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(via Meredith Powers, Brooklyn Public Library)

News You Can Use Call for panelists — deadline Wednesday, October 18!

Have you recently participated in or implemented a sustainability initiative in your organization? Do you want to share your experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly? Planning to attend ALA Midwinter? If so, you might make a great panelist for SustainRT’s News You Can Use panel session at the ALA Midwinter Conference in February 2018!

SustainRT was created as a venue in which members exchange ideas and opportunities regarding sustainability in order to move toward a more equitable, healthy, and economically viable society. We are looking for 3-4 panelists to talk about any sustainability-related policies, practices, technologies, or projects they’ve implemented or are in the process of testing in their library or organization. We’re interested in student sustainability projects as well as professional experiences. We are also interested to hear how new research, reports, surveys, legislation, regulation, or other data has informed how you’ve adjusted or implemented projects, programs, policies, etc. We especially want to hear about how you are supporting sustainability through curriculum development, collections, exhibits, events, advocacy, communication, library buildings, or space design!

All panelists will be given ten minutes to talk about their experiences, followed by time for audience Q&A. We would like to know why you tried what you tried, what worked, what didn’t, what kinds of barriers you faced, etc.

Sustainability focused

·         Not necessarily within a library, if you explain how your work is relevant to libraries and/or the communities they serve

·         How are your sustainability efforts changing the way libraries operate and provide services?

·         How are your sustainability efforts creating new opportunities (and disruptions) culturally, socially, economically, environmentally?

·         What will this mean for our users, both in their daily lives and in the way they interact with your library or organization?

How to submit:

If you are interested in being part of this panel, please submit a short description (max 500 words) of your topic: https://goo.gl/forms/hCvELe7NMdmHk9Ru2

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(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

The Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) is offering registration grants to encourage library support staff and library school students to participate in the ALCTS 2018 Midwinter Symposium to be held Feb. 9, 2018 during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver, CO.

The day-long symposium “Empowering Access and Ensuring Accessibility: Connecting People to Information and Collections” will explore how libraries and cultural institutions provide access to materials, and ensure that those materials are accessible to all populations.  These concepts are particularly important for those working in collections and technical services, where responsibility for identifying, selecting, acquiring, organizing, managing, digitizing, and preserving recorded knowledge resides. The symposium explores the landscape and horizon of collections and technical services work as it contributes to access and broad accessibility to stimulate knowledge creation, to foster innovation, and to empower libraries to have a transformative role in society.

The registration grant committee consists of members of the ALCTS Membership Committee. At least five grants will be awarded in each category, additional grants may be available contingent on additional funding. Grants will be awarded competitively based on the committee’s ranking of applications received by Oct. 27, 2017.

Eligibility

Library School Student Grant applicants must:

  • Be enrolled at least part-time at an ALA-accredited institution (part-time status as defined by your institution)
  • Submit a brief summary of the applicant’s progress towards their degree
  • Provide a description of how attending the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium will support their career goals
  • Submit a completed application by the due date

Library Support Staff Grant applicants must:

  • Be currently employed in a library
  • Submit a brief summary of the applicant’s current position responsibilities as well as a description of how attending the Midwinter Symposium will support their career goals
  • Submit a completed application by the due date

In awarding the grants, preference will be given to:

  • Applicants from diverse cultural/ethnic backgrounds
  • Applicants who show an interest in actively contributing to the mission and goals of ALCTS
  • Stated reasons for wanting to attend the 2018 ALCTS Midwinter Symposium
  • Responses to open-ended questions

ALCTS or ALA membership is not required to apply or attend. Additional registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting is not required to attend the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium. Applicants must secure permission from their supervisors to attend the Symposium in advance of applying for the registration grants. Those selected for the registration grants will be notified no later than Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact Megan Dougherty, ALCTS Program Officer, Continuing Education, at mdougherty@ala.org.

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(via Beth Fuchs, University of Kentucky)

The ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) welcomes your submissions for two awards created to recognize excellence in information literacy and instruction. Submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, special, academic) are encouraged. Winners will receive a $1,000 award, a plaque, and a $500 travel stipend to be used to attend the 2018 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, where the awards will be presented.

The LIRT Librarian Recognition Award honors a librarian for her or his contributions to information literacy and instruction. The LIRT Innovation in Instruction Award honors a library for their innovative approach to information literacy and instruction.

Submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2018. For full details on how to apply for these awards or to nominate someone to receive them, please see the LIRT Awards site.

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(via JoAnne Kempf, American Library Association)

Interested in running for ALA President-elect or Councilor-at-Large but weren’t approached by the Nominating Committee? You can still get your name on the 2018 spring ballot by completing a petition form and obtaining the signatures of no fewer than 200 ALA current personal members for president-elect and 25 signatures for councilor-at-large. A petition form may be created by logging into the ALA website and following these instructions.

In addition to the petition itself, members must complete the Candidate Biographical Information Form as follows.

  • If you wish to run for President-elect, please go here
  • If you wish to run for Councilor-at-Large, please go here.

You will be asked to create an account before you can access the form. Once the petition process is completed, petition candidates and nominated candidates are treated the same. They are not differentiated on the ballot because they are on equal footing and are all viable candidates for these positions.

The petition form for the 2018 election will become available on Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  This form, along with the biographical information form, must be filed with the ALA Executive Director no later than 4:30 PM CST on Wednesday, December 6.

Ballot mailing for the 2018 ALA election will begin on March 12, 2018 and will run through April 4, 2018 with the results being announced on Wed., April 11, 2018.  Individuals must be members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2018 to be eligible to vote in the ALA election. Additional information about the ALA election process can be found here

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ALCTS Seeking 2018 Innovation Awards Nominations (deadline Dec. 1)

(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for innovation and collaboration. ALCTS presents two awards to honor individuals or groups whose work represents the finest achievements and leadership in collaboration and innovation.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for either of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline for nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation
    The Collection Management Section (CMS) presents the ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation, which recognizes significant and innovative contributions to electronic collections management and development practice. The award consists of a citation and $2,000 generously donated by ProQuest.

Criteria for selection of the winner will be determined by the person’s achievements, including but not limited to:

  • building and managing new types of electronic collections and materials
  • addressing selection issues and processes for electronic resources
  • creating effective organizational structures for the workflow management and development of electronic resource collections
  • increasing visibility, discovery and user access to electronic library resources

Nominations should include the name, address, phone number and email address of each nominee and nominating party, a formal statement of nomination that includes a rationale, a description of any projects that the nominee has initiated and successfully completed and letters of support and endorsement. Letters of endorsement from others should provide additional evidence of the worthiness of the nominee. The number of letters of endorsement received for a nominee shall not be a determining factor in the selection process; rather, the evidence of the person’s accomplishments that fulfill the intent of the award shall be the factor considered. Self-nominations will not be accepted. Current employees of ProQuest and its subsidiaries are not eligible for the award.

Send nominations to: Jennifer Peters, chair, ProQuest Coutts Award Jury

Visit the ProQuest Coutts Award for Innovation page for more information.

  • Outstanding Collaboration Citation
    This award recognizes and encourages collaborative problem-solving efforts in the areas of acquisition, access, management, preservation or archiving of library materials. It recognizes actions, services or products that improve and benefit the providing and managing of library collections. The citation may be presented to two or more individuals or groups who have participated jointly in an appropriate achievement. Accomplishments that expose problems may be as valuable as successes. The citation will be presented in a year when an achievement of merit has occurred. Recognized forms of collaboration must be between library personnel and other individuals or such groups as publishers, vendors, cultural organizations, government agencies, philanthropic organizations and the like. Results of a collaborative effort must demonstrate advancement in collection management or technical services working environments.

Send nominations, along with written justification for the citation in terms of demonstrated outcomes in work achieved through actions, services or products; how the achievement contributed to the fulfillment of needs in the work of collection management or technical services and any other factors relevant to the merit of the achievement and two letters of recommendation to: Cynthia Whitacre, chair, Citation Jury.

Visit the Outstanding Collaboration page for more information. 

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(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, November 15.

The Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the contribution of a library leader who has demonstrated exceptional service to ALCTS and its areas of interest (acquisitions, cataloging and classification, collection management and development, preservation and reformatting and continuing resources). Selection of the winner is based on the person’s accomplishments as they relate to: recognized leadership in ALCTS; significant contribution to professional literature in ALCTS areas; exemplary research in ALCTS areas; leadership in other professional associations at local, state, regional or national level; acknowledged leader in and by the library community at large; and recognition of achievements, e.g., awards, citations, etc. The award winner receives a citation honoring their contributions and a stipend of $3,000 generously donated by EBSCO. Nominees must be ALCTS members and self-nominations will not be accepted.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate, send that nomination, including the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of the nominee and the person providing the nomination and a statement outlining the qualifications of the individual based on the award criteria to: Charles Wilt, chair, Ross Atkinson Award Jury. Additional information such as a resume, C.V. or narrative career outline and letters of endorsement may be sought by the jury chair. Visit the Ross Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.

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ALCTS 2018 Publication Awards Nominations Sought (Deadline Dec. 1)

(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for excellence in publication. ALCTS presents two Publication Awards to honor individuals for outstanding achievement in research and writing in the field of library collections and technical services.

If you are interested in nominating a publication for either of the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
    The award is given in honor of Edward Swanson, LRTS Book Review Editor and long-time indexer, to the author(s) of the best paper published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS), the official journal of ALCTS. The winner will receive a citation and $250 from ALCTS. Papers published in volume 61 (2017) are eligible for consideration, with the exception of official reports and documents, obituaries, letters to the editor and biographies of award winners. Each paper will be judged on the following points: content with a significant contribution about one or more issues addressed by ALCTS and its sections; statements in the paper are adequately supported by accurate data and/or documentation; and clear and readable writing style.

Send nominations, along with the author, title and volume and issue of the paper being nominated and the reasons for the nomination to: Michele Seikel, chair, Best of LRTS Jury.

Visit the Edward Swanson Best of LRTS Award page for more information.

  • ALCTS Outstanding Publication Award
    The award honors an author or authors who have written the year’s outstanding monograph, article or original paper in the field of technical services, including acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, preservation, continuing resources and related areas in the library field. The award consists of a citation and $250 contributed by ALCTS. Works published in 2017 are eligible. Reprints of earlier publications will not be considered. The evaluation criteria include: intellectual content; practical value; theoretical value; scholarship; presentation; and style. Papers published in Library Resources & Technical Services (LRTS) are not eligible.

Send nominations, along with a statement giving the full bibliographic citation of the article, book or paper being nominated and reasons for the nomination to: Heath Martin, chair, Publication Jury.

Visit the Outstanding Publication Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections.

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(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) awards for outstanding achievement and promise in the field of serials and continuing resources. The awards are presented by the Continuing Resources Section of ALCTS. One award honors an individual who shows outstanding promise in the field of serials, while the other recognizes an individual whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for either of these awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • First Step Award
    The ALCTS Continuing Resources Section presents the award, a Wiley Professional Development Grant. The award provides librarians who are new to the serials field with the opportunity to broaden their perspectives and encourages professional development and participation at American Library Association (ALA) conferences and Continuing Resources Section activities.  ALCTS members with five or less years of professional experience in the continuing resources field are eligible. The award consists of $1,500, donated by Wiley, and is applicable toward round trip transportation, lodging, registration fees, etc. Eligible applicants may apply more than once. Winners will be chosen based on: commitment to professional development in the continuing resources field as shown by participation in continuing education activities, workshops and previous participation in professional activities; candidate’s written justification for the grant in terms of commitment to and interest in continuing resources related work; personal professional development; financial need; two letters of reference; and a vita.

Send nominations to: Carol Hanan, chair, First Step Jury

Visit the First Step Award page for more information.

  • Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award
    Presented by the ALCTS Continuing Resources Section, the award consists of a citation and $1,500 donated by Ex Libris, a ProQuest Company. The award is given for distinguished contributions to serials librarianship, including such activities as leadership in serials-related activities through participation in professional associations and/or library education programs; contributions to the body of serials literature; conduct of research in the area of serials; development of tools or methods to enhance access to or management of serials; and other advances leading to a better understanding of the field of serials.

Send nominations to: Mira Greene, chair, Ulrich’s Jury

Visit the Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections. 

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(via Keri Cascio–Executive Director, Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)

Nominations are being accepted for the 2018 Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) preservation awards. ALCTS presents three Preservation Awards, through its Preservation and Reformatting Section, to honor individuals whose work represents the finest achievements in research, collaboration, creative work, leadership and service in preservation or to support a new preservation staff member’s participation in preservation activities at the ALA Annual Conference.

If you are interested in nominating a candidate for the awards, contact the chair of that award jury. The deadline to submit nominations and supporting materials is Friday, December 1.

  • Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award
    The award was established to honor the memory of Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris, early leaders in library preservation. The award, $1,500 and a citation, sponsored by Preservation Technologies, L.P., is given to a professional preservation specialist who has been active in the field of preservation and/or conservation for library and/or archival materials. Winners will be chosen based on: leadership in professional associations at local, state, regional or national levels; contributions to the development, application or utilization of new or improved methods, techniques and routines; significant contribution to professional literature; evidence of studies or research in preservation; and training and mentoring in the field of preservation.

Send nominations, a formal statement of nomination that provides a strong rationale for the nomination by addressing how the nominee meets the criteria for the award, letters of support for the nomination and a complete resume for the nominee to: Kate Contakos, chair, Banks/Harris Jury.    

Visit the Banks Harris page for more information.

  • George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award
    The George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Preservation Award was established by the Preservation and Reformatting Section (PARS) to honor the memory of George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg, early leaders in cooperative preservation programming and strong advocates for collaboration in the field of preservation.

The award acknowledges and supports cooperative preservation projects and/or rewards individuals or groups that foster collaboration for preservation goals. Recipients of the George Cunha and Susan Swartzburg Award demonstrate vision, endorse cooperation and advocate for the preservation of published and primary source resources that capture the richness of our cultural patrimony. The award recognizes the leadership and initiative required to build collaborative networks designed to achieve specific preservation goals. Any person or group is eligible for this award; membership in ALA is not required. The Cunha/Swartzburg Award is sponsored by Hollinger Metal Edge and includes a $1,250 grant and citation.  

Send nominations, including the name of the person or group being nominated; address, phone number and email address of nominee and nominating party; a formal statement of nomination, with rationale for the nomination; resume, vita or extensive narrative career outline upon which the award jury can base its determination; and letters of support and endorsement, to Winston Atkins, chair, Cunha/Swartzburg Jury.

Visit the Cunha Swartzburg page for more information.

  • Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant
    The Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant was established to honor Jan Merrill-Oldham, distinguished leader, author and mentor in the field of library and archives preservation. The grant provides the recipient the opportunity to attend the American Library Association Annual Conference in order to contribute to his/her professional development.

The recipient will attend meetings and programs, and will be required to submit a short essay on their conference experience to the ALCTS News. The grant consists of a $1,250 cash grant donated by the Library Binding Council, BMI and a citation to be presented at the ALCTS Awards ceremony. The grant is applicable toward airfare, lodging and registration fees related to ALA Annual Conference attendance.  

Send nominations or applications, including the following name, address, phone number and email address of the nominee and nominating party or applicant; letter of application or nomination; two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues who know the candidate and his/her work; resume or curriculum vitae; short essay (up to 500 words) on the following theme: “How would receiving the Jan Merrill-Oldham Professional Development Grant further your professional development goals?,” to Beth Doyle, chair, grant jury.

Visit the Jan Merrill-Oldham Grant page for more information.

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association. An international member-driven association, ALCTS engages the library community on issues and policies that affect the acquisition, management, discovery and preservation of library collections. 

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(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) and the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) invite academic library professionals to attend a free learning series that teaches several dialogue facilitation approaches and helps librarians position themselves to foster conversation and lead change on their campuses and beyond.

Through Libraries Transforming Communities: Models for Change , a two-year ALA initiative in collaboration with NCDD, academic library professionals can participate in three online learning sessions and one in-person workshop, all free of charge, between September of 2017 and February of 2018. Attendees of this professional development training will learn to convene critical conversations with people with differing viewpoints; connect more meaningfully with library users and better meet their needs; and translate conversation into action.

Registration is currently open for three online sessions.

Each session will be recorded and archived for free on-demand viewing on ALA’s Programming Librarian website. Individuals who view all three webinars, live or recorded, will be invited to attend the free, one-day pre-conference workshop at the 2018 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver (February 9-13, 2018). Details about the pre-conference will be available in fall 2017 and will be shared during the webinars.

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