Posts by Dan Freeman

10/10/2011

Archive: Tactics for Library Job Hunting in a Tough Market with Jeannette Woodward

Posted by Dan Freeman

Earlier today, we wrapped up our webinar Tactics for Library Job Hunting in a Tough Market with Jeanette Woodward. We want to give a special thanks to our sponsors, LearningExpress and Mango Languages, for making this session possible.

If you’d like to view the archive of this event, it’s available at http://bit.ly/qNA232

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10/10/2011

Patron-Driven Acquisition: Rick Anderson Answers Your Questions

Posted by Dan Freeman

Due to the large number of questions that emerged from the first session of Rick Anderson's workshop Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Re-Thinking the Collection, we have posted Rick's responses as a separate blog post. Rick's answers are below--feel free to chime in via the comments area and join in the discussion!

What’s your definition of Patron-Driven Acquisition?

Fundamentally, it's any system whereby documents are acquired by the library in response to patrons' direct requests or selections, rather than in response to librarians' speculations about which specific documents patrons are going to need. At a basic level, this kind of acquisition has existed for as long as patrons have had "Request a Book" options. But in the current environment, PDA usually refers to much more ambitious and...

10/05/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Re-Thinking the Collection, Session 1

Posted by Dan Freeman

Due to the large number of questions that emerged from the first session of Rick Anderon's workshop Patron-Driven Acquisition: Radically Re-Thinking the Collection, we have posted Rick's responses as a separate blog post. Feel free to chime in via the comments area and join in the discussion!

We just wrapped up the first 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!

Discussion Questions

  • What’s your definition of Patron-Driven Acquisition?
  • The presentation presumes...
09/21/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Be a Great Boss

Posted by Dan Freeman
We just wrapped up the ALA Editions Workshop Be a Great Boss  with Cathy Hakala-Ausperk. 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!

The Preliminary Readings from Today’s Event
04/21/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Supporting Early Literacy Through Language-Rich Library Environments

Posted by Dan Freeman

Earlier today, we held the ALA Editions Workshop Supporting Early Literacy through Language Rich Library Environments with Saroj Ghoting. We’re following up with a few of the questions asked during the presentation that we felt merited further discussion: Saroj will be part of the discussion as well!

  • What do you think is the role of technology in promoting early literacy?
  • What is the ideal timeline for replacing displays and material in your space?
  • What’s the difference between open and closed-ended toys? Which type is better in promoting early literacy?

Links to Resources that Saroj Mentioned today:
 

03/23/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Liven up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up Kathy MacMillan’s workshop Liven up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language. We’ve gathered questions from the chat window so that Kathy can respond and elaborate.

Please continue the discussion of these, and any other questions you might have in the comments area. Kathy will be chiming in.

  • What do you think about the use of “baby signs”? How does that compare to ASL?
  • Do you find that using these techniques work best in a storytime where registrations is required (same or similar children each week) as opposed to non-registration storytime where you may have many different children/parents every week
  • What general signs would be good to use on a weekly basis?
  • Have you done sensory...
03/18/2011

Celebrate Dia with ALSC!

Posted by Dan Freeman

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is offering the first-ever Día related webinar, Día 101: Everything you need to know about celebrating El día de los niños/El día de los libros. The course will take place on Friday, April 1, 2011 at 1 PM CST.

The webinar will be an hour-long analysis of all things Día by Beatriz Pascual Wallace, MLIS Children’s Librarian at the Seattle Public Library. Learners will experience the history, resources and importance of Día.

Día is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925. Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children. In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy to found...

02/24/2011

Continuing the Conversation: Readers' Advisory: How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget

Posted by Dan Freeman

We just wrapped up the first session of Neal Wyatt and Joyce Saricks’  workshop Readers’ Advisory: How to Balance Your Library’s Reading Budget. We’ve gathered questions from the chat window so that Neal and Joyce can respond and elaborate.

Please continue the discussion of these, and any other questions you might have in the comments area. Neal and Joyce will be chiming in.

  • Can you give some tips for working within a limited budget?
  • Even if you don't like a particular book or author, you can know the intended audience and what people like about it, right? Doesn't that help compensate if your personal opinion is negative?
  • We are in a small community. How far should we extend our boundaries?
  • Review sources rarely provide critical review information.  Our readers are looking for qualitative info as well as appeal terms.  Suggestions?

The Preliminary Readings for this Workshop Were:

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02/01/2011

Learn how to Liven Up Baby and Toddler Storytimes with Sign Language in new ALA Editions Workshop

Posted by Dan Freeman

Using sign language during library storytimes is both a way to communicate with babies and toddlers and to broaden the appeal of storytimes by making them accessible to deaf children and parents. This interactive workshop will alow participants to learn from American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller Kathy MacMillan. MacMillan will use video examples to provide easy-to-learn signs that can be retaught and incorporated into storytime ideas. Librarians will be able to use the skills learned in this workshop to create programs that will help parents communicate with their children at home.

Registration for this workshop is available on the ALA Store. The workshop will last 90 minutes, and takes place at 1pm EST/Noon CST/...

01/27/2011

How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget

Posted by Dan Freeman

The modern librarian likely has a never-ending to-read pile, which translates into a readers’ advisory mess and an out-of-control readers' advisory budget. In our upcoming workshop Readers' Advisory: How to Balance Your Library's Reading Budget, Neal Wyatt and Joyce Saricks will offer tips that will help you clean up the mess and the budget. This workshop will offer practical tips to keep up with readers and your seemingly insurmountable to-be-read pile, saving time and money in the process. 

Topics Covered In This Workshop:

  •     How to track titles that are popular in the country and in their libraries
  •     How to gain enough information from reviews and dust jackets to discuss...
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