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in ALA Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries of All Kinds Committee
FYI from ATALM:
Tribal members who are engaged in language programs may apply for funding to attend the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM 2015) in Washington, DC from September 9-15. Applicants who partner with archives, libraries, or museums receive priority.
Scholarships range from $300 to $950. June 15 is the deadline for applying, with announcements made on or before July 1. More information and a link to the scholarship applications is available at http://www.atalm.org/node/321.
in ALA Chapter Relations Committee
May 5, 2015
This agenda discussion will continue through the 2015 Annual Conference.
Meetings of the Chapter Relations Committee are open. The CRC schedule and other Chapters-related events are on the website, including locations.
in Strategic Planning
Over the next six months, members, committees, divisions, round tables, chapters, and affiliates will be working on ALA’s next strategic plan and new strategic directions. This community has been established so we can share our thinking with you and you can reflect, comment and contribute as we work through the process. Here we will post relevant documents and updates as we engage in lively conversation about advocacy, information policy and professional and leadership development strategic directions. We need everyone's voice - so please join the discussion!
The file folders for this strategic planning community contain key documents for your reference. These include:
- Background Documents: An overview of the Planning Process and the 1) advocacy, 2) information policy and 3) professional and leadership development strategic directions
- A Planning Forum Discussion Guide with discussion questions for committees, divisions, round tables, interest groups, chapters and affiliates.
- The report from the joint ALA-Division Leadership Planning Session in Fall of 2014
- Planning Updates (issued from time to time)
- Reports from Planning discussions and forums
in RUSA RSS (Reference Services Section)
in AASL (The American Association of School Librarians)
Although I've been a member of the ALA and AASL for two years, this is the first time I've taken advantage of these forums. I will be leaving my current position in six weeks and moving to a different school library. I found out yesterday that there is no plan to replace my Media Specialist position, but the library will still exist. Has anyone prepared a collection for this? Does anyone have some advice I can use to put my remaining time toward something meaningful besides just a final inventory?
Thank you in advance for your answers and insight.
John E. Byrnes
Media and Technology Integration Specialist 7-12, St. Peter Middle and High School, St. Peter, MN
in Cataloging Norms Interest Group (ALCTS CaMMS)
The Cataloging Norms Interest Group will meet in Moscone Convention Center 122(N), 10:30-11:30 AM, on Saturday, June 27. The interest group meeting will include the following three presentations:
Describing Resources with BIBFRAME at the National Library of Medicine
Nancy J. Fallgren, Metadata Specialist Librarian, National Library of Medicine
NLM has been collaborating with George Washington University, University of California, Davis, and Zepheira to draft an experimental common, core BIBFRAME data model and vocabulary that would be useful for bibliographic cataloging and beyond. With the draft at a comfortable level of completeness, we are using that BIBFRAME model in further experiments to convert existing description from a variety of XML schema and to catalog new bibliographic materials using RDA rules. Our experiment with conversion of legacy description revolves around resources at NLM that are by or about Nobel Prize winning scientist Marshall W. Nirenberg. The new cataloging of bibliographic materials is focused on generating description for Works and Instances/Manifestations.
This presentation will discuss the status of NLM’s practical experimentation using BIBFRAME for resource description, including some examples, and discussion of tools we are using and/or planning to use.
Skill Sets for Technical Services Staff
Roman S. Panchyshyn, Assistant Professor, Kent State University
As the nature of the work in technical services changes, technical services managers and library administrators need to evaluate and project what type of skill sets must be added or changed to meet the needs of future projects and workflows. My presentation will identify eight areas of competence, or skill sets, which will need to be present in technical services for the department to remain viable during the period of transition from current cataloging practices to a linked data environment. The presentation will be given from a management perspective, outlining the need for establishing a training timetable, prioritizing skill set training, and justifying the costs and resources necessary for training to library administration.
The presentation will be based on my book chapter, recently accepted for publication, in the monograph titled: Creating the 21st Century Academic Library: Volume 6: Rethinking Technical Services, edited by Bradford Lee Eden.
What Can We Do about Our Legacy?
Diane Hillmann, RDA Development Team
Underlying many of the recent conversations about new options for description is the fear that we could lose access to our legacy of MARC records, or compromise the transition from MARC to RDA sufficiently that we lose the value of those records. There are options for bringing that data with us as we move ahead, but there will need to be better understanding of what those options might be and how to make appropriate decisions for individual libraries or consortia for those conversations to proceed effectively.
Decisions will need to accommodate current discovery systems, continuing needs for ILS systems for acquisitions and circulation, and IT resources available to individualize options for particular libraries, etc. The notion of pursuing ‘integration’ of MARC and RDA records, using the RDA fields brought into MARC, is often brought up, prompted by the early decisions of the RDA effort to pursue a ‘middle ground’ option, but better understanding of what is really different about RDA has made that option less attractive.
The process of making decisions about those options requires that catalogers, systems librarians and administrators understand the implication of these decisions, rather than follow the herd towards a common decision—assuming that any common path could be defined and made credible.
Diane Hillmann, for many years a cataloger and tech services manager, and now a member of the RDA Development Team, will discuss the issues around these decisions, and suggest possible paths for librarians.
in ACRL CJCLS Conference Program Planning -- Orlando, 2016 Committee (Community and Junior College Libraries Section)
The role of my library seems to have in retention here at Hutchinson Community College (KS) mostly involves accessibility of resources and services and quality instruction. We are transitioning from the North Central's AQIP accrediting process to its Open Pathways initiative and institutional conversations seem to point to how accessible library resources are for online and other off-campus students and quality instruction. Now the latter tends to emphasize classroom instruction but we have a less formal role in that to train students regarding qualify and diversity of information forms, uses, and access. So for retention, how easy is it for students to access library resources, how do you teach students to use library resources, and ...to a lesser degree... how strong are your collections. The only direct collection strength standards are tied primarily to independent accrediting agencies for technical education programs.
in Strategic Planning
May 26, 2015
Dear ALA Colleagues:
I am pleased to forward for your consideration a new proposed strategic framework and plan for the American Library Association (ALA), http://connect.ala.org/node/239337, which has been submitted by the ALA Executive Board for consideration and approval by ALA Council at our upcoming Annual Conference in San Francisco.
Over the last two years, we have talked with members about their aspirations for our Association and for libraries, and about how we might best achieve these aspirations. These conversations have involved dozens of member “kitchen table” groups, chapter forums, virtual town hall meetings, divisions, round tables, committees, affiliates, and ALA Council and the ALA-wide Planning and Budget Assembly. The attached plan reflects a synthesis of these conversations, and the many thoughtful comments and suggestions we received.
As President, I am pleased that the proposed plan reflects ALA’s continuing commitment to literacy, intellectual freedom, diversity, equity of access, the improvement of library services for all, and the promotion of public policies which protect and increase access to information.
The plan builds on our organizational values and the key action areas, which have been approved by ALA Council as programmatic priorities on an annual basis. Within this framework, the strategic directions and their attendant goals and strategies represent areas of intense focus for the next 3-5 years. The goals articulate the outcomes we would like to achieve and answer the question: “what would success look like?” The strategies articulate how we would move toward the achievement of these goals.
For each of the strategic directions – Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional and Leadership Development - key stakeholders, including Council committees, divisions, round tables, chapters and affiliates have helped develop implementation plans that further outline objectives supporting each strategy and specific tactics to achieve these objectives. While the goals and strategies are more long term, the objectives and tactics will be updated on an ongoing basis as part of a continuous process of assessment and evaluation, and will be reflected in the Association’s annual action plans and budget priorities.
I hope you are as excited about the new strategic plan as I am. Given the challenges and opportunities facing libraries today, we believe that our new plan and strategic directions will
help us build a stronger Association - and stronger libraries for all.
For more information on the strategic directions and the implementation plans, as well as planning forums and conversations, see http://connect.ala.org/strategicplanning. Your comments, questions and suggestions are also invited.
in GODORT Government Information for Children
...Hope you had a great holiday! Attached is what I have for the agenda at this point. Feel free to contact Connie or me with additions / clarifications.
Connie and I are excited about continuing the great work we started and embarking with you on some new initiatives as well (Emerging Leaders - Federal Citizens Information Center).
Again, let us know if you have questions.
Talk to you soon; take care.
Connie & Tom
Connie H. Williams
National Board Certified