Tennessee Chapter Councilor Report – June 2014

ALA’s Midwinter Meeting was held June 26-July 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.  My apologies for the late report – what happens during ALA Council in Vegas should not, in fact, stay in Vegas! ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference. I have included below a list of links to the various documents and information that are involved in Council. There’s even an audio recording of each Council meeting if anyone is interested in hearing the actual discussions.

A number of resolutions were discussed by Council in these sessions.   Resolutions passed included the action items in the Report of the Presidential Task Force on Electronic Communication for the ALA Council (CD#10).  These included guidelines for the council electronic list, guidelines for the posting of Council Documents, and a resolution for the future review of the guidelines.  Also passed was the Resolution in Support of Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD#43) which states “That the American Library Association, on behalf of its members:

  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs; and
  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that aligns them directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.”

ALA Council also discussed and passed resolutions emphasizing the importance of receiving reports from ALA or Council Committees and the importance of having meeting minutes and other reports available from various Divisions and Roundtables.   These included an addition to the ALA Policy Manual, section A.4.3.16.1 and action items from CD#27.1, Report of the Committee on Organization

Council also adopted the Resolution on Granting the District of Columbia Government Budget Autonomy to Allow City Services, including Libraries, to Remain Open during a Federal Government Shutdown (CD#45).  This resolution states “That the American Library Association, on behalf of its members, urges Congress to grant the District of Columbia budget autonomy in order to prevent the unnecessary closing of city government facilities, including public libraries, in the event of a federal government shutdown.”

ALA Council also adopted the Resolution on Digitization of U.S. Government Documents (CD#20.6), the Resolution Reaffirming Support for National Open Internet Policies and “Network Neutrality,”(CD#20.7), and the revised interpretations of the Library Bill of Rights (CD#19.4-19.17).  Also adopted were CD#40.1, The Copyright: An Interpretation of the Code of Ethics (the first interpretation of the Code of Ethics), and CD#18.1, directing ALA to become a signatore on the Lyon Declaration of Access to Information and Development.

Memorial and Tribute resolutions were passed honoring Eliza Dresang, M-#5; Marilyn Lea Miller, M-#6; Emily Stewart Boyce, M-#7; Margaret Mary (Maggie) Kimmel, M-#8; Birdie MacLennan, M-#9; Nancy Garden, M-#10; Esther Crawford; M-#11; Crenetha Session Brunson, M-#12; and Ernie DiMattia (no document).ADOPTED, Tribute Resolution Honoring 75th Anniversary of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

 

Tennessee Chapter Councilor Report – February, 2014

ALA’s Midwinter Meeting was held January 24-28, 2014 in Philadelphia, PA. ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference. I have included below a list of links to the various documents and information that are involved in Council. There’s even an audio recording of each Council meeting if anyone is interested in hearing the actual discussions.

A number of resolutions were discussed by Council in these sessions.  Resolutions that were passed include the Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council (CD #34) and the Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information (CD #35).   The full resolved clauses of these resolutions are found below.   Also passed was a new ALA Award, The Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity (CD #36)

Also discussed was the Resolution on Whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD #37).  This resolution did not pass.

The Resolution to allow programs at American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meetings (CD# 38) was sent to ALA’s Budget Analysis & Review Committee for review before it is discussed by Council.  This resolution seeks to change current ALA policy to allow programs (instead of discussion groups and other types of sessions) to happen at all Midwinter meetings.  I welcome any and all feedback on this issue, as it is likely to come up for discussion in the June Council sessions.

Memorial and Tribute resolutions were passed honoring Augusta “Gussie” Clark, Major Owens, Dr. Nasser Sharify, Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar and Giovanni’s Room Bookstore and Owner Ed Hermance.

I have also passed along information received through the various ALA listservs to the TLA listserv.

If there are questions about the information here, any of the emails that I have sent to the listserv, or about ALA and Council in general, please let me know! I can be reached via email at tla.alacouncilor@gmail.com.

Respectfully submitted,

Courtney Fuson

Tennessee Chapter Councilor

ALA CD# 34 Resolution on Electronic Communications for ALA Council, which read: Resolved, that

1)      The ALA President shall appoint a task force of the Council to work with ALA HQ staff to

  1. Examine and revise as needed the guidelines for the Council email lists and electronic communications,
  2. Determine when various Council Documents should be available to the membership-at-large and the public-at-large,
  3. Determine what options are available for sharing Council Documents and what are the capabilities, requirements, and consequences of each option,
  4. Make recommendations to Council regarding which options(s) should be adopted,
  5. Determine a schedule for re-examining these issues.

2)      The task force shall prepare an interim report for Annual 2014.

3)      The task force shall prepare a final report and recommendations for Midwinter 2015.

ALA CD#35 (revised 1/26/14) Resolution to Improve Member Access to ALA Unit Governing Information, which read: Resolved, the American Library Association (ALA)

1)      Adjust policy to include, “the governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Round Tables shall make drafts of their meeting minutes or other reports of actions taken available via the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of the meeting;”

2)      Adjust policy to include, “the governing bodies of ALA Divisions and Round Tables shall make final versions of meeting minutes or other reports of actions taken available via the unit’s ALA-hosted web page within 30 days of their approval;”

3)      Require governing bodies to maintain an easily-available historical record of these meetings and action reports; and

4)      Exempt sub-units of the divisions and sub-units of round tables from the policy.

Tennessee Chapter Councilor Report

In the interest of transparency, I’m posting my Tennessee Chapter Councilor report to the Tennessee Library Association Board of Directors here as well as via the Tennessee Library Association listserv.

June, 2013

ALA’s Annual Meeting was held June 28‐July 2, 2013 in Chicago, IL. ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference. I have included below a list of links to the various documents and information that are involved in Council. There’s even an audio recording of each Council meeting if anyone is interested in hearing the actual discussions.

A number of resolutions were passed at Council. Some of the highlights include the passage of these resolutions: Resolution Reaffirming ALA’s Commitment to Basic Literacy (CD #37), the Declaration for the Right to Libraries (CD #40), the Resolution Commending the Freedom to Read Foundation for Defending Videogames (CD #47), the Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Disaster (CD #41), and the Resolution Supporting Librarians Sued for Doing Their Professional Duty (CD #19.3).

Also approved were the addition of a section titled “Protect Library User Confidentiality in Self‐Service Hold Practices.” to the ALA Procedures manual and a Resolution on Prayer in ALA Meetings (CD #44) that reiterates ALA’s policy of refraining from public prayers during meetings.

The Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies (CD# 42) was defeated.

Additionally, there was much discussion of the resolutions in support of whistleblowers Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, a topic of much Council discussion for the last year. The ultimate result of this discussion was the Resolution on the Need for Reforms for the Intelligence Community to Support Privacy, Open Government, Government Transparency, and Accountability (CD# 20.4 & 19.2). This resolution states the following:

That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. reaffirms its unwavering support for the fundamental principles that are the foundation of our free and democratic society, including a system of public accountability, government transparency, and oversight that supports people’s right to know about and participate in our government;
  2. calls upon the U.S. Congress, President Obama, and the Courts, in light of present revelations related to NSA’s surveillance activities conducted pursuant to orders issued by the Foreign Intelligent Surveillance Court (FISC) under Sections 215 and 702 of the USA PATRIOT Act, to reform our nation’s climate of secrecy, overclassification, and secret law regarding national security and surveillance, to align with these democratic principles;
  3. urges the U.S. Congress and President Obama to provide authentic protections that prevent government intimidation and criminal prosecution of government employees and private contractors who make lawful disclosures of wrong doing in the intelligence community;
  4. calls upon the public to engage in and our members to lead public dialogues discussing the right to privacy, open government and balancing civil liberties and national security;
  5. encourages the public to support bills and other proposals that both secure and protect our rights to privacy, free expression and free association and promote a more open, transparent government; and
  6. expresses its thanks and appreciation to the members of Congress who work to protect our privacy and civil liberties.

This resolution was substituted for the Resolution Reaffirming ALA Support for Whistleblowers (2013 MW CD #38), the Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Bradley Manning (2013 AC CD #38) and the Resolution in Support of Whistleblower Edward Snowden (2013 AC CD #39).

In addition to the other actions taken by Council, memorial resolutions were passed honoring Brooke E. Sheldon; Lillian Miles Lewis; Jack C. Gerts, II; Herb Davis; Carolyn Forsman; Russell Shank; Connie Van Fleet; Jacqueline Mancall; Eva Efron; Ed Johnson; Margaret “Peg” Hallisey; Robert O. Ellett, Jr.; and Fredrick McKissack.

Tributes were passed honoring the 40th Anniversary of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA); bba Alhadi; and 15th Anniversary of the Spectrum Scholarship Program.

I have also passed along information received through the various ALA listservs to the TLA listserv.

If there are questions about the information here, any of the emails that I have sent to the listserv, or about ALA and Council in general, please let me know! I can be reached via email at tla.alacouncilor@gmail.com.

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ALA CD#37 (rev. 6/28/13), Resolution Reaffirming ALA’s Commitment to Basic Literacy, which read: “That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. reaffirms and supports the principle that lifelong literacy is a basic right for all individuals in our society and is essential to the welfare of the nation;
  2. reaffirms the core value of basic literacy in its purest form must be reaffirmed as foundational to lifelong learning and is the building block for developing other literacies;
  3. urges all ALA units and libraries of all types to actively seek and develop partnerships with other literacy providers; and
  4. urges all ALA units and libraries of all types to make learning to read a high priority by incorporating literacy initiatives into programs and services for all users.”

ALA CD#40, Declaration for the Right to Libraries Resolution, as amended to read: “That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. endorses the Declaration for the Right to Libraries; and
  2. urges that the American Library Association work to support and engage libraries and communities across the country in signing the Declaration for the Right to Libraries.”

ALA CD#47, Resolution Commending the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) for Defending Videogames, which read: “That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. commends the FTRF for recognizing videogames as a non‐print medium in libraries worthy of First Amendment protections;
  2. continues to support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) in defense of libraries when presented with challenges to videogames included in gaming collections;
  3. continues to support the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) and supports Game‐RT so that it may be a ‘force for initiating and supporting game programming in libraries’; and
  4. continues to stand by the Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) in alignment with the researchers, politicians and institutions that challenge unscientific studies attributing violent behavior to videogames.”

ALA CD#41, Rev. 7/1/13, Resolution on Library Service to the Community in a Natural Disaster, as amended to revise resolution heading; add a new “Whereas” clause; and revise the “Resolved” clause to read: “Whereas the American Library Association has recognized and encouraged library service to local communities during disasters in the past;

Resolved, that the American Library Association (ALA) on behalf of its members.

  1. acknowledges that many libraries across the country have provided library and emergency services in disasters including storms, fires, earthquakes and floods and applauds those actions;
  2. recognizes the significant contributions of libraries and library staff who have provided effective emergency response/recovery services, and responded to the needs of their communities following hurricanes Sandy and Irene in ways that go above and beyond the regular call of duty; and
  3. sends a letter acknowledging the work and contributions of libraries and library staff to the State Chapters in the affected states to be passed on to the appropriate parties and ensure that such a letter is sent whenever libraries lead community recovery.”

ALA CD#19.3, Resolution Supporting Librarians Sued for Doing Their Professional Duty, which read: “That the American Library Association (ALA), on behalf of its members:

  1. most strongly urges publishers to refrain from actions such as filing libel suits when in disagreement with librarians who have publically shared their professional opinions and instead to rely upon the free exchange of views in the marketplace of ideas to defend their interests as publishers.”

VOTED, That the following text be incorporated into the ALA Policy Manual as Policy B.8.5.2.1:

B.8.5.2.1. Protect Library User Confidentiality in Self‐Service Hold Practices.

ALA urges all libraries that implement self‐service holds to protect patron identity by adopting practices and procedures that conceal the library user’s personally identifiable information in connection with the materials being borrowed; and, urges libraries, librarians, and the responsible bodies of ALA to work with vendors to incorporate applications into integrated library systems that enable libraries to conceal a library user’s identity in a cost‐effective manner. (ALA CD#17.1, Item #1)

ALA CD#44 (REV. 7/1/13), Resolution on Prayer in ALA Meetings, as amended to read:

“The American Library Association, as a secular institution in a country that is increasingly diverse religiously, refrains from having public prayers during its meetings. Moments of silence may be observed during meetings.”

DEFEATED, ALA CD#42, Resolution on Divestment of Holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies and Libraries’ Role in a Peaceful Transition to a Fossil‐Free Economy, as amended to read: “The American Library Association, on behalf of its members:

  1. begins divesting in the fossil fuel industry by excluding our three holdings in the “Filthy Fifteen” named in the Endowment Trustees’ Information Report to BARC that have `little or no significant negative impact’ in the short term on ALA.”

Fix the CFAA

You may have noticed the “Justice for Aaron Swartz” badge added to the sidebar.  I’ve added it to support the campaign by Demand Progress and the Internet Defense League that is trying to reform the CFAA.

From Demand Progress:

The Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is the law under which Aaron Swartz and other innovators and activists have been threatened with decades in prison. The CFAA is so broad that law enforcement says it criminalizes all sorts of mundane Internet use: Potentially even breaking a website’s fine print terms of service agreement. Don’t set up a Myspace page for your cat. Don’t fudge your height on a dating site. Don’t share your Facebook password with anybody: You could be committing a federal crime.

It’s the vagueness and over breadth of this law that allows prosecutors to go after people like Aaron Swartz, who tragically committed suicide earlier this year. The government threatened to jail him for decades for downloading academic articles from the website JSTOR.
Since Aaron’s death, activists have cried out for reform of the CFAA. But members of the House Judiciary Committee are actually floating a proposal to expand and strengthen it — that could come up for a vote as soon as April 10th!

The changes proposed by the House Judiciary committee (as outlined by TechDirt) are disturbing, and I strongly recommend that you click on the photo of Aaron and use Demand Progress’s tools to let your legislators know that these changes are unacceptable.  The Electronic Frontier Foundation has outlined their recommended changes to the CFAA as well, and Representative Zoe Lofgren seems to be taking notice.  Let’s help the Internet Defense League and Demand Progress to support these reforms and remind Congress that the internet is watching.

Tennessee Chapter Councilor report

In the interest of transparency, I’m posting my Tennessee Chapter Councilor report to the Tennessee Library Association Board of Directors here as well as via the Tennessee Library Association listserv.

 

As the newly elected Tennessee Chapter Councilor, I attended my first (ever!) ALA MidWinter conference in Seattle last month.  I have included below a list of links to the various documents and information that are involved in Council.  There’s even an audio recording of each Council meeting if anyone is interested in hearing the actual discussions! :)

ALA’s Council meets three times at each conference.  The bulk of this conference’s work pertained to the proposed dues increase.  The related documents will hopefully be available through the ALA Council sites soon, but the language that was approved is below.

RESOLVED

Beginning in September 2013 and continuing annually through September 2017, personal member dues will be reviewed by the ALA Executive Board, which may approve a dues adjustment not to exceed the percentage change in the national average Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, rounded to the nearest dollar.  Any increase beyond the above provision proposed by the Executive Board will require approval by a vote of Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.

This provision shall be formally evaluated by the Executive Board and Council in 2016 with input from ALA personal members.  Any subsequent dues adjustment will require approval by a vote of the ALA Executive Board, Council and a mail vote of ALA personal members.

Please let me know if you have questions or concerns about this resolution.

Other Council actions at this conference included the election of new members of the Executive Board and the passing of a resolution to change “School Library Media Specialist” to “School Librarians” in the ALA policy manual (section B.9.2.2).

Also passed by Council were a number of memorial resolutions honoring Alice Holly Scott, Leo Dillon, Clara Stanton Jones, Phyllis Brodnax Heroy, Aaron Swartz, Joseph Branin, Harris Clark McClaskey, Barbara Ann Schmitt Webb, Genevieve “Kay” Bishop, and William (Bill) DeJohn.  A Tribute Resolution dedicated to the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the Caldecott Medal was also passed by the Council.

I have also passed along information received through the various ALA listservs to the TLA listserv.

If there are questions about the information here, any of the emails that I have sent to the listserv, or about ALA and Council in general, please let me know!  I can be reached via email at tla.alacouncilor@gmail.com.

ALA Midwinter!

The American Library Association’s Midwinter meeting is rapidly approaching!  I’m attending (as seen by the badge below), and thought I would share my schedule.  I’m a little more scheduled than usual this year, because I’m a new ALA Councilor.  I’m representing my state library association (the Tennessee Library Association) for the next three years.  I’m excited to see what happens on Council and be a part of what makes ALA work.

I’m also excited to take my first trip to Seattle.  I’m hoping it’s not going to be freezing and raining the whole time, but the weather forecast doesn’t look promising.

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Eleven years ago today….

Eleven years ago today, I was a junior in college. I was sitting in my class that morning, when the professor’s daughter put her head in and said “a plane hit the World Trade Center”. It was a computer class, so immediately we all started trying to log on to our favorite news sites to see what was going on. None of us could get more than the most basic headline to load. We left class (maybe early, I don’t remember) and I remember joining a crowd of students standing in the university center, staring up at a small television that was showing the footage. We still weren’t sure what had happened exactly. I went on to my next class, where the professor proceeded to inform us that, despite the morning’s events, we were having class as normal. I was grateful for that – it helped keep me for freaking out about it.

I don’t really remember much of the rest of that day. I remember bits and pieces of the weeks and months after… I remember standing again in the university center sometime after and watching President Bush speak, again in a crowd of people. I remember many conversations with my roommates about the state of things, and politics and what we would do if Oak Ridge was attacked (I was in Chattanooga at the time).

I also remember how much I missed having those roommates around when I was in grad school and one of the anniversaries came around. I missed the shared experience of watching the news and talking about it, and of simply having someone there.

I struggle with these kinds of anniversaries. I always have. I can’t bring myself to watch all the dozens of documentaries that have been on television over the last week – it’s too intense and too much voyeurism for me to watch the something like the special made up of the phone calls of those who were on the planes and in the towers. Those conversations were meant for their loved ones, not me. The same with the other specials. I still remember and see the footage clearly in my mind. I don’t need to relive those moments.

So, today I will be scarce on social media and try not to listen too closely to NPR on my commute and I will think especially of those who lost a loved one today and honor this day in my own quiet way.

Getting Involved

How to get involved, networking and other related topics have been on my mind lately.  Getting involved in library associations can seem intimidating, difficult and confusing, but it’s not as hard as it might appear.  If you look around this site, you might notice that under Professional Activities I’ve had a pretty busy couple of years.  I’ve been heavily involved in my state library organizations and also in ALA committee work.  If you’re like me, you look at people who are so involved and go “How do they do that?” or “How can I get involved?”.  I want to tell you how I got here.

In 2006, just before I started at my current job, I made a few professional resolutions.  These were the result of a conversation with a friend of mine who is perpetually challenging me (and others, I’m sure) to do better and do more.  One of those resolutions led me to this position!  Another one led to my increased activity in library related organizations.   Of course, that’s not to say it was an immediate thing (see my post about “stupid conferences” and my lack of networking skills).  One of the first steps I made was to start submitting program proposals to my state library association.  That helped to get my name out there and to encourage other people to approach me (the Speaker ribbon is a great conversation starter at a conference!).  (Want to see my follow-up resolutions? They’re here)

Another thing I did that helped with the national conferences was to get involved with the Library Society of the World.  This group of librarians from around the world (literally) gave me a great group of people to look for at national conferences and helped ease my “networking” pain.  By allowing us to meet virtually and communicate nearly every day, the LSW allows librarians to get to know one another and “meat” each other at conferences.  That means that we already know each other and can pick up where we left off when we see one another in person!  The person I don’t recognize isn’t really a stranger!  This group has been an amazing help to me at conferences – it’s a good sized group, which also means that there’s nearly always someone to hang out with, talk to, or go to dinner with.

So after I started meeting people at the state and national conferences, I started getting asked to do things!  Since many of our organizations are volunteer-run, they’re desperate for people to do things.  So, many times, all you have to do is show up and say yes!  So I did.  Now, I’m trying to learn to say No!

Just because an organization is run by volunteers doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have to be run well.  Just because you’ve said “yes” doesn’t mean that your commitment has ended there.  Volunteer organizations need quality work, just like your place of work.  So…say “yes’ and do your best work!  (you can see how it’s easy to get over-extended, right?)

After such a busy couple of years, I’ve decided to practice saying “No” for a little while. I ‘m starting to feel the pain of burn-out, and that’s not where I want to be.  So I’m scaling back on new commitments and trying to focus on balancing my life a little better.  I’m going to stay involved, but I’m also going to work on my hobbies – sewing, gardening, etc.  I’m also going to try to increase my involvement in my community.   I’d like to pick up my Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity volunteering and maybe meet some new people who aren’t librarians!

SOPA, PIPA and protests

So there’s all kinds of stuff going around right now about SOPA and PIPA and RWA.  I’m glad to see that heavy hitters on the internet like Wikipedia are paying attention to Congress.  I’m hopeful that RWA will get similar responses, but it’s not looking likely.

I wanted to draw some attention to what the Library Society of the World is doing, particularly.  Iris and Steve have created Protest Coupons to leave at the ALA Midwinter booths of the vendors that Andy has identified as supporters of SOPA/PIPA. However, I will not be at Midwinter, so the coupons aren’t going to work for me.  So I made a postcard.  I’m working on getting a way for people to click and send postcards, but I’ve had actual work stuff come up :)  So, hopefully by the end of the day I’ll have that worked out.

I encourage you to print out the coupons if you’re going to ALA Midwinter or the postcards if you’re not and send them to the vendors who are supporting these bills. 

Also, be sure to contact your congress people and let them know how you feel!  Congressional support seems to be dropping for SOPA, but PIPA (the Senate version) still has support.

On that note, I also want to point out this post from Read Write Web about what Joe Brockmeier wishes people were saying about SOPA/PIPA and congressional actions.  The gist is: Americans are unaware of congressional actions until someone points them out.  The mainstream media aren’t going to be pointing out things like SOPA/PIPA because they are supporters of the bill.  So, it’s up the the American public to keep up with Congress on their own.  Check on your Congressional reps regularly!  Write to them often!  We are a democracy and those only work with an educated population that is willing to speak up!  So SPEAK UP!  (and not just about SOPA/PIPA).

 

Library Day in the Life #7

I wasn’t really going to participate in this round of Library Day in the Life posts, but I changed my mind…so, here goes!  I was on vacation all week last week, so this one is a little more email intensive than most (maybe)

8am – arrive, check with Collection Management Librarian about the link to the library catalog on our website.  Our OPAC server is getting upgraded this week, so we’ll be linking to WorldCat while the catalog is unavailable.  She confirmed the switch, so I updated the website.

8:30am to 10:30am- start digging through the 100+ emails that arrived while I was out of the office last week.  I was keeping an eye on things while I was out, but many of the emails either had to do with things that didn’t affect me or things that I couldn’t do anything about while out of the office.

Make some updates to the library’s website to reflect recent changes in our electronic resources.

Stop to talk to the Education faculty liaison, who stopped by to grab a book.  We talked about the recent release of our allocations budget (and the unpleasant surprises there) and also the possibility of her going back to school for ELL stuff.  Also, she told me who to talk to about the possibility of teaching the Education Technology course here once I’ve finished my M.Ed.  Woot!

Dug out some more emails, answered those, talked to a couple of vendors about existing resources and possible changes to some journal subscriptions.

Worked with a colleague at the local public library to get a webinar scheduled this week as part of Learn & Discover, which I’m chairing again this year.   I’m pretty excited about this webinar, and I hope it gets a good response.

Sent out registration information about a new resource for some of our faculty.

Received trial information for several databases that a faculty member had requested while I was out.  Added them to the library’s website.

11am – 12:30pm Emailed our project manager in PR about the updated library website and some questions I have about it.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to go live with it soon.

Finalized details on the webinar for Learn & Discover and scheduled the test run for the presenters.  Started the PR machine for the webinar as well.

Updated the library’s LibGuides and worked on the new site some.

Worked with the librarian now in charge of scheduling our information literacy sessions to ensure that I know when my classes are scheduled.

12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch!

1:30 pm – 4:30pm chat with Reference Coordinator about what she’d like to do about several pages on the library’s website.  Reminded her of interface change that means a tutorial needs to be updated.

Scheduled meeting with the website committee to preview the updated website.

Chatted with a professor about her subject guide, how to edit it, and some new databases and some of the changes to their subscriptions.

Emailed a vendor about a new subscription.

Called an advisee back about questions left on voicemail.

Worked briefly on the state library association conference.  (I’m co-chair of the program planning committee).

Updated and tidied up the library’s YouTube account in preparation for using the videos on the updated website.

Added video tutorials to the updated website.

Added links to our new LibGuides to the updated website

Helped colleague with a LibGuide issue.

4:30pm – one last check of email and then…. Go home!