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Discussion But wait; there's more! - 2009 National Library Week Events on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 01:49 am

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

As April is School Library Media Month, and, with the permission of SLCN.TV, you can watch at the Galen Noltenius Sky (Video) Platform the recent entry in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Eduverse Talks series, Beyond the Dewey Decimal System: Librarians Leveraging Social Media to Build Professional Learning Communities, from February 17, 2009. As explained on the ISTE Eduverse Talks Blog: In this episode, Host Kevin Jarrett (SL: KJ Hax), leads an hour-long discussion about the growth of library/media learning networks and communities of practice powered by Web 2.0 tools and Second Life. Joining him will be: Lisa Perez (SL: Elaine Tulip), Chicago Public Schools; Joyce Valenza (SL: Joyce Story), Librarian, Springfield Township (PA) High School; and Rhonda Trueman (SL: Abbey Zenith), Head of Reference and Business Librarian for Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC.

The Thursday of National Library Week is Support Teen Literature Day. In celebration of that, we present a radio show of teen pop culture icon, Archie Andrews. Comic books were arguably the first literature written specifically for kids and teens, but in the 1940s and 1950s they were villanized in polite society, and blamed, with rather specious studies, for creating troublesome teens and juvenile delinquency. Schools, parent teacher associations, and other community groups held bonfires and burned hundreds of comics. Longtime comics publishers went out of business while its dozens of writers and artists were thrown out of work and regarded as social outcasts. Now true, such accusations were never hurled at the comic book world of Archie; rather, it was comics that featured crime stories, superheroes, jungle queens, and romance tales that attracted ire and fire.  Still, in memory of the rocky past comic books have experienced in America, you can listen to the Archie radio show episode — in which Archie’s father attempts to wallpaper the living room of the Andrews home — in our Banned Books Week Town Square (and you can read more about this particular chapter in American pop culture history in the 2008 Picador publication, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu).

Last but not least, if you missed the Fall 2008 SLymposium, you can listen to an audio archive of its morning sessions, courtesy of Radio Riel via the Internet Archive, at Salon Huron. The surviving audio of the afternoon sessions will be there later in the week. The morning sessions in the audio recording of the presenters at the American Library Association Second Life Symposium on Nov. 8, 2008 contain: Welcome and Keynote by Tom Peters (SL’s Maxito Ricardo), author, ALA TechSource Library Technology Report on Librarianship in Virtual Worlds; Public and Rural Libraries in Second Life by Sonja Morgan (SL’s Sonja Morgwain), Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library; Library Associations in Second Life by Tina Coleman (SL’s Kay Tairov), ALA; and Academic Libraries in Second Life by Carrie Pennell (SL’s Carrie Kent), Harvard University. The afternoon sessions contain: Special Libraries in Second Life by Carol Perryman, Coordinator of Health Infoisland; and Graduate Library Students in Second Life by Sue Bergren. Due to logistical and technical difficulties, this recording does not contain the final presentation, Schools, Teens and Tweens in virtual worlds.

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Second Life Users Group

Discussion But wait; there's more! - 2009 National Library Week Events on ALA Island

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 01:49 am

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

More to see and hear for the 2009 National Library Week on ALA Island!

As April is School Library Media Month, and, with the permission of SLCN.TV, you can watch at the Galen Noltenius Sky (Video) Platform the recent entry in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Eduverse Talks series, Beyond the Dewey Decimal System: Librarians Leveraging Social Media to Build Professional Learning Communities, from February 17, 2009. As explained on the ISTE Eduverse Talks Blog: In this episode, Host Kevin Jarrett (SL: KJ Hax), leads an hour-long discussion about the growth of library/media learning networks and communities of practice powered by Web 2.0 tools and Second Life. Joining him will be: Lisa Perez (SL: Elaine Tulip), Chicago Public Schools; Joyce Valenza (SL: Joyce Story), Librarian, Springfield Township (PA) High School; and Rhonda Trueman (SL: Abbey Zenith), Head of Reference and Business Librarian for Johnson & Wales University, Charlotte, NC.

The Thursday of National Library Week is Support Teen Literature Day. In celebration of that, we present a radio show of teen pop culture icon, Archie Andrews. Comic books were arguably the first literature written specifically for kids and teens, but in the 1940s and 1950s they were villanized in polite society, and blamed, with rather specious studies, for creating troublesome teens and juvenile delinquency. Schools, parent teacher associations, and other community groups held bonfires and burned hundreds of comics. Longtime comics publishers went out of business while its dozens of writers and artists were thrown out of work and regarded as social outcasts. Now true, such accusations were never hurled at the comic book world of Archie; rather, it was comics that featured crime stories, superheroes, jungle queens, and romance tales that attracted ire and fire.  Still, in memory of the rocky past comic books have experienced in America, you can listen to the Archie radio show episode — in which Archie’s father attempts to wallpaper the living room of the Andrews home — in our Banned Books Week Town Square (and you can read more about this particular chapter in American pop culture history in the 2008 Picador publication, The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America, by David Hajdu).

Last but not least, if you missed the Fall 2008 SLymposium, you can listen to an audio archive of its morning sessions, courtesy of Radio Riel via the Internet Archive, at Salon Huron. The surviving audio of the afternoon sessions will be there later in the week. The morning sessions in the audio recording of the presenters at the American Library Association Second Life Symposium on Nov. 8, 2008 contain: Welcome and Keynote by Tom Peters (SL’s Maxito Ricardo), author, ALA TechSource Library Technology Report on Librarianship in Virtual Worlds; Public and Rural Libraries in Second Life by Sonja Morgan (SL’s Sonja Morgwain), Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library; Library Associations in Second Life by Tina Coleman (SL’s Kay Tairov), ALA; and Academic Libraries in Second Life by Carrie Pennell (SL’s Carrie Kent), Harvard University. The afternoon sessions contain: Special Libraries in Second Life by Carol Perryman, Coordinator of Health Infoisland; and Graduate Library Students in Second Life by Sue Bergren. Due to logistical and technical difficulties, this recording does not contain the final presentation, Schools, Teens and Tweens in virtual worlds.

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Virtual Communities and Libraries

Discussion "Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life -- April 7, 2009 ALA press release with schedule of events on ALA Island for next week's 2009 National Library Week

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 01:42 am

"Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life

CHICAGO - In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of "Worlds connect @ your library" events in Second Life (SL). "Worlds connect @ your library" is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

"Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life

CHICAGO - In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of "Worlds connect @ your library" events in Second Life (SL). "Worlds connect @ your library" is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

This year's attractions and events in Second Life mark the second National Library Week to host "in-world" activities. Attractions open throughout National Library Week will include:

  • An ALA / Information Island Archipelago Treasure Hunt. Visitors are invited  to explore the Information Island Chain while picking up fun and useful freebies along the way.
  • A celebration of ALA Allied Professional Association's (ALA-APA) National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 14. ALA Island will feature the Gallery of Library Stars, where visitors can pose for a picture and have it added to the gallery.
  • Build-Your-Own-Tour of Libraries in Second Life. SL users can use the pictures on the ALA Island to visit different library locations throughout Second Life.
  • A Youth Media Award art gallery. Visitors are invited to stop by the Lorelei Junot Gallery to check out this National Library Week art exhibit featuring cover art from Caldecott, Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King award winners and honor medal recipients.

Also, during National Library Week, ALA staff members will be in Second Life to reach out and connect with SL users. Special events will include (and please be aware that Second Life Time, called SLT, is exactly the same as Pacific Time, so adjust the times below to your own time zone accordingly):

 

  • 10 a.m. PT/SLT, Monday, April 13 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Megan McFarlane, coordinator for the Campaign for America's Libraries (Second Life avatar, Bunny Iwish), will host a talk on the fourth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. McFarlane will be on hand to discuss the 2009 season, which will focus on the history and diversity of America's national pastime, and to answer questions on promoting the program.

 

  • 4 p.m. PT/SLT, Tuesday, April 14 - Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island

Tina Coleman, ALA membership specialist (Second Life avatar, Kay Tairov), will moderate a book discussion of Watchmen. The discussion will focus on the graphic novel and its impact on modern literature and pop culture.

 

  • 6 p.m. PT/ SLT, Wednesday, April 15 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Joe Sanchez, author of the February 2009 Library Technology Reports and doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin (Second Life avatar, North Lamar), will host a presentation titled Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations. Please join us for this exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We'll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe's work with Library Science students using Second Life. One of the topics discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

 

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, Thursday, April 16 - Salon Huron, ALA Island

Valerie Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist (Second Life avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles), will moderate a T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library, a discussion of the world of the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who.

 

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, Friday, April 17 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Furthering promoting the theme of "connections," Jenny Levine, internet development specialist & strategy guide, ITTS (Second Life avatar, Cielo Paris), will host a presentation on ALA Connect, ALA's new social networking site.

 

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29.  In Second Life, teleport there directly: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/128/107/29/

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA's Second Life wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Second_Life.  For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at http://www.ala.org/pio/nlw

The Campaign for America's Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA's public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign's @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA's Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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Second Life Users Group

Discussion "Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life -- April 7, 2009 ALA press release with schedule of events on ALA Island for next week's 2009 National Library Week

by Valerie Hawkins (staff) on Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 01:42 am

"Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life

CHICAGO - In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of "Worlds connect @ your library" events in Second Life (SL). "Worlds connect @ your library" is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

"Worlds connect @ your library" in Second Life

CHICAGO - In celebration of National Library Week, the American Library Association (ALA) will host a series of "Worlds connect @ your library" events in Second Life (SL). "Worlds connect @ your library" is the 2009 theme for National Library Week.

This year's attractions and events in Second Life mark the second National Library Week to host "in-world" activities. Attractions open throughout National Library Week will include:

  • An ALA / Information Island Archipelago Treasure Hunt. Visitors are invited  to explore the Information Island Chain while picking up fun and useful freebies along the way.
  • A celebration of ALA Allied Professional Association's (ALA-APA) National Library Workers Day, Tuesday, April 14. ALA Island will feature the Gallery of Library Stars, where visitors can pose for a picture and have it added to the gallery.
  • Build-Your-Own-Tour of Libraries in Second Life. SL users can use the pictures on the ALA Island to visit different library locations throughout Second Life.
  • A Youth Media Award art gallery. Visitors are invited to stop by the Lorelei Junot Gallery to check out this National Library Week art exhibit featuring cover art from Caldecott, Pura Belpré and Coretta Scott King award winners and honor medal recipients.

Also, during National Library Week, ALA staff members will be in Second Life to reach out and connect with SL users. Special events will include (and please be aware that Second Life Time, called SLT, is exactly the same as Pacific Time, so adjust the times below to your own time zone accordingly):

 

  • 10 a.m. PT/SLT, Monday, April 13 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Megan McFarlane, coordinator for the Campaign for America's Libraries (Second Life avatar, Bunny Iwish), will host a talk on the fourth season of Step Up to the Plate @ your library. McFarlane will be on hand to discuss the 2009 season, which will focus on the history and diversity of America's national pastime, and to answer questions on promoting the program.

 

  • 4 p.m. PT/SLT, Tuesday, April 14 - Banned Books Week Town Square, ALA Island

Tina Coleman, ALA membership specialist (Second Life avatar, Kay Tairov), will moderate a book discussion of Watchmen. The discussion will focus on the graphic novel and its impact on modern literature and pop culture.

 

  • 6 p.m. PT/ SLT, Wednesday, April 15 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Joe Sanchez, author of the February 2009 Library Technology Reports and doctoral candidate in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin (Second Life avatar, North Lamar), will host a presentation titled Implementing Second Life: Ideas, Challenges and Innovations. Please join us for this exclusive interactive discussion and presentation of his work. We'll be discussing virtual worlds and their potential to impact library service and freedom of information, as well as Joe's work with Library Science students using Second Life. One of the topics discussed will be role-playing in virtual worlds, so we are asking all participants to come dressed as their favorite historical figure!

 

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, Thursday, April 16 - Salon Huron, ALA Island

Valerie Hawkins, ALA library reference specialist (Second Life avatar, ALALibraryVal Miles), will moderate a T.A.R.D.I.S (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) @ your library, a discussion of the world of the popular British science fiction show Doctor Who.

 

  • 12 p.m. PT/SLT, Friday, April 17 - Main Stage, ALA Island

Furthering promoting the theme of "connections," Jenny Levine, internet development specialist & strategy guide, ITTS (Second Life avatar, Cielo Paris), will host a presentation on ALA Connect, ALA's new social networking site.

 

The ALA Island/ALA Main Stage is located at 128, 107, 29.  In Second Life, teleport there directly: http://slurl.com/secondlife/ALA%20Island/128/107/29/

To learn more about Second Life, visit ALA's Second Life wiki at http://wikis.ala.org/professionaltips/index.php/Second_Life.  For more information on National Library Week, visit the National Library Week Web page at http://www.ala.org/pio/nlw

The Campaign for America's Libraries (www.ala.org/@yourlibrary) is ALA's public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians.  Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe - use the Campaign's @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA's Library Champions, corporations and foundations who advocate the importance of the library in American society.

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REFORMA

Event REFORMA Fundraiser @ ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

by Max Macias (non-member) on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 04:29 pm

SAVE the date!

Plan to attend a fabulous Fiesta!

REFORMA Fundraiser @ ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

Sunday, July 12 starting at 8:00 p.m.

Location TBA

ALCTS CRS Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee (Continuing Resources Section)

Online Doc Committee Charge

by Jennifer B. Young on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 03:22 pm

Charge of the Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee:

Charge of the Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee:

To serve as a forum for discussion of all issues related to the cataloging of continuing resources in all formats.

To identify, discuss, and propose solutions to problems related to the cataloging of continuing resources.

To make recommendations to the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access (CC:DA), MARBI (Machine-Readable Bibliographic Information), and other appropriate bodies on cataloging rules, communication formats, standards, and similar matters, related to the cataloging of continuing resources.

To promote and to serve as a venue for the exchange of information among the Committee, the Library of Congress, the CONSER Program, CC:DA, MARBI, and the continuing resources cataloging community.

To maintain liaison, as appropriate, with other ALA units and with relevant outside agencies having similar interests.

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RFID Technology Interest Group (LITA)

Discussion RFID Job Opportunity?

by Radhakrishnan Subramaniam (non-member) on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Hi All,

 

Hi All,

 

I have been scouting around for a long time to find a job opportunity in RFID in Libraries, but unfortunately, I have been unsuccessful so far. If anyone has such an opening or if they can point me in the “right” direction, please let me know. I am willing to relocate, and I would be delighted to send my resume.

 

I have a Masters degree in Library & Information Science together with experience in Reference, Information & Market Research, and recent training in RFID.

 

I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Take care and warm regards,

Ranjit

ambigas@streamyx.com

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Guide to Reference

Event Contributing Editors meeting

by Denise Bennett on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 12:24 pm

1) Meet your Division Editor and your fellow Contributing Editors.

2) Learn more about joining the Guide to Reference Team.

Cataloging Rules

Online Doc Article: Why LC Subject Headings Are More Important Than Ever / by Thomas Mann.

by Jeffrey Beall (non-member) on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

Mann, Thomas. 2003. "Why LC Subject Headings Are More Important Than Ever". American Libraries. 34 (9): 52.

ALCTS CRS Continuing Resources Cataloging Committee (Continuing Resources Section)

Online Doc 2002 Annual Program

by Jennifer B. Young on Thu, Apr 9, 2009 at 04:47 pm

PROGRAM SUMMARY
Committee to Study Serials Cataloging
Serials Section

Official ALCTS Program
2002 ALA Annual Conference at Atlanta, GA
Monday, June 17, 2002

PROGRAM SUMMARY
Committee to Study Serials Cataloging
Serials Section

Official ALCTS Program
2002 ALA Annual Conference at Atlanta, GA
Monday, June 17, 2002

The program, "Introduction to AACR2 Revised Chapter 12," was held at the American Library Association Conference in Atlanta on June 18, 2002. It was an official ALCTS program, cosponsored by the Committee on Cataloging: Description and Access and the Committee to Study Serials Cataloging.

Speakers:

  • Concepts, Definitions and Serial Descriptive Changes, Jean Hirons, Head of CONSER, Library of Congress, winner of the 2002 Margaret Mann Citation
  • Major/Minor Differences, Regina Reynolds, NSDP, Library of Congress
  • Integrating Resources: Loose-leafs, Rhonda Lawrence, UCLA School of Law Library
  • Integrating Resources: Web-based Resources, Adam Schiff, University of Washington Libraries

The talk by Jean Hirons led off and it covered the general aspects of the rule revisions. She went through the revisions point by point, explaining the new rules, how they differed from past rules, and showed examples of what cataloging would look like with the new rules. One of the major changes is that Chapter 12 will now include more than the traditional serials. This is a change in scope, from a focus on serials (the old chapter title) to a focus on “Continuing Resources,” the new chapter title. The broadening of scope required additional definitions, including definitions for “continuing resources” and “integrating resources.” Accordingly, the new rules will cover works that are serial-like in nature, such as loose-leaf publications that are updated, web-sites which undergo changes over time, publications of limited duration events (such as newsletters of conferences, which were never before considered serials due to the fact that when the conference ended, the newsletter ended), reprints of serials, etc. One result of the new rules is that certain resources will now be cataloged as serials. Even more importantly, under the new rules serials have become one category of a much broader universe called "continuing resources," a universe which includes such integrating resources as updating loose-leafs, databases, and web sites as well as traditional serials.

Other important highlights of the revisions include provisions for and examples in the rules of electronic resources; the rules are more complete, in that they include former LCRI's and CONSER practices; they give more recognition to cataloging from the complete work; the descriptive rules include more provisions for minor changes in title over time and allow more flexibility in cataloging these changes.

Regina Reynolds spoke on major and minor changes. She pointed out that we should no longer speak about "title changes" but speak in terms of major changes, that is, changes which require a new record; and minor changes, those changes which can be handled by notes on the existing record. Much of the time was devoted to a detailed analysis of the various types of title changes and how they will be handled under the new rules. There are some new categories of minor changes with the result that fewer differences in titles that may appear from issue to issue are considered major enough to warrant creating a new record. In other words, look for fewer new serial records being created because of changed titles.

Reynolds outlined all of the major and minor changes but emphasized those which are new. The list of major changes is basically the same with one addition: major change in edition statement, which is in a new RI. This change was made to harmonize with ISBD(CR). A new minor change is that all changes in numbering, even when the numbering sequence repeats, are now considered to be minor. New categories of minor changes to the title proper are: addition, deletion, or change in placement or representation of a corporate body's name; words added to, deleted from, or re-ordered in a list with no significant subject change, and words indicating the type of resource added or dropped from the title proper. Reynolds concluded her talk by emphasizing that the former "if in doubt" clause had been changed to indicate that in case of doubt, changes under the new rules should be considered to be minor.

Rhonda Lawrence (UCLA Law Library) covered “Integrating Resources (Loose-Leafs).” This was a detailed expansion of the Hirons presentation and focused solely on the cataloging of loose-leaf publications, showing how the rule revisions will affect the cataloging of these resources. The people particularly affected are law librarians, as they have many loose-leaf updating publications. In addition to explaining the difficulties inherent in loose-leafs – notably their changing nature – she pointed out some differences from current procedure, including the use of new fields previously used only by serials catalogers (e.g., the 247 & 362). A lot of serial cataloging concepts have been introduced into this formerly monographic cataloging.

Adam Schiff (University of Washington) spoke on the related topic of “Integrating Resources (Web-Based Resources).” He concentrated on the cataloging of web pages that are updated, showing how the concept of seriality affects them and how catalogers will have to account for the changes they undergo. The very nature of web pages has made them very difficult to catalog – they don’t stay the same as monographs do, nor do they behave quite like serials. The new definition of “integrating resources,” now covered by Chapter 12, includes web pages and treats them like a loose-leaf in many ways. His presentation also included those parts of AACR2 Chapter Nine that dealt with the cataloging of remote electronic resources. The presentation discussed specific rules and their application to web resources, citing the differences from Chapter 9 and past practice. His talk clearly showed how much the divisions between serials and monographs have been graying in the library world.

All presenters made a point to state that these changes will become effective on December 1, 2002, and that NO ONE is to change existing records to conform to these rules!

Close to 400 people attended the program, testifying to the high interest the library cataloging community has concerning the new rule revisions.

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