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Discussion Attend the Conference Orientation at ALA Midwinter

by Nicole Spoor on Sun, Jan 11, 2015 at 08:55 pm

New to the Midwinter Meeting or ALA?

Come and get a fun and informative introduction to both. Learn to navigate the exhibits, to decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways to get involved. Get tips from the pros and the opportunity for you to get your questions answered. See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/233101#sthash.eBoPaHyl.dpuf

Sponsored by New Members Round Table

New to the Midwinter Meeting or ALA?

Come and get a fun and informative introduction to both. Learn to navigate the exhibits, to decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways to get involved. Get tips from the pros and the opportunity for you to get your questions answered. See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/233101#sthash.eBoPaHyl.dpuf

Sponsored by New Members Round Table

Saturday, January 31, 2015
8:30 am to 10:00 am, US/Central
McCormick Place West, W196a

 

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Discussion Virtual Communities in Libraries epetition

by Valerie Hill (non-member) on Wed, Dec 31, 2014 at 11:12 am

Please consider signing an e-petition to continue the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group.  Your signature will help extend the work of librarians utilizing virtual spaces for the profession.
 
Link to e-petition: http://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=56F8F30B5355CA6D
 
Note-  You must be logged in as an ALA member to sign the e-petition.
 

Please consider signing an e-petition to continue the ALA Virtual Communities in Libraries Member Initiative Group.  Your signature will help extend the work of librarians utilizing virtual spaces for the profession.
 
Link to e-petition: http://www.ala.org/CFApps/epetition/index.cfm?pid=56F8F30B5355CA6D
 
Note-  You must be logged in as an ALA member to sign the e-petition.
 
Purpose of ALA VCL MIG:  To provide a group within ALA for members interested in fostering the practice of library work, the visibility of libraries and library workers, and the extension of library services within online social networks, virtual worlds, and other communities of intention. To provide a mechanism for sharing experiences and practices in-person or virtually through programming or asynchronous communications.To encourage wider participation by the profession and the association in virtual worlds. To establish a forum across all types of libraries and at all levels of library employment concerned with the development of library services in emerging social networks, virtual worlds, and other communities of intention. This group is open to all members.

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Discussion Invitation from ALA President Courtney L. Young to participate in Kitchen Table Conversations

by Mary Ghikas on Tue, Dec 23, 2014 at 04:28 pm

TO:                        ALA members and 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees

 FROM:                  Courtney L. Young, ALA President

 RE:                       ALA Midwinter Meeting:  Conversations with members of the ALA Community

DATE:                    23 December 2014

 

TO:                        ALA members and 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting attendees

 FROM:                  Courtney L. Young, ALA President

 RE:                       ALA Midwinter Meeting:  Conversations with members of the ALA Community

DATE:                    23 December 2014

 

At this year’s ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community – a community of members, staff and external allies. As we consider future directions for ALA in a time of significant change, your voice is very important. I urge you to participate so you are heard as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with and on behalf of members now and in the future.

The focus of these  1 ½ hour conversations will be Professional and Leadership Development. They will take place at the Hyatt Regency McCormick, Boardroom 1.   We are planning four conversations per day, each with up to 16 participants.  They will begin on Saturday, January 31, and run through Monday, February 2:  8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, and 3:00-4:30pm. To ensure your seat, please register in advance by visiting http://vols.pt/Eab9qU. We will fill spaces on a first-come basis, and you are welcome to join without signing up provided there’s space.  This year, the Kitchen Table Conversations have been included in the Scheduler http://alamw15.ala.org/sessions/kitchentableconversations, so you can add them easily to your schedule.

ALA members experienced in facilitating conversations will facilitate and record the conversations. Following the Midwinter Meeting, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/210217 ) – and as we hold future conversations, we will continue to build a rich base of public knowledge about the aspirations and concerns of our community.  Feedback from the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference, 2014 Midwinter Meeting and 2014 Annual Conference has been shared with the ALA Executive Board and with Division leaders.  We will be continuing these conversations at the 2015 Annual Conference in San Francisco.

I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.

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Discussion NMRT Mentoring Committee Seeking More Mentors

by Cheryl Blevens on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 02:33 pm

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know? Would you like to walk alongside a new librarian as they enter the profession?

Here is your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of ALA (NMRT), to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide as they learn the ins and outs of librarianship. The NMRT Mentoring Committee's Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year-long mentoring program.

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know? Would you like to walk alongside a new librarian as they enter the profession?

Here is your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of ALA (NMRT), to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide as they learn the ins and outs of librarianship. The NMRT Mentoring Committee's Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year-long mentoring program.

The NMRT Career Mentoring program will last from October 2014 to July 2015. Conference attendance is not required, but membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged.

For further information and to apply, please visit
http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/mentor/mentoringcommittee

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions after visiting the site.

Sincerely,

The New Member Round Table Mentoring Committee
NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com

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Discussion NMRT RESUME REVIEW APPOINTMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 09:20 am

We have extended the closing date for you to make an appointment to have your resume reviewed to Tuesday, June 24 at 5pm.  Hurry and make an appointment to get free resume help from industry experts! Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.

Discussion Invitation from ALA President Barbara Stripling: 2014 Annual Conference Kitchen Table Conversations

by Mary Ghikas on Wed, Jun 4, 2014 at 09:07 am

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community --  a community of members, staff, external allies and partners, and others in our field.  These conversations are a step in the process of making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

At this year’s ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, we are continuing the kitchen-table type conversations with ALA members and attendees about their aspirations for ALA as their professional community --  a community of members, staff, external allies and partners, and others in our field.  These conversations are a step in the process of making ALA an innovation space where members and staff can collaborate and create together.

These 1 ½ hour conversations will take place Saturday-Monday at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas, at the LVH Executive Boardroom.  We are planning four conversations/day, each with approximately 16 participants.  They will begin on Saturday, June 28, and run through Monday, June 30: 8:30-10:00am, 10:30-noon, 1:00-2:30pm, 3:00-4:30pm.  To ensure your seat, please register in advance by  sending an email to Mary Ghikas, ALA Senior Associate Executive Director (mghikas@ala.org). Please indicate a first and second choice, if possible.

ALA members and staff will be facilitating and taking notes at the conversations.  Following the Annual Conference, we will post notes to the community in ALA Connect (http://connect.ala.org/node/210217 ). You will find notes from previous conversations there.  As we hold future conversations, we will continue to build a rich base of public knowledge about the aspirations and concerns of our community. We will be continuing these conversations in 2015 – in Chicago and San Francisco.

Feedback from the Kitchen Table Conversations held at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference has been shared with the ALA Executive Board and with Division leaders.  Feedback from 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting conversation, which focused on the ALA Annual Conference, has been pushed out to the ALA Conference Committee, as well as to the ALA Executive Board and Division leadership.   As the Board and member groups across the Association consider future directions for ALA in a time of significant change, your voice is very important.  I urge you to participate so we can hear your voice as we consider the best ways for ALA to work with and on behalf of members now and in the future.  I thank you for your membership, your attendance and your interest in building our professional community together.  [2013-2014 ALA President Barbara K. Stripling]

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Discussion International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

by David Miller on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 09:48 am

International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

Presented by the ALCTS International Relations Committee and the LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group

International Developments in Library Linked Data: Think Globally, Act Globally

Presented by the ALCTS International Relations Committee and the LITA/ALCTS Linked Library Data Interest Group

Libraries have the potential to make major contributions to the Semantic Web, but are still emerging as global participants. RDA implementation and the BibFrame initiative have drawn fresh attention to the promise and potential of linked data. What are the international developments in linked data, emerging from libraries and other memory institutions? Come hear our speakers address current projects, opportunities and challenges.

This is a two-part program: it is not necessary to attend both parts. The walk between the rooms for Part One and Part Two takes about five minutes.

Part One: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 8:30 to 10:00am

Las Vegas Convention Center N264

Moderator: Theo Gerontakos, Metadata/Cataloging Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

Speaker: Jodi Schneider, Centre de Recherche

Speaker: Neil Wilson, Head of Metadata Services, The British Library

Speaker: Richard Wallis, Technology Evangelist, OCLC

 

Part Two: Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 10:30 to 11:30 am

Las Vegas Convention Center S230

Moderator: Sarah Quimby, Library Processing Manager, Minnesota Historical Society

Speaker: Gordon Dunsire, Independent Consultant

Speaker: Reinhold Heuvelmann, German National Library

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Discussion REGISTRATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED TO HAVE RESUMES REVIEWED!

by Cheryl Blevens on Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 08:36 am

 

NMRT RESUME REVIEW SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS!

 

NMRT RESUME REVIEW SERVICE AVAILABLE IN LAS VEGAS!

Appointments are now being accepted to have resumes or cover letters critiqued at the New Members Round Table Resume Review Service during the 2014 Annual Conference in Las Vegas! Reviewers are available Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 – 5:00. Walk-ins will be accommodated if possible but appointments are strongly encouraged. Appointments are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day. Questions can be directed to Cheryl Blevens (cheryl.blevens@indstate.edu) or Nicole Spoor (nspoor@gmail.com), and using “2014 Conference RRS Volunteer” in the subject line of your email.

Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. In the upper left corner of the page, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.

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Discussion Engage with ALA. Register for VMM14.

by Ron Jankowski on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 01:18 pm

Engage with ALA.  Register for VMM14.

 

Register now for June 5 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting.

Engage with ALA.  Register for VMM14.

 

Register now for June 5 ALA Virtual Membership Meeting.

Virtual Membership Meetings (VMM) provide an important way for personal members to affect what ALA does. All ALA personal members may register for and participate in the VMM, which are part of ALA's ongoing efforts to reach out interactively to members about its strategic direction, budget priorities and topic of interest. During the meetings, ALA leaders present information about topics of interest to the general membership. Register for VMM14.

2013-2014 ALA President Barbara Stripling states, "I will provide updates on my presidential initiatives, discuss ALA’s new strategic advocacy, policy and professional development initiatives, and address ALA’s budget and financial picture." Stripling reminded members,  "VMM14 will serve as an open forum/chat covering topics ranked by members in a poll at the beginning of the meeting and an opportunity to discuss and vote on resolutions or testimonials offered by members on which all current ALA personal members may vote."

The 2014 Virtual Membership Meeting (VMM14) takes place from 2 - 3:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, June 5. Live captioning is provided for all participants.  The meeting will begin with a report and update regarding ALA’s strategic initiatives. Following that, an open forum on topics chosen by members in a recent online survey will take place via text chat.

Many members gather a group of co-workers to view the VMM together. It is a chance for sharing among immediate colleagues and among colleagues across the country and even the world.  See the VMM14 Web page or  ALA Connect Member Group for more information.

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Discussion STILL TIME TO APPLY FOR THE 2014 NMRT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT GRANT!

by Melanie Kowalski on Thu, Mar 20, 2014 at 02:11 pm

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 –  July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Click here to go to the application.

Deadline: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by 5 pm (Eastern time).

We are excited to announce that members of ALA’s New Members Round Table (NMRT) can apply to receive a grant, sponsored by NMRT, which will cover expenses to attend the ALA Annual Conference, June 26 –  July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.

Click here to go to the application.

 The application form and further information about the grant is available on the NMRT website. You must be a current member of NMRT in order to apply. To join NMRT, visit the ALA website and follow the “Join ALA” link to add NMRT to your ALA membership.

Click here for information about the award and award criteria.

 

For further information about the grant, please contact:

 

Melanie T. Kowalski

Chair, NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee

Emory University, Scholarly Communications Office

540 Asbury Circle, Atlanta, Ga, 30030

Phone: 404-727-8286

Email: melanie.t.kowalski@emory.edu

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