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PaLA 2009 Schedule (draft).

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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)

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October 15, 2009 at 6:06 PM

Welcome to Chicago!

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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.

2009 EL Team L

Our project information can be found on the ALA Emerging Leaders wiki here: 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!

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July 11, 2009 at 12:55 AM

2009 ALA Annual schedule (draft!).

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So… I finally got around to planning my ALA conference schedule. Busy busy! Let me know if you want to try to meet up – I have lots of meal times open for friends. If you see me at the conference, say hello and don’t be offended if I give you a blank look. It will pass. I think everyone should wear their avatars on their name badges so that I can recognize them. That or their twitter names. All in all, I am very excited for my first Annual conference and my first visit to Chicago!


12:46 – Flight arrives

5 – Dinner with my Emerging Leaders group

7:30-9:30 – Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!


8:30-3 – Emerging Leaders workshop

3-5 – Emerging Leaders poster session in McCormick Place W-185 (come see what I’ve been working on with my team for the past 6 months! A survey of millennial librarians/library workers relating to professional associations)

5-7 – YALSA Happy Hour and Fashion Show


8-10 – OCLC To Be or Not to Be…DRM-free

10:30-12 – Academic Libraries and International Librarianship

(or) What does Gaming have to do with Books, Anyway? Justifications for Games in Libraries

(or) Washington Office Breakout Session I: The Future of Libraries

12-1:30 – EBSCO Academic Library Luncheon (maybe, I haven’t registered for this yet, so who knows)

1:30-3 – Emerging Leaders Salon (

3:30-5:30 – Leadership Development in Transition: Steering the Ship from Helm and Deck

(or) Collection Development 2.0: The Changing Administration of Collection Development

7 – ALA/ProQuest Scholarship Bash at The Art Institute of Chicago

10 – ALA Facebook Meetup at the Billy Goat Tavern (


8-10 – Listening to the Customer: Using Assessment Results to Make a Difference

11-12 – PRMS Swap ‘n’ Shop

12-1 – Lunch @ Au Bon Pain

1:30-3 – ACRL

3:30-5:30 – ACRL Popular Culture & Libraries Discussion Group

5–8 – OCLC Blog Salon (

6:30-8:30 – Syracuse University Alumni Reception at Bin 36 Restaurant


8-12 – ACRL 
 (I’m the 2011 Co-chair for the ACRL Virtual Conference Committee!)

1:35-1:50 – Chapter Relations Committee II (presenting Emerging Leaders project to the ALA Membership Committee)

1:50-3 – Ban those @#$*%! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and Censorship

3-4 – Staffing the NMRT Booth in the exhibit hall

5:30 -7:30 – Reception for the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children’s Book Awards for Excellence in Humane Literature


11-12 – Staffing the NMRT Booth in the exhibit hall


11:40 – Flight departs

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June 30, 2009 at 6:17 PM

Random ALA Annual Conference & Emerging Leader Stuff…

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An assortment of random things that I want to share:

ALA Virtual Conference Sessions: ALA is going to offer 10 sessions from the 2009 Annual Conference online. The bad thing is that you have to pay, but if you’re already registered for the conference, it’s included. Why this is good for me: I seem to have developed a very busy schedule for Annual with meetings and such, so I am looking forward to being able to access these virtual sessions after things calm down (“All full registrants for the ALA Conference will have access to these sessions after the conference.”). It seems like a good step in the right direction as far as virtual participation options go. But we can do better than 10 sessions in the future! I would encourage anyone who is presenting at Annual to set up their own recording (use your flip cam, your mac cam, some free online tool which I’m sure there are tons of) of the session and make it available (for free! ::gasp::) once the conference is over. It could just be your friend in the first row recording onto their ipod, audio is better than nothing! Share, share, share 🙂

Emerging Leaders Poster Session: There will be a poster session at Annual on Friday from 3-5 PM (McCormick Place West – Rm W185) where all of the 2009 ALA Emerging Leaders will present their projects. If you are wondering what everyone has been working on, you can find a list of this years projects on the Emerging Leaders wiki.

Speaking of Emerging Leaders, there has been lots of discussion about the program lately, fueled by Kim Leeder’s post at another one of my favorite blogs, In the Library with the Lead Pipe. Good stuff, and I think all of the feedback that’s being shared can only help to make the program stronger and more applicable to everyone. If the organizers and coordinators are willing to listen (and change), that is. If you are interested in checking it out for yourself instead of taking our word for it, applications for the 2010 class of ALA Emerging Leaders are being accepted now on the ALA Emerging Leaders wiki with a deadline for July 31, 2009. Start looking at the application ASAP because you need recommendations and you can’t just spring that on people! Also, if you are from Pennsylvania and are interested in applying for sponsorship by the Pennsylvania Library Association, they will be participating again this year. A call for applications will go out soon over the PaLA listservs and once the information is posted on the PaLA website, I will also post it here on my blog.

I’ll be posting more about my team’s Emerging Leaders project (the survey of millennial librarians’ association needs/wants) in the near future, but for now I want to point you to one of my teammates blogs: Karen used the answers to one of our survey questions (“Are there other services not specified in question 16 that you would like to see ALA offer?”) to create a word cloud that is very interesting! It gives you a little taste of the kind of information we’re looking at. Come to our poster session at Annual to learn more (shameless plug!).

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June 3, 2009 at 10:16 PM

In the hopper…

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I have quite a few things going on at the moment, including:

  • Emerging Leaders team project. I’m working with 3 other ELs from Kansas, New York & South Carolina on a survey for millennials regarding association (ALA) wants and needs. Once our survey is ready, I’ll be begging you all to take it and/or forward it to your library friends. Thanks in advance! We will be sharing the results during a poster session at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.
  • Peer-reviewed academic outreach article for the 2009 scholarly print edition of NMRT Footnotes. I just got my reviewer comments back and have until the end of March to rework and send the article back to the editors. It’s my first shot at peer-reviewed, so we’ll see!
  • ‘Locally made’ encyclopedia article for the SAGE Green Consumerism reference project. Basically I have to describe ‘locally made’ in 1,500 words by May 1.
  • SSHELCO meeting panel discussion. I’m coordinating a panel discussion for the 2009 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Library Cooperative (SSHELCO) meeting on academic library outreach. We’re going to be sending out a survey shortly to ask about your outreach questions, which will then be addressed during the session. Stay tuned for more!
  • My first ‘Job of a Lifetime’ column for C&RL News. The first interview will be conducted shortly with publication sometime this spring if everything goes as planned.

I’m also working on an additional tab for the top of my blog where I’ll be posting examples of some of my print design work, just for the sake of having it all collected somewhere for future reference. Maybe others will be able to learn or draw inspiration from my work. I know I like to see other designs when I’m working on a project of my own. I will eventually be holding up my end of the bargain with a post about Harvey Milk (for the Dorney/Rath blog bash – See Ashley’s post in the meantime).

Tickets have been ordered to see Neko Case, New Found Glory & Bayside, and The National this spring (different shows, of course)! On that note, I’m out! Tell me, what are you currently working on?

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March 5, 2009 at 4:01 AM

2008 ACRL/NY Symposium: Green Academic Library Outreach

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Friday I am presenting at the 2008 ACRL/NY Symposium “The 21st Century Library: Targeting the Trends” at Baruch College in NYC. I am doing a non-traditional poster session. By non-traditional, I mean that I do not actually have a poster (say what?!). I do not have a poster because Amtrak guidelines would not allow me to bring my large poster board on the train. Due to the fact that my non-poster presentation is about practicing environmentally friendly methods of academic library outreach, I decided to practice what I preach (or do my best to try). I am taking mass transit from Lancaster to NYC as well as within the city, my non-poster did not require expensive printing or foam core spray mounting (rendering the poster board virtually useless after one presentation), and is fashioned from recycled materials.

As for handouts, I was supposed to print 170. Instead, I printed 75, on 30% post-consumer content recycled paper and I have sign up sheets for when/if I run out. Anyone who signs up during the Symposium will get a personal email from me including an electronic PDF of my one page handout, for their online viewing pleasure. Handouts are also available here on my blog and on the Symposium website for interested parties.

Please feel free to use any of these materials in your own way/shape/form. Many of my ideas and inspirations came from various blogs and articles, most of which I tried to link to here. Thank you!

My non-poster session materials:

Web Handout

Print Handout

Sign Up Sheet

Handy-dandy resources:

Creative Commons License

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December 5, 2008 at 4:27 AM

PaLA Annual Conference 2008.

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I’ll be spending the next few days in Valley Forge, PA at the PaLA Annual Conference Pennsylvania Libraries: Leading for Life. I’m very excited because I’m going to be doing a lot of different things there. I’ll be presenting a poster session on Monday outside of the exhibit hall (titled “The Strength of Personal Connections” – Talking about some upcoming library outreach methods being developed for Millersville University Library for the next 1 to 3 years). I volunteered to work at the conference registration desk for a few hours on Monday, which should give me a nice chance to meet some PaLA people. And I have kindly been invited by Mary Garm, PaLA President, to speak briefly at the PaLA Annual Business Meeting regarding my selection as an ALA Emerging Leader. Very fun!

Two people I’m very much looking forward to hearing from are speaker/author/professor Joe Janes (during the College and Research Division luncheon) and author Mary Doria Russell (I had the pleasure of reviewing her recent book “Dreamers of the Day” back in January). And as if that wasn’t enough, they are doing a Hollywood Librarian pajama party! Whoooo!

There are tons of good sessions to pick from. A few that I am really looking forward to are: “State Award Winners Share Their Marketing Success Stories”, “Reading People: Successful Advocacy for Savvy Trustees”, “Creating a Brand Identity to Market Information Services” , and of course Conference 101 and the New Members Reception. Also, a fellow 2009 Emerging Leader, Leigh Anne Vrabel (Senior Librarian, Reference Services @ Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh) is presenting a session on Sunday titled “Adding “2.0” Without Subtracting “Library”: A Series of Wild, Woolly and Wonderful Experiments with Adult Reference Services.”

One of the cool things PaLA is doing this year is having their session handouts available online before the conference for attendees to print out depending on which sessions they plan on attending. This is a great idea because it saves money for the presenters (printing 50-100 copies of handouts is not cheap!), it saves paper (yay for the environment!), and best of all, the handouts are now available to anyone on the web! So those of you who can’t attend the conference can still benefit by taking a look at the session handouts available here!

If you’ll be there, find me! I’ll also be posting a reflection/materials/photos about my poster session sometime late next week.

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November 8, 2008 at 8:07 PM