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(via Margaret Ellingson, Emory University)

For the past few months, the ALA RUSA STARS Codes, Guidelines and Technical Standards Committee has been engaged in the required seven-year review of the Guidelines for Resource-Sharing Response to Natural and Man-made Disasters.  We are now seeking input from the resource sharing community on the proposed guideline revision.

We welcome your input from now through 8:00 PM CST on Tuesday, May 23 .

  • The current guidelines are available at the link above.
  • The draft of the revised guidelines is available here.
  • The survey in which to record your comments is available here.

Note that the proposed revisions are not substantive in nature, but, rather, have the following impact.

  • changing the name to Guidelines for Resource-Sharing Disaster Preparation and Response
  • emphasizing that the guidelines address both preparation for and response to disasters
  • adding a definition for Responding Libraries
  • reordering some sections to more logically proceed from preparation to response.
  • generally improving clarity and consistency of language

Again, please review the existing and revised guidelines and use the survey to communicate your comments and/or questions to the STARS Codes, Guidelines & Technical Standards Committee (see above link for contact information) by 8:00 PM CST on Tuesday, May 23.

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Feedback Wanted on Potential RAILS Overlay Software

(via Margaret Chambers, CARLI, on behalf of Jane Plass, RAILS)

The Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS) potential overlay project aims to provide library users with seamless access to the online catalogs of consortia and standalone libraries that choose to participate. RAILS is calling it an overlay to emphasize that it will supplement, not replace, existing online catalogs. Primary goals are seamless discovery and delivery for patrons and better interlibrary loan service, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for libraries.

The RAILS Overlay Software Search Working Group has reviewed the vendor responses to their request for proposals and has invited all three vendors to software demonstrations in May. All interested library staff are invited to attend the demos and to provide feedback that will help shape their software choice.

Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, May 18SHAREit from Auto-Graphics

Friday, May 19Relais D2D from OCLC

Monday, May 22Innovative Resource Sharing from Innovative Interfaces

Each full-day demo will begin at 9:30 AM with the in-person session at RAILS Burr Ridge. Remote viewing will be available through RAILS Live, and the sessions will be recorded for later viewing. The morning sessions will concentrate on overviews and basic functionality of the software, while the afternoon sessions will cover more specialized topics such as reporting and system administration. Attendees will be asked to complete a feedback form to provide input on whatever sessions they are able to attend.

Visit the links above for each demo for more information and to register. Those unable to attend the live session either in Burr Ridge or via RAILS Live should register for RAILS Live to receive a link to the recording when available.

After the Demos

The Overlay Software Search Working Group will review feedback from the demos and continue with its evaluation process. The group expects to make a software recommendation to the RAILS Consortia Committee at its meeting on July 17, after which the recommendation will go to the RAILS Board.

Following contract negotiations with the chosen vendor, RAILS will begin a pilot overlay project with up to 25 libraries. In 2016, CARLI (I-Share), PrairieCat, and Rock River Library Consortium agreed to participate in the overlay pilot project by having representatives serve on the RAILS Overlay Software Search Working Group. Participants in the pilot project will be selected from interested libraries in these consortia, with any CARLI libraries joining the pilot in a second phase. After a successful pilot, the project will be expanded so that any interested RAILS member library can participate.

To read this announcement online, visit the RAILS website.

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(via Carolyn Radcliff, Chapman University)

The Information Literacy Best Practices Committee of the ACRL Instruction Section has been charged with revising the current Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline. The subcommittee has completed the task of revising this document, and are now ready to receive feedback on this revision. Major changes in the revision include updates reflecting the move from the Information Literacy Standards to the new Framework for Information Literacy. Also, an effort was made to streamline the document and to focus on its potential purposes and uses.

The Task Force invites feedback on the draft by Friday, April 28. Click here to access a brief survey. With your feedback, the Committee hopes to make the document a truly useful tool for librarians, instruction coordinators, administrators, library school students, and others. The task force will compile the feedback and submit recommendations for revision to the ACRL/IS Executive Committee.

If you have any questions throughout this process, please feel free to contact Claudia Peterson, at cpeterson3@carleton.edu.

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(via Miranda Shake, HSLI President)

In our conference-planning discussions, we have come up with some questions and would like your input. Please fill out a brief survey to help us plan for your needs, particularly as they relate to continuing-education offerings. You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking this link. If the link does not work, try copying a different link into your Web browser.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please send them to Frances Drone-Silvers (CE Committee), at frances.drone-silvers@carle.com, or call (217) 383-4513. We would appreciate as many responses as possible by Wednesday, April 5.

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(via Tina Koleva, Illinois Library Association)

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices? 

The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development.

The data and information received will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.

The survey can be found here. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 24.

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(via Mary Beth Reidner, Chair of the Alzheimer’s and Related Interest Group)

In 2015, the Alzheimer’s and Related Interest Group (IGARD) of the ASCLA division of ALA conducted its first National Survey of Current Practices (Excel spreadsheet). 

Since that time, many more libraries across the country have begun offering programs and services directly to persons living with dementia in their communities.  IGARD would like to update its previous survey in order to get an up-to-date picture of what libraries are doing in this important area of service.

If you are one of these innovative libraries, please self-identify by completing this brief survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-library-dementia-survey.  If you responded to the earlier survey, we would appreciate an updated response.  Results of this updated survey will be accumulated and posted on the IGARD Web page before the Annual Conference in June.

If your library has not yet begun offering services to this growing segment of your community or is at the beginning stages, please note that IGARD is also hosting a Preconference before the Annual Conference entitled “Becoming a Dementia Friendly Library: Serving People Living with Dementia in Your Community”.  We are bringing in experts from the field of dementia care to provide background information and will be presenting several case studies of successful programs for this too often forgotten population. The preconference has been listed in the Conference Scheduler.

Thank you in advance for your assistance with the survey and for your good work improving the quality of life for those living with dementia.

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(via Tina Koleva, Illinois Library Association)

Would you like to contribute to the discussion about intellectual freedom practices? 

The Illinois Library Association Intellectual Freedom committee has prepared a survey and welcomes input from people at all levels and from different types of libraries, who have any responsibility for collection development.

The data and information received will be helpful to identify areas in which ILA and other professional organizations can support members, especially in times of intellectual freedom challenges.

The survey can be found here. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday, March 24.

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(via Amanda Musacchio, Reaching Across Illinois Library System)

Thank you to those who have completed the certification process! To those who have not, please be sure to do so by Friday, March 31. The certification process is quick and easy, and I am happy to help if you have any questions.

All RAILS Libraries Must Complete ILL Traffic Survey and Online Library Certification 

All RAILS libraries must complete the annual online certification form on the Illinois State Library’s certification website, to confirm that they are meeting system membership requirements. Before completing the form, all libraries are required to complete the annual Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Traffic Survey that covers July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016.

Every RAILS library must complete the ILL survey and certification form by Friday, March 31, to remain eligible for system services such as delivery, continuing education, grant projects, and other programs. Click here for more information.. If you have any questions, contact the RAILS Certification Team, at certification@railslibraries.info or (630) 734-5160.

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Call for Participation–Women of Color in LIS

(via Gwen Gregory, IACRL Past President)

Alyse Minter (Librarian at Towson University) and Genevia Chamblee-Smith (Library Associate at Towson University) are conducting a research project on the experiences of women of color in the library and information science field. Participation is voluntary and may take the form of a survey, an interview, or both. The purpose of this study is to inform research for a forthcoming book chapter, though findings may also be shared in scholarly articles or presentations.

The survey is anticipated to take approximately 15 minutes, while the interview is estimated to take about 30-45 minutes. If you choose to participate in the study, your participation will be anonymous.

While there are a growing number of articles addressing diversity and inclusion in LIS, few of these center on the experiences of women of color, much less from a celebratory perspective. In recognizing the presence and accomplishments of women of color in the field, we seek to counter the silencing of marginalized voices and bring visibility to issues of representation and the impact of considering intersectional identities. Using excerpts of survey responses and interviews from female LIS paraprofessionals and professionals of color, we seek to investigate the relationship between personal cultures of identity and professional cultures of identity. This includes issues such as race and gender, code switching, climbing the ranks, transitions between spaces and environments, and the meaning of language in different contexts.

Looking at a variety of positions within the LIS field, to include graduate students, support staff, librarians, administrators, and faculty, we will examine the experiences of women of color across the spectrum of library environments: public, special, and academic libraries, as well as archives and special collections and LIS degree programs. Study participants should identify as a person of color, identify as female or woman, and be currently employed as part-time or full-time employees of a library, archives, or information center; in the role of an information professional at a non-library institution; or be employed as faculty in an LIS degree program.

We greatly appreciate your participation. For additional information or questions, you may contact Alyse Minter at aminter@towson.edu or (410) 704-5169, or Genevia Chamblee-Smith at gchambleesmith@towson.edu or (410) 375-2146.  Please go here for access to the survey, and sign up here for interview slots.

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(via Christina Riehman-Murphy, Pennsylvania State University Libraries)

We are conducting a study on the presence and use of prayer spaces in academic libraries. If you are currently employed, or are a student, at a college or university in the United States, please consider responding to our survey. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete, and it will not collect any identifiable information. Access the survey through this anonymous link.

Initial survey results will be available at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, with future wide dissemination planned.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact the investigators, Emily Mross (at ELM43@psu.edu or (717) 948-6130) and Christina Riehman-Murphy (at CER20@psu.edu or (215) 881-7911).

Thank you for your time.

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