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Discussion Connect2Compete

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 02:43 pm

 

Please go here to submit your library’s information. By entering this information, you will ensure that your library is included when community members search for a site in their area to develop digital literacy skills.

 

 

Please go here to submit your library’s information. By entering this information, you will ensure that your library is included when community members search for a site in their area to develop digital literacy skills.

 

"In partnership with the Ad Council, Connect2Compete (C2C) will be launching a national campaign in 2013 to promote the importance of digital literacy and encourage individuals and families to access free community resources and training. The campaign will direct visitors to an innovative zip-code locator tool that identifies free computer access and digital literacy training course sites in their area.

In collaboration with the American Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, C2C is asking libraries nationwide to submit their information to help populate the database for this tool. If your library offers any facilitator or trainer-led digital literacy training courses (e.g. Computer and Internet basics, How to search and apply for jobs online, Internet safety tips, etc), or offers access to self-paced learning resources or one-one-one training, please go here to submit your library’s information."

Please direct any questions to info at connect2compete.org.

Reposted from the PLA Blog: http://plablog.org/2012/07/new-tool-to-disseminate-digital-literacy-resources-info.html

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Discussion PLA and partner ICMA receive IMLS grant to design leadership training model for librarians

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

Repost from the PLA Blog

The Public Library Association (PLA), in partnership with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), has been awarded a collaborative planning grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to facilitate the development of a replicable leadership training model that assists public library administrators, senior managers and staff who want to increase their capacity to lead not only within the library, but also in the community.

The PLA Leadership Task Force, chaired by Carolyn Anthony, director of the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library and the PLA 2013-2014 president, will take the lead on designing a training model with the assistance of ICMA and Adam Goodman, director of the Center for Leadership, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill. The training model will be designed to empower librarians with the skills necessary to be innovative and successful leaders of change.

Marcia Warner, immediate past-PLA president and director of the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Public Library, said, “While library science degree programs offer a wealth of education, they typically focus on preparing students to be entry-level practitioners. Librarians rising to new positions and even those already at the top can benefit from the advanced education this leadership training will provide. Learning how to rise above day-to-day demands to lead within the library and the community is invaluable.”

The training model will take a groundbreaking focus on developing skills for leadership outside of the library, teaching participants how to work with municipal officials towards enhancing the position and activities of the library within the community.
Ron Carlee, chief operating officer for ICMA, noted that “Public librarians are also public administrators who require the skills of networking and community building to fully integrate their libraries into the building of great communities. ICMA is committed to working with the library community to makes its leaders as effective as possible.”

PLA will receive $45,145 from IMLS with $31,017 in cost share, for a total of $76,162 to put towards this initiative. The funding will allow for design and pilot testing of the training model as well as creation of an outcomes assessment tool to evaluate the effectiveness of the pilot training. “It is imperative that the final model not only be effective, but also replicable,” Anthony said. “One of our key goals is to extend the reach of the training, so it touches more people than single events or classes allow and has a mechanism to continually reinforce leadership concepts and skills. The grant will help develop a PLA leadership model that is all about partnerships and community collaboration.”
Grant activities begin in July 2012. For more information about plans for the leadership training model, please contact Barb Macikas, PLA executive director at bmacikas at ala.org

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Event Mental Models Webinar registration ends

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 at 10:14 am

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Be made aware of their own mental models of the library that inhibit change
  • Learn how to spend resources and staff time once they’ve adopted new perspectives
  • Learn about activities they can use at their library to continue the mental model busting experience with other staff

 

Registration information at: http://www.ala.org/pla/onlinelearning/webinars/models

 

Discussion Food for Fines

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 at 10:37 am

We’re considering a program whereby fines are forgiven for bringing in items for the food bank OR for forgiving fines on children’s cards for summer reading accomplishments. Please share what you are doing and if you consider it a success in the comments section.

 

Discussion Final call for participation in Fieldwork Survey

by Sian Brannon (non-member) on Tue, Jul 10, 2012 at 09:30 am

(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.

(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.

If you have any questions, please contact me at sbrannon@twu.edu or my advisor, Dr. Lynn Akin at lakin@twu.edu. Thank you for your consideration.

Sian Brannon

 

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Discussion PLA Boot Camp applications will be accepted until 6/29/12

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Tue, Jun 26, 2012 at 02:48 pm

Please read about this exciting management training and then click on the application link at: http://www.ala.org/pla/education/bootcamp

 

Discussion Be a PLA Blogger at Annual Conference

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Wed, Jun 20, 2012 at 04:25 pm

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.

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Event PLA President's Program and Awards Presentation

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 01:07 am

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

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.

Timezone:
US/Pacific (-7)

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.

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Discussion Joint use libraries: sharing facilities, collections and services

by Julianna Kloeppel (staff) on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 at 11:36 am

Hello-

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.

Hello-

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.

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