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GODORT (Government Documents Round Table)

Online Doc Title 44 Alert: What You Can Do

by Geoffrey Swindells on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 12:47 pm

Dear colleague,

We expect that a bill revising Title 44 of the U.S. Code will be introduced in the House of Representatives very soon. While we do not yet know what shape the legislation will take when introduced, this is expected to be a major revision of Title 44, with far-reaching consequences for access to federal government information and for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Read on for background on this issue, as well as two steps you can take right now to advocate for a stronger, more effective FDLP.

Dear colleague,

We expect that a bill revising Title 44 of the U.S. Code will be introduced in the House of Representatives very soon. While we do not yet know what shape the legislation will take when introduced, this is expected to be a major revision of Title 44, with far-reaching consequences for access to federal government information and for the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP). Read on for background on this issue, as well as two steps you can take right now to advocate for a stronger, more effective FDLP.

Background

In June 2017, Davita Vance-Cooks, then Director of the U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO), charged the Depository Library Council with making recommendations for changes to Title 44 of the U.S. Code. While GPO’s request focused on reforming Chapter 19, which governs the FDLP, over the course of the summer and early fall it became clear that the Committee on House Administration (CHA) intended a rewrite of all of the chapters of Title 44 that pertain to GPO, releasing draft legislation on December 11, 2017.

The Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) has long advocated for supporting and improving the FDLP to strengthen this centerpiece of participatory democracy. Throughout the summer and fall of 2017, we have been working closely with the ALA Washington Office to advocate for changes to Chapter 19 that would recognize the challenges and opportunities occasioned by contemporary federal information dissemination practices, while maintaining the core values of the program.

Actions

Here’s what you can do right now, in advance of any actions in Congress:

●      Inform yourself about the issues.  Read ALA’s recommendations for modernizing Title 44, issued in September. Review the CHA’s latest draft legislation and the analyses prepared by GPO and Free Government Information.

●      Contact the government affairs office at your library or its parent institution as soon as possible. Tell them about the value that membership in the FDLP brings to your user community. Find out how you can help your institution advocate for a stronger, more effective program.

To help you communicate within your institution, and with your Representative and Senators, see the attached “What is the FDLP?” information sheet, also available on ALA Connect. You are welcome to distribute and use this document as you see fit.

Do you want to know more? Are you interested in becoming involved in GODORT’s advocacy around Title 44 revisions? If so, please contact:

Geoff Swindells

Chair, GODORT Legislation Committee

gswindells@luc.edu

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NMRT Web Committee (New Members Round Table)

Discussion 2017-18 NMRT Web Committee Progress Report

by Oscar Giurcovich on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 11:56 am

NMRT Web Committee Progress Report is attached.

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

Online Doc 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting Notes - Denver

by Emily F. Gorman on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 07:03 am

These minutes are from the 2/10/18 committee meeting that took place at ALA Midwinter in Denver, CO.

ALCTS

Event ALCTS webinar: VIVO and the Role of Librarians, Part 2

by Julene Jones on Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 06:52 am

ALCTS webinar: VIVO and the Role of Librarians, Part 2

 

ALCTS webinar: VIVO and the Role of Librarians, Part 2

 

Date: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 AM Pacific, noon Mountain, 1 PM Central, and 2 PM Eastern time.

 

This is part 2 of a 2-part series.View Part 1, VIVO and the Role of Librarians.

 

Description: VIVO is an open source tool based on linked open data concepts for connecting and publishing all research information within and across institutions. The two-part webinar series will focus on the background of the VIVO project, how are institutions/organizations currently using it, how are the libraries involved, and especially how can Metadata and Technical Services departments contribute to the project implementation and continuous support. Overview of the moving pieces needed for getting a VIVO installation up and running will be discussed through the eye of the recommended VIVO implementation guide that includes four different focus areas: Project Management, Outreach and Community Engagement, Data Management, and Technical Development. The two-part webinar series will provide an overview of real-world examples where VIVO has been implemented, how VIVO fits in and enhances the current activities on campus. As a researcher profiling system VIVO complements the scholarly landscape on campus that in many instances include institutional repositories, data catalogs, publications metadata aggregators, grants databases, campus directory databases and many more. The complex landscape that VIVO is part of showcases the scholarly outputs of all research oriented individuals and libraries as stewards of scholarly records play an important role in building VIVO.

 

Learning outcomes:

Upon completion, attendees will:

  • gain a deeper understanding of the VIVO semantic web platform;

  • learn how to find the right resources for a new VIVO implementation, including data sources, team members, governance models, and support structures; and

  • gain a valuable guide to best practices in modeling RDF data by utilizing data integration tools.

 

Who should attend?

Librarians who are interested in or will be responsible for this project, members of a project team responsible for setting up a local VIVO installation with local research information data, as well as metadata/cataloging librarians.

 

Presenter:

Violeta Ilik is the is the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services at Frank Melville Jr. Library Stony Brook University. Violeta has experience in managing content creation and dissemination of print and digital resources, supporting scholars’ online identity with researcher management systems, and providing support for faculty, students, and staff on scholarly communication issues.

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Registration Fees for single webinar:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; Group rate $129  

Registration fees for webinar series:   ALCTS Member $69 ; Non-member $95 ; Group rate $206  

How to Register: Complete the individual webinar online registration form or thecomplete series online registration form.

 

ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

 

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Megan Dougherty, Program Officer, ALCTS Continuing Education at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5038 or alctsce@ala.org.

 

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

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ALCTS Technical Services Workflow Efficiency Interest Group

Discussion Presentations from TSWEIG meeting at ALA Midwinter 2018

by Lucas . Mak on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm

The presentations from our meeting at ALA Midwinter 2018 have been posted. Below are the summaries and their files:

 

If We Can, You Can!
By Jessalyn Zoom, Library of Congress

Jessalyn shared her experience of developing efficient workflows, utilizing staff’s strengths and skill sets, and developing staff members and expanding their horizon at the History and Military Science Section.

 

The presentations from our meeting at ALA Midwinter 2018 have been posted. Below are the summaries and their files:

 

If We Can, You Can!
By Jessalyn Zoom, Library of Congress

Jessalyn shared her experience of developing efficient workflows, utilizing staff’s strengths and skill sets, and developing staff members and expanding their horizon at the History and Military Science Section.

 

Simply visualizing technical services infrastructure using draw.io
By Gina Solares, University of San Francisco

Gina presented her usage of a free online diagram software, draw.io, to create a simple visual chart of acquisitions, cataloging, and systems infrastructure. This chart was then used to highlight budget needs, technical challenges, and work dependencies in communication with staff in and outside of technical services.

 

The (workflow) map is not the territory
By Liz Woolcott & Robert Heaton, Utah State University Libraries

Liz and Robert shared some of the lessons they learned in relation to bringing the workflow mapping back to reality, putting the resulting documents to work in training, refining existing processes, making organizational changes, communicating with stakeholders, and evaluating current and potential services at the Technical Services Division.

 

Automation of creating Korean records for orders
By Hyoungbae Lee, Princeton University

Hyoungbae demonstrated a macro he developed using AutoIt Macro Language and Microsoft Excel plugin to expedite the acquisition of Korean materials. This macro collect appropriate bibliographic information, create romanization following ALA-LC rules, and generate MARC order records accordingly.

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RUSA Leadership Council

Discussion AGENDA, RUSA Leadership Council, Virtual Meeting - Feb. 23, 2018

by Chris LeBeau on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 08:17 pm

RUSA Leadership Council Virtual Meeting

February 23, 2018

Connection Info to follow.

 

1.           Approval of Agenda – Alesia McMANUS (3 min)

RUSA Leadership Council Virtual Meeting

February 23, 2018

Connection Info to follow.

 

1.           Approval of Agenda – Alesia McMANUS (3 min)

2.           President's Report ^- Chris LeBEAU (10 min)

3.           Vice President's Report ^-  Ann BROWN (20 min)

4.           Executive Director's Report ^ - Jessica HUGHES (10 min)

NEW BUSINESS / DISCUSSION/ ANNOUNCEMENTS

5a.  Restructuring Task Force overview  & Activity - Beth GERMAN (30 min) 

Beth asks that you look at the activity notes from the Denver RLC meeting in advance of Friday's meeting. Think about what’s missing or additions to them. There will be an activity involving breakout groups which we will do virtually.  
Find the Activity Notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1rBXmmDEFEkbqWzkPZ83xQAN9G2_VXIdy    

5b. Open RLC listserv Question  (LeBEAU) (5 min)

5c. Ethics Inquiry - 
Lesley Brown on behalf of Sara Dallas, chair of COPE, would like to find out what concerns RUSA members may have regarding ethics.  LeBEAU (3 min)

5d.  Discussion of the ALA document enclosed: “Organizational Effectiveness” ^-  McMANUS
(remainder time)

5e. Mentoring vice chairs and future committee chairs - LeBEAU (1 min)

5f. Reminder: reports are due within two weeks. Email to Chris LeBeau lebeauc@umkc.edu (1 min)

 

 

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FAFLRT (Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table)

Event ALA Annual - Building Your Brand: In a Landscape of Budget Cuts and Library Closures

by Janice M. Young on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 06:19 pm

This program provides a process for libraries and librarians to build their brand and link personal authenticity toward the mission of services offered by libraries to their communities. New insight will be disclosed to create a more inclusive view of all diverse voices such as representation from decision-makers, stakeholders, and library advocates. Also, barrier removal strategies will be shared, allowing equity in accessing information through internal and external relations strategy.

This program provides a process for libraries and librarians to build their brand and link personal authenticity toward the mission of services offered by libraries to their communities. New insight will be disclosed to create a more inclusive view of all diverse voices such as representation from decision-makers, stakeholders, and library advocates. Also, barrier removal strategies will be shared, allowing equity in accessing information through internal and external relations strategy. The program is designed to provide insight into developing coalition strategies. It is to note that the library sector is fantastic and leadership strategies are needed to save time. Key themes that will be covered in the program: Teamwork, Engagement and Resiliency.

Presenters:

Rachel Arizaga – Library Director, FMWR Fort Bliss Libraries, USAG Fort Bliss, TX

Michael Steinmacher – Director, Barr Memorial Library, FMWR Community Recreation, Knox, KY

Elsworth Carman – Director, Marion Public Library, Marion, IA

 

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FAFLRT (Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table)

Event ALA Annual - Nontraditional Partnerships: Architects and Health Sciences Librarianship make good Partners for Community Health

by Janice M. Young on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 06:17 pm

Nontraditional partnerships are being forged to address longstanding urban neighborhood and community development issues. This program examines the relationship of design community and consumer health librarians as partners for community health. The library, is a significant component to the new “community center”. The relationship with nontraditional partners, stakeholders, and other components that make up neighborhoods-built environment can leverage the role of consumer health librarians.

Nontraditional partnerships are being forged to address longstanding urban neighborhood and community development issues. This program examines the relationship of design community and consumer health librarians as partners for community health. The library, is a significant component to the new “community center”. The relationship with nontraditional partners, stakeholders, and other components that make up neighborhoods-built environment can leverage the role of consumer health librarians. Nontraditional partnerships provide the perfect platform to advocate for the value of libraries and to ensure that all individuals and diverse populations have access to the information they need to make informed decisions.

Presenters:

Russell Lacoursiere – CDT, LEED-AP Project Manager, Design and Construction Contract Administration, Gensler

Sarah Carnes – Clinical Librarian, Veterans Affairs Bedford VA Medical Center

 

 

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ALCTS Advocacy and Policy Committee

File Report-for-ALCTS-News-Feb-20-2018

by Lauren Corbett on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 05:13 pm

DOCX File, 13.85 KB

FAFLRT (Federal and Armed Forces Libraries Round Table)

Event ALA Annual - African American Pioneers in Library Leadership: Bridging the Past to the Present

by Janice M. Young on Tue, Feb 20, 2018 at 04:40 pm

The presentation is designed to be a conversation starter to further advance the scholarly record of African American librarians’ impact and influence as information professionals. This is an area of scholarship whereby the history of librarians of color remains to be studied. Adopting empirical methods to develop robust recruitment and mentoring programs that values diversity and inclusion in its membership. 

The presentation is designed to be a conversation starter to further advance the scholarly record of African American librarians’ impact and influence as information professionals. This is an area of scholarship whereby the history of librarians of color remains to be studied. Adopting empirical methods to develop robust recruitment and mentoring programs that values diversity and inclusion in its membership. 

The session, chronicles African American librarians’ achievements in librarianship from 1905 through to the appointment of the 14th Librarian of Congress. These pioneers’ bequest to the next generation of librarians an inheritance that bridge the past to the present.

Presenters:

Alma Dawson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Louisiana State University

Jon E. Cawthorne, Ph.D., Dean, Wayne State University Library System and School of Information Sciences

Maurice Wheeler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of North Texas

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