Resource-sharing experts appearing at upcoming ASCLA preconference

A stellar lineup of resource-sharing experts will present at the upcoming preconference “Giving People What They Want: Information Access in Libraries and Beyond,” a full-day workshop sponsored by ASCLA.

“Giving People What They Want”, which will be held 9a.m.-5p.m. on Friday, June 25, will feature a thought-provoking examination of technology and how its pervasive development is challenging traditional approaches to resource-sharing and content access. Presenters will examine users’ different information-seeking behaviors and how they differ significantly from how libraries have traditionally provided information. Participants will also discuss technological limitations inherent in sharing resources across disparate systems; innovative approaches that are broadening the definition of resource-sharing; and the impact of digital publishing, library end-user research, and innovative implementations of resource-sharing.

The event speakers include:

  • Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet. The Project has issued more than 200 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the Internet’s role in their lives. Rainie is a co-author of a series of books about the future of the Internet and is working on one about the social impact of technology that will be published in late 2010. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.
  • Marshall Breeding, director for innovative technologies and research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries. As a part of the library’s management team, he focuses on issues related to the strategic use of technology in the library, designs and develops digital library resources and investigates emerging technologies. Breeding also serves as executive director of the Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content. He frequently speaks and writes on topics of network technologies and library automation. He is the creator and editor of  Library Technology Guides and the lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web, and has authored eight issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports as well as many other articles, book chapters and books.
  • Kyle Banerjee, digital services program manager for the  HYPERLINK Orbis Cascade Alliance. He has written numerous articles and coauthored two books on digital library issues. Last year, he chaired a team responsible for migrating the 36 Alliance member institutions to a new resource sharing system.
  • Michael Lascarides, who is a specialist in information architecture, focusing on usability analysis and user experience design for the New York Public Library.  He is also an adjunct professor in the computer art departments at the School of Visual Arts (New York) and New York University.
  • Cyril Oberlander, associate director, Milne Library, at the SUNY College at Geneseo.  He has previously worked as the director of interlibrary services at the University of Virginia Library and head of interlibrary loan at Portland State University from 1996-2005. His consultation experience includes independent consulting services through OCLC Western and workflow design with various vendors. Oberlander’s research interests include organizational development, workflow design, mobile technology, information visualization and knowledge systems.
  • Bryan Skib, collection development officer at the University of Michigan. After earning degrees in French history from Princeton University and from the University of Michigan, he worked for 18 years in a variety of public service roles at the Hatcher Graduate Library, particularly in the areas of History, European Studies and Religion. He has been active in several academic and library associations, including the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). As a member of the Library’s senior management team, he contributes to library-wide strategic planning. His current responsibilities include overall management of the materials budget, collection development strategy, preservation and document delivery activities for the University Library.

“Giving People What They Want” is open to librarians and library staff involved or interested in the field of resource sharing. Interested participants can register for this event only, or can register in conjunction with Annual Conference registration by adding it as a ticketed event. For institute-only registration using the online form, select “Institute and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type and proceed to select this event from the list. Advance registration ends May 14, 2010. Advance registration prices for this event start at $205 for ASCLA members. On-site registration starts at $215 for ASCLA members and will be available online until Sunday, June 20. Step-by-step instructions for registering online can be found at the ASCLA blog.

This workshop is one of many ASCLA activities at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference, and ASCLA recently released its comprehensive guide to all the division’s activities at the conference.  Download the guide now from the ASCLA Web site, or learn more about the ALA Annual Conference at the  conference Web site. Interested participants are encouraged to register online (login requred) before Advance Registration closes on May 14 and event prices increase.

A stellar lineup of resource-sharing experts will present at the upcoming preconference “Giving People What They Want: Information Access in Libraries and Beyond,” a full-day workshop sponsored by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.

“Giving People What They Want”, which will be held 9a.m.-5p.m. on Friday, June 25, will feature a thought-provoking examination of technology and how its pervasive development is challenging traditional approaches to resource-sharing and content access. Presenters will examine users’ different information-seeking behaviors and how they differ significantly from how libraries have traditionally provided information. Participants will also discuss technological limitations inherent in sharing resources across disparate systems; innovative approaches that are broadening the definition of resource-sharing; and the impact of digital publishing, library end-user research, and innovative implementations of resource-sharing.

The event speakers include:

  • Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit “fact tank” that studies the social impact of the Internet. The Project has issued more than 200 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the Internet’s role in their lives. Rainie is a co-author of a series of books about the future of the Internet and is working on one about the social impact of technology that will be published in late 2010. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Rainie was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report.
  • Marshall Breeding, director for innovative technologies and research for the Vanderbilt University Libraries. As a part of the library’s management team, he focuses on issues related to the strategic use of technology in the library, designs and develops digital library resources and investigates emerging technologies. Breeding also serves as executive director of the HYPERLINK “http://tvnews.vanderbilt.edu/”Vanderbilt Television News Archive, a large-scale archive of digital video content. He frequently speaks and writes on topics of network technologies and library automation. He is the creator and editor of  HYPERLINK “http://www.librarytechnology.org” Library Technology Guides and the HYPERLINK “http://www.librarytechnology.org/libwebcats”lib-web-cats online directory of libraries on the Web, and has authored eight issues of ALA’s Library Technology Reports as well as many other articles, book chapters and books.
  • Kyle Banerjee, digital services program manager for the  HYPERLINK “http://www.orbiscascade.org/” Orbis Cascade Alliance. He has written numerous articles and coauthored two books on digital library issues. Last year, he chaired a team responsible for migrating the 36 Alliance member institutions to a new resource sharing system.
  • Michael Lascarides, who is a specialist in information architecture, focusing on usability analysis and user experience design for the New York Public Library.  He is also an adjunct professor in the computer art departments at the School of Visual Arts (New York) and New York University.
  • Cyril Oberlander, associate director, Milne Library, at the SUNY College at Geneseo.  He has previously worked as the director of interlibrary services at the University of Virginia Library and head of interlibrary loan at Portland State University from 1996-2005. His consultation experience includes independent consulting services through OCLC Western and workflow design with various vendors. Oberlander’s research interests include organizational development, workflow design, mobile technology, information visualization and knowledge systems.
  • Bryan Skib, collection development officer at the University of Michigan. After earning degrees in French history from Princeton University and from the University of Michigan, he worked for 18 years in a variety of public service roles at the Hatcher Graduate Library, particularly in the areas of History, European Studies and Religion. He has been active in several academic and library associations, including the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). As a member of the Library’s senior management team, he contributes to library-wide strategic planning. His current responsibilities include overall management of the materials budget, collection development strategy, preservation and document delivery activities for the University Library.

“Giving People What They Want” is open to librarians and library staff involved or interested in the field of resource sharing. Interested participants can register for this event only, or can register in conjunction with Annual Conference registration by adding it as a ticketed event. For institute-only registration using the online form, select “Institute and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type and proceed to select this event from the list. Advance registration ends May 14, 2010. Advance registration prices for this event start at $205 for ASCLA members. On-site registration starts at $215 for ASCLA members and will be available online until Sunday, June 20. Step-by-step instructions for registering online can be found at the ASCLA blog.

This workshop is one of many ASCLA activities at the 2010 ALA Annual Conference, and ASCLA recently released its comprehensive guide to all the division’s activities at the conference. Download the guide now from the ASCLA Web site, or learn more about the ALA Annual Conference at the conference Web site. Interested participants are encouraged to register online (login requred) before Advance Registration closes on May 14 and event prices increase.

ASCLA Forum offers tour of prison library at Annual Conference

ASCLA will offer a unique opportunity to gain insider access to a prison library thanks to the Library Services to Prisoners Forum (LSPF), a special interest group within ASCLA.

“Have YOU Ever Been to Prison? An Insider’s Look at a Prison Library” is an off-site professional development program that will be held Monday, June 28, 2010 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. The tour is open to all conference participants, and would be of interest to anyone considering a career in correctional librarianship, current correctional library staff, and public library staff who provide outreach services to jails and other detention facilities.

Participants will be transported from the Washington Convention Center to the Jessup Correctional Institution Library in Maryland, where they will have an opportunity to both see the facility and discuss current correctional library events and issues with leaders in the field. Speakers include Glennor Shirley, Maryland Correctional Libraries coordinator; Diane Walden, correctional libraries senior consultant, Colorado State Library, and chair of LSPF; and Erica MacCreaigh, correctional libraries senior consultant, Colorado State Library, and co-author of “Library Services to the Incarcerated.”

Space at the event is limited, and RSVP’s are required by June 3, 2010. Participants will be required to provide the following information for a background check in order to receive the security clearance required for prison entry: full name, date of birth, social security number, driver’s license number and license state of issue. RSVP’s that include this information may be sent to Diane Walden at diane.walden@doc.state.co.us, or provided to her by phone (719-269-5607). Participants will cover the cost of transportation to the facility, which is estimated at $20 per person.

ASCLA releases guide to division programming and events at Annual

ASCLA has released a comprehensive guide for the division’s activities at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference, including preconferences, programs, discussion groups and special events.

The guide, which is now available for download, includes information about two workshops hosted by ASCLA from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 25 in Washington, D.C. “Giving People What They Want: Information Access in Libraries and Beyond” features a thought-provoking examination of technology and how its pervasive development is challenging traditional approaches to resource-sharing and content access. Attendees will examine users’ different information-seeking behaviors and how they differ significantly from how libraries have traditionally provided information. The sell-out workshop “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant” is also scheduled and offers a chance to prepare for library consulting success with this full-day workshop. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt, Sara Laughlin and Beth Bingham will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide you through a self-assessment to uncover your consulting potential. Participants will work together to identify consulting opportunities and how to align them with their experience and skills. Each of these events requires advance ticket purchases; participants may register for preconferences without registering for the entire ALA conference. Registration instructions can be found in this ASCLA blog entry.

The guide also lists ASCLA’s 2010 programs and discussion groups, which cover topics relevant to all types of libraries. Highlighting this year’s programs is a joint President’s Program sponsored by ASCLA, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and the Library Leadership, Administration and Management Association (LLAMA): “Capitalizing on Crisis: Leading Libraries in the Post-Recession Era.” Other programs slated for 2010 will cover topics such as revenue generation for networks, cooperatives and consortia; innovative services for incarcerated populations and ex-offenders; and transforming library workplace cultures. ASCLA’s discussion groups provide an opportunity for colleagues to gather and discuss hot topics and ongoing professional challenges. They also offer a forum for collaborative problem-solving. Discussion group topics include collaborative digitization, library consulting, physical delivery, virtual libraries, youth consulting and LSTA coordination—a complete listing is available in the guide.

Download the guide now from the ASCLA Web site, or learn more about the ALA Annual Conference at the conference Web site. Interested participants are encouraged to register before Advance Registration closes on May 14 and event prices increase.

How do I register for preconferences and ticketed events at Annual 2010?

Annual Conference is a fun and exciting event, but we know it’s not for everyone, their budget or their schedules. Did you know, though, that you can register for ASCLA’s preconferences without registering for the entire Annual Conference?

We welcome any non-conference participants to these events, which will be held in Washington, D.C. as a part of ALA’s 2010 Annual Conference.

ASCLA’s 2010 ticketed events include:

Giving People What They Want: Information Access in Libraries and Beyond, Friday, June 25, 9a.m.-5p.m. Join us for a thought-provoking examination of technology and how its pervasive development is challenging traditional approaches to resource-sharing and content access. We’ll examine users’ different information-seeking behaviors and how they differ significantly from how libraries have traditionally provided information.

Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant, Friday, June 25, 9a.m.-5p.m. Considering consulting as your next career? Prepare yourself for library consulting success with this full-day workshop. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt, Sara Laughlin and Beth Bingham will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide you through a self-assessment to uncover your consulting potential. Participants will work together to identify consulting opportunities and how to align them with their experience and skills. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services and business management strategies.

Here are step-by-step instructions for the online form:

  • ACCESS THE ONLINE FORM. You will need to login–this will be your ALA website login. If you don’t have a login, follow the steps for creating a profile.
  • Complete the requests for profile information and badge information.
  • Under “Step 4: Registration Type”, select “SO Preconference and Special Events” if you are registering only for preconferences. *If you’d like to register for conference, select the registration that is most appropriate for you.
  • Add any guests who will be attending the event with you under “Step 5: Guest,” and complete the demographic info under Step 6.
  • Under “Step 7: Your Events” you will find a list of all events at conference that require a ticket purchase. Scroll down to ASCLA’s events to find our preconferences.
  • Select your desired event(s), then proceed through to payment.

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If you’d prefer to register via mail or fax, then download the printed registration form, and use the event codes listed above to register. Click on the linked event names above to get more info about the ticket prices for your membership type, event speakers and more.

REMEMBER! Advance registration ends May 14, and registration for all ASCLA events will close one week prior to the event.

Contact the ASCLA office with questions at ascla@ala.org.

ALA Diversity and Outreach Fair @ Annual – Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline for the 2010 Diversity and Outreach Fair is rapidly approaching. This popular event will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2010, during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, April 16.

Sponsored generously by DEMCO and coordinated by the ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services, the Diversity and Outreach Fair provides an opportunity for libraries and member groups to share their successful diversity and outreach initiatives with ALA Annual Conference attendees.  The Fair celebrates examples of diversity in American libraries and demonstrates possibilities for libraries seeking “diversity in action” ideas.  Selected applicants will have the opportunity to present posters and converse with conference attendees about their diversity initiatives.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities act, this year’s fair will celebrate accessible library services for all patrons and highlight innovative services to underserved communities. Additional available topics include services to underserved or underrepresented communities and mobile library services.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.ala.org/divfair.

Questions about the Diversity and Outreach Fair? Contact John Amundsen, OLOS Communications Specialist, at 312.280.2140, or email jamundsen@ala.org.

Consulting Toolkit workshop from ASCLA offered again at Annual Conference

The wildly successful workshop “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant”, which sold out at the 2010 Midwinter Meeting, will be offered again at the 2010 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

“Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” is a full-day preconference offered by ASCLA, a division of ALA. It’s the perfect event for librarians looking to strike out on their own in the library profession or those library professionals approaching retirement and seeking a flexible way to maintain employment. The summer workshop will be held 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday, Jun. 25, at one of the ALA conference hotels and is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career.

Seasoned consultants and ASCLA members Nancy Bolt, Sara Laughlin and Beth Bingham will present an overview of library consulting for attendees, who will discover through  self-assessment their personal consulting potential.  Participants will work together in an active and engaging format to explore different roles that consultants play, services consultants may deliver to clients, marketing consulting services, managing a consulting business and finding clients.

Interested participants can register for this event only (event code ASC2), or can register in conjunction with Annual Conference registration by adding it as a ticketed event. For institute-only registration using the online form, select “Institute and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type and proceed to select this event from the list. Advance registration ends May 14, 2010. Advance registration prices for this event start at $185 for ASCLA members. On-site registration starts at $215 for ASCLA members and will be available online until Sunday, June 20. All interested participants must register by June 20—there will not be seats available at the door on the day of the event.

Save the Date: June 29, 2010 is Library Advocacy Day!

When making your travel plans for the 2010 Annual Conference, be sure to stay long enough to participate in Library Advocacy Day! Keep an eye on the ALA Washington Office page for more information in coming months; basic details are below.

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For one year only, Library Advocacy Day will replace National Library Legislative Day (NLLD). On June 29, 2010, library advocates from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. will meet at Upper Senate Park on the U.S. Capitol grounds. The event, which will begin at 11 a.m., will feature guest speakers, photo ops, and a chance to cheer on libraries! After the rally, participants will meet with their elected officials and their staffs.

Your NLLD coordinator will be running point for your state, so please get in touch with them if you plan to attend. To find out whom your NLLD coordinator is, please click here.

The states with the most people will be featured front and center, which means they are the ones that will be in the majority of pictures. Make sure your state is the most represented so your group can be in the most pictures!

ASCLA consulting institute sold out; summer event registration opens Jan. 4

The Midwinter institute “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant” has sold out, and registration for the next offering, scheduled for June 25, 2010 in Washington, D.C., will open on Jan. 4, 2010.

“Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” is a daylong workshop hosted by ASCLA, a division of ALA. The event will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in conjunction with the ALA 2010 Annual Conference. Designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career, it is the perfect professional development event for librarians looking to strike out on their own, or those library professionals approaching retirement and seeking a flexible way to maintain employment.

Seasoned consultants and ASCLA members Nancy Bolt and Sara Laughlin will present an overview of library consulting for guide attendees, who will discover through self-assessment their personal consulting potential.  Participants will work together in an active and engaging format to explore different roles that consultants play, services consultants may deliver to clients, marketing consulting services, managing a consulting business and finding clients.

Registration for the Annual Conference and this workshop opens Jan. 4. 2010. Advance registration prices for this event are $185 for ASCLA members, $195 for ALA members, $145 for retired and student members and $225 for non-ALA members. Workshop participants do not have to register for Annual Conference in order to participate in this meeting. Information about registration is available at www.ala.org/annual.

Reminder: LSSPS Annual Dinner tickets–get yours now!

Just a reminder that we still have tickets available for the Libraries Serving Special Populations Section (LSSPS) Annual Dinner. All current LSSPS members as well as those special populations librarians who are interested in meeting others in the field and networking with peers are invited.

The dinner will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2009 at Emilio’s Tapas Sol y Nieve, 215 East Ohio St., Chicago, and is an opportunity to visit with old colleagues and meet new ones who are employed in library services for special populations, including patrons with visual or physical impairments, the deaf and hard of hearing, incarcerated adults and youth and those with other special needs. Regular (“on-site”) registration rates for the event are $50 for ASCLA members, $55 for ALA members, $60 for non-members, and $40 for students.

Those interested in registering for the dinner and conference—or adding the dinner to their current meeting itinerary—can do so through Step 6 (“Your Events”) of the online registration form or by calling 1 (800) 974-3084. Those who are interested in only attending the dinner (event code SL3) should choose the “Preconference and Events Only” registration type from Step 5 of the online registration form, then scroll down to the dinner under Step 6. Events in Step 6 are sorted by day and time.

Learn more about Emilio’s at the restaurant website. The restaurant is fully accessible, and is located just east of the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and East Ohio Street. The nearest El stop is Grand-Red Line, and a number of Michigan Avenue buses can also get you there. Plan your trip at www.transitchicago.com.

The complete schedule of ASCLA events at Annual is available on the ASCLA website.

Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership at www.ala.org/membership.