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Event Librarians Build Communities Membership Initiative Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 8, 2015 at 11:44 am

What does the phrase "librarians build communities" mean to you? Our project began with the idea that librarians can demonstrate commitment through volunteer work, but we recognize our engagement and commitments as library staff stretch far beyond that. To realize our full potential as a membership initiative group and eventually as a round table, we'd like to support, encourage, and recognize all forms of community connection.

What does the phrase "librarians build communities" mean to you? Our project began with the idea that librarians can demonstrate commitment through volunteer work, but we recognize our engagement and commitments as library staff stretch far beyond that. To realize our full potential as a membership initiative group and eventually as a round table, we'd like to support, encourage, and recognize all forms of community connection. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm to this meeting to help craft the next movement in ALA and our profession - one that will celebrate the contributions and value that librarians bring to our communities.

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Discussion LBC Event-Helena, MT

by Aaron LaFromboise on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Here is a write-up of a LBC event held in Helena, Montana yesterday afternoon. No event is too small to showcase the ways in which Librarians Build Communities.

Librarians Build Communities-Helena, Montana

 

Here is a write-up of a LBC event held in Helena, Montana yesterday afternoon. No event is too small to showcase the ways in which Librarians Build Communities.

Librarians Build Communities-Helena, Montana

 

                During the 2014 Montana State Library sponsored Fall Workshops held September 28th and 29th a small group of librarians took a workshop on what to weed, how to weed and what type of policy should be in place to fit the needs of individual libraries. As a perk of this workshop the Lewis and Clark Public Library in Helena asked the class to visit the library and help weed the 900 section.  After a brief explanation of how the Lewis and Clark Library decides on what to deaccession the class was given a list of 35 pages of material to take off of the shelves. The group was also given range to use the MUSTIE criteria to weed books for possible deaccession.

                The group of 21 librarians devoured the list and within less than an hour the 35 pages were complete and the 900 section looked much better. Because Lewis and Clark’s weeding policy states that books that haven’t circulated within the past two years are targets for deaccession there were few books that met the MUSTIE criteria and only a few books were taken out for review by the collections librarian. Five carts of books were taken from the shelves and will now be deleted from both the Lewis and Clark Library catalog and the OCLC catalog before moving on to the public giveaway cart.

                Karla Ritten, the Collections Management Librarian said that the 45 minutes given by the workshop group cut down the time it would take to do the work within the Lewis and Clark Library down by about a month. There is still work to do with the books weeded from the shelves but the partnership between the workshop librarians and the Lewis and Clark Library was mutually beneficial. Karla took me through several sections in the stacks and explained how they are constantly working to keep the collection healthy and accessible to patrons and that there is always room for weeding.

                The exercise was not originally billed as a LBC event, but both groups agreed that highlighting the efforts to grow as librarians while helping Lewis and Clark Library was a great example of Librarians Building Communities. Thanks go out to the Montana State Library, workshop instructor Lauren McMullen, Lewis and Clark Library, Karla Ritten, as well as the twenty one librarians who participated in the event.

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Discussion September 30 E-mail Sent to All Chapter Leaders

by Donald Wood (staff) on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 10:44 am

Good morning,

As you plan your next annual conference, remember Librarians Build Communities, now an ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), has several resources ready to help your association plan a volunteer event for your attendees:

Good morning,

As you plan your next annual conference, remember Librarians Build Communities, now an ALA Membership Initiative Group (MIG), has several resources ready to help your association plan a volunteer event for your attendees:

If you’re unfamiliar with Librarians Build Communities, this is the LBC pamphlet distributed at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference (PDF).

Enjoy a lovely week!

 

Don

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Discussion Welcome to LBC!

by Aaron LaFromboise on Thu, May 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Welcome to the group!

 

We are a new Member Initiative Group, our first meeting will be at ALA Annual Conference on June 30th at the Networking Uncommons from 2:00pm-3:00pm. At our meeting we will discuss the organization of the group and sign members up for positions.

If you are going to be in Vegas I hope you will be able to attend both our meeting and our LBC party Monday night- http://ala14.ala.org/node/17205

 

To provide library workers with information about skills-based volunteering so that they can plan and carry out volunteer programs benefiting libraries and other social service organizations in communities that can benefit from organized, targeted volunteer events.  Skills can include the skills that library workers exercise every day in their jobs (e.g., short-term cataloging projects, book repair, technology projects, story hours) as well as other skills such as painting, basic home/school/library building repair and improvement, carpentry, gardening and yard work etc.  Assistance includes, but is not necessarily limited to advice and tool kits on how to develop a relationship with a library or community agency that can host an event and how to plan, organize, manage, recruit volunteers, obtain needed supplies or equipment, evaluate results, and share lessons learned with the library community so volunteer initiatives can grow and become a viral form of library advocacy.  Skills-based volunteering can, literally, be grass roots advocacy.

For additional information about this group's genesis from an Emerging Leaders project and information about its ambitions for the future, see
 http://www.ala.org/groups/lbc

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