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Advice for the New Systems Librarian – Building Relationships 2.0

Fri, 2020-01-17 09:00

Advice for the New Systems Librarian – Building Relationships, Part 2

Previous articles in this series: Building Relationships, Helpful Resources, A Day in the Life

I am at the two-year mark of being in my role as systems librarian at Jacksonville University, and I continue to love what I do. I am working on larger-scale projects and continuing to learn new things every week. There has not been a challenge or new skill to learn yet that I have been afraid of.

Image: 3D Team Success by ccPixs.com is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

My first post in this series highlighted groups and departments that may be helpful in learning your new role. Now that I’m a little more seasoned, I have had the opportunity to work with even more departments and individuals at my institution on various projects. Some of these departments may be unique to me, but I would imagine you would find counterparts where you work.

The Academic Technology (AT) department. This department is responsible for classroom technology, online and hybrid course software, and generally any technology that enhances student learning. In the last year, I have worked with AT on finding and working with a vendor for new technology for OPAC access and developing a digital media lab within the library. I have worked with almost every individual in this department at this writing. Many of them have technology experience that surpasses mine, so I soak up all that I can when there is an opportunity to learn from them. So far, my friends in AT have taught me more about accessibility, various hardware, and technology installation.

Faculty. I work with faculty in my role as a subject liaison and to teach information literacy classes, but I have recently worked with faculty on setting up specific databases. A recent database-linking project required participation from the library and IT for different access points. The faculty member had not worked on such a project before, so it was an excellent chance to flex my growing systems muscle to explain the library’s role in the process. I also work with faculty on linking electronic resources from our catalog in Blackboard and Canva. These activities are excellent ways to not only build relationships with faculty, but also communicate the variety of resources available to faculty.

Center for Teaching and Learning. Speaking of faculty and communication, get to know your institution’s hub for faculty teaching and learning. Our Center for Teaching and Learning hosts workshops and lectures for new and seasoned faculty. Developing a relationship with this department affords the opportunity to grow faculty knowledge about library technology and what it can do for them and their students. I am in the planning stages of developing a workshop to show faculty how to use the digital media lab mentioned above. For new faculty, find out if there is a new faculty orientation and see if you can present about the library’s website, electronic resources, or anything that may fall under your realm of responsibilities. For me, I am more behind-the-scenes than I used to be in my previous position, so it is nice to be visible and let people meet the person behind the name that may pop up in their e-mail.

The marketing department (again). I’m repeating my mention of the marketing department because of social media. I manage my library’s social media presence, and my institution’s marketing department has been an asset when it comes to social media. Find out if there are social media trainings to enhance your knowledge of social media platforms. Are you using the right platforms to reach your audience? Are there specific hashtags you should be using? Make sure you know your institution’s brand and that you are developing content that aligns with the brand.

I remain a department of one in my library, but it continues to take a village to accomplish all the things.

What other departments are important to supporting the needs of a library’s systems department?

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Jobs in Information Technology: January 15, 2020

Wed, 2020-01-15 15:19

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LITA Education Call for Proposals for 2020

Fri, 2020-01-10 10:58

What library technology topics are you passionate about? Have something you can help others learn?

LITA invites you to share your expertise with a national audience! Our courses and webinars are based on topics of interest to library technology workers and technology managers at all levels in all types of libraries. Taught by experts, they reach beyond physical conferences to bring high quality continuing education to the library world.

We deliberately seek and strongly encourage submissions from underrepresented groups, such as women, people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, and people with disabilities.

Submit a proposal by February 16th to teach a webinar, webinar series, or online course for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall 2020.

All topics related to the intersection of technology and libraries are welcomed, including:

  • Machine Learning
  • IT Project Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Javascript, including: jquery, json, d3.js
  • Library-related APIs
  • Change management in technology
  • Big Data, High Performance Computing
  • Python, R, GitHub, OpenRefine, and other programming/coding topics in a library context
  • Supporting Digital Scholarship/Humanities
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Linked Data
  • Implementation or Participation in Open Source Technologies or Communities
  • Open Educational Resources, Creating and Providing Access to Open Ebooks and Other Educational Materials
  • Managing Technology Training
  • Diversity/Inclusion and Technology
  • Accessibility Issues and Library Technology
  • Technology in Special Libraries
  • Ethics of Library Technology (e.g., Privacy Concerns, Social Justice Implications)
  • Library/Learning Management System Integrations

Instructors receive a $500 honorarium for an online course or $150 for a webinar, split among instructors. Check out our list of current and past course offerings to see what topics have been covered recently. Be part of another slate of compelling and useful online education programs this year!

Questions or Comments?

For questions or comments related to teaching for LITA, contact us at (312) 280-4268 or lita@ala.org

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Jobs in Information Technology: January 8, 2020

Wed, 2020-01-08 13:26

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UX “don’ts” we still need from Erika Hall

Fri, 2019-12-20 09:00

The second edition of Erika Hall’s Just Enough Research dropped October 2019; although this excellent volume was previously unknown to me I am taking the opportunity now to consume, embody, and evangelize Hall’s approach to user research. Or, as Hall might put it, I’m a willing convert to the gospel of “Enoughening”. Hall is a seasoned design consultant and co-founder of Mule Design Studio but her commercial approach is tempered by a no-nonsense attitude that makes her solutions and suggestions palatable to a small UX team such as my own at Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.

Rather than conduct a formulaic book review of Just Enough Research, I want to highlight some specific things Hall tells the reader not to do in their UX research. This list of five “don’ts” summarize Hall’s tone, style, and approach. It will also highlight the thesis of the second edition’s brand new chapter on surveys. Some of these might be familiar to you and it’s my hope that the small sample of insights I share will convince you to spend more time with Just Enough Research.  

#1 Don’t seek “validation”.

This seems like a quibbly point to make, but I have a feeling that one day bringing this up in a meeting is going to make me look wicked competent. “Validation” in research lingo means something specific; it refers to proving a hypothesis right or wrong. Hall posits that using phrases like “validate the design”: “sets the expectation that your goal is be proven right, not to learn.” (30) This small shift in language makes sure emphasis is put on all data; not just data that proves any hypothesis you might have about the product you’re building. Or, as Hall says, “Aim to be proven wrong. And you’ll be far more right in the long run.” (31)

#2 No one needs a UX lab.

“There is no reason to test in anything called a “usability lab” unless there’s a danger your experiment will escape and start wreaking havoc. A usability lab gives you the illusion of control.” (53) This is a fitting rebuttal to the articles I’ve seen published recently about academic libraries allocating space for a UX lab. Especially given the variety of free and cheap technology to conduct remote testing, is a UX room of one’s own superfluous? Hall makes a good case that the answer is yes.   

#3 Don’t call things a Likert Scale that aren’t a Likert Scale.

A TRUE Likert scale MUST have:

  • A five or seven point range,
  • A range of agreement and disagreement (but Hall has a nifty chart that shows other qualities that a Likert can measure), 
  • A neutral option in the middle (which some researcher leave out: Hall says leave it in), 
  • Results which are evaluated for statistical relevance. Remember, it is a quantitative method.
  • A mean is meaningless; and ranking the categories probably is too. Because Likert data is ordinal and discrete with a limited range, use a bar chart and calculate the mode for better results. 

If you think you’re using a Likert scale but it doesn’t fulfill all of those characteristics, what you have is an ordered response scale. Hall is taking me back to my grad school’s introductory research methods class and honestly, I needed the refresher. 

#4 Don’t test everyone (craft good screener questions).

Admittedly, I’m bad at this one. My focus is on quick and dirty testing where I take who I can get and use lightweight methods. I don’t want to waste time by starting my usability testing recruits with a survey. Hall has convinced me that screeners lead to better data and it came from this sentence: “You could show them a fully functional, whiz-bang prototype and be met with stares and unhelpful critiques”. (47) I have seen many (MANY) such blank stares from participants who I assume care about the library catalog because they happen to be in the library building. This is a flawed assumption that gives me crappy data. Hall also gives tips for building a screener that gets you the participants you need. 

#5 Maybe don’t do a survey at all.

“What’s the worst that could happen?” Hall asks the reader, who she assumes is being pressured, once again, to do a survey by their administrator. Brexit, that’s what. (136) Surveys are deceptively easy, require significant qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, need more responses than you think, and are often used to measure things like “satisfaction” poorly. Read this chapter and you’ll a) run fewer surveys, and b) write much, much better surveys.

A key themes I see in Just Enough Research, both this edition and the first, is that those of us who do UX work often times see our methods co-opted to serve purposes completely unrelated to user needs or good design. Hall presents and explains foundational concepts in the UX field in a way that will help me explain and defend how and when my methods are useful, and when they aren’t. 

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Jobs in Information Technology: December 18, 2019

Wed, 2019-12-18 17:47

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Announcing the new LITA eLearning Coordinator

Wed, 2019-12-18 13:27

We are proud to announce that Kira Litvin will be the new LITA eLearning Coordinator.

Litvin has been the Continuing Education Coordinator at the Colorado School for Public Health for the past five years. She provides distance/online learning library services and instruction and works regularly with other librarians, instructional designers, faculty, and educators to collaborate on instructional delivery projects.

“I am passionate about being a librarian and working with people in an online environment!  For the past nine years I have worked with libraries that are exclusively online. My roles include administering and managing electronic library systems, including Springshare products, and providing virtual reference and instruction to students, faculty and staff. More recently I have transitioned to working as an eLearning Instructional Designer which means I design and develop instructional content available for asynchronous learning and professional development. As online learning continues to grow, I believe that libraries need to keep pace by not only providing electronic access, but ensuring that services, instruction and support are available to everyone, online or in-person,” said Litvin.

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Submit a Nomination for 2020 Awards and Scholarships

Tue, 2019-12-17 13:10

Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

The award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by soliciting nominations and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

Nomination deadline: January 9, 2020

Winner receives a cash award and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Atkinson Memorial Award.

Ex Libris Student Writing Award

The LITA/Ex Libris Student Writing Award is given for the best unpublished manuscript on a topic in the area of libraries and information technology written by a student or students enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies graduate program.

Application deadline: February 28, 2020

Winner receives a $1,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Ex Libris Student Writing Award.

Frederick G. Kilgour Award for Research and Library Information Technology

The purpose of this award is to bring attention to research relevant to the development of information technologies, especially work which shows promise of having a positive and substantive impact on any aspect of the publication, storage, retrieval and dissemination of information, or the processes by which information and data is manipulated and managed. The intent is to recognize a body of work probably spanning years, if not the majority of a career.

Nomination deadline: December 31, 2019

Winner receives $2,000 cash and an expense paid trip to the ALA conference (airfare and two nights lodging).

Learn more about the requirements for the Kilgour Award.

Christian (Chris) Larew Memorial Scholarship in Library Information and Technology

The scholarship is designed to encourage the entry of qualified persons into the library and information technology field, who plan to follow a career in that field, and who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and a vision in pursuit of library and information technology. This scholarship is for study in an ALA Accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) program.

Application deadline: March 1, 2020

Winner receives a $3,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Larew Scholarship.

Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication for Continuing Education in Library and Information Science

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding achievement in educating the profession about cutting edge technology through communication in continuing education within the field of library and information technology. The award may be given to an individual or institution for a single seminal work, or a body of work, taking place within (or continuing into) the five years preceding the award.

Nomination deadline: December 31, 2019

Winner receives a $1,000 cash and a plaque.

Learn more about the requirements for the Library Hi Tech Award.

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Submit a Nomination for the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award

Fri, 2019-12-13 16:16

LITA, ACRL, ALCTS, and LLAMA invite nominations for the 2020 Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award. Please submit your nominations by January 9, 2020.

The award honors the life and accomplishments of Hugh C. Atkinson by recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of an academic librarian who has worked in the areas of library automation or library management and has made contributions (including risk taking) toward the improvement of library services or to library development or research.

Winners receive a cash award and a plaque. This award is funded by an endowment created by divisional, individual, and vendor contributions given in memory of Hugh C. Atkinson.

The nominee must be a librarian employed in one of the following during the year prior to application for this award:

  • University, college, or community college library
  • Non-profit consortium, or a consortium comprised of non-profits that provides resources/services/support to  academic libraries

The nominee must have a minimum of five years of professional experience in an academic library or in a non-profit consortium or a consortium comprised of non-profits.

More information and a list of previous winners can be found on the LITA website.

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Core Update – 12/12/2019

Thu, 2019-12-12 13:03

Greetings again from the Steering Committee of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a proposed division of ALA.

Coming up this Friday, December 13 is the last of four town halls we are holding this fall to share information and elicit your input. Please join us! Register for Town Hall 4 today. ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA division staff will lead this town hall with a focus on Core’s mission, vision, and values; benefits organizationally; benefits to members; and opportunities in the future. Our speakers will be Jenny Levine (LITA Executive Director), Julie Reese (ALCTS Deputy Executive Director), and Kerry Ward (LLAMA Executive Director and interim ALCTS Executive Director).

We’re excited to share an updated Core proposal document for ALA member feedback and review, strengthened by your input. We invite further comments on this updated proposal through Sunday, December 15.

Meanwhile, division staff will incorporate your comments and finalize this proposal document for submission to the ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA boards by Wednesday, December 18. Then at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in January, each board will vote whether or not to place the question of forming a new division on the spring ballot for a vote by division members.

This week is by no means the last opportunity to share your perspectives on the proposed formation of Core. At Midwinter, following the vote on the Core question by each division board, ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA will host a joint board meeting open to all, which will be an opportunity for shared reflection upon the boards’ momentous decisions. Stay tuned for announcements about further events in the spring.

Full details for all our upcoming events are below:

  • Register for Town Hall 4 on Friday, December 13, 2019, 1:00–2:00 pm Central.
  • Join #TheCoreQuestion Twitter Chat 2 on Thursday, February 13, 2020, 11:00 am–12:30 pm Central.
  • Get excited for The Exchange, which will take place on May 4, 6, and 8, 2020.
  • Give feedback any time! What could make Core a compelling and worthy division home for you?

Miss any of the discussion? Catch up here:

You can always stay up to date on the latest Core news by visiting core.ala.org, but we also need to hear from you. Members like you will shape the future of this proposed division — please participate in these conversations to help develop and refine Core’s division identity. 

Sincerely,

Your Core Steering Committee:

Christopher Cronin, 2019-20 ALCTS President-Elect

Tyler Dzuba, 2019-20 LLAMA President-Elect

Evviva Weinraub, 2019-20 LITA President-Elect

Lindsay Cronk, LITA Representative

Erica Findley, ALCTS Representative

Kate Hall, LLAMA Representative

Cotina Jones, LLAMA Representative

Ted Quiballo, LITA Representative

Chelcie Rowell, ALCTS Representative

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Jobs in Information Technology: December 11, 2019

Wed, 2019-12-11 16:00

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Announcing the new LITA Blog Editor

Mon, 2019-12-09 12:18

We are proud to announce that Jessica Gilbert Redman will be the new editor of the LITA Blog. 

Gilbert Redman has been the web services librarian at the University of North Dakota for the past three years. She coordinates and writes for the library blog and maintains the library website. She has completed a post-graduate certificate in user experience and always seeks to ensure that end users are able to easily find the information they need to complete their research. Additionally, she realizes communication is the key component in any relationship, be it between libraries and their users or between colleagues, and she always strives to make communication easier for all involved.

“I am excited to become more involved in LITA, and I think the position of LITA Blog Editor is an excellent way to meet more people within LITA and ALA, and to maintain a finger on the pulse of new and emerging library technologies. My goal for the LITA blog is to give a voice to more people involved with technology in libraries and to keep everyone up-to-date with how libraries are using technology in new and innovative ways. I want to be sure we’re telling the stories that we don’t always get to hear in order better learn about making libraries more helpful for our users,” said Gilbert Redman.

Watch for calls from Jessica for regular and guest contributors coming soon.

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Jobs in Information Technology: December 4, 2019

Wed, 2019-12-04 13:28

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 27, 2019

Wed, 2019-11-27 13:01

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Support LITA Scholarships this #GivingTuesday

Tue, 2019-11-26 15:31

It’s almost #GivingTuesday, so we’re highlighting the difference that LITA scholarships can make, and inviting you to join us in increasing access to LITA events by donating to our scholarship fund today.

You can help us to provide more scholarships to events like AvramCamp and LITA Forum, as well as sponsor Emerging Leaders, with your donation today! Your donation of $25 could open up untold opportunities for other library technology professionals.

“The LITA scholarship afforded me the opportunity to present at the 2019 AvramCamp and ALA conference. It was an incredible opportunity to network with dozens of information professionals, build connections with people in the field, ask them all of my questions and exchange our technical acumen and job experiences. As a result, I have been offered two interviewing opportunities that were an incredibly valuable experience for my career development. I am very grateful to LITA for the opportunity to attend and speak at 2019 AvramCamp and I would recommend this conference to anyone interested in pursuing a career in information technology and library science.”

– 2019 AvramCamp Scholarship Winner Maryam Fayazi

Learn more about Maryam at https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryamfayazi/)

Join us this #GivingTuesday to fund more scholarships for new professionals like Maryam and help open doors to LITA.

Make a donation today!

~To every donor and sponsor, we appreciate your continued support.

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Jobs in Information Technology: November 22, 2019

Fri, 2019-11-22 14:46

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Call for Blog Coordinator for the Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration

Thu, 2019-11-21 11:08

The Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration brings together experiences, ideas, expertise, and individuals from the three ALA divisions. Broadly organized around the theme of “Building the Future Together,” the Exchange will examine the topic in relation to collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability, and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the three days of presentations, panels, and lightning rounds both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Divisional members and non-members alike are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

As part of the conference experience, the Exchange plans to host regular blog posts in advance of the conference. Blog posts will serve multiple purposes: generate excitement and interest in content, encourage participation outside of simply watching presentations, and provide an avenue for presenters and content providers to further share information about their topics. Notifications of new blog posts will be shared with ALCTS News, Leads from LLAMA, LITA Blog, and other social media. There should be nine to twelve blog posts between December-May.

Responsibilities:

  • Write introductory post(s) about the Exchange and activities
  • Solicit posts from speakers and poster presenters, or other Exchange participants interested in contributing content. Blog posts should relate to the major themes of the Exchange.
  • Track solicited posts, edit, and post to the Exchange Blog site.
  • Inform the editors of Division news and blog sites of new content
  • Serve as Ex Officio member of the Marketing Subgroup

Timeframe for Appointment

  • December 2019-June 2020

Interested individuals should email Shanna Hollich (shollich@gmail.com) and Erin Leach (ealeach79@gmail.com) with a few sentences explaining their interest and qualifications. Individuals must be a member of ALCTS, LITA, and/or LLAMA.

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The Exchange Call for Proposals and Informational Webinar

Wed, 2019-11-20 12:48

ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA are now accepting proposals for the Exchange: Building the Future Together, a virtual forum scheduled for May 4, 6, and 8, 2020.

The twelve hour virtual event will take place over three afternoons, featuring the following themes and topics:

  • Day 1 – Leadership and Change Management
  • Day 2 – Continuity and Sustainability
  • Day 3 – Collaborations and Cooperative Endeavors

Session Formats

The Exchange will feature the following session formats:

Full-session Proposals

Presenters prepare content for a 35-minute session, with an additional 10-minute Q&A period for all presenters. Full-session proposals may include multiple presentations with content that is topically related.

Lightning Round

Each participant is given five minutes to give a presentation. At the end of the lightning round, there will be a 10-15-minute Q&A period for all presenters in the session. Topics for lightning rounds related to innovative projects or research are encouraged.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following four points:

  1. Relevance to the Exchange’s Themes and Audience
  2. Opportunities for Learning
  3. Opportunities for Audience Interaction
  4. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Still have questions about the submission process and what the Exchange Working Group is looking for?

Sign up for the Exchange: Preparing a Persuasive Proposal webinar on November 25 at 2 pm CT (3pm ET), and get an in-depth look at what it takes to produce a solid proposal.

Sign up in advance for this webinar and receive the join link via email:
https://ala-events.zoom.us/meeting/register/656dd087ef0a11707c24e00bf0acd2b8

The webinar will be recorded so if you cannot watch it live, you can still access the recording. A link to the recording will be sent to everyone that registers for the webinar, and will be posted on the Exchange site.

Please share with others who may be interested. All are welcome!

For additional information on submitting a proposal, also see the following:

Elements of a Successful Proposal

Success Criteria

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Registration is Now Open for the Exchange

Wed, 2019-11-20 11:45

In May 2020, join ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA for an exciting and engaging virtual forum. Registration is now open!

  The Exchange: An ALCTS/LITA/LLAMA Collaboration brings together experiences, ideas, expertise, and individuals from the three ALA divisions. Broadly organized around the theme of “Building the Future Together,” the Exchange will examine the topic in relation to collections, leadership, technology, innovation, sustainability, and collaborations. Participants from diverse areas of librarianship will find the three days of presentations, panels, and lightning rounds both thought-provoking and highly relevant to their current and future career paths. The Exchange will engage a wide range of presenters and participants, facilitating enriching conversations and learning opportunities. Divisional members and non-members alike are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

“Building on the rich educational traditions of the three divisions, the Exchange provides the opportunity to break down silos and explore synergies on dynamic topics across the overarching and daily themes,” states Kristin Martin, chair of the Exchange Working Group and ALCTS Past President. “The virtual environment, designed to be more than just a series of webinars, offers speakers and participants alike ways of interacting and engaging with each other without requiring the need for travel.”
 
Information about registration can be found on the Exchange website. Early-bird registration for this virtual event is $199 for ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA individual members; $255 for ALA individual members; $289 for non-members; $79 for ALA student members; $475 for groups; and $795 for institutions. After March 1, 2020, registration rates will increase—please visit the event registration web page for full registration details.  

The three-day virtual event will feature the following themes and topics:

Day 1 (Monday, May 4) – Leadership and Change Management
Discover how people working in libraries are supporting their organizations through change, including identifying and overcoming barriers to success and managing change across the career life cycle.
 
Day 2 (Wednesday, May 6) – Continuity and Sustainability
Learn from your colleagues about how to create sustainable services, how to update data to current standards, and how to preserve legacy data and artifacts.  

Day 3 (Friday, May 8) – Collaborations and Cooperative Endeavors Find out how people working in libraries are developing cooperative endeavors around collections and technical services, governance and leadership, and technology.  

Sessions are from noon to 4 pm EDT. Attendees receive live presentation and access to content for a year.  

Interested in leading or contributing to a session? The Exchange Working Group is now accepting proposals. Learn more about the proposal submission process including submission criteria and how to submit.

Explore the Exchange. Connect with the Exchange on social media using #ALLexchange.        

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Core Call for Comment

Mon, 2019-11-18 10:32

Greetings again from the Steering Committee of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, a proposed division of ALA.

The Steering Committee welcomes comments on the draft division proposal documentation through November 25th. Please join the conversation! Your perspectives and input are shaping the identity and priorities of the proposed division. We’re asking for you to respond to the documents with key questions in mind, including:

  • Does this make sense to someone new to ALCTS/ LITA/ LLAMA?
  • Does this piece of the plan reflect how members want the new division to function?
  • Are there any points that are cause for concern?

If you’re interested in helping us in the review process or other work ahead, please consider volunteering for Core. We’re eager to collaborate with you!

We’re working hard to ensure everyone can participate in the Core conversation, so please let us know what could make Core a compelling and worthy division home for you. Keep the feedback and input coming!

Full details for all our upcoming events are below.

Miss any of the discussion? Catch up here:

You can always stay up to date on the latest Core news by visiting core.ala.org, but we also need to hear from you. Members like you will shape the future of this proposed division — please participate in these conversations to help develop and refine Core’s division identity.

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