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(via Laine Thielstrom, Colby College)

Have you heard about the President’s/Chair’s programs that are happening at ALA Annual this year? As part of this series, each round table and division can sponsor a one-hour program on a topic of interest to members. The ALA Video Round Table Program Committee (VRT) needs your good ideas and input! We are seeking proposals, ideas and suggestions on just about anything related to video and libraries.

One program will be selected by the VRT Program Committee and the VRT Executive Board for inclusion in the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 21-26, 2018). ALA is especially looking for program ideas that encourage collaboration and support diversity and submissions from all types of libraries (public, school, academic, special) are welcome. Past programs have included topics such as copyright, streaming media (both public and university models), ADA compliancy in media, working with community partners to raise awareness, effective PR in promoting film series or film events. Check out some of past VRT presentations for more ideas here.

The deadline for submissions is ­­­Friday, November 10. Please submit proposals via this online form. Send questions to the Chair of the VRT Program Committee, Erin DeWitt Miller, at erin.miller@unt.edu.

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(via Andrea Duda, University of California–Santa Barbara)

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship (http://www.istl.org/) publishes refereed and board approved articles, columns, and webliographies of interest to the sci-tech librarian community in a platinum open access format; there are no page charges and no subscription fees.  In order to provide readers with free access to our content, we rely on an active and dedicated editorial board.

If you’ve always wanted to support sustainable, open-access scholarly literature, here is your chance!  We seek two new members for our board, beginning February 2018, to serve as assistant editors for refereed articles.

Once manuscripts have been peer reviewed, the assistant editor collaborates with the Refereed Articles Editor and works with authors to develop finished articles that are clear and engaging.  The editors ensure that the authors address suggestions made by reviewers and implement ISTL style and formatting conventions.

Appointments to the board are three years in length and renewable.  Membership in STS is required. Applications should include a cover letter, vita, and publications bibliography.  Research and writing samples are welcomed.

Submit applications by e-mail with appropriate attachments to Andrea L. Duda, ISTL Editor, at duda@library.ucsb.edu. Review of applications will begin November 6, 2017.  Applicants will be informed of the results of their candidacies after the ALA Midwinter Meeting, February 2018. Please contact Andrea Duda for more information.

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(via Suzanne Odom, Florida Institute of Technology)

Nominations are being sought for the Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services.  Please consider nominating your library or another library.

Established in 1990, the  Award for Excellence in Reference and Adult Library Services is a citation and $1,500 monetary award presented to a library or library system for developing an imaginative and unique resource to meet patrons’ reference needs. The resource can be a bibliography, a guide to the literature of a specific subject, a directory, a database, or any other project that has helped the library meet adult or children’s reference needs. Tools, guides or databases that have been developed for reader’s advisory or adult service questions and needs are also eligible for the award.  This award is sponsored by Reference USA.

To submit a nomination, download and complete the form and follow the submission instructions therein.
https://www.rusaupdate.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2018_Achievement-Award_Nomination-Form_Template-Fillable_2.pdf.
Forms may be emailed to the committee chairperson, Suzanne Odom at sodom@fit.edu.

*Monetary award amounts are subject to change without notice and are contingent upon donor funding supplied at the time the award is presented.

Nominations are being accepted through Friday, January 5, 2018.

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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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