The Library Consultant Interest Group–a member group situated within the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), a division of ALA– invites independent librarians, library consultants, state library consultants of all types, regional library consultants and any librarians or library staff who help others learn and solve problems to join the conversation!
In addition to ongoing discussions via the group’s ALA Connect space, there are also several activities taking place at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Dallas:
- An open forum to discuss a draft Library Consultants Code of Ethics on Sunday, January 22 at 4:00 to 5:30 pm, Dallas Convention Center, Room D224. Nancy Bolt, of Nancy Bolt and Associates will moderate the open forum. Visit http://connect.ala.org/node/160463 to see the draft Code of Ethics.
- The ASCLA/COSLA Reception, a division-wide dessert reception where you can informally gather with colleagues and share a drink. This year’s event will be held Sunday, January 22, 8:00-10:00pm in the Fountain Room at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard Street.
The Library Consultant Interest Group replaces the former Independent Librarians Exchange (ILEX) special interest section of ASCLA. Membership is open to all ALA members; ASCLA membership is required for those interested in leadership positions within the group. The group supports professional development by providing programs, information exchange and networking opportunities of interest to independent librarians, library consultants and others who want to push the boundaries of librarianship. Join the group by visiting the ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group ALA Connect page and clicking on the “Join” button. ALA login is required in order to access the interest group page.
More information about all of ASCLA’s events in Dallas can be found here.
The group will also host two programs at the upcoming 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim:
- “Essential Facilitation: Practical Tools for Guiding Groups”: Monday, June 25, 10:30a.m.-12:00p.m., with presentations by Interaction Associates, Inc.
- “Consultants Give Back”: Consultants can contribute an hour of free consulting to librarians seeking advice or seek consulting help from the consultants who volunteer their time. Date and location TBA in late spring 2012.