For immediate release | February 15, 2011

Three ASCLA preconferences offer learning on leadership, consulting and digital collections

CHICAGO—Upcoming preconferences hosted by the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA) at the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans include topics like leadership skills, preservation planning for digital collections and how to become a successful library consultant.

The preconference topics highlight areas of expertise of ASCLA’s members, and are open to all interested participants. All three events provide an excellent opportunity for participants to acquire new information and skills that they can apply immediately in their day-to-day work. Each session also offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from across the country engaged in similar professional challenges and successes. All events will be held at one of the conference hotels.

This year’s ASCLA preconferences are:

  • Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant

    Friday, June 24, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The wildly successful, sell-out workshop is back for a final time! Seasoned consultants Nancy Bolt, Sara Laughlin and Beth Bingham will present an overview of the consultant’s role and guide you through a self-assessment to uncover your consulting potential. Participants will work together to identify consulting opportunities and how to align them with their experience and skills. Takeaways include marketing tips, pricing your services and business management strategies. Event Code: ASC3.

    Advance Registration (through May 13, 2011): ASCLA member, $185;

    ALA member, $195; non-member, $225; student and retired members, $145.
  • Leadership Skills: Leading Your Library to Excellence

    Friday, June 24, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    This workshop will teach you all the things about leadership they never covered in library school. Attendees will identify leadership roles and strengths and then learn to apply them; explore what it takes to be a good supervisor and how to cultivate those qualities; review communication styles, the power of words and the importance of listening; learn how to deal with change and create a motivating environment; and how to build the credibility and respect needed to succeed as a leader. Event Code: ASC1.

    Advance Registration (through May 13, 2011): ASCLA member, $195;

    ALA member, $225; non-member, $295; student and retired members, $165.
  • Forever is a Long Time: Preservation Planning for Digital Collections

    Friday, June 24, 2011, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    After more than a decade of acquiring and creating digital collections, libraries are now exploring options for assuring long term access to these digital resources. This preconference will introduce participants to digital preservation standards and best practices, digital preservation planning, how risk assessment can be used in planning and case studies of implementable solutions. Faculty will include three leaders in digital preservation planning: Tom Clareson of LYRASIS, Katherine Skinner of Educopia Institute and Liz Bishoff of The Bishoff Group. Event Code: ASC2.

    Advance Registration
    (through May 13, 2011)
    : ASCLA member, $175;

    ALA member, $220; non-member, $295; student and retired members, $165.

Interested participants have the option to register for just an ASCLA preconference, or for both a preconference and the Annual Conference. For preconference-only registration using the online form (login required), select “SO-Preconference and Ticketed Events Only” as the registration type and proceed to select this event from the list of ticketed events. Conference registrants can add this event to their registration and will find it under the list of ticketed events and preconferences in the online form. Event codes are listed above in the event descriptions for those using the printed registration form for fax or mail. Advance registration rates are available through May 13, and prices will increase after that date. Registration for all ASCLA preconferences will close Sunday, June 19.

ASCLA, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is a diverse organization of librarians and support staff who work in academic and public libraries, state agencies, specialized libraries and multi-type cooperatives, as well as those who are self-employed. Not an ASCLA member, but interested in discounted registration rates on conference, ASCLA preconferences and other ASCLA events? Join, renew or add ASCLA to your ALA membership by calling 1-(800)-545-2433, option 5 or visiting


Elizabeth Markel