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Well, I finally got around to putting together my tentative schedule for ALA. I was honored to be selected as a 2010 recipient of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant which will help to finance my attendance. A huge thank you to both NMRT and 3M!
Leave for DC (driving) and check into hotel
9 am – 12:00 pm – ALA Unconference, 207A @ WCC
7:30 – 8:30 pm – NMRT Mentoring Social, East Overlook @ WCC
8 – 10 am – FYI: First Year Impressions (and Confessions), 147B @ WCC
1 – 2 pm – 3M booth @ exhibit hall
1:30 – 3:30 pm – Pecha Kucha Presentations of Marketing Ideas that Worked in Academic Libraries, 103A @ WCC
8 – 10 am – PR Forum: Next practices in communications @ your library, 146B @ WCC
10:30 am – 12 pm – Designing Digital Experiences for Library Websites, 146B @ WCC
1:30 – 3:30 pm – ACRL 2011 National Conference Coordinating Committee Meeting, South American A @ Capital Hilton
7:30 – 9 pm – NMRT Awards Reception, Grand Ballroom @ Marriott at Metro Center
9 am – 12 pm – ACRL 2011 Virtual Conference Committee Meeting, Chinese Ballroom@ Renaissance Mayflower
1:30 – 3:30 pm – For the Love of Reference, 202A @ WCC OR Ultimate Debate: Open Source Software, Free Beer or Free Puppy?, 146B @ WCC
5:30 – 7 pm – Battledecks: The ALA Rumble Royale, 103A @ WCC
9 – 10 am – Closing Session: Amy Sedaris, Ballroom C @ WCC
Driving back to PA
What are your plans for ALA? Anything you’re looking forward to? If you see me, say hello, or let me know if you want to meet up. And don’t forget to use conference tag #ala10 and follow @alaannual!
I’m currently the Treasurer of the College & Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association. Being involved with the group last year as a member-at-large really helped me learn more about Pennsylvania, meet other academic librarians, and get involved with PaLA in a number of ways. One new initiative from our state association is the PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (PALS). After a blog post last May regarding surprises from my first year as a librarian, I was honored to be invited to speak to the inaugural PALS class of 2009 about “Achieving your Potential” where I discussed my freshman year on the job. I have become good friends with many of the librarians who attended PALS and consider them among my most valuable colleagues. It was probably one of the best professional development opportunities I have seen geared towards supporting leadership of new librarians.
This year, the CRD is again sponsoring two attendees to PALS. The workshop will be held June 6-9, 2010 at the Radisson Penn Harris, Camp Hill, PA. We invite nominations and applications from academic librarians who have less than six years of experience and who have the potential to become the next generation of library leaders in the state of Pennsylvania. The CRD will pay for Academy registration for the two librarians chosen (alert – free! free! free!) and will work closely with them as they continue to enhance their careers. Further information about the Leadership Academy can be found at: http://www.palibraries.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=102
If you are interested in applying or in nominating someone to be sponsored by the CRD, please send the following by April 1, 2010 to Tina Hertel at tina.hertel(at)lehigh.edu:
• A letter of interest
• A letter of nomination from your supervisor
• Current resume of the nominee
• Statement indicating PaLA membership or intention to join at the end of the program
Nominees will be informed of the CRD’s decision by April 16, 2010. Any questions or concerns about the process can be directed to me or to Tina. I can’t stress enough how important and valuable this opportunity is for potential library leaders. Please consider sending in a nomination and don’t forget, you can nominate yourself!
At the request of Jen & Jason of The Dean Files, I’ve put together some conference tips for ya’ll. To be sure, the tips below are based on my own experience and your conference experience could vary based on a number of factors (where, when, weather, personality, roommates, alcoholic tolerance, available technology, etc). I’m drawing from my attendance at various state, local and regional conferences (the State System of Higher Education Library Cooperative Organization, the Pennsylvania Library Association Annual Conference), two ALA Midwinter Meetings, and one ALA Annual Conference.
(in no particular order)
1. Volunteer for something. It doesn’t matter what, just do it. If you’re a student, it gives you something to put on your resume other than just attending a conference. You can volunteer at the exhibit booth for your alma mater or for one of your professional associations (ACRL, PLA, LITA, YALSA, etc.). Try being a NMRT resume reviewer or greeter. Some conferences seek bloggers/microbloggers to cover certain presentations which can help you get your name out there and hone your journalism skills. I know for the ACRL Virtual Conference we’re going to be looking for volunteers to moderate webcasts and give tours in Second Life. There’s something for everyone! It’s a way to build in some structured social interaction to your conference experience and you never know who you will meet or what you’ll be invited to do next time once people realize that you’re reliable.
2. Some of the programs you are really looking forward to will inevitably disappoint you. Maybe this is just me, and it’s probably just because I read about the programs weeks in advance and literally plan my entire day around them. Maybe I just build things up too much in my mind. But the point is, you should have a “plan b” for almost every session you want to attend. Just in case there’s no room, the speaker winds up droning on and on to a text-heavy PowerPoint, or you realize that you already learned all of this in library school or real life.
3. I have to second Steven Bell’s suggestion to leave the program book behind. You do not need to carry the weight of that book around with you all day in addition to your laptop, food, water, notebook, smartphone, cords, business cards, etc. I usually end up looking at the schedule online or the night before, tearing out the one page with the hotel map, and tossing the whole thing into a garbage recycling bin in the hotel. I think the program book could probably get phased out if conferences are really looking to be more green. You tell me, do we need printed programs with the net and all this mobile? Just a thought.
4. To borrow a phrase from Stephen Abram, don’t hoard your business cards. “They’re like smiles – they only have value when they’re given away.” We’re all at a conference to learn, not only about libraries, but about each other (aw, so touchy feely, but true). Personal connections are really important, so trade information with the people you meet so you’ll remember each other later. There are also some technologies that help you do this without having to hand out actual cards, like QR Codes or the iPhone Bump app. Follow up with your new friends after the conference about collaborative projects, job opportunities, and shared interests.
5. Things to bring: ibuprofen, band aids, water bottle, granola bars, a sweater, mints/gum (sooo much conference coffee breath!), cold medication for days and nights, at least 2 pairs of comfy shoes.
6. Make a schedule. You will probably deviate based on how you feel that day and what opportunities come up (a colleague or new acquaintance cancels or asks you to join them for dinner, you don’t get enough sleep the night before because you’re adjusting to the hotel bed so you sleep in, etc). But having a schedule will give you a starting point. Another note on schedules – pace yourself! Resist the urge to cram one thing after another day after day because you will wear yourself out. Leave enough time in your schedule to accommodate spontaneous activities (these are often where you learn the most!). Allow yourself to enjoy being in the presence of others who care and make sure you have time to test the local flavor (a bar, restaurant, theatre performance or local band).
7. It helps to know a few people who will be attending the same event as you, so utilize your computer-based social networking connections to facilitate real-life networking opportunities. Conferences are a great place to meet the colleagues you have been tweeting with virtually for the past six months or that blogger you follow religiously. Let people know you’ll be in the area and put out some feelers for meetups, dinner, coffee breaks, etc. Lots of this happens serendipitously as you network, but you’ll feel more confident if you can recognize a few familiar faces.
Some other library conference tips can be found here:
- Five Tips For A Better ALA Conference Experience by Steven Bell at ACRLog (lots of good tips in the comments, too)
- Conference Tips for Newbies from Meredith Farkas’ ALA Chicago 2005 wiki
- Conference Tips by Stephen Abram
And interesting non-library specific conference tips can be found here:
- 27 Things To Do Before a Conference by Chris Brogan (good tips in the comments as well)
So tell me, what conference tips do you have?
9-10:15 – Putting the Wow in to Your Library Using Nonverbal and Merchandising Principles (Larry Nesbit, Library Building Consultant, Mansfield University, retired, Joyce Seno, Architect, Larson Design Group Julie Brown, Furniture Representative, Brodart Co.)
Architectural vision vs a library vision
Did a similar presentation 6 years ago at PaLA – not much information has remained the same
A successful library needs to come from the user’s perspective – not the librarians!
A square foot costs about $200.00 when all is said and done, so you need to utilize space wisely
We need to integrate computers into virtually every space in the building
Nonverbal communication is culturally specific
70% of what we communicate is nonverbal
Example: Wegmans ceramic tile flooring in the produce section – why do they use this particular material? (because the tiles and grouting rattles the carts, causing consumers to slow down and buy more produce)
People want a safe, comfortable environment with social opportunities
Example: Cabela’s has few retail stores, in person it is the “ultimate experience”
Think about how big store entrances are in the mall – more welcoming and inviting
Vestibule – costly from a square footage perspective – try a wall display case or bench
When you walk into a library, you usually see Circulation and that’s it. When you walk into a bookstore, you see books (check out isn’t front and center).
Companies spend lots of money on market research – we don’t have that level of funding but we can use their findings and learn from what they do.
Brodart will be introducing mobile checkout units within the next year
Displays – libraries have a tendency to put too much out which defeats the purpose. People won’t browse if it looks too crowded.
Aisle space – 5 feet – “butt brushing” If a person feels uncomfortable, they will leave the area.
Make a statement, don’t just fill the space – Joyce Seno
Think about privacy for computers, specifically in information commons. Tell your students you want them to stay, not just use the computers and move on. Territory and space. Don’t put computers in an aisle (jostling and no privacy).
Seating – “A chair says we care” quote read by Julie Brown. Put chairs next to windows.
People want to be seen but not disturbed.
Borders recently announced that they are taking shelving out of their stores in order to make room for teen spaces.
Book stacks – “the forgotten zone” – Every 3 foot section of shelving costs $3,600. Use is key. Carve out spaces in stacks for seating areas. Stagger/slant shelves, use browsing units (the more people can touch, the more likely they are to take it with them). Open it up, use shelving of different heights. It’s not just a storage area.
Administrative zone – Internal spaces are important as well. You need to be comfortable in order to do your job well.
10:30-11:45 – PALS: PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (2009 PALS graduates: Calida Barboza, King’s College, Lisa Galico, Juniata County Library, Sharon Helfrich, Andrew Bayne Memorial Library, Mike Packard, Pottstown Public Library, Paul Proces, Delaware County Community College, Heather Simoneau, Lehigh University, Jennifer Worley, Dauphin County Library System)
Initially planned on doing this every other year, but because of overwhelmingly positive response, will be doing it each year (as long as funding allows).
This was a two way street, PaLA has learned a lot from new professionals regarding the future of the association.
Most of the 2009 PALS participants were nominated and sponsored (cost $500/$600).
Complaints about the program – too busy (nonstop events/sessions), make nomination process easier (are working on this for 2010).
Q: Doing things differently because of PALS? Paul – Before PALS I was a nominal ALA/PaLA member, now I’m involved with up to 6-ish committees. Calida – Afterwords, I felt more comfortable/empowered to bring issues up at my home institution.
2:30-3:30 – iPrimer: Using the iPod Touch and iPhone in Library Reference and Education (Corrine Syster, Instructional & Information Technology Librarian, Central Pennsylvania College, Misti Smith, MLS Technology Literacy Specialist, Mount Aloysius College)
Ages 13 through 24 = half of iphone users
Cost of an 8-gb iPhone w/data plan and fees for the first two years is about $2,000.00 (this is why I don’t have one yet… damn student loans…)
iTouch is more affordable ($199.00 one-time fee for 8-gb)
* Clicker/student-response systems (i.e. Turning Point ResponseWare)
* Course management systems (i.e. Blackboard Learn, Mobile Moodle)
* E-texts (i.e. Kindle App, CourseSmart)
Abilene Christian University – research showed clear impact on student engagement (w/ iPod Touch or iPhone)
University of Missouri School of Journalism – requires incoming students to have an iPhone
Standford’s free iPhone programming class has been accessed over 1 million times
iTunes U – Libraries can put tutorials here even if they don’t have iPhone/iPods
Apps to help students – iHomework, Evernote, MiGhtyDocs (helps teach time management & organizational skills)
Q: Copyright issues? Most applications handle their own copyright.
Q: App fees – are they one time or subscription? Typically one time fee. If you delete it, you can put it back on for free as long as you have synced it on your computer.
Q: How do I get Camtasia tutorials from the library website to a platform like this? You can just upload it (may have to reformat into Quicktime) to iTunes.
Here is a draft of my schedule for PaLA in Harrisburg next week. Hope to see some Pennsylvania colleagues there, let me know if you want to meet up for anything!
5:15-6 – New Members Reception (I’ll be staffing the CRD table, so come check out our poster, get some candy and learn more about what you can do as a member of the College & Research Division!)
8-9 – SCC Hospitality Suite ( I’m staffing the hospitality suite as a member of the South Central Chapter)
9-10:15 – Putting the Wow in to Your Library Using Nonverbal and Merchandising Principles (Larry Nesbit, Library Building Consultant, Mansfield University, retired Joyce Seno, Architect, Larson Design Group Julie Brown, Furniture Representative, Brodart Co.)
10:30-11:45 – PALS: PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies (2009 PALS Graduates)
12-1:30 – CRD Board Meeting
1:30-2:00 – SCC Hospitality Suite
2:30-3:30 – iPrimer: Using the iPod Touch and iPhone in Library Reference and Education (Corrine Syster, Instructional & Information Technology Librarian, Central Pennsylvania College Misti Smith, MLS Technology Literacy Specialist, Mount Aloysius College)
9-10 – Emerging Leaders Showcase: Pennsylvania Librarians Leading the Profession (Come see me present with Jen Jarson and Rebecca Metzger about the ALA Emerging Leaders Program!)
11-12 – When Students Go Mobile: The Effects of Smartphones on Information Literacy and Academic Library (I’m moderating this session featuring Kristen Yarmey-Tylutki, Digital Services Librarian, Weinberg Memorial Library, The University of Scranton)
12:30-2:15 – College & Research Division Luncheon Rethinking the Copyright Wars and the Role of the Academic Library (James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian for Columbia University)
4-5:30 – PaLA Annual Business Meeting
9-11:45 – Got Game? BRING IT! : Gaming in Libraries (My second panel, featuring co-panelists Greg Szczyrbak, Learning Technologies Librarian, Millersville University, Curtis Datko, Access Services Librarian, Alvernia University and Ryan Sittler, Assistant Professor / Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian, California University of Pennsylvania. This is an interactive session where you will be able to play games!)
- 12-1 – Closing Luncheon The Joy of Censorship (Joe Raiola, Senior Editor, MAD Magazine)
Many things have been happening as of late. Some of them are culminations of projects I’ve been working on for a long time, some of them are new discoveries, and the worst of them is my annual reappointment process which is a major time-suck. Here are some of the fun ones:
On October 23rd I’ll be part of a panel addressing “Issues in Next Generation Librarianship” along with Jason Kucsma and Emily Drabinski. If you’re in the area, please come out to support us and join the discussion regarding inter-generational workforces, among other things. Our panel is going to be moderated by Dr. Marie L. Radford from Rutgers University and the Institute will also feature keynote speaker Stanley Wilder. I feel honored to have been selected for the panel and am looking forward to my trip to NYC, which includes a weekend with the one and only Miss Ashley Rath who will be in town working on The Apprentice. Holla!
I don’t know how I found out about this blog, but I sure am glad it happened. Swissmiss is a design blog and studio run by Tina Roth Eisenberg out of NYC. Charming design. Fun and inspiring posts. People, this is the blog I purposely mark as unread in my Google Reader so that I have something to look forward to during those random rough spots throughout the day. You really need to check it out.
During the 2009 Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) Annual Conference I’ll be participating in two panel discussions. You can see me on Tuesday, October 20th for “Emerging Leaders Showcase: Pennsylvania Librarians Leading the Profession” with Jennifer Jarson (Muhlenberg College) and Rebecca Metzger (Lafayette College) and on Wednesday, October 21st for “Got Game? Bring it! Gaming in Libraries” with Greg Szczyrbak (Millersville University & my mentor!), Curtis Datko & Miroslaw Liwosz (Alvernia University), and in a last minute lineup change, Ryan Sittler (California University). Let me know if you’re going to be at the conference, and we can meet up or share a meal! And as always, I appreciate your support at the sessions There are a lot of interesting sessions scheduled, and in particular, I’d like to point out “PALS: PaLA Academy of Leadership Studies” on Monday (The exceptional inaugural class of PALS talking about their experiences and projects), and “When Students Go Mobile: The Effects of Smartphones on Information Literacy and Academic Library Service” on Tuesday (which I’m moderating and sounds awesome).
So what have you all been up to lately? Anything fun and exciting?
Today was the first day of ALA Annual for me, which consisted of the Emerging Leaders workshop & poster session. I am happy to report that everything went well and it was a pleasure to see my peers graduate from the program. Although I have been talking virtually with many of the 100+ 2009 ELs (via Twitter, Facebook, email, etc), it was nice to see everyone in person again. It has been a while since Midwinter in Denver!
We did some more leadership analysis and had lots of discussion/feedback regarding the program overall. I find it very encouraging that the program planners are asking for our feedback and seem to be dedicated to improving the overall experience for everyone. The poster session drew many more people than I thought it would, which was awesome! Thanks to everyone who came out for it. Here is a picture from when we were setting up. There should be more online soon with our whole team and stuff, so I will post when they are uploaded by various people.
Our project information can be found on the ALA Emerging Leaders wiki here: http://wikis.ala.org/emergingleaders/index.php/Project_L_(2009). We’re hoping to work closely with ALA to put out a more formal report in the near future – something like a white paper or article.
So far I have met lots of people, reconnected with others, and enjoyed some amazing food! Last night we went to MK The Restaurant where I tried the pommes frites with truffle cream (my first time tasting truffle cream – amazing!), seared Maine diver scallops with English peas, pickled breakfast radishes and minted pea purée, and a delicious dessert consisting of licorice-flavored ice cream and strawberries. Tonight we visited Mana Food Bar where I had grilled asparagus with spicy miso mustard and sesame roasted peppers, and grilled eggplant served with sweet miso sauce. Mmm! You can probably gather that I’m rooming with a foodie, Melissa (Librarychan). She’s teaching me all sorts of Mac tips & dinner/taxi etiquette. I would be lost without her!
Tomorrow is a super busy day so I’m off to bed!