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(via Holly Robinson, American Library Association)

ALA President Patty Wong and ALA President-Elect Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada are pleased to announce a call for volunteers for the newly formed ALA Code of Conduct Committee and expanded Policy Monitoring Committee and Council Orientation Committee, as by ALA Council at the 2021 Annual Conference. All interested volunteers should submit an interest form no later than Saturday, July 31.

Committee terms will begin immediately for both one and two-year terms.

The new Code of Conduct Committee Membership will consist of seven (7) members, including Co-Chairs appointed annually.

ALA is currently seeking all 7 members (including Co-Chairs) for the initial term.

The new Code of Conduct Committee’s charge is to administer and apply the ALA Online Code of Conduct. This committee will provide transparent, consistent, and context-sensitive accountability to ensure mutual respect and community safety.

The Council Orientation Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 4 new members.

The Council Orientation Committee’s charge is to develop and carry out a mentoring and orientation program for new and continuing councilors and schedule and organize Council Forums to be held in conjunction with Council Sessions, and to select and arrange training for Council Forum Facilitators.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s membership will expand to 10 members, including Chair.

ALA is currently seeking 8 new members.

The Policy Monitoring Committee’s charge is to monitor the accurate documentation and codification of ALA policy, as determined by formal action of council; to prepare additions or changes in the ALA policy manual following each Annual Conference and Midwinter Meeting as may be required by motions and resolutions adopted by council; and to review and advise on all unit organization policies to ensure that they are in compliance with council approved association-wide policies.

For more information on each committee’s composition and responsibilities, go here. Please reach out to Holly Robison, Governance Associate, at hrobison@ala.org with any questions.

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(via Stephanie Church, Case Western Reserve University)

All are welcome to join the virtual Collection Evaluation & Assessment IG Session, where several of our colleagues will share their expertise. The session is on Monday, July 26, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT, and is free to attend. Each presentation will be approximately 7-10 minutes in length followed by a few minutes for questions. Detailed descriptions of the presentations are below.

To register, please go here.

“Using E-Resource Troubleshooting Data in Collection Evaluation & Assessment” – Elyssa M. Gould (Head of Acquisitions & Continuing Resources at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

This presentation will share how the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Libraries incorporates electronic resource troubleshooting data into collection evaluation and assessment discussions. On July 1, 2017, the Acquisitions & Continuing Resources department began collecting standardized data about the e-resource troubleshooting tickets handled by their staff. The department has nearly four fiscal years of data describing over 3100 tickets. This data is currently shared internally with the Assessment Programs & Collection Strategy department, who makes the majority of purchase and renewal decisions, as well as the Collections Committee, who makes large purchase decisions. The data provides essential platform performance, usability, and interoperability information as related to UTK patrons, and is also used in price negotiations when performance is below standard levels.

“Predicting Paper Conditions with Machine Learning” – Aric Haas

Item-level collection surveys may require a number of resources that institutions may be unable to afford for regular assessment. In an effort to reduce some of the costs associated with collection assessment, I’ll be exploring the applicability of machine learning for predicting paper conditions.

“The Process for Developing Ethical Considerations for Assessment of Use and Reuse of Digital Objects” – Caroline Muglia (Associate Dean, Specialized Collections, University of Southern California) and Santi Thompson (Head of Digital Research Services & Eva Digital Research Endowed Library Professor, University of Houston)

The multi-year IMLS-funded grant, Digital Content Reuse Assessment Framework Toolkit (D-CRAFT), addresses how we measure not only use but reuse of digital library collections. Content reuse refers to how often and in what ways digital library materials are utilized and repurposed. While most metrics and assessment methodologies address the use of materials, there remains a gap approaches and standards for assessing reuse. The grant deliverables include Ethical Considerations and Guidelines for the Assessment of Use and Reuse of Digital Content (the “Guidelines”), Recommended Practices and a suite of Engagement and Education tools for digital content reuse assessment that will be shaped by and made available to the galleries, libraries, archives, museums and data repositories (GLAMR) community.

The Guidelines propose a set of core values, principles, and guidelines for the application of reuse assessment in a manner that accounts for the cares of GLAMR and stakeholder communities and the collections that they steward. This talk will focus on the development of The Guidelines document including involvement from the D-CRAFT Advisory Group and comments received through the Open Commenting period. The talk will also focus on the intended application of The Guidelines and implementation among digital library practitioners. The talk will conclude with next steps such as hiring experts to draft sections of the Guidelines that sparked community interest.

“Tips for Managing and Sharing Collections Data from Data Librarians” – Wenli Gao (Data Services Librarian – University of Houston) and Reid Boehm (Research Data Management Librarian – University of Houston)

Many academic libraries provide data management services and training for researchers, but often we forget to manage our own data. Collections data comes from multiple sources such as integrated library systems, interlibrary loan platforms, or other electronic resource management systems with different formats and functions. Bringing together content from diverse platforms for a variety of purposes creates greater complexity across data collection and handling processes. In this presentation two data librarians will share basic research data management concepts, in the context of collections-related data. These include considerations for file-naming, documentation, versioning, back-up strategy, security, and access.

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(via the American Library Association)

Lessa Kanani’opua Pelayo-Lozada, American Library Association (ALA) President-Elect, encourages members to lead together for change with her by volunteering to serve on ALA, Council, and Joint committees for the 2022-2024 term (beginning July 1, 2022). Serving on a committee provides members with leadership experience, new networking avenues, and the opportunity to impact specific association and library profession topics.

Members can volunteer via the online committee volunteer form, available here. 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 2022-2024 term, forms must be submitted no later than Thursday, September 30, 2021. Any forms received after this date will be considered for the next term (2023-2025).

New this year: a Virtual Volunteer Fair will be held in early September! The fair will be an opportunity for members to talk with various committee Chairs, Members and Staff Liaisons about the work of each committee. That date is being finalized and will be announced later this month. Please watch ALA News, AL Direct, and the Member community in ALA Connect for all updates and more information.

President-Elect Pelayo-Lozada will make committee appointments in consultation with both the Committee on Appointments (for ALA and Joint committee appointments) and the Committee on Committees (for Council committee appointments). Initial committee appointments will be approved by the ALA Executive Board in January 2022, with notifications sent to appointed individuals throughout Spring 2022.

For more information on ALA committees, please go here.

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(via the American Library Association)

The American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded the 2021 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies.

Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,300 Spectrum Scholarships. During the 2021 application cycle, the Spectrum Scholarship Program received four times as many applications as there were available scholarships, and the majority of this year’s applicants were deemed highly fundable. A prestigious committee of 28 jurors selected this year’s Spectrum Scholars based on their commitment to community building, leadership potential and planned contributions to making social justice part of everybody’s everyday work in LIS.

The 2021-2022 Spectrum Scholars studying at Illinois-based programs in library and information studies are listed below.

  • Ashley Bolger, University of Illinois
  • Sheridan Cazarez, University of Illinois
  • Bonita Dyess, University of Illinois
  • Brandi  Hart (ACRL Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Cordiah Hayes (YALSA Scholar), University of Illinois
  • Leslie Lopez Holder, Dominican University
  • Kaila Thomas, University of Illinois
  • Ide Thompson, University of Illinois
  • Celina Tirona  Dominican University
  • Cynthia Wade, University of Illinois
  • Kelly Zuniga (MPHSLC Scholar), University of Illinois

The Spectrum program funds scholarships through its endowment and the generous contributions of individuals and organizations whose donations support named scholarships in the Spectrum Family of Funds.

For more information on the program’s sponsors, along with a full list of this year’s winners, please go here.

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(via Hannah Arata, ALA)

Are you applying for the third round of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries? Join ALA Public Programs Office staff for a pre-application webinar where you’ll get an intensive look at the application, tips on how to write a comparative narrative, and the opportunity to ask questions. The webinar will take place on Wednesday, July 21, from 1:00 to 2:00 PM CDT.

LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is open to libraries in the U.S. and U.S. territories that serve small or rural communities. The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and rural communities as those more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Libraries that previously were awarded LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants are eligible to apply for additional funding to expand their previously awarded projects.

Selected libraries will develop facilitation skills through online training, talk with community members (virtually or in-person) about local needs, and undertake a project that benefits their community. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, from hotspot purchases to personal protective equipment to staff time to undertake community engagement work.

For more information, and to register, please go here.

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(via RAILS)

Nominations for this year’s I Love My Librarian Award are open through Monday, September 27. The award recognizes the service of exceptional public, school, college, community college, and university librarians who have gone above and beyond to promote access to education and improve the lives of their community members. ALA invites all library users to nominate their favorite librarians for this prestigious award.

ALA provides free promotional tools on the I Love My Librarian website.

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(via Dr. Raymond Pun, Hoover Institution)

The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA election is soliciting nominees to run on the 2022 spring ballot for the offices of ALA president-elect, treasurer, and councilor-at-large. Specifically, the Nominating Committee will select candidates to run for president-elect and treasurer and no fewer than 51 candidates for the 34 at-large council seats to be filled in the 2022 spring election.

The president-elect will serve a three-year term: as president-elect in 2022-23, as president in 2023-24, and as immediate past president in 2024-25. The treasurer and the councilors-at-large will serve a three-year term 2022-25, beginning after the 2022 ALA Annual Conference and ending at the adjournment of the 2025 Annual Conference.

The ALA president and councilors 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 pertaining to lobbying activities or service on the governing body of a 501(c)6 organization.

Members who wish to make nominations should submit the following information: nominee name; present position; institution; address; telephone; and e-mail address. Self-nominations are encouraged. All potential nominees must complete the Potential Candidate Biographical Form found here. The Nominating Committee may ask for additional information about an individual’s candidacy for a leadership position.

You will be asked to create an account to access the form. Nominations and forms must be received no later than Thursday, July 1, 2021.

Nominations may be sent to any member of the Nominating Committee for the 2022 ALA Election. Committee members are below. (The list includes UIUC’s George Gottschalk)

  • Madeline Peña, Chair / Past REFORMA President, Senior Librarian Digital Content Team, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA / mpena@lapl.org
  • Kathy Carroll, Member / AASL President, Media Specialist, Westwood High School, Columbia, SC / kacarroll@richland2.org
  • Tyler Dzuba, Member / Core Board Member, VP, Learning & Development, DeEtta Jones & Associates, Rochester, NY / tdzuba@gmail.com
  • George Gottschalk, Member / Past AILA President, Director of Acquisitions, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, IL / gotts@illinois.edu
  • Janice Greenberg, Member / Senior Librarian, Jersey City Free Public Library, Jersey City, NJ / morjan1027@gmail.com
  • Kirby McCurtis, Member / ALSC President, Interim Director of Outreach and Programming, Multnomah County Library / Portland, OR / kirbyalsc@gmail.com
  • Ray Pun, Member / APALA Vice President, Education and Outreach Manager, Hoover Institution Library & Archives, Palo Alto, CA / raypun101@gmail.com
  • Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Member / President, BCALA, Associate Director, School Support, The New York Public Library, New York, NY / shaunteeburns@nypl.org
  • Paula Singer, Member / Vice President, Segal Consulting Group, Baltimore, MD / psinger@segalco.com

The 2022 ALA elections will take place March 9-April 6, 2022.

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(via Hannah Arata, ALA)

The American Library Association invites library workers to apply for Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC): Focus on Small and Rural Libraries. Up to 100 libraries will be awarded in this round of grantmaking, part of ALA’s longtime community engagement initiative. Library workers may apply online for grant funding by Thursday, September 16here.

Library workers will complete a free ALA e-course, on basic facilitation skills; host at least one conversation with community members on a chosen topic; and receive $3,000 to support community engagement efforts. Grant funds may cover a range of expenses, including staff time and collections and technology purchases.

Libraries that previously were awarded LTC: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries grants are eligible to apply for additional funding to expand their previously awarded projects. Over 500 public, academic, school and tribal libraries representing 48 U.S. states have been awarded in the past year. View the full list here.

The opportunity is open to libraries serving small and/or rural communities in the U.S. and U.S. territories. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) defines small communities as those with a legal service area population of 25,000 or less and rural communities as those more than, or equal to, five miles from an urbanized area.

Since 2014, ALA’s community engagement initiative, Libraries Transforming Communities, has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.

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(via ALA)

Just a reminder that the Library Services for Dementia/Alzheimer’s Interest Group (LSDA – formerly IGARD) will be hosting an open discussion meeting via Zoom on Thursday, June 24, at 12:15 PM CDT. Anyone interested in this topic is welcome to join us by registering using the link below. Learn more about LSDA and what fellow libraries are doing to provide services for patrons with Dementia & Alzheimer’s and their caregiver partners.

To register, please go here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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(via Kristi Addleman Ritter, Penn State Mont Alto)

Please join members of ALA’s Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Transitions to College Committee for a one-hour discussion forum on “Planning for Fall: Sustainable Collaborations in High School to College Transitions”. We are hopeful that participants will include those with experience in developing collaborations as well as those who are hoping to start a collaboration.

Breakout room topics include the following.

  • how to initiate collaborations
  • how to assess collaborations for administrative or pedagogical purposes
  • dealing with distance
  • how to build in sustainability
  • outreach to special or public libraries for student support
  • attendee proposed topics

The discussion will be on Wednesday, June 23, starting at 2:30 PM CDT. To register, please go here. We will not be recording but will send session notes to all registrants, so you may want to register even if you can’t attend.

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