LLAMA webinar: Managing Up–Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships

How would you describe your relationship with your supervisor? Is it collaborative? Or, is it the dreaded top-down? If yours is a top-down relationship, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged and ultimately ineffective. Although you may not be able to change your boss, you can improve your relationship significantly by learning how to “Manage up.”

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Managing Up–Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships,” on Wed., June 8, at 1:30 – 3:00 pm (Central time).

Michelle Armstrong, Head of Scholarly Communications and Data Management, Albertsons Library, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

Registration fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239; Student: $29
Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

This webinar will help you move away from “boss from hell” rants towards more effective and enjoyable collaborations by giving you insights into supervisor behaviors, needs, and expectations; and presenting concrete actions you can take to influence your supervisor.

Learning outcomes
Participants will:

    Understand the value and importance of managing up for organizational effectiveness and personal career success
    Learn why supervisors may make certain choices
    Identify strategies that build productive and collegial relationships with direct supervisors
    Understand the ethical limitations of these strategies
    Cultivate an appreciation for the effect one’s behavior may have when in leadership or management positions

Who Should Attend: Anyone with a direct supervisor, especially middle managers who are both supervisors and subordinates

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.
Tech Requirements: This webinar uses GoToWebinar software, which may require a small download, but is easily accessed by PC and MAC platforms.
For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact: Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association
The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) President’s Program- ALA Annual 2016

“Be Our Guest”: Creating Immersive Guest Experiences in Libraries

Saturday, June 25, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W110B.

You’re invited to the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) President’s Program. Dave Cobb, ThinkWell Group, will share his insights on how libraries can tell stories with space and create an emotional resonance for library patrons–drawing on examples from the library world, as well as local Orlando theme parks.

Mr. Cobb, Vice President, Creative Development of the Thinkwell Group, is an expert on designing immersive educational experiences for museums and theme parks. He’ll talk about how libraries can tell stories with space and create an emotional resonance for library patrons–drawing on examples from the library world, as well as local Orlando theme parks. The session will also feature two expert responders from the library world, John Blyberg, Assistant Director for Innovation and UX at the Darien Library; and Steven Bell, Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University.

“We are very excited to have Dave Cobb as our speaker for the 2016 RUSA President’s Program. We think the guest experience theme–which incorporates technology, interactivity, and theatricality in engaging and exciting library users– will resonate with librarians in all types of libraries,” said RUSA President, Anne Houston. “We’re also thrilled that John Blyberg and Steven Bell can join us to talk about how guest experience resonates with them in their libraries.”

The RUSA President’s Program is a part of RUSA’s programs and event offerings at the ALA Annual Conference and will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center, W110B. There is no cost for this program, but conference registration is required in order to participate in this event–you can register now at the ALA Annual Conference website. A complete list of RUSA events at the Annual Conference is available on the RUSA website.

RUSA is the foremost organization of reference and information professionals who make the connections between people and the information sources, services, and collection materials they need. RUSA supports excellence in the delivery of general library services and materials, and the provision of reference advisory, and resource sharing for all ages, in every type of library. Please visit our website at http://www.ala.org/rusa/

2016 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit

The 2016 PA Forward Information Literacy Summit Planning Committee is pleased to announce that registration for our July 21, 2016 Summit – “Library Services by Design: Supporting Future Forward Workplace Competencies” – is now open at http://bit.ly/PAFILS2016.

You do not need to be a member of PaLA to register and attend! Five ACT 48 credits will be available.

The event will be held at the Paterno Library, Penn State University, State College, PA and our morning Keynote on information literacy and workplace competencies for academic, school, and public libraries will be presented by three speakers:

Russ Hall – Associate Librarian focusing on reference and instruction at Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania
Wes Roberts – Library Services Manager of Workforce and Economic Development at Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Dr. Brenda Boyer – Freelance instructional designer and a librarian for the Kutztown (PA) Area School District

Our thirteen breakout sessions have also been finalized, and you can find full details on the registration site under Breakout Session Descriptions.

If you would like to book a room at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center, we have secured a discounted Summit rate. Reservations must be made by June 20, 2016. More information about the program, hotel discount code, and parking at Penn State are available on the reservation website under Registration, Program, and Hotel Information.

Registration will remain open through July 21, or until capacity is reached. Please visit http://bit.ly/PAFILS2016 for more information!

This project is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor, through the College and Research Division (https://crdpala.org/) of PaLA. Show your appreciation by becoming a member of PaLA! And if you are a member – thank you!

Call for Lightning Round Presentations : METRO Outreach and Advocacy SIG

Faculty Outreach Strategies – Success Stories and Uphill Battles
Thursday May 26, 2016, 12:00pm-2:00pm
METRO Training Center, 57 East 11th street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10003
Our Spring 2016 meeting will address how we connect with faculty through various outreach strategies and partnerships. Have you connected with classroom faculty to promote various library services and resources? We’re hosting up to five short lightning round presentations (15 minutes each). We are looking for short presentations on some of your strategies that you have developed at your libraries that connect with faculty.
Submit your proposals online at http://tinyurl.com/metro-oasig-spring2016

Our meeting will be at the METRO Training Center on Thursday May 26, 2016 from 12:00pm-2:00pm.
The address is 57 East 11th Street, Fourth Floor, New York, NY 10003
RSVP to attend here:http://metro.org/events/747/
All events held at METRO follow a set of Community Expectations. Please read more about it here http://metro.org/community-expectations/
We look forward to seeing you! Refreshments will be served.
For more information, please email the co-conveners:
Mark Aaron Polger and Carl Andrews, METRO Outreach & Advocacy SIG Co-Conveners

Metrolina Library Association Annual Conference

Metrolina Library Association Annual Conference
New Horizons
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Register today @ mlalibrary.org!

Poster and Presenters $50
Members $65
Non-members $80
Location: CPCC Harris Conference Center
3216 CPCC Harris Campus Conference Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208

Keynote Speaker: Cal Shepard
Caroline (Cal) Shepard is the State Librarian of North Carolina. Formerly she was Program Director of Consulting Services and Regional Director for the Southeast at LYRASIS. In this role she managed the consulting program and also served as a consultant. From 1999 to 2006, she managed the Educational Services program at SOLINET. Prior to joining SOLINET, Cal served as Chief of Library Development at the State Library of North Carolina. Previous experience includes positions at the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem and a rural multi-county public library headquartered in Murphy, North Carolina.
Cal has a MLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She is active in the American Library Association and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies organization where she serves on the board. She serves on the boards of the Association for Rural and Small Libraries and the North Carolina Center for After School Programs. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in 2013.

Introduction to Javascript and Introduction to Web Programming

The University of Maryland’s iSchool will be offering two summer technology courses:

Introduction to Javascript

Introduction to Web Programming

These courses will be offered as 1-credit graduate courses during the summer and again as non-credit courses in the fall (http://ischool.umd.edu/professional-education).

The iSchool also offers a certificate in Curation and Management of Digital Assets (http://ischool.umd.edu/cmda-certificate), which has already had one successful cohort and will have another beginning in July! This certificate is a great experience for information professionals who want the knowledge, skills, and abilities to manage, preserve, and curate digital resources, a growing need in these times!

Research in the Real World

Research in the Real World
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST


Academic research—in every field from business and management to medicine and even librarianship—frequently discovers crucial ways to improve efficacy and efficiency. But that only helps only if those findings get applied in practice.

In this webinar, find out how best to get your existing collections used, not just for study, but to inform the real-world decisions of current and former students; how to acquire the right resources to get new actionable research into the hands of those who need it; and how to help your faculty get their scholarly publications noticed by the practitioners, consultants, and other influencers who can ensure their discoveries are widely used and understood.


Simon Linacre – Executive Publisher, Emerald Group Publishing

Rex Krajewski – Associate Director for Collections & User Services at Simmons College


Meredith Schwartz – Executive Editor, Library Journal