ALA rhymes with “Pay”

In the latest issue of Library Journal, there was an article by John Berry that caught my attention called “ALA MidWinter Preview 2010: The Price to Participate”.

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Mark Your Calendars or should we say Bookmark Them

February 2010 might seem like a long way off...

...but if you're a bookmark collector, you won't want to miss the First International Virtual Bookmark Convention. Here's the link. More to come as we get closer to the date.


"Revved up for Reference" Conference in Ithaca, New York - September 24th and 25th

The conference page for "Revved up for Reference" has been updated. Go to to find speaker biographies and a schedule of events.

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ALA announces approval of Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC)

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.

Drill Cart Competition at ALA

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.

Check out the the video and story from NPR'S 'All Things Considered'.

ALA Attendees Doing Some Private Conferencing?

OK you naughty'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:

Virtual Reference Conference in Ithaca, New York - Sept. 24th & 25th

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
Ithaca, NY
September 24th & 25th, 2009

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Text-A-Librarian at ALA

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.


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