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Discussion Addition of UMB Rewards Credit Card Expands ALA’s Affinity/Member Value Programs (MVP)

by Ron Jankowski on Wed, May 22, 2013 at 08:37 am

Addition of  

Addition of  UMB Rewards Credit Card Expands ALA’s Affinity/Member Value Programs (MVP)

Chicago, IL (5/16/2013) – The American Library Association (ALA) and UMB CardPartner (cardpartner.com) have launched the American Library Association affinity Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card, expanding its Affinity/MVP Programs for ALA members.

The American Library Association Visa® Platinum Rewards card offers qualified cardholders exceptional benefits including competitive rates and terms.  “Using The American Library Association Visa® affinity Platinum Rewards credit card for everyday purchases is an easy way for ALA personal members to both support ALA, while gaining the benefits offered via the Visa® Platinum Rewards credit card," said Ron Jankowski, Membership Director, American Library Association.

Find out more about The American Library Association Visa® Platinum Rewards card and apply online by visiting http://www.cardpartner.com/pro/app/ala or the Member Benefits area of the ALA Website.

About CardPartner

CardPartner (www.cardpartner.com) specializes in helping U.S.-based membership organizations and charities create affinity credit card programs. CardPartner is owned and operated by UMB Bank, n.a., the lead bank of UMB Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: UMBF) – a financial services holding company headquartered in Kansas City, Mo. Visa credit cards offered through CardPartner are issued by UMB Bank, n.a., and the bank approves credit decisions, grants credit, and manages the administration for card programs offered by CardPartner. For more information about UMB, visit www.umb.com

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Event Association Options Fair at ALA Annual Chicago

by Kelly Quaye (non-member) on Mon, May 20, 2013 at 11:42 am

The 2013 Association Options Fair will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 in Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center, South Building Hall A. It will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with leaders from throughout the association and profession. All 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend.

The 2013 Association Options Fair will be held from 1:00-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 30 in Chicago's McCormick Place Convention Center, South Building Hall A. It will provide opportunities for attendees to engage with leaders from throughout the association and profession. All 2013 ALA Annual Conference attendees are invited to attend.

The Association Options Fair was developed to address one of the most essential steps toward leadership development — exposure to leadership and involvement opportunities within ALA.  Following upon the success of this event in 2012, the 2013 Association Options Fair is being coordinated by the New Members Round Table (NMRT). 

Attendees will have an opportunity to network with association, division, round table and affiliate representatives to discuss volunteer and leadership engagement opportunities.  By shedding light on the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the Association, it is hoped that more members can become engaged and benefit from the experiences available through involvement in the association. The Association Options Fair seeks to provide a diverse membership with new opportunities to engage in all levels throughout the association.  

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/association-options-fair-provides-opportunities-build-your-career

Follow the event... #ala13aof

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Event ASCLA – ICAN Consortium Management Discussion Special Interest Group

by Sheryl Knab on Wed, May 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Where: Hilton Chicago, Grand Tradition room

Where: Hilton Chicago, Grand Tradition room

Facilitator:  Sheryl Knab, Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY
Topic for discussion:     New Directions, New Opportunities for Library Consortia

Join us for an interesting showcase of what is happening in some consortiums around the country. 

 

Agenda

4:30 pm to 4:35 pm    Welcome and Introductions

4:35 pm to 4:45 pm    Annie Norman, Big Data

4:45 pm to 4:55 pm    Sheryl Knab, I2NY

4:55 pm to 5:05 pm    Aaron Skog, ILS

5:05 pm to 5:15 pm    Kristy Eklund, eLibrary

5:15 pm to 5:25 pm    Discussion/Q&A

5:25 pm to 5:30 pm    ALA Annual 2014

 

1)      Consortial Power! Harnessing the Magic of Library Big Data

Annie Norman, Ed.D., State Librarian & Director, Delaware Division of Libraries

The benefits of library consortia are many – streamlining efficiencies, leveraging limited funds, sharing resources, and more!  In this session (presentation?), we will discuss ways to analyze and leverage the advantages of live consortial data for decision making and library advocacy.

2)      I2NY:  Envisioning a State-Wide Information Infrastructure for New York State

Sheryl Knab, Executive Director, Western New York Library Resources Council

Sheryl will provide an overview of the year-long investigation conducted by the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. – a library consortia made up of nine multi-type regional library councils in New York State. The goal is to create a strategic direction for building upon existing collaborations, scaling up local initiatives to state-wide when appropriate, and develop infrastructure frame-work to support state-wide pilots and projects.

3)      “Library Consortium & The Next Generation Integrated Library System Software”

Aaron Skog, SWAN Executive Director, Illinois

The SWAN consortium of 78 libraries in Illinois is assessing the latest iteration of ILS software, often referred to as the next generation ILS that will run its large network. SWAN’s will present an overview of the features of next generation ILS, how these might fit within SWAN, and our method for selecting what will be our future ILS platform.

4)      Thinking differently About Shared Digital Collections:  The DALNET eLibrary

Kristy Eklund, DALNET, Detroit Area Library Network

Many consortia play a role in facilitating the purchase of shared digital collections for their members.  As a service to our consortium members, we have taken a new approach by creating a shared digital collection of free online resources.  These resources cover a variety of subject areas and digital content formats to meet the various needs of our different types of libraries.  Collections are all available for free, online, and are accessible through our member library catalogs.  Members can pick and choose which collections they want to promote access to, and they can also assist in the creation of records for the collections.  A brief overview of the service will be demonstrated.  The DALNET eLibrary is open access to anyone on the Internet at www.dalnet.org/elibrary.

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Discussion A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions

by Holly Robertson on Tue, Apr 30, 2013 at 02:37 pm

"A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions - FY2012" is a pilot survey coordinated by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). 

The goal of this survey is to document the state of preservation activities in thi

"A Survey of Preservation Activities in Cultural Heritage Institutions - FY2012" is a pilot survey coordinated by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) of the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS). 

The goal of this survey is to document the state of preservation activities in this digital era via quantitative data that facilitates information sharing and tracking changes in the preservation and conservation fields over time.   

Any cultural heritage institution with preservation activities may complete this survey. The survey will be open from April 25, 2013 through June 25, 2013. 

Questions focus on preservation activities for fiscal year 2012 (as defined by your institution) and will document your institution's administration and staffing of preservation activities, budget and expenditures, general preservation programming (disaster planning, education, outreach and more), conservation treatment, preservation reformatting and digitization, and digital preservation activities. 

The survey is available at:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/preservation-survey

Holly Robertson
Preservation Consultant - Washington, D.C.
Member-at-Large, Preservation and Reformatting Section, ALCTS / ALA
preservationstatistics@gmail.com

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Online Doc NYPL "Between Two Worlds"

by Alec McFarlane on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I think the membership may appreciate this recent article from the NYPL that features our very own Alice L. Hagemeyer, the Honorary ALA Member:

http://www.nypl.org/blog/2013/04/03/between-two-worlds-memoirs-children-deaf

Discussion World Book Night 2013 Application and Library Particpants' List (Updated)

by Danielle Alderson (staff) on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 10:43 am

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2013 is a celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading.  On WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2013, 25,000 “book givers” will each give away 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale WBN edition of book they have read and loved (from a list of 25-30 titles selected by librarians and booksellers) to complete strangers – people who may never have owned a book of their own.  To promote this literacy event, libraries and bookstores – as organizational participants in the event – form a nationwide advocacy and distribution network

WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2013 is a celebration of literacy by publishers, bookstores, libraries and individuals who love books and reading.  On WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2013, 25,000 “book givers” will each give away 20 copies of a specially-printed, not-for-resale WBN edition of book they have read and loved (from a list of 25-30 titles selected by librarians and booksellers) to complete strangers – people who may never have owned a book of their own.  To promote this literacy event, libraries and bookstores – as organizational participants in the event – form a nationwide advocacy and distribution network.

World Book Night is April 23, 2013

The application is closed. 

Please see the new attachment: WBN 2013 Library Participants (updated as of 1/24/2013)

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Discussion Please sign our petition for open access to ALL govt information

by James Jacobs on Wed, Mar 13, 2013 at 01:28 pm

As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.

As part of Sunshine Week -- and in conjunction with the White House's new policy on Open Access to federally funded scientific information -- a small group of government information librarians has started a petition on petitions.whitehouse.gov asking the Obama Administration to assure that there is free permanent public access to ALL authentic government information.

we hope you'll sign the petition and forward on to all your friends and social networks to help us reach our goal of 100,000 signatures by April 11, 2013! Thanks in advance!!


WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:

Require free online permanent public access to ALL federal government information and publications.

1. Assure that GPO has the funds to continue to maintain and develop the Federal Digital System (FDsys).

2. Raise ALL Congressional, Executive & Judicial branch information, publications & data to the level of federally funded scientific information & publish ALL government information as "Open Access."

3. Mandate the free permanent public access to other Federal information currently maintained in fee-based databases - including the Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER), the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL), & USA Trade Online.

4. Establish an interagency, govt-wide strategy to manage the entire lifecycle of digital government information w/ FDLP Libraries - publication, access, usability, bulk download, long-term preservation, standards & metadata.

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Discussion Survey: Library Staff and Code Year

by Carrie Preston (non-member) on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 at 06:46 am

Apologies for cross-posting.

 

Apologies for cross-posting.

 

I am conducting a survey on librarian experiences with Codecademy’s Code Year program. The survey is intended for library staff who completed at least one Code Year exercise in 2012. You do not need to have completed the entire Code Year program to participate. You must be 18 years old or older to participate.

 

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. No identifying information will be collected and your participation in this survey is voluntary.

 

To complete the survey, please visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1njVvhkHCtTRuYk7nvVFJIDv3pbwRlp4MmQPWD9k3r8Y/viewform

 

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact:

Carrie Preston

prestonc@ohio.edu

(740) 597-1973

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Discussion Library of Congress exhibit booth at ALA Midwinter

by Anne Harrison on Wed, Jan 16, 2013 at 02:27 pm

The Library of Congress exhibit booth (#603) has a wide-ranging schedule of events, including 32 live presentations and a selection of video presentations.  Attend and learn about the world of creativity, innovation, and information represented in the Library's collections, as well as the Library's services, programs, and initiatives.

http://www.loc.gov
Follow us on Twitter: @librarycongress
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/libraryofcongress

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Join ALA President Molly Raphael and Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels for the ALA 2012 Virtual Membership Meeting on Wednesday, June 6th from 3:00pm - 4:30pm CDT, online.  Space is limited to 1,000 members.  Please register at https://ala.ilinc.com/register/yzxhzss and participate in pre-meeting discussions here in the ALA Members group on Connect.

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