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!
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.
As we mark the 25th Anniversary of the ADA, it is critical to focus on making education as accessible as possible. This unconference will be a gathering that that will examine accessibility and education and its implications for library services. This will be an unconference, and thus be focused on building community, and helping each conference participant ask questions, and move together toward a more accessible future for their libraries. This unconference is set for Friday, June 23, 9am-4pm.
Within the next 10 years the number of Americans living with dementia is expected to rise to 7.1 million. Now is the time to begin addressing the needs of this too often forgotten population. Libraries should be at the forefront of the Dementia Friendly initiative that is emerging across the country. This preconference, set for Friday, June 23 9am-4pm, will provide both background and tools for designing and implementing library programs and services that will transform lives in your community.