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(via Dr. Jen Sweeney, Simmons College)

The American Library Association’s Library Research Round Table is now accepting proposals for programs for the 2019 ALA Annual Conference.  Research-related presentations of all kinds are encouraged.  This CFP is in addition to the competitive 2019 LRRT Research Forum which will be open later this fall.

For information about submitting a program proposal for the 2019 Annual Conference to take place in Washington, D.C., June 20-25, 2019, as well as a link to the submission site, please visit: http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2018/06/2019-ala-annual-conference-program-proposals-are-now-open

Important Dates

Call for Proposals Closes: August 31, 2018

Final Decisions: November 9, 2018

Schedule of Sessions Announced: December 5, 2018

For more information, please contact Jen Sweeney at jksweeney572@gmail.com.

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(via the American Library Association)

The ALA 2019 Nominating Committee announces a deadline extension for completing the candidate biographical form for the positions of Councilor-at-Large, President-elect and Treasurer.  Any ALA members interested in being considered for candidacy for any of these positions have until 9:00 AM CST on Friday, August 3, to complete the form. 

All potential nominees must complete the Candidate Biographical Form, which is available here. You will be asked to create an account in order to access the form.

The Nominating Committee will select no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large Council seats to be filled in the 2019 spring election.  The elected Councilors-at-large and Treasurer will serve three-year terms, beginning after the 2019 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2022 Annual Conference. The elected President-elect will serve a three-year term beginning at the end of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference – the first year as president-elect, second year as president, and third year as immediate past president.

The ALA officers also serve in corresponding roles in the ALA-Allied Professional Association [ALA-APA].  Individuals considering ALA-APA office are encouraged to consult with their employer regarding any restrictions regarding lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Questions about running for office may be directed to any member of the Nominating Committee, which includes several Illinois librarians.

  • Alexandra P. Rivera, Chair, Student Enrichment and Community Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor, 734-764-7037, alexriv@umich.edu
  • Jason K. Alston, Information Literacy Librarian, Costal Carolina University, Conway, SC, 847-349-2415, jasonalston@gmail.com
  • Melissa I. Cardenas-Dow, Sacramento State University, Sacramento, CA, 916-278-7508, melissa.cardenasdow@gmail.com
  • H. Frank Cervone, Director, SPHIT, University of Illinois at Chicago, 312-996-3816, fcervone@uic.edu
  • Audrey P. Church, Professor, Longwood University, Farmville, VA, 434-395-2682 churchap@longwood.edu
  • Veronda J. Pitchford, Director, Membership Development and Resource Sharing, RAILS Reaching Across Illinois Library System, Burr Ridge, IL, 630-734-5000, veronda.pitchford@railslibraries.info
  • Lian Ruan, Director/Head Librarian, Illinois Fire Service Institute, Champaign, IL, 217-333-8925, lruan@lillinois.edu
  • Rivkah Sass, Library Director, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, CA, 916-264-2830, rsass@saclibrary.org
  • John Spears, Pikes Peak Library District, Colorado Springs, CO, 719-531-6333, jspears@ppld.org

The 2019 ALA elections will take place March 11 – April 3, 2019.

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(via Kim Copenhaver, Eckerd College and Past President of Florida ACRL)

Dear colleagues,

If you will be in New Orleans on Monday,  I urge you to attend one of the remaining small group discussions taking place during ALA Annual regarding the future structure of ALA. It is critical for ACRL members to participate in these conversations! Please add one or more of the following meetings to your conference schedule.

Open small-group discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 2:30-3:30 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich

Best regards,

Kim Copenhaver

Past President, Florida Chapter of ACRL

ALA Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review:  Steering Committee

Announcement from 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal — 6/19/2018

At its 2018 Midwinter Meeting in Denver, the ALA Executive Board called upon ALA stakeholders to “consider what it would take to align ALA’s organizational structure, policies, and rules with the Association’s 21st century values, key action areas, and strategic directions.” The Midwinter 2018 Discussion Document quoted the mission of the American Library Association — “To provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all” – and asked us to consider how we might fulfill that mission in the 21st century. It also proposed a set of “Guiding Principles” for the work ahead. 2017-2018 ALA CD #35.1 summarizes the Midwinter Meeting discussion and lays out an 18-month timeline for the Organizational Effectiveness/Governance Review process.

The Steering Committee will work collaboratively with an Executive Team including 2017-2018 ALA President Jim Neal, ALA Executive Director Mary Ghikas, Steering Committee Chair Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada and an external consultant.  The selection of the external consultant is still in process.

As we proceed together through this process of discovery and reimagination, there will be many choices to make.  We will be presented with alternative paths, organizational values that are sometimes in conflict, competing visions of an ideal ALA.  Helping us navigate that decision landscape is the essential work of the Steering Committee.

During the 2018 ALA Annual Conference, there will be several opportunities to explore our vision for tomorrow’s ALA through discussion of four questions:

  • What do you think is the most important thing to do to improve ALA’s effectiveness?
  • What are your thoughts about a possible shift from a structure based on standing committees to one that would largely be based upon as-needed groups, with a core of standing committees?
  • What if ALA had a much stronger relationship with State Chapters/State Associations – one that would be supported by an effective structure?
  • What do you think about the possibility of a different governance structure, one in which there might be a different Executive Board/Council composition/structure/relationship?

Open small-group discussions are scheduled as follows:

  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 1:00-2:00 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich
  • Monday, June 25, MCC 352, 2:30-3:30 PM CST
    • Facilitator: Nancy Kranich

Thank you to members of the newly-appointed Steering Committee for committing their time, attention and varied perspectives to this important work on behalf of their Association.  Thank you also to members of the working group of the ALA Executive Board — Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, Patty Wong and Andrew Page – for bringing us to this point, and to Maureen Sullivan and Nancy Kranich for bringing their facilitation expertise and experience to advance the discussion.

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(via Carrie Forbes–Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services, University of Denver Libraries)

How Good is Our Crystal Ball? Predicting Future Changes for Academic Libraries

The ULS Future of University Libraries Discussion Group invites you to join us for an informal discussion at ALA Annual in New Orleans on the role of futures thinking in planning for organizational change. The discussion forum will be held on Sunday, June 24 from 4-5:30pm (CDT) in the Sheraton New Orleans, Bayside A. We will be joined by staff from the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries.

In June 2010, ACRL released a report, “Futures Thinking for Academic Librarians: Higher Education in 2025,” which asked academic librarians to consider what trends may impact the future of higher education and libraries. Authored by Dr. David J. Staley, Associate Professor in the History Department of The Ohio State University, and Dr. Kara Malenfant, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives at ACRL, the report presented 26 possible scenarios for the future that would most impact academic libraries. As we inch closer to 2025, it’s important for academic librarians to evaluate these predictions to aid in planning for organizational change. How accurate were these predictions? How has the climate of higher education changed since this report was published in 2010? How can academic librarians best use futures thinking and trend reports to evaluate the future for their own institutions?

The ACRL report highlighted 9 scenarios that had both a high-probability of happening and that would also have the most impact on libraries. To focus the discussion, we welcome participants to provide feedback on the top 3 scenarios they would most like to discuss within the framework of futures thinking and organizational change. Survey feedback will be used to guide the discussion questions for the forum at ALA Annual.

Link to feedback survey- https://bit.ly/2LdqMkH

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(via Jodie Borgerding, Amigos Library Services)

We anticipate over 260 ACRL members will be attending their first ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. We’d like to help our first-time attendees make the most of their conference experience.

Experienced conference-goers attending ALA Annual 2018 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time ACRL attendee by providing advice and guidance before or during the conference. It’s easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out. If you’ve ever been to an ALA Annual conference before and are willing to commit some time to helping a new person navigate the conference and learn more about ACRL, that’s all it takes

You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 23, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Marriott Convention Center in room Blaine-Kern A-D (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 22, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

It’s easy to sign up!  Just go here. Read new attendee profiles, and click “sign up” to be a buddy to that person. The deadline to sign up is June 20.

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(via Kim Copenhaver, Eckerd College)

Ready to climb the leadership ladder within ALA? Interested in increasing your involvement with the Association? Not sure where to start?

Embark on the path to leadership as an ALA or Council Committee Intern. Join ALA’s Training, Orientation & Leadership Development Committee (TOLD) to learn more about the application process, expectations and benefits of participation. Members of the ALA TOLD Committee, current Interns and Intern program alumni will share their experiences, application tips and more at the Your path to ALA leadership! ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group at 2018 ALA Annual.

9-10 a.m.Sunday, June 24

Morial Convention Center, Rm 210

Sign-up for this session on the 2018 Annual Conference Scheduler at ALA & Council Intern Discussion Group.

Follow TOLD on Twitter here.

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(via David Ward, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Come join the RUSA RSS Research and Statistics Committee for a lively presentation of exciting new research in the field of reference services.  Our presenters, selected using a blind review process, will discuss findings from their current original research projects. The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference.

The event will take place on Sunday, June 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 AM, in MCP
W180. To register for the Forum, visit the ALA Annual Program.

New Discoveries in Reference: The 24th Annual Reference Research Forum
Saturday, June 23rd
2:30pm-3:30pm
Morial Convention Center Room 289

“Reframing Reference through Participatory Visual Methods”
Eamon Tewell, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Long Island University, Brooklyn

How can academic librarians improve reference services for marginalized students? How can research into these questions center students’ ideas and lived experiences? This study uses Photovoice, a participatory method that combines photography, interviews, and discussion to create change regarding an issue. Attendees will gain insight into how 11 students from historically marginalized backgrounds seek information in their everyday activities, and learn about students’ recommendations and potential implications for the development and redesign of reference services.​

“Reference on Demand: Testing an ‘Uber Reference’ Service in an Academic Library”
Brian D. Moss, Reference Services Manager, University of Kansas Libraries

In an effort to overcome students’ reluctance to approach library staff, we have begun testing an “Uber reference” model that allows patrons to summon library staff to group study areas within the library. This presentation will present the findings of a pilot study within a large academic library, examining the effectiveness of this on-demand reference service. The presentation will conclude with suggestions for how other libraries can implement their own on-demand reference services, drawing upon the lessons learned through this pilot study.

“You Didn’t Say ‘Hola’: What Happens When the Reference Script Is Altered”
Julie Marie Frye, Education Library Head, Indiana University
Maria Hasler Barker, Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University

Grounded in a Critical Theory framework (Habermas, 1984), we used conversation analysis (Schegloff, 2007) to examine 20 hours of digitally-recorded reference desk activity at a public library in a US-Mexico border city. This study contributes to an understanding of how the reference initiation type can affect the efficiency and effectiveness of bilingual transactions. Our findings illuminate cross-cultural communicative differences for scholars and practitioners who seek to improve bilingual patron comfort in libraries.

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(via Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Come share your thoughts and experiences with privacy and analytics at the Privacy Social Hour on June 24 during ALA Annual in New Orleans.

Scott Young (Montana State University) and Lisa Hinchliffe (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) are hosting this community engagement event as a part of the IMLS-funded National Forum on Web Privacy and Web Analytics. This project aims to critically address library values and practices related to third-party tracking on the web. We want to hear from you to learn how we can achieve privacy in the age of analytics.

Please RSVP here by Friday, June 22.

Sunday, June 24, 4-5pm
Rebellion Bar & Urban Kitchen

748 Camp St, New Orleans, LA 70130

(5 blocks from the convention center)

We hope to see you in New Orleans!

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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

ALA Annual in New Orleans is right around the corner. Don’t miss these great ALA Video Round Table programs running June 23rd-25th!

21st Century Collection Development Strategies for Media

Saturday, June 23, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM   

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 278

Are you involved in media collection development in your library? Join us as a panel of librarians representing both academic and public libraries discuss the unique film-to-library user ecosystem and its import for collection development and services. Specific topics addressed will include collaborative approaches to building effective streaming video collections, such as developing relationships with multiple vendors to license streaming video content, educating library users about relevant format and licensing options, collaborating with institutional diversity initiatives, and implementing streaming video initiatives at branch or satellite locations.

NEW! Streaming Video Open Forum

Saturday, June 23, 4 PM – 5 PM   

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 298

Large-scale streaming video platforms are making more video content directly available to our users than ever before.  How do librarians plan for and navigate issues of funding and access in a seemingly ever-expanding sea of offerings?  Topics include: funding models, implications for immediate and long-term access, the effect of large-scale streaming collections on independent distributors, and opportunities for collaboration.  Moderated by Gisèle Tanasse, Film & Media Services Librarian, University of California, Berkeley.

Empowering Youth through Video Storytelling

Saturday, June 23, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Hilton New Orleans Riverside Fulton

NOVAC has been teaching young people to tell their stories through video since the 1970s. Currently, NOVAC leads programs in partnership with public libraries that allow children and teens to connect and learn from professional filmmakers. Every summer their highly successful workshop culminate in a family-friendly red carpet event celebrating the success of program participants. Join us to discuss what makes this library program so successful and meet some of the people involved in making it happen as well as participants. Moderated by Erin Miller, Head, Media Library, University of North Texas.

The State of Independent Filmmaking in New Orleans

NEW! Featured speakers

Sunday, June 24, 10:30AM – 11:30AM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 213

Join VRT and representatives from the New Orleans Film Society to discuss the state of independent film making in New Orleans. Hear directly from local filmmakers featured in the Now Showing @ALA film series, including: Zandashé Brown (Dir. Summer 16), Victoria Greene, (Dir. Forgotten Bayou: Life on the Sinkhole), Zibby Jahns (Artist/Costume Designer featured in The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium), Cam-Thanh Tran (Assistant Director, Tulane Center for Studies of Displaced Populations featured in Echoes of Vietnam), and Fallon Young (Exec. Dir., New Orleans Film Society).  Moderated by Michele McKenzie, Immediate Past Chair VRT, Media Librarian, City College of San Francisco.

Multimedia Discussion Group

Sunday, June 24, 2:30PM – 3:30PM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 296
The Multimedia Production Discussion Group serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas on supporting media production in multi-type libraries. Topic coverage is diverse, including the equipment, computing and on demand support for audio/video creation to 3D printing, Virtual Reality and related technologies often associated with the makerspace movement.  Moderated by Scott Spicer, Media Outreach and Learning Spaces Librarian, University of Minnesota.

VRT Membership and Executive Board Meeting

Monday, June 25, 8:30PM – 12:30PM

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Room 296
Please join the Video Round Table’s (VRT) Executive Officers and Board in this open business meeting and learn how you can become involved! VRT members and nonmembers are both welcome.  Moderated by Andrew Horbal, VRT Chair.

Now Showing @ ALA

The Now Showing @ ALA Film Program offers a variety of films and documentaries throughout the conference from Saturday through Monday. Several of these films are being screened in conjunction with the panel of representatives from the New Orleans Films Society and local filmmakers (Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am-11:30am).

Sunday, June 24

Forgotten Bayou — 8:00am-9:15am, Theater C

On August 3, 2012 a sinkhole swallowed a swath of swamps in Bayou Corne, Louisiana. Residents were left with an impossible choice: start their lives over elsewhere, or stay and face the risks. This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring the director, Victoria Greene.

Echoes of Vietnam — 9:15am-9:45am

A group of Vietnamese refugees from New Orleans find an unlikely source of strength after traumatic events like post-war relocation and Hurricane Katrina.  This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring Cam-Thanh Tran, Assistant Director, Tulane Center for Studies of Displaced Populations.

The Exceptionally Extraordinary Emporium — 9:45am-10:05am, Theater C

A celebratory look at the cherished tradition of costuming during Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the place where it all begins–Jefferson Variety, a family-owned local fabric and craft store. This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring artist and costume designer, Zibby Jahns.

Summer16 — 10:10am-10:30am, Theater C

A look at the Baton Rouge flooding of 2016 and the incidents of police brutality in Louisiana that created an intense summer in 2016 for Louisiana residents.  This film is being screened in conjunction with the panel discussion on Sunday, June 24 from 10:30am – 11:30am featuring the director, Zandashé Brown.

Jackson — 10:30am-12pm, Theater C

Wrought with the racial and religious undertones of the Deep South, the lives of two women are deeply affected by the director of the local pro-life crisis pregnancy center and the movement she represents.

Monday, June 25

Kedi — 2:30pm-4:00pm

Hundreds of thousands of Turkish cats roam the metropolis of Istanbul freely. For thousands of years they’ve wandered in and out of people’s lives, becoming an essential part of the communities that make the city so rich. Recipient of the “Dewey the Cat’s favorite” honorable mention for Video Round Table’s Notable Videos for Adults list in 2018, Kedi is noteworthy for being an purely entertaining and absolutely adorable documentary.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago, on behalf of Rachel Minkin, Michigan State University)

We anticipate over 260 ACRL members will be attending their first ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans. We’d like to help our first-time attendees make the most of their conference experience.

Experienced conference goers attending ALA Annual 2018 are invited to be a buddy for a first-time ACRL attendee by providing advice and guidance before or during the conference. It’s easy — you don’t have to have all the answers, just be willing to help a newbie out. If you’ve ever been to an ALA Annual conference before and are willing to commit some time to helping a new person navigate the conference and learn more about ACRL, that’s all it takes You may want to meet up at the ACRL 101 on Saturday, June 23, from 8:30-10:00 a.m. at the Marriott Convention Center in room Blaine-Kern A-D (a great start for newbies, and refresher for veterans), the Exhibit Opening Reception on Friday, June 22, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., or meet for coffee. You might meet up with your buddy just once, or a few times throughout the conference. The intent is primarily for helping orient the new person to the event and helping them feel comfortable (we were all new once!).

It’s easy to sign up! Just go here. Read new attendee profiles, and click “sign up” to be a buddy to that person. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, June 20.

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