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in AASL ESLS (Educators of School Librarians Section)
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is a vital outlet for disseminating school library research to the broader educational community. AERA has a Special Interest Group dedicated to school library research: Research, Education, Information, and School Libraries (REISL). AERA is a key venue for disseminating our research.
We have recently learned that if we do not increase membership in the SIG, it will be dissolved effective September 30, 2014. Therefore we are asking you to consider joining AERA and the REISL SIG. To join, please go to http://www.aera.net/Membership/JoinorRenew/tabid/10230/Default.aspx. During the process, select the Research, Education, Information and School Libraries SIG (#166). Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for lending your support in keeping school library research part of the broader educational conversation.
AERA REISL SIG Chair (2014-2015)
in AASL Affiliate Assembly
Hello Affiliate Assembly,
This is a friendly reminder that concerns and commendations are due to your regional representatives no later than May 15th. Regional representatives will then pass your reports along to the Affiliate Assembly Chair who will prepare them for the approval process at ALA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. All of the information that you need is available on the AASL website here:
If you are unsure of who your regional representative is, or how to contact them, please send your reports directly to me (email@example.com) and I will make sure they get into the right hands.
in New Members Round Table (NMRT) Board and Committee Chairs
In order to submit your progress report, please add a comment at the bottom of this post rather than creating a separate post or document for your report. This way, it will be easy for the Secretary to find the report and make sure it is linked with the list below:
- NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee
- Annual Conference Local Information Committee
- Annual Conference Professional Development Attendance Award Committee
- Association Options Fair Committee
- Endnotes Committee
- Handbook Committee
- Liaison Coordination & Support
- LLAMA/NMRT Joint Committee on Collaboration
- Membership Pavilion Committee
- Membership, Promotion, Diversity and Recruitment Committee
- Mentoring Committee
- Midwinter Social Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Online Discussion Forum
- Orientation Committee
- President's Program
- Resume Review Service Committee
- Shirley Olofson Memorial Award Committee
- Student Chapter of the Year Award (SCOTYA) Committee
- Student Reception Committee
- Student and Student Chapter Outreach Committee (SASCO)
- Vice Presidential Planning Committee
- Web Committee
in ASCLA Consortium Management Interest Group
I am still accepting proposals for our meeting at ALA Annual in Las Vegas. Our meeting will be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in room N101. This year, I would like to propose a meeting that focuses on how consortia are dealing with demand driven services (ebooks, print, articles, etc.). If you would like to present on this topic, please provide an abstract, title, and a brief bio of yourself. We only have an hour scheduled for our meeting so please limit your presentation to 10-15 minutes. Already scheduled is:
Cara Orban fromMontanaLibrary2Go presenting: "Sharing Resources and Responsibilities in Montana"
I would like to leave about 10 minutes of the hour to talk about possible formal programming to offer in 2015. Also, another item to consider is whether we should organize a virtual meeting and/or program in lieu of an in-person meeting at mid-winter (we stopped meeting there several years ago).
Finally, one last discussion I am proposing is attracting membership to this group. Also, how do we engage groups that may not be considered a formal consortium?
Any other ideas are welcome!! You can add to the discussion here or email me directly firstname.lastname@example.org.
in PLA Committee Chairs (Public Library Association)
ALA Executive Board
Spring & Fall Meetings
2014 – 2020
All meetings held at ALA Headquarters in Chicago
Spring Meeting April 11 – 13
Fall Meeting October 24 – 26
Spring Meeting April 17 – 19
Fall Meeting October 23 – 25
Spring Meeting April 15 – 17
Fall Meeting October 21 – 23
Spring Meeting April 7 – 9
Fall Meeting October 27 – 29
Spring Meeting April 20 – 22
Fall Meeting October 26 – 28
Spring Meeting April 5 – 7
Fall Meeting October 25 – 27
Spring Meeting April 3 – 5
Fall Meeting October 23 - 25
*2014, 2015 and 2016 dates were approved at the 2008 Spring Executive Board Meeting.
in ALA Committee on Diversity (COD)
Please see Barbara's request below.
Let me know who who you would recommend. It's fine, of course, to nominate yourself! Our nominees should plan to represent the concerns of COD, not the body that you mostly represent on COD.
Please let me know by Wednesday morning, so that I can give a couple of names to Barbara by Wednesday evening.
TASK FORCE ON EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION
Charge: The Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will develop a plan and strategic actions to build more equity, diversity, and inclusion among our members, the field of librarianship, and our communities. The most important Task Force outcome is the public and honest conversation that will be generated by its plan and recommended actions.
The Task Force will be appointed in the spring of 2014 for a term to last through Annual Conference 2016. The work of the Task Force should commence immediately once the Task Force is formed, so that programs and opportunities can be planned for the Las Vegas Annual Conference in 2014 if possible.
The following areas provide a framework for the Task Force plan, with other ideas to be provided by the Task Force itself:
1) Develop programs and other opportunities for members to learn about and engage in the issue;
2) Build strong advocacy and awareness at ALA meetings and conferences;
3) Use the Orlando conference as a platform to provoke a national dialogue;
4) Collaborate with local Black and Hispanic/Latino community members and organizations in Orlando to determine the best ways for ALA members to be supportive of them. This will include compilation of a list of African-American and Hispanic/Latino businesses in Orlando for ALA members to patronize;
5) Develop communications directed toward the public;
6) Support efforts by ALA to reach out to national organizations with vested interest in fighting racism and all forms of discrimination and in increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in our society, as reflected in ALA Policy on Diversity B.3 (e.g., NAACP, La Raza, Urban League);
7) Develop an assessment plan to measure the impact of Task Force efforts.
The Task Force will communicate its plan and actions to ALA membership before each Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference during the term of the Task Force. The Task Force will submit a final report based on analysis of actions and outcomes, with recommendations for ensuring that a continuing focus on equity, diversity, and inclusion is embedded throughout the ALA organization.
The membership of the Task Force will be inclusive of the following perspectives:
- ALA Executive Board
- ALA Council
- ASCLA and Accessibility Assembly
- ALA Committee on Diversity and Diversity Council
- ALA Chapter Relations Committee
- GLBTRT Roundtable
in ACRL Digital Curation Interest Group
Dear DCIG Members,
Please join us for our next webinar "Practical Data Management"
Speaker: Dr. Kristin Briney, Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Description: Most researchers are not trained on how to manage digital data, let alone deal with the data policies, digital preservation, and data sharing systems that are a data curator’s main concern. While curation is important, there are some very practical things that any researcher can do to make their data safer and more organized. This talk will cover these fundamentals of data management, including: file naming and file organization conventions, storage and backup best practices, keeping good documentation, and promoting future file usability. These practices will help the average researcher with their data but are also useful to anyone with digital files.
Date: 4/30/2014 2PM CST; 60 minutes long (Noon PST, 3PM EST)
Event Registration Page: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e28v33its8g/event/registration.html
Event Login Page: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/e28v33its8g/event/login.html
Access: Only registered users may enter the room (guest access is blocked). Limit of 100 attendees (including speakers)
Note: Please do not access the meeting link above prior to 15 minutes before the start time as you may interrupt another meeting.