PLA (Public Library Association) Division
Dear ALA and PLA members,
I am posting to ask for your help. I am currently writing a paper, independently, about how public libraries can (and have) embraced the rise of nerd/geek culture.
The paper will focus defining nerd/geek culture and connecting its many elements and subcultures with the many services public libraries offer. For example, public libraries provide space for people to come and discuss their interests. Has you library ever provided space to comics enthusiast, local filmmakers, or a Magic the Gathering Tournament?
I would love to include real-life examples of public libraries services that focus on or incorporate nerd/geek culture. That's where you come in. I would love for you to post any programs, collections, and other services that you've created or participated in.
To help you better understand what I'm asking for, here's a list of nerd/geek culture topics:
- comics and graphic novels
- science fiction books, television (example: Doctor Who), or movies
- fantasy books, television (example: Game of Thrones), movies (example: Lord of the Rings)
- anime and mange
- cosplay aka costume play (dressing as you favorite characters)
- gaming including table top (D&D), RPG, online, card, and console games (example: Xbox)
- film and filmmaking
- technology and the internet (blogs, Youtube, and other Web 2.0)
- crafting such as knitting
- history (think Renaissance Faire)
Of course, all individuals and/or organizations will be given credits for their contributions and will be informed if/when the paper is published.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for your help.
2014 LIRT Conference Program
ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas, NV
Going All In: Library Instruction for Students in Online Education Programs
The 2014 LIRT conference program planning committee is issuing an open call for proposals for presentations that focus on strategies that libraries of all types have used to provide instruction to students in wholly online courses or programs. Presentations should be approximately 20 minutes in length. An increasing amount of coursework, both at the secondary and postsecondary level, is being conducted online. This shift in the delivery method of education which began at the college level is now occurring throughout the K-16 continuum. Because many of the students in these classes and programs will never set foot into the host institution, this transformation has necessitated a great deal of change in all aspects of library services, including information literacy instruction. This conference program will spotlight some innovative ways that libraries are conducting and delivering instruction to this new cohort. Please submit a title and brief description of your proposed presentation to goo.gl/Qv0Cve by December 6th 2013.
Social Sciences Librarian
King Library 206
Oxford, OH 45056
After searching for a full time librarian position for several years, I recently began working on a IT associates and certifications (CompTIA A+ and Network+) and I plan on working in the IT field while volunteering after graduation. However, would having the aforementioned certifications and degree help one's employment chances in a public library or academic library?
My hunch is that it will help me more in public libraries than academic libraries. The another part of my hunch is that it would be much more beneficial in smaller libraries as opposed to larger libraries.
Dear ALA and PLA members
I am contacting you to ask for your support in my research about income generation at public libraries and public library ethos.
Since last year, I have been studying for an MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. Currently, I am working on my dissertation which addresses income generation methods used by public libraries in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany and the potential impact of income generation methods on public library ethos. Among the outcomes of my research will be a typology of income generation methods used by public libraries and an analysis of the impact of these methods on public library ethos as seen by librarians. I hope that these outcomes will help libraries to address financial difficulties and build stronger institutions while defending principles and ethos in these challenging times.
All results of my study will be made public on Strathclyde University’s open access repository (www.strathprints.strath.ac.uk). The dissertation is supported by the John Campbell Trust, administered by the UK’s Chartered Institute for Library and Information Professionals.
For the purpose of this dissertation I need your help. Below is a link to a short electronic questionnaire which seeks to gather information about what librarians and other relevant staff at public libraries think about a set of income generation methods and their impact on the ethos and principles of the public library. The questionnaire consists of 10 questions and should not take more than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is anonymous and nobody will be identifiable. I am sending the questionnaire to public library staff in all three countries.
I would like to gather as much input from public library staff, whatever their role or position within the library, as possible. Therefore it would be great if you could also forward this message to colleagues within your library and in other public libraries.
So, if you are working in a US public library please follow this link to the survey:
Thank you very much for taking the time to help me. Your support is much appreciated.
Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions or concerns regarding my research. The research has been approved by the University's Ethics Committee. Should you wish to raise any ethical concerns with a party other than the researcher, please contact Professor Forbes Gibb at the University of Strathclyde (email@example.com).
Postgraduate Student in Information and Library Studies
University of Strathclyde
Department of Computer and Information Studies
Dissertation supervisor: Alan Poulter (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Submit a 2014 ALA Annual Conference Proposal
Represent public libraries at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, June 26–July 1, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nev. Submit a proposal for a PLA-sponsored preconference or program. Be creative and innovative when choosing a topic—showcase emerging trends and examples of risk-taking in the areas of community engagement, managing space, marketing and advocacy, digital content, technology, programming, leadership, funding, staffing, collections, outcome measures, and more. Proposals will be accepted online through 11:59 PM Central on September 1, 2013. Faxed, e-mailed, or mailed proposals will not be accepted.
At a time when swelling library use puts pressure on dwindling budgets, it is tempting to ignore the updates your library interior needs. But library customers are increasingly savvy and have rising expectations about their library experience. Fortunately, reimagined library interiors don't have to be costly. With creativity and resourcefulness, you can make a great impact even with small investments. Hear tips and see images from library projects of all scales from around the country.