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Discussion ALA Executive Director Education Requirements

by Diedre Conkling on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 at 07:44 pm

ALA MEMBER ALERT

Do you agree that a library degree is essential for the Executive Director of ALA?  Please sign the petition to reinstate this requirement.  The degree required includes an ALA-accredited Master's Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master's Degree with a specialty in school library media. 

Click on the link below to sign. Please re-post widely.

ALA MEMBER ALERT

Do you agree that a library degree is essential for the Executive Director of ALA?  Please sign the petition to reinstate this requirement.  The degree required includes an ALA-accredited Master's Degree or a CAEP-accredited Master's Degree with a specialty in school library media. 

Click on the link below to sign. Please re-post widely.

The great thing about this is that having this question on the ballot all ALA Members will have the opportunity to officially express their opinion on this subject. 

After you login the page may seem a little odd. Go ahead and click on that you want to sign the petition. When you do this the full petition appears. You will then need to write out your full name and hit another button to finish signing the petition. 

https://tinyurl.com/ybyqpyw7

 

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Earlier discussion on this subject may be found here:  http://connect.ala.org/node/261265

A little background:

Last month, in a rushed, unprecedented online vote, ALA Council voted in favor of removing the requirement for the ALA Executive Director to hold the MLS degree.  ALA Council had just reaffirmed the 2000 Council decision that the ALA Executive Director must have an MLS at the 2017 Midwinter Meeting.  Just months later they changed this position to preferred instead of required.

And for you bureaucracy junkies membership petitions are allowed according to the ALA Constitution, Article VI, Section 4 c (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/governance/constitution/constitution).  Yes, because this is a membership organization we can overturn Council decisions. 

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Discussion GLBTRT 50th Anniversary Tshirt Design Contest

by Casey McCoy on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 03:48 pm

In honor of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table’s 50th Anniversary coming in 2020, the GLBTRT Fund Raising Committee will be selling t-shirts -- and we need YOUR help to create them!

 

The Fund Raising Committee will be accepting t-shirt design submissions from GLBTRT members and supporters before putting the designs up to a vote to choose the shirt that best represents the Round Table’s past, present and future at the 50th Anniversary Celebration!

 

In honor of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table’s 50th Anniversary coming in 2020, the GLBTRT Fund Raising Committee will be selling t-shirts -- and we need YOUR help to create them!

 

The Fund Raising Committee will be accepting t-shirt design submissions from GLBTRT members and supporters before putting the designs up to a vote to choose the shirt that best represents the Round Table’s past, present and future at the 50th Anniversary Celebration!

 

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Designs must be created using Custom Ink’s Design Lab. All you have to do is open the Design Lab, add text, upload an image, choose your t-shirt color and style, then click “Save/Send”. Once you save the design, copy the shareable link provided and send to Jesus Espinoza at simr.espinoza@gmail.com with subject “GLBTRT T-shirt Contest”

    1. If you’d prefer to submit an image file instead, the design must be saved as a JPEG, PNG or PDF file type

  2. The design must:

    1. Include the spelled out round table name: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table

    2. Be branded as the GLBTRT’s “50th Anniversary Celebration” t-shirt

    3. If using a GLBTRT logo it must be an official GLBTRT logo found in the Google Drive Folder

  3. All designs must be submitted by January 10, 2018 -- Please email all submissions to Jesus Espinoza at simr.espinoza@gmail.com with subject “GLBTRT T-shirt Contest”

 

Just for fun: Consider exploring the history of the GLBTRT and include historical names, information, etc. as a nod to our past as we move into the future! (Check out the Google Drive Folder for examples of past GLBTRT t-shirts.)

 

Once we collect all your wonderfully creative, quirky and fun designs, they will be put up to an online vote. The winning design will be presented at Midwinter 2018 and the creator will win a year of free membership to GLBTRT and a chance to be a part of the roundtable’s history!

 

Questions? Email Casey McCoy, Fund Raising Committee Chair, caseyamccoy@gmail.com

 

Thank you and happy designing!

-GLBTRT Fund Raising Committee

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Event Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries

by Jennifer Dorning (non-member) on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 10:23 am

Learn how library professionals can confront and overcome the impact gender can have on compensation and leadership opportunities. Join the ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee online Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1pm EST for “Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries.”

The webinar will cover the impact gender has on compensation and leadership opportunities as well as offer practical advice on how to bridge those gaps at your library.

Learn how library professionals can confront and overcome the impact gender can have on compensation and leadership opportunities. Join the ALA-APA Salaries and Status of Library Workers committee online Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 1pm EST for “Salary and Leadership: Bridging the Gendered Gap in Libraries.”

The webinar will cover the impact gender has on compensation and leadership opportunities as well as offer practical advice on how to bridge those gaps at your library.

The session will be accessible online through ALA Connect and will last approximately 90 minutes. Space is limited. Register early.

Speaker Biographies:

Jessica Porter is an expert on gender, leadership, negotiation and creating change. She is the co-author of the book Negotiating at Work: Turn Small Wins into Big Gains, by Deborah M. Kolb, (Jossey-Bass, 2015), and was the lead researcher of Sleeping with Your Smartphone: How to Break the 24/7 Habit and Change the Way You Work by Leslie Perlow (2012).

 

Jessica Olin is currently the Director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College in Dover, DE. Her professional interests include building communities at liberal arts college libraries, bringing the lessons of intersectional feminism to bear in professional settings, and helping others bridge the gap between library science graduate programs and professional practice. She blogs regularly at Letters to a Young Librarian and tweets (somewhat obsessively) at @olinj.

Michelle Millet is the Director of the Grasselli Library and Breen Learning Center at John Carroll University. She holds an MLS and an MA in History. Her current research interests include leadership and management of academic libraries, gender roles and stereotypes, and identity in librarianship. She has also published and presented extensively on information literacy instruction and assessment of student learning. Additionally, she teaches in the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion program.

Dorrie Sieburg is the Program Manager for AAUW’s Salary Negotiation Workshops, Start Smart and Work Smart. Dorrie has been working with the program for over 6 years. She is responsible for program development and outreach, facilitator training, and workshop operations. Dorrie lives with her family in Asheville, NC.

 

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Event Labor and African American History Bus Tour at ALA San Francisco

by Jennifer Dorning (non-member) on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 08:39 am

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

DISCOVER THE LABOR AND AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY OF

SAN FRANCISCO AT ALA ANNUAL

Registration is still open!

A special bus tour during ALA will trace San Francisco’s labor and African American history. The tour will explore labor sites as well as sites along San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail.

The roots of labor and African American history run deep in San Francisco. A. Philip Randolph touched off the modern civil rights movement from San Francisco’s Hotel Whitcomb in 1935 when he convinced the AFL-CIO to certify the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters and ban segregation in the labor movement. Other historic labor events and activities include the West Coast Waterfront Strike of 1934, support for the Montgomery bus boycott, the United San Francisco Freedom Movement, anti-apartheid activities, and the church-labor coalition.

San Francisco’s African American Freedom Trail tours the sites where African American pioneers locally changed the world. One of the most dominant features of Fisherman’s Wharf is the public art of Sargent Johnson, whose work adorns the front and back of the main building of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park as well as the stadium of George Washington High School. Among those who drew inspiration from his work were Maya Angelou and Johnny Mathis, as they matriculated there. Just up Hyde Street from the Maritime Park is the Russian Hill mansion where Langston Hughes wrote and partied with the Hollywood upper crust in 1934-35. Also near the waterfront is the apartment where Alex Haley wrote the Autobiography of Malcolm X and ROOTS.

The joint labor and African American Freedom Trail tour will be led by Oxford University Press historian and Trail curator John William Templeton. Raise your cultural awareness of our conference host city with the knowledge of where movements were born and the greats drew their inspiration.

 

DETAILS:

Date: Friday, June 26, 2015

Time: 9:30am, tour will last approximately 90 minutes. Depending on demand, more times may be added.

Departs from: the passenger loading zone on the south side of Mission Street midway between 3rd and 4th Street directly behind the Moscone Convention Center.

Cost: $25

Register at: http://www.californiablackhistory.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=58

Questions? Contact Jennifer Dorning at 202-638-0320 ext. 114 or jdorning@dpeaflcio.org.

Please note: this tour is not sponsored by ALA or RUSA.

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Discussion What are we to keep? thoughts on the National Collection (DttP Spring 2015 feature article)

by James Jacobs on Mon, May 4, 2015 at 11:03 am

I've written a piece for GODORT's journal Documents to the People (DttP) about the future of the national collection (aka FDLP collections). I hope you'll read and comment on "What are we to keep? Thoughts on the national collection" as well as the What are we to keep? FAQ which gives more context and additional bibliography.

I've written a piece for GODORT's journal Documents to the People (DttP) about the future of the national collection (aka FDLP collections). I hope you'll read and comment on "What are we to keep? Thoughts on the national collection" as well as the What are we to keep? FAQ which gives more context and additional bibliography.

The question of “how many copies” of print documents the FDLP should collectively keep is the wrong question asked for the wrong reasons and trying to answer it will only lead to the wrong answers and irreparable loss of information. For me, even thinking about answering it raises more questions. How can we know how many copies to keep unless we specify the purposes for which we wish to keep them? What are those purposes? How will we know if we are meeting our goals? How will discarding paper benefit users? How can we be sure that we are not losing information when we discard paper copies if we do not have an inventory of the paper copies that exist? How can we implement a policy that is so vague that it doesn’t define things like “a requisite number of copies,” and how decisions will be made, and which apparently treats a born-digital XML document created by GPO and an indifferent digitization without OCR text and missing its maps and foldouts as of equal value?

Let’s be clear. We are talking about the records of our democracy. Loss of even a single page could damage the ability of historians, journalists, economists, and citizens to understand our history and hold our government accountable for it successes and its failures. We have those documents now in our libraries; there are not hundreds or even dozens of copies of these documents floating around in used bookstores or elsewhere. They are in our charge.

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Discussion draft response to GPO policy - please comment!

by James Jacobs on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 11:09 am

GODORT has posted a DRAFT response to GPO's idea to change FDLP policy to allow regional depositories to substitute authenticated content on FDsys for tangible materials held at least seven years and, with Superintendent of Documents approval, discard these publications. Please check out the draft and let us know of any ideas, issues, concerns you may have.

Discussion Contact your representatives to save NTIS

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

At the last ALA conference held 2 weeks ago, the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) passed a resolution in support of the NTIS. The text of the resolution is below. While the resolution passed GODORT, it has been sent back to ALA’s Committee on Legislation (COL) to work on some wording before being sent to ALA Council.

At the last ALA conference held 2 weeks ago, the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) passed a resolution in support of the NTIS. The text of the resolution is below. While the resolution passed GODORT, it has been sent back to ALA’s Committee on Legislation (COL) to work on some wording before being sent to ALA Council.

Though it hasn't passed big ALA yet, we’re sharing the text of the resolution now in the hopes that readers — especially those in OK, MO, NE, AZ, MT and WI — will contact their representatives to tell them to SAVE THE NTIS!

RESOLUTION ON PRESERVING PUBLIC ACCESS TO SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL REPORTS AVAILABLE THROUGH THE NATIONAL TECHNICAL INFORMATION SERVICE

Whereas some three million scientific and technical reports are held by the National Technical Information Service (NTIS), thereby promoting research, innovation, and business;

Whereas since 1940, NTIS has been co-operating with federal agencies to collect, preserve, catalog, and provide their reports in paper, microform, and digital formats;

Whereas many federal agencies choose not to maintain collections of their own reports and to depend upon NTIS to provide these reports;

Whereas many federal agencies do not have statutory responsibility or the resources to provide permanent access to these reports and depend upon NTIS to provide them to other government agencies and the public;

Whereas the process of federal agencies entrusting their reports to NTIS ensures permanent access to the public, eliminates duplication of effort, and saves tax dollars;

Whereas since many of the federal agencies that published these reports no longer exist, many of their reports are only available through NTIS;

Whereas over two million of these reports are held only in paper or microform by NTIS and are not available in digital form from any source;

Whereas NTIS has the statutory authority to provide information management services to other federal agencies, including such programs as the Social Security Administration Death Master File used by insurance and annuity companies and the Drug Enforcement Agency Controlled Substances Registrants Data Base, which enables members of the medical community to prescribe and handle controlled substances, and the Federal Science Repository Service which supports the preservation and long-term access of participating agencies content;

Whereas the “Let Me Google That For You Act” ( S. 2206 and H. R. 4382) would abolish NTIS, and the “Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology (FIRST) Act” (H. R. 4186), as amended in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, would repeal the law that authorizes NTIS;

Whereas these bills make no provision for the preservation of the reports and their cataloging data;

Whereas these bills do not provide libraries such as the Library of Congress, the national libraries, and libraries in the Federal Depository Library Program an opportunity to help “determine if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

Whereas the American Library Association has long supported the provision of all federal government reports and publications, at no charge, to the public through libraries and other services;

now, therefore be it

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA)

1. urges the United States Congress to appropriate funds to ensure that the National Technical Information Service (NTIS) continues to act as a central repository for scientific and technical reports;

2. urges United States Congress to fund the provision of these reports to the federal agencies and the public at no charge;

3. urges the United States Congress to consult with librarians at the Library of Congress, the national libraries, corporate libraries, and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) in determining “if any functions of NTIS are critical to the economy of the United States”;

4. urges the United States Congress to put NTIS under the umbrella of the Office of Science Technology Policy (OSTP) directive, “Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Scientific Research” (February 22, 2013); and

5. urges the United States Congress to fund a digital preservation plan for scientific and technical reports, which would be developed by NTIS, CENDI (formerly Commerce, Energy, NASA, Defense Information Managers Group), the Government Printing Office, the National Archives, federal publishing agencies, and the library community.

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Discussion FGI analysis of COL FDLP Task Force final report

by James Jacobs on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 02:00 am

Jim Jacobs and I have analyzed and have some comments on the FDLP Task Force's final report. You can find the comments at http://freegovinfo.info/node/8840 or below. We hope our comments are taken as constructive criticism. We appreciate the committee's work, but were left wanting so much more. Hopefully our comments will spur the committee, ALA, and the documents community forward to a better FDLP.

Jim Jacobs and I have analyzed and have some comments on the FDLP Task Force's final report. You can find the comments at http://freegovinfo.info/node/8840 or below. We hope our comments are taken as constructive criticism. We appreciate the committee's work, but were left wanting so much more. Hopefully our comments will spur the committee, ALA, and the documents community forward to a better FDLP.

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Event Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation

by Mark Hudson on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 01:01 pm

Sunday, June 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center N211

Sunday, June 29, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Las Vegas Convention Center N211

Denise Scott, 2014 winner of the Miriam Braverman Memorial Prize, will give a brief presentation about her paper “Deconstructing the ‘Books for Boys’ Discourse.” Scott’s paper examines the “Books for Boys” rhetoric, which labels some books as being specifically “boy books” in order to encourage boys to read. The paper analyzes the prescriptive nature of gendering and the problems that accompany the discourse’s reliance on gender stereotyping.
 
Also on the agenda: John Chrastka, Executive Director at EveryLibrary, the first nationwide Political Action Committee for libraries, will speak about EveryLibrary and answer questions. EveryLibrary is an organization dedicated exclusively to political action at a local level to create, renew, and protect public funding for libraries of all types. It provides tactical and operational support to local voter awareness campaigns, seed and sustaining monies to local ballot committees and PACs, as well as conducting direct voter advocacy in support of library taxing, bonding, and referendum.
 
For more information:
 
2014 Braverman Award Winner Announcement
http://progressivelibrariansguild.org/content/award.shtml
 
EveryLibrary: Building Voter Support for Libraries
http://everylibrary.org

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Event Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation

by Mark Hudson on Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 26, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center 202A 

Conversation Topic: Libraries and Poverty

Please make plans to attend the Progressive Librarians Guild Meeting and Conversation at ALA Midwinter in Philadelphia.

Sunday, January 26, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Pennsylvania Convention Center 202A 

Conversation Topic: Libraries and Poverty

ALA’s Policy Statement “Library Services to the Poor” states that “it is crucial that libraries recognize their role in enabling poor people to participate fully in a democratic society, by utilizing a wide variety of available resources and strategies.” What policies, services and programs do you think libraries should be implementing to respond to the crisis of increasing economic inequality and the needs of low-income people in the communities we serve?

For those interested, here are two readings to give our conversation a shared point of departure:

Classism in the Stacks: Libraries and Poverty

2005 Jean E. Coleman Library Outreach Lecture by Sanford Berman

http://www.ala.org/offices/olos/olosprograms/jeanecoleman/05berman

Extending Our Reach: Reducing Homelessness Through Library Engagement

http://www.ala.org/offices/extending-our-reach-reducing-homelessness-thr...

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