: Hire right the first time: best practices for building the team you need

by Jeremy Myntti on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: Hire right the first time: best practices for building the team you need

ALCTS e-Forum: Hire right the first time: best practices for building the team you need

September 23-24, 2015

 

Moderated by Terri Schell, Brian Staples, and James Kelly

 

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

 

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Libraries evolve. Shouldn’t your interviews? Success in our profession requires a new skill set, but if you’re asking candidates the same old questions, you’re probably recruiting more of what you already have. Attracting dynamic team members to help you meet tomorrow’s challenges requires hiring for culture fit, crafting more thoughtful questions and bringing creativity and insightfulness to the interview process. Join us in discussing tips for hiring right the first time. We will:

  • discuss techniques for writing more compelling interview questions

  • define culture fit and its importance to the interview process

  • outline the skills of an effective interviewer

 

Moderators

Terri Schell, Senior Administrator – Human Resources, Harford County (MD) Public Library

Brian Staples, Human Resources Generalist, Baltimore County (MD) Public Library

James Kelly, Associate Director, Frederick County (MD) Public Libraries

 

What Is an e-Forum?

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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

Online Doc 2015 August Executive Board Meeting Agenda

by Melody Townley on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 08:28 am

2015 August Executive Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, August 26th, 11 am CST

Location: Conference Call Dial - (605) 475-4700

Enter Access Code - 974507#

 

1. Call to Order and Introductions

Action: Callers present should introduce themselves. 

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

2015 August Executive Board Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, August 26th, 11 am CST

Location: Conference Call Dial - (605) 475-4700

Enter Access Code - 974507#

 

1. Call to Order and Introductions

Action: Callers present should introduce themselves. 

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: N/A

  

2. Approval of Agenda

Action: Approve agenda for the August 2015 Executive Board meeting.

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information:

 

3. Approval of Previous Board Meeting Minutes

Action: Approve minutes from the Annual (June 2015) Executive Board meeting.

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: http://connect.ala.org/node/243922

  

4.  June is National GLBT Book Month

Action: Update

Item Facilitator: Ann Symons/Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information:

 

5.  GLBTRT Award for Political Activism

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: 

  

6. Newlen-Symons Award for Excellence in Serving the GLBT Community

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Ann Symons

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: 

 

7.   2016 Emerging Leader Program Update

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A 

Supporting Information:

8. News Committee Charge

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: 

 

9. Fundraising Committee Plans

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: 

 

10. Membership Promotion Committee Letters

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

Vote: N/A

Supporting Information: 

 

11. Announcements:

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl

  

12. Adjournment

Action: Information

Item Facilitator: Peter Coyl 

Vote:  N/A

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ACRL EBSS Membership and Orientation Committee

Event Commitee Meeting

by Elena Soltau on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 07:05 am

The EBSS Membership & Orientation Committee will meet on August 26th at 2pm EST.  Anyone who wishes to attend may do so.  Here is the online meeting information:

Please register for Weds 8/26 @ 2pm EBSS Membership Meeting at:

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4822047150713069057

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

The EBSS Membership & Orientation Committee will meet on August 26th at 2pm EST.  Anyone who wishes to attend may do so.  Here is the online meeting information:

Please register for Weds 8/26 @ 2pm EBSS Membership Meeting at:

https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/4822047150713069057

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

I hope to see all committee members and welcome anyone else who wishes to attend.

Best,

Elena Soltau

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ACRL Digital Humanities Interest Group

Discussion ACRL Program Proposals for 2016 ALA Annual Conference Due September 1

by Barbara Lewis on Tue, Aug 25, 2015 at 04:27 pm

I have an idea for a program proposal for this call (http://connect.ala.org/node/244108) and was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining me.  As of September 28, I will be the Assistant Director for Digital Learning Initiatives at my library.  Among other responsibilities, this job will include working with the DH community on campus and statewide.  My idea is to present a program/panel about what DH and digital learning jobs in libraries are like, and probably how they're not necessarily alike from institution to institution. 

I have an idea for a program proposal for this call (http://connect.ala.org/node/244108) and was wondering if anyone would be interested in joining me.  As of September 28, I will be the Assistant Director for Digital Learning Initiatives at my library.  Among other responsibilities, this job will include working with the DH community on campus and statewide.  My idea is to present a program/panel about what DH and digital learning jobs in libraries are like, and probably how they're not necessarily alike from institution to institution. 

What training and education do we have?  What services do we provide?  What departments do we most work with and what types of projects do we work on?  How do we collaborate with subject liaison librarians?  How do we keep up-to-date with the constantly evolving and expanding number of tools, applications, etc. available to the digital humanist?  How do we assess the impact of our efforts?  These are just a few examples of the questions we could address.

If you're interested in this idea, please respond as soon as possible since the proposal deadline is September 1.

Cheers,
Barbara

Barbara Lewis, MLS
Coordinator, Digital Initiatives & Services
University of South Florida / Tampa Library
4202 East Fowler Avenue, LIB 122
Tampa, FL 33620-5400
office: (813) 974-4040
fax:     (813) 974-5153
bilewis@usf.edu
http://works.bepress.com/blewis

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