The Research Libraries Group, which is known as RLG, represents 150 academic libraries, museums, and other cultural organizations and has about 80 employees. OCLC provides services to some 54,000 libraries in 109 countries and has more than 1,200 employees worldwide.”With all the things we need to do as a community, it really just makes a lot of sense for us to come together and synchronize and better leverage products and services,” Cathy De Rosa, OCLC’s vice president for marketing and library services, said in an interview on Wednesday.
Abstracts of poster sessions available
Plan now to visit with poster session presenters at ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans, and choose among such topics as the incredibly shrinking ready reference collection, engaging students in the game of research, how to benefit from international exchanges, and wikis for reference services…
(CHICAGO) The American Library Association (ALA) today announced that members endorsed a proposal to increase personal membership dues. Just over 14,690 members cast their ballots in the 2006 ALA election, and the dues proposal passed with 7,876 “yes” votes over 6,220 “no” votes.
“This is a vote of confidence in the work of the Association and the goals of ALA Ahead to 2010,” said ALA President Michael Gorman. “These additional funds will ensure that ALA – and by that I mean all our members – will be able to be even more effective than we have been in the past on issues such as advocacy and the protection of constitutional rights. I look forward to the complete implementation of the vision in our strategic plan.”
ALA Ahead to 2010 , which was developed with input from more than 20,000 members, emphasizes advocacy-including building public awareness of the value of libraries and librarians, research to document the value of libraries, legislative advocacy at the national level, and support for grassroots advocacy at the state and local levels. It also calls for the association to strengthen its efforts in important areas such as intellectual freedom, literacy, diversity, equitable access to information and continuing education.
As of September 2006, ALA regular members will pay $10 more per year over a three-year period. Other members will pay smaller increases. The salary threshold for a lower dues rate will be increased from $20,000 to $25,000. ALA also will begin providing an option for installment payments by credit card in September.
For more ALA election results, please go online to: www.ala.org/2006election.
Northside Branch JMRL, Charlottesville
Many libraries conduct surveys, studies and focus groups looking to improve the library experience for both our employees and our users. But once you’ve completed the research, how do you decide what to do with the results? Come to the VLA College and Research Libraries Section (VLACRL) Spring Program and learn how your colleagues are implementing changes based on assessment data.The morning session will focus on assessing us, the library faculty and staff. Lynda White, Associate Director, Management Information Services (University of Virginia), Jim Self, Director, Management Information Services (University of Virginia), and Brian Shelburne, Art and Architecture Librarian (Virginia Tech) will present their findings on their Worklife/Climate survey for employees conducted at Virginia’s two largest state universities’ library systems.
The afternoon session will focus on them, our users, and life after assessment. The panel discussion, featuring Eric Ackermann, Reference/Instruction and Assessment Librarian (Radford University), Amanda Myers, Reference and Instruction Librarian (Mary Baldwin College), and Luke Vilelle, Outreach Librarian (Virginia Tech), will explore how best to assess what our users need. We will examine the strengths and weaknesses of various assessment instruments, enticing people to participate, and surprising results — and how those results have helped shape services and resources in the library.
Venue: University of Virginia, Charlottesville
Date: April 28, 2006
Time: 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Contact: Candice Benjes-Small, 540-831-6801 or firstname.lastname@example.org