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in RUSA Budget and Finance (Reference and User Services Association)
in ALA Website Advisory Committee
This project is for a responsive theme redesign that will be applied to all of ala.org, thus affecting all division and round table sites. While divisions will continue to have their own branding and color schemes, they too will be converted to the responsive, accessible theme as part of this project, and will also have various homepage layout options. We have alerted unit managers to this plan and our progress in update communications.
The prototype design work was developed by the Homepage/Responsive Theme Redesign Task Force of the Web Management Group; the latter has reviewed the Midwinter usability tests and provided feedback that was incorporated into this most recent version. The prototype was implemented by Sean Bires of ITTS using Axure, and was designed using the Google Material Design guidelines. The graphic details of the prototype are not necessarily the finals; nor are the menu item dropdowns complete. This is a testing formative prototype subject to change, not a final version. If you share the links to the prototype with others, please ensure that they are aware of these caveats. We intend to further test the most recent version of the prototype at Annual. Visit it on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. It should resize to your device's screen. You can also resize it to review the mobile look on your desktop by making your browser window narrow. Note that due to limitations of the prototyping software, the slide carousel does not respond to gestural swiping. Use the arrows, instead. Click (or tap) on menus and utility icons to see your options.
The content pane options on the homepage are mostly intended to use feeds to update, although the I am ALA member success story feature may be manually updated.
Desktop Row 1: News, I am ALA Success Story, ELearning
Desktop Row 2: Featured Giveaways, JobLIST, New Store Products
Here's a page level mockup without working menus, as they are time consuming to create.
We need to get the RFP for this released soon, since the funding is for this fiscal year. Please review and share any questions or concerns.
Can anyone propose a better Join/Renew graphic?
in Health Sciences Interest Group (ACRL)
ACRL HSIG meetings of interest and locations for 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco:
- Sat, June 27, 08:30 am 10:00 am, HIL - Union Square 17 & 18, 65865 Health Sciences Interest Group: Membership Meeting
- Sat, June 27, 10:30 am 11:30 am, HIL - Union Square 17 & 18, 65884 Health Sciences Interest Group: Continuing Education Meeting
Continuing education presentation and discussion. Each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. A sign-in sheet, evaluation forms, and certificates will be provided.
Karen Vargas, an Evaluation Specialist at the National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center will provide the following class:
ToxWorld: Surveying the Landscape of National Library of Medicine's Environmental Health Resources
This is a 1-hour class designed to introduce participants to the different environmental health and toxicology resources available from the National Library of Medicine. Attendees will gain experience locating environmental, toxicological, and hazardous substance information. This class will cover resources about your environment including climate change, fracking and toxic chemicals.
Location Abbreviation: HIL – Hilton San Francisco Union Square
- Mon, June 29, 08:30 am 10:00 am, MCC - 2014 (W), 61783 “Unlocking the Sciences: Collaborative Research with Community Engagement through Citizen Science” – program HSIG is co-sponsoring with STS. Usually STS provides a continental breakfast at this event.
- Mon, June 29, 10:30 am 11:30 am, MCC - 2016 (W), 62012 STS Program Poster Session (ACRL STS). Usually STS has nice snacks at this reception.
Location Abbreviation: MCC – Moscone Convention Center. (Note: N, S, W after the room numbers are directional. N=North Building, S=South Building, W=West Building)
Still needed -- We need help finding a place for an informal happy hour where we can gather. Let me know if you have any ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online scheduler at http://ala15.ala.org/.
in Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA)
Chinatown Walking Tour and Manilatown Heritage Foundation Visit
Friday, June 26, 2015
Chinatown tour 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Manilatown tour 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
Lunch (optional) 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Advance registration required. No on-site registration. Limited to 40 registrants.
APALA member: $15.00
Non-APALA member: $25.00
Register via PayPal at http://www.apalaweb.org/resources/registration/#13
Meet at Portsmouth Square Park in front of Parking Garage Elevators adjacent corner of Walter P. Lum Pl. & Washington St.
Public transportation: MUNI bus lines 1, 30, and 45
Our Chinatown walking tour will be about 1.5 hours. City Guides* encourages their volunteer guides to make up their own unique tour of the neighborhood, so no two tours are the same. Your guide will discuss the history and development of San Francisco's Chinatown, important historical sites and buildings, and cultural traditions, and celebrations. They’ll show you photos of what specific places looked like in the early 1900s. They’ll talk about culture, customs, food and cooking, herbs, temples and more. Other subjects may include the Chinese language and calligraphy, fine arts and performing arts and more.
The tour ends with a visit to the Manila Heritage Foundation, a historical building and former site of the International Hotel, popularly known as the I-Hotel.
After the formal tours ends at 1:00 p.m., attendees are invited to join the group for lunch at Janet's (tour coordinator) favorite restaurant, Enjoy Vegetarian, a block from Portsmouth Square, or go to other restaurants in the area. Please note the registration fee does not cover lunch.
Contact Janet Tom for more information at email@example.com.
*City Guides has over 200 trained volunteers who give walking tours about the history and architecture of neighborhoods all over San Francisco year-round. In addition to our tour, check out all of their city tours: http://www.sfcityguides.org/index.html
in LITA User Experience Interest Group
Call for Participation: LITA UX IG Meeting at ALA 2015
The LITA User Experience IG seeks 2-3 short presentations (10-15 minutes) on UX and Web usability for the upcoming 2015 ALA Annual Conference. This will be a physical meeting, and so the physical attendance for the ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco is required for the presentation and/or attendance for this meeting. (Sorry, all travel expenses are the responsibility of the attendee.)
The LITA UX IG is also seeking the suggestions for discussion topics, things you have been working on, plan to work, or want to work on in terms of UX/Usability. All suggestions and presentation topics are welcome and will be given consideration for presentation and discussion.
At the meeting, we will also take volunteers who will moderate the UX Twitter Chat by the LITA UX IG and Weave and/or who are interested in participating into organizing more meetings for the UX IG.
Please submit your topic below in the comments section of this CFP post in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/239292) and also e-mail us off-the-list.
Please add your thoughts and ideas in the comments!
Title: LITA User Experience IG Meeting
Date & Time: Monday, June 29, 2015 - 3-4 PM
Location: Hotel NIkko Golden Gate
in College Science Librarians Discussion Group (ACRL STS - Science and Technology Section)
Instructional Technology: How’s That Working For You?
Many smaller academic libraries cannot afford commercial instructional technology (SMART Boards, clickers, LibGuides, etc.). Has your library found functional alternatives? Perhaps your library has found ways to employ commercial products for more than one purpose?
Please come and share your experiences with all aspects of instructional technology, though particular focus will be on open source/free technologies. We’ll discuss our successes and challenges with instructional technology!
Location: Hilton Golden Gate 1
in Preservation Administration Interest Group (ALCTS PARS - Preservation and Reformatting Section)
Preservation Administrators Interest Group (PAIG) Meeting Agenda
ALA Annual 2015
Saturday, June 27th, 8:30-11:30am
Hotel: Hotel Nikko
- 8:30 – 8:35 – Kara McClurken - PARS Chair - Head, Preservation Services, University of Virginia – Welcome/Updates
- 8:35 – 8:50 - Jeanne Drewes - Chief of Binding and Collections Care in the Preservation Directorate at the Library of Congress in the United States – Update from the Library of Congress
- 8:50 – 9:00 - Ellen Cunningham-Kruppa - Adjunct Asst. Professor, Art Conservation, University of Delaware - Educating library/archives conservators in the three art conservation programs.
- 9:00 – 9:05 - Laura McCann – PAIG Co-chair - Conservation Librarian, New York University - Heritage Preservation Programs Transition to FAIC (To learn more about the disposition of Heritage Preservation’s programs visit the websites of Heritage Preservation or FAIC.)
- 9:05 – 9:20 - Michael Foley,Manager, UC Library Bindery
Title: Librarians and Bookbinders; working collaboratively for the better preservation of books.
Abstract: This presentation addresses the need for better collaboration between librarians and bookbinders and offers solutions aimed to foster innovation in library bookbinding that will enhance print collection preservation. Downward trends of binding orders with fewer bookbinders servicing libraries characterize the current state of decline. High barriers to entry and low profit margins dissuade newcomers from initiating business with libraries. Innovation and product development is stagnant. The University of California Library Bindery’s model for collaboration, process change, and use of common software could invigorate the library binding industry and secure a more sustainable model for the preservation of library print collections.
Bio: Michael Foley is the manager for the University of California Library Bindery and past board member for the Library Binding Institute. He has over 30 years of experience supervising bookbinding operations. Mr. Foley holds a MBA and Certificate in Accounting. He enjoys playing music and time with his family.
- 9:20 – 9:40 - Barclay Ogden, Director for Preservation, UC Berkeley Library & Mark Roosa, Dean of Libraries, Pepperdine University
Title: Making a Difference: Building Skills for 21st Century Library Preservation
Abstract: Preservation programs are well established in a significant number of academic and research libraries across the country. The professionals in these programs are responsible for providing sustained access to scholarly materials needed for study, research and teaching. The prudent management of the life cycle of physical materials that has resulted from work carried out in these programs has in large part enabled libraries to move analog collections into the digital age.
With the emergence of digital preservation concerns, the preservation profession faces the challenge of how best to integrate and extend the time-honored practices of conservation and preservation into the digital realm which by its nature necessarily engages an expanded array of stakeholders, including information technology specialists. While this emergent digital preservation stakeholder community has collectively embraced the critical importance of addressing the challenge of providing sustained access to digital materials, it is unclear at an operational level the extent to which preservation professionals in academic and research libraries today are participating in conversations concerning development of digital preservation strategy, policies, and procedures, and in day-to-day management of preserving digital content.
In 2015, preservation professionals interested in this topic were surveyed about the extent of their interest and participation in digital preservation work in their institutions. The results of this survey will be presented and discussed.
Bio: Mark S. Roosa is Dean of Libraries at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he directs libraries on the Malibu campus and throughout the Los Angeles area. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Mr. Roosa was Director for Preservation at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for the activities of the Preservation Directorate’s five divisions and two special programs which together provided care for more than 128 million items in a myriad of formats. Prior to moving to Washington, Mr. Roosa served as Chief Conservation Officer at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California where he directed a program to care for an extensive collection of rare books, manuscripts, photographs and works on paper pertaining to American History and Literature, Western Americana and the History of Science. Before joining the Huntington, Mr. Roosa was Preservation Officer at the University of Delaware Library. During that time he co-authored, Preservation Program Models: a Study Project and Report for the Association for Research Libraries.
Bio: Barclay Ogden is Director for Library Preservation at UC Berkeley, with responsibility for development and management of the Library's preservation program. Barclay also serves as a coordinator for four grant-funded statewide and regional preservation programs: the California Preservation Program, the California Audiovisual Preservation Project, the California Digitization Service Hub, and the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (13 Western and Pacific states and territories). Two of Barclay’s current professional interests are developing applications of risk management principles for preservation decision-making in the cultural heritage community, and developing collaborative programs to help preserve heritage collections in smaller cultural heritage institutions throughout the West and the Pacific.
- 9:40-9:55 – Discussion
- 9:55 – 10:05 – Break
- 10:05 – 10:20 - Maria P. LaCalle, Web Archivist, Partner Services Internet Archive
Title: Archiving and preserving web based content
Abstract: This talk will explore case studies of a diverse set of institutions with web archiving programs. She will touch on some of the technologies behind web archiving, implications for digital preservation and new developments in utilizing web archives for research.
Bio: Maria LaCalle is a Web Archivist at the Internet Archive where she works with partner institutions creating collections of archived web content.
- 10:20 – 10:35 - Kate Contakos, Conservator, University of Austin at Texas, The Harry Ransom Center
Title: Surveying the Pforzheimer Collection at the Harry Ransom Center
Abstract: This talk will present the design and early findings of a survey being performed on the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library at Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin. The library contains 1,100 bound items and 2,000 manuscripts of Early English Literature, from 1475-1700. The survey is both broad and deep, serving as a conservation needs assessment as well as a collaborative effort between conservation, technical services, and curatorial staff to improve the access to a significant collection.
Bio: In January 2015, Kate Contakos began working in the Conservation Department at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is conducting a conservation assessment survey of the Carl H. Pforzheimer Library, one of the HRC’s most important book collections, and collaborating on the department’s strategic initiatives. Prior to the HRC, Kate served as the Head of the Preservation & Conservation Department at Stanford University Libraries and worked in the Department of Special Collections at University College London, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale, and Bobst Library at New York University.
- 10:35 – 10:55 – Annie Peterson, Preservation Librarian, Tulane University
Title: Planning for Collaborative Preservation in New Orleans
Abstract: In 2014 Tulane University received an IMLS National Leadership Grant to coordinate strategic planning for establishing collaborative preservation services to serve New Orleans area cultural heritage institutions. The project was initiated in response to a lack of collections care staff within institutions that maintain collections of great local and national significance, all located in an area with extensive collections care needs, such as controlling the environment and preparing for and responding to disasters. A team of nine representatives from libraries, archives, and museums was assembled to investigate needs and opportunities for collaboration, and this presentation will outline the planning process and outcomes of the project so far.
Bio: Annie Peterson is the Preservation Librarian at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, a position she has held since July 2012. She is the chair-elect of the Preservation and Reformatting Section and a coordinator of the annual Preservation Statistics Survey.
- 10:55-11:25 - Discussion
- 11:25 – 11:30 – Announcements
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department
New York University Libraries
Scott David Reinke
Director of Preservation Programs
Preservation Technologies, L.P.