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Should Graphic Novels Have Their Own Award?

by Alee Navarro (staff) on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 06:19 pm
in Vote for the 2015 ALA Annual Conversation Starters

Description: The panel will discuss the merits and concerns of creating a book award specifically for graphic literature. Featuring Printz Award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang; Senior Librarian, Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library Candice Mack; cartoonist and Kids’ Comics Revolution! co-founder Dave Roman; K-8 Media Specialist and Caldecott Committee member Laura Given; and Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Charles Brownstein.

Description: The panel will discuss the merits and concerns of creating a book award specifically for graphic literature. Featuring Printz Award-winning cartoonist Gene Luen Yang; Senior Librarian, Teen Services, Los Angeles Public Library Candice Mack; cartoonist and Kids’ Comics Revolution! co-founder Dave Roman; K-8 Media Specialist and Caldecott Committee member Laura Given; and Executive Director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) Charles Brownstein. Panel moderated by K-8 Teacher-Librarian & Black Eyed Susan Graphic Novel committee member Rebecca Oxley.

Presenter: Rebecca Oxley

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Student
  • State Library
  • School / Media Center
  • Public
  • Middle School
  • Library School
  • High School
  • Elementary School
  • Association

Subjects:

  • Advocacy
  • Young Adult Literature
  • Diversity
  • Collection Development
  • Children's Literature

Additional comments: Topics will include the still-fluid definition of the format, the impact of graphic novels on American readership, criteria for excellence and guidelines for selection, which readers an award would be for, and what awards already exist for the graphic novel format. We’ll be asking some of the hard questions in one conversation: why isn’t there already an award for graphic novels, and, is a separate award for the graphic novel format really needed? Get ready for a diverse array of perspectives.

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Discussion Updated documenent uploaded

by Vanessa Nutter on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 11:10 am
in AASL Underserved Student Populations Task Force

Hi ladies,

How is everyone doing?

I've found some interesting articles and added notes to our charge questions from those readings.

I've uploaded it as a Word document so that you all can add information as you find it. 

Best,

Vanessa

Discussion Joining the MIG

by Melissa Cardenas-Dow on Mon, Mar 9, 2015 at 12:32 pm
in Diversity Member Interest Group

What is a MIG exactly?

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is short-term group within ALA that is focused on topical concerns and issues. A MIG is member-created, member-driven, and member-continued. A MIG exists because ALA members support its existance. A MIG can not assume responsibilities of other, more established groups and units. (for more, please see: http://www.ala.org/groups/mcoms/migs)

What is a MIG exactly?

A Membership Initiative Group (MIG) is short-term group within ALA that is focused on topical concerns and issues. A MIG is member-created, member-driven, and member-continued. A MIG exists because ALA members support its existance. A MIG can not assume responsibilities of other, more established groups and units. (for more, please see: http://www.ala.org/groups/mcoms/migs)

The Diversity MIG was created to provide an organizational home for those who are interested in furthering diversity, equity and inclusion within ALA. Our purpose differs slightly from other ALA bodies that attempt to deal with the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. We are attempting to provide a community of practice to help our members learn more about the issues that deal with diversity, equity and inclusion. Through activities that we do, I hope to nurture a community that is committed to supporting members in their learning and outlook, with the hope that we each take what we learn to our individual locales. For more info please see the About Us of the Diversity Member Interest Group. What we do here, at the ALA Diversity MIG, is to meant to provide feedback to the ALA Committee on Diversity and the Task Force on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

Do you need to sign up to become a member of the group?

Yes. The sign up necessary is joining us on this ALA Connect Community!

Would the work require attending Annual and/or Midwinter?

No. We will have events during the conferences, but the bulk of our activity will be conducted virtually. We need to focus our virtual activity on ALA Connect, but I hope to branch out to other virtual spaces as needed.

Would work be done virtually?

Yes, mostly! The biggest bulk of work at the moment is participation. Please post an introduction, respond to queries (from me and other members), share activities on diversity, equity and inclusion done in other ALA units, and participate in MIG activities as much as possible. 

 

~Melissa

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Discussion Music Programming in Public Libraries

by Kristine Nelsen on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 02:33 pm
in PLA (Public Library Association)

As the Music Library Association's liaison to PLA, I wanted to share a program that is being presented at the MLA's annual conference in Atlanta February 26-March 2. Speakers Laurie Bailey, John Smalley, and myself will be presenting "Music Programming and Partnerships at Public Libraries."  This presentation will focus on sharing the diversity of musical activities taking place in public libraries.

As the Music Library Association's liaison to PLA, I wanted to share a program that is being presented at the MLA's annual conference in Atlanta February 26-March 2. Speakers Laurie Bailey, John Smalley, and myself will be presenting "Music Programming and Partnerships at Public Libraries."  This presentation will focus on sharing the diversity of musical activities taking place in public libraries.

If your library has a music related program you are especially proud of, or if you have entered into any unique partnerships with local music organizations, we would love to know more. We are also interested in any opportunities you provide for patrons to engage in their own musical pursuits. We know there's a lot of creative and exciting programming going on out there, and we'd like to share it.

Thanks.

Kristie Nelsen

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Online Doc Streaming Video Custom Search Engines

by Scott Spicer on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 01:12 pm
in VRT (Video Round Table)

Hi Everyone,

Do you ever get frustrated trying to figure out which educational media vendor(s) or service(s) might be hosting a specific video title?  I do.

Do you ever get tired of having to dig through a thicket of freely available, high quality sources to find a decent video clip on a specific facet or title (well, perhaps not since you are likely a librarian/media professional)... still maybe a boost of carefully curated, quality open resources would help, eh?

Hi Everyone,

Do you ever get frustrated trying to figure out which educational media vendor(s) or service(s) might be hosting a specific video title?  I do.

Do you ever get tired of having to dig through a thicket of freely available, high quality sources to find a decent video clip on a specific facet or title (well, perhaps not since you are likely a librarian/media professional)... still maybe a boost of carefully curated, quality open resources would help, eh?

I created the following 2 Google Custom Search Engines, inspired by the Digital Video Collections Guide, to help refine these search types.  Note: I have dabbled just a little bit on this project, so it is by no means perfect (or comprehensive).  That said, though maybe not the most ideal for federated streaming search, I have found these tools useful for my purposes, maybe you will as well.  Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below or let me know directly. 

Google Search 101 Tips: 1) For specific title searching you may want to use "". I do this by default now.  2) Depending on the facet, YouTube often [unfairly] dominates the results (go figure!), so to surface other amazing resources (like CultureUnplugged or SNAGFilms), go ahead and delimit YouTube (-YouTube). 3) I added CanIstreamit? to the license search. The results are very spotty, so no promises (but sometimes it's nice know if a title is available via a popular PayPerView/free streaming service or a cable provider). 

This is still very alpha.  The specific sites used in these CSE's are listed below.  I reserve the right to add or change these filtered resources at anytime, and will likely continue to tweak.  I may also create additional CSE's or link to those created by others.  If I do so, this page will be updated to reflect changes.

Best,

Scott Spicer
Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian
Past Chair, Video Round Table
University of Minnesota Libraries
spic0016@umn.edu


Many Licensed and Popular Educational Media Streaming Sites
http://tinyurl.com/isitstreaming

Open Streaming Video Resources
http://tinyurl.com/openvideoresources

Specific Resources Included:

Many Licensed and Popular Educational Media Streaming Sites

NJVid
Ambrose Digital
Kanopy Streaming
Films On Demand
Alexander Street Press
Docuseek2
New Day Digital
Culture Unplugged
SnagFilms
PBS (general)
Psyctherapy (St. John's Guide)
National Film Board of Canada
CanIStreamIt?
Folkstreams
Hulu
YouTube Movies

Open Streaming Video Resources

Academic Earth
Adviews
Al Jazeera (Creative Commons)
American Experience
American Indian Film Gallery
American Memory (LOC)
American Rhetoric
Annenberg Media Program Archive
Archealogy Channel
Archive of American Television
ARKive
A.R.T 21
BBC History of the World in 100 Objects
BBC Online Media
British Pathé (YouTube)
CDC TV
Cineteca (University of Chile)
C-SPAN Video Library
Civil Rights Digital Library
CNN Video Almanac
Creative Commons Video Sites
Critical Commons
Culture Unplugged
Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) Video Collections
Europeana
EUscreen
Euscreen (Creative Commons)
EVIA Digital Archive Project - Ethnographic Video for Instruction & Analysis
Folkstreams
Frontline
Global Performing Arts Database
The Great Depression Interviews
HEAL: Health Education Assets Library
HealthLibrary Online
HippoCampus
History Channel Video
Hulu
Internet Archive: TV News
Internet Archive: Moving Images
iTunes U
Khan Academy
Learners TV
Med-Mem Mediterranean Memory
Media Burn
Media That Matters Film Festival
Merlot
Mike Wallace, The Interviews
MIT Open Courseware
Movieclips
National Committee for Fluid Mechanics Films (NCFMF)
National Film Board of Canada
National Geographic Video
National Parks Service B-Roll Video
NIHSeniorHealth - Health Information for Older Adults
NOVA
Open Video Project
PBS Learning Media
PBS Great Performances
PBS Video
PopTech
P.O.V. Video
Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Video
Southern Foodways Alliance Documentary Films
ScienceCinema
Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
Society of Biomaterials Video Library
Smithsonian Institution - Collection Search Center
SnagFilms
Stanford Health Video Library
TED: Technology, Entertainment, Design
Thanhouser Films Online
TIB|AV Portal 
TPT MN Video Vault
UC Berkeley Media Resources Center Online Media
UCLA Preserved Silent Animation
UMedia Archive (UMN)
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) Moving Images Collections
USDA Food Safety Videos
USDA Youtube Channel
Veoh
Vimeo
Wellcome Film: Digitizing Medical History
WGBH Lab
WGBH Open Vault
Wikimedia Commons
YouTube Movies
YouTube
University of Minnesota Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies (CHGS) Video Library

Acknowledgements:
Much of the open content collections and compilation has been reproduced with permission, from the Arizona State University "Internet Sites for Streaming Video" Guide: http://libguides.asu.edu/content.php?pid=90855&sid=676587. Many thanks to ASU media librarian, deg farrelly, for his willingness to share this amazing bibliography! Many additional selections and resource descriptions were culled from the LibGuides Community or contributions from VRT membership and media professionals as part of a comprehensive project to identify exemplar digital video collections.

Disclaimers:
This is a prototype I created for my own institutional work, no promises for long term maintenance of this tool.

UMN Libraries is not responsible for any of the content linked from these sites. We cannot guarantee availability of the content they provide, nor assume responsibility for the functionality of these sites. Copyright use understanding is the responsibility of the patron - see the UMN copyright site for more information: http://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/

These Google Custom Search Engines were created using the free (ad supported) version. Your search queries will be captured by Google and quite possibly related partners (e.g., Tinyurl, etc..). With my limited search engine development experience, it appears that I only have access to the total number, date, and most popular search queries entered (Google Analytics appears to be limited to those developers who are using the product for their own sites). As a community good, I may at some point share out general usage stats. and top queries, but will anonymize any identifiable info. (if said info. should become accessible). I have not turned on AdSense and will receive no payment from your use of this search engine. If anything changes, I will make note of it in this section.  

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Discussion Committee Reports, MW2015

by Susan Hornung-IL (staff) on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 09:51 am
in RUSA Board of Directors (Reference and User Services Association)

New committee reports have been added to the RUSA Committee and Section Reports Connect Community. This is the landing page for all reports, which are public:

http://connect.ala.org/node/207988?gh=33368.

 

Best,

Susan Hornung

shornung@ala.org

Discussion More on ACRL...

by John Siegel on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 08:16 am
in Universal Accessibility Interest Group (ACRL)

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

Axel Schmetzke did get back to me and allowed me to share his and his co-presenters' slides on their program dealing with collection development, e-resources, and accessibility. I posted a message on ALA Connect with the slides attached, but Connect seemed to be acting wonky because of the attachments. Just in case the attachments got garbled, please note that you can access the slides via this link, which will take you to a posting on the Libraries for Universal Accessibility (LUA) page:

http://uniaccessig.org/lua/acrl15/
 
Axel wanted a link to share with the audience at ACRL, so I created the LUA post. This post includes a plug for LUA as well as the ACRL, ASCLA, and LITA accessibility interest groups.

I also went through the ACRL conference proceedings, which are posted online individually -- http://www.ala.org/acrl/acrl/conferences/acrl2015/papers. [Note that not all presenters submitted conference proceedings.]


Some items of interest regarding accessibility in the proceedings:

Ebook Showdown: Evaluating Academic Ebook Platforms from a User Perspective -- Christina Mune and Ann Agee

* There is extensive coverage about accessibility of ebook platforms from vendors (ABC CLIO, EBSCO, etc.) including a nice chart that details features such as JAWS (screenreader) compatibility.

Looks Matter: The Impact of Visual and Inclusive Design on Usability, Accessibility, and Online Learning -- Sigrid Anderson Cordell and Melissa Gomis

* Discusses the creation of a plagiarism website with accessibility/universal design in mind.
 
And on a final note...If you were one of the lucky ones to attend ACRL and a program that highlights accessibility, I encourage you to post your notes, thoughts, and/or take-aways. Even if your write-up is brief, this is extremely valuable to others as we work to enhance and promote accessibility in our libraries. One ACRL-goer had mentioned she was going to attend Axel's session and share her comments. (Thanks, Teresa!)

Happy weekend!

John

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John Siegel, MLS | Convener, ACRL Universal Accessibility Interest Group (2014-2015)
Library Instruction Coordinator/Reference Librarian-Assistant Professor
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | Ottenheimer Library | Collections & Archives |
501.682.3536 | jxsiegel@ualr.edu | ualr.edu/library

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