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ALCTS E-Forum: Real Leaders in a Virtual World: Tools and Strategies for Success

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 9:00 am to Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 5:00 pm, US/Central

Real Leaders in a Virtual World: Tools and Strategies for Successful Virtual Meetings

Sept. 17-18, 2013

Hosted by Jane Gov and Valerie Buck

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm


Working with a group of geographically dispersed colleagues to accomplish committee and job objectives is increasingly possible with virtual meeting technology. But it isn’t always easy to get started or to get buy-in (as many on ALA committees know). This e-forum will explore needs, frustrations (including techno-fear), ideas, and solutions for holding virtual meetings, both for leaders and participants.

Topics will include:

  • How to get buy-in from group members and administrators
  • How to lead in a virtual environment
  • How to make the transition to holding virtual meetings
  • What are the best tools for virtual work
  • How to engage and be engaged as a virtual participant
  • How to accomplish goals and meet deadlines virtually

Jane Gov, MLIS (SJSU), is currently a public services Librarian at Pasadena Public Library (CA).  She was formerly head of the Support Services Dept. at Beverly Hills Public Library and has also worked in both public and technical services at Crowell Public Library (CA).  Her professional interests have grown to include a variety of areas in the library world including electronic collections, cataloging, teaching and leadership, literacy services, and youth services.  In addition to ALCTS’ Leadership Development Committee, Jane is also active in YALSA and ALSC.

Valerie Buck, MLS (SCSU), MA (BYU), is the Rare Anglo-American Literature Cataloger at Brigham Young University. Before this she was Senior Cataloger at Brigham Young University-Hawaii in a small library where she gained experience in all areas of librarianship. Presently Valerie is very active in the Rare Books and Manuscripts section  of ACRL, serving on their Bibliographic Standards Committee. She also serves on the Research Committee for ACRL’s Women and Gender Studies section, and on the Leadership Development Committee for ALCTS.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.