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Tracey Caldwell looks at how the professional associations are embracing upskilling, specialisation, networking and Web 2.0 to help the beleaguered librarian
“Professionals work at a higher level and need to network more. This creates a need for continuous upskilling and more specialisation. Librarians are expected to have cross-functional skills to enable them to negotiate and communicate with other professionals.”
Vote results were released yesterday; according to Library Journal more than 95% of members voted yes on the merger. The regional library cooperatives SOLINET and PALINET, which announced plans for a merger in February 2008, will merge April 1 into a new organization: LYRASIS.
From the merger website: The proposed combination of PALINET and SOLINET creates a new, more powerful organization with a regional base and national scope to enhance value for all members. A new name has been created for the new organization – LYRASIS. The name was inspired by the constellation of Lyra , host to one of the galaxy’s brightest stars and guiding lights, and the suffix sis can designate a process, often associated with change (as in metamorphosis). Together, they position LYRASIS as your guide through the ever-changing world of information services.
The agreement creates a regional powerhouse. PALINET serves libraries in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and beyond. SOLINET (Southeastern Library Network, Inc.) serves more than 2500 members in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and the Caribbean.
Plugging this link into your feed reader will help provide you with tweets appropriately hash-tagged:
It disturbs me that the US Department of Homeland Security and the FBI return my calls/inquiries/e-mails quicker than the ALA's press office. I think I am still waiting for a reply on a question related to ALA Annual 2008.
Mr. SafeLibraries stopped by to mention a new post he wrote. A brief excerpt:
The American Library Association 's [ALA] so-called Office for Intellectual Freedom [OIF] has a new OIF blog (http://www.oif.ala.org/oif/). For a few days, the new blog contained a means for commenting just like most other blogs. I know because I used it to respond to an existing comment—to no avail, as it turned out. Days after the blog was launched, the ALA removed the comment feature from the blog and removed at least one existing comment.
With ability to leave comments excised, the "blog" is little more than an organized collection of OIF pronouncements. For example, here is the most recent blog post: Code of Ethics 70th Anniversity Celebration at Midwinter. It's dated yesterday, January 9, after the date of the promised new blog, yet it does not allow for any comments: "Responses are currently closed.... Comments are closed."
This popped up in the past couple hours on PNLA-L relative to ALA Midwinter in Denver later this month:
What Do Library Staff Want President Obama to Know: Special Membership
Town Hall Meeting
Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 PM to 4:30 PM
What library issues are most important to ALA members to share with
President Obama? The ALA Town Hall Meeting will discuss this topic on
Saturday, Jan. 24, 3 PM to 4:30 PM, in the Four Seasons Ballroom at the
Colorado Convention Center. Share your views at the Town Hall Discussion
What: Special Membership Town Hall Meeting
When: Saturday, 3 PM to 4:30 PM
Where: Four Seasons Ballroom at the Colorado Convention Center
Any Mid-Winter attendees planning on participating?
Stevens, Oliver seek 2010 - 2011 ALA presidency: Roberta Stevens and Kenton L. Oliver are candidates for the 2010-2011 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA). Stevens is currently outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and project manager for the National Book Festival.
Since 2001, Oliver, executive director of the Stark County District Library in Canton, Ohio, has overseen a library district serving an area of 256,000 residents with 11 locations. Prior to that, in a career spanning more than 30 years, he has been associate director for branch services for the Johnson County Library in Overland Park, Kan.; library director of the Olathe Public Library in Olathe, Kan.; and head of public services for the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Mo.
Stevens, Oliver seek 2011 - 2012 ALA presidency: Roberta Stevens and Kenton L. Oliver are candidates for the 2011-2012 presidency of the American Library Association (ALA).
Stevens is currently outreach projects and partnerships officer at the Library of Congress and project manager for the National Book Festival.
Oliver recently completed his fourth year chairing the ALA’s Intellectual Freedom Committee. An elected member of the Freedom to Read Foundation board, he is a former Kansas Chapter Councilor to the ALA council as well as a past member of the ALA Executive Board.
(Ottawa, September 12, 2008) The Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly Moore to the position of Executive Director.
Kelly, a Canadian librarian, comes to the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques from her position as Membership Manager for the International Federation of Library Associations in The Hague.
For the past eighteen months, Kelly has been seconded to Library and Archives Canada as a Special Projects Officer.
Kelly will come to the Canadian Library Association/ Association canadienne des bibliothèques on Monday, October 6th and will take part in CLA’s Human Resource Summit to be held in Ottawa on October 6 – 7th.
Kelly was selected after a summer-long search. She will replace Don Butcher who leaves the Canadian Library Association/Association canadienne des bibliothèques at the end of September.
Brian Kenney: "librarians are the most vocal advocates for open access to journal content—except, apparently, when it’s their own publications. I suspect this is because of ALA’s outdated, carrot-on-the-end-of-the-stick, publishing model: keep the publications locked away as the supreme benefit of membership. "
Finally, there is common sense. If you want your content to be used, then readers need to be able to discover it through a search engine and read it in a click. Or find it in their feed aggregator. We need to be able to forward it, post our disagreements with it, blog about it, and have it pushed to us on Facebook. It must, in short, be integrated into our professional lives. Or else it becomes irrelevant, no matter how good it might be.