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Discussion What does “digital literacy” look like in a library context?

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Sep 19, 2012 at 10:25 am

Repost from Feed: District Dispatch
Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:33 PM
Author: mvisser
Subject: Task force seeks comments on digital literacy draft report

Repost from Feed: District Dispatch
Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 1:33 PM
Author: mvisser
Subject: Task force seeks comments on digital literacy draft report

Today, one group of literacy experts is asking library professionals to help them answer the question: what does “digital literacy” look like in a library context? The Digital Literacy Task Force – a group spearheaded by the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy – is now seeking comments on the preliminary report “Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy.” The document  seeks to provide a broad overview of libraries and digital literacy and discusses the current policy context, including digital inclusion, education and lifelong learning, and workforce development.

The Task Force (pdf) is made up of literacy experts from school, public, and higher-education libraries and represents a wide range of ALA units.  The Task Force addresses issues and questions related to digital literacy and national policy conversations. The report will serve as a launching point for the development of a set of recommendations to the Association and the broader library community to continue and expand libraries’ engagement and leadership to effect meaningful and sustainable change in our communities. The Task Force will develop these recommendations as a companion piece to this report.

The public comment period is open from September 18, 2012 – October 19, 2012. Commenters are asked to focus their feedback on substantive issues and the task force specifically asks representatives of each library type to consider how their library is portrayed.

Please send questions about the report to mvisser@alawash.org.

Marijke Visser
Assistant Director
ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

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Event Apply by Nov. 2nd - Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 02:53 pm

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Carnegie-Whitney Awards up to $5,000

The American Library Association Publishing Committee provides a grant of up to $5,000 for the preparation of print or electronic reading lists, indexes or other guides to library resources that promote reading or the use of library resources at any type of library.

Funded projects have ranged from popular, general-reader proposals such as "ReadMOre," a reading list for Missouri's state-wide reading program, to more specialized, scholarly proposals such as "Librarianship and Information Science in the Islamic World, 1966-1999: An Annotated Bibliography."

Applications must be received by Nov. 2, 2012. Recipients will be notified by the end of February 2013.

For more information and guidelines, visit http://www.ala.org/ala/aboutala/offices/publishing/sundry/alapubawrds/carnegiewhitney.cfm or contact Mary Jo Bolduc, Grant Administrator, American Library Association, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611; e-mail: mbolduc at ala.org.

 

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Event Alternative Reads- Indie Fiction Webinar Registration Closes 9/17/12; webinar is 9/19/12

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 10:21 am

Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, one-hour webinar will feature the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing houses as well as the increasing numbers of self-published authors has lead to an unprecedented number of indie books. Help your readers sort through the onslaught by learning about great reads from this newly explosive area of publishing. Our expert readers' advisors will guide you to undiscovered choice picks and great resources for you and your patrons.

Join us for a trip off the beaten path. This engaging, one-hour webinar will feature the latest books from small and independent presses, hybrid-publishers, and self-published works. The proliferation of small publishing houses as well as the increasing numbers of self-published authors has lead to an unprecedented number of indie books. Help your readers sort through the onslaught by learning about great reads from this newly explosive area of publishing. Our expert readers' advisors will guide you to undiscovered choice picks and great resources for you and your patrons.

See: http://www.ala.org/pla/onlinelearning/webinars/indiefic

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Discussion Library Directorship opportunity in Rock Island, IL

by Daniel Bradbury on Fri, Sep 7, 2012 at 09:42 am

Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a visionary leader as their new Director—someone  capable of working strategically with community organizations and agencies to develop and enhance library services—and effectively provide and promote those services to the community.  The successful candidate will blend creativity and innovation with the heritage and legacy of the Library—the oldest public library in Illinois (1872)—and honor the Library’s commitment to provide each resident “more for your life.”  The Library serves this hi

Rock Island Public Library Board of Trustees seeks a visionary leader as their new Director—someone  capable of working strategically with community organizations and agencies to develop and enhance library services—and effectively provide and promote those services to the community.  The successful candidate will blend creativity and innovation with the heritage and legacy of the Library—the oldest public library in Illinois (1872)—and honor the Library’s commitment to provide each resident “more for your life.”  The Library serves this historic Mississippi River community of nearly 40,000 (plus an additional 10,000 served through a contract with the Milan-Blackhawk Area Library District) with three locations—the Main Library downtown and two branches (30/31 and Southwest) and has staff of 31.2 FTEs, a $2.4 million annual budget, a dedicated Friends of the Library, and an active Library Foundation.

The City of Rock Island, 175 miles west of Chicago, is a major city in what is known as the Quad Cities (population:400,000) that includes Rock Island (IL), Moline (IL), East Moline (IL), Davenport (IA) and Bettendorf (IA). Rock Island is a city of neighborhoods where “residents feel at home” and blend their love of history and preservation with new development, restaurants, galleries and theatres. Outdoor recreation flourishes with parks, bike paths, river activities and festivals. The Quad Cities region is the home of two community colleges (Blackhawk College and Scott Community College), two private colleges (Augustana College and Saint Ambrose University), in addition to Western Illinois University and the Quad Cities Graduate Studies Center.  Additional information about the library and the community can be found at Rock Island Links.

Responsibilities. The Director reports to a nine member Library Board—appointed by the Mayor—and working with the City Manager serves as a City Department Head.  Under the general direction of and within the policies set by the Library Board, the Director is responsible for developing and presenting an operating plan, budget, and policies necessary to provide optimal library service to community residents. The Director will also work with the Milan-Blackhawk Area District Library Board as well as the newly formed 20-member RiverShare Library Consortium. Opportunities and challenges include: strategic and facilities planning, expanding the Library’s visibility in the community; expanding collaborative partnerships; promoting the Library’s mission and goals; introducing new technology for staff and patrons; and developing alternative strategies for enhancing the library’s $2.4 million annual budget. See the Position Profile for additional details.

Qualifications.  A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and comprehensive experience in library administration including a minimum six years of senior‑level supervisory experience.  Essential attributes include a strong understanding and ability to articulate the public library’s vision, mission and values to the community; collaboration and consensus-building skills; facilities maintenance and space planning experience; excellent interpersonal and team-building skills; a history of responsiveness to staff, customer and community needs and concerns; and sound fiscal management skills. Complete qualifications are available on the formal Job Description. Successful experience working with a policy-making board and collaborating with elected officials is highly desirable. The successful candidate must meet a residency requirement which includes establishing residence in the City of Rock Island within one year of the hire date.

Compensation. The salary range for the position is $63,522-$98,542 (with placement within the range dependent on experience and qualifications). In addition, the Library offers an excellent benefits package.

If you are interested in career growth, we look forward to discussing this opportunity with you.  Contact Dan or Jobeth Bradbury at Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates. Apply via email to either of the above and attach a meaningful cover letter and current resume in Microsoft Word or  PDF format.  The position will close October 7, 2012.

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Discussion Apply for American Dream Starts @ your library literacy initiative! Online applications will be accepted until August 26. Grants range from $5,000. to $15,000.

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:55 am

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) are initiating the third round of The American Dream Starts @ your library, a grant initiative aimed at public libraries in order to expand and enhance resources and services to English language learners.

This grant is aimed at public libraries and public library bookmobiles. To learn more about the initiative and see the application, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org

Dollar General Literacy Foundation and Office for Literacy & Outreach Services (OLOS) are initiating the third round of The American Dream Starts @ your library, a grant initiative aimed at public libraries in order to expand and enhance resources and services to English language learners.

This grant is aimed at public libraries and public library bookmobiles. To learn more about the initiative and see the application, please visit www.americandreamtoolkit.org

The press release on American Libraries: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/ala/dollar-general-literacy-foundation-renews-support-american-dream-starts-your-library

If you've won the grant, please share your experience with PLA members in the comments section.

Past projects: http://www.americandreamtoolkit.org/people.html

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Discussion How did your summer reading program go?

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Aug 9, 2012 at 02:36 pm

Was it well attended? What are you excited about trying next year?

 

I'm curious because I was doing some paperwork for this project: PLA receives IMLS grant to plan for a national digital summer reading program (June 2012) Press release: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10612

And was in touch with the community in Kansas who showed their summer reading program activities in this newsletter: http://www.kinsleylibrary.info/DreamZine.pdf

Discussion How do I attend programs at PLA 2012?

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 02:10 pm

Coverage:  

Press release: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=9825

Chrystie Hill's Blog post on the PLA Unconference: http://librariesbuildcommunities.org/?p=348

Coverage:  

Press release: http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=9825

Chrystie Hill's Blog post on the PLA Unconference: http://librariesbuildcommunities.org/?p=348

You can read all about the conference at www.plablog.org and on twitter - search #PLA12. Also, the conference was covered on several library-related blogs - http:// gcplpla2012.blogspot.com/  and  http://www.scoop.it/t/pla-2012 (PLA Facebook Forum post-conference: https://www.facebook.com/pla.org/posts/10150895033945620)

Other educational opportunities: http://www.ala.org/pla/education

For a full registration, one:

For some of the intangibles registrants get at the conference, I’d check out some Blog posts from PLA 2010. http://plablog.org/tag/pla2010

Google "#PLA2010" too and you'll see articles, blogs... and some other conferences with the same acronym.

Read American Libraries and Library Journal articles about the conference:

http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/search/node/PLA

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2012/02/shows-events/pla/pla-conference-preview-2012-great-expectations-philadelphia-march-13-17/

http://publiclibrariesonline.org/content/magazines

http://www.programminglibrarian.org/blog/2012/february-2012/programming-programs-at-pla.html

Shuttle Update:Shuttle service begins at 6:30am on Tuesday, March 13, with pickup from select hotels. Regularly scheduled buses will operate in the morning and afternoon/evening between the following PLA hotels and the Pennsylvania Convention Center:  Crowne Plaza, Doubletree, Hotel Palomar, Hyatt at the Bellevue, Hyatt Penns Landing, Radisson, Ritz Carlton, Sofitel & Westin.  The remaining hotels are within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Accessibility: We will have a total of 2 ADA buses as part of the 6 all day buses. If you call the number 1-866-767-3305 on the signage and flyers, the call will go directly to James and he can make sure one of the ADA buses is in place for pick up."

 Coat check is in Hall G, near registration, and yes – You can store your bags on Sat.

From the Airport to the Convention Center or hotels: the convention bureau says: "The SEPTA train is AWESOME!!!!!  It makes stops at each airport terminal, easy to access, runs every 20 minutes and is cheap…$7 per ride.  It drops off right in the Convention Center…stop is called Market East Station.  See attached for more details…."

Question for you expert researchers... what's the standard tip for coat check? I haven't been able to find the answer using Google and I always thought that you gave coat check $1 per coat or bag when you pick them up.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g191-s606/United-States:Tipping.And.Etiquette.html

 

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Discussion Attending programs useful to trustees at PLA 2012

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 02:09 pm

See: http://placonference.org/programs for a searchable list of all programs and converstations

Program Recommendations for Trustees

PLA understands that public library trustees visit PLA Conference with a unique leadership perspective. Fortunately, PLA 2012 is packed with programs relevant for trustees. Please take advantage of these recommended programs to help make the most of your conference experience.

Thursday, March 15

8:15–9:30 a.m.

See: http://placonference.org/programs for a searchable list of all programs and converstations

Program Recommendations for Trustees

PLA understands that public library trustees visit PLA Conference with a unique leadership perspective. Fortunately, PLA 2012 is packed with programs relevant for trustees. Please take advantage of these recommended programs to help make the most of your conference experience.

Thursday, March 15

8:15–9:30 a.m.

  • Advocacy is #1 in Times of Shrinking Funding
  • Emergency Succession Planning
  • Turning the Page Goes Global

 

10:45–noon

  • Creative Funding: How to Afford the Services Your Community Wants
  • Being the Best: Stories from the Best Small Libraries in America
  • Mechanics and Schematics:  Some Ramifications of Building Modifications
  • Now what? 12 Steps to Survival in a Leaner, Meaner World
  • Everyday Ethics: Tools for First Responders on the Library's Front Lines

 

2:00–3:15 p.m.

  • Isn't It All Just Improv Anway? Building Successful Relationships in the Workplace and Community
  • Why Libraries Matter: Empowering Community Voices

 

4:15–5:15 p.m.

  • Building Your Base (& Your Budget)
  • Commons Ground: Information Commons, Master Planning, and New Models of Public Service Delivery
  • Saying Yes to the Community

 

Friday, March 16

8:15–9:30 a.m.

  • Deep Green: Achieving Sustainability from the Ground Up
  • Transforming Public Libraries from Institutions of the Industrial Age to Change Agents for the Networked Society

10:45–noon

  • The Future of Libraries: Trends in Building Design, User Experience, and Community Partnerships
  • Dancing with Elephants: Leading Not Following During Tough Times
  • Sustainable is the New Strategic

 

2:00–3:15 p.m.

  • Intellectual Freedom Update 2012
  • With Friends Like These . . .

 

4:15–5:15 p.m.

  • Losing My Religion: Crafting Meeting Room Policies That Keep You In Charge and out of Court

 

Saturday, March 17

8:30–9:45 a.m.

  • Grassroots Library Advocacy
  • In Order to Form a More Perfect Union... Library Access As an Emerging Constitutional Right
  • Visualization:  A New Frontier for Library Design

 

10:15–11:30 a.m.

  • Creating the Library of the Year
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