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Virtual Worlds Interest Group (ACRL)

Event ACRL VWIG shares MAKING DISCOVERIES WITH SL CREATIVE PROCESSES

by Valerie Hill on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 03:50 pm

For the ACRL Virtual World Interest Group meeting on April 15th, a collaborative event will take place.

Landmark in the virtual world of Second Life:

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/42/117/23 ​

For the ACRL Virtual World Interest Group meeting on April 15th, a collaborative event will take place.

Landmark in the virtual world of Second Life:

 http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/42/117/23 ​

April is National Poetry Month.  On April 15th, at NOON SLT, 
ISTE (International Society for Technological Education) will sponsor a unique collaborative session!! 
ACRL_VWIG (Assoc. of College & Research Libraries:Virtual World Interest Group and CVL (Community Virtual Library) present:
      
            *MAKING DISCOVERIES WITH SL CREATIVE PROCESSES*
           hosted by Marly Milena of OCTAGON: Creative Exploration
 
Musicians, Artists and Poets will take turns improvising, inspired by each other's creations.  .  If there's time, the audience can participate with the spoken word and a simple group build. Here is a video of an earlier IMPROV: 
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qdU4kNGvVw
 
We plan on making a video of this event to be shared at a presentation on June 25th at the ISTE Conference in Chicago.  If you don't want to be in the video, you can be edited out.  

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Announcements

Discussion ALA Connect Service Interruption (March 26 - April 25, 2018)

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 03:25 pm

As you know, ALA will launch the new ALA Connect on Wednesday, April 25, bringing with it new features and updates to members’ online collaborative space for networking, learning, growing, and engaging on a variety of topics of interest. 

As you know, ALA will launch the new ALA Connect on Wednesday, April 25, bringing with it new features and updates to members’ online collaborative space for networking, learning, growing, and engaging on a variety of topics of interest. 

To migrate the data from the current ALA Connect system, ALA will need to interrupt service from March 26-April 25. During this “gray-out” period, users will not be able to log in and only public content will be viewable on the current site. Member documents and groups in the current ALA Connect will be migrated to the new ALA Connect, and there will be no loss of any previous discussion or file content. 

Resources and training are available on the support site at http://www.ala.org/support/alaconnect. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Brian K. Willard at alaconnectmigration@ala.org.

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Engagement and Inclusion Librarian, CSU San Marcos Library

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 02:25 pm

The CSU San Marcos Library is seeking a bilingual (Spanish & English) librarian to join our team, and do good work.

Engagement and Inclusion Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) 

The CSU San Marcos Library is seeking a bilingual (Spanish & English) librarian to join our team, and do good work.

Engagement and Inclusion Librarian (Senior Assistant Librarian) 

The University Library at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks an innovative Engagement and Inclusion Librarian at the level of Senior Assistant Librarian to support the University and University Library’s goals for community engagement, inclusive excellence, and student success. As an integral member of the User Services Department, the Engagement and Inclusion Librarian will work collaboratively across campus on initiatives aimed at creating an inclusive community and fostering co-curricular user engagement. This includes participating in CSUSM's efforts to engage minoritized and/or underrepresented communities. The Engagement and Inclusion Librarian will provide leadership for the library’s co-curricular outreach and engagement initiatives, and will work collaboratively with library faculty and staff to support the development of inclusive and representative programming and services that are accessible and meet the needs of all CSUSM’s students.
For more information, please see http://www.csusm.edu/facultyopportunities/listings.html

 

 

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Associate Director for the Digital Library, NCSU Libraries

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 01:52 pm

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for the Digital Library. This positionprovides vision and leadership for the Digital Library division, playing a leading role in shaping the future of the NCSU Libraries as an essential competitive advantage for learning and research.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for the Digital Library. This positionprovides vision and leadership for the Digital Library division, playing a leading role in shaping the future of the NCSU Libraries as an essential competitive advantage for learning and research. With administrative responsibility for digital library strategy and technology in one of the nation’s most forward-thinking libraries, the Associate Director leads in creating a cutting-edge environment that enables students, faculty, and researchers to discover and create new knowledge and develop multidisciplinary solutions to contemporary challenges.

Review of applications is underway; the position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. See the vacancy announcement with application instructions at: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/jobs/ehra/addl. NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. For ADA accommodations, please call (919) 515-3148.

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ALCTS

Event ALCTS e-Forum: User Experience and the Electronic Resources Librarian

by Jeremy Myntti on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 10:40 am

ALCTS e-Forum: User Experience and the Electronic Resources Librarian

ALCTS e-Forum: User Experience and the Electronic Resources Librarian

April 10-11, 2018

 

Moderated by Michael Rodriguez and Kate Hill

 

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: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

 

Designing good patron experiences with usability and user experience (UX) techniques is not a new concept in librarianship. There are user experience departments and staff. Conferences and journals are dedicated to the concept. However, a quick scan through sources like the Designing for Digital conference schedule and Weave: The Journal of Library User Experience suggests a lack of UX thinking when it comes to electronic resources: publisher platforms, discovery services, resource management software for staff, and other library tools, whether proprietary or open source. How can electronic resources librarians facilitate positive, successful user experiences with eresources?

 

In this e-Forum, we will discuss what exactly UX and usability design means, how UX can be brought into issues of collection development and eresources management, and what struggles and successes that discussion participants have experienced with UX in the context of eresources. Participants will finish this e-Forum with an understanding of the possibilities and complications of implementing this framework for electronic resources - and with some practical ways to start the UX conversation at their own libraries.

 

Moderators

Michael Rodriguez is Licensing & Acquisitions Librarian at the University of Connecticut, where he spearheads and streamlines contracts, procurement, and electronic resources management. Before UConn he served as E-Learning Librarian at Hodges University, where he developed a new library website and technology training programs. Michael chairs electronic resources management interest groups for LITA/ALCTS and for the ACRL New England Chapter. He writes for Library Journal, Charleston Advisor, College & Research Libraries News, Serials Review, Technical Services Quarterly, and Journal of Electronic Resources Librarianship. Michael was named a 2015 Library Journal Reviewer of the Year and a 2017 Charleston Conference Up-and-Comer.

 

Kate Hill is the Electronic Resources Librarian at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She handles the entire electronic resource workflow, from licensing to perpetual access, for everything from eBooks to streaming media. Previously, she was a Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University, working in the Acquisitions and Discovery Department and the User Experience Department, where she helped develop the open source projects of Kuali OLE and GOKb. Kate chairs the ALCTS Continuing Resources Standards Committee for ALA and also is a member of the Electronic Resources and Libraries Planning committee. She just published her first book, The ABCs of ERM from ABC-CLIO. In addition, she writes for Serials Review and has presented at numerous conferences, including Electronic Resources and Libraries, ACRL, ALA, NASIG and the Charleston Conference. Kate was named as a member of the North Carolina Library Association Leadership Institute and a 2017 Charleston Conference Up-and-Comer.

 

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.

 

For information about upcoming e-forums, please visit http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum

 

How to Register

You must register your email address to subscribe to or access an electronic discussion list on ALA's Mailing List Service. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the list. Find instructions for subscribing and unsubscribing online. (http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/e-forum/sympa)

 

If you have any problems, please contact alcts-eforum-request@ala.org.

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ALCTS LLAMA LITA Alignment Discussion

Discussion Membership Overlap Report

by Jenny Levine (staff) on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 09:36 am

The three divisions have been working on pulling together data as a foundation for discussions going forward. We'll be sharing these reports publicly in this community as we create them and encourage you to post your comments and questions about any of the content. There's also a Google Form for submitting questions if you'd rather remain anonymous.

The three divisions have been working on pulling together data as a foundation for discussions going forward. We'll be sharing these reports publicly in this community as we create them and encourage you to post your comments and questions about any of the content. There's also a Google Form for submitting questions if you'd rather remain anonymous.

Our first document is a 2017 Small Divisions Membership Overlap Report (Google Spreadsheet) that shows overlap numbers between ALCTS, LITA, and LLAMA, including at the section level. As you read through the data, please note that LITA doesn't have sections, and LLAMA migrated its sections to a communities of practice model during its recent reorganization.

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Research and Instruction Librarian/ Liaison to First-Year Composition, University of Georgia Libraries

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, Mar 22, 2018 at 08:39 am

Research and Instruction Librarian/ Liaison to First-Year Composition
Research and Instruction Department (Main Library)
University of Georgia Libraries

Research and Instruction Librarian/ Liaison to First-Year Composition
Research and Instruction Department (Main Library)
University of Georgia Libraries

The University of Georgia Libraries is seeking a Research and Instruction Librarian/Liaison to First Year Composition who will be responsible to the Head of the Research and Instruction Department for assisting students, faculty, and staff in making effective use of library and other research resources. To achieve this goal, this Research and Instruction Librarian provides in-person and virtual reference assistance, library instruction sessions, and one-on-one in-depth consultations in a range of subjects with particular responsibility for outreach to the University’s First-Year Composition program.

The Research and Instruction Department currently covers three in-person service points: the Main Library, the Science Library, and the Zell B. Miller Learning Center. This position is based in the Main Library, which holds a broad range of materials in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and business. The Main Library is also home to the Map & Government Information Library, the Digital Library of Georgia, and a Digital Humanities Lab. The Main Library’s Research and Instruction Department is comprised of 9 librarians, 1 staff member, and 3 student assistants.

The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository, Special Collections Libraries, and the Carnegie Library. Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/.

To view a full description of the position and application instructions please go to:

http://facultyjobs.uga.edu/postings/3574.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (facultyjobs@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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