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Library Advocates

Posts tagged ala12

Jul 5
“Libraries are conveners—they bring the community together. They are fair and honest, and they don’t have agendas. Libraries are essential to our community and our livelihood.”
- Richard C. Harwood, president and founder of the nonprofit Harwood Institute for Public Innovation
Read more at District Dispatch.

“Libraries are conveners—they bring the community together. They are fair and honest, and they don’t have agendas. Libraries are essential to our community and our livelihood.”

- Richard C. Harwood, president and founder of the nonprofit Harwood Institute for Public Innovation

Read more at District Dispatch.


Jul 3
The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy hosted a face-to-face question- and-answer session with John Noran, senior manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the E-rate program.
Continue reading on District Dispatch.

The American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy hosted a face-to-face question- and-answer session with John Noran, senior manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administrative Company on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at 2012 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) administers the E-rate program.

Continue reading on District Dispatch.


Jun 25

Jun 22

Better defining digital literacy
What is digital literacy? The term has been rising in visibility since 2009 but it has been used quite differently by a variety of stakeholders including policy makers, educators, and business and technology professionals. At the American Library Association’s annual conference, I’ll be moderating a discussion about four distinct but interrelated definitions and uses of this important term. 
Photo Credit Flickr user: Brad Flickinger

Better defining digital literacy

What is digital literacy? The term has been rising in visibility since 2009 but it has been used quite differently by a variety of stakeholders including policy makers, educators, and business and technology professionals. At the American Library Association’s annual conference, I’ll be moderating a discussion about four distinct but interrelated definitions and uses of this important term. 

Photo Credit Flickr user: Brad Flickinger


Jun 19
yaytime:

Books Are My Treasure.
Originally appeared in the Shelf Awareness blog in an short story about my love of comic strip collections. *In the final comic, I pasted actual book covers into the piece. 
I’m donating the original art for the art auction at ALA Anaheim. So if you are a librarian heading to California this weekend be sure to check out all the great art being offered the cause. 

The intersection of libraries and art = win.

yaytime:

Books Are My Treasure.

Originally appeared in the Shelf Awareness blog in an short story about my love of comic strip collections. *In the final comic, I pasted actual book covers into the piece. 

I’m donating the original art for the art auction at ALA Anaheim. So if you are a librarian heading to California this weekend be sure to check out all the great art being offered the cause. 

The intersection of libraries and art = win.


sushigrade:

My friend Jacob Chabot did a poster for next week’s American Library Association conference! He’s the creator of Mighty Skullboy Army and the artist for X-Babies and Voltron Force, among many others. He’s also The Beetle (holy crap, that link is still active?!?) and one of the coolest, nicest people I’ve ever met.
He also drew a DVD cover with me on it, which NONE OF YOU WILL EVER SEE.

This is just a ton of fun.

sushigrade:

My friend Jacob Chabot did a poster for next week’s American Library Association conference! He’s the creator of Mighty Skullboy Army and the artist for X-Babies and Voltron Force, among many others. He’s also The Beetle (holy crap, that link is still active?!?) and one of the coolest, nicest people I’ve ever met.

He also drew a DVD cover with me on it, which NONE OF YOU WILL EVER SEE.

This is just a ton of fun.


Jun 14

Ebooks and libraries

sarahbethlibrarian:

Im currently sitting in a meeting with my librarys ebook lending consortium. There are way, way, too many people here to actually be effective, but I am really interested in having a good conversation about ebooks and libraries. Frankly, I’m not sure we should be in this racket right now. Do you this there will be any kind of real, logical ebook pro- con debate about ebooks and libraries at ALA?

You’ve got two very good opportunities at these sessions. Hope to see you there!

The Rise of E-Reading
Sunday, June 24, 2012
10:30a.m.–12:00p.m.
ACC—Ballroom A

Lee Raine, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, will share recent survey finding and other research about the rise of e-books, their impact on people’s reading habits, and the way that library patrons are hoping to avail themselves of e-book borrowing. He also will explore general reading trends and describe the next steps in the Project’s ongoing research about the evolving role of libraries.

Digital Literacy and Libraries—Designing What Comes Next
Saturday, June 23, 2012
4:00p.m.–5:30p.m.
ACC—206B

Join a discussion that will challenge you to think strategically about services that you have always provided- information literacy in its new guise: digital literacy.  Why is digital literacy claiming attention outside the library community and how should libraries respond?  Speakers will address key roles for libraries in the digital literacy arena and present alternative strategies for libraries to carve out a position of leadership in their communities.  Discussion will open opportunities for a series of national conversations on digital literacy and libraries.

Find more sessions from the ALA Washington Office.


Jun 13
George RR Martin will be at ALA12.
Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

George RR Martin will be at ALA12.

Saturday, June 23, 2012 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


Jun 4

An Anaheim Evite to Explore Diverse Approaches to E-Content

As digital content continues to grow in diversity and importance, libraries must make use of multiple strategies to support access for their users. ALA’s Digital Content and Libraries Working Group has been exploring issues of business models, advocacy, education, accessibility, privacy, and libraries as providers of content. But innovative approaches to making digital content available are taking place in many arenas.

Come hear about the latest developments at:

Access to Digital Content: Diverse Approaches

Sunday, June 24, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Anaheim Hilton, California B

The program will include an update from Working Group Cochairs Sari Feldman (Cuyahoga County Public Library) and Robert Wolven (Columbia University). Leaders and innovators from the library community will discuss some other major initiatives and developments related to digital content:

  • Peter Brantley (Internet Archive)
  • Maura Marx (Digital Public Library of America)
  • Eric Hellman (Unglue.it)

Keep reading at American Libraries.


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