Schedule for ALA 2016

ALA is getting close! In just a few short weeks, I’ll be at Orlando enjoying the Wizarding World of Harry Potter the company of thousands of fellow librarians. (Well, maybe a little bit of both!) ALA Editions is graciously hosting an event for my book, and I’ll also be co-presenting a couple of career workshops and giving a poster on assessment. Here’s where and when you can find me!

Career Development Workshop
Preparing for Today’s Job Market I: The Job Search
Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30am
ALA JobLIST Career Center

The number one goal for many of us is finding a job. And not just any job — a job that we like, a job that we can grow in and learn from and feel proud of, a job that will enhance our skill sets and propel our careers.  This hands-on workshop will help you feel more confident in your job search by giving you the tools to organize a search, analyze job listings, and write effective, compelling cover letters and resumes. We will also discuss the importance of creating, and maintaining, a professional online presence and look at examples of online portfolios and profiles.

Author Event for Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:15pm
ALA Store (near shuttle bus entrance)

Come visit with me to chat about providing research support for your faculty and students! The ALA Store will also have copies of the book for purchase. 

Career Development Workshop:
Preparing for Today’s Job Market II: The Interview

Sunday, 1:30 – 2:30pm
ALA JobLIST Career Center

Congratulations, you got an interview… now what?! During this workshop we’ll look at what to expect when interviewing at different types of libraries: academic, special, and public.We’ll discuss both remote and in-person interviews, and talk about the importance of doing your research, preparing questions for your interviewers, and showing confidence and personality during your interview. Throughout, we’ll emphasize how to go beyond the qualifications listed on your resume in order to show a potential employer that you are the right candidate for the job.

Poster: Utilizing a Tool to Build a Culture of Assessment: The Data Framework
Sunday, 2:30 – 4:30
Exhibits Hall, Posters 2 (Infrastructure)

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries first developed a Data Framework over a decade ago to track what library data was collected and reported. Since data use has grown exponentially, a major revision and reconfiguration was necessary. The revised Data Framework is a Tableau-based tracking tool and a data management map. This poster will be valuable for librarians desiring better data control throughout their organization and increasing staff interest in data collection and use.

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Shameless Book Plug

In March 2016, my book Dynamic Research Support for Academic Libraries was released in the UK by Facet Publishing, and will also be available in the US from the ALA Store and through Amazon.com. It’s a contributed volume full of accounts from amazing librarians about how they support faculty and student research at academic libraries across the globe!

What does “research support” mean? It’s any method by which a librarian (or a related information maven) supports how faculty and students contribute to knowledge in their discipline. This includes some services traditionally in the library wheelhouse (reference or research consultations), but is rapidly expanding to include support for GIS projects, better metadata, and more. For more about this topic, see the video below.

Who should read this book?

  • Librarians, administrators, and other library staff interested in re-thinking their approach to research support.
  • Librarians looking for an international approach to this topic.
  • Library school students interested in emerging forms of academic librarianship.

For more about the book’s content and structure, see the following video.

If you enjoy the video’s spiffy “research lifecycle” graphic, you can also download it as a PDF to print and enjoy as a nerdy decoration for your office, or proudly affix to the front of your home refrigerator.

>To Take, Or Not To Take?

>That’s my dilemma at each conference. Do you take the entire bulky program book with you each day, in case you find yourself needing to change a session–or do you go by the pocket planner, which has titles, times, and locations, but no helpful blurb to enable your decision?

I generally just take the pocket planner. I highlight the main session I think I’d like to attend for each time slot, and then circle 2 – 3 “backup” programs of interest for each time. However, I’m running into the problem this time that my backup programs are often located so far from the original program, that if I change my mind right before a session starts, I’m out of luck. Or I simply can’t re-examine the blurb to determine if it would be worth hiking two blocks or getting to the session ten minutes late.

Actually, the personalized schedule you can print out from ALA is pretty compact–mine, including the 2 – 3 alternate sessions for each time, was less than two pages. Since it’s already small, it might be nice if we could choose to print the session blurbs in the same document.

Another option would be to include a map of the entire area–the conference campus–and highlight all housing and all conference meeting/program locations. I looked and looked for this info in the conference guide, but didn’t see it. (Let me know if it was actually there–I may have just been blind.) Since I tend to stay in non-ALA sponsored hotels and walk a lot to/from conference, an area map is helpful–and it lets me know ahead of time when conference sessions are too far away from other locations for them to be feasible in my schedule.

All right, well I just enjoyed a video chat with my husband, and got a bit of work done using the convention center’s wifi, so I’m off to find some lunch and an ATM. Then I’ll probably work some more until my next session–I have state library association business that I really need to take care of before I’m back Monday evening.

>Saturday

>No creative title tonight… I’m just too darned tired to think more.

I went to four programs today, and they were all really interesting, but the best was definitely the LITA session on Information Technology and Information Rights of the Individual, with four scifi/fantasy writers. The highlight was that Cory Doctorow spoke (allow me a fangirlish “squee!” here), but each of the authors were fantastic: Eric Flint, Vernor Vinge, and Brandon Sanderson. In addition, Tor Books generously handed out bags with catalogs and a book by each author to the first 150 people (there were easily 400 in the room). I got there 45 minutes early, and thus got one of the prized bags and a seat on the second row. Plus, the authors generously stayed after the program to autograph everyone’s copy. I scored waaay better at that one session than the time I spent in the Exhibits Hall today!

But the best part was simply hearing them all speak on the topic. I took notes, so I’ll be posting them a little later, along with my notes on the other sessions of the day.

I don’t think I’ll be posting more photos until I get home, though–I simply don’t have time to keep up with my content at the moment.

Suffice to say–if you get a chance to hear any of those four authors speak, go!

>Happy Hour

>Met quite a few other librarians today, wandered through Downtown Disney, caught up with my husband, who is now back in the States, got a bit of work done, and met up with the GODORT crew. I stayed to chat quite a bit longer than I had planned, caught up in a conversation about (what else?) shared regionals. It was particularly nice to be able to chat for quite awhile with Jesse and Ellen.

The venue this year was, I thought, quite a bit better than ’07 in DC. It was still a bar in a Marriott, but this one was much roomier, and there was a lot of seating, which made it easier to navigate, as well as hold actual conversations.

I had briefly considered going to the Gaming event after the Happy Hour, but I ended up staying later than expected. I’ve also got to look over my schedule for tomorrow one last time, so here I am, back at the laptop.