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Both for attendees and for those who were unavailable to attend our ASCLA Future of Libraries Interest Group Program on professional mentoring. Here is the report and some comments from its coordinator.
Thank you for attending Rich in Content, Low in Cost . . . FutureBridge: A Best Practices Mentoring Program from the Library of Congress, the ASCLA-sponsored discussion forum during the ALA Annual Conference.
Resident in the Library Services service unit of the Library of Congress, FutureBridge is an exciting mentoring initiative that is changing lives and guiding careers. This scalable, low-cost program can help you develop your staff . . . your most valuable asset . . . especially if you're wrestling with moribund budgets and growing staff needs.
If you find that you use any of the elements of the FutureBridge plan, the FutureBridge Team would enjoy receiving updates and outcomes from your experience, which they’ll consider as they continue to revise and renew FutureBridge. In addition they request you credit the Library of Congress on any printed and online materials with the language located on page three of the attached guidebook. Jeffrey Lofton will be glad to answer any questions regarding the credit statement.
Jeffrey Lofton (FutureBridge@loc.gov or 202-707-6432) is available any time to review the report and guidebook with you, describe how it is used at the Library of Congress, and answer any questions you may have.
Please share, distribute and consider submitting for this special issue of the Journal of Access Services:
What is the role of textbooks in today’s libraries?
Like the cost of journal subscriptions, the price for textbooks have been increasing. Unlike journals, students feel an immediate financial burden when the time comes to purchase their course textbooks. Universities and libraries have recognized this and many are doing interesting things to address this issue. The increased popularity of Open Educational Resources (OER) and other similar endeavors provides us with an opportunity to share those stories. But I know there are other stories out there to share. The Journal of Access Services is seeking manuscripts for an upcoming special issue that will address the role and impact of textbooks within libraries. This special issue will be comprised of case studies from a variety of types of libraries and hopefully a guest editorial.
Submissions may focus on, but are not limited to, the following topics:
- Impact of textbooks on course reserves
- Designing unique textbook programs within a library
- Interlibrary loan and textbooks – how do libraries handle this?
- Assessment studies on textbook use within a library
- Collaborations/partnerships with faculty/bookstore/student services regarding textbook access
- OER or similar programs – how were they developed and what was the impact on library users/staff?
- What is the future of the textbook in libraries?
I’m very excited to see what is happening in this area and look forward to sharing a great topical issue with all of you!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me about this particular topic or any other possible submissions.
FYI – while this will be an upcoming special topic issue, we are always reviewing submissions for other related topics for other upcoming issues.
David McCaslin, editor
Please excuse cross-posting.
Submissions for the 2017 Midwinter Meeting Deep Dive sessions are now open and can be found at the link below. Completed submissions are due no later than midnight (CST) on Sunday, July 31st.
For the 2017 Midwinter Meeting, focused proposals are specifically requested within the following broad areas:
- Learning in Libraries (e.g., connected learning, gamification, making)
- Data Management and Use
- Digitization and Preservation
- Diversity and Inclusion
- The Library in the Community
These broad areas are selected based on post-conference survey responses indicating that ALA attendees seek “skills building” opportunities, particularly in those areas needed to provide leadership in a transforming library environment and to manage complex services. They are also informed by the work of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.
Complete proposals must include the following information:
(1) Complete contact information for all speakers via a professional resume/CV. If more than one person is involved, the person submitting the proposal will be considered the main contact for all subsequent communications.
- Resume/CV should include name, current affiliation and qualifications for teaching the proposed course.
(2) Presentation title and description (approximately 500 words).
- The description should outline the main points of the session and its relevance to attendees at this time. The proposal should describe one or more active learning exercise to be included in the session. The proposal should indicate any pre-or post-MW work expected. Workshop presenters are urged to encourage community building among participants.
(3) Short presentation description (not more than 100 words), for use in promotional materials.
(4) At least three (3) learning outcomes and how they will be achieved.
- Please indicate how you will assess achievement of learning outcomes.
(5) Course Evaluation
(6) Completed Session Hours Form
- Template can be found on submission form
Head of Metadata and Copy Cataloging
University Libraries, Ball State University (Muncie, IN) seeks applications to provide leadership in developing, maintaining, and assessing personnel and workflow for copy cataloging of materials in digital, print, and multimedia formats to optimize user resource discovery, provide original cataloging according to accepted library standards and practices, create authority records, and participate in the enrichment and maintenance of the University Libraries’ online catalog and digital collections.
For the full job description, or to apply, please visit: https://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/4403.
MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program.
One or more years of cataloging experience using MARC formats, AACR2rev or RDA, Library of Congress subject headings and classification, a bibliographic utility such as OCLC, and an automated library system.
Supervisory experience; multimedia cataloging experience in an academic library; knowledge of emerging technologies, especially metadata systems and related standards.
Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
Hunter Library at Western Carolina University has a job opening for associate dean of Library Services. Full details on the position and a link to the application system can be found at https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/5068.
Western Carolina University invites applications and nominations for the position of associate dean of Library Services. The associate dean will be a knowledgeable, experienced, and visionary educator importantly supporting the dean, department heads, faculty, and staff by providing exceptional administrative, operational, and special programs leadership. Requiring a broad understanding of how libraries contribute to the teaching and learning mission of the university, and functioning as the deputy director for library administration, the associate dean will oversee library-wide administrative programs to include: strategic planning; assessment; marketing and communications; facilities planning; external partnerships and outreach; and special initiatives and projects. As appropriate, the associate dean will represent the library in campus and community activities.
Reporting to the dean of Library Services, this is a 12-month, non-tenure-track position. The associate dean serves as a resource for library faculty and staff and is an administrative liaison with all library operations. An important responsibility of this position is to continuously assess and enhance services to the campus community in a working environment that highly values collegiality, collaboration, and creativity. The associate dean will play a key role in developing and executing the library’s long-range plans in support of the university’s 20/20 strategic vision, which embraces an educational model of engaged learning and service to the region.
Areas of responsibility will include:
- Strategic planning
- Program assessment and evaluation, including data analysis and reporting
- Communication programs, including marketing and public relations
- Facilities management
- Policy development
- External partnerships and outreach
- Special initiatives and projects
Head of Research & Instruction Services
Western Carolina University Library