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Greetings, Board colleagues!
I am calling an online meeting of the ALSC Board of Directors.
We have before us 6 motions from the Organization & Bylaws Chairs to enact the Digital Media Plan, by altering the Great Websites, Carnegie Medal/Notable Childrens' Videos, and Children and Technology Committees.
In order to establish a quorum for this meeting I ask everyone to indicate "present" in the comments below. Because there is urgency to passing these motions I am presenting background below now. The schedule for this vote will be:
Thursday Dec 1 --Establish quorum, and members present review background and motions
Friday Dec 2 --After I call the quorum, entertain second for the 6 motions, and begin discussion
Monday Dec 5-Wed Dec 7 --Complete discussion and vote.
Earlier in June, the Board discussed the proposed Digital Media Award plan. In that discussion (which you can review here) a motion was made, seconded, and passed to adopt in concept the following, and to refer to O&B crafting next steps for implementation.
- Expand the scope of the Great Websites Committee’s charge to include digital media.
- Evolve the charge of the Carnegie Medal/Notable Children's Videos Committee to become selection of a winner of an annual medal for “Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media.”
- Expand the charge of the Children and Technology Committee to include the selection of a winner of an annual “ALSC Media Mentorship Leadership Award,” as well as the duties of the Digital Content Task Force.
- Define “digital media” as: Any real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content or product that is available via personal electronic device across multiple platforms that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while developmentally appropriately informing, educating, and/or entertaining.
- Implement on a pilot basis to be evaluated with the possibility of future adjustments being made to fit the current environment.
The motions are attached. In summary:
- The Children and Technology Charge motion adds to this committee's charge: "To select the recipient of an annual ALSC Media Mentorship Leadership Award"
- The two motions for the Carnegie Committee change its name to "Excellence in Early Learning Digital Media Committee" and establishes a new charge.
- The three motions for the Great Websites committee change its name to "Notable Children’s Digital Media Committee", establishes a new charge, and corrects language in the composition statement regarding virtual committee status to make it consistent with other virtual committees.
Once these motions are passed, I will establish a task force to oversee implementation of these three "evolved" committees, including establishing terms and criteria and a pilot review process, and we will undertake to appoint this task force and the committees to commence their new work at Midwinter.
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We are pleased to announce the Call for Proposals (CFP) for CAPAL17: Foundations & Futures: Critical Reflections on the Pasts, Presents, and Possibilities of Academic Librarianship. This will be the fourth annual conference of the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) to be held May 30th – June 1st as part of Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2017 in Toronto, Ontario which lies in the territory of the Haudenosaunee and the Mississaugas of the New Credit River.
This conference provides an opportunity for the academic library community to critically examine and discuss together the ways in which our profession is influenced by its social, political, and economic environments. By considering academic librarianship within its historical contexts, its presents, and its possible futures, and by situating it within evolving cultural frameworks and structures of power, we can better understand the ways in which academic librarianship may reflect, reinforce, or challenge these contexts both positively and negatively.
The deadline for proposals is the 23rd of December, 2016.
Courtney Waugh, Program Chair, email@example.com
On behalf of the CAPAL17 Program Committee
Nous sommes heureux d'annoncer l'appel de propositions (ADP) pour l'ACBAP17 : Fondements et futurs : réflexions critiques sur les passés, les présents et les possibilités de la bibliothéconomie académique. Il s'agira de la quatrième conférence annuelle de l'Association canadienne des bibliothécaires académiques professionnels (ACBAP) qui aura lieu du 30 mai au 1er juin durant le Congrès des sciences humaines 2017 à Toronto en Ontario, ville située sur le territoire des Haudenosaunee et des Mississaugas de la rivière New Credit.
Cette conférence propose à la communauté des bibliothèques universitaires une occasion de faire l'examen critique et de discuter des façons dont notre profession est influencée par les milieux sociaux, politiques et économiques. En considérant la bibliothéconomie académique dans ses contextes historiques, ses présents, et ses avenirs possibles, et en la situant dans des cadres culturels et des structures de pouvoir en évolution, nous pouvons mieux comprendre les façons dont la bibliothéconomie académique peut réfléchir, renforcer ou remettre en question ces contextes tant positivement que négativement.
La date limite d'envoi des propositions est le 23 décembre 2016.
Courtney Waugh, présidente du programme, firstname.lastname@example.org
Au nom du comité du programme de l'ACBAP17
ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee
Agenda for our Pre-ALA MW Meeting
Location: Adobe Connect (online)
Friday, December 16th, 2017
Start Time: 12/16/2016 12:00PM CST/1:00EST
Duration: 01:00 hour
Access: Anyone who has the URL for the meeting can enter the room
We welcome guests to our open meeting, please join us!
This is a Scholarly Communications Investigations (SCI) post! Social Networking Sites for Researchersby Raymond Pun on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:26 pm
This is a Scholarly Communications Investigations (SCI) post!
By bringing you these posts, the STS Scholarly Communications Committee hopes to promote discussion and facilitate the professional development of STS members in the broad area of scholarly communications. The posts are written by our committee members (or volunteers from the STS librarian community) and automatically archived on the STS discussion list archive.
We are indebted to the STS Discovery & Access Committee and their “Inside Science Resources” initiative for inspiring our SCI Project!
Today, there are growing numbers of social networking sites available for researchers to share their research. From Mendeley to Academia.edu to ResearchGate, these sites allow users to:
1. Disseminate research to the web which can lead to branding and visibility of one's own research in a particular field. This can also lead to an increase in readership and citation counts as well.
2. Discover new research topics or find specific research papers that can be available through these sites. Users of these social media resources can share ideas, collaborate with new colleagues on similar topics of interest and foster an online community in these research areas.
Similar to Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, they support the process of sharing and promoting one's activities. However, Academia.edu, ResearchGate and similar sites focus on supporting and disseminating research content with specific features for academic purposes. They are free sites with no academic affiliations, and encourage interactions between scholars from around the world.
Here are some highlights for two popular social networking sites for researchers: Academia.edu and ResearchGate:
Academia.edu- is a free site that serves almost like a repository. Although it has a ".edu" at the end, it is a commercial enterprise and not an educational institution site. Users can create a profile, account, a university affiliation and upload or download papers from other profile pages. If papers are not uploaded, one can request to have the paper sent by the author/contributor. The site can also keep track of how many times the paper has been downloaded. One interesting aspect of this site is that it keeps track of visitors who have seen your profile and indicates where they are coming from. This kind of tracking can demonstrate how your work can be disseminated across different parts of the world. The site is much more used by humanities scholars.
ResearchGate- is a free site that users can create an account to upload their papers into the site. Like Academia.edu, it also allows users to find and download other papers if they have been uploaded. The site can also keep track of how many times your profile has been viewed; how many times your papers have been read and cited. The citation tracking can be useful to find out which papers have cited your work and you can go directly into the scholar's account if they have one. Once an unpublished work has been uploaded, the site can generate a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) which can allow users to find the source of the work online more easily and readily. So far only ResearchGate has this feature. The site is much more used by scientists and social scientists.
These interactive sites can generate visibility for any new scholar or graduate student. This can be an innovative way to make new connections and draw on new research. However, some challenges can be posed when using these sites. Many scholars do not know that their published works tend to have an embargo or copyright agreement with the publisher. Thus, it is not recommended to post new published articles into these sites as they can violate copyright agreements with the publisher or vendor. Universities have already been dealing with some of these challenges and recommend alternative ways to support this kind of process.
One way is to publish materials in an open access or open source publication. This can allow the authors to upload their files into the profile sites more fluidly without any legal constraints. Another way is looking at institutional repositories (IR). A growing number of university libraries have their own IRs ,and affiliated scholars can deposit their materials into the IRs and then link it back to these sites. We see that there are more and more social networking sites appearing to get the attention of busy researchers.
It is highly recommended for research/academic librarians to proactively engage with scholars by showing the possibilities and limits of these sites. They can be fun to use but there are some challenges to consider when using these sites.
For more information:
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/
Jordan, K. 2014. Academics and their online networks: exploring the role of academic social networking sites. First Monday, 19 (11). http://dx.doi.org/10.5210/ fm.v19i11.4937
Author of this post:
Raymond Pun, First Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno
All SCI posts are archived on the STS discussion list archive (you may need to use your ALA login): [http://lists.ala.org/sympa/arc/sts-l]. Please contact a member of the SCI Planning Team if you have comments or suggestions... or to volunteer to write a post!
SCI Planning Team:
Peter Zuber (email@example.com)
Ray Pun (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The deadline for ALCTS Exchange proposals is Friday, December 9—submit your proposal now!
Take part in the first-ever, fully online, interactive forum from ALCTS by submitting a proposal for the ALCTS Exchange.
The ALCTS Exchange Working Group welcomes proposals for the May 2017 virtual event that highlight the innovation happening in the profession as well as reflect on the progress made in past decades. Proposal topics should be relevant to the overarching theme, Embracing the Past, Building the Future, as well as the daily themes for each session.
Proposals will be evaluated on the following four points:
- Relevance to the Exchange’s Themes and Audience
- Opportunities for Learning
- Opportunities for Audience Interaction
- Diversity and Inclusion
The deadline for proposals is December 9, and proposal submitters will be notified by early February 2017.
Ready to submit your proposal? Submit using the Presentation Proposal Form.
Still have questions about the submission process and what the ALCTS Exchange Working Group is looking for?
View the ALCTS Exchange: Preparing a Persuasive Proposal webinar, and get an in-depth look at what it takes to produce a solid proposal.