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2012 Midwinter Meeting Minutes

ALA /EBSS Committee Meeting Minutes

Date: Friday, January 27, 2012, 11:00 AM -12:00 PM (PST)

Place: Virtual (via ALA Connect Chat and Conference Call)

 

Committee Name: ACRL/EBSS Reference Sources and Services Committee

Name of person submitting Minutes: Erica Nicol (Co Chair)

 

Members Present: Krista McDonald, Maud Mundava (co-chair), JoAnn Mulvihill, Erica Nicol (co-chair), Suzan Parker, Carrie Pirmann

Members Absent: Kati Tvaruzka (virtual member)

Guests: None

 

Minutes

 

I. Welcome and Introductions:  

Members and guests did introductions as they signed into chat and joined the conference call.

 

II. Announcements/ News

            There were no announcements from committee members.

 

III. Review of Annual 2011 Minutes

Reviewed the approved minutes from the 2011 ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans

 

IV. Current Projects

A. Statistical Directory for Education and Social Science Librarians

  • The committee discussed the status of the categories in the Statistical Directory for Education and Social Science Librarians (http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/A_Statistical_Directory_for_Educatio...).  None of the categories were in need of volunteers, as committee members had volunteered at ALA Annual and later, over email.
  • The group discussed whether or not overlap was acceptable, and decided that overlap between categories can be very useful and, often, necessary.
  • It was suggested that not knowing much about how to add content to the Wiki can be a barrier for work on the Statistical Directory. Erica Nicol will disseminate basic instructions on how to use the Wiki to committee members.
  • The group also discussed the best way to add new categories to the Wiki. Erica Nicol volunteered to see if there is a way to work on a category while keeping it from being public.
  • Some work has been done on some of the categories already this year, notably on the Demographics Gerontology statistics, and the committee set a deadline of May 31st for members to complete updates to their assigned categories.
  • JoAnn Mulvihill suggested that a reminder be sent to the group so that link-checks and maintenance would be completed before the end of March, which was approved by the committee. Suzan Parker noted that it can be very helpful to draw on colleagues when working on categories.
  • The Current list of Statistical Directory categories and volunteers is as follows:

New categories

  • Women & Gender Studies – Erica Nicol
  • Childhood & Family Studies – JoAnn Mulvihill
  • Sociology & Anthropology – Carrie Pirmann

 

B. Education Librarian’s Toolbox

  • The Committee discussed the status of the categories in the Education Librarian’s Toolbox (http://wikis.ala.org/acrl/index.php/Education_Librarian%27s_Toolbox). While some of the categories had previously been without volunteers, Carrie Pirmann volunteered to update the News/Current Awareness tools, Krista McDonald and Suzan Parker volunteered to update the Collection Management Tools, Erica Nicol volunteered to update the Peer Support Tools, and Maud Mundava volunteered to update the Program Review Tools.
  • The Current list of Education Librarian’s Toolbox volunteers is as follows:
    • Subject Primer Tools – Kati Tvaruzka
    • Collection Management Tools – Krista McDonald and Suzan Parker
    • Reference/Research Tools – Carrie Pirmann
    • User Education/Info. Literacy Tools -- Kati Tvaruzka
    • Peer Support Tools – Erica Nicol
    • Program Review Tools – Maud Mundava
    • News /Current Awareness Tools – Carrie Pirmann
  • The committee members discussed a deadline for updating the toolbox, and agreed upon May 31st.

 

V. Possible New Projects

Committee members discussed ideas for new projects that were brought up at ALA Annual 2011. While members are still interested in looking at a brownbag session or roundtable for an upcoming ALA conference and/or identifying free multimedia resources related to education and the social sciences, and while more ideas for new projects may come up at the ALA annual meeting this summer, committee members agreed that new projects should wait until the Statistical Directory for Education and Social Science Librarians and the Education Librarian’s Toolbox are updated. Discussion of new projects will resume at ALA Annual in Anaheim.

 

Meeting adjourned at 11:50 a.m. PST

Recorder: Erica Nicol, co-chair

 

Summary

Action Items

  • Erica Nicol will disseminate basic instructions on how to use the Wiki to committee members.
  • The committee set a deadline of May 31st for members to complete updates to their assigned categories of the Statistical Directory for Education and Social Science Librarians
  • The committee set a deadline of May 31st for members to complete updates to their assigned categories of the Education Librarian’s Toolbox.
  • The decision was made to continue discussion of new projects at the 2012 ALA Annual meeting in Anaheim.