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Event ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

by Jeremy Myntti on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

September 5-6, 2017

 

Moderated by Violet Fox and Beth Shoemaker

 

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:

ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

September 5-6, 2017

 

Moderated by Violet Fox and Beth Shoemaker

 

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.

 

Catalogers know that the decisions they make in their work can enhance or obscure access to resources. Instructions when applying subject headings are framed in the arguably unattainable prescription to strive for neutrality. Neither the ALA Code of Ethics or the 1994 Guidelines for ALCTS Members to Supplement the American Library Association Code of Ethics speak specifically to the day-to-day challenges faced by catalogers—how would a code written with cataloging practice in mind be useful?

 

At ALA Annual in June 2017, Elizabeth Shoemaker & Hope Olson spoke at the CaMMS Forum about “Power That Is Moral: Creating a Cataloging Code of Ethics” (http://connect.ala.org/node/265990). This forum is designed to continue that discussion about creating a document that would help guide ethical cataloging decisions.

 

Moderators

Violet Fox is Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University (Minnesota) and a 2013 graduate of the University of Washington iSchool. She has been the News Editor for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly since 2014. Her research interests include the intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethics of classification. Chat with Violet on Twitter at @violetbfox.

 

Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Cataloger at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library. She graduated from the GSLIS at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Her research interests are cataloging and discovery of artists’ books and ethics in cataloging and metadata production. You can reach her at: elizabeth.shoemaker@emory.edu.

 

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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ALSC Children and Technology Committee

File ALSC-C-T-August-2017-Meeting-Agenda

by Angela Nolet on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm

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The Picture Books for Young Adults Interest Group

Discussion Booklist - Top Ten Humorous Picture Books

by Diane Colson on Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 03:41 pm

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

Hello all,

Although I had mentioned posted Booklink's picture book mystery list, it really is geared towards a pretty young audience. More useful to us, I think, is Maggie Reagan's list in the current issue of Booklist on the Top 10 Humorous Picture books. Here's are her picks, with apologies for the awkward formatting:

Top 10 Humorous Picture Books.

Reagan, Maggie (author).

FEATURE.  First published July, 2017 (Booklist).

From the dryly witty to the sidesplittingly hilarious, these funny picture books, reviewed in Booklist between July 2016 and June 2017, provide a bundle of laughs for all.

Creepy Pair of Underwear! By Aaron Reynolds. Illus. by Peter Brown. Aug. 2017. Simon & Schuster, $17.99 (9781442402980). K–Gr. 3.

Jasper Rabbit doesn’t realize that his prized new undies glow, until the bedroom lights go out. His dismay quickly changes to terror after he stuffs them in the laundry hamper—and, horror of horrors, wakes up wearing them again.

Du Iz Tak? By Carson Ellis. Illus. by the author. 2016. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763665302). PreS–Gr. 2.

A few bugs discover a green shoot sprouting from the ground and, in their own gibberish language, discuss. Visual cues in splendid folk-style illustrations allow readers to draw meaning from the hilariously nonsensical dialogue.

How to Be a HeroBy Florence Parry Heide. Illus. by Chuck Groenink. 2016. Chronicle, $16.99 (9781452127101). PreS–Gr. 1.

Fairy-tale-obsessed Gideon keeps a constant eye out for his chance to be a hero. Readers will chuckle watching the caped boy, who’s so focused that he misses glaringly obvious opportunities to help.

The Legend of Rock Paper ScissorsBy Drew Daywalt. Illus. by Adam Rex. 2017. HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, $17.99 (9780062438898). PreS–Gr. 1.

This madcap origin story presents Rock, Paper, and Scissors as three mighty warriors. The earnest gravity of the fighters’ quests pairs with the melodramatic tone to produce a brand of purely absurd, sidesplitting humor.

Lexie the Word Wrangler. By Rebecca Van Slyke. Illus. by Jessie Hartland. 2017. Penguin/Nancy Paulsen, $17.99 (9780399169571). K–Gr. 3.

Lexie ties words together and herds them into sentences. But a missing d turns Lexie’s bandana into a banana: a word rustler is on the loose! Droll and playful wordplay will impress teachers and readers alike.

Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion. By Alex T. Smith. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780545914383). K–Gr. 2.

Little Red marches off through the African bush to deliver medicine to her aunt—but who’s that behind her? Warm colors, fantastic comic timing, and a twist ending infuse this updated tale with humor.

Nanette’s Baguette. By Mo Willems. Illus. by the author. 2016. Hyperion, $17.99 (9781484722862). PreS–K.

Nanette, a young frog, is sent to pick up a baguette but ends up devouring it. Full of regret, Nanette contemplates moving to Tibet, but, luckily, Mom understands. Delicious wordplay and delightful illustrations convey energy, emotion, and hilarity.

Rudas: Niño’s Horrendous Hermanitas. By Yuyi Morales. Illus. by the author. 2016. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781626722408). PreS–Gr. 1.

Little luchador Niño faces off against his little sisters, and they fight dirty. They tattle, screech, and scream—until Niño cleverly traps them and calms them with a book. English-Spanish text and hilarious pictures depict the spectacular battle.

TriangleBy Mac Barnett. Illus. by Jon Klassen. 2017. Candlewick, $15.99 (9780763696030). PreS–Gr. 1.

Triangle is up to no good: a prank on his friend Square. Square fails to see the humor and chases the tricky Triangle back to his triangle-shaped house, where the tables are hilariously turned.

A Well-Mannered Young WolfBy Jean Leroy. Illus. by Matthieu Maudet. 2016. Eerdmans, $16 (9780802854797). PreS–Gr. 2.

A young wolf catches a rabbit and politely offers a last wish—only to have the rabbit break his promise to stay put. This understatedly humorous tale of politeness gone awry even sports a twist ending.

 

She isn't focusing on a young adult audience, although several of the books she mentions work well with that age group. 

What is missing here? What are the books that you have used with tweens and teens to make them laugh? Or...which of the books listed above are already on your go-to list?

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data, Tulane University, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 03:30 pm

Howard Tilton Memorial Library (HTML) at Tulane University invites applications for the position of Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.  The Systems Librarian will combine a strong service orientation with application development to ensure that HTML maintains and builds upon the high level of services for which it is renowned.

Posting Summary

Howard Tilton Memorial Library (HTML) at Tulane University invites applications for the position of Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.  The Systems Librarian will combine a strong service orientation with application development to ensure that HTML maintains and builds upon the high level of services for which it is renowned.

Posting Summary

The Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Social Sciences and Data supports faculty and students in Tulane University’s social sciences departments in the discovery, analysis, and representation of information resources.  Reporting to the Director of User Services and Library IT, s/he provides Tulane students and faculty with guidance on the discovery, evaluation, and use of social science information resources, including datasets and data repositories such as ICPSR.  S/he also provides instruction on statistical and qualitative analysis software.  The Social Sciences and Data Librarian teaches in the course-integrated library instruction and workshop program, provides research consultations, and prepares online guides, video tutorials, or other instruction aids as appropriate.  S/he handles collection development for assigned social sciences subject areas.  S/he will participate in the Scholarly Engagement Instruction and Digital Scholarship groups and collaborate with liaisons to integrate quantitative social science methodologies and data reference into liaison services.  S/he collaborates with counterparts in the humanities and sciences to ensure a consistent approach to instruction, research support, and outreach, and s/he collaborates with the Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences to provide and promote social science-related workshops.  The Social Sciences and Data Librarian, with colleagues, uses a team approach to fulfil the library’s mission in an era of fast-evolving information needs.  

Librarians are expected to develop expertise in emerging technologies and lead and/or participate in innovative library projects.

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

  • ALA-accredited MLS with an academic background in social sciences at the time of hire; OR a graduate degree in the social sciences and 2 or more years of relevant academic library experience

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES/COMPETENCIES TYPICALLY NEEDED TO PERFORM THIS JOB SUCCESSFULLY:

  • Knowledge of library research tools relevant to the social sciences; related reference and research consultation experience.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative Social Sciences and Data resources.
  • Understanding of the academic research process and the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the social sciences.
  • Ability to identify, obtain, and prepare datasets for quantitative research in the social sciences, and knowledge of statistical-quantitative methods of analysis.
  • Knowledge of one or more quantitative research/statistical software tools, such as STATA, SPSS, SAS, R, or ArcGIS.
  • Experience in the use or support of published data repositories such as ICPSR.
  • Familiarity with one or more visualization tools such as InstantAtlas, Dygraphs, or Tableau.
  • A strong commitment to user service and creative, engaging outreach.
  • Understanding of academic library collection development, including financial management.
  • Strong interpersonal, communications, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, technology professionals, and library colleagues.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience working with U.S. Census Data.
  • Experience working with cartographic materials.
  • One year of teaching using instructional design, lesson planning, and assessment.
  • One year of collection development in an academic library.

To Apply. To apply for this position please go to Tulane University Jobs IRC12297. To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

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ALSC (Association for Library Service to Children)

Online Doc Preschool Discussion Group 2017 ALA Annual Report

by Linda Ernst on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 02:29 pm

NAME OF DISCUSSION GROUP:__Preschool Services Discussion Group__________

DISCUSSION GROUP CONVENOR/S:_Linda L. Ernst & Sue McCleaf Nespeca______

 

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  

 

Two for One Special!

NAME OF DISCUSSION GROUP:__Preschool Services Discussion Group__________

DISCUSSION GROUP CONVENOR/S:_Linda L. Ernst & Sue McCleaf Nespeca______

 

DISCUSSION TOPIC:  

 

Two for One Special!

STORY WALKS PRESCHOOL and Preschool STORYTIME CHALLENGES! 

 

SUMMARY OF DISCUSSION:

Preschool Services Discussion Group

ALA Annual – Chicago, IL

Sunday, June 25, 2017

1:00pm-2:30pm

Hilton Chicago, Lake Erie

 

Topic: STORY WALKS

 

How do you set up a story walk? What are the ins and outs to make it a success? How can you use Story Walks in other locations to attract different audiences?

Speaker: Ashley Waring, MLS; Assistant Director; Reading Public Library, MA

Meeting Notes:

Speaker: Story Walk is trademarked by Anne Ferguson in Montpelier, Vermont. If you use the term, you may need to contact them, or use a disclaimer. Ashley explained that they did their Story Walks based on the booklet by the Boston Children’s Museum and did the program in various places such as: conservation lands, at shopping centers and in downtown store windows. They have done five so far. They do StoryWalks during school breaks and keep it up for two weeks. Example: Tree lighting walk. Families went from shop to shop. Story was Elves and Shoemaker. Bought two copies of the book and took apart. Ordered on Amazon, used copies in good condition. Pages were hard core laminated (use 10-milliitrel laminator sheets for durability). It is important for the pages to be stiff and weatherproof. Each stake was labelled with “Property of… Return to….” Labeling is important so these items were not thrown away at shops, etc.  A logbook was kept at the last page’s location --- people signed if they participated, so library would have stats. If they signed, they were also entered into a raffle. StoryWalk was advertised thorough: electronic signs in library, on library calendar, local newspapers, press releases, local school districts. The first page would explain what StoryWalk was, how it works, and credit the library. Then on the bottom of each page they would have the library logo. It also gave directions telling them how to proceed through the story, with arrows giving directions. Some pages were under Plexiglas.

The link below will give you the whole booklet about “Building Literacy Skills through StoryWalk” from the Boston Children’s Museum and provides guidelines & suggestions.

http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/rttt/storywalk/storywalk_v3web.pdf

Variations:

  • “Everybody Walks” was name used in Arizona. Focus was also on staying healthy, which they hope will help with grant funding also. Cost $50 to $60 to do.
  • There is a foundation (Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, Vermont) that will send books. You can borrow them and send them back.  Info. and list of books: http://www.kellogghubbard.org/storywalk
  • Suggestion: if possible make the last stop inside the library. Families needed to enter the library to read the last page. They printed a map for folks to follow.
  • Information from the Kansas Library Association: http://kslibassoc.org/2014Conf/handouts/storywalkproject.pdf

 

Topic:PRESCHOOL STORYTIME CHALLENGES! 

How do you handle large groups and disruptive children? How about families that come late and interrupt the program? Parents who sit in the back of the room and talk to each other? Parents who text and do not pay attention (while you are trying to share early literacy tips)?

 

Discussion Points from Participants:

  • Be direct in your body language, facial expressions and tone.
  • Use nice tone to tell people to put phones away (just like they do at the theatre).
  • “Please turn phones off and put them away.  Take this time to be with your child without interruptions.”
  • Make sure mother/caregiver is sitting within the group (not in back of room) to help keep control.
  • Praise children – “You are doing an amazing job of listening, but some Moms (adults) are talking.”
  • Some parents expect you to do something and keep control.
  • Talk to parents directly at the end of the program
  • Have a bouncer at door (staff member) and close door when program starts. Bouncer does not let latecomers in. Bouncer also greets others when they arrive.
  • One parent wrote to mayor and mayor wrote back to be on time.
  • Once door is closed, folks can’t go in. Schools start on time. Children need to get use to that.
  • Child has meltdown --- “Feel free to go out and come back in.”
  • “Put away anything that is distracting.”
  • “Parents --- the more you are engaged in the program, the more kids will want to be engaged.”
  • Tell kids “Can you help your parent do that?” or “Let’s teach the big people this song since they don’t seem to know it!”  Use songs such as: “Row, row, row, your boat” and “Wheels of Bus,” have the adult be bus or boat and have child sit in the adult’s lap.
  • If you can lock door so you can get out, and they cannot get in, have sign on door “Storytime Has Started. I am sorry you have missed it. Please come again next time.” Sign is in English and Spanish.
  • One library has guidelines. “If we do all of these things, we will have a great time.” 1. Participate and sing songs, do rhymes (parent/caregiver) 2. No cell phones on 3. No food or drink 4. Meltdown statement.
  • One librarian will just stop, even if in middle of the story and is totally silent until everyone is quiet.
  • Keep consistency. Start on time, start with same opener.
  • One library reverses and does playtime first. Then most people have arrived, and then does storytime. Song “Everyone put their ball away,” or other clean-up song (ex – “Goodbye Shakers” to the tune of “Goodbye Ladies”). When finished, use goodbye song and shakers.
  • Others do bubbles last, and have a stamp.
  • Use songs that calm children down like “Twinkle Twinkle.” Another example is “Tall Tree” that can be found at the King County Library System’s “Tell Me a Story” site: https://kcls.org/content/tall-trees/
  • Three tips for a fun story time: 1. don’t expect the kids to sit absolutely still but do expect you (the adult) to keep them safe. If there’s a meltdown, step outside & regroup. 2. Distractions away till the end of the program when there will be time for that (snacks, visiting, etc.) 3. Big people take part – the more engaged you are, the more your child will be. 
  • Try to be aware of any children with special needs in your group.  Talk to the parents and see what they suggest to help their child enjoy the program.  You may want to investigate and gain more insights at websites such as Reading Rockets, Storytime Underground, WebJunction: The learning place for libraries that includes programs like -  Serving the Underserved: Children with Disabilities at Your Library. Search the web with phrases such as “Story time special needs,” ‘story times disabilities,’ or “story times ADHD.”

 

TOPIC for 2018 Midwinter: Books and STEAM Activities

 

 

FUTURE PLANS: 2018 ALA Midwinter:   Books and STEAM Activities

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ACRL EBSS Instruction for Educators Committee (Educational and Behavioral Sciences Section)

Online Doc EBSS Instruction for Educators Committee Annual Meeting Minutes 2017

by Samantha Godbey on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 02:28 pm

ACRL/EBSS Committee Meeting Minutes (approved via email)

 

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Committee name: Instruction for Educators Committee

Members present: Kim Frail, Amy Gilgan, Samantha Godbey (chair), Genevieve Innes, Daniel Zuberbier, Ernesto Hernandez (incoming committee member), Lesley Farmer (guest)

Time and place: 11:00-12:00 pm PST via Google Hangouts

 

ACRL/EBSS Committee Meeting Minutes (approved via email)

 

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017

Committee name: Instruction for Educators Committee

Members present: Kim Frail, Amy Gilgan, Samantha Godbey (chair), Genevieve Innes, Daniel Zuberbier, Ernesto Hernandez (incoming committee member), Lesley Farmer (guest)

Time and place: 11:00-12:00 pm PST via Google Hangouts

 

Approval of notes from prior meeting: Minutes from the previous meeting were approved virtually over email.

 

1. Greetings
- Samantha shared that next year, the committee will need to work on revising the Information Literacy Standards for Teacher Education in light of the Framework

2. Committee member progress updates re: Lesson Plan Project

Google doc link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Nfj3NevpxI-u_LIuLXrv5TqAe-E-iLd1dQOPnadpZN0

 

- Amy shared that she would have felt more comfortable with a template for what to do

- Committee members had not agreed on an exact end product for the project, so a template wasn’t possible.

- Member contributions to the shared document are mixed. Some members revised a lesson plan, others commented on experience

 

3. Discussion of format/venue for sharing our work, next steps

-       Possible options for publication were shared:

-       Fall EBSS newsletter

-       C&RL News article or The Way I See It article

-       Dan suggested The Way I See It article on broader ideas from the experience, sharing experience with re-mixing lesson plans, connecting this to the way it’s done among K-12 educators.

-       Lesley shared that MERLOT is a potential option for sharing our lesson plans – option to create bookmark collections with a unique URL that can be shared; Lesley also noted different academic communities within MERLOT; features of MERLOT include both a controlled vocabulary and options for tags

-       Lesley suggested a think-aloud process article

-       Dan agreed to be point person for project either informally or as incoming co-chair

 

4. Decided on the following as next steps:

- Samantha will follow up with current committee to encourage any individuals who want to post a lesson plan or resource that came out of their individual work to do so by June 30

- Any current committee members who are rotating off the committee and are interested in potential involvement in an article/write-up should let Samantha or Dan know

- Dan and Diane Fulkerson, as next year’s co-chairs, will discuss the write-up/article with the new committee, and decide how to proceed

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