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(via the American Library Association)

Has your library implemented an interesting activity or service related to nonpartisan voter education, voter registration, or services for voters? Does your organization offer a resource that can be used by libraries in those activities?

Would you like to showcase that work at ALA Annual in June, 2020?

As part of ALA’s work on civic engagement, the Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPA) and Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services (ODLOS), in partnership with the Committees on Legislation and Library Advocacy, are pleased to host “Early and Often: Engaging Voters Throughout the Election Cycle” at ALA Annual in June. We are accepting proposals for lightning talks (5 minute presentations) featuring libraries and partner organizations that offer resources, programming, or services to increase voter engagement. Libraries of all types are encouraged to apply.

Proposals are due Friday, December 20. To submit one, use this form. All proposals will receive a response by January 10.

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(via the LLAMA New Professionals Community of Practice Buddy Program)

Are you a new Midwinter ALA attendee and would like tips on how to get the most out of your conference experience?

The LLAMA New Professionals Community of Practice Buddy Program is here to pair Learning Buddies with Experienced Buddies in order to get the most out of your conference experience and learn about LLAMA (the Library Leadership and Management Association) in the process.

Learning/New means whatever it means to you; you can be starting a new job or organization, trying out a different area of librarianship, or just brand new to it all!

Your commitment is to meet at least once with your Buddy at the Midwinter ALA conference, and we’ll send you information about your experienced buddy and get you in touch before the conference.

Requests for participation will be anonymized for potential Experienced Buddies to choose the person they feel they’d best be able to guide.

If you are interested in being a Learning Buddy, fill out this form:

http://bit.ly/Midwinter2020LearningBuddy

Please sign up today!  Requests to participate as a Learning Buddy are due Monday, December 16.

If you have any questions, please contact a member of the LLAMA New Professional Buddy Program Committee: npsbuddy@gmail.com.

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Call for Applicants: ALA Policy Corps (Deadline Dec. 11)

(via Susanne Caro, North Dakota State University)

This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in policy.

The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the ALA Policy Corps before December 11. The Corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas-ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding and privacy and cybersecurity.

Applications are due Wednesday, December 11. Please apply at http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2019/11/ala-seeks-applicants-national-policy-corps.

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/rss/rsssection/rsscomm/rssresstat/researchstatistics

. The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 committee chair:

Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu)

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(via Devin Savage, Illinois Institute of Technology)

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) is seeking nominations to run for elected positions on the Steering Committee: Chair-Elect and Member-at-Large. These service opportunities are a wonderful way to get involved with the association and LRRT. Our charge is to provide public program opportunities to disseminate research findings and educate the professional community on research techniques for problem solving and decision making.

Duties:

Chair-Elect: Supports the current Chair with managing the work of the LRRT (LRRT Forum Program at ALA Annual, Mentorship Program, Jesse H. Shera Award for Distinguished Published Research, Library Research Seminar planning, and other potential initiatives).  Leads the Nominating Committee.  Attends Steering Committee meetings.   Assumes role of Chair in the following year, and Past Chair the year after that.

Member-At-Large for a two-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022): Represents the interests of the LRRT membership in LRRT program planning. Brings forward ideas for potential programs.  Attends Steering Committee Meetings.

Member-at-large to serve for a three-year term (July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023) : Represents the interests of the LRRT membership in LRRT program planning. Brings forward ideas for potential programs.  Attends Steering Committee Meetings.

Candidates must be LRRT members in good standing at the time of election.

If you are interested, please send your expression of interest and vita to nominatenowlrrt@gmail.com by Friday, November 15th, 2019.

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(via Gwen Gregory, University of Illinois at Chicago)

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. Everyone, divisional members and non-members alike, are encouraged to register and bring their questions, experiences, and perspectives to the events.

Registration opens the week of November 4.

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 lifecycle.

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.

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.

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(via Tina Chan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Are you passionate about sustainability in libraries?  Are you looking for a leadership opportunity?  If you answered “yes” to both questions, consider running for SustainRT Coordinating Council!  We are looking for SustainRT Coordinating Council candidates for the following positions: coordinator-elect, secretary, treasurer, and member-at-large.  Officer position descriptions are in the SustainRT bylaws.  You can read below what the Coordinating Council is proposing at Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*.

Candidates must be ALA and SustainRT personal members in good standing.  Not a member?  Go to the ALA membership page to join or renew!

If you want to know more about these positions or if you want to nominate yourself, please contact Tina Chan (tinachan@mit.edu) by November 20, 2019.

From Officer position descriptions *Draft Revision*:

Coordinator-Elect (Term: 3 years – coordinator-elect, coordinator, immediate past coordinator)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting, appoints committee chairs for the next Board year. Works with ALA Liaison to update Board listserv for coming year, updates org chart for coming year.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual, and preferably attend ALA Midwinter.

Secretary (Term: 2 years)

Records meeting minutes, submits for edits and posts to Connect within one week of each meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Treasurer (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board to the Membership Committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual and ALA Midwinter.

Member-at-large (Term: 2 years)

Serves as Liaison from the Board for a SustainRT committee, reporting activities and updates at each board meeting.

Conference attendance: Attend ALA Annual or ALA Midwinter.

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(via Meg Galasso, Indiana University Kokomo)

The Research & Statistics Committee of the Reference Services Section of the Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) invites submission of reference service research project proposals for presentation at the New Discoveries in Reference: The 26th Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2020 American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal. The committee is particularly interested in research around serving diverse patrons.

The Reference Research Forum is a popular and valuable ALA Annual Conference program. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about innovative research projects conducted in reference services including user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. For examples of projects presented at past Forums, please see the Committee’s website:http://www.ala.org/rusa/sections/rss/rsssection/rsscomm/rssresstat/researchstatistics

The Committee employs a blind peer review process to select three projects for 20-minute presentations, followed by open discussion. Identifying information will not be shared with reviewers until after final selection of projects. Selected submissions must be presented in person at the Forum during ALA Annual in Chicago, IL.

Criteria for selection:

1.      Originality: Potential for research to fill a gap in reference knowledge or to build on previous studies
2.      Quality: Research design and methodologies
3.      Impact: Significance of the study for improving the quality of reference service

NOTE: Research projects may be in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication will not be accepted.

Important Dates:

Proposals are due by Friday, January 3, 2020. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 17th, 2020. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted as Word documents:

SUBMISSION PAGE 1: Contact Information
Please include the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

SUBMISSION PAGE 2: Research Description (250 Word maximum)
The research description must not include any personally identifiable information, including your name, or the name of your institution. Please include these elements:

1.      Title of the project
2.      Explicit statement of the research problem
3.      Description of the research design and methodologies
4.      Findings or results if available
5.      Brief discussion of the originality, unique contribution, potential impact, and significance of the research (if you use semi colons between items in a list, you need to make sure the entire list is a complete sentence.)

Proposals that exceed the word count or that do not follow the format described above will be automatically rejected. 

Questions about the Forum should be directed to the 2019-2020 committee chair:

Qiana Johnson (q-johnson@northwestern.edu)

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(via Loida Garcia-Febo, ALA Immediate Past President)

On behalf of the I Love My Librarian Award Selection Committee, I am excited to share the news that nominations for the award are now open and run through October 21, 2019.

The I Love My Librarian Award recognizes the public service contributions of exceptional public, school, college, community college and university librarians in the U.S. who have gone above and beyond to improve lives and make a difference in their communities. For the first time in the award’s history, the ten winners will be honored by their colleagues at an award ceremony during ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia in January of 2020, in addition to receiving a $5,000 prize and travel stipend.

Past winners have powerful stories about how they transformed lives, including an academic librarian who stocks the library with non-perishable foods and toiletries for low-income students, a public librarian who created a book project to preserve refugees’ stories and a school librarian who uses therapy and certified reading dogs to help students who are struggling with anxiety or have disabilities.

Up to 10 exceptional school, public, and college/university librarians will be selected to receive a $5,000 cash award, a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards ceremony in January 2020, during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.

Every year, we look for ways to ensure the nomination pool reflects the diversity of the profession and represents all types of communities across the country. With that in mind, we hope you will help spread the word about the award in your local area and bring much deserved recognition to librarians and the incredible work they do every day. The electronic nomination form is available online at ilovelibraries.org/ilovemylibrarian and on the I Love My Librarian webpage there are free promotional tools for libraries, library groups and library supporters to promote the award, including:

  • Flyer
  • Sample newsletter copy
  • Digital graphics
  • Social media copy
  • Press release template
  • Table tent

We are grateful for any promotional support you are able to provide in getting the news out about the award. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if we can help with any efforts.

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(via the American Library Association)

Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to volunteer to serve on ALA, Council, and Joint committees for the 2020-2022 term (beginning July 1, 2020). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership training, networking opportunities, and experience in working on specific association topics.

The online committee volunteer form (http://www.ala.org/aboutala/committees/volunteer/frm_vol) opened on Monday, July 15, 2019. To volunteer, please complete and submit the form electronically (be sure to select “ALA” in the drop-down menu on the main form). To be considered for the 2020-2022 term, forms must be submitted no later than September 30, 2019. Any forms received after this date will be considered for the next term (2021-2023).

President-Elect Jefferson will make committee appointments in consultation with both the Committee on Appointments (responsible for ALA and Joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (responsible for Council committee appointments). Committee appointments will be completed by the ALA Midwinter Meeting in 2020, with notifications sent to appointed individuals in Spring 2020.

For more information on the various committees, please go to http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2019/07/volunteer-serve-ala-council-and-joint-committees-2020-2022-0.

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