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IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

Online Doc Update from the IFRT Chair

by Charles Kratz on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 06:22 pm

From the IFRT Chair

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table this year.  I am very energized by the great enthusiasm I see in our committees and collectively as a group and staff we are ready to provide a strong forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and challenges in the intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.

From the IFRT Chair

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table this year.  I am very energized by the great enthusiasm I see in our committees and collectively as a group and staff we are ready to provide a strong forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and challenges in the intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.

During ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, IFRT will sponsor a moderated debate on the subject of “big data” analytics in the library world. The right of library users to keep private their individual use of library resources has traditionally been protected by federal, state and local privacy laws as well as ALA’s long-standing guidelines on patron privacy, but those protections may be challenged by the increasing use of “big data” in libraries.  More to come as the program is more fleshed out but please plan on joining us next summer for a lively discussion on this topic in which two speakers, representing opposing points of view, will debate the “big data” phenomenon and its possible consequences for patron privacy. 

This year, the Round Table will plan and implement a two-year fundraising campaign that will raise funds for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Awards program to help sustain the future of the round table’s awards.  The Campaign will include individual solicitations, ticketed fundraising events at the upcoming annual conferences in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. and the securing of award sponsorships.  The IFRT awards include the Oboler Award, the Immroth Award, the Gerald Hodges Award and the Merritt Fund.

Finally, please join our Intellectual Freedom Fighters Public Forum on Facebook.  The Intellectual Freedom Fighters (IFF) want to get Intellectual Freedom issues on the minds, hearts, and tongues of the wider library community. They want to inform you about these issues and provoke tough conversations.  The forum is an outgrowth of the ever-vigilant ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), which has been protecting your freedoms since 1973.  Please note this is an intellectual freedom forum space which is a place to discuss controversial issues in a rational and well thought out manner. We expect people to have different viewpoints and opinions. Nevertheless, we expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect.  Please join us in our discussions.

Thank you,

Charles Kratz, IFRT Chair

July 2017

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IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

File From-the-IFRT-Chair

by Charles Kratz on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 06:17 pm

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The Picture Books for Young Adults Interest Group

Discussion Booklist - Top Ten Humorous Picture Books

by Diane Colson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 03:41 pm

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

FEATURE.  First published July, 2017 (Booklist).

From the dryly witty to the sidesplittingly hilarious, these funny picture books, reviewed in Booklist between July 2016 and June 2017, provide a bundle of laughs for all.

Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Aug. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442402980). K–Gr. 3.

Jasper Rabbit doesn’t realize that his prized new undies glow, until the bedroom lights go out. His dismay quickly changes to terror after he stuffs them in the laundry hamper—and, horror of horrors, wakes up wearing them again.

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author. 2016. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763665302). PreS–Gr. 2.

A few bugs discover a green shoot sprouting from the ground and, in their own gibberish language, discuss. Visual cues in splendid folk-style illustrations allow readers to draw meaning from the hilariously nonsensical dialogue.

How to Be a HeroBy Florence Parry Heide. Illus. by Chuck Groenink. 2016. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452127101). PreS–Gr. 1.

Fairy-tale-obsessed Gideon keeps a constant eye out for his chance to be a hero. Readers will chuckle watching the caped boy, who’s so focused that he misses glaringly obvious opportunities to help.

The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsBy Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Adam Rex. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062438898). PreS–Gr. 1.

This madcap origin story presents Rock, Paper, and Scissors as three mighty warriors. The earnest gravity of the fighters’ quests pairs with the melodramatic tone to produce a brand of purely absurd, sidesplitting humor.

Lexie the Word Wrangler. By Rebecca Van Slyke. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2017. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399169571). K–Gr. 3.

Lexie ties words together and herds them into sentences. But a missing d turns Lexie’s bandana into a banana: a word rustler is on the loose! Droll and playful wordplay will impress teachers and readers alike.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. By Alex T. Smith. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780545914383). K–Gr. 2.

Little Red marches off through the African bush to deliver medicine to her aunt—but who’s that behind her? Warm colors, fantastic comic timing, and a twist ending infuse this updated tale with humor.

Nanette’s Baguette. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. 2016. Hyperion, $17.99 (9781484722862). PreS–K.

Nanette, a young frog, is sent to pick up a baguette but ends up devouring it. Full of regret, Nanette contemplates moving to Tibet, but, luckily, Mom understands. Delicious wordplay and delightful illustrations convey energy, emotion, and hilarity.

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626722408). PreS–Gr. 1.

Little luchador Niño faces off against his little sisters, and they fight dirty. They tattle, screech, and scream—until Niño cleverly traps them and calms them with a book. English-Spanish text and hilarious pictures depict the spectacular battle.

TriangleBy Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763696030). PreS–Gr. 1.

Triangle is up to no good: a prank on his friend Square. Square fails to see the humor and chases the tricky Triangle back to his triangle-shaped house, where the tables are hilariously turned.

A Well-Mannered Young WolfBy Jean Leroy. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet. 2016. Eerdmans, $16 (9780802854797). PreS–Gr. 2.

A young wolf catches a rabbit and politely offers a last wish—only to have the rabbit break his promise to stay put. This understatedly humorous tale of politeness gone awry even sports a twist ending.

 

She isn't focusing on a young adult audience, although several of the books she mentions work well with that age group. 

What is missing here? What are the books that you have used with tweens and teens to make them laugh? Or...which of the books listed above are already on your go-to list?

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ACRL Diversity Committee (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion ACRL Diversity Committee Year-End Report, 2016-17

by Kenny Garcia on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 07:12 pm

Attached is the 2016-17 year-end report for the Diversity Committee. 

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Discussion Branch Manager - 2 Positions, Pierce County Library System (apply by Aug 4)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:11 pm

Branch Manager - 2 Positions
Parkland/Spanaway and South Hill Branches
Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)

Application Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017

Apply at: https://piercecountylibrary-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=432

Branch Manager - 2 Positions
Parkland/Spanaway and South Hill Branches
Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)

Application Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017

Apply at: https://piercecountylibrary-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=432

Join a Library engaged in a community-driven facilities and services planning process and help create and deliver an innovative and exciting future to the residents of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Leadership position responsible for effectively managing operations and activities of an assigned library location; participates in system-wide planning and projects; actively engages the community and ensures service aligns with local residents’ needs; oversees collection; interacts with and provides direct library services to customers.

  • Successful candidate will have a vision and understanding of library service with an eye to both the future and the contemporary needs of the public;
  • Will be customer-focused; an excellent communicator and supervisor; have a proven ability to lead and implement change, develop and support staff, and participate in a system that believes in continual improvement.
  • If you are results-oriented, committed to collaboration and having fun, and you believe that the library must be the community’s first choice for the discovery and exchange of information and ideas, your next job may be at PCLS.

Position Summary:
Manages, coordinates and facilitates branch operations including public services, circulation, branch collections, reference, youth services, library programming, community relations, and building/facility management functions.  Acts as management’s principal in house representative at the branches in which they are assigned.  Is an integral member of the management team in evaluating the delivery of services at the branch level, allocating personnel to the service delivery at the branch(s) and initiating building and facility functions.  Interacts with and provides direct library services to customers; develops and delivers library services and programming; serves as a representative of the Library within the local community, government and Friends group as well as directs and facilitates other staff members’ engagement in the community.

Pay Rate: $66,726 - $77,355 annual, FLSA exempt. Not a union represented position.

Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday as well as one evening per week and weekend availability for coverage as needed. Schedule is subject to change.  Must be able to work weekends and evenings, substitute for other staff and attend meetings.

Application Requirements: In addition to a complete application, please also submit a cover letter and resume by 5 PM, Friday, August 4, 2017.  Submissions which are incomplete or untimely will not be considered.

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Discussion Metadata Services Librarian, College of Charleston

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:05 pm

Metadata Services Librarian
College of Charleston
Charleston SC

Metadata Services Librarian
College of Charleston
Charleston SC

The College of Charleston Libraries seek an innovative and engaged Metadata Services Librarian to provide their MARC and non-MARC metadata expertise to the Collection and Content Services unit of the College of Charleston Libraries. Reporting to the Head of Description and Cataloging Services, the Metadata Services Librarian will work in a team based environment to create, maintain, and enrich metadata representing the college’s physical and digital collections. The Metadata Services Librarian will be responsible for creating original metadata and for complex metadata revision for materials in a variety of formats. The Metadata Services Librarian will work with colleagues in the Collection and Content Services unit, subject specialists, and digital library developers to define departmental strategies for MARC and non-MARCmetadata creation. This position will play a critical role in harmonizing the college’s descriptive metadata practices to maximize discovery. This is a full-time tenure track faculty appointment and carries with it the expectation that faculty will contribute significantly to the profession.

About the College of Charleston and the Libraries
Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. The College of Charleston serves approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate/certificate seeking students with more than 100 majors and minors.

The College of Charleston Libraries are comprised of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Marine Resources Library, and the North Campus Library. The combined annual budgets exceed $5.6 million with a staff of 26 librarians and archivists, 30 full time employees, and 35 student and temporary employees.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

To apply and for additional information, please go to http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/6269

 

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Discussion University Archivist, University of Maryland Libraries (apply by Sept 4)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:02 pm

Title: University Archivist
Category: Librarian
(Open Rank)
Department: Special Collections and University Archives

Title: University Archivist
Category: Librarian
(Open Rank)
Department: Special Collections and University Archives

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocate 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. Maryland ranks 39th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million. The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers.

The University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the University of Maryland collection group within SCUA and collaborates with other curators in the division to provide overall direction for reference services, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, cataloging of manuscript and archival materials, instruction, and outreach. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and University Archives, the University Archivist builds, maintains, interprets, and provides access to the University Archives and assesses collection needs, establishes priorities, and represents the collection area to the University of Maryland community and external organizations and individuals. The successful candidate for this position will:

• Lead the University Archives as an organizational innovator, facilitating the ongoing development of a flexible work environment that places a premium on strategic priorities, project orientation, a work culture that is both fluid and accountable, and an excellent staff.
• Demonstrate creativity in identifying and allocating resources through donor relations, fundraising, grants, partnerships, budgeting, and flexible staff deployments.
• Articulate a vision for the University Archives in the 21st century that takes into account new collecting opportunities in a born-digital information environment and the changing nature of primary documentation in a post-industrial society.
• Articulate a vision for services that transcends collection management and incorporates dynamic activities in the areas of discovery, teaching, preservation, digital presentation to online communities, outreach to new audiences, off-campus partnerships, and alliances with the teaching faculty, students, and colleagues on the library faculty.
• Serve as point of contact for the University Archives’ services to campus and off-campus partners, including the University administration, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Alumni Association, University Relations, and other entities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions and be able to reach, stoop, bend, lift, and move objects. Must be able to tolerate the stresses engendered in a multi-faceted, rapidly growing archives program responsive to a broad user base.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversees the work of the Assistant University Archivist, Athletics Archivist, and the University of Maryland collection groups’ hourly student employees, contract- or grant-supported personnel, interns, and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, skills, and abilities): Must have thorough knowledge of archival theory and practice. Must be able to work effectively with others in a team setting. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting. Must be able to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Must possess a strong service orientation and the potential for professional contributions.

EDUCATION:
Required: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/
Information Science with an emphasis on formal archival education and training, or a master’s degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate.

Preferred: Advanced degree/graduate study in history or other relevant discipline.

EXPERIENCE (Be specific, indicate the minimum years of experience and skills needed):
Required: At least three years of professional archival experience in an academic library including responsibility for supervising the processing of manuscripts and archives. Demonstrated ability and initiative in processing, reference, outreach, donor relations, and administrative activities.

Preferred: Work experience in a university archives setting; knowledge of electronic records; and supervisory and project management experience are desirable.

For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/53239 . No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until September 4th, 2017.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Discussion Special Collections Librarian, Baylor University (apply by Aug 7)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 01:58 pm

Baylor University
Baylor seeks to fill the following Academic Professional faculty position within the University Libraries:

Special Collections Librarian

Qualified candidates will possessan ALA-accredited master's degree in library/information science or relevant graduate degree. For a full list of requirements and more details about the position, please visit  https://jobs.baylor.edu/postings/2545.

Baylor University
Baylor seeks to fill the following Academic Professional faculty position within the University Libraries:

Special Collections Librarian

Qualified candidates will possessan ALA-accredited master's degree in library/information science or relevant graduate degree. For a full list of requirements and more details about the position, please visit  https://jobs.baylor.edu/postings/2545.

To apply, please submit a letter of application and a résumé or current curriculum vitae via email to Beth Farwell, Chair, Special Collections Librarian Search Committee, at Beth_Farwell@baylor.edu. To ensure full consideration, your application must be completed by August 7, 2017. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

To learn more about the Baylor University Libraries and Baylor University, please visit us online at baylor.edu/lib and baylor.edu.

Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, consistently listed with highest honors among The Chronicle of Higher Education’s “Great Colleges to Work For.” Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. The university provides a vibrant campus community for over 16,000 students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Baylor is actively recruiting new faculty with a strong commitment to the classroom and an equally strong commitment to discovering new knowledge as we pursue our bold vision, Pro Futuris. (baylor.edu/profuturis/).

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion as a selection criterion. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

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ALCTS CaMMS Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group

Discussion ALA Annual 2017 - Presentation Slides - Competencies and Education for a Career in Cataloging Interest Group

by Susan Rathbun-Grubb on Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 02:55 pm

Attached are the PowerPoint slides for the following four presentations given during the CECCIG ALA Annual 2017 meeting.  Many thanks to the presenters and those who attended the session.

“Negotiating Competency, Asserting Authority” presented by Erin Leach, Head of Serials Cataloging at University of Georgia, Athens, and Jessica Schomberg, Media Cataloger at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Attached are the PowerPoint slides for the following four presentations given during the CECCIG ALA Annual 2017 meeting.  Many thanks to the presenters and those who attended the session.

“Negotiating Competency, Asserting Authority” presented by Erin Leach, Head of Serials Cataloging at University of Georgia, Athens, and Jessica Schomberg, Media Cataloger at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

“Two Sides of Perspectives: Competencies and Education for Cataloging and Metadata Professionals” presented by Myung-Ja (MJ) K. Han, Metadata Librarian, and Patrick Harrington, Graduate Assistant, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

“Building on the Core:  how the Core Competencies for Cataloging and Metadata Professional Librarians Relate to Audio-Visual and Special Collections Cataloging” presented by Amy K Weiss, Head of Cataloging and Description at Florida State University.

“The Challenges of Change: Using Core Competencies in LIS Education” presented by Karen Snow, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director, School of Information Studies, Dominican University.

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IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

Discussion IFRT Committee Updates

by Kristin Pekoll-IL (staff) on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 02:11 pm

The following comments will be committee updates from each of the chairs

The following comments will be committee updates from each of the chairs

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