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California Library Association Technical Services Interest Group (CLA TSIG)
Officer transition following CLA Annual Conference (usually held in November)
CLA TSIG (California Library Association)
Chair (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Technical Services Librarian
John F. Kennedy University
Vice Chair, Chair Elect (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
California State University, Fresno
Past Chair (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Technical Services Department Manager
Palos Verdes Library District
310-377-9584 x 242
Sarah Buchanan (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Doctoral Student in Information Studies
University of Texas at Austin
Elaine Franco (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
University of California, Davis
Bie-hwa Ma (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Electronic Resources Cataloging Librarian
UC San Diego Libraries
Sandy Schmitz (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Technical Services Manager
Ventura County Library
Rachel Hanses (Nov. 2013-Nov. 2014)
Director of Library Services
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in ACRL Digital Humanities Discussion Group
Do you have the skills and knowledge to transform how university students and faculty publish and access scholarly information? Are you committed to keeping libraries at the forefront of access to information? If so, we need your cutting edge expertise to provide leadership and vision for the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries’ scholarly communication program and to direct and set priorities for the Libraries’ initiatives and partnerships in digital humanities and data management services. We invite applications from, and nominations of, skilled and motivated professionals for the position of Director of Scholarly Communication.
Required qualifications include a Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and/or a Juris Doctorate Degree from an ABA-accredited program, and expertise and experience in intellectual property and scholarly communication issues in academic libraries, university presses, or higher education.
Preferred qualifications include 5+ years of experience in an academic library or related field; 3+ years professional experience related to scholarly communication, data services or digital humanities; a strong background in copyright; familiarity with research methodologies and publication patterns across a wide variety of disciplines; demonstrated ability to lead change; familiarity with new and emerging tools and methodologies for scholarly publication; knowledge of data issues in the research and knowledge creation lifecycle; 3+ years project or staff supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, subject librarians, archivists, digital project librarians and others; and excellent oral and written communication skills, leadership skills, organizational skills and interpersonal skills.
The Director of Scholarly Communication will serve as an advocate for new and emerging practices in scholarly communication at the University, including playing a role in shaping policies and support for the creation, delivery, and preservation of original digital scholarship produced at UT Arlington. The Director leads education and outreach to faculty and provides guidance to all members of the UT Arlington community on issues related to scholarly publishing, including author rights, open access (OA) publishing, and current and emerging publishing trends. The Director also serves as a resource on copyright compliance, fair use, and other copyright issues, and acts as a partner and resource for librarians and archivists involved in campus conversations on issues related to scholarly communication. The Director will supervise the University’s 2014 CLIR/DLF Fellow in Data Curation for the Sciences and Social Sciences (a two year, nationally competitive fellowship).
The UT Arlington Libraries have a values-driven organizational culture that emphasizes community; learning, discovery and knowledge creation; excellence; risk-taking and innovation; transparency of communication and integrity of action; service; collaboration; and flexibility. A reorganization in 2013 under a new Dean is crafting us into an avant-garde 21st century organization that is moving into a new model of service to our campus constituencies and evolving to bolster UT Arlington's Tier One aspirations.
True to its “Be a Maverick” slogan, UT Arlington attracts bright minds and independent thinkers who achieve distinction in the classroom, laboratory, workplace, and community. UT Arlington embraces an active-learning environment that places students at the center of the learning process. Many of the University’s faculty members are recognized nationally and internationally for their teaching and research expertise as well as their community service.
With our commitment to life-enhancing research, teaching excellence, and service to the community, UT Arlington leads educational services in the heart of the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and is the second largest of the fifteen campuses in the University of Texas System. UT Arlington comprises eleven colleges and schools offering 80 baccalaureate, 71 masters, and 31 doctoral programs to more than 33,500 students. Of UT Arlington’s 125,000 alumni, 88,000 live in North Texas, and their presence helps the University generate a $1 billion annual economic impact on the region.
UT Arlington is proud to have placed highly in several recent national rankings. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the 7th fastest-growing public research University in the United States. The New America Foundation described UT Arlington as a “Next Generation University” — one of only six in the nation. We are known for innovations in education, in the delivery of knowledge, and for leading national reform. U.S. News & World Report listed UT Arlington as the fifth most diverse among national universities — ahead of all others in Texas. This ranking stands as a key indicator of our commitment to diversity and access.
Within a 25-mile radius of the center of Arlington is a dynamic community of over 2 million people. The Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers call the city home, and their stadiums are in the heart of the entertainment district, which includes the Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor theme parks. Arlington is recognized as the entertainment capital of Texas. Arlington is conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth, which feature internationally renowned cultural and arts districts, restaurants, and a vibrant night scene. The nearby Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport is a major hub with nonstop flights to myriad national and international destinations.
Applications and Nominations
Please submit applications at https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/131219010100
and include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for at least three professional references.
Nominations may be made to Kevin Schuck at email@example.com or at Box 19497, Arlington, TX 76019.
Finalists will make a formal presentation to Library staff on a topic to be provided. The successful candidate will be required to work some evening, weekend and holiday hours. This is a non-tenure track position.
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Education and Behavioral Sciences Section
ALA/Association of College and Research Libraries
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 12:00-1:00 pm (Central time)
Note: The meeting will be held via conference call (see below for details).
Committee membership: Ericka Raber (Chair, -2014), Ann Brownson (-2014), Marilia Antunez (-2015), Jodie Bogerding (-2015), and Katrina Rouan (-2015)
I. Welcome (2 mins)
- Minute taker
II. Updates: Get-together at Midwinter; facebook proposal -Ericka
III. Report on Membership and statistics -Ericka (5 mins)
- New, dropped, reinstated membership
IV. Annual Social (10 min)
1. Brain storm locations, date, time (Las Vegas, June 26-July 1) Friday, June 27?
V. Other duties at Annual
- NMRT 101
- ACRL 101
VI. Mentoring or other projects?
VII. Consider Chair position for 2014 (5 mins)
VIII. Check-in virtual working meeting (5 mins)
- Date range for meeting?
Joining the meeting:
dial: (605) 475-4000
and enter this access code: 908241#
Here are some controls:
*3: Exit - exit the call
*6: Mute/Unmute - caller controlled muting
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in RUSA Publications and Communications (Reference and User Services Association)
Please find attached the meeting minutes from our conference call on 12/18/2013. Please review and if anyone has additional discussion points or feedback please post them to ALA Connect.
Some of the main points:
- Make RUSA's social media accounts more prominent on the website
- Group will conduct a survey to the RUSA webmasters and a content audit of the website
- Group will make a list of past publications
- ChasingReference.com should be merged with the RUSA Blog
- Group will not be meeting at Midwinter
Thanks and Happy Holidays,
in GLBTRT Executive Board (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Round Table)
Meeting Notes Draft (to be voted on at the 10 January Meeting)
Present: Hansen (Chair), Vess (Past Chair), Symons (Chair-elect), Abrams, Hepburn, Romans, Johnston, Ward, Amundsen (Staff Liaison), Johnson (Secretary)
Meeting called to order @ 10:01 A.M. No introductions of new people as there were none. The proposed agenda was approved.
The first item of business was the GLBT Review/Newsletter committee. Ward and Symons talked about what was working and what was not. There are basically two activities going on, the newsletter and the book reviews. The two need to be separated. The blog for the reviews needs to be a digital one, not a pdf one. Romans raised the question of whether or not the reviews would continue to be part of the newsletter. Symons said there will always be a link in the newsletter to the reviews blog. Ward feels that if the reviews are in a separate blog they will be more extensive. Members could go right to the reviews blog or get there through the link in the newsletter. Possibly there might be one review in the newsletter. It was pointed out that blogs for the RT need to have the same format as the blogs from other parts of ALA.
A motion was made to combine all three of the proposed motions on this issue into one motion. It was done, the motion was moved, seconded and passed. Symons expressed great thanks to Ward for all of the work Ward has done on this issue.
Next on the agenda was the issue of dormant committees. Right now the Bylaws Committee has no members. Symons feels the committee needs to continue and that it needs to have members appointed to it. The position of the past chair and the responsibilities that go with that position needs to be clarified. Should the Bylaws Committee be a subcommittee of the Board? Vess felt there would be a conflict of interest. Discussion followed. It was moved, seconded and passed that a Bylaws Committee be established as a committee of the Executive Board. The name needs to be changed to reflect the fact that it is a committee of the board and is separate from the main Bylaws Committee. Hepburn and Johnston felt there should be one non-board member on the committee. Hansen and Symons will work on the membership of this committee.
The External Relations Committee currently has no members. It does have a charge. Vess felt it was OK to disband this committee, but Symons felt it was important to keep it. Symons will try and find members; the role of the committee will be discussed at the upcoming Mid-Winter meeting.
The Fundraising Committee currently has two members. Romans pointed out that the ALA Development Office is currently working with the RT on this issue. Symons asked what the fundraising needs are beyond the Stonewall awards. Draft charges for this committee were voted on at annual. Symons pointed out that if we make a push to get new members, there will be an increase in revenue.
There was a discussion of who can run for offices in the RT. A new email will be sent to the membership on this issue. There will also be a notice in the next newsletter, which is due to go out the first week of Jan.
The meeting was adjourned at 11:05 A.M.
1. Call to Order (Roland)
2. Introductions (Roland)
3. Approval of Agenda (Discussion, Vote) (Roland)
4. GLBTRT Reviews Committee & GLBTRT Newsletter Committee (Ann)
See linked document for information about the following three motions.
Action: Motion to delete the words “reviews of books and other media" from the Newsletter Committee charge.
Action: Motion to establish the GLBTRT Reviews Committee at the end of the 2014 Annual Conference.
Action: Motion to change the name of the Newsletter Committee to the News Committee and make all appropriate changes to the website and GLBTRT documents.
Owner: Ann Symons
Supporting Information: Background information on motions. [Word Document, 3 Pages]
5. Dormant Committees (Ann)
Action: Discuss role of these committees, their role, vision, and functionality.
Owner: Ann Symons
Supporting Information: In the midst of making GLBTRT Committee appointments for 2014-2016, it has come to my attention that two committees are dormant and one seems to have only two members but no committee charge and the committee is not functioning.
It is my intention not to make appointments to the above committees until the Board has had a discussion about the role of these committees, their role, vision, and functionality.
Read the charges and committee compositions:
6. Announcements (Roland)
7. Adjournment (Roland)
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Cataloging as a Public Service? I Think So!
January 8-9, 2014
Hosted by John Sandstrom and Beth Thomsett-Scott
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.
Each day, discussion begins and ends at:
Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm
The essence of public service is the ability for patrons to discover the item, AKA “discoverability.” Catalogers and technical services staff are the ones who make this happen. There are many questions associated with these two statements. Does your organization value your work as a cataloger in terms of making items discoverable? Do your public service colleagues see these statements as true? Today we are in a period of rapid change in cataloging. There are many pressures on cataloging units, including outsourcing, decreasing resources, increasing costs, and changes to the very foundations of the work we do. With the implementation of RDA, the expansion of discovery services, and the changing needs of library patrons, it is time for us to take a look at how Cataloging as Public Service is changing to make use of new tools and meet the needs of new, or, changing users.
In this e-forum, we want to discuss the changes we are seeing in how cataloging acts as a public service, what future trends are developing, and share the way we are using new tools and services to better serve our patrons.
Some of the questions that may be included are:
- How does cataloging support public services (reference) and the goals of discoverability and accessibility of information?
- What is the value of having catalogers serve as reference librarians and/or liaison librarians?
- Have discovery systems reduced the need for thorough cataloging of records from a public services (findability) view point?
- How do current rules detract from user needs?
- Is there tension between national standards and local needs? How might these be overcome?
John Sandstrom started his career in libraries as a copy-cataloger at the University of Tulsa while working on his MLIS at the University Oklahoma. Since graduating in the late ‘80’s, he has bounced around the country working in Technical Services, Public Services, Collection Development/Acquisitions, and Library Management. He is currently managing the Acquisitions Unit at New Mexico State University, teaching cataloging in the Library Science Associates Degree program at Dona Ana Community College, and working on a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Development. When not working or going to school (HA!), he weaves, spins, and is an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA).
Beth Thomsett-Scott is Interim Head of the Discovery Park Library at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas. She is currently serving as liaison to the College of the Engineering, and has had responsibilities for the physical and life sciences departments as well during her 12 year tenure with UNT. Beth's professional passions include high quality customer service, web site usability, user satisfaction, and emerging technologies. When not working, Beth enjoys crime dramas, action and horror movies, and spending time with her daughter, cats, and dog.
*What is an e-forum?*
An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum.
Instructions for registration are available at: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone. If you have any problems, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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