PLA (Public Library Association) Division
(Apologies for cross-posting!)
Survey closes August 10, 2012.
My name is Sian Brannon and I am a doctoral student in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University. I would like to invite you to participate in my dissertation research study entitled Examining the Fieldwork Experience from the Site Supervisor Perspective: A mixed-methods study using Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development theory.
The purpose of this research is to determine the current practices of public library fieldwork supervisors. Little other research delves into the practices of the supervisor with regard to their role as the “more capable peer” in the fieldwork experience. The researcher aims to describe interactions with students, identify activities performed, and gather information about student assessment.
You may participate if you hold a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school and have supervised at least one fieldwork student in a public library within the past five years. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey which is expected to take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete. You may then elect to provide contact information with which I can contact you for a brief follow-up interview.
A possible risk in this study is discomfort with these questions you are asked. You may stop answering questions at any time and end the survey. Another risk in this study is loss of confidentiality. Confidentiality will be protected to the extent that is allowed by law. The survey responses will be deleted within 1 years after the dissertation is finished. The results of the study may be reported in scientific magazines or journals, but your name or any other identifying information will not be included.
There is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading, and internet transactions.
More information about the study can be found at this website: https://sites.google.com/site/fieldworksupervisors/. If you decide to participate after visiting the site, you can access the survey there.
PLA is looking for volunteers writers to fan out and cover all aspects of the upcoming ALA Annual Conference for the readers of the PLA Blog. Our bloggers cover programming, exhibits, social events, author events, anything related to the conference and public librarianship, and then share it on the PLA Blog. If you are interested, please contact Kathleen Hughes (khughes at ala dot org) for more information. Please pass this on to any email list or friend you think might be interested, and don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Following the recognition of PLA’s 2012 award winners, the Public Library Association (PLA) and PLA President, Marcia Warner, will welcome keynote speaker Sherman Alexie to the PLA President’s Program and Awards Presentation.
Sherman Alexie is the author of twenty-two books, including The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Young People's Literature; War Dances, winner of the 2010 PEN Faulkner Award; and The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, a PEN Hemingway Special Citation winner. He is also the winner of the 2001 PEN Malamud Award for Excellence in the Art of the Short Story. In addition, Smoke Signals, the film he wrote and co-produced, won the Audience Award and Filmmakers' Trophy at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival. His new collection of stories BLASPHEMY will be published in October 2012.
Sponsored by Grove/Atlantic
Book signing outside Ballroom immediately following event.
This is a crosspost with ASCLA. ASCLA ICAN (InterLibrary Cooperation & Networking) Collaborative Digitization Interest Group
A caller to PLA asked if we had a list of libraries which share facilities, collections and services or any combination of those elements.
This question comes up every so often and I was hoping that we could build a list or find an existing list.
- ASCLA's tool! http://cs.ala.org/ra/lncc/ If you're interested in multitype libraries, you might want to check the Library Networks, Cooperatives and Consortia Survey out.
- http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=10092 The joint-use college/public library
- Chicago Public Library Back of the Yards Library in a public school: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/press_room/press_releases/2012/june_2012/mayor_emanuel_cpsandchicagopubliclibraryannouncenewcommunitylibr.html
Saturday, June 23
10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Guts and Glory: The Truth on What It Takes to Lead
Do we know what it takes to successfully position the library as a core service in government and community? We talk to ourselves about what it takes to tell our story and the value we bring, but rarely do we hear from city and county executives about the real truths on how they see libraries, and the skinny on the skills they look for in library leaders. Join us for a provocative conversation with renowned government executives and proven directors to hear straight talk about leadership and positioning libraries as key partners in city and county government. Add to your schedule (login required) or download to your calendar (via the ALA Annual Conference Scheduler).
Organizer: Luis Herrera, city librarian, San Francisco (Calif.) Public Library
Speakers: Rick Cole, city manager, City of Ventura (Calif.); Sari Feldman, executive director, Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library; Cynthia Kurtz, former city manager and CEO, San Gabriel (Calif.) Economic Partnership
San Francisco Public Library