Posts by Dan Freeman

04/19/2012

True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries: Interview with Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco

Posted by Dan Freeman

ALA Editions recently announced the publication of True Stories of Censorship Battles in America's Libraries, a collection edited by Valerie Nye and Kathy Barco. Intellectual freedom is a core value of librarianship, but fighting to keep controversial materials on the shelves can sometimes feel like a lonely battle. And not all censorship controversies involve the public objecting to a book in the collection—libraries are venues for displays and meetings, and sometimes library staff themselves are tempted to preemptively censor a work.

We were thrilled to see that The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression named this important work their Book of the Month. Their site features this fantastic interview with...

04/18/2012

Continuing the Conversation: Greening Your Library

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up Kathryn Miller’s workshop Integrating eBooks and eReaders into Your Library. This was a fantastic event with some great discussion!

The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for Today’s Workshop:

03/29/2012

Continuing the Conversation: Creating Presentations that Don't Put People to Sleep

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up Maurice Coleman’s workshop Creating Presentations That Don’t Put People to Sleep. Maurice did a fantastic job of leading this event, which included some great discussion!

The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for Today’s Workshop:

02/22/2012

Continuing the Conversation: Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library

Posted by Dan Freeman
Untitled Document We just wrapped up the first session of Kathy MacMillan’s Serving Deaf Patrons in the Library.  The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

Kathy’s “Resources to Know:
01/11/2012

Continuing the Conversation: How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes

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We just wrapped up Sarah Steiner’s workshop How to Improve Your Library Instruction: Assessment in Five Minutes. The readings, resources and slides for the event are listed below. Have further questions or comments? Whether you participated in the event or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area below!

The Readings for Today’s Workshop:

01/04/2012

Continuing the Conversation: Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job-Hunting

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up Real-Life Strategies for Successful Library Job Hunting: A Forum. Thanks to everyone who attended, to our facilitators Andromeda Yelton and Tiffany Mair, and to JobList, HRDR and Hack Library School for their support.

Don't forget to register for ALA JobList's upcoming Webinar How to Get Unstuck in Your Job Search with Dr. Caitlin Williams, Ph.D.

Keeping up with ALA JobLIST

ALA JobLIST – http://joblist.ala.org
ALA JobLIST Placement Center information – http://joblist.ala.org/placementcenter.cfm
ALA JobLIST Direct e-newsletter subscription form and archive – http://ala.informz.net/ala/profile.asp?fid=1494
Facebook – www.facebook.com/ALA.JobLIST...

12/01/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Making Space for Entrepreneurs and Independent Workers

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up Meg Knodl’s ALA Editions Workshop Making Space for Entrepreneurs and Independent Workers. Meg introduced the attendees to this exciting new topic, and there was a lot of fantastic discussion on how library spaces can be transformed to accommodate a new and growing segment of the workforce. Whether you attended or not, feel free to chime in via the comments area with questions or comments.

The Readings for Today’s Workshop:

11/17/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs (Part 2)

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We just wrapped up the second session of Jennifer Velasquez’s  Workshop Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. We had some great discussion during the event--here are some more questions to discuss. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

Jennifer’s Monthly Report Worksheet:
Teen Program Monthly Report...

11/10/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs

Posted by Dan Freeman
We just wrapped up the first session of Jennifer Velasquez’s  Workshop Collaborating with Teens to Build Better Library Programs. We had some great discussion during the event--here are some more questions to discuss. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

Take a look at Jennifer’s worksheet (embedded below) if your attending session 2.

The Preliminary Readings from Today’s Event:
10/26/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Patron-Driven Acquisition, Part 2

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up the second session of the ALA Editions Workshop Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Rethinking the Collection  with Rick Anderson. We had some fantastic discussion during this event, and we’re using the comments area of this post to continue it. Whether you attended or not, feel free to join the conversation!

Rick’s Takeaway Questions from this Workshop

  • What problems am I trying to solve?
  • How does my institution define waste?
  • What is my library trying to do with its collections?
  • How big a role should patron-driven strategies play in my library?
  • What characteristics do I need to be looking for in a PDA model?

Rick’s Slides
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