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Dear colleagues,

At ALA Annual 2019 in Washington, D.C., the Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) will host a preconference exploring how libraries of all types can best serve adult learners. We are seeking volunteer panelists for this program. Three sessions will explore different aspects of libraries’ service to this community. If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract (of no more than 150 words) indicating in which session you would be interested in participating and explaining what you would plan to present. Please also include the name of the library location where you work. Please submit your abstract by January 25th, 2019 via email to the respective committee member indicated below.

Session #1: Secret Lives of Online Learners. Panel of 2 librarians who support online/distance learners, as well as 2 actual adult learners enrolled in online courses. Please submit abstract to Mark Robison (mark.robison@nd.edu).

Session #2: Designing Instruction That’s Right for Adults. Panel of 3 librarians and/or instructional designers who can speak to specific lesson plans and activities that they have used with adult learners. Will also include a workshop component, where participants can get feedback on real lesson plans or instruction ideas. Please submit abstract to Ted Intarabumrung (tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu).
Session #3: TREMENDOUS! 3 Big Ideas for Marketing Library Services to Adults. Panel of 3 librarians (outreach librarians; subject liaisons; etc.) who can talk about engaging adult patrons with successful programming or about marketing strategies. Please submit abstract to Bridget Farrell (Bridget.Farrell@du.edu)

Abstracts will be reviewed by the LIRT Adult Learners Committee.  Finalists will be notified by February 15th, 2019.

Further details about the preconference are provided below.
Supporting Lifelong Learning: How Your Library Can Better Serve Adult Learners (LIRT Preconference)
Fri, June 21, 2019 – 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Libraries of all types are seeing increased usage from adult learners.  As these numbers continue to rise, cultivating effective information literacy practices in these learners is becoming increasingly critical.  In this preconference, you will learn how libraries can best support adult learners.
Over the course of this half-day workshop participants will learn:
  • First-hand perspectives of adult learners in digital learning environments as well as strategies librarians can employ to develop these learners’ research skills
  • Methods for designing lesson plans and learning activities for adult learners
  • Tactics for engaging adult patrons through successful programming and marketing strategies.

This preconference will be of interest to librarians in both public and academic libraries as well as librarians working in any setting with adult learners. The preconference will include speakers from a variety of library settings, sharing their perspective on supporting adult learners. Refreshments will be provided.

This preconference is presented by the LIRT Adult Learners Committee.

Panelists on Accessibility and UDL for ALA Annual in Washington DC

Are you a librarian with experience with accessibility, creation of online learning objects, and applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL)? Then we want to hear from you! The ACRL Distance Learning Section (DLS) has teamed up with the ACRL Instruction Section (IS) and are looking for panelists with accessibility, online library materials, and UDL experience to participate in our panel at 2019 ALA Annual in Washington D.C., entitled Accessibility and Creation of Online Library Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

If you have questions, please email Mike Courtney (micourtn@indiana.edu) or Samantha (Sam) Harlow (slharlow@uncg.edu), DLS Conference Program Planning Committee co-chairs

If you are interested, please fill out this submission form.

Applications due Friday, December 21st at 5pm, selected panelists will be notified in early January 2019.

Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library

Members of LITA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee are seeking to fill its ALA panel slot “Diversity, Equity, and Justice Talks: In and Beyond the Library” with presentations from three panelists interested in approaching the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Justice from their own personal and/or institutional perspective. As libraries, archives, and cultural heritage institutions attempt to embed diversity and equity into the core of their institutional practices, it can be helpful to provide ample platforms for discovering, engaging with, and highlighting powerful narratives that reflect the work we must do in order to continue pushing against institutional oppression–or to highlight where we are not pushing hard
enough.

They invite potential panelists to submit brief proposals around any topic that relates to diversity and equity work at large: employing anti-racist praxis in libraries/your library work, navigating microagressions, allyship, cultural competency–to name a few. However, any and all topics are welcome, and do not need to speak directly speak to technology in any way.

The deadline to submit is December 9.

You can find the online form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf8GoZ4GBvd_–xCOBQ907Y4JCH0fGJKz8KzrDI57SAd55inw/viewform

If you have any questions, please reach out to the committee Chair, Jennifer Brown (jebrown@barnard.edu) or Vice Chair, Jharina Pascual (jharinapascual@hotmail.com).

ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group

The ALCTS CaMMS Catalog Management Interest Group seeks speakers to present at its meeting at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA, January 26, 2019, 1:00-2:30 pm in the Madison Ballroom of the Renaissance Seattle Hotel.

The Catalog Management Interest Group discusses the various issues involved in
cataloging, classification, authority control, and metadata application after
the initial cataloging has been performed, including its impact on discovery.
It provides a forum for exchanging information and discussing techniques, new
developments, and problems with managing the data integrity of library
catalogs and related discovery tools.

Presentation topics might include, but are certainly not limited to:

*       Digitizing special collections
— in-house digitized materials into vendors e-book platforms or
broader
— providing or improving access to digitized collections
*       Processes of updating existing records to reflect digital versions
*       Transforming existing records for use in a digital repository type of
environment
*       Customizing collections to enhance customer experience
*       ILS audit and assessment
*       Tricks for managing data
*       Training tips and tools
*       Library data curation/analysis
*       Power of library data and linked data success stories

Please email proposals by November 26, 2018, to the Co-Chairs, Vesselina
Stoytcheva at Vesselina.Stoytcheva@occ.treas.gov and Jeanette Sewell at
jeanette.sewell@rice.edu. In your proposal, please include the following:

*       Presentation title
*       Abstract: 150-300 words
*       Amount of time needed to make the presentation
*       Name(s) and position(s) of presenter(s)
*       Email address(es) of presenter(s)

We look forward to hearing from you!

Jeanette Sewell, Co-Chair
Vesselina Stoytcheva, Co-Chair
Dan Tam Do, Vice Co-Chair
Marina Morgan, Vice Co-Chair

2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition Poster Sessions

The 2019 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition poster session committee invites everyone to share their best ideas and work with the library community by presenting a poster session  at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Submissions are invited from all types of libraries and on any topic relevant to librarianship and may include a description of an innovative library program; an analysis of a  solution to a problem; a report of a research study; or any other presentation that would benefit the larger library community. Poster session participants populate boards with pictures, data, graphs, diagrams, narrative text, and more, and informally discuss their presentations with conference attendees during assigned 1 ½-hour time periods. For information on 2019 posters and the submission process, please visit this page.

The deadline for submitting an application is Friday, February 8, 2019. Applicants will be notified in late March after a double-blind peer review process, if their submission has been accepted for presentation at the conference. Start your application process now at https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=EFRAOCJH. You must login to the site using your ALA username and password, or you can create a username and password for the site before you submit your application.

Please direct any questions about poster session presentations and submissions to Alee Navarro, the Annual Conference poster session staff liaison, anavarro@ala.org.

Best,

Valerie Bonilla
Co-Chair, ALA Poster Session

ALA ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group

The ALCTS CaMMS Cataloging & Classification Research Interest Group seeks speakers to present at the ALA Midwinter Conference to be held in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Full presentations that are accepted are asked to be about 15 minutes long and the accepted light presentations 5-10 minutes long. Audience questions and discussion after the presentations are encouraged. Below are the details:

Theme: Research on Cataloging and Classification and Its Applications within and beyond the Library

Topics include (but not limited to):

o   Classification, categorization and clustering in facilitating resource organization, description and retrieval;

o   Classification schemes, adapting or developing classification systems for describing and classifying digital documents in the library and the web;

o   Application of bibliographic classification principles in working with digital collections and metadata in institutional and digital repositories;

o   Ethical issues in subject analysis and biases in classification schemes, thesauri and other knowledge organization systems;

o   Thesauri in modern information retrieval and automatic text classification;

o   Collaboration with graduate students, faculty and researchers in digital humanities, science and other fields on data curation related projects on campus and beyond;

o   Transforming library bibliographic data from MARC to BIBFRAME, RDA and the Library Reference Model;

o   Communications between technical services, digital initiatives and public services;

o   Semantic web and LOD technologies in working with library data, and cataloger’s responsibilities in the linked data environment.

Please email proposals to the Co-Chairs by Wednesday, October 31, 2018. In your proposal, please include the following:

· Presentation title

· Abstract: 150-300 words

· Amount of time needed to make the presentation

· Names and positions of presenter(s)

· Email address(es) of presenter(s)

We look forward to hearing from you!

CCRIG Co-Chairs, 2018-2019

Sai Deng  sai.deng@ucf.edu

Becky Skeen  becky.skeen@usu.edu

CCRIG Co-Vice Chairs, 2018-2019

Amy B. Bailey  abbailey@indiana.edu

Jianying Shou  jianying.shou@duke.edu

LLAMA Webinars

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is now accepting proposals for its hugely popular webinar series.

All interested presenters or program organizers are encouraged to submit proposals. You do not need to be a LLAMA member to submit a webinar proposal.

LLAMA webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including:

– Management and leadership

– Buildings and equipment

– Human resources

– Public relations and marketing

– Assessment

– Issues for new professionals

– Organization and management

– Technology

 

Proposals should address one of the areas above, or focus on one of LLAMA’s foundational leadership competencies, including:

 

– Communication skills

– Change management

– Team building (personnel)

– Collaboration and partnerships

– Emotional intelligence

– Problem solving

– Evidence-based decision making

– Conflict resolution (personnel)

– Budget creation and presentation

– Forward thinking

– Critical thinking

– Ethics

– Project management

– Marketing and advocacy

Proposal forms can be found at: http://www.ala.org/llama/llama-webinar-proposal-form-0

Completed forms are due September 21, 2018.

You can review LLAMA’s upcoming and past webinar offerings by visiting the LLAMA Webinars page:http://www.ala.org/llama/llama-webinars

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Fred Reuland at freuland@ala.org.

 

 

ALA Annual 2019 juried submissions

ALA Annual

Washington, DC

June 20-25, 2019

The submission site for juried programs at ALA Annual 2019 is now open. For information and deadlines, please refer to the release at http://www.ala.org/news/member-news/2018/06/2019-ala-annual-conference-program-proposals-are-now-open.

Direct Link to the submission site: https://www.conferenceabstracts.com/cfp2/login.asp?EventKey=SKJSWSLA

Updated Schedule:

  • Submission Site Opens: June 1, 2018
  • Submission Site Closes: August 31, 2018
  • Final Decisions: November 9, 2018
  • Schedule of Sessions Announced: December 5, 2018

 

Programs for women and girls: A special section of Women In Libraries

Does you library offer programs that are specifically designed for women and/or girls. Women In Libraries (https://ftfinfo.wikispaces.com/Women+in+Libraries) published by ALA’s Feminist Task Force is looking for information about successful programming that your library has presented that was geared specifically for, or greatly benefitted, women and girls.

These can be special story hours of affinity programs, finance for women, craft circles or Feminist Art projects, celebrations or discussions around the Women’s March, or discussion and speakers about the #MeToo movement, among other ideas. We are interested in programs from all kinds of libraries: public, school, academic and, special libraries.

Women in Libraries wants to share the news about programs that benefit or are of interest to women and girls in our issue in early February. Please send an up to one page write-up about your program: what you did, who attended, any comments from patrons, or other information that you would like others to know about. This is a good time for us to raise awareness of the things that we do in libraries to support women in a million ways. It is time to share your successful ventures so we can applaud you and others can find ideas for new initiatives. Send articles to Dr. Dolores Fidishun, Editor, Women in Libraries at dxf19@psu.edu by Feb. 1, 2018.

We hope to hear from you! 

Dolores

2018 REFERENCE RESEARCH FORUM (Due 12/22/2017)

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 New Discoveries in Reference: The 24rd Annual Reference Research Forum at the 2018 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. Researchers and practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit a proposal.

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://connect.ala.org/node/64439

The Committee employs a blind 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 New Orleans, LA.

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, December 22nd. Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 19th, 2018. The submission must not exceed the stated word count limit.

Submission Details:

Submissions will be accepted using our online form at: https://goo.gl/forms/T33DcsPRrkBE8LMZ2

 

FORM PAGE 1: Contact Information

Fill out the fields for the primary contact’s name, title, institutional affiliation, and email address.  Additional research team members should also be noted in the appropriate field.

FORM 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

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 2017-2018 committee chairs: David Ward (dh-ward@illinois.edu) and Joseph Yue (contact.jyue@gmail.com)