ALA Chapter Councilors Committee
January 8, 2015
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:
- Complete LBC toolkit (.pdf)
- Customizable LBC flyer (.doc)
- LBC Press Release (.doc)
- Sample Letter to Organizations (.doc)
If you’re unfamiliar with Librarians Build Communities, this is the LBC pamphlet distributed at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference (PDF).
FYI, the LBC MIG is working with ALA Conference Services this Midwinter Meeting to host a blood drive within the ALA Exhibits area. I anticipate receiving a detail-rich article today or tomorrow that will be distributed widely. Meanwhile, here is the blurb that will appear in the upcoming MW conference/program book:
Blood donations help save lives. January is National Blood Donor Month. During ALA Midwinter Meeting, join Librarians Build Communities, an ALA Membership Initiative Group, by becoming a donor and participating in the mobile blood drive on either Saturday or Sunday from 10am - 4pm at the end of the 4800 aisle in the Exhibit Hall. Special thanks to LifeSource.
Happy New Year!
Enjoy a lovely week!
The ALA Council Forums and the Chapter Councilor Forum are scheduled in The Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60601, (312) 565-1234 http://bit.ly/1jE3811.
(There is another Hyatt, next to McCormick, but this is on Wacker Drive.)
- ALA Council Forum I, Sunday, Feb. 1, 8:30-10:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Columbus AB
- ALA Chapter Councilors Forum, Monday, Feb. 2, 4:00-5:30 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Grand A
- ALA Council Forum II, Monday, Feb. 2, 8:30-10:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency, Columbus AB
As you can see on the PDF map of ALA conference hotels, the Hyatt Regency Chicago is #1 at the top of the map, and the McCormick Convention Center and the “other” Hyatt (#4) is at the bottom of the map.
To choose a hotel to stay during conference, the ALA Conference Services team provides a list of the ALA hotels, noting prices, etc., as well as an amenity chart (PDF), noting distance to convention center, shuttle service, number of nearby restaurants, etc.
There are several means to travel between the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the convention center, which are noted on the ALA local transportation page. Transportation means include ALA shuttle buses (PDF), taxis, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus, and the Metra Electric Line. A very quick, easy, and inexpensive way to travel between the McCormick Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency is the Metra Electric Line. The McCormick Convention Center provides this PDF map of the CTA bus and Metra Electric Line. If you do travel by Metra Electric Line, be sure to purchase ticket from machine. Otherwise, there is a $3.00 increase if you purchase your ticket once on board.
A Metra Electric District station is conveniently located on Level 2.5 of the Grand Concourse in the South Building. Metra Electric commuter railroad provides direct service within seven minutes to and from downtown Chicago. For information on riding the Metra Electric Line, please visit this website: http://metrarail.com/.
If you ride this train between McCormick and the Hyatt Regency Chicago, you can exit the South Water entrance or the Millennium Station/Randolph Street exit (nearer Millennium Park). Exiting at Randolph will let you pass by a Starbuck’s, a Chase Bank ATM, and other stores on that end of the station. There is a small convenience store located at the South Water exit. At this exit on the second floor, however, is another convenience store, a card shop, etc. I’ve attached this .jpg map of how to walk to the Hyatt Regency.
If you prefer to take a taxi, there will be taxis at either the South Water Street or the Randolph Street exit. You must walk to Michigan Avenue to flag a taxi. Taxis often are waiting on Randolph.
If you have any comments or questions, please contact me.
ALA Chapter Relations Committee Meetings at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference
Chapter Relations Committee I, Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N220
Chapter Relations Committee II, Monday, June 30, 2014, 1:00–2:30 p.m., LVCC N201
ALA Chapter Councilors Forum
Chapter Councilors Forum, 4:00–5:30 p.m. (or 6:00 p.m.), LVH Pavilion 04
Pamela J. Hickson-Stevenson, Ohio Chapter Councilor to ALA and Deputy Director, Akron-Summit County Public Library, has volunteered to facilitate the Chapter Councilors Forum. Elena Rosenfeld, Colorado Chapter Councilor, has volunteered to assist Pamela.
Other Select Meetings Plus Other Conference Information
Here are three lists of meetings in chronological order: ALA Chapter Relations Committee Meetings, Chapters-Related Meetings and Events at the Annual Conference (including the CRC meetings), and Other Meetings of Interest to Chapters at the Annual Conference. To place these in your own calendar and to see all the events at conference, visit the ALA Conference Scheduler.
Please visit Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: A Message from ALA President Barbara Stripling (document attached on this discussion).
MentorConnect is an informal mentoring network implemented within ALA Connect that allows all ALA members to participate and only requires that you actively choose to join the network in order to begin serving as a mentor or seeking a mentor.
Mentoring others is one of the most powerful ways you can give back to the profession, but it’s not a relationship to be entered into lightly. If you join MC, you’re making a commitment to help someone else. A strong mentoring relationship requires consistent contact between the mentor and mentee so think carefully about making this commitment before offering your services as a mentor.
Having effective mentors is important for your professional and personal growth. Asking someone to take the time to mentor you is a serious commitment . When someone agrees to mentor you, they’re making an investment in your future. Plan on spending time with your mentor via MentorConnect in order to get the most from this important relationship.
If you choose to join MentorConnect, you can:
- Create a mentor and/or a mentee profile
- Search for a mentor in a variety of subjects
- Offer your services as a mentor
- Track feedback from your mentors/mentees
- Create your own private community in ALA Connect for you and your mentee(s) if you want to take advantage of the online documents, calendar, discussion forum, and chat features available to all members.