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Register today for the 2014 VLAPF Conference!

Get ready for two amazing days of incredible programming, (May 18-20, 2014) brought to you by the 2014 VLA Paraprofessional Forum Board. Join us at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at Richmond – Midlothian (formerly the Koger Center). We’ve got more than 35 programs to choose from, as well as events with authors Candice Ransom and Chris Semtner, and an opening keynote address with Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech!

Click here for our PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION

Click here to make your HOTEL RESERVATION

If your Organization will pay for your conference registration but not for ticketed events, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at vla.lisav@cox.net and she will make arrangements for you.

Registration for The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is Now Full

The Innovative Library Classroom
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Radford University, Radford, VA

Registration for the first-ever meeting of The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is now full. Registration is limited to 75 people. If you would like to get on the waiting list for this conference please email Jennifer R. Whicker at jrwhicker@radford.edu.

The Innovative Library Classroom Conference is a day-long conference dedicated to the exploration of innovative practices related to teaching and learning in libraries.  The Innovative Library Classroom is supported by the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) and a number of Virginia institutions, including Radford University, Virginia Tech, Hollins University, and Longwood University.  The conference will be held at Radford University in Radford, Virginia, on May 13, 2014.

Selected papers based on conference presentations will be published, subject to double blind peer review, in a special issue of Internet Reference Services Quarterly dedicated to The Innovative Library Classroom in December 2014. More information about IRSQ is available on the IRSQ website.

Full details are available at:
http://innovativelibraryclassroom.blogspot.com/

Invitation for “Library Talk & Tour” on Wednesday, April 16

In celebration of National Library Week, the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library would like to extend an invitation to the librarians of Virginia to visit its recently opened state-of-the-art facility on Wednesday, April 16th for a “Library Talk & Tour” event in our Terrace Conference Room.

Schedule of Events

1:00-2:30 Welcome from Dean Pride, Round Table Discussions, and desserts

Bring your business cards and make some new professional contacts with others in your area of interest.

Round Table Topics

  • Information Literacy
  • Open Source Resources
  • Technology
  • Assessment and Evaluation
  • Library Spaces
  • Social Media
  • Community Engagement
  • Electronic Resources
  • Technical Services
  • Customer Service

Group A

2:30-4:00 Guided Tours of the Jerry Falwell Library

4:00-5:00 Option 1-Active Learning Classroom Demonstration (Collaborative Technology for Interactive Learning) OR Option 2-Panel Q&A Discussion–Jerry Falwell Library Lessons Learned and Next Steps

Group B

2:30-3:30-Option 1-Active Learning Classroom Demonstration (Collaborative Technology for Interactive Learning) OR Option 2-Panel Q&A Discussion–Jerry Falwell Library Lessons Learned and Next Steps

3:30-5:00 Guided Tours of the Jerry Falwell Library

RSVP

RSVP to libraryevents@liberty.edu by Wednesday, April 9. Please include the number of librarians attending from your organization.

Parking
Parking will be available on the Liberty University campus at Doc’s Diner. Use 1971 University Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24515 as the address for driving directions. Once on campus, take East Campus Dr. This will take you over the bridge in front of the bookstore to the Doc’s Diner parking lot.

Bus service to and from Doc’s Diner to the Jerry Falwell Library will be available from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. The Jerry Falwell Library is a 10 minute walk from Doc’s Diner.  If you choose to walk, there is a campus map attached for your convenience.

Elisa Rollins, M.L.I.S. 
Research Assistance Librarian
Jerry Falwell Library

(434) 592-7208(434) 592-7208

VLA Webinar: Building Influence: Getting Your Way When It Counts the Most, 4/28/14

The Leadership Development Forum (LDF) and New Member Round Table (NMRT) of the Virginia Library Association are happy to present this leadership webinar, Building Influence: Getting Your Way When It Counts the Most with Priscille Dando.

NEW Date: Monday, April 28, 2014

Time: 3pm to 4pm Eastern

Location: Your desk!

Cost: $10 for VLA members, $15 for non-members (non-refundable*)

Register today: CLICK HERE

Every librarian has the challenge of advocating for themselves, their programs, and their patrons’ needs. This lively presentation is a research-based crash course in effective communication plans that build your influence. Understand the practical tactics of data-based persuasive communication and how to present yourself and your message to get results.

Priscille Dando is Library Coordinator for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS). Her twenty-four year career as a teacher and librarian has focused on best practices for instruction and advocacy for teens and includes being named Teacher of the Year at Robert E. Lee High School in Springfield, Virginia. She earned her master’s degree in library science at the Catholic University of America and has served on the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) Board of Directors as well as several library advisory boards. Priscille represents FCPS on the Fairfax County Public Library Board of Trustees. Her advocacy book, Say It with Data, was published in Fall 2013 by ALA Editions.

*VLA LDF/NMRT webinars are held for continuing leadership and management education purposes as well as serve as a fundraiser for the 2014 Virginia Library Leadership Academy and VLA NMRT conference activities. Due to the fundraising nature of this enterprise, refunds of the registration fee will not be made. We do encourage you to gather your colleagues and view the webinar together to get the most bang for your buck.

Registration for VLAPF 2014 is OPEN

Register today for the 2014 VLAPF Conference!

Get ready for two amazing days of incredible programming, (May 18-20, 2014) brought to you by the 2014 VLA Paraprofessional Forum Board. Join us at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at Richmond – Midlothian (formerly the Koger Center). We’ve got more than 35 programs to choose from, as well as events with authors Candice Ransom and Chris Semtner, and an opening keynote address with Tyler Walters of Virginia Tech!

Click here for our PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

Click here for ONLINE REGISTRATION

Click here to make your HOTEL RESERVATION

Who doesn’t love free money? Enter today for your chance to win a $50, no-questions-asked stipend from the VLA Professional Development Endowment.

If your Organization will pay for your conference registration but not for ticketed events, please contact VLA Executive Director Lisa R. Varga at vla.lisav@cox.net and she will make arrangements for you.

Webinar Opportunity – VLA Youth Services Forum – 3/19/14

The VLA Youth Services Forum is proud to present our first webinar of 2014:

Scavenger Hunts at the Library!

Wednesday, March 19th @ 1:30pm

Susan Metallo of Loudon County Public Library will share her format for creating literacy based scavenger hunts for school aged children and their families.  Angela Critics of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will show you how she breathed new life into her Teen scavenger hunts using a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure format.  After the presentations there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions!

Cost is $10 for VLA members and $15 for non-VLA Members

To register CLICK HERE

This webinar is both a continuing education opportunity and a fundraiser for 2014 conference activities. Due to the fundraising nature of this enterprise, refunds of the registration fee will not be made. We do encourage you to gather your colleagues and view the webinar together to get the most bang for your buck.

Questions?  Please contact Allyson Renell, Youth Services Forum Chair at alauer@suffolkva.us

VLA Scholarship Deadline Fast Approaching

The deadline is fast approaching for the VLA Scholarship applications.  They are due by March 1!  The eligibility requirements for the VLA Scholarship are:

  • Residence in the state of Virginia or currently employed in a Virginia library.
  • an undergraduate degree, and
  • Acceptance by an American Library Association accredited library school or a pending application for admission. MUST be earning a Master of Library Science Degree
  • Membership in VLA
  • for the Clara Stanley VLAPF scholarship: current employment at a Virginia library

Please get your applications in, we have 2 scholarships to award at $2500 each. More information and application forms can be found here: http://www.vla.org/2014-vla-scholarship/

Nominations for VLA Paraprofessional Forum Awards due May 1, 2014

The VLA Paraprofessional Forum invites you to nominate one of your colleagues or yourself to receive one of the three awards being given during the annual conference in May. The awards and descriptions of each one are listed below.

The Outstanding Paraprofessional Award

The Outstanding Paraprofessional Award was launched in 1996 as a means of recognizing excellence among the library paraprofessionals in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This award will be presented to a deserving Virginia paraprofessional at the VLAPF Spring Conference. It is presented annually to an individual who has been a member of VLA for at least one year and who demonstrates excellence in performance in his/her field of expertise. This individual should also be someone who fosters communication among library employees throughout the Commonwealth and advances and strengthens the image of paraprofessionals. You may nominate a colleague or yourself.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Additionally, the nomination may include a list of activities, programs and organization participation, recognitions or awards, innovative support staff development activities, or other noteworthy achievements in the workplace
  • Name and library of the nominator

The VLA Paraprofessional Forum Award

The VLA Paraprofessional Forum Award was established in 1995 through the generosity of Evelyn Kimball, a retired library paraprofessional who recognizes the value of support staff development. This award is meant to assist someone who is unable to acquire local funding to attend the conference. Awarded annually, it will provide full conference fees to a deserving paraprofessional. You may nominate a colleague or yourself.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Name and library of the nominator

The VLAPF Supporter of Paraprofessionals Award

The VLAPF Supporter of the Year Award was established in 1996 as a means of recognizing an individual who has provided significant support to their staff and who has been a champion for library support staff in Virginia libraries. If you know someone who has been an advocate for continuing education programs and pay increases for their library support staff and who has encouraged their library staff to excel in the workplace, you are encouraged to nominate them to receive this award and recognition. You may nominate a supporter of paraprofessionals.

The entry should include:

  • Name of the nominee
  • Library where the nominee is associated
  • Two-three paragraphs describing why the nominee deserves this award
  • Name and library of the nominator

Nominations must be received by May 1, 2014.

Submit nominations for theses Awards to one of the co-chairs:

Marion Eaton
Paraprofessional Forum Co-Chair
Virginia Tech
POB 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062
Work phone: 540-231-5139
eatonma@vt.edu
 
Therese Walters
Paraprofessional Forum Co-Chair
Virginia Tech
POB 90001
Blacksburg, VA 24062
Therese8@vt.edu

Call for Papers: Special Issue on Exploring Openness in Libraries

The Virginia Library Association (VLA) and the Virginia Chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries (VLACRL) invite you to contribute manuscripts for a special, peer-reviewed issue of Virginia Libraries dedicated to exploring openness in libraries.

The October/November/December (v. 4) 2014 issue of Virginia Libraries will focus on the idea of “openness” and how twenty-first century libraries can engage with and promote this idea. Submissions should be around 3,000 words in length and may represent original research, case studies, essays, or literature reviews on topics including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Open access resources
  • Open educational resources (OERs)
  • Massive open online courses (MOOCs)
  • Open education initiatives
  • Open source software
  • Linked data
  • Institutional repositories
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Copyright
  • Instruction and information literacy efforts including open resources
  • Programming and outreach promoting open resources and discussions
  • Changing roles of information professionals in an “open” environment

Articles will be peer reviewed and accepted articles will be edited before publication.

The journal issue will be published in Fall 2014. Full manuscript drafts will be accepted until June 1, 2014. Authors will be notified about their submissions by July 1, 2014, and final drafts of accepted articles will be due to issue editors by August 15, 2014.

Additional information about Virginia Libraries and author guidelines are available: http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/VALib/. Virginia Libraries is an open access journal, and is indexed in Library, Information Science, & Technology Abstracts (LISTA), Library Literature & Information Science Full Text, and Library & Information Science Source.

Manuscript submissions, questions, and comments should be sent directly to the issue editors, VLACRL Co-Chair Rebecca K. Miller (millerrk@vt.edu) and VLACRL Chair Candice Benjes-Small (cbsmall@radford.edu).

Virginia Library Leadership Academy: Deadline Approaching

Have you considered applying for the Virginia Library Leadership Academy (VALLA)? If you have, but wondered if this is the right training for you, then consider the following:

The Virginia Library Leadership Academy is open to anyone interested in developing themselves as leaders, including:

  • both paraprofessionals and degreed librarians
  • who work in any type of library in Virginia (academic, school, special, public, etc.)
  • at any stage of his or her career (past graduates include a library volunteer all the way up to assistant director and director)
  • who are interested in networking with other like-minded colleagues from all corners of the state
  • who want to give back to the library community while honing their leadership skills

But wait, you say, isn’t there a project requirement? Yes, there is. For VALLA 2014, we are going to focus on your project during the second day where you will get project management training from a special guest presenter, a chance to brainstorm with your fellow participants (you can work in groups of up to 3 people on a project),  and an in-depth meeting with an experienced mentor.

Here are evaluation comments from some of our VALLA 2012 graduates:

  • “Great concrete ideas to take back and implement!”
  • “I thought that I would not enjoy this experience but very pleased that I did – although a lot of info covered in so short a time, still picked up valuable tips/tricks – feeling renewed!”
  • “This was the best use of my time since library school. Very informative and should be offered through more venues.”

The VALLA 2014 application is available at

https://sites.google.com/site/vlaleadershipdevelopmentforum/valla-2014

Don’t delay – the application deadline is Friday, February 7th.