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Discussion What's ALAconnect FOR?

by Linda Crook on Mon, Apr 20, 2009 at 04:52 pm

I found myself a little hesitant with ALAconnect because I didn't know what it was for.  And then I kicked myself. 

I found myself a little hesitant with ALAconnect because I didn't know what it was for.  And then I kicked myself. 

When I do workshops about emerging technology, I always caution the participants, when confronted with a new tool, not to ask "What is it for?" because, so often, we don't really know what it's for yet.  It's not to replace a listserv or webpage, it's something new, and we'll probably be surprised at what it turns out to be "for."  We usually start out knowing some things the tool can *do*, and then it's really up to the people who join in and use it to start defining what it's "for."

So, for those of you who have been using ALAconnect, what's it for so far? Have you found unexpected benefits? Is there something I should be doing to maximize my use of it?

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Discussion Call for Presenters: ACRL New Members Discussion Group

by Linda Hofschire on Tue, May 12, 2009 at 11:54 pm

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for presentation at its meeting at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group invites the submission of proposals for presentation at its meeting at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL on Saturday, July 11, 2009.

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group is for new (and aspiring) academic librarians. We meet twice a year–at both ALA conferences–to chat about whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL. Presenters at this meeting have the opportunity to contribute to the professional development of other academic librarians, gain conference presentation experience, and build their CV.

Our meeting topic for the conference is “The Publication Process: Getting Published in LIS Journals.” We are interested in presentations that share personal experiences with the publication process, that will help new and aspiring academic librarians gain a better understanding of the various steps that are involved in this process. We seek proposals for presentations that address this topic from a variety of angles, including (but not limited to):

-Planning a systematic research program
-The publication process: Generating topics, writing up and submitting the manuscript, working with an editor, responding to reviewers, etc.
-Targeting various journals for publication
-What to do if your manuscript is not accepted

The ACRL New Members Discussion Group meeting will take place on Saturday, July 11, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Presenters should plan to speak for 10 minutes and allow 5 minutes for questions/discussion. There will be three presentations. Following the presentations, we will open the floor for discussion on the topic, or we can answer your questions about getting involved in national activities and/or academic librarianship in general.

Proposals are due by June 8, 2009. Notification of acceptance will be made by June 15, 2009. Please include the following information in your proposal:

1. A cover sheet with your name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and email address.
2. A second sheet that contains no identifying information and includes the title and a 200-300 word description of your presentation. The description should clearly identify the topic of your presentation, your personal experience with this topic, and how your presentation will contribute to new and aspiring librarians’ understanding of the publication process.
3. Keep in mind that there will be no use of technology for these presentations. Feel free to bring handouts if you’d like to provide a list of further reading, etc.

Please submit proposal by email to Merinda Hensley (ACRL Convener) at mhensle1@illinois.edu

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The mission of the New Members Round Table (NMRT) is to help those who have been association members less than ten years become actively involved in the association and the profession.

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