The past six months of working weekly, and frequently, daily, on the Emerging Leader project has been a marathon effort with gratifying results. My fellow group members and I were assigned the project, “EL Team D” and we created a toolkit for LITA to help improve Virtual Engagement for LITA committee and group chairs and members. As we plugged into the project after meeting one another for the first time during one eight-hour conference day back in January at Midwinter, we quickly adapted our Team name to “Team Tenacious D”, which was appropriate in light of the circumstances. With the existing skillsets of the entire team & the help of an incredibly thorough and effective Project Management Plan, we were able to guide our work with clear expectations, deliverables and milestones. We met every week using a different web conferencing software application to test existing virtual meeting portals and to cover the agenda items as the work progressed. Thankfully, our team was made up of such a dynamic group that we all had so much to learn and share with one another throughout the process. This contributed directly to the overall success of the project.
Ultimately, we accomplished the task and created a set of best practices and a toolkit for LITA to help improve virtual engagement and communication for Committee/Interest Group chairs and members to improve productivity. You can view the toolkit . LITA will use the delivered best practices guide, along with the Leadership Guide created by a prior EL team, as the core resource for incoming Chairs. Once the Guide has been implemented, LITA plans to offer it to all ALA units to improve engagement across the Association. Working with my fellow Emerging Leader peers in the context of this group project has been equal parts inspiring and challenging, and I am grateful for the opportunity as an individual and as a professional in the library field. Presently, we are wrapping up our Final Report and finalizing details to present at ALA during the poster session.
We welcome all ASCLA members and conference attendees to drop in and say hello to “Team Tenacious D” & check out our work at the Emerging Leaders Poster Session and Reception on Friday, June 23 from 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM. Add the poster session and reception to your schedule!
Smooth travels to all who will be attending ALA 2017 this year. Hope to see you there!
Accessibility is the number one priority as we tackle the rebrand. We are utilizing many resources* to ensure we’re doing everything possible to be accessible to all. Please be patient as rebranding is a work in progress.
What to expect:
DONE! Members vote and select new logo, below.
DONE! Updated marketing material including new brochure that will be available at Annual Conference.
(41% complete) New website portal called: www.ascladirect.org
Important note: Our pages at http://www/ala.org/ascla will remain to provide you with in depth static information regarding interest groups, membership and more.
The new website portal will be your go-to location for the ever-changing news, calendar events, member and public resources, toolkits and more!
ASCLA currently has three separate webpages (Interface, blog and ASCLA Direct) that will be condensed into one go-to location, the new website portal
New newsletter/email template
Why is this necessary?
Our current websites are extremely outdated and in disrepair. ALA is currently in the process of creating a new, modern website and we’re following suit with an updated, modern look and feel.
How does the new logo represent ASCLA?
The yellow, orange, green and grey solid circles of various sizes combined together creating a large circle to represent ASCLA as a division that includes diverse types of libraries and specialties that come together and work as one.
What does rebranding mean?
Rebranding is the creation of a new look and feel for an organization. The general goal of rebranding is to influence a member’s perception about benefits and services by revitalizing the brand and making it seem more modern or relevant to members needs.
What does a rebrand include?
Typically a rebrand consists of a new logo, fonts, colors, marketing materials and website. Occasionally, a new vision or change in focus is included.
If you have any questions about the rebrand, please contact Melissa Tracy, Marketing & Programs Specialist at email@example.com. If you have any questions or want to know more about the new website portal, contact Jennifer Cross, Web Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please join ASCLA and FAFLRT for the joint 2017 Achievement and Recognition Awards Ceremony (add event to your conference schedule). The event will take place on Saturday, June 24 from 10-11:30am at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan, Room: Wiliford C) during ALA’s Annual Conference. Complimentary breakfast will be served and there will be time after the ceremony to network.
The following individuals will be recognized for their excellence:
Dr. Elizabeth Curry was selected for the ASCLA Leadership and Professional Achievement Award. Curry is often described by her peers as a creative problem solver who successfully facilitates process-oriented solutions, Curry is frequently sought out for strategic planning efforts, leadership training and complex project planning. Read more…
William “Will” R. Reed was selected for the Cathleen Bourdon Service Award. Reed has proven to be a tireless advocate for information access and reading opportunites to individuals with print disabilities as noted with his work with the Library Services for People with Visual and Physical Disabilities Form. Read more…
Vicky L Crone, Licensing and Procurement Librarian at the national Agricultural Library, is the winner of the 2017 FAFLRT Distinguished Service Award for outstanding and sustained contributions to FAFLRT and for her many years of outstanding leadership and support, which has resulted in the provision of excellent service and programs for federal and armed forces librarians.
Anne Harrison is being awarded the 2017 FAFLRT Achievement Award that recognizes an individual for achievement in the promotion of library and information service and the information profession in the Federal community. She is awarded for her sustained and superior service to the federal and armed forces libraries community.
Heather Kiger is being awarded the 2017 FAFLRT Rising Star Award. Ms. Kiger graduated with her MLIS from San Jose State’s School of Information and Library Science in August 2016. Ms. Kiger was hired to work on a $30,000 plus grant project and made inroads in the monumental task of converting the Yosemite Research Library’s circulating collection from the Dewey Decimal Classification to the Library of Congress Classification in a systematic, logical and sustainable manner.
ASCLA is now accepting proposals for 2018 institutes, preconferences and programs for ALA’s 2018 midwinter and annual conferences.
Deadline to submit proposals for a 2018 institute or preconference is June 9, 2017 using this form.
Deadline to submit proposals for a 2018 program is August 25, 2017. Please see the submission site for instructions. Please note, the link to the submission site will redirect to the ALA log-in page. All submitters are required to have an ALA profile, but are not required to be ALA members.
2018 Institute and Preconference Proposal Process
The ASCLA Conference Programming Committee (CPC) will review institute and preconference proposals and forward recommended proposals to the ASCLA Board for approval. Proposers will be notified shortly after annual conference of the status of their proposal.
This form is to be used by those who wish to organize:
An institute at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO on Friday, February 9, 2018. An “Institute” is the Midwinter version of a Preconference. Institutes are usually a half day or a full day.
A Preconference at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA likely on Friday, June 22, 2018. Preconferences are usually a half day or a full day.
• Topic is timely and relevant to the membership
• Topic is not already, or has not been recently, addressed by another ASCLA program
• Expertise of speaker(s)
• Program objectives are clearly articulated
• Funding is secured if required
• Anticipated attendance
• The program may be prioritized if the section has not presented a program recently
The CPC is specifically looking for proposals that would appeal to librarians who serve people or youth who are incarcerated or in detention, state library staff, library consultants and independent librarians, library staff who serve people with disabilities and staff of library cooperatives and consortium or any of our interest group members found here: http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclainterest/list.
Please complete this form and submit by June 9, 2017 to be considered.
“Our [FAFLRT] diminishing membership has made it difficult for us to ensure representation on affiliated groups and have robust programs and services for federal and armed forces librarians”, said Karl Debus-Lopez, FAFLRT President. “This merger with ASCLA will provide our members with more networking and educational opportunities, access to more financial resources and a dedicated staff provided by ALA; The missions of FAFLRT and ASCLA are closely aligned and there will be the opportunity to create interest group(s) that reflect the needs of federal and armed forces librarians”.
“With such compatible missions and some overlapping membership, the merger makes sense”, said Michael Golrick, ASCLA President. “We’re very excited and confident that we will bring together the strengths of both memberships and let our voices be heard for specialized libraries”.
The merger will allow for a bigger and guaranteed voice in ALA policy setting and an increased presence within ALA, greater ability to advocate for needs of specialized libraries and agencies and staff assistance to allow more programming and career development activities through online learning as well as ability for more robust offering of programming at ALA’s conferences with the assistance of staff. Once finalized, the merger will result in the addition of up to ~300 new members to ASCLA’s current ~800 members.
FAFLRT promotes library and information service and the library and information profession in the federal and armed forces communities; Encourages appropriate utilization of federal and armed forces library and information resources and facilities; and provides an environment for the stimulation of research and development relating to the planning, development, and operation of federal and armed forces libraries. FAFLRT is a supportive network for professional growth and advancement and a focal point for discussion of key information management and technology issues of federal and armed forces libraries.
ASCLA is the premier destination for members to find information and build capacity to serve populations that are served by state library agencies, specialized libraries, library cooperatives and library consultants. ASCLA enhances the effectiveness of library service by advocating for and providing high quality networking, enrichment and educational opportunities for its diverse members.
The Working Team for the revision of the 2011 Standards and Guidelines of Service for the Library of Congress Network of Libraries for the Blind and Physically Handicapped invite you to make comments on the second, revised draft of the standards.
“Often described by her peers as a creative problem solver who successfully facilitates process-oriented solutions, Curry is frequently sought out for strategic planning efforts, leadership training and complex project planning endeavors. Curry led a myriad of cutting-edge projects with the Southeast Florida Library Information Network, where she set the stage for libraries’ future leaders by implementing the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute, which is still active today”, said nominator, Barbara Stites, Ph.D.
“Curry is not only a proven strong leader at the local and national levels, she is also a teacher of leaders. She has influenced the next generation of emerging leaders in Florida through the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute. As the content creator and facilitator for the first three years of the program, as a mentor in later years, her continued influence on these librarians cannot be overstated”, stated Bradley Ward, former colleague.
Curry will be honored at the ASCLA Achievement Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017 from 10-11:30am at the Hilton Chicago during ALA Annual Conference. Breakfast will be provided. All conference attendees are invited to attend the event. See additional event details.