Dear ASCLA members:
At the end of Annual Conference I concluded my three year term as president elect/ president/past president. I want to thank everyone in the association, as well as the ASCLA office staff, for their support, friendship and willingness to serve the association in so many ways.
Our association continues to grow; however, I hope that we never get so large that members feel “lost”. There is still plenty of work to be done to keep our division “small but mighty”!
Please offer the new ASCLA president, Michael Golrick, your time and talent. We will all be richer for it.
New Mexico State Library
Santa Fe, New Mexico
In light of the recent events in Orlando that have become far too common in our society, ASCLA would like to invite you to an active shooter awareness training at Annual this year. In addition, our past president was featured on the Dewey Decibels podcast in May discussing this topic. Information about the program and access to the podcast are below.
Active Shooter Policies in Libraries Program: Be able to complete an environmental scan to identify potential risk areas at your library, as well as write an active shooter policy/procedure for your library. Most libraries have policies dealing with a problem or unruly patrons. Find out how to protect your patrons and staff from a darker problem, someone intent on inflicting actual physical harm. The NDSL active shooter procedure will be presented as a model as well as tips for writing your policy. Speaker: BreAnne Meier, North Dakota State Library, Date: Saturday, June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Location: Orange County Convention Center, W101B. Schedule it.
ASCLA Past-President in the News: Active Shooter Training: ASCLA Past-President Kathleen Moeller-Peiffer (director of New Mexico State Library) speaks in the Dewey Decibels, episode 2 podcast, May 23, 2016, about library security and making your space safer! Listen to the podcast here (at about 38.23) as Kathleen explains about some of the active shooter training programs she made available to her staff at the New Mexico and New Jersey state libraries. She talks about the programs’ usefulness for frontline staff and the model that was used at Scott County (Ky.) Public Library.
Do you have innovative ideas, services and programs to share with your library colleagues? Why not present one at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conferences? Submit a proposal to the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) today!
The 2017 Midwinter Meeting, January 20 – 24, 2017 will be in Atlanta GA, and the Annual Conference, June 22 – 27, 2017 will be in Chicago IL.
The deadline to receive online proposals for 2017 is June 13, 2016.
The link to submit a conference program/preconference/institute proposal is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ASCLA2017Proposals.
Once collected, the ASCLA office will send the proposals to the ASCLA Conference Programming Committee to oversee, organize and recommend for approval to the ASCLA board at Board Meeting II at the Annual Conference in Orlando FL, 2016.
Please spread the word to anyone who you think would like to present a valuable program for ASCLA. Our conference program committee is specifically looking for proposals that would appeal to:
- ASCLA interest group members.
- Librarians who serve people or youth who are incarcerated or in detention
- Library consultants and independent librarians
- Library staff who serve people with disabilities
- Staff of library cooperatives and consortium
- State library staff
Please feel free to contact Susan Hornung at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
The In the Margins Book Award and Selection Committee, (ITM) a committee under the umbrella of Library Services for Youth in Custody (LYSC) http://youthlibraries.org/ selected their top fiction book, Tattooed Teardrops by PD Workman and non-fiction book, America’s Massacre: The Audacity of Despair and a Message of Hope by Tewhan Butler as well as a Top Ten http://youthlibraries.org/2016-margins-top-ten And official list http://youthlibraries.org/2016-margins-official-list-0. ITM strives to find the best books for teens living in poverty, on the streets, in custody – or a cycle of all three.
Please read the full press release here.
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) has announced a new strategic plan to guide the organization in its planning, activities, and initiatives. The strategic plan includes the organization’s mission, vision, strategic priorities, goals, and key objectives.
Read all about it here: http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaourassoc/asclastratplan
The Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies wants to share your story! Our Spring Issue of Interface is going to highlight the great work that State Libraries do to help transform and strengthen our communities. We are looking for stories related to:
- Current Projects you’d like to get the word out about
- Outreach to special populations in your state
- Innovations at your library and their impact on the community
- Community Partnerships
If you would like to submit a story for this issue, please email Christina Wray at email@example.com by February 19, 2016 with your story title and a brief description. Story submissions are due by March 15, 2016. Ideally, stories will be 400+ words, however if you have something to share that isn’t quite that long, please contact Christina.
Board of Directors Meeting I and II
- Board I – Saturday, January 9, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 A
Board II – Monday, January 11, 12:00 – 1:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 203
ASCLA Board of Director meetings are open and any individual registered for the Midwinter Meeting may sit in on the meetings. The meeting’s topics are set aside for visitors and board members to use as an ‘open forum’ where anyone can share information, ask questions, etc. The agenda and documents are completed prior to the conference. Anyone interested in viewing the agenda for the meeting, as well as the documents that accompany the agenda items, may view or download them from ALA Connect. If you or your constituency develops a document for board consideration, please give it to the ASCLA staff at least two hours before a board meeting. Hope to see you there!
Leadership Session – Special Guest, Stephanie Capparell
Saturday, January 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
All members are invited to join us for a riveting discussion with Stephanie Capparell, coauthor of the international bestseller Shackleton’s Way.
Revision of Standards Meeting I, II* & III
- January 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy, lower level
- January 10, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Quincy, lower level*
- January 11, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Hyatt Regency Boston, Rockport Room, lower level
Note that the Revision of Standards Meeting II is a Team and Advisory Committee Meeting*
Finance and Planning / All-Committee Meeting
Saturday, January 9, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 A
Meeting to review, recommend and plan goals, objectives, and priorities for the division as they relate to the ASCLA’s budgetary matters.
Interest groups and committee meetings scheduled during All Committee:
- Accessibility Assembly
- Finance and Planning
- Conference Programming Committee
- Membership Promotion Committee
- Library Consultants Interest Group
- Web Presence Committee Group
- LSTA Coordinators Interest Group
- Awards Committee
- Future of Libraries Interest Group
- Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group
- Intellectual Freedom for Youth in Custody Discussion forum
Various Committee & Interest Group Meetings
Friday, January 8
- Consortial e-books Interest Group
2:30 – 4:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 152
Saturday, January 9
- Universal Accessibility Interest Group, (ASCLA, LITA, ACRL)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 153 C
- Library Services for the Incarcerated and Detained Interest Group
2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 254 B
Sunday, January 10
- Physical Delivery Interest Group meeting
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Harborview 2
- State Library, Library Development Interest Group Hot Topic Discussion Group
10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom
- Youth Services Consultants Interest Group meeting
3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Seaport Hotel, Congress Boardroom
Leadership Session – Special Guest, Stephanie Capparell
All members are invited to join us for a riveting discussion with Stephanie Capparell, coauthor of the international bestseller, Shackleton’s Way.
Saturday, January 9, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, room 205 B
ASCLA / COSLA Happy Hour
Open to all current ASCLA members, students, friends of ASCLA and those meeting attendees interested in learning more about the association and networking with peers.
Friday, January 8, 7- 8 p.m.
Westin Boston Waterfront, Birch Bar
ASCLA’s full-day Institute, “Assembling a Consulting Toolkit” will be held from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8 and is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career. Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt and Liz Bishoff will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide participants through a self-assessment. This Institute will appeal to librarians from all realms: School, Public, Academic, and Special, with varying degrees of experience. Sponsored by the Association of the Library Consultants Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Division. Purchase ticket here.
ASCLA’s half-day Institute, “Sustainable Staff Development” will be held from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8. Push boundaries, drive change and transform your library! This interactive workshop will show how to implement five simple, practical steps to grow and sustain a learning culture in your library. ASCLA’s half day workshop addresses the ongoing need that all libraries face to encourage professional development and growth amongst staff. This workshop will appeal to those working in Public, Academic, State and Cooperative Library Agencies, as well as those with Library Directors, Managers, Supervisors, Continuing Education/Professional Coordinators, Librarian Trainers, Training Consultants and HR Specialists positions. Sponsored by the State Library Development Interest Group of the Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies, (ASCLA) Division. Purchase ticket here.
Both Institutes will take place at an ALA Conference hotel, which will be determined by early December. These events require advance ticket purchase, but registration for the 2016 Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to purchase a ticket. Membership in ASCLA is not required in order to participate, but ASCLA members receive the best registration rates on all of these events