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Will you be attending ACRL 2013? Why did you decide to or not to attend? If you're attending, what are you most looking forward to?

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Discussion Will you be attending the ACRL National Conference in Indianapolis?

by Meghan Sitar on Mon, Apr 1, 2013 at 04:55 pm

Will you be attending ACRL 2013? Why did you decide to or not to attend? If you're attending, what are you most looking forward to?

Poll As a new member, which ACRL activities are you most interested in participating?

by Meghan Sitar on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Webcasts or online courses
0% (0 votes)
Attending conference programs
33% (1 vote)
Networking at conferences
0% (0 votes)
Discussion and interest groups
0% (0 votes)
Committees
33% (1 vote)
Discussions on email lists
33% (1 vote)
Other - tell us in the comments!
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 3

Discussion What’s one thing you learned from the last ALA or ACRL conference you attended?

by Meghan Sitar on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 12:17 pm

It's almost time for the ALA Annual Conference. What’s one thing you learned from the last ALA or ACRL conference you attended? Share in the comments below.

Poll Have you joined any of the ACRL Listservs ?

by Lindsay Sarin on Tue, May 7, 2013 at 11:01 am
Yes
100% (1 vote)
No
0% (0 votes)
Total votes: 1

Discussion Tell Us Your ACRL Story Video Contest

by Meghan Sitar on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 at 11:27 am

ACRL is looking for videos of no more than one minute in length about what the association means to you, our members. Selected videos will receive one year of free ACRL membership (a $57 value, does not include ALA membership) and an invitation to the ACRL 2013 Chair's Reception held Thurs., April 11 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. The deadline for submission is Feb.

ACRL is looking for videos of no more than one minute in length about what the association means to you, our members. Selected videos will receive one year of free ACRL membership (a $57 value, does not include ALA membership) and an invitation to the ACRL 2013 Chair's Reception held Thurs., April 11 at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis. The deadline for submission is Feb. 28, 2013, and all applicants will be notified via email by March 29, 2013. Complete details and submission requirements are available on the ACRL website.

The early bird registration deadline for ACRL 2013 is Feb. 22. Register now and save $70 or more!

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Discussion We want to know....

by Meghan Sitar on Mon, Feb 4, 2013 at 12:20 pm

Welcome to the ACRL New Members Community!  Use the Group Headings on the lefthand side of the community to navigate to useful information that will help you get started as a member of the division.

As part of the refresh, we have some questions to help us learn more about our new members.  We'll introduce a new poll or discussion question each month and look forward to your responses!

This month, we want to know:

Welcome to the ACRL New Members Community!  Use the Group Headings on the lefthand side of the community to navigate to useful information that will help you get started as a member of the division.

As part of the refresh, we have some questions to help us learn more about our new members.  We'll introduce a new poll or discussion question each month and look forward to your responses!

This month, we want to know:

Which ACRL committees are you most interested in volunteering to join?  Tell us in the comments and then go volunteer -- the ACRL committee volunteer form for section and division-level appointments is now open!  

http://www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer

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Discussion Conference Survival Tips - New and Improved!

by Lindsay Sarin on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 at 03:27 pm

Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my conference travels, as well as some recommended reading:

Here are some tips I’ve picked up from my conference travels, as well as some recommended reading:

  1. USE THE CONFERENCE SCHDULER! Plan your days out before you get to the conference. I mean really plan, have ideas for places you can eat, maps and/or address of where you need to go etc. ALA has a pretty handy conference scheduler that you can use to plan your sessions, AND it gets updated when rooms change.
  2.  Dress Code: This is a matter of personal style and/or brand, but generally business casual is a good place to be during the day. In the evening for conference sanctioned events I stick with semi-professional dress. What’s most important is that you wear something that is comfortable for extended periods of time, especially your shoes. I know everyone talks about wearing comfortable shoes, but having twice broken-in shoes at a conference...trust me, it’s not pretty.
  3. When you pick up your conference badge: They’re going to try and give you MANY THINGS, including a huge conference program that is already out-of-date. What I do is take only the program and a coupon book for the exhibit hall. Then I sit down and tear out the maps and bus shuttle schedule from the program to keep, and recycle the rest of the program. If you’ve got an electronic device you can find what you need in the scheduler - and these are all updated with new times and locations! If you insist that you need paper, there is a paper program at all information stands. Use theirs and save your back!
  4. Regarding conference swag: if you wouldn’t pay for it (even a dollar) then do not take it! It’s so very easy to get overwhelmed by the headphones, pens, books, and endless quantities of tote bags. Remember that you have to carry them until you get to your hotel AND you have to get them home.
  5. Business Cards: Bring plenty, and when you get one from someone else write on the back of it why you took the card (i.e. I need to email them about this, they write this, etc). Write down whatever is going to help you remember. I keep these in my badge holder, because it forces me to process them quickly. 
  6. What do I carry around? Try not to start the day with a huge bag of stuff, you will ended up with papers, books, business cards, and other ephemera. I have a conference kit that I carry around, which I’ll be honest is a little overboard, however, I’m everyone’s best friend when they need something from it. I carry (in addition to my usual purse):
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    • iPhone
    • iPhone charger
    • Cash
    • Business cards
    • A sweater (the conference centers are COLD)
    • Pens & paper (usually a small notebook)
    • Water bottle
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Mints or gum
    • Snacks
    • Band-Aids (for your poor feet after you wear uncomfortable shoes)
    • Advil
    • Umbrella (if the weatherperson says so)
    • Laptop or iPad (only if I really really need it and of course pack the charger too)

Some other random tips:

  • Go to the social events.
  • Don’t just hang out with people you know.
  • Try some local eats or spaces. You’ve paid a lot to go to the city, you might as well get some sight-seeing in.
  • Take alone time if you need it.
  • Do your best to eat well and sleep.
  • Take Emergen-C or Airborne (thousands of people = germ pit).

Other conference survival guides:

Librarian by Day: "ALA Survival Tips, New & Improved for #ALA11"
ALA Conference Survival Tips — 35 Conferences Later

Gotta Tip? Share it in the comments!

 

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Poll In the New Year, how much time are you interested in devoting to professional service?

by Lindsay Sarin on Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 10:59 am
A few minutes a week
0% (0 votes)
A few minutes a month
0% (0 votes)
One hour a month
0% (0 votes)
A few hours a month
0% (0 votes)
1 week per year
0% (0 votes)
1 month per year (spread out of course!)
100% (1 vote)
Total votes: 1

Discussion ACRL Sections - What are they?

by Lindsay Sarin on Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 01:58 pm

ACRL Sections are a fantastic way to find your niche within the larger ACRL network! Right now ACRL has 17 Sections that focus on particular areas of interest to college and research librarians.  These Sections can help you tailor your ACRL experience to suit your own interests and needs. Sections conduct specialized programming, preconferences, discussion lists, recognition, and focused activities.

Sections include: 

ACRL Sections are a fantastic way to find your niche within the larger ACRL network! Right now ACRL has 17 Sections that focus on particular areas of interest to college and research librarians.  These Sections can help you tailor your ACRL experience to suit your own interests and needs. Sections conduct specialized programming, preconferences, discussion lists, recognition, and focused activities.

Sections include: 

African American Studies Librarians Section
Anthropology and Sociology Section
Arts Section
Asian, African, and Middle Eastern Section
College Libraries Section
Community and Junior College Libraries Section
Distance Learning Section
Education and Behavioral Sciences Section
Instruction Section
Law and Political Science Section
Literatures in English Section
Rare Books and Manuscripts Section
Science and Technology Section
Slavic and East European Section
University Libraries Section
Western European Studies Section
Women and Gender Studies Section

 

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Discussion ALA Recruitment Assembly Panel Discussion at Midwinter

by Meghan Sitar on Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 04:18 pm

In the face of negative messages about the value of the library degree and the future of the profession, what can we do as library professionals and educators to send a collective message about recruitment into the profession and into libraries? Do we have reliable data about jobs and placements?

In the face of negative messages about the value of the library degree and the future of the profession, what can we do as library professionals and educators to send a collective message about recruitment into the profession and into libraries? Do we have reliable data about jobs and placements? Do new graduates have the skills to compete successfully in a turbulent and often tight job market?  What can ALA do to support new graduates, as well as other job-hunting professionals, in building their library careers?  Save the date for a focused discussion on Friday, January 25, 3:30 -5:00 pm.  

Related links:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/06/08/the-best-and-worst-masters-degrees-for-jobs-2/2/

http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/09172012/forbes-folly

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/ala-president-responds-forbescom-post-library-and-information-science-among-worst-master-s-

http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10953

 

 

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