PLA (Public Library Association) Division
Correction- Volunteers are needed Saturday for NMRT.
The NMRT Resume Review Service needs volunteers to work as booth greeters Saturday, June 28, from 10 am until noon. If you can volunteer for any of that time, we need your help! The booth greeters’ most important duty is to keep things running on time. They sign the reviewees in, escort them to their reviewer’s table, and remind them when their 30 minute appointment is over.
To volunteer follow this link: https://sites.google.com/site/2014alanmrtrrrs/. Fill out the volunteer form and click “Submit.”
If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Resume Review Service Co-chairs: Cheryl Blevens (email@example.com) or Nicole Spoor (firstname.lastname@example.org), using “2014 Conference RRS Booth Greeter” in the subject line of your email. Thank you!
Please access the committee volunteer form from this page: http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees
This is what the first page looks like:
Public Library Association (PLA) Committee Volunteer Form
To be a thriving, vibrant organization, PLA must have committed and active committee members. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please fill out the form below.
The Committee Volunteer Form consists of four screens. Once you reach the end of a screen, you will need to press continue. At the end of the fourth screen, make sure you press submit before closing the form.
Start by building your profile and adding any experience you have with organizations and volunteer committees. If you are interested in volunteering to be a PLA Representative to an ALA Committee, please indicate that interest in the box titled, "I am interested in serving as a representative to a division, roundtable or ALA committee or assembly."
When you finalize the first screen, press "Continue." The next screen includes a list of PLA Committees. Select up to three committees then press "Submit."
Make sure you read the confirmation page that follows to ensure it reflects your choices. Press "Submit" if it is correct, or "Reset" if you need to reselect. When you "Submit" the form, a final confirmation page follows. Please print it for your records.
When you have completed the form's four pages, your information will be available to the PLA appointing officer(s) and the PLA office. Appointing officers will carefully consider your requests and preferences. If you are appointed to a committee, one to two year terms begin following the ALA Annual Conference. Appointments are made primarily in the spring.
Committee members must:
- Be a member of PLA
- Anticipate attending Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings during the term of office and must be able to participate in the meetings and activities of the committees (ALA Policy)
- Have an interest in the work of the committee
- Be able to work between conferences.
Descriptions or charges of the PLA committees are available on PLA.org
You are welcome to volunteer year-round.
On behalf of the PLA Board of Directors, thank you for taking the time to volunteer.
List of PLA Committees on pla.org http://www.ala.org/pla/about/committees
PLA 2014 Conference Local Arrangements Subcommittee
- Public Libraries Advisory Committee
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.