ASCLA Library Consultant Interest Group Section
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Consultants Networking Luncheon hosted by ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
12 – 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25
Do you consider yourself a library consultant? Would you like to become a library consultant? Lunch and learn with colleagues! The Library Consultants’ Networking Luncheon provides an opportunity to meet others and discuss the skills, craft, and business of consulting. Jamie Hollier will share tips and exercises to for relaxation and focus in Preparing to Speak. Brenda Hough will offer techniques for Presenting online: How do you engage a virtual audience? The event is hosted by ASCLA’s Library Consultants Interest Group (http://connect.ala.org/node/151445). Join us in Philadelphia to network and learn.
The event, scheduled for Saturday January 25, 2014 from 12:00 - 2:00 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia is a ticketed event. You can add this event to your Midwinter registration or may attend without registering for the full conference. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $79; ALA members, $95; non-ALA members, $99; Student/Retired members of ALA, $79.
RFP: Project Director, Guidelines for Provision of Financial Literacy Education Services in Librariesby Liz Markel (staff) on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 11:45 am
RFP: Project Director for the creation of Guidelines for Provision of Financial Literacy Education Services in Libraries
The American Library Association is seeking an individual to serve as Project Director to oversee creation of guidelines and best practices for financial literacy education (FLE) services provided by libraries, including research and preparation of guidelines and best practices documents, a roll out plan and white paper, a webinar, and measures of the success of these materials through interviews, surveys and questionnaires, as outlined in the grant narrative. This project is funded by a IMLS Sparks! grant.
Download the complete RFP: http://www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/RFPSPARKSProjDirector.pdf
Download the grant narrative: http://www.ala.org/rusa/sites/ala.org.rusa/files/content/RUSASPARKSnarrative.pdf
Read more information about the role of the project director and the details of the project on the RUSA blog, including submission instructions and deadlines: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2013/08/27/rfp-project-director-guidelines-for-financial-literacy-education-services-in-libraries/
Responses to the RFP are due to RUSA Executive Director Susan Hornung by 5:00pm Central on September 23, 2013.
Questions? Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 280-4395. Please note that Susan is out of the office until Tuesday, Sept. 3, and will return all inquiries about this RFP at that time.
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Here is a brief summary for those LCIG members who were unable to attend the Library Consultant’s Interest Group Programs at the ALA Annual Conference 2013, Chicago. We hope you can join us next year.
06/29/2013 Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions
Joan Frye Williams
On the ALA Scheduler, there were over 450 people listed. The room held about 350. It was full, with a few seats available in the front, but many people standing or sitting in the back. Joan Frye Williams presented an excellent program focusing on essential steps for communication and involvement for decision making. There were 110 evaluation forms turned in after the program with uniformly excellent ratings.
06/30/2013 Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything?
Sara Laughlin, Carlos Manjarrez, Matthew Birnbaum, Laura Stone, William Wilson
On the ALA Scheduler, there were over 225 people listed. The room held about 144 and I estimated that about 90 people attended. The IMLS staff presented the problems and issues relating to evaluating (and justifying to funders) the IMLS grants and programs, including LSTA. They presented the options, benefits, and shortfalls of evaluation schemes from very individualized custom reporting to very standardized quantitative reporting. IMLS is looking for a balance. At the end of the program, there was a call for those interested to keep the dialogue open in discussing and developing workable library program evaluation templates. There were 21 evaluations turned in after the program, with generally excellent ratings.
06/30/2013 Consultants Giving Back
On the http://www.consultantsgiveback.org/ web page there were 20 consultants signed up to offer the free sessions. On the ALA Scheduler, 22 people signed up as interested in the CGB – some of these were the consultants. ASCLA LCIG is a sponsor for the program along with the more informal consultants breakfast group and members of LibraryConsultants.org. ASCLC LCIG serves as host - greeter – welcomer for the session. Unfortunately the assigned room was difficult to find and remote from other conference program rooms. This discouraged “drop-ins.” Most of the consultants attending had appointments for short free consulting sessions. Evaluations by the consultants and the participating librarians will be done after conference by online surveys.
I am pleased to report that the Library Consultants Interest Group (like all of ASCLA) increased membership during 2012-2013. There were about 36 members last summer. LCIG now boasts 60 members on the ALA Connect Group.
The group has had an active year with an energetic Networking Luncheon in Seattle in January, a Midwinter meeting Discussion Forum, two Annual Conference programs, as well as sponsorship of the Consultants Giving Back program.
We hope that these activities and networking provide good professional opportunities for independent and internal organization consultants.
Please let us know what you would like to see in LCIG.
Pat Wagner forwarded the following announcement about digitization and digital collection planning in Florida to another list. And I am forwarding it to the Library Consultants Interest Group. As she said, "I know nothing, I am just the messenger."
From: "Murray, Vonda" <Vonda.Murray@DOS.MyFlorida.com>
Subject: Request for Proposals for development a five-year digital plan for library development in Florida
Date: June 21, 2013 10:34:04 AM MDT
The Florida Department of State, Division of Library and Information Services, wishes to secure competitive proposals from qualified providers who are capable of developing a five-year digital plan for library development in Florida.
The full document is available at http://myflorida.com/apps/vbs/vbs_www.ad.view_ad?advertisement_key_num=107868
Questions about the RFP will be accepted until 4:00 PM eastern time on July 5th, 2013.
Responses to vendor questions will be posted on the Vendor Bid System on or about July 12, 2013.
Proposals must be received in the purchasing office by July 25, 2013, 2:00 PM, Eastern time. Proposals received after this date and time will not be considered.
The RA Gray Building is a secure building. Please allow sufficient time to clear security prior to the bid opening time.
Proposals will be opened on July 25, 2013, 2:00 PM, Eastern time, at the below address.
The successful vendor must be registered in the state's electronic purchasing system, MyFloridaMarketPlace, in order to enter into a contract.
Failure to file a protest within the time prescribed in Section 120.57(3), Florida Statutes constitutes a waiver of proceedings under Chapter 120, Florida Statutes.
Please direct all questions to:
Phone: (850) 245-6590
FAX: (850) 245-6583
The RA Gray Building
500 South Bronough St., Rm 428
Tallahassee FL, 32399–0250
The LCIG leaders and members are looking forward to a stimulating ALA Annual Conference. The group is sponsoring or co-sponsoring three programs of interest to library consultants and independent library professionals. Please tell your colleagues about:
· Saturday 6/29/2013 from 1:00 – 2:30 (MPCC N427bc) Beyond Brainstorming: Making More Effective Decisions with Joan Frye Williams, library consultant and futurist.
· Sunday 6/30/2013 from 8:30 – 10:00 (MPCC S404a) Do Those Evaluation Statistics Mean Anything? a panel sponsored by the Library Consultants Interest Group and the ALA Committee on Research and Statistics. The program is moderated by Sara Laughlin, Director of the Monroe County Public Library and features Carlos Manjarrez, Director of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at IMLS, Matthew Birnbaum, PhD, Research and Evaluation Officer at IMLS, William Wilson, Partner with Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants, and Laura Stone, Federal and State Grants Manager at the Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records.
· Sunday 6/30/2013 from 1:00 – 5:30 (Hyatt McCormick Place - Jackson Park 10D) Consultants Give Back cosponsored with PLA. To see the consultants registered to participate in the event to provide short consulting sessions see http://cgb.galecia.com/.
Tell us about your conference plans and your reviews of the programs on Twitter at #asclaig #consultant. Plan to meet other LCIG members at the Saturday 6/29/2013 from 5:45 – 7:30 ASCLA/COSLA Reception and Awards and the ASCLA President’s Program on Sunday 6/30/2013 from 10:30 – 12:00 Storytelling Mojo: Creating the 21st Century Library Narrative.
The ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) congratulates Allan Kleiman for election to the ASCLA Board as Designated Director, Library Consultants Constituency. The LCIG Leadership team for 2013-2014 will begin planning for the coming year. The team members include:
Allan Kleiman Chair 2013-2014
Carson Block Chair Elect 2013-3014
Jeannette Smithee Past Chair 2013-2014
Jamie Hollier Secretary 2013 – 2015
Katherine Cunningham At Large member 2013 – 2015
Nancy Bolt At Large member 2012-2014
Stephanie Gerding At Large member 2012 - 2014
The Library Consultants Interest Group welcomes new members and ideas for programs and discussion topics. ALA members can join the interest group through the directions at http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclainterest/list. Members can send program ideas to incoming LCIG leader, Allan Kleiman, email@example.com.
The deadline for proposals for ASCLA's 2014 Annual Conference programs, preconferences and Midwinter Meeting institutes has been extended to June 1!
More details at the ASCLA blog: http://ascla.ala.org/blog/2013/04/call-for-proposals-ascla-2014-programs-preconferences-institutes/
**Who can propose a program, institute or preconference?** Any current ASCLA member can propose one of these events, however we strongly encourage support and sponsorship from one of our interest groups! If you’re not an interest group member, consider joining one and using the group as a springboard for your conference event ideas. Check out the list of our interest groups, contact information for interest group leaders and instructions on how to join.
**What sorts of topics are of interest?** The best topics represent ASCLA’s core member areas–state library agencies, special populations librarians, independent librarians and library consultants, and resource-sharing librarians at networks and cooperatives–but are also of interest to librarians throughout the profession from all types of libraries. Keep in mind that topics should still be relevant in January and June 2014 when they are finally presented! You can browse our interest group list here for inspiration.
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We look forward to reviewing your submissions. :o)
Just saw this come across the ASCLA-L listserv. If you have any information, respond to Karen directly at
I am looking for a directory or list of consultants who can facilitate
strategic planning in state of Indiana. I am targeting the geographic area that
surrounds the state: Ohio, Michigan, Illinois or Kentucky. Does ASCLA compile a
list of consultants?
You can reply off list or if it makes sense, I can compile list and make it
Public Library Consultant
Indiana State Library
Before the ALA MidWInter Conference, we received an ALA Roster of members of the Library Consultants Discussion Group. This listing does not match members listed on the ALA Connect - Library Consultants Interest Group (LCIG) Members tab. http://connect.ala.org/node/151445
If think that you were inadvertently left off during a recent ALA transition – here is what you need to do to join or re-join an interest group:
- Call ALA Member and Customer Services (MACS) at the following number: 1-800-545-2433, x5 and request to have the interest group(s) added to your membership. You must, of course, be a current ASCLA member.
- If you joined the Interest Group for the one year free trial without joining ASCLA and want to remain on the group, contact Susan Horning at the ASCLA office (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The ALA Connect group is the primary way that LCIG members communicate. We hope to make sure all members are included to receive communmications from other LCIG members.
Thank you for your patience.