The conference page for "Revved up for Reference" has been updated. Go to http://www.askus247.org/revvedup.html to find speaker biographies and a schedule of events.
This conference is hosted by the Western New York Library Resources Council but is planned with all New York State librarians in mind. On September 25th we will be having a "sampler platter" of speakers on several aspects of Virtual Reference so that you can learn about what technologies are out there and how they are being used. And on the 24th we'll have a half day of events for our participants in Ask Us 24/7, New York State's cooperative virtual reference service.
The Executive Board of the American Library Association approved
the establishment of a certification program for library support staff
at its Monday, July 13, meeting in Chicago. The LSSC Program is the
first national, voluntary certification program for library support
staff. Funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the program will now enter a testing phase in five library
organizations across the United States.
Camilla Alire, ALA president, said, "This innovative certification
program demonstrates the value of all library support staff to our
national association and to our nation's libraries. LSS are critical to
the success of our libraries in meeting the needs of our users."
Candidates must demonstrate achievement of six sets of competencies. Three of the sets, Foundations of Library Service, Technology and Communications and Teamwork are required. Candidates must also demonstrate achievement of three sets chosen from seven additional competency sets. Candidates will either complete approved courses or submit portfolios that demonstrated their achievement.
Here is the document that was approved by the Executive Board.
The competition was fierce...five teams of librarians — dressed in costumes ranging from Vikings to Elvis Presley — competed for the coveted gold book cart. They marched in drill-team formation, equipped with metal book carts.
OK you naughty librarians...you've been found out.
Amanda Hess from the Washington City Paper has been following you on Twitter, and found that:
When the American Library Association’s annual conference kicked off in Chicago last Thursday, some attendees wanted the world to know that librarian get-togethers aren’t all about shushing and stacking: There’s a lot of f**ing, too.
The nearly week-long librarian meet-up, which began July 9, delivers “over 300 educational programs” to professional bibliophiles each year—including workshops like “Collection Development: Decision Making With Data” and “When Is Nice Too Nice? Strategies For Disengaging From the Talkative Patron.” Some attendees, however, haven’t been entirely satisfied with the ALA programming. So they launched a “secret” Twitter account for librarians to share more intriguing professional insights. A typical anonymous ALA tweet:
The Western New York Library Resources Council presents a conference in Ithaca for New York State Librarians...
Revved up for Reference: Virtual Reference in New York State
Holiday Inn Ithaca Downtown
225 South Cayuga Street
September 24th & 25th, 2009
More and more libraries are providing reference services virtually. This conference is a way for librarians to see the current options for providing virtual reference, such as chat, text messaging, and more. Learn what librarians in New York state and the surrounding areas are doing with VR, and get a chance to network, on September 25th.
In addition, librarians who participate in Ask Us 24/7, New York State’s cooperative chat reference service, are invited to a half-day of events on September 24th. This is your chance to discuss how the service has been working for your library and ask questions.
The conference will be held in Ithaca, New York, known for its waterfalls, gorges, and breathtaking views, especially during autumn. The hotel is within walking distance of the Ithaca Commons, where you’ll find a diverse collection of shops and restaurants. Ithaca is also home to a number of excellent wineries.
For more information, and to register, go to http://www.askus247.org/revvedup.html
From Library Journal: It's coming up soon, and those attending the American Library Association's (ALA) annual conference in Chicago in less than two weeks will have a new service to help them navigate their way around—Text a Librarian.
ALA has partnered with Mosio to maximize the conference experience by offering mobile information through a service called “Text an ALA Ambassador.” And with an estimated 25,000 librarians and information professionals expected to show up, there are bound to be lots of questions about the conference's many seminars, committee meetings, educational programs, exhibitor locations, the registration process—yes, and even fun things to do in the windy city.
Attendees to the July 9–15 conference at the McCormick Place Convention Center can text questions from their mobile phones and receive an answer from one of 250 volunteer ALA Ambassadors who will use Mosio's Text a Librarian technology to respond quickly.
Mosio’s Text a Librarian is partnering with ALA this summer in Chicago to offer Text an ALA Ambassador, which will provide mobile information services to all attendees and participants at the conference via text message. The 250 ALA Ambassador volunteers will use the Text a Librarian technology, which enables attendees to text message any question via their mobile phones regarding conference programming, schedules, locations, etc. and have Ambassadors staffing the information desks respond via a web-based interface. More information here: http://tinyurl.com/qjuf64
Alliance Library System, Learning Times, and the Infoquest project are cosponsoring a
Handheld Librarians Conference to be held online on July 30 and 31, 2009 online using
You are invited to submit a proposal for a 60 minute program on a mobile library topic
If your proposal is accepted, you will receive free registration to the two day conference.
Please send your name, institution, position, email address, phone number, address, and
the title of your presentation to: firstname.lastname@example.org by June 22. Include
a brief abstract about your program which discusses how your project started, how you
staff your project, and the impact it has had on your library and services. We will contact you
by July 1 regarding your program status.
If you have questions about the conference or the process, please contact email@example.com.
The TED [Technology, Entertainment, Design] conferences are known for "riveting talks by remarkable people"--Doris Kearns Goodwin, Elizabeth Gilbert, Michael Pollan, and Steven Pinker, to name a few--and all TED Talks are available for viewing at the TED site. But where to dive in?
Via @joycevalenza, here's a link to all TED Talks as of 03/31/09 on a spreadsheet that includes names of talkers, names of talks, short summaries of talks, and links to the videos. It enables one to quickly skim topics and choose a talk for viewing.
Lauren Pressley of Wake Forest University's Z. Smith Reynolds Library and her coworkers have come up with a great way to share TED Talks with staff: they have weekly, informal Wednesday Lunches with TED, watching a talk (each TED talk is 18 minutes max., by design) and then chatting about possible applications for the library.
Lori Reed: The good side of conferences is gettng to meet Web 2.0 friends in real life and having the chance to learn and network with like-minded people. The bad side is the pile of work waiting for you (in my case at work, home, and school).
So in that spirit this will be quick list of 10 take-aways or as trainers call them a-ha moments from CIL2009. These are her random thoughts in no particular order.