Membership Blogs

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

ACRL 2009 will challenge you to push your boundaries and promises you the opportunity to explore new ideas, engage in new learning, and extend our collective vision of the future of academic and research libraries in the 21st century. ACRL's exciting line-up of keynote speakers includes Naomi Klein, award-winning journalist, activist, and author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism; Sherman Alexie, prolific novelist, poet and screenplay writer; and Ira Glass, host and producer of the National Public Radio program, This American Life...

Posted December 18, 2008 by DWOOD

What with the ALA elections being held entirely online voters will need to make sure their ALA email is getting through filters. More information and an idea of what types of communications you can expect to get is available here and you can find information on the election, the candidates, and keep up to date on the latest news here... The 2010–2011 candidates for ALA President—Kenton L. Oliver and Roberta Stevens—have launched websites that describe their platforms and qualifications. Oliver is the executive director of the Stark County (Ohio) District Library, and Stevens is outreach projects and partnerships...

Posted December 4, 2008 by DWOOD

Friday the 5th of December is the last day for discounted Advanced Registration rates for Midwinter 2009 in Denver. If you are all set, do a friend or colleague a favor and let them know that they need to act fast to save. Friday is the last day to register at  $65 for Students ($165 per person). It goes up to $87 ($190) on the 6th. Check out http://www.ala.org/midwinter to get started. Also, if you registered through the Bundle and didn't sign up for an Institute, there is still time to register for some interesting half- and full-day Institutes (esp if you are arriving early). Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/...

Posted December 4, 2008 by DWOOD

The Intellectual Freedom Committee is revising the Intellectual Freedom Manual. Part of that process involves suggesting revisions to existing IF policies. Another part involves drafting new policies, when appropriate, including Interpretations to the Library Bill of Rights. Yet another, just as important, involves gathering comments. That is, before IF policies, revised or new, are taken to the ALA Council for adoption, the IFC gathers comments on them to ensure a thorough review. The IFC plans to present these Interpretations to the Council for adoption at its third session during the 2009 Midwinter Meeting.  Proposed...

Posted November 19, 2008 by DWOOD

Proposals Sought for Grassroots Programs at 2009 ALA Annual Conference Do you have a great idea for an Annual Conference program but don’t belong to a committee or other group that can plan and produce a program? One of ALA President Jim Rettig’s “Creating Connections” initiatives allows you to submit a proposal for a program to take place at the 2009 ALA Annual Conference, July 9-15, in Chicago. The purpose of a Grassroots Program is: ·         To expand opportunity for participation in ALA by giving members who do not belong to committees or boards...

Posted November 19, 2008 by DWOOD

The new Student Member blog will feature a regular round-up of bloggers covering topics ranging from how to get involved in ALA, tips and ideas on job searches, news and information on professional development and opportunities as well as regular feature categories like: Get Involved, Get Connected - focusing on how you can get involved in the ALA and network with your peers and colleagues Students in the Virtual World - tracking what libraries and library students are doing in the virtual world First Year Impressions - telling stories and getting suggestions from students in the first year of library school. Student Chapter News...