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Discussion NMRT Mentoring Committee Seeking More Mentors

by Cheryl Blevens on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 02:25 pm

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know? Would you like to walk alongside a new librarian as they enter the profession?

Here is your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of ALA (NMRT), to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide as they learn the ins and outs of librarianship. The NMRT Mentoring Committee's Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year-long mentoring program.

Do you find yourself wishing that someone would have been there to teach you all that you now know? Would you like to walk alongside a new librarian as they enter the profession?

Here is your chance to participate in a great new project from the New Members Round Table of ALA (NMRT), to meet a new librarian ally, and to have someone to guide as they learn the ins and outs of librarianship. The NMRT Mentoring Committee's Career Mentoring Program focuses on long term mentoring. We will pair up "newbie librarians" with "seasoned vets" as part of a year-long mentoring program.

The NMRT Career Mentoring program will last from October 2014 to July 2015. Conference attendance is not required, but membership in ALA is required, and NMRT membership is encouraged.

For further information and to apply, please visit
http://www.ala.org/nmrt/oversightgroups/comm/mentor/mentoringcommittee

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions after visiting the site.

Sincerely,

The New Member Round Table Mentoring Committee
NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com

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Discussion NMRT RESUME REVIEW APPOINTMENT DEADLINE EXTENDED

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 09:21 am

We have extended the closing date for you to make an appointment to have your resume reviewed to Tuesday, June 24 at 5pm.  Hurry and make an appointment to get free resume help from industry experts! Follow this URL: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/, click on the link to the appointment request form, complete the requested information and click “Submit.” You will be contacted by return email.

Event Dive into Digital Badges! A Badge Curriculum Workshop

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

Digital badges are growing in popularity and adoption. Librarians from three universities will share their experiences using badges for information literacy instruction. In this hands on workshop panelists will lead participants through designing a customizable plan for implementing badges at their own institutions, considering factors such as learning outcomes, student motivation, and flexibility for embedding in the campus environment.

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Discussion HOW’S YOUR RESUME AND COVER LETTER?

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm

The New Members Round Table offers a free Resume Review Service, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 – 5:00, in the ALA Joblist Placement Center at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

A schedule of reviewers (with library type and specialization) will be posted on the RRS site a few days prior to the conference. You may want to look at the schedule and jot down a few possible times.

The New Members Round Table offers a free Resume Review Service, Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 – 5:00, in the ALA Joblist Placement Center at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas!

A schedule of reviewers (with library type and specialization) will be posted on the RRS site a few days prior to the conference. You may want to look at the schedule and jot down a few possible times.

Once at the conference, stop by the Resume Review Service (located inside the ALA Placement Center). At that time, you may make an appointment to see a reviewer or if one is available, you could meet then. Appointments usually fill up quickly, so be sure to make an appointment as early as you can.

Try to be a few minutes early for your appointment. If you are more than 5 minutes late, we cannot guarantee that your appointment will be held. Should you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment, please stop by and let us know.

Appointments are 30 minutes long. Bring copies of your cover letter and/or resume. If applicable, it would be helpful to bring a copy of the job ad. After reading over your resume and/or cover letter, your reviewer will probably ask you a few questions and will probably comment on format, grammar, punctuation, and overall strengths and weaknesses of your documents.

Please be courteous and keep your meeting to the 30 minute limit.

If you would like a second opinion, you may schedule another appointment with a different reviewer (schedule permitting).

The last appointments are 30 minutes before closing each day.

If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs, Cheryl Blevens and Nicole Spoor, at nmrtrrs@yahoo.com.

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Discussion NOW RECRUITING: 2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE RESUME REVIEW SERVICE VOLUNTEERS!

by Cheryl Blevens on Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 12:54 pm

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting resume reviewers and booth greeters for the ALA 2014 Annual in Las Vegas who are willing to volunteer to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters of those who are undergoing a job search in this challenging economic climate.  The conference review service is free of charge to anyone. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer. We are especially in need of Public, Special and School Media Specialists volunteers.

The NMRT Resume Review Service Committee is recruiting resume reviewers and booth greeters for the ALA 2014 Annual in Las Vegas who are willing to volunteer to greet participants, and/or review resumes and cover letters of those who are undergoing a job search in this challenging economic climate.  The conference review service is free of charge to anyone. Librarians from all types of libraries and specializations are invited to volunteer. We are especially in need of Public, Special and School Media Specialists volunteers.

The NMRT Resume Review Service booth, located inside the ALA Placement Center, is open Saturday, June 28,  and Sunday, June 29, from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Appointment are 30 minutes long and usually fill up quickly. The last appointments are scheduled for 30 minutes before closing each day.

If you wish to volunteer or have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs: Cheryl Blevens (cheryl.blevens@indstate.edu) or Nicole Spoor (nicolespoor@gmail.com). Please use “2014 Conference RRS Volunteer” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!

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Discussion ALA Annual Program Description

by Erica DeFrain (non-member) on Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 10:22 am

With so much interest in embedding libraries and librarians into course mangement systems, we thought it would be a good opportunity to have a focused discussion on this topic at Annual. We just submitted the following description to the program book:

Embedded Librarians In Course Management Systems: Transforming Ourselves.

With so much interest in embedding libraries and librarians into course mangement systems, we thought it would be a good opportunity to have a focused discussion on this topic at Annual. We just submitted the following description to the program book:

Embedded Librarians In Course Management Systems: Transforming Ourselves.

Are you embedded in a CMS? If the answer is “yes,” share challenges, opportunities, and best practice methods used to collaborate with faculty and strengthen communication with students by being embedded in a faculty’s course management system. If the answer is “not yet,” bring your questions and help drive a discussion that started at Midwinter.

There have been some great articles published on this topic recently. Check out the following:

Black, E. L. (2008). Toolkit Approach To Integrating Library Resources Into The Learning Management System. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 34(6), 496-501.

Hristova, M. (2013). Library Widget for Moodle. Code4lib Journal, (19), 1-10.

Ismail, Lizah. "Getting Personal: Reaching Out To Adult Learners Through A Course Management System." Reference Librarian 52.3 (2011): 244-262. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text. Web. 4 Mar. 2013. DOI: 10.1080/02763877.2011.556993

Jeffryes, J., Peterson, K., Crowe, S., Fine, E., & Carrillo, E. (2011). Integration Innovation: Launching the Library into a Course Management System. Journal Of Library Innovation2(1), 20-34.

Searing, Susan E., and Alison M. Greenlee. "Faculty Responses To Library Service Innovations: A Case Study." Journal Of Education For Library & Information Science 52.4 (2011): 279-294. Academic Search Complete. Web. 4 Mar. 2013.

Shumaker, David, and Mary Talley. "Models of Embedded Librarianship: A Research Summary." Information Outlook 14.1 (2010): 26,28,33-35. ProQuest Education Journals; ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source; ProQuest Research Library. Web. 4 Mar. 2013.  ISSN: 1091-0808

Weigal, Van. "From Course Management to Curricular Capabilities: A Capabilities Approach for the Next-Generation CMS." Course Management Systems for Learning: Beyond Accidental Pedagogy. IGI Global, 2005. 190-205. Web. 4 Mar. 2013. (cited by 33) DOI:10.4018/978-1-59140-512-2.ch012    

York, Amy C., and Jason M. Vance. "Taking Library Instruction Into The Online Classroom: Best Practices For Embedded Librarians." Journal Of Library Administration 49.1/2 (2009): 197-209. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text. Web. 4 Mar. 2013.   (cited by 44) DOI: 10.1080/01930820802312995

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Online Doc ALA Midwinter Meeting Minutes

by Erica DeFrain (non-member) on Wed, Feb 13, 2013 at 01:48 pm

The LITA Distance Learning Interest Group met at ALA Midwinter in Seattle on Saturday, February 26, 2013. It appears that there was some confusion over the proper location, so these meeting minutes document the conversation that took place following the LITA Joint Chairs meeting, in the Washington State Convention Center TCC, room 303.

Approximately 10 people attended. 

The LITA Distance Learning Interest Group met at ALA Midwinter in Seattle on Saturday, February 26, 2013. It appears that there was some confusion over the proper location, so these meeting minutes document the conversation that took place following the LITA Joint Chairs meeting, in the Washington State Convention Center TCC, room 303.

Approximately 10 people attended. 

As the majority of those in attendance were new to the IG, we felt it was appropriate to hold a general conversation instead of follow an explicit agenda. There were many topics of discussion, best represented by the following general categories:

  • Tools and strategies for embedding in online courses - A number of librarians were either thinking about physically embedding into online courses or had recently begun to. The need to also virtually embed library resources and services was also discussed.
  • New tools for online instruction - The University of Arizona released the "Guide on the Side" online tutorial creation tool as an open source download last year. Many libraries are familiar with the tool and are interested in using the tool.
  • How to transition to new CMS's - Many of those in attendance had gone through multiple course management systems at their institutions. In general, students adapted quickly, whereas faculty were often more resistant to the change. The library is often seen as a neutral space on campus where faculty can get assistance with instructional design and learning how t use the new technology. 
  • Best tools for online communication - A number of people felt overwhelmed by the numerous ways to communicate information online (listservs, email, ALA Connect, Twitter, blogs, etc). The group shared ideas for keeping up to date and discussed online privacy concerns.

While it is too late to submit an official session proposal for ALA Annual, the IG is scheduled to meet on June 29, from 1-2:30. It is apparent from the conversation that having a more formal presentation or panel discussion on any of the topics would be welcome. Planning for Annual will be conducted via the listserv and over Connect.

 

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Event Distance Learning Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Group discussion on using instructional technologies in distance education. Planning for Interest Group activities.

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Event Distance Learning Discussion Group (ACRL DLS)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Join the Distance Learning Section for an interesting and engaging open discussion on current issues in library services to distant learners.

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Event Distance Learning Interest Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

The LITA Distance Learning Interest Group will meet to discuss current issues in distance learning and future plans for DLIG.

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