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Format: 04/22/2018 - 11pm
Format: 04/22/2018 - 11pm
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Saturday, June 29 - 8:30am

8:30am - 10:00am
Collection Development & Community Expectations: Managing Collections and Balancing Resources in an Era of Budgetary Constraints Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S403
Description :

The challenges of the current economy are a common adversity faced by librarians in all types of institutions. With declining budgets and fewer resources librarians must make difficult decisions to meet their library’s overall mission. Join us to hear a panel of experienced librarians share examples of how they have met the challenges of managing various types of library collections, and how they continue to manage the expectations of their diverse customer groups.

8:30am - 10:00am
Connecting Multilingual Patrons with Legal Information: Key Resources Affiliate Event Palmer House Hilton
Spire Parlor
Description :

This workshop focuses on Spanish-language resources for librarians assisting low income and vulnerable patrons facing legal issues. We will highlight:

-LawHelpEspanol.org- a national gateway to websites providing free legal information
-LawHelpInteractive.org- a gateway to pro-se forms assisting self-represented patrons
-CitizenshipWorks.org- a website and companion app assisting individuals understand the naturalization process
-ImmigrationLawHelp.org- a website assisting low-income immigrants find legal help
-Collaborative models between libraries/civil legal services providing Spanish-language legal information/referrals.

-Participants will be able to identify available multilingual sources of legal information to assist patrons facing legal challenges.
-Participants will be able to identify available multilingual sources of legal referral information to assist patrons facing legal challenges.
-Participants will be able to identify key stakeholders and steps in creating their own civil legal services/library partnership.
-Participants will be able to identify additional online legal resources to augment their current collection.
-Participants will be able to access additional online materials concerning Librarians and the Access to Justice Movement.

Sponsors :
AFL
REFORMA (Affiliate)
8:30am - 10:00am
Organization (STARS) Committee meeting Hilton Chicago
Williford C
Description :

Part of the STARS All Committee Meeting

Interests :
8:30am - 10:00am
Public Libraries Technical Services Interest Group Discussion/Interest group McCormick Place Convention Center
N227a
Description :

Job Descriptions in Technical Services Discussion

With the economy starting to show signs of life once again, budgets should unfreeze and possibly show modest growth. Hiring freezes are beginning to disappear and people are becoming more willing to change jobs or move. This will hopefully lead to open positions in the library and in technical services. How do we tailor job descriptions and job announcements for today’s library needs and to find the best new hires possible?

Saturday, June 29 - 10:30am

10:30am - 11:30am
Beyond Genre: Exploring the Perception, Uses, and Misuses of Genre by Readers, Writers, and Librarians Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S406b
Description :

Librarians have traditionally relied on genre classifications to create smaller, browsable collections, but as genre boundaries increasingly overlap, this becomes more difficult. Join us at the Readers' Advisory Research and Trends Forum where we question authors and librarians about the ways genre is used to sell books, the limitations of reading within a genre box, and the challenges "genre" poses for readers’ advisors.

**Selected as a conference "top pick" by Library Journal!**

10:30am - 11:30am
Edge Initiative Info Session Affiliate Event McCormick Place Convention Center
N226
Description :

Get the most recent and up-to-date info on the Edge Initiative. This session will include an update on the progress of the Initiative, an overview of the Edge resources and tools, and an update on the Edge launch. For more information about this public Edge session, please contact Alison Saffold at asaffold@urbanlibraries.org or visit www.libraryedge.org.

Sponsors :
AFL
Urban Libraries Council (Affiliate)
10:30am - 11:30am
Introducing the Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries – An Online Resource Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S501bcd
Description :

Today's older adults are ready to be engaged, social, and creative, and libraries are ideal venues for Creative Aging programming. Learn from the designers and administrators of Creative Aging in NY State Libraries: A Regional Model with National Applicability - an IMLS National Leadership project - as they share their experiences and best practices in implementing this innovative program model in major urban, suburban and rural libraries. Creative Aging programming supports partnerships between public libraries and teaching artists and helps libraries respond to the growing demand for meaningful programming for an aging population. Session features the debut of The Creative Aging Toolkit for Public Libraries, an online, interactive implementation guide. Partnering library systems include: Boston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Miami-Dade, and New York Public and Clinton Essex Franklin and Westchester Library Systems. Funding for Boston, Dallas and Miami comes from a grant to Lifetime Arts, Inc. through the MetLife Foundation.

Sponsors :
ALA
ALA Public Programs Office (PPO)
10:30am - 11:30am
Management of Electronic Reference Services Discussion Forum (MARS): Counting Counts: The State of Public Services Statistics & Reporting Discussion/Interest group Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
Burnham 23A-C
Description :

From pencils, to clickers, to software with immediate reporting, librarians and public service staff members have emphasized the importance of reference and research assistance. In this era of automated tracking and statistics, however, we often deal with different types of systems recording similar types of interactions. There may be one system for local/campus email reference and another for in-person interactions with patrons. At this discussion group, thought-provoking questions on these and related topics will inspire a useful discourse on how to effectively merge and/or manage these efforts and correlate them to student and library success.

10:30am - 11:30am
Smart investing @ your library: Community Connector Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S404bc
Description :

Learn how librarians are making new connections with new audiences and expanding their own financial education frontier with outreach programs to seniors, teens and children. With locally designed technologies and clever approaches, they are using tablet computers to reach seniors in assisted living facilities; broadcasting radio programs and creating viral video vignettes to capture the attention of teens; and integrating music with the Lunch Money song in elementary school curriculums.

Saturday, June 29 - 11:30am

11:30am - 12:00pm
Ignite Saturday Session: Teen PTSD and the Urban Library Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S102d
Description :

Many of our kids live in urban war zones and deal with everyday stresses that rival the average soldier at war. This session will introduce strategies and ideas for the school librarian on how to address and combat the overwhelming stressors placed an adolescents in poor urban schools. Learn how to introduce meditation, build a quiet room, and more.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 1:00pm

1:00pm - 2:30pm
19th Annual Reference Research Forum Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S404bc
Description :

The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel. This year’s topics are: Research Guides Usability Study, Two Birds, One Stone: Using a Mixed Methods Approach to Measure Service Process and Identify Usability Pain Points in Virtual Reference, and Query Clarification in Chat Reference: A Visual Transcript Analysis.

1:00pm - 2:30pm
OCLC Library Analytics―Data to Inform Decision-making and Measure Impact Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
N227a
Description :

How can the collective data—shared, enriched and managed by libraries—be combined with analytic tools to inform decisions you are making, and demonstrate the value of your services to users and funders? Join Kathryn Harnish, OCLC Director, as she leads a panel discussion on today’s analytics technology and the impact on decision-making for libraries.

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event
1:00pm - 5:30pm
Great Graphic Novels for Teens Other Hilton Chicago
Conference Room 4F
Description :

This is a committee meeting of YALSA's 2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens committee. Visitors welcome!

Saturday, June 29 - 1:30pm

1:30pm - 2:15pm
Conversation Starters: Idaho Maker Spaces - Engaging Teens with STEM Program McCormick Place Convention Center
S102d
Description :

Thought about starting a Maker Space in your library? Idaho has joined the Maker Movement by launching Maker Spaces in five public libraries across the state.

The State Library has implemented a pilot project that includes training on tools and technology, leveraging partnerships, involving community, and evaluating outcomes.

The results include formal and stealth programming which incorporate engineering, robotics, and other STEM topics to draw teens into these innovative spaces!

Come hear what Idaho is doing, what we are learning, and what's next.

There will be time for discussion, questions, and sharing.

The pilot project is initially focusing on engaging teens through Maker Spaces, but our goal is that these spaces will be available to the entire community.

The libraries in the pilot project represent diverse geographic regions as well as rural and urban communities.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 2:30pm

2:30pm - 4:00pm
Many Books, Many Communities: How Choose to Read Ohio Encourages Ohioans to “Read Together, Read Ohio, Read for Life” Poster session McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Description :

A statewide reading initiative for all ages, Choose to Read Ohio (CTRO) encourages libraries, schools, families, and others to build a community of readers and an appreciation of Ohio authors and literature. Every two years, with the input of dozens of librarians and educators, CTRO selects and promotes a booklist of 15-20 exemplary titles by authors native to or resident of Ohio. A companion reader’s toolkit is created for each book. Toolkits include discussion questions, extension projects (developed in light of academic content standards and 21st Century Skills), and activities suitable for library programming, classroom adoption, or family or book group use. The poster session features sample toolkits (available for attendees to take), CTRO author READ posters and other marketing items, and photos and evaluation information from creative CTRO projects produced by public, school, and academic libraries. CTRO was established with an eye toward One Book, One Community and other large-scale reading programs, but rather than featuring a single title, CTRO was developed to be highly adaptable, to provide a selection of books and resources for any group from a small book club to a school district or city, and to communicate the breadth of Ohio literature. CTRO is a project of the State Library of Ohio, Ohioana Library Association, Ohio Center for the Book, and other partners. It may be a model for local, regional, or state campaigns in support of collaboration, exploration, and the joy of reading and sharing books.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Returning to Learn: Research and the Prodigal Student Poster session McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Description :

Returning students - those with a significant lapse in time during their formal education - make up a large and growing percentage of the student population at Portland State University (PSU). Over 40% of PSU undergraduates are over 26 years of age and 21% of graduate students over 39. Given returning students’ experiences in the work force, motivations for learning, and the lapse of time since conducting academic research, returning students may approach research differently than traditional students. Despite the size of this student population at PSU and the growth of the returning student demographic in higher education, very little research has been conducted regarding this demographic’s research habits and skills.

Over the course of two academic quarters, three librarians from Portland State University conducted an ethnographic study of returning students’ research habits. Librarians collected data using direct observation, research journals, photo diaries, focus groups, surveys and semi-structured interviews. The goals of this research were to describe returning students’ research habits and to identify potential improvements to library services and instruction for returning students at PSU.

Returning to Learn: Research and the Prodigal Student will present the study’s initial findings, outline recommendations resulting from the research, and identify further research opportunities regarding this unique and growing student population. These findings will allow other academic libraries to learn about returning students’ research habits, and help them to identify potential changes in or additions to library services for this student population.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
2:30pm - 4:00pm
The Power of Crowdsourcing: A Use Case from the Biodiversity Heritage Library Poster session McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Description :

How can a library with limited staff efficiently improve the discoverability and interoperability of digital assets? Answer: Crowdsource metadata enhancement! The Biodiversity Heritage Library, an open access digital library consortium, utilizes Flickr to provide access to over 60,000 images extracted from its digital collections. While bibliographic metadata is associated with these images at the time of upload to Flickr, identification of the species illustrated within each image is absent. Without these identifications, users are unable to efficiently search within image collections. Crowdsourcing offers a promising solution.

BHL staff have hosted two Flickr Tagging Parties at the Smithsonian. With guidance from BHL staff, nearly 40 Smithsonian staff added species name tags to 448 images in the BHL Flickr, resulting in a 53% increase in the number of monthly images typically tagged and a 97% increase in monthly images shared with external databases. This success has prompted BHL staff to develop formal instructional material and organize public crowdsourcing events. Not only does the tagging of images provide discoverability in BHL Flickr, but the images that are tagged are also automatically added to the Encyclopedia of Life, providing a “two birds, one stone” scenario.

Through the use of workflow diagrams, “before and after” examples, and graphs demonstrating project successes, this poster will outline the strategies employed to direct crowdsourced metadata enhancement activities. The principles guiding BHL crowdsourcing activities can be adopted by any library seeking creative ways to improve the relevance of their resources in an increasingly digital world.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)
2:30pm - 4:00pm
Tween Super-Users: Lessons for Online Programs in the Library Poster session McCormick Place Convention Center
Hall A, Exhibit Floor
Description :

Why do some tweens become prolific users of online communities while others opt out? Using the data from the Sci-Dentity program (scidentity.umd.edu), qualities of high-contributing tweens (super-users) are compared to their less involved peers to determine if there are best practices in online communities that could be replicated in other contexts to encourage increased participation from all users.

Sci-Dentity is a three-year research project of the iSchool at the University of Maryland College Park, funded by the National Science Foundation. In Sci-Dentity, tweens from middle schools in an urban, Mid-Atlantic school system attend afterschool science-fiction writing sessions designed to engage and assess their interest in science technology, engineering, and math. Participants are part of a private online community where they share their writing, videos, images and other artifacts, and are actively encouraged as co-designers to suggest changes to both the site and program content.

Some participants have become deeply engaged in various aspects of the online program, including both contributing content and suggesting design changes to the site. This study will look at which tweens are highly motivated to contribute content and which students feel most empowered to suggest changes. Means of assessment include interviews, site usage statistics, and recorded observation.

Examining the qualities of super-users will provide practitioners with the information needed to create programs that foster tween participation and empowerment in online programs. The findings will be represented through participant’s artifacts, graphs of surveys, usage statistics and student feedback, and images of participant-driven changes to the site.

Sponsors :
ALA
American Library Association (ALA)

Saturday, June 29 - 3:00pm

3:00pm - 4:00pm
OCLC The Future of FirstSearch: More Visibility for Your Library and its Resources Exhibitor session McCormick Place Convention Center
N139
Description :

See OCLC’s new discovery service before its July release. The service combines user-friendly WorldCat.org features with precision searching of FirstSearch. Making finding and getting global resources seamless, this contemporary search experience provides your library continued access to the global WorldCat database plus over 175 million article citations. Learn how the service elevates library visibility on the Web through OCLC’s growing network of partnerships.

Sponsors :
UNO
Unofficial Event

Sunday, June 30 - 8:00am

8:00am - 10:00am
Literary Tastes: Celebrating the Best Reading of the Year Author Event McCormick Place Convention Center
S103bc
Description :

Listen to some of the year’s best authors discuss their works and the craft of writing while enjoying the company of other book lovers. All Annual Conference registrants are invited to participate in this conference program.

**This program was selected as a Library Journal "top pick" for Annual Conference!**

This year's presenting authors:
==Peter Heller, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “The Dog Stars” (Knopf).
==Jonathan Tropper, author of 2013 RUSA Notable Book “One Last Thing Before I Go” (Dutton)
==Matti Friedman, author of “The Aleppo Codex: A True Story of Obsession, Faith, and the Pursuit of an Ancient Bible” (Algonquin), winner of the 2013 Sophie Brody Medal for achievement in Jewish literature
==Lyndsay Faye, author of “The Gods of Gotham” (Putnam), the top pick for The Reading List’s Mystery category in 2013

Authors will sign books following the presentation, which begins at 8:00am on Sunday, June 30.

Read more about these authors at the RUSA blog: http://rusa.ala.org/blog/2013/05/21/news-2013-annual-conference-literary...

You can bookend your day with fantastic authors by attending the Literary Tastes event in the morning, then celebrating the winners of the 2013 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction at our announcement event and reception on Sunday evening, co-sponsored by RUSA and Booklist. Get event details: http://ala13.ala.org/ticketed-events#RUSA-Booklist

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