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ALCTS AS Executive Committee (Acquisitions Section)

Online Doc Call for Nominations for ALCTS Acquisitions Section Education Working Group

by Lisa Spagnolo on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 02:36 pm

The Acquisitions Section Executive Committee is seeking nominations for appointments for six members of a newly formed Education Working Group. (The section had discontinued its standing committee in 2009-10.)

A list of nominees will be provided to the current Acquisitions Section Chair, Jeanne Harrell, for appointment, with consultation with the AS Executive Committee as appropriate. Appointees need to be current members of ALCTS and the Acquisitions Section. The group's chair will be selected from the nominees.

The Acquisitions Section Executive Committee is seeking nominations for appointments for six members of a newly formed Education Working Group. (The section had discontinued its standing committee in 2009-10.)

A list of nominees will be provided to the current Acquisitions Section Chair, Jeanne Harrell, for appointment, with consultation with the AS Executive Committee as appropriate. Appointees need to be current members of ALCTS and the Acquisitions Section. The group's chair will be selected from the nominees.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague, or have further questions, please contact Lisa Spagnolo at lcspagnolo[at]ucdavis[dot]edu.  Self-nominations should include a brief statement of interest. The call will remain open until the group is formed, with a goal to start work in September.

The group's charge is included below.

ALCTS Acquisitions Section

Education Working Group

Charge

To analyze the current activities supporting education in acquisitions, and make recommendations to the Acquisitions Section Executive Committee as to ways the Section could better coordinate with or supplement current activities. Working Group may consult with the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee, instructors of Fundamentals courses, and other groups as needed. 

 Members:

Five regular members and one chair.

The Education Working Group will provide brief quarterly reports to the Acquisitions Section Chair, with initial recommendations by April 2016. Reports may be made at the Acquisitions Section Executive Committee meetings at the Midwinter and Annual conferences as appropriate. Charge may be extended to include implementation of the recommendations in 2016-17. The Executive Committee will assess the Working Group’s status as temporary or permanent once the group’s initial charge is fulfilled. Should the status change to permanent, the Working Group will be added to the review calendar of the Acquisition Section’s Policy and Planning Committee.

Charge drafted by Lisa Spagnolo, Acquisitions Section Chair, 2014-15. Revised and approved by AS Executive Committee at ALA Annual Conference, June 27, 2015.

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LITA User Experience Interest Group

Discussion UX chat on Twitter! #litaUX

by Bohyun Kim on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 12:21 pm

The LITA UX IG has finally launched the UX chat on Twitter in collaboration with the LITA President's Program task force!

Up until the ALA Annual Conference, the UX chat will be moderated by the LITA President's Program Task Force. After that, the chat will be moderated by the members of the LITA UX IG and of Weave, the new UX Journal. Please join us in the #litaUX chat and volunteer as a moderator! If you have questions, please send it in advance to the moderator below.

The LITA UX IG has finally launched the UX chat on Twitter in collaboration with the LITA President's Program task force!

Up until the ALA Annual Conference, the UX chat will be moderated by the LITA President's Program Task Force. After that, the chat will be moderated by the members of the LITA UX IG and of Weave, the new UX Journal. Please join us in the #litaUX chat and volunteer as a moderator! If you have questions, please send it in advance to the moderator below.

When does the #LITAUX chat happen in Twitter?

  •     Friday, May 15th, 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderators Amanda (@godaisies) and Haley (@hayleym1218)    Archive at: http://litablog.org/2015/05/storify-of-litas-first-ux-twitter-chat/
  •     Friday, May 29th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Bohyun (@bohyunkim)
    Archive at https://storify.com/bohyunkim/second-litaux-chat
  •     Friday, June 12th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Whitni (@_whitni)
  •     Friday, June 19th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Michael (@schoeyfield)
  •     Attend the LITA President's Program with Lou Rosenfeld at the ALA Annual Conference!
  •     Friday, July 10th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Matt (@mreidsma) and Kyle (@gwydion9)
  •     Friday, July 24th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Matt (@mreidsma) and Kyle (@gwydion9)
  •     Friday, August 7th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Michael (@schoeyfield)
  •     Friday, August 21th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Pete (@pfcoco)
  •     Friday, September 4th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Bohyun (@bohyunkim)
  •     Friday, September 18th 2-3 p.m. EDT with moderator Amanda (@godaisies)
  •     Friday, Oct. 2th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  •     Friday, Oct. 16th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  •     Friday, Oct. 30th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  •     Friday, Nov. 13th 2-3 p.m. EDT
  •     Friday, Dec. 11th 2-3 p.m. EDT

What is the UX Twitter Chat?

Share your challenges, successes, techniques, and workflows that you have developed to improve user experience (UX) at your library. Use #litaux to participate. Additionally, you can ask questions that may be selected to be answered by proclaimed UX expert, Lou Rosenfeld during the LITA President’s Program at Annual. Submit your questions ahead of time to the moderator. The moderators will ask questions in the Q1, Q2, and Q3 format and followers will use #litaux and answer back in the A1, A2, and A3 format, as you may have see in the #libchat or #inaljchat.

When participating, be constructive. Be respectful. No attacking others. Please use the hashtag #litaux.

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ACRL EBSS Publications and Communications Committee (Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section)

Discussion Minutes from July 30 Meeting

by Jodie Borgerding on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 08:22 am

Attached are the minutes from the July 30 meeting. Please let me know if there are any errors, questions, etc.

ACRL CJCLS Conference Program Planning -- Orlando, 2016 Committee (Community and Junior College Libraries Section)

Discussion Program Submission Example from 2015

by Robert Kelly on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 10:03 am

Colleagues,

I am sharing the text for 1 of 2 program submissions that were turned down for the 2015 Conference. While committee members were upset about non-acceptance I think it will serve as a sample for this year's committee to consult in writing the submissions for this year.  Let me know if you have questions.  Personally, I still would like to see a program like it.

Robert

GameRT Board of Directors

Online Doc Staff Liaison Duties

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 09:24 pm

As some of you know, I become the new Executive Director of LITA starting August 3, 2015. Sadly, in my new role, I won't be the GameRT staff liaison anymore, so Tina Coleman from ALA Membership Development will be taking over for me (yay, Tina!).

As some of you know, I become the new Executive Director of LITA starting August 3, 2015. Sadly, in my new role, I won't be the GameRT staff liaison anymore, so Tina Coleman from ALA Membership Development will be taking over for me (yay, Tina!).

To help with the transition, I've put together the following schedule of activities for the GameRT staff liaison. I'm hoping you all can help out by adding anything to this list that I've missed. As you start new programs and initiatives, you can keep adding to this as an orientation document.

January

  • Board Meeting at Midwinter (virtual if no quorum for meeting at Midwinter)
    • Request budget report to give to Treasurer in advance of the Board meeting
  • New IGD Committee starts
    • Make sure the IGD Donations Coordinator is working on donations in order to open registration by April at the latest
  • Final opportunity for nominees to fill out their bios online for the election
  • Make sure ALAplay Committee is talking
  • Send out GameRT newsletter when content is received from the newsletter editor

February

  • Final election forms due to the Governance Office in early February
  • Approve ALAplay entries in the Annual program book

March

  • Make sure IGD reg is open or close to being ready
  • Election opens, voting needs to be promoted to the membership
  • Buy any swag for Annual decided on by Membership & Promotion Committee

April

  • Virtual Board Meeting
    • Request budget report to give to Treasurer in advance of the Board meeting
  • Purchase any games requested by the ALAplay Committee for this year's inventory
  • Send out GameRT newsletter when content is received from the newsletter editor
  • Work with the chair of the Program Planning Committee to open the call for Midwinter Forum and institute proposals in Cadmium

May

  • Election results announced - notify winners
  • Enter new Board member terms in iMIS; check GameRT Bylaws for updates to other positions (eg, Past-president becomes chair of the Nominating Committee)
  • Midwinter program call for proposals starts
  • Get list of games to ship for ALAplay

June

  • Board meeting at Annual
    • Request budget report to give to Treasurer in advance of the Board meeting
  • Work with the chair of the Program Planning Committee to open the call for Annual program and preconference proposals in Cadmium
  • Call for Midwinter Forum and institute proposals closes on June 30th

July

  • Send out GameRT newsletter when content is received from the newsletter editor
  • July: Program Planning Committee reviews submissions for Midwinter institutes and makes selections by August 1.

August

  • Nominating Committee should be seeking nominees and having them fill out the online bio form
  • Final details for Midwinter institutes are due so that Conference Services can add them to the registration form, which opens in October
  • Call for Annual prefconference proposals closes on August 31st

September

  • Program Planning Committee reviews submissions for Annual preconferences and makes selections by October 1
  • Enter placeholder for Annual program in Cadmium
  • Call for Midwinter Forum proposals closes on September 30th

October

  • Program Planning Committee reviews Midwinter Forum submissions and makes selections
  • Final details for Annual preconferences are due so that Conference Services can add them to the registration form, which opens in January
  • Make sure IGD donations have a ship date and are getting ready to go out to libraries
  • Make sure press release is ready for IGD, publish press release when ready
  • Get URL and email text for the IGD evaluation survey
  • Virtual Board Meeting
    • Request budget report to give to Treasurer in advance of Board meeting
  • Send out GameRT newsletter when content is received from the newsletter editor
  • Call for Annual program proposals closes on October 31st

November

  • International Games Day is the 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Get names & email addresses of registrants from the IGD Committee
  • Send out Informz email about the evaluation survey after IGD
  • Final details for the Midwinter Forum are due so that it's included in the online scheduler and print program book
  • Program Planning Committee reviews Annual program submissions and makes selections
  • Check in with Nominating Committee to make sure election candidates are filling out their bios in the online form

December

  • Make sure the President sends thank you letters to IGD donors/sponsors
  • Final details for the Annual program are due so that it's included in the online scheduler when Annual registration opens in January
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ALCTS Affiliates

Discussion Washington Library Association

by Christine McConnell on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 07:54 pm

Washington Library Association Collection Development and Technical Services Interest Group (CATS)

http://wala.memberclicks.net/cats-contact-us

https://wala.memberclicks.net/interest-group-chair-roster

Officer transition: April, in time for annual conference 

2016 WLA Conference: April 27-29, 2016, Spokane WA:
https://wala.memberclicks.net/2016conferencerfp

Washington Library Association Collection Development and Technical Services Interest Group (CATS)

http://wala.memberclicks.net/cats-contact-us

https://wala.memberclicks.net/interest-group-chair-roster

Officer transition: April, in time for annual conference 

2016 WLA Conference: April 27-29, 2016, Spokane WA:
https://wala.memberclicks.net/2016conferencerfp

From email message 8-3-15: Michelle is no longer my co-chair and the Interest Group has gone into hibernation as the organization looks into a major restructuring. Rob Roose

Robert Roose, Chair, 2015-2016
Spokane Public Library
906 West Main Ave.
Spokane, WA 99201
rroose@spokanelibrary.org

 

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ALCTS Affiliates

Discussion Oklahoma Library Association

by Christine McConnell on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 07:40 pm

Oklahoma Library Association Technical Services Roundtable

http://www.oklibs.org/?page=TSRT

TSRT email address: tsrt@oklibs.org

2016 OLA Annual Conference: March 30-April 1, 2016, Tulsa OK
http://www.oklibs.org/?page=AnnualConference

Term of office: July 1 to July 1.
(Incoming leadership is introduced at the TSRT business meeting at the OLA conference, usually in March or April.)

Oklahoma Library Association Technical Services Roundtable

http://www.oklibs.org/?page=TSRT

TSRT email address: tsrt@oklibs.org

2016 OLA Annual Conference: March 30-April 1, 2016, Tulsa OK
http://www.oklibs.org/?page=AnnualConference

Term of office: July 1 to July 1.
(Incoming leadership is introduced at the TSRT business meeting at the OLA conference, usually in March or April.)

Janet H. Ahrberg, Chair 2015-2016
Oklahoma State University Library
Stillwater, OK 74078
janet.ahrberg@okstate.edu

Michele Seikel, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect 2015-2016
Oklahoma State University Library
Stillwater, OK 74078
michele.seikel@okstate.edu

Shay Beezley, Secretary 2015-2016
University of Central Oklahoma Library
Edmond, OK 73034
sbeezley@uco.edu

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Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group (ALCTS)

Discussion ALA Annual 2015 Meeting Presentations

by Heylicken Moreno on Mon, Aug 3, 2015 at 03:54 pm

Hello all,

The presentations from our meeting at ALA Annual 2015 have been posted. Below are the summaries and their corresponding filenames.

Please let Annie or I know if you have trouble accessing these PDFs.

Heylicken "Hayley" Moreno, co-chair

 

Hello all,

The presentations from our meeting at ALA Annual 2015 have been posted. Below are the summaries and their corresponding filenames.

Please let Annie or I know if you have trouble accessing these PDFs.

Heylicken "Hayley" Moreno, co-chair

 

 filename:TSWEIG_AN15_Geckle

"From Spreadsheets to Systems: Acquiring New E-resources at MTSU," by Beverly J. Geckle, Continuing Resources Librarian, Middle Tennessee State University. 

Keeping track of the early stages of e-resource acquisition, from request to access can be a challenge. Relying on emails, Word documents, spreadsheets and memories is fraught with problems. At Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), information is now recorded in systems that can track statuses and issue automatic alerts to appropriate people. Systems can be accessed by various stakeholders simultaneously without version control issues. Requests are submitted via online forms (JotForms) and recorded in the ERMS (Serials Solutions Resource Manager). The university has implemented an online procurement system (SciQuest) which tracks orders through the procurement and contract approval processes.  A brief overview of these systems and how they are used to improve workflow was presented.

 

filename: TSWEIG_AN15_Rodriguez-Atkins

"Growing Pains: Migrating from a Locally Built ILS to a Vendor System," by Pauline Rodriguez-Atkins, Manager, Cataloging and Interlibrary Loan, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City.

In September 2014, Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, migrated from a locally designed ILS to a vendor system. The local ILS had been used in some form for almost 30 years. The ILS and technical services operations were intertwined: some ILS features were designed to accommodate technical services workflow, and vice versa.  Although the vendor ILS contains some of the local system’s design features, technical services workflows have required significant redesign and/or restructuring.

The discussion included some of the issues resulting from the migration, including: The history leading up to the new ILS, Metropolitan’s unique technical services operations, ways to evaluate technical services workflows, steps to take when quick changes are needed, and the challenges and opportunities associated with the changes.

 

 filename: TSWEIG_AN15_Glendon

"Shapeshift:  Leveraging Institutional Re-organization to Integrate Technical Services Units and Promote Innovation in Metadata Services," by Ivey Glendon, Manager, Metadata Analysis & Design, Collections Access & Discovery, University of Virginia Library.

At the University of Virginia Library, a library-wide re-organization of departments and services has provided technical services units the opportunity to evaluate staffing allocations and services focused on acquisition, description, and discovery of library materials. This presentation will focus on how the University of Virginia Library has integrated Special Collections and non-Special Collections technical service units, re-imagined acquisitions functions, and created new units focused on MARC and non-MARC metadata creation as well as metadata analysis and design. Though nascent, these changes have already enabled the metadata services units to expand their missions within the library, confront processing backlogs (particularly in the area of legacy finding aids), and prepare for significant education and cross-training among units to achieve newly-defined shared goals.

 

 filename: TSWEIG_AN15_WahlMayberry

"Take Two! Revamping Collection Development Workflow for Streaming Video Collections," by Mary Wahl, Digital Services Librarian and Christina Mayberry, Collection Development Coordinator, California State University, Northridge.

At our large academic library, it was determined that current video streaming activity needed to be reconsidered and that a decision tree for incoming video requests needed to be created. In fall 2014, a Video Streaming Decision Tree Committee was formed with librarians and staff from various units within the Library including Collection Development, Acquisitions, and Music & Media. The Committee created a detailed decision tree that accounts for the complexities of streaming media, as well as a corresponding worksheet to record the decision process and a new online form for submitting video requests. The new decision tree, worksheet and online form were put into practice in the spring 2015 semester. This presentation discussed the Committee’s process in creating the workflow and documents. The Committee continues to adjust the workflow where needed, which also was discussed.

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ACRL STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee (Science and Technology Section)

Online Doc Agenda of the Meeting, Annual 2015: ACRL STS Science Resources: Discovery & Acces Committee

by Larayne Dallas on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 at 02:25 pm

(The agenda is also included as an attachment.)

The ACRL/STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee will meet at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference as part of the All-Committees Meeting (ACRL STS).

 

The meeting is scheduled for the Hilton (Union Square) - Imperial A

Saturday, 27 June 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am

 

Typically breakfast is offered as part of the STS event; remarks from STS officers will begin the program.

 

(The agenda is also included as an attachment.)

The ACRL/STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee will meet at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference as part of the All-Committees Meeting (ACRL STS).

 

The meeting is scheduled for the Hilton (Union Square) - Imperial A

Saturday, 27 June 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am

 

Typically breakfast is offered as part of the STS event; remarks from STS officers will begin the program.

 

ACRL/STS Science Resources: Discovery & Access Committee

AGENDA 

 

            Topics                                                              approximate start time for item

  1. Introductions                                                                8:45 am
  2. Updates from STS Council                                              8:50 am
  3. Science Tips project                                                       9:00 am

-Recap

-Future posts

-Scheduling

-Blog plan

-Blog monitoring

-Blog administrator                                                                

  1. Other project ideas?                                                      9:30 am
  2. Next meeting/Midwinter planning                                   9:45 am
  3. Other topics?                                                                9:50 am
  4. Adjourn                                                                       10:00 am

 

 

Jennifer Roach (jroach75@gmail.com) and Larayne Dallas (ldallas@austin.utexas.edu), co-chairs.  Angela Davis will succeed Larayne as co-chair after the Annual Conference. 

Membership for 2014-2015 may be found at:  http://www.ala.org/acrl/sts/acr-stssba and for 2015-2016 at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/sts/acr-stssba?year=2015.

 

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ASCLA (Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies)

Online Doc Report on the 2015 ALA Annual Conference - San Francisco

by Alec McFarlane on Sat, Aug 1, 2015 at 04:26 am

Report on the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco

June 25 - July 2, 2015

By Alec C. McFarlane

United for Libraries (United) and Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA) Division Member

ASCLA Special Interest Group Leader: Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library

 

Report on the 2015 American Library Association Annual Conference in San Francisco

June 25 - July 2, 2015

By Alec C. McFarlane

United for Libraries (United) and Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA) Division Member

ASCLA Special Interest Group Leader: Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library

 

Lets call this The Report That Almost Didn't Happen, I only had about 72 hours to get and go to San Francisco... and only because of perseverance, of raw determination, of one Alice L. Hagemeyer and because of the generosity of Ron and Catherine "Kay" Hirano. Due to the depletion of prior funding support, I was unable to attend the last meetings in Philadelphia or Chicago, and to get back into the groove was extremely important. To them I dedicate this report.

In accordance with our larger objectives at the ALA I needed to find somebody to bring to San Francisco, somebody who would benefit from exposure to the ALA system. On a short notice I was able to get Dan McClintock to join me for the expedition, all 1,083 miles by Dodge from Los Angeles and back. McClintock is notable on his own in that he is one of the co-founders of a new nonprofit dedicated to the performing arts: the DTG or the Deaf Talent Guild, appearing soon at theaters near you. As an actor, writer, organizer and artist McClintock was taken by the Comic Section of the ALA Exhibits; fertile seeds have been planted. Dan would tell me; "I was impressed by the businesses that do preservation of films and TV Media archives (as well as) the conversion of print books to digital media.  I saw how wide and diverse the literature section was at the ALA Conference and that impressed me as well."   It actually requires something of an artists mind to capture the immense possibilities of such a gathering in just a few days but I believe McClintock and DTG will be engaging people at Libraries and Museums in the near future as well as promoting the many talents that people bring to the performing arts, careers that often start in a Library or a Museum.

New ALA Member:

We also welcomed Michelle Aguilar as a brand new ALA and ASCLA member. Michelle and her husband Oskar Aguilar were Alice and my hosts while at the last ALA in Anaheim, escorting us around town after hours. In return we got the Aguilars guest passes to some ALA events and the exhibits. Michelle was attracted to what she saw and she has since followed that through by becoming a member and getting sponsorship for her attendance to the conference here in San Francisco. With a background in education, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) and government contracting, grant writing, as well as social work and counseling, Aguilar will be looking closely at other divisions within the ALA to find things relevant to her work and objectives. Expect to be seeing her and hearing her name for a good long time around the ALA.

On ALA Formulae:

Last minute plans are not part of the ALA formulae, but the interpreting services as run by Karen Aguilar and the services of the ALA Staff made everything possible for me and my friends. Up to and including one very-last-45 minutes-before-the-meeting interpreting request. I personally managed four ALA programs and four other important meetings. For comparison, my previous –and well planned ALA meeting schedule would have had anywhere from 16 to 24 meetings, programs, and events over a four or five day period; both within and without the ALA auspices. While we have less than 6 months to plan for Boston, I am now developing plans for an off-site program and I expect to be able to get meeting space for the ASCLA SIG Bridging Deaf Cultures @ Your Library (BDC). At this meeting I expect to outline the work we have accomplished to date and the work we envision for the DCDL or the Deaf Culture Digital Library. We are now working on a National scale, with at least 5 states, territories or commonwealths that have formed or are forming groups to support DCDL legislation in their jurisdiction. This includes several strong groups in California alone as well as others in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Boston, Massachusetts and others. We want to find ways to build upon what we have; to form a working committee to produce a proposal we can send to the ASCLA Board and on through the ranks of ALA.

With almost 25,000 official registrants of the ALA conference, it is literally impossible without advance planning and coordination to meet people, but I would be fortunate to catch a few notable people like Mike Marlin, the Director of the California Braille and Talking Book Library. Marlin has long been an important advocate and sounding board for me and I have kept him in the loop with our work on the Deaf Culture Digital Library (DCDL). In addition I would meet Orkid Sassouni, who has worked for 14 years at the Deaf Services Center of the SFPL Library as a Technical Assistant.  She is currently attending the Library School at the University of North Texas hoping to earn her MLIS degree.  In the Academic arena I would also meet Jaime N. Smith, a Metadata and Catalog Librarian from Gallaudet University.

ALA Programs Beehive at Moscone:

Given the situation I faced without advance planning, my first order of business was to get Aguilar and McClintock into the thick of things to the extent possible. The meeting choices were basically made on Aguilar's needs of the moment and they focus largely on Digital Content and Preservation. I gave McClintock an Exhibit Pass and set him loose. All of the meetings Aguilar and I attended had relevance to my work with the DCDL and therefore I make a rundown here:

The first meeting we made together was “ aming and Enhancing Visual Literacy: Using the New ACRL Framework to Develop Effective Art Instruction.” While the technical details and the graphic presentation made the point, Aguilar and myself had trouble getting beyond our existence; we are deaf and visual and the program lost some of its flavor after the main points were made. The points we took to heart were those of uniformity and means of projection: how can you best guide, in a technical system, a person to the collection of work you wish to present? This is beyond mere visuals, but of enabling people to find the content they seek or one wishes to promote. The IT backbone of any library system, again, is not the mere stacking of books on a shelf. I can see this as a field upon which many deaf people can find employment; think win-win they do technical stuff while collecting and staging relevant materials for, say, the DCDL.

The second program I attended was Libraries and Book Collections as Essential Cultural Institutions: A Historical and Forward Looking Perspective and this featured three authors and their books: Matthew BattlesSasha Abramsky, and Scott Sherman. The three authors were fascinating characters and the room seemed far too small for their prominence, but one, a New York Post reporter, had my attention. Scott Sherman, the Post reporter, had written a book "Patience and Fortitude: Power, Real Estate, and the Fight to Save a Library" (Melville House) about the NYPL 42nd Street Public Library and a Bloomberg donation dedicated to the Remodeling of the Structure and the Re-Arrangement of the Collections. The $300 Million Dollar story was and is worth reading for many reasons, but as a United for Libraries member and a Library Friend I stood up near the end of the program and asked why we hadn't heard about the NYPL Library Friends. Sherman said, frankly, that the Library Friends had no influence. The story was about power, about shenanigans of the operators (supposedly the plans of renovation and reorganization were NOT publicly disclosed by the bigwigs in charge in a timely manner), and of big-name big-influence donors and actors. In other words, everything that is wrong with the picture.

I speak as a United member when I say that this book, this episode, needs not only a deeper look but a broader context: precisely what is it we do? And more precisely what is missing in what we do as Trustees, Friends, and Foundations; how can it be that Library Friends have no voice on 42nd Street? I will argue that this is a vast and untapped source, and yes, this is it: the voice of the people and the matter of a participatory democracy in action is to be found in Library Friends and their ability to corral and exemplify the voice of the people. And the voice of the people surely can raise $300 million dollars, they did more than that for President Barack Obama more than once. If you ask me it was a waste of money, not because of Obama, but because of a ludicrously expensive political system. As a builder of more than 30 years, I can build more than ten grand libraries with $300 million or do 300 grand library remodels (a million bucks a piece is 'grand' if you ask me).

The third program I attended was the Preservation Showdown where there was a panel supposedly pro and con on the question of digital preservation. While a lot of valid points of relevance, of duplicity, and of sheer fragility were illustrated by the panelists, it was never a question of whether items should be digitally preserved but of whether some things were either possible or practical. The case point for the materialists, or those who want to preserve original content, products, and materials, is that there is no substitute for tactile engagement. Seeing a picture of a Mountain is not the same as being there. The case point of digitization is that to digitize is to make forever and further to digitize is to enable analysis & distribution. My question at the same event was relative: the technology of digitization is maybe 50 years old and I have things that are more than 300 years old. How do I preserve the digital element itself? The answer I got was Open Source; non-proprietary software and language platforms. As long as we stick with the Open Source stuff, we have a future... or at least that is what they said.

Dinner Outing with the Hiranos:

The ALA is no stranger to big events, but the Gay Pride Parade was as big as they come: more than one million people were supposedly within a 10 block area of downtown San Francisco. The results of the SCOTUS decision were on full display in San Francisco.  It is within this context I would get a 2 hour plus meeting with Ron and Kay Hirano and Michelle Aguilar at the Golden Era vegan restaurant at 395 Golden Gate Avenue. The food there was exemplary and we ordered individual plates and a lot of spring rolls to go around. The Golden Era is highly recommended. The prevailing topic we had during our dinner was of the Bay Area Deaf Community and its history.  Ron Hirano's professional career was as a Designer/Draftsman, Engineer, and Project manager.  Ron is also an Author, whose family was interred in a Japanese Concentration Camp during WWII, and who has been a lifetime resident of the Bay area; he was even a graduate of the California School for the Deaf in Berkeley in 1952.. Ron is now an Octogenarian with commensurate historical knowledge and curiosity. The dinner was like attending another program at the ALA where the many aspects of the deaf community and Hirano's life actually weave a beautiful tapestry. Part of Hirano's life can be read in his book: The Life Story of Mother Delight Rice and Her Children (ISBN 978-0-98840070-0-8) Delight Rice, who received a Honorary Doctorate from Gallaudet in 1955, the same year Ron would graduate from the same school. Rice would live in Berkeley until her last days; she would pass away at 81 on October 9, 1964.

Our meeting would reinforce the celebration of life, food, drink, and friends. We ended our meeting with an agreement to follow up on Berkeley and plans for DCDL.

Closing Days at ALA:

The fourth program I attended was on Monday the 29th of June and related to Providing Context for Digital Collections and this was a highly technical presentation by the people at the heart of digital manipulation; people making things work. These same people, highly adept IT professionals, basically ran over the current programs, programming language, and methodologies I couldn't repeat if I wanted to but they also verified, indirectly, that Open Source programming language was key.

The sum of the parts of digitization, for me, is that anybody who does not believe in evolution need only look at 50 years of digital history to see the folly of Moore's Law. Not that he was necessarily wrong but that the law was not new. The realization, for me, is that the “Digital” in the “Deaf Culture Digital Library” will probably be moot –or otherwise fall out of use in far less than 50 years; the word will literally disappear from the vernacular simply because digital is the existence; we lose the need to identify what it is.

Sacramento or Bust:

On the matter of deafness, of culture, and of the library, these things are here to stay and these things represent our keys, which gives way to our succeeding trip to Sacramento where we met with a local deaf advocate. At the Oak Park Brewery, 3514 Broadway, Sacramento.  We, McClintock and I, had a great meeting with Kate “Jc Wordsmith” Shepherd over beer and grub on the down and dirty politics of Sacramento. Actually, according to Shepherd, the Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, was instrumental in the creation of the Oak Park Brewery to begin with. The local lesson of Sacramento, where this location is maybe 1.4 miles from the California Capitol itself, is that degradation, poverty, and other social ills of variety impact people near and far. The Brewery itself is a wonderful remodel and repurpose of a building and grounds that directly contributes to the overall appearance of the neighborhood and its character. This theme of economic revival resonates at the library where new, remodeled, and re-purposed Library and Museum buildings likewise contribute to the economic revival of a community. Think nothing less than Minnesota and something like a 7 to 1 return; where the Minneapolis Public Library actually contributed something like $7 for every $1 the legislature invested in Library Funding. This is about the community: people, businesses, and activities that take place around a Community Center. I believe Shepherd will help us work with people in Sacramento to get the DCDL on the Legislative Agenda in January 2016 when the new legislative session opens.

California School for the Deaf, Former:

The return trip included a stop at the California School for the Deaf that once existed on the Berkeley University Campus and has since been relocated to Fremont. The scene where the school is located is remarkable, not for the trip there but for the view you get when you turn around! Located off to the NW corner of the Berkeley Campus Map, it is off the beaten path. This school is relevant in that it was closed in the 1980's on the pretense of geological faults, but where these very same buildings are not only in existence today, but still in use by the University. At least one building dates to 1932 and in this context there are people looking at the former California School for the Deaf buildings as possible Library or Museum facilities celebrating Deaf History and Culture. Specifically California Deaf Culture that began in 1860. All of the digital-oriented programs were perused, in part, on this pretext: how can California Deaf Culture and History best be preserved?

Our visit to the University offices yielded the fact that most staff and facility were not on grounds at this time of the year but I got the necessary contacts and basic information sources I would need to begin evaluating the potential of this property, something I am doing by way of my company, the New Image Associates Construction Consultants and the first step is to verify the status of the property with the University. Of interest is whether or not there are current plans for the property or whether they may be part of any long term plans under development. In my initial report to the interested parties, I will make note of the practical location barriers for a Library setting. The location is not only off the beaten path, but up a steep hill; matters that are not conductive to a public library setting. On the other hand I will note that it can be made conductive to a Museum setting given that these are often destinations of unique value in and of themselves. My conclusion will basically say that there are valid grounds to present for making at least one of the three buildings a viable Museum of Deaf Education, Culture & History.

With so much more in the Bay area to see I was tempted to hang around another day or two, but with no advance notice, planning, or permissions I decided that we would head on down South to Los Angeles where I am now based. There is a lot more coming, keep an eye on this space.

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