ALA seeks candidates for 2014 Google Policy Summer Fellowship!

For the seventh consecutive year, the American Library Association is pleased to participate in the Google Policy Fellows program for 2014. The ALA Office for Information Technology Policy began its participation at the program’s founding.

For the summer of 2014, the selected fellow will spend 10 weeks in residence at the ALA Washington Office to learn about national policy and complete a major project. Google provides the $7,500 stipend for the summer, but the work agenda is determined by the ALA and the selected fellow. The Google Washington office provides an educational program for all of the fellows, such as lunchtime talks and interactions with Google Washington staff.

The fellows work in diverse areas of information policy that may include digital copyright, e-book licenses and access, future of reading, international copyright policy, broadband deployment, telecommunications policy (including e-rate and network neutrality), digital divide, access to information, free expression, digital literacy, online privacy, the future of libraries generally, and many other topics.

Jamie Schleser, a doctoral student at American University, served as the ALA 2013 Google Policy Fellow. Schleser worked with OITP to apply her dissertation research regarding online-specific digital libraries to articulate visions and strategies for the future of libraries.

Further information about the program and host organizations is available at the Google Public Policy Fellowship website. Applications are due by Monday, April 14, 2014. ALA encourages all interested graduate students to apply and, of course, especially those in library and information science-related academic programs. Here’s a link to the application: https://www.google.com/policyfellowship/faq.html

ASCLA 2014 PRECONFERENCES!

ASCLA 2014 PRECONFERENCES
Preconference advanced registration ends June 20th!
Register here!

Do the Right Thing: Forming Partnerships to Serve Youth in Custody Learn how librarians at the Brooklyn Public Library are providing library services to serve students in custody and how they are helping youth maintain connections to their families and literacy. Find out how the Boston Public Library supports literacy for incarcerated teens when there is no library program specifically for them and how they have created a collection specific for the detention center site visits. Learn how you can do this @your library!

Speakers for the program are from the Boston Public Library; Laura Koenig Head of Youth Services, Central, Jessi Snow, Youth Services for the Boston Public Library and Angela Veizaga, Youth Services Librarian, East Boston.  Brooklyn Public Library Nick Higgins, Director, Outreach Services Brooklyn Public Library and John Huth, Young Adult Librarian The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs Brooklyn Public Library.

Friday, June 27, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Register here!

Book Club Enthusiasts!

Outreach Books Clubs: Venturing Outside the Library Walls

This webinar is for librarians in various library settings looking to expand the reach of current book clubs or where the traditional book club format has proven unsuccessful. Attendees will learn how to coordinate groups that meet outside of the library setting, but are still coordinated by a librarian or library staff member. Outreach book clubs may require additional coordination and travel time, but can result in new community and campus partnerships and the development of relationships with potential new library patrons.

The webinar will assist librarians and support staff in academic, school, or public library settings in understanding the pros and cons of incorporating outreach book clubs into their existing programming. Participants will learn how to evaluate if such a book club would work well for their library community. Logistics, such as group membership, location selection, and basic title selection will be discussed. The webinar will also address the decision to incorporate non-patrons in an outreach book club, including the administrative challenges and possible benefits of doing so. Attendees will have access to sample documents to use to easily track their groups. Participants will discover practical details and flexible strategies that any library can tweak to quickly begin the process of creating an outreach book club.

Presenter

Kim Braun is the past Head of Reference and Adult Services at the J. Lewis Crozer (Public) Library in Chester, PA. Her experience includes community outreach, collection development, readers advisory, adult programming development, virtual and face-to-face reference services, and patron computer and bibliographic instruction. She is past Secretary of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Library Association and attended the inaugural Pennsylvania Library Association Academy of Leadership Studies in 2009. She earned a Masters in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. Her undergraduate degrees are in History and French from Widener University. She is currently using her research skills as Prospect Researcher in the Widener University development office in Chester, Pennsylvania.

Kim just finished reading Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford and is currently enjoying Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; she thinks both titles have good book club discussability potential.

Date(s) & Time(s)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 – 2:00 p.m. Central Time

Fee

Number of seats: 90 max

Registration fees:

$40 for RUSA/ASCLA members

$50 for ALA members

$65 for non-ALA members

$35 for ALA student members and retired members

Group Rates

$99 single login

$38/person multiple logins. (min. 2 people)

Technical Requirements

This webinar will be offered using Adobe Connect. Please ensure that you have Adobe Flash Player Version 10.1 or later on your computer. Audio for this webinar will be streamed over computer speakers and via a teleconference line. You will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenter and other webinar participants via chat.

You can test your settings to verify that your computer is configured properly to participate in this webinar.

You will receive access instructions from Andrea no later than 24 hours before the webinar is to be held.

How to Register

Contact

Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA/ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ASCLA seeks webinar proposals through March 14, 2014

ASCLA encourages subject matter experts and experienced librarians to submit proposals for ASCLA webinars to be presented March 15 through May 15, 2014 and July 15- August 30, 2014.

ASCLA welcomes proposals on topics that will assist our diverse membership in improved service delivery and job performance that are valuable for all types of libraries, librarians and library support staff.

Proposals must be submitted by March 14, 2014 for presentation March 15 through May 15, 2014 and July 15-August 30, 2014. The webinar proposal form can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2014ASCWEBPROP.

Webinar presenters will be paid $150 for each webinar presented and will receive training and support for Adobe Connect, the webinar technology platform used by the division. Webinars are generally 1-1 ½ hours long.

Proposal topics for webinars may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • ADA updates for libraries
  • Adult programming in a correctional library
  • Basics of a good prison/jail library
  • Best practices in correctional librarianship and providing services to the incarcerated
  • Consulting: marketing your services
  • Demonstration and review of current accessibility products
  • Ebooks
  • Emerging technologies in accessibility products and services, including screen readers, mobile devices, IPADS, etc.
  • Evaluating and improving cooperative services
  • Future trends in library service
  • Grants: best practices for finding funding and writing proposals
  • Group purchasing best practices
  • Hiring library consultants: best practices
  • How to be a futurist
  • Marketing library services to people with disabilities
  • Marketing on a shoestring budget
  • New apps that assist library users with special needs
  • Providing library services to people with cognitive or mental impairments
  • Review of best practices, standards and guidelines to improve library services
  • Technology trends for people with disabilities

Check out the online learning opportunities that ASCLA is currently offering. You can also find more information about the submission process on the ASCLA website under the Online Learning section

Questions about submissions or about ASCLA’s online learning programs may be sent to Andrea Hill, ASCLA web manager and online learning liaison at ahill@ala.org.

ASCLA Nominees for 2014 Elections

The following ASCLA members will be running for ASCLA offices in the 2014 Elections:

VICE-PRESIDENT/PRESIDENT-ELECT

Puntney Gould, Rhonda    WA

SECRETARY

Byerly, Tracy Rochow         MO

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Bradford-Oldham, Tiffany Lanette            KY

DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE

Fine, Jana                 FL

Oldham, Raye          NC

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, LIBRARY COOPERATIVES AND NETWORKS

Cheney, Rae                        TX

Pronevitz, Greg        MA

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, SPECIAL POPULATIONS CONSTITUENCY

Sacharow, Lily J.      IL

DESIGNATED DIRECTOR, STATE LIBRARY AGENCIES

O’Grady, Shannon  CO

Please join me in thanking these members for agreeing to stand for election for an ASCLA office; and be sure to vote in the Spring elections!

Susan Hornung

ASCLA Executive Director

Don’t Miss Out! ASCLA’s upcoming online learning course “Going to Jail”

Course Description: Books for children and young adults can portray how jail sentences impact individuals, their children, their parents and their community. In this new 4-week course, you’ll read several juvenile books, from picture books to teen novels, which explore the prison experience. You’ll analyze the books in an online discussion, discuss age appropriate information that should be provided for youth, look at statistics about who goes to jail and consider the role that libraries can play in assisting patrons dealing with these issues. The discussion/chat can also be a model for librarians who want to lead book discussions for their patrons.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

  • assist children, young adults, parents and teachers in finding age appropriate books that portray the impact of incarceration;
  • become familiar with resources that provide facts and research about the population in the United States that is behind bars;
  • Develop appropriate services for their communities that address literacy and other needs of families impacted by correctional facilities.

Students who complete the required coursework for “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience” will receive 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Who Should Attend: If you are a children’s, young adult or youth librarian in a public library, an Outreach librarian in public library, a library media specialist in a school or juvenile detention center, a prison librarian or any library staff member interested in children’s books or correctional facilities, this is the course for you!

Date(s) & Time(s)

February 24 – March 23, 2014

Four live online sessions using chat in Join Me:

Chat 1: Thursday, February 27, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 2: Thursday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 3: Thursday, March 13, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Chat 4: Thursday, March 20, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Instructor

Kate Todd has her MLS from the University of Denver and an MA in educational technology from New York University. She has worked as a librarian at The New York Public Library and Manhattanville College and taught online courses for ALA since 2008. She has taught Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities (sponsored by ASCLA), and courses sponsored by ALSC. She also presented a training workshop for NYC schools librarians working with incarcerated youth at the Passages Academy.

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Registration Fees (these fees reflect the $20 increase for courses offering CEU credits)

  • $150 for ASCLA members
  • $195 for ALA members
  • $230 for non-ALA members
  • $120 for student members and retired members

Interested in Group Registration?

Groups are defined as two or more librarians/staff from a library or network of libraries who are enrolling in the same course at the same time. Download the group registration form here.

Contact

Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org.

For more information about the course, go here.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

New ASCLA Course: “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience”

Course Description: Books for children and young adults can portray how jail sentences impact individuals, their children, their parents and their community. In this new 4-week course, you’ll read several juvenile books, from picture books to teen novels, which explore the prison experience. You’ll analyze the books in an online discussion, discuss age appropriate information that should be provided for youth, look at statistics about who goes to jail and consider the role that libraries can play in assisting patrons dealing with these issues. The discussion/chat can also be a model for librarians who want to lead book discussions for their patrons.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants who complete this course should be able to:

  • assist children, young adults, parents and teachers in finding age appropriate books that portray the impact of incarceration;
  • become familiar with resources that provide facts and research about the population in the United States that is behind bars;
  • Develop appropriate services for their communities that address literacy and other needs of families impacted by correctional facilities.

Students who complete the required coursework for “Going to Jail: How Juvenile Books Portray the Prison Experience” will receive 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Who Should Attend: If you are a children’s, young adult or youth librarian in a public library, an Outreach librarian in public library, a library media specialist in a school or juvenile detention center, a prison librarian or any library staff member interested in children’s books or correctional facilities, this is the course for you!

Date(s) & Time(s)

February 24 – March 23, 2014

Four live online sessions using chat in Join Me:

Chat 1: Thursday, February 27, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 2: Thursday, March 6, 1:00-2:00 pm CST

Chat 3: Thursday, March 13, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Chat 4: Thursday, March 20, 1:00-2:00 pm CDT

Instructor

Kate Todd has her MLS from the University of Denver and an MA in educational technology from New York University. She has worked as a librarian at The New York Public Library and Manhattanville College and taught online courses for ALA since 2008. She has taught Improving Library Services to People with Disabilities (sponsored by ASCLA), and courses sponsored by ALSC. She also presented a training workshop for NYC schools librarians working with incarcerated youth at the Passages Academy.

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Registration Fees (these fees reflect the $20 increase for courses offering CEU credits)

  • $150 for ASCLA members
  • $195 for ALA members
  • $230 for non-ALA members
  • $120 for student members and retired members

Interested in Group Registration?

Groups are defined as two or more librarians/staff from a library or network of libraries who are enrolling in the same course at the same time. Download the group registration form here.

Contact

Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, ASCLA Web Manager, at ahill@ala.org

For more information about the course, go here.

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!

 

ASCLA Fund Raising Event in Philadelphia

Please join us at our ASCLA Fund Raising event, if you will be attending the Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia this year, Nancy Bolt, former ASCLA president, and Kathleen Imhoff, an award winning artist, will have beautiful jewelry and scarves, fine art photography, vintage book covers, EcoArt collage, and more for sale. 20% of all Nancy’s sales goes to ASCLA. Please see the flyer here for more information.

Hope to see you in Philly!

See you in Philly!

Dear ASCLA Members, 

The Midwinter conference will be in Philadelphia this year and I hope those of you who will be there will take time to visit with us at an informal gathering at the Sheraton Lobby Bar, (cash bar), 201 North 17th Street, to mingle, meet the ASCLA board members, committee chairs, and interest group leaders, and have a little bit of fun to start the conference (and the new year!) off right. This informal Happy Hour takes place on Friday January 24, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. One of the great things about ASCLA is that our small size allows us to network and connect with each other better than some of the bigger divisions, and with more fun! All members and visitors are welcome.

One other event is sure to be of interest to all ASCLA members: the ASCLA leadership session, which will take place 10:00am – 11:30am, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 A, directly after ASCLA board meeting I. We’ll review ASCLA’s current strategic plan and results through 2013.  Past-President Stacey Aldrich will facilitate as you learn how you can contribute to reaching ASCLA goals during 2014.  Come to this interactive session and help us attain greater success as we look forward to the future!

Don’t forget about our Midwinter institutes – advance registration ends January 15, 2014 so now is the time to register:

Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to be a Successful Library Consultant – 2 day Institute
Thursday, January 23, 1:00pm-5:30pm and Friday, January 24, 8:30am-1:00pm

ASCLA–the home to library consultants and independent librarians–is bringing back its wildly successful, sell-out workshop! Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff are the presenters. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services, responding to RFPs, finding clients, business management strategies and more. More information is here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $339; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229. Event Code: ASC1. Register now

Designing Online Courses for Significant Learning Experiences
January 24, 8:00am-4:00pm

If you’re a trainer, instructor or teacher don’t miss attending this valuable workshop co-sponsored by ASCLA and RUSA, and presented by international consultant Dr. Stewart Ross on the most effective practices designing and teaching online courses. More information is here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA and RUSA members, $279; ALA members, $299; non-ALA members, $349; Student/Retired members of ALA, $229. Event Code: ASC3. Register now!

Consultants Networking Luncheon hosted by ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group
Saturday, January 25, 12:00-2:00pm

The Library Consultants’ Networking Luncheon is an opportunity to meet others and discuss the skills, craft, and business of consulting. Jamie Hollier will share tips and exercises for relaxation and focus in Preparing to Speak; Brenda Hough will offer techniques for presenting online. More information here. REGISTRATION RATES: ASCLA members, $79; ALA members, $95; non-ALA members, $99; Student/Retired members of ALA, $79. Event Code: ASC4. Register now!

In addition, the ASCLA board will meet twice in Philadelphia; please feel free to join us as our honored guests. The meetings will be held:

Board of Directors I (ASCLA)

Saturday, January 25, 2014 – 8:00am to 11:30am

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 A

Board of Directors II (ASCLA)

Monday, January 27, 2014 – 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Room 115 B

Travel with ASCLA: Last but not least, if you’re looking for a trip of a lifetime this year, persuade your colleagues at Midwinter to travel with you to Spain, March 26 – April 4, 2014. We’ll visit Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville. Included will be tours of the Barcelona Public Library, Archivo General de Indias and Biblioteca Colombina and the Mezquita, an incredible Church that has been a Mosque, Synagogue and Catholic Church. There are no membership requirements to travel with us so bring your spouses, partners, siblings and friends! And librarians are so much fun to travel with! More details are here: http://www.ala.org/ascla/travel-ascla.                  

This past year has been especially good as we’ve seen new products created like the first module of ASCLA’s AccessAbility Academy: Positive Interactions: Making the Library a Welcoming and Empowering Place for People with Disabilities and the growth in ASCLA membership. We couldn’t have done this without the invaluable advice and assistance of our member leaders and volunteers. I want to thank every ASCLA member for all their dedicated work and loyalty in helping to make our division successful; it’s a pleasure and a privilege to serve you! Best Wishes for a happy new year!

Susan Hornung

 Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA

 

ASCLA Goes to Spain!

Please join ASCLA on our next trip: we’re off to Spain on  March 26 – April 4, 2014.  Barcelona, Madrid, and Seville will be a part of this tour! Be sure to sign up soon – there are a limited number of seats available for this trip.

This adventure is open to the library community and their friends and family; there are no membership requirements in order to participate. Bring your spouses, siblings and friends along!       

To reserve your spot, download the application form, and send the completed form and checks, payable to Lyceum Tours, to Michael Stilwell, Lyceum Tours, 5 Haddon Ave Suite #5, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

More information:                   

Travelers will arrive in Barcelona on March 27, 2014. In Barcelona you will tour the city, La Sagrada Família and Park Guell, two of Gaudi’s creations, the Barcelona Public Library and Las Ramblas. The next stop will be Seville, with a tour of Alcazar, Archivo General de Indias and Biblioteca Colombina, housing documents about explorations to the “New World” including drawings and letters from Christopher Columbus, Hernan Cortes and other explorers. Then, you will travel to Madrid with a stop en route in Cordoba to visit the Mezquita, an incredible Church that has been a Mosque, Synagogue and Catholic Church, plus a tour of the Prado in Madrid.

Download this flyer for a complete trip itinerary.

Cost:

Trip Cost: $2,739.00 plus airfare. Includes 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners, 8 nights of accommodations in 4 and 5 star hotels, motor coach transportation, airfare from Barcelona to Seville, and Lyceum Tours escort and guides as noted in the itinerary. Deposit payment of $500 is due by January 20, 2014 to reserve your space, with the balance due by February 25, 2014. Please make checks payable to Lyceum Tours.

 A portion of the trip’s proceeds benefits ASCLA.

Deposits in the amount of $500 are due by January 20, 2014, with the balance due February 25, 2014.

To reserve your spot, download the application form, and send the completed form and checks, payable to Lyceum Tours, to Michael Stilwell, Lyceum Tours, 5 Haddon Ave Suite #5, Haddonfield, NJ, 08033.

Checks should be made payable to Lyceum Tours.

Questions about the Trip?

Contact Lyceum Tours at 856-795-9044 or lyceum46@gmail.com.