From Stale to Stellar: Practical innovations for teaching information literacy

Are you a librarian in the greater New York City area? Are you looking to discuss practical ways to reinvigorate your instruction? Does your library want to try out a new instructional approach but could use some advice? Do you have experience related to gaming, flipped instruction, or other innovative practices to share? If so, please join us for an event organized by the City University of New York’s Information Literacy Advisory Council (LILAC):

“From Stale to Stellar: Practical innovations for teaching information literacy.”

Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Brooklyn College Library, Fourth Floor (Room 411)

2900 Bedford Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11210

Light refreshments will be served

Event is FREE! RSVP at

Topic leaders (listed below) will first offer short introductions to a variety of innovative instructional practices. Attendees will then break into small, facilitated group discussions focused on the opportunities, practicalities, and challenges of developing new learning opportunities in the following areas:

* Integrating information literacy in distance learning contexts

Robin Davis, John Jay College

* Teaching & assessing information literacy for graduate students

Shawnta Smith, Graduate Center

* Gaming

Maura Smale, New York City College of Technology

* Flipped Information Literacy Classroom

Madeline Cohen, Jennifer Poggiali, and Alison Lehner-Quam, Lehman College

* Critical Information Literacy

Ian Beilin, New York City College of Technology

Again, the workshop is free. Please RSVP at:

Hoping to see you there!

Robert Farrell (Lehman College)

Amy Stempler (College of Staten Island)

LILAC Co-conveners, 2013-2014

The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community

CALL FOR JURIED PROPOSALS: Library Research Seminar VI
“The Engaged Librarian: Libraries Partnering with Campus and Community”

WHEN: October 7-9, 2014

WHERE: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iHotel and
Conference Center.

WHO: Hosted jointly by the University of Illinois Graduate School of
Library and Information Science, the University Library, and the
Library Research Roundtable of the American Library Association.

WHY: 21st century librarianship has witnessed new forms of cooperation
between librarians and the communities they serve. Academic libraries
have adopted new roles that span the scholarly communication lifecycle
and advance digital humanities, data stewardship, and eScience
initiatives. Public libraries have become community focal points for
programming that meets the learning needs of children and their
families, encourages the creative use of new technologies, and reaches
out to include new and diverse communities. Creative school librarians
also work with others to examine issues related to the common core
standards, the development of programs that promote and complement
curricula, and the exploration of new learning and teaching models.

WHAT: This conference will bring together academics and practitioners,
including faculty and graduate students from library schools and
iSchools, and academic, public and school librarians. The conference
will focus on how collaboration and cross-disciplinary research can
create new knowledge and chart a course for partnerships with deep and
lasting impact. The LRS VI Program Planning Committee invites
proposals for papers, panels, posters and workshops. We welcome
creative contributions from individuals and groups in the following
theme areas.

HOW: A lively discussion of paper, panel, poster, and workshop
presentations and activities.

Example topics include, but are not limited to:
*Cutting-edge research that crosses boundaries within and beyond
the field of library and information science
*The process and products of collaboration: lessons learned and
best practices that establish librarians as full research, teaching,
and learning partners in academic or community settings
*Librarian-faculty partnerships, their impact on research, and the
influence of their findings on the collaborative approach
*Identification of knowledge gaps and research agendas
*Intra-institutional, inter-institutional and trans-national collaborations
*Community engagement and community informatics projects–stories
of success and possible scenarios for the future
*Examples of recruiting, training, and mentoring the next
generation of librarians to be research, teaching, and learning
partners in their campus and communities

Proposal Submission Guidelines & Formats
The deadline for submission of proposals is May 15, 2014. In addition
to an abstract, each author or panelist must provide a separate
biographical statement (maximum of 50 words).

*Paper proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 500 words).
*Paper proposals should be submitted individually, and they will
be grouped with others on a common theme, typically for a 90-minute
session comprised of three paper presentations. The abstract
submitted should state the focus of the paper and the way(s) in which
it contributes to the body of knowledge in the field. Presentation
time for papers should be no more than 20 minutes.

*Poster proposals must include a title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 500 words).
*This formal graphic presentation of the topic, offers an
excellent opportunity for reporting on evaluation results and
gathering detailed feedback on one’s work. Posters should be no larger
than 40″ high and 44″ wide. Graduate student submissions are

*Panel proposals must include title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 750 words).
*The abstract should describe how three or more panelists will
creatively present a cohesive theme and promote lively discussions
between panelists and audience members. Proposals should provide a
description of the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists who
have agreed to participate with their qualifications and contributions
to the panel.

*Workshop proposals must include title, author(s), format, and
abstract (maximum of 750 words).
*The abstract should outline how participants will engage an
issue, learn a new skill, or develop an action plan or other activity
where hands-on learning is integral. Submissions must include an
example of an activity you plan to conduct. The learning experience
should excite and encourage the participants to take risks, question
assumptions, and fully engage in the learning process.

Evaluation Procedures:
The Conference Planning Committee will evaluate proposals based on:
*Relevance to the theme
*Significance of its contribution to LIS research or practice
*Clarity of expression
*Status of research: Are the results in hand? When appropriate,
please include the timeline for completion of research.

For more information on the Library Research Seminar VI Conference, please visit or send your comments &
questions to

GMR Lake Effects Webinar

The GMR Lake Effects Webinar will be Thursday, April 17th. The topic is Free NLM Resources for Community College Librarians, Part II: Environmental Health & Toxicology Databases.

The Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) produces information resources on a range of topics covering toxicology, environmental health, HIV/AIDS, drug and consumer product information, and disaster/emergency preparedness and response. I will be giving an overview of some of some of the more widely used databases.

To register go to:

* Meeting URL:
* Date: Thursday, April. 17, 2014
* Time: 1-2 PM CST
* Login as a guest with your first and last name
* Audio: Use the audio option in Adobe Connect. If you have problems
with the audio, call 1-866-628-8620 and enter the passcode: 742384

Ask an RDA Expert: Bibliographic Description

Ask an RDA Expert: Bibliographic Description
Adam Baron, May Chan, and Marcia Salmon

3-hour open forum
Friday, April 25, 2014
2:00-5:00pm ET | 1:00-4:00pm CT
12:00-3:00pm MT |
11:00am-2:00pm PT


Join colleagues across the world for a unique opportunity to engage informally with a group of RDA: Resource Description and Access experts to ask questions and get answers based on others’ experience and knowledge.

This three-hour open forum allows you to drop in at your convenience to obtain and share information on the RDA-related issues that matter most to you. Ask an RDA Expert: Bibliographic Description will be led by panelists Adam Baron, May Chan, and Marcia Salmon.

The webinar will focus on:

Bibliographic description
Monograph cataloging
Transitioning to RDA
Best training resources

Bring your questions about these topics, carrier types, publication statements, preferred titles, and more. Stay for 20 minutes or stay for the full three hours—this is your chance to get your RDA questions answered!

Shared Print Repositories

*Shared Print Repositories*

April 22-23, 2014

Hosted by Marie Waltz and Sherri Michaels

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 4pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm

Space in libraries is an increasingly valuable commodity. To respond to
this problem librarians are looking for cost-effective solutions to store
and provide access to large, legacy print collections. Shared print
repositories have emerged as one possible solution, even as other print
preservation solutions continue to emerge within the library community.

During this e-forum, we hope to stimulate discussion on the many of the
different issues surrounding print archiving with an emphasis on shared
print repositories.

We hope to address as many of these Topics as we can during the e-forum:

– What is a shared print repository?
– What should you look for in a shared print archiving agreement?
– How are libraries selecting material for shared print collections?
– Useful workflows and logistics for librarians involved in shared print
– What Metadata is involved in shared print programs?
– What Access restrictions are available for shared print programs?
– How is Resource sharing addressed in shared print programs?
– What does Participation in a national shared print network look like?
– What are some of the other models for Print Preservation?

Please join us for what we hope will be a lively discussion on this
emerging trend!

*Who Should Attend?*

Librarians involved with print preservation, collection management,
collection development, print repository managers and anyone with an
interest in this topic can benefit from this session and is welcome to


*Marie Waltz* is currently Special Projects Librarian at the Center for
Research Libraries. Marie is involved with both print and digital
preservation projects for CRL. In the print realm, she manages CRL’s JSTOR
Print Archive. She also manages CRL activities related to the Print Archive
Network (PAN) a group who meets bi-annually at ALA to discuss print archive
issues. Marie received her Master in Library Science from Indiana
University, Bloomington.

*Sherri Michaels* is currently the Head of Collection Management at Indiana
University, the first host site for the CIC Shared Print Repository. She
also serves as the collection manager and liaison for the Psychological and
Brain Sciences Department. Sherri received her Master’s degree in Library
and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

*What is an e-forum?*

An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters
of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The
e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email
address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate
with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two
to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See
a list of upcoming e-forums at:

*To register:*

Instructions for registration are available at: Once you have
registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you
choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.
If you have any problems, please contact

Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction

Call for Chapters: Virtual Reference in Modern Libraries: Innovative Methods for User Interaction
Sonnet Ireland (University of New Orleans, USA)

Call for Chapters
Proposals Submission Deadline: April 30, 2014
Full Chapters Due: May 30, 2014


For release in the Advances in Library and Information Science (ALIS) Book

The *ALIS Book Series* aims to expand the body of library science
literature by covering a wide range of topics affecting the profession and
field at large. The series also seeks to provide readers with an essential
resource for uncovering the latest research in library and information
science management, development, and technologies.

With budget cuts and doubts about the necessity of the roles librarians
play, it may seem as if we haven’t any time to explore new ways to interact
with our users. In fact, the opposite is true. Many librarians are taking
their limitations and turning them into innovations. This surge in
creativity needs to be shared across the profession so that other libraries
and librarians can benefit.

This book will explore innovative methods for reaching and interacting with
users, especially in terms of virtual reference. The chapters in this book
will focus on various types of virtual reference that libraries have
adopted in recent years. It will also look at ways librarians are
virtually interacting with their users and be written for librarians who
want to learn techniques that can be applied at their own libraries and
enhance their own users’ experiences.

Target Audience
The target audience of this book will be composed of professionals and
researchers working in the field of information and knowledge management in
various aspects of librarianship, e.g., reference, public services,
instruction, and technology. Moreover, the book will provide insights and
support to librarians who wish to develop these skills in their own careers.

Recommended Topics

– Virtual Reference Programs
– Social Media
– SMS Reference
– Chat Reference
– Virtual Information Needs
– Email Reference
– Reference Interactions via Mobile Device

Submission Procedure
Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before *April 30,
2014* a 2-3 page chapter proposal clearly explaining the mission and
concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Submissions should be made through
the link at the bottom of this page. Authors of accepted proposals will be
notified by *May 1, 2014*about the status of their proposals and sent
chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by *May 30,
2014*. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review
basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this

This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group
Inc.), publisher of the “Information Science Reference” (formerly Idea
Group Reference), “Medical Information Science Reference,” “Business
Science Reference,” and “Engineering Science Reference” imprints. For
additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates
*April 30, 2014:*Proposal Submission Deadline*May 1, 2014:*Notification of
Acceptance*May 30, 2014:*Full chapter Submission*July 30, 2014:*Review
Results to Authors*August 30, 2014:*Revised Chapter Submission*October 15,
2014:*Submission of Final Chapters

Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
Tel.: 504.280.7276 Fax: 504.280.7277

Propose a chapter for this
Sonnet Ireland
Head of Federal Documents, Microforms, and Analog Media
Business Library Liaison
Earl K. Long Library
University of New Orleans
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

Assessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media Presence

Assessing and Improving Your Library’s Social Media Presence

Instructor: Julia Skinner
Dates: May 5-30, 2014
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175

This four-week course will aid participants in assessing and improving their library’s social media program. Participants will compare a variety of social media pages for a variety of libraries, in order to think about what works and what doesn’t in using social media to do outreach for such institutions. They will also look at different ways of evaluating an effective presence and devise their own performance metrics to measure effectiveness over time. Participants will also draft social media policies (if they don’t have them) or revisit existing policies based upon what they have learned and what goals they have for their social media presence. The metrics and policies should be related to each other, and will be resources that can be taken into the workplace at the conclusion of the course. The format of the course is hands-on and interactive, and asks participants to actively engage with the instructor and each other as they discuss effective social media strategies and construct policies.

Julia Skinner is a doctoral student at Florida State University’s School of Library & Information Studies. Her research interests include social media, library history, and services for sexual assault survivors. She has worked in special collections, and has her MLS and Center for the Book graduate certificate from the University of Iowa, and is originally from Boulder, Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, gardening, music, and making art.

Read an interview with Julia:

Course structure
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment info
You can register in this course through the first week of instruction. The “Register” button on the website goes to our credit card payment gateway, which may be used with personal or institutional credit cards. (Be sure to use the appropriate billing address). If your institution wants to pay using a purchase order, please contact us to make arrangements.

Library Juice Academy
P.O. Box 188784
Sacramento, CA 95818
Tel. 218-260-6115
Fax 916-415-5446


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