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Midwinter Meeting & Annual Conference 2014

Annual Programs:
It is time once again to start thinking of presentation and program topics for next year. The Program Proposal Form will be posted on Connect and the LITAblog following Annual Conference.

Proposal Deadline TBD (likely August, 2013)

 Midwinter Meetings:

Submit your Midwinter meeting space requests and AV needs to Valerie Edmonds vedmonds@ala.org no later than September 15, 2013

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Online Doc The SEO Interest Group Report Annual 2014

by Erin Rushton on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 03:11 pm

The SEO Interest Group met Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am at the Flamingo Hotel.  

There were four attendees.  

The meeting began with a presentation by Sharon Shafer (UCLA) on optimizing LibGuides.  Attendees then spent the rest of the meeting discussing optimization efforts at their own libraries and organizations (one attendee was from OCLC).  

The SEO Interest Group met Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 10:30am to 11:30am at the Flamingo Hotel.  

There were four attendees.  

The meeting began with a presentation by Sharon Shafer (UCLA) on optimizing LibGuides.  Attendees then spent the rest of the meeting discussing optimization efforts at their own libraries and organizations (one attendee was from OCLC).  

Attendance was sparse at the meeting due to the location (we were a few kms away from the conference centre) and the fact that the meeting was scheduled at the same time as several other LITA programmes.  

Attendees agreed that it might be useful to hold an online meeting later this summer for individuals who expressed an interest in attending the meeting but were unable (at least 51 according to the ALA Conference Schedule)      

 

 

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Discussion Authority Control Interest Group, ALA Annual 2014 (Las Vegas)

by Christina Hennessey on Wed, Jul 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm

The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) Program was held at ALA Annual in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29 from 1pm-3pm. About 100 folks were in attendance. The ACIG meeting had four presentations with four speakers, with the presentations lasting a little over two hours. The speakers were:

The LITA/ALCTS Authority Control Interest Group (ACIG) Program was held at ALA Annual in Las Vegas on Sunday, June 29 from 1pm-3pm. About 100 folks were in attendance. The ACIG meeting had four presentations with four speakers, with the presentations lasting a little over two hours. The speakers were:

Janis L. Young (Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Policy and Standards Division (PSD)) gave her regular semi-annual report from Library of Congress, including updates on authorities projects, staffing changes at Library of Congress, and updates to tables and documentation. She addressed the BIBFRAME Editor project, changes to RDA toolkit documentation, specific upcoming changes (e.g. Cape Verde->Cabo Verde), updates on the treatment of fictitious characters and on genre/form projects, particularly the LCMPT and LCDGT projects.

In February 2014 the Library of Congress launched a new vocabulary, the Library of Congress Medium of Performance Thesaurus for Music (LCMPT). Hermine Vermeij (Team Leader, Subject Specialists Catalogers at UCLA and past chair of the Music Library Association Subject Access Subcommittee) discussed the vocabulary and why it was needed, its history, and its potential to change the way we catalog and discover music. She demonstrated how to use it with several examples and explained what areas of the vocabulary and its application are still in flux, and plans for the future.

Christy Crowl (Founder/Project Director, ProMusicDB), presented recent developments regarding the ProMusicDB.org project, the ProMusicDB ID and its intent to assist librarians in correctly identifying music performers, and have available the first draft of the ProMusicDB.org white paper. An introduction to ProMusicDB was published by Kimmy Szeto  in the March 2014 edition of the Journal of E-Resources Librarianship entitled: "Introducing ProMusicDB: A Professional Music Credits Management System”. Christy showed a demo of the project, why it is needed, showed an example of the credits and metadata of Quincy Jones, and how to create the ProMusicDB ID for a performer and event. Christy would welcome feedback on the ID and the project at christy@promusicdb.org.

Gary Strawn (Authorities Librarian, Northwestern University) is the chair of a PCC task force that will define and prepare an RDA 'Phase 3' for the LC/NACO Authority File. The primary job to be done is the re-coding of most of the remaining AACR2 authority records (numbering in the millions) as RDA. Other tasks to be accomplished as part of the project include: the addition of ISNIs, changes to music medium of performance (subfield $m), changes to relator terms, elimination of pre-RDA 378 fields, and the re-categorization of texts in subfield $c of personal names. All changed records will receive additional fields (046 for personal names, for example) when possible. Examples of each task and the needed solutions and work were shared. Gary had suggestions for additional clean-up projects (e.g. adding death dates to headings) and solicited volunteers to help review preliminary results (e.g. review of the results of auto-generation of 046 field).

A Q&A followed each of the presentations. All presentations are available now at ALA Connect in the Authority Control Interest Group Community: http://connect.ala.org/node/65335.

There was a one-hour open business meeting after the presentations from 3pm-4pm for board members and anyone else that wanted to attend. Scott Piepenburg (Head of Cataloging, Odum Library – Valdosta State University) was named as the new incoming vice-chair, and two new members-at-large were named. The Web Chair position was eliminated as those duties are taken care of by other folks in the use of ALA Connect for all our web work. Also discussed at the meeting were possible topics and speakers for the ALA Midwinter program in Chicago in 2015, the upcoming renewal of the group by LITA, reports from the chair on attending the LITA Chairs meeting and Open House, why the group is connected to both ALCTS + LITA, and possible projects that the group can contribute to outside of presenting programs at ALA conferences (e.g. contributing to Gary Strawn’s Phase 3 project).

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Discussion Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

by Breanne Kirsch on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:45 pm

Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

  • There were 7 attendees.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short introduction on the Imagineering IG, including about the new blog: http://scifiandbeyond.org.
  • We discussed topics for possible future programs at Annual and decided on the following topic: Technoculture: Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Technology.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed including a future webinar about apps that support science fiction and fantasy and evaluating what’s already out there. Thomas Allen and Cara Kinsey will do some research on this idea.
  • We also discussed possibilities for LITA’s 50th Anniversary in a couple of years and nearing the IIG’s 25th Anniversary. We discussed possibilities of covering favorite authors from the past with a retrospective look at how science fiction and fantasy have changes or looking at science fiction and fantasy for children and what is next with the genres. The topic of world-building was also discussed.
  • Thomas Allen agreed to become the Vice-Chair for next year and Breanne Kirsch will continue on as Chair.
  • Finally, the program for annual was discussed: Science Fiction and Fantasy: Redefining Humans from the Past to the Future, held on Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 4:30-5:30pm with Terry Goodkind, Douglas Preston, V. E. Schwab, Wen Spencer, and Jo Walton. There were at least 170 attendees and an author signing at the end of the program.

 

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Discussion Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

by Breanne Kirsch on Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Annual 2014

  • The Game Making Interest Group had a successful meeting with 27 attendees at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short presentation on the Game Making Interest Group.
  • 6 lightning presentations were given by authors of the book: Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct, edited by Breanne Kirsch.
    • Mary Broussard- Knowing when to create a library game and best practices for game design
    • Andrew Battista- Overview on gamification and badges
    • Virginia Alexander and Bree Kirsch- Transfer student Agoge IL game
    • Heath Ward- Physical games related to literature, including a Marshmallow Gun War: Hunger Games Edition
    • Jason Battles- ARGs in the library
    • Bohyun Kim- Educational games in medicine and healthcare and the role libraries can have in educational games
    • Slides will be made available on the wiki: http://gamemakinginterestgroup.wikispaces.com/.
  • After the lightning presentations, an open discussion about how the attendees are using games in their libraries occurred.
  • Two copies of the book were raffled off at the end of the meeting.
  • Dan Maxwell agreed to be the Vice-Chair for the group this year.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed. 
  • If you have questions or comments, feel free to e-mail Breanne Kirsch, the current Chair at bkirsch@uscupstate.edu.
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Discussion LITA Joint Committee and IG Chairs Agenda Annual Conference 2014

by Michelle Frisque on Sun, Jun 22, 2014 at 10:24 pm

LITA Joint Committee and IG Chairs Agenda

ALA Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 28

Meeting 8:30-10:00

Las Vegas Convention Center

Exhibit Hall Mtg Room A

 

LITA Joint Committee and IG Chairs Agenda

ALA Annual Meeting

Saturday, June 28

Meeting 8:30-10:00

Las Vegas Convention Center

Exhibit Hall Mtg Room A

 

1. Introductions – all (10 minutes)

2. President Update - Cindi Trainor Blyberg 

3. Vice President Update – Rachel Vacek

4. Executive Director Update - Mary Taylor

5. LITA Staff Announcements

6. Rachel Vacek 

A) Vice-chair update

B) Overview of the upcoming year

7. Bylaws Update - Jason Griffey (5 minutes)

8. Web Committee Update - Margaret Heller  (3 minutes)

9. Round table update: What would you like to share - All

10. Finalize the Communications Calendar - Paul (10 Minutes)

11. Membership Survey Planning - Evviva Weinraub and Paul Keith (20 minutes)

12. Wrap up (10 minutes)

 

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Discussion Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2014

by Breanne Kirsch on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 01:49 pm

Imagineering Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2014

  • There were 8 attendees.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short introduction on the Imagineering IG.
  • We discussed possible topics for the upcoming program at Annual and decided on the following topic: Redefining Humans from the Past to the Future.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed including a group blog that will be headed by Frank Skornia.

Discussion Game Making IG Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2014

by Breanne Kirsch on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 07:34 am

Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2014

Game Making Interest Group Meeting, ALA Midwinter 2014

  • There were 12 attendees.
  • The Chair, Breanne Kirsch gave a short presentation on how to create a game for use in the library without a lot of technology expertise.
  • Games in Libraries: Essays on Using Play to Connect and Instruct is a new book, edited by Breanne Kirsch, recently published by McFarland and was discussed during the meeting.
  • Then attendees discussed what game related projects they are working on at their institutions.
  • Future endeavors of the group were also discussed. 
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Discussion Presentation Facilitated Discussion

by Michelle Frisque on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 11:42 am

Short presentations are used to spark small group discussion.

Procedure

1. Topics and presenters are identified before the meeting. Questions the facilitator can use for discussion should also be identified and documented before the session.

2. The room should include multiple tables (preferably round). Discussions are best when the table has 4-8 people at each table. You can assign a facilitator for each table ahead of time or ask each table to select their own.

Short presentations are used to spark small group discussion.

Procedure

1. Topics and presenters are identified before the meeting. Questions the facilitator can use for discussion should also be identified and documented before the session.

2. The room should include multiple tables (preferably round). Discussions are best when the table has 4-8 people at each table. You can assign a facilitator for each table ahead of time or ask each table to select their own.

3. First group of speaker(s) present their presentation(s) on a similar topic to the larger group. It is best of the presentations last no longer than 20 minutes.

4. It is then time for group discussion. Discussion should be at least as long as the presentations that are being discussed. Questions for discussion should be distributed to each table. Each table can deviate from the questions but are available if initial conversation lags. Each table should identify a facilitator (facilitator can also be predetermined before the session), recorder and a time-keeper. The group then discusses the topic for a specific amount of time. Ideas should be captured on paper, sticky notes, online, etc. The recorder can either be the facilitator, another person identified in the group or each person can be responsible for documenting their own idea.

5. Debrief. Someone from each table summarizes what was discussed at their topic during all of the rounds to the everyone in the room. Each table should be given 3-4 minutes.

6. Repeat

 

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Discussion Facilitated Discussion

by Michelle Frisque on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Small group discussion focused on shared topic area.

Procedure

1. Topics can either be identified before the session or the first part of the Discussion Group can be spent identifying the topics for discussion. All tables can discuss the same topic or have one or some of the tables discuss one topic while other tables discuss other topics. If topics are identified before the date, create questions that can be used at each table to facilitate the discussion.

Small group discussion focused on shared topic area.

Procedure

1. Topics can either be identified before the session or the first part of the Discussion Group can be spent identifying the topics for discussion. All tables can discuss the same topic or have one or some of the tables discuss one topic while other tables discuss other topics. If topics are identified before the date, create questions that can be used at each table to facilitate the discussion.

2. The room should include multiple tables (preferably round). Discussions are best when the table has 4-8 people at each table. This format also can easily support virtual attendees. Create a “table” or “tables” online for group discussion. Have someone on site to follow the discussion so they can report out.

3. If multiple topics will be discussed, assign topics to each table. You may want to allow attendees to move to the table that discusses topics of interest to the. If questions for discussion were identified ahead of time distribute them at this time.

4. Each table should identify a facilitator (facilitator can also be predetermined before the session), recorder and a time-keeper. The group then discusses the topic for a specific amount of time. Ideas should be captured on paper, sticky notes, online, etc. The recorder can either be the facilitator, another person identified in the group or each person can be responsible for documenting their own idea.

5. Debrief. Someone from each table summarizes what was discussed at their topic during all of the rounds to the everyone in the room. Each table should be given 3-4 minutes. Someone onsite should summarize the results online for the virtual attendees.

6. Repeat

 

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Discussion Around the World Discussions

by Michelle Frisque on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Participants move around the room participating in loosely structured discussions that are of interest to them.

Procedure

1. Topics can either be identified before the session or the first part of the Discussion Group can be spent identifying the topics for discussion.

Participants move around the room participating in loosely structured discussions that are of interest to them.

Procedure

1. Topics can either be identified before the session or the first part of the Discussion Group can be spent identifying the topics for discussion.

2. Topics are then distributed around the room. One topic per area and the topic should be displayed so that it is easy for participants to identify the topic being discussed in that area. Areas can be tables, flip charts, sections of a wall, etc. Paper with markers, or post-it notes with pens should be placed in each area so that ideas discussed can be documented. The ideas discussed can be documented using words or pictures.

  • Facilitator: a facilitator should be assigned for each topic. Facilitators can be chosen in in 3 ways:
    1. The facilitator can be assigned before the Discussion Group begins.
    2. The facilitator can be selected by the first group that discusses the topic. In this model the facilitator stays with the same topic during each round.
    3. The facilitator can rotate each round. The facilitator in the first round can either be assigned ahead of time or selected by the first group who discusses the topic. The facilitator then stays with the topic for the next round. Before the next round is over the facilitator can ask for a volunteer to become the facilitator for the next round. If there is a volunteer the first facilitator can move to another topic. If no one volunteers they remain at the station for the next round.

3. Round 1. Participants select which topic they want to discuss and go to the area of the their preferred topic. The group then discusses the topic for a specific amount of time (to be determined before the first round begins). Ideas should be captured on paper, sticky notes, online, etc. The recorder can either be the facilitator, another person identified in the group or each person is responsible for documenting their own idea. It is best of each area has between 4-8 participants.

4. The first round should last no more than 20 minutes but can be as short as 5 minutes.

5. Round 2. After the first round is completed, participants select another topic they want to discuss and go to the topic area. At least one person from Round 1 needs to remain with the original topic, they will be the facilitator for Round 2. The facilitator gives a brief synopsis of what was discussed in Round 1 and then opens the floor for discussion. Ideas should be captured on paper. The recorder can either be the facilitator, another person identified in the group or each person is responsible for documenting their own idea.

5. Round 3. After the second round is completed, participants select another topic they want to discuss and go to the topic area. At least one person from Round 2 needs to remain with the original topic, they will be the facilitator for Round 3. The facilitator gives a brief synopsis of what was discussed in Round 1 and Round 2 and then opens the floor for discussion. Ideas should be captured on paper. The recorder can either be the facilitator, another person identified in the group or each person is responsible for documenting their own idea.

6. If time remains, conduct additional rounds.

7. Debrief. After the last round is completed it is time to debrief. The facilitator from the last round summarizes what was discussed at their topic during all of the rounds. Each topic should be given 3-4 minutes.

 

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