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Event Virtual Reference Services Committee Meeting (MARS/RSS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Dec 18, 2013 at 07:22 pm

Planning meeting of the joint MARS/RSS Virtual Reference Services Committee.

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Discussion Need your input for ALA Annual - are you attending in Las Vegas 2014?

by Cathay Keough on Mon, Dec 9, 2013 at 02:40 pm

Happy Holidays, RUSA MARS/VR Committee!

We'll need to get an update for our Midwinter report, coming in January.  Please think about best ways we can work together...this has been the most quiet group!

In the meantime, it's time for us to schedule our committee meetings and committee-sponsored discussion forums for ALA Annual 2014 in Las Vegas.  

Information on what is necessary to schedule meetings is at our ALA Connect group at:

http://connect.ala.org/node/214358

Happy Holidays, RUSA MARS/VR Committee!

We'll need to get an update for our Midwinter report, coming in January.  Please think about best ways we can work together...this has been the most quiet group!

In the meantime, it's time for us to schedule our committee meetings and committee-sponsored discussion forums for ALA Annual 2014 in Las Vegas.  

Information on what is necessary to schedule meetings is at our ALA Connect group at:

http://connect.ala.org/node/214358

Are you planning to attend ALA Annual in Las Vegas?  I can't but I believe my co-Chair Alisa Gonzalez is going to be there.  Let's get a count of who is attending as soon as you can reply to this (and please let me know if you have any questions!)

Thank you so much,

Cathay

Cathay Keough (formerly "Crosby"; newly married)

 

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Discussion Two questions for our Committee members

by Cathay Keough on Thu, Sep 19, 2013 at 09:47 am

Hello MARS/RSS VR Services committee!

As co-chairs, Alisa and I would like to find out about your availability for meeting at ALA Midwinter held in Philadelphia (http://alamw14.ala.org/).    We'd like to arrange for a discussion forum during Midwinter, focused upon our mission and future planning.  Your participation is needed!  Please respond to the follow two questions when you get a chance:

1.  Are you going to Midwinter in January (1/24-28, 2014)? 

Hello MARS/RSS VR Services committee!

As co-chairs, Alisa and I would like to find out about your availability for meeting at ALA Midwinter held in Philadelphia (http://alamw14.ala.org/).    We'd like to arrange for a discussion forum during Midwinter, focused upon our mission and future planning.  Your participation is needed!  Please respond to the follow two questions when you get a chance:

1.  Are you going to Midwinter in January (1/24-28, 2014)? 

2.  Forum Discussion Topics:  Besides our primary interest in discussing our mission and possible future projects, we'd like to hear from you about any subjects you'd like to cover. 

Thanks! 

-Cathay and Alisa

 

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Discussion Summary of Current Activites for RSS/MARS VR Services Committee

by Don Boozer on Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 08:03 am

The RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee held its official meeting at ALA Annual in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25, as part of the RSS All-Committee meeting. Eight people were in attendance. The primary goal of the meeting was final planning for the committee's sponsored program held on Monday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m.: Behind the Text: Pulling Back the Curtain on Virtual Reference. In the end, the program was quite successful with 135 attendees and several people offering congratulations and asking for the presenters' slides.

The RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee held its official meeting at ALA Annual in New Orleans on Saturday, June 25, as part of the RSS All-Committee meeting. Eight people were in attendance. The primary goal of the meeting was final planning for the committee's sponsored program held on Monday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m.: Behind the Text: Pulling Back the Curtain on Virtual Reference. In the end, the program was quite successful with 135 attendees and several people offering congratulations and asking for the presenters' slides.

The committee also discussed the program pending approval by RUSA Board for ALA Annual 2012 on evaluation of virtual reference services: (tentatively titled) "Are Virtual Reference Services Worth the Effort?". Panelists and a moderator have all been tentatively confirmed. Ideas for ALA Annual 2013 were also briefly brainstormed at the meeting.

The Virtual Reference Tutorial Subcommittee reported on their exemplary work in updating the Online VR Tutorial. They are awaiting the migration of the ALA site to Drupal to update specific aspects of the tutorial, but they are prepared to move forward with two currently updated modules.

The committee plans to conduct their official midwinter virtually in January 2012.

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Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Don Boozer on Mon, Jul 8, 2013 at 03:22 pm

Use this as a landing page for uploading minutes.  Simply click on the Edit tab, then scroll down to Add File Attachments (below).  We will collect minutes here.

 

Discussion Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at ALA Annual

by Don Boozer on Fri, May 31, 2013 at 05:28 pm

The RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee will be hosting a...

The RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee will be hosting a...

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
at ALA Annual in Chicago
Sunday, June 30, 2013
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
in the Networking Uncommons area of the Convention Center

Why Wikipedia? For good or for ill, Wikipedia is consistently in the Top 10 most-visited websites in the world. People are using it! For librarians, this presents both a challenge and an opportunity. The challenge is to train people on how, why, and when to use Wikipedia effectively and appropriately. The opportunity is to use it to highlight local collections and expertise. Editing the collaborative, online encyclopedia is a great way to get to understand it from behind-the-scenes and to be able to share this knowledge with patrons and students.

An edit-a-thon is a great place to start this learning process. An edit-a-thon, as described by the Wikimedia Foundation, is "an event in which people work together in person to build content on a wiki."

The Edit-a-thon at ALA Annual will be a low-key, informal affair, and those interested in learning more about becoming a "Wikipedian" (i.e., someone who edits Wikipedia articles) and trying one's hand at some actual editing are highly encouraged to drop by during the times posted above. We're also asking experienced Wikipedians to drop by to serve as mentors for the event.

There are no "themes" for this event; however, two suggestions for content to add to Wikipedia include:

  • Hyper-local content: Check out Wikipedia's new Nearby page to find landmarks in your area that could use a photo or updated text and bring that info to Chicago.
  • Take part in the Wikipedia Citation Clean-up Project (Seems tailor-made for librarians!)

If you're new to Wikipedia editing, here are some resources to look at if you're interested in getting a jump on the event on June 30:

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to post a comment here.

We'll also use this page to update everyone after ALA Annual as well!

Hope to see you in Chicago!

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Event Virtual Reference Services Committee (RUSA RSS/MARS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Committee meeting of the RUSA RSS/MARS virtual reference committee during RSS All-Committee Meeting.

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Event Slam the Boards! - A Model for Marketing through Action: A Reference Services Discussion Forum

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 01:25 pm

Attend this discussion forum for a lively discussion on actively marketing and promoting your institution's reference services (both in-person and virtual). Come ready to share ideas and learn from your colleagues! Co-sponsored by the RSS Marketing and Public Relations for Reference Services Committee and RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee.

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Event Committee Meeting Announcement

by Don Boozer on Tue, Mar 26, 2013 at 01:55 pm

Midwinter Meeting Follow-up:

A link to the recording of the meeting is available online.

A copy of the Minutes are attached below (and also available on our official Meeting Minutes Landing Page.

Midwinter Meeting Follow-up:

A link to the recording of the meeting is available online.

A copy of the Minutes are attached below (and also available on our official Meeting Minutes Landing Page.

The agenda below also has the additional appendices referred to during the meeting. Here is also the link for the RSS Evaluation of Reference and User Services Committee meeting minutes where the joint virtual reference survey project was discussed: ERUS Meeting Minutes (.docx)

 


 

We will be holding our RSS/MARS Virtual Reference Services Committee meeting on:

February 15, 2-3pm Eastern (1-2pm Central, 12-1pm Mountain, 11am-noon Pacific) in Blackboard Collaborate.

Please use this URL to access our meeting: http://tinyurl.com/rusa-room-2. When it asks for a login, enter your name.

Please try to arrive 5-10 minutes early to test your audio, which you can do once in the system by going to Tools -> Audio -> Audio Set Up Wizard. Please test your audio upon entering.

Headsets are preferred, but there is also a toll-free conference number available: 1-866-717-7547, enter PIN: 72620830#

You can test your system’s compatibility here: http://support.blackboardcollaborate.com/ics/support/default.asp?deptID=8336

An agenda  (PDF) is attached to this announcement below.

AGENDA_VRS_2_15_2013.pdf

 

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Online Doc Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Progress

by Don Boozer on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 09:33 am

I recently received the document below from Joe Thompson from his attendance at the Webwise Conference in Baltimore. The document outlines some initiatives that OCLC has undertaken with regards to Wikipedia and includes some great links.

There was also this article recently posted to Twitter by ALA Tech Source: From Wikipedia to Libraries

I recently received the document below from Joe Thompson from his attendance at the Webwise Conference in Baltimore. The document outlines some initiatives that OCLC has undertaken with regards to Wikipedia and includes some great links.

There was also this article recently posted to Twitter by ALA Tech Source: From Wikipedia to Libraries

Both of these (including contact information) should prove useful in moving ahead with our planned event in Chicago.

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To identify and study issues relating to virtual reference services, and to evaluate and promote technological and service standards, guidelines, and “best practices” for virtual reference services in all types of libraries.

 

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