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:                  

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


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