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Library 2.015 Spring Summit
Join us on April 30th, 2015 for the Library 2.015 Spring Summit - The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning, a half-day conversation about technology issues and trends in the future of library and information services. The Spring Summit will be held from 12pm - 3pm US Pacific / 3pm - 6pm US Eastern, and is designed to complement the fifth annual Library 2.015 Worldwide Virtual Conference on October 20th, 2015. Facebook | Twitter | Google+
The technology landscape changes rapidly, and these changes have economic, social, and ethical significance for individuals, organizations, and the entire world. The Emerging Future: Technology and Learning brings focus to the planning skills that are needed, the issues that are involved, and the current trends as we explore the potential impact of technological innovations.
This interactive session on future technology trends will present key issues faced by information professionals and educators. A goal of the Spring Summit is to provide a forum to learn about and discuss ways to prepare for the future, both professionally and organizationally. The 3-part presentation will include:
Part 1: Chasing Storms or Rainbows?
A keynote panel looks at the effects of emerging technologies on current and future learning trends.
Part 2: In the Know
A special session with three topics in succession:
- How to plan and fund new technologies with Mary Alice Ball
- How to stay up to date with new technologies with Tina Jagersen
- A drill down on the key impact areas of new technologies with Samantha Adams Becker
Part 3: The Here and Now
A closing panel discussion on technology and social media trends.
in Vote for the 2015 ALA Annual Ignite sessions
Description: The Circulation Department in the Chesnutt Library at Fayetteville State University first piloted and then implemented a low cost, web-based tool called “Gimlet” to record statistics on all encounters at its Public Services units.
The system replaced an outmoded and inaccurate pen-and-paper statistics system. After using Gimlet, all the Public Services divisions (Circulation, Reference, & Archives) are able to contribute towards the improvement of overall library services. Gimlet is an easy statistics tracker and knowledge base tool that allows libraries to staff their desks wisely. This presentation details the features, strengths and limitations of Gimlet.
Presenter: Velappan Velappan
Types of libraries:
- Research Library
- Community College
- Adult Services
- Research and Statistics
- Reference Services
- Public Services
- Information Commons
in RUSA Board of Directors (Reference and User Services Association)
in GODORT Legislation Committee (Government Documents Round Table)
in RUSA Board of Directors (Reference and User Services Association)
Hello RUSA Board members!
The RUSA Strategic Plan Coordinating Task Force has had several telephone meetings since our big strategic planning day on Friday, January 30 during ALA Midwinter in Chicago. Our most recent was yesterday, March 30.
We are at a point where we feel ready to share a draft document for review by the board. Please see the attached document. Comments are very welcome. Please share right here in this ALA Connect thread. This draft comes as a result of taking the documents that came out of our full day session, then incorporating member priorities that had been already identified in the RUSA Review survey and report back in summer/fall 2014.
If you weren't with us in Chicago in January 2015 for the board's strategic planning session, I've tried to provide some helpful context by writing an overview of what took place there in the most recent RUSA Update (March 2015). See the President's Column, Strategic Planning Update:
Thank you all on the RUSA Board for the time and energy you've already committed toward making this a strong plan that will guide our association for the next 3 years (at least)! We're not done yet however, so please do share your thoughts.
I'm feeling very good about the progress that we've made thus far, and absolutely must thank again the task force members: Anne Houston (chair), Chris Le Beau, Erin Rushton, Jennifer Boettcher, Liane Taylor, and Kathleen Kern.
Are you interested in taking on an important new role within ALCTS? Consider applying to be a part of the newly established Sudden Selectors Guide series editorial board. Applications to fill two new positions on the board continue to be accepted through Friday, March 27. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!
The ALCTS Collection Management Section Publications Committee seeks two individuals to join long-term editor Helene Williams on the editorial board of the Sudden Selectors Guide series (http://www.ala.org/alcts/resources/collect/collmgt/ssg). Editors appointed this year will serve for either a one or three year term in order to establish staggered appointment terms.
Applications are due by Friday, March 27, 2015.
Editors of the Sudden Selectors Guide series work as a three-member board, reporting to the CMS Publications Committee. The primary responsibility of the Editors is to work with authors contributing to the Sudden Selectors Guide series, from the proposal to finished manuscript stages.
Specific tasks include but are not limited to:
- Recruit potential authors for subjects agreed upon by CMS Publications Committee
- Work with authors at all stages of process to:
- Develop proposals that meet ALCTS and CMS guidelines for manuscripts
- Provide feedback on and manage timeline for manuscript writing
- Provide developmental editing
- Seek and manage inside (CMS Publications Committee) readers
- Seek and manage outside readers
- Coordinate activities with other editors and ALCTS Publications (Christine McConnell)
- Work with ALCTS Publications on final manuscript editing and galley proof process
- Meet virtually with other Editors prior to Midwinter and Annual conferences
- Attend virtual CMS Publications Midwinter meeting
- Coordinate with Co-Editors to ensure attendance, on a rotating basis, at the CMS Publications Committee at ALA Annual
- Provide update reports for Midwinter and Annual meetings
- Contribute productively to discussions of future directions and needs of the Sudden Selectors Guide series
Term of appointment is for three years, and is renewable once. Until staggered appointment terms are established, initial appointment may be for fewer than three years. ALCTS provides a stipend of $1800 to support conference attendance in the third year of appointment.
Editors are ex-officio members of the CMS Publications Committee.
- Current ALCTS-CMS member. (Applications will be accepted from non-members, but appointment is contingent upon joining.)
- Experience editing manuscripts for publication
- In-depth selecting and collection management experience
- Proven project management skills and a strong commitment to producing timely, quality publications
- Track record of professional publication
- Ability to work in collaboration with co-editors, CMS Publications Committee members, and ALCTS Publications
- Active in professional organizations, either library or discipline-related
To apply, send a cover letter detailing your interest in serving as an Editor for the Sudden Selectors Guide series and your previous editing experience, your CV, and the names and contact information of two or more references who are familiar with your work as an editor and selector/collection manager to:
Emily Prather-Rodgers, Chair, ALCTS-CMS Publications Committee
Please combine all application documents into a single PDF file and format your subject line as SSG Editor application/YourLastName.
in ALA Diversity Council (COD Sub-Committee)
ALA Diversity Council, the representative body for ALA and ALA-affiliated organizations that promote the needs of traditionally underrepresented groups, compiles a list each year of members of our constituent organizations who are running for ALA Council.
These organizations include:
- American Indian Library Association (AILA)
- Asian Pacific Librarians Association (APALA)
- Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA)
- Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA)
- REFORMA (the national association to promote library and information services to Latinos and the Spanish speaking)
- Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Round Table (GLBTRT), and
- the following interest groups of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA):
- Alzheimer's & Related Dementias Interest Group
- LSSP (Libraries Serving Special Populations) Bridging Deaf Cultures @ your library Interest Group
- LSSP (Libraries Serving Special Populations) Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
- LSSP Universal Access Interest Group.
Below is a list of self-identified members of our organizations running for ALA Council in the 2014 election. We encourage you to support our colleagues who share a commitment to diversity.
Chair, ALA Diversity Council
Buenaventura "Ven" Basco
Elizabeth Jean Brumfield
Lauren Andrea Comito
Trevor A. Dawes
Megan Elizabeth Drake
Eboni M. Henry
Rodney Eugene Lippard
Pauline D Manaka
John Turner Masland
Henry C Mensch
Joy E. Millam
Virginia B. (Ginny) Moore
Martha A. Parker
Kimberly A. Patton
Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada
Celise A. Reech-Harper
John C Sandstrom
Pat (Tea) Toney
Vance D. Wyatt
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“Cataloging Special Formats for the Child in All of Us Using RDA and MARC21,” a preconference from the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), will provide practical information on the descriptive cataloging of a variety of children's materials. Join your colleagues from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. This preconference is intended for catalogers and other technical services librarians and staff from academic, special, public, and school libraries that have special formats. Registration is now open through the 2015 ALA Annual Conference website.
Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include using tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA.
The following children's materials types will be covered:
books with accompanying material in a special format
two-dimensional materials such as pictures and flash cards
Speakers: Jay Weitz, senior consulting database specialist, OCLC Online Computer Library Center; Julie Renee Moore, catalog librarian for special collections and special formats, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno
Julie Renee Moore is the catalog librarian for special collections and special formats at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. She has a BA in Anthropology and German from the Ball State University and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Ms. Moore is an active member of OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers, Inc.), currently working on two OLAC CAPC (Cataloging Policy Committee) task forces responsible for writing the Best Practices for Cataloging DVD and Blu-ray Discs Using RDA and MARC21 and the Best Practices for Cataloging Video Games Using RDA and MARC21.
Jay Weitz is senior consulting database specialist at OCLC and was previously assistant catalog librarian at Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. He has a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania, an MLS from Rutgers University, and an MA in Education from Ohio State University. He is the author of “Cataloger's Judgment,” both editions of “Music Coding and Tagging” and the cataloging Q&A columns of the Music OCLC Users Group Newsletter and the Online Audiovisual Catalogers Newsletter. He serves as OCLC Liaison to numerous groups.
Register through the ALA Annual Conference web site. Add the preconference to your conference registration, or register for the preconference alone. The price of this full-day preconference is: $219 for ALCTS members (use special code ALCTS2015); $269 ALA for members, $319 for non-members. A continental breakfast and light refreshments during breaks will be provided. Event Code: ALC4
For questions or comments related to this event, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education and Program Manager at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5034 or email@example.com.
Sponsored by ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section's (CaMMS) Cataloging of Children's Materials Committee. Cosponsored by Online Audiovisual Catalogers (OLAC).
See the ALCTS conference website for information about other ALCTS events, including preconferences on best practices for cataloging videos, real world linked data, coding for efficiencies for cataloging and metadata, and challenges with managing streaming media for academic libraries.
ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.