News You Can Use
News You Can Use sessions offer the latest updates from experts on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more, based on new surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, and projects from across the profession.
Saturday, June 23
9:00 - 10:00am
PLA’s DigitalLearn: New Course Topics, New Partnerships, and New Ways to Engage Your Community (PLA)
The Public Library Association's (PLA) DigitalLearn project (http://www.digitallearn.org) is a collection of self-directed tutorials for end-users to increase their digital literacy. Since its launch, the usage of DigitalLearn has notably increased to approximately 20,000 users per year. Join us for an update about the advancements of DigitalLearn in 2018, including how DigitalLearn is being used by organizations like Cox and IBM, the development of new courses, a discussion about the extensive suite of tools and resources on DigitalLearn for educators and trainers of digital literacy courses, and how DigitalLearn can be personalized for your library.
10:30 - 11:30am
Project Outcome: Three-Year Data Reflection & Future Activities (PLA)
The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple, standardized surveys and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. As Project Outcome reflects on its three years of grant-supported outreach and developments, discover how libraries are utilizing and benefiting from the toolkit and how their outcomes data are informing and supporting programs and services. Learn how PLA plans to continue to support and advance public libraries’ adoption of outcomes measurement; helping turn better data into better libraries.
DPLA – A Look at the State of the Book
Join the Digital Public Library of America for an update on their ebook work, including the DPLA Exchange, Openbookshelf and SimplyE. The update will be followed by a panel discussion exploring the evolving technology of the book. What do technological advances portend for literacy and knowledge? What are the cultural, technological, and commercial factors influencing the book’s future? How will the future of the book play out in education, scholarship, libraries, and publishing? How will ebook and other digital devices impact the growth of self-publishing? And, what is the role for libraries in maximizing access and use of digital books?
2:30 - 3:30pm
ACRL/SPARC Scholarly Communications Forum (ACRL)
Through its standing Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, ACRL sponsors a regular forum at both the ALA midwinter meting and annual conference to broaden the base of librarians who are knowledgeable about and engaged in scholarly communication issues. The highly popular forum series is co-sponsored by the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). The topic and speakers are chosen 60-90 days before the conference based on issues that are most relevant at that time.
4:00 - 5:00pm
United States Board on Books for Young People - The Four D’s of Translation in Children’s Publishing: Diversity, Drag, Disguise and Delectation (AASL/ALSC/YALSA)
Join the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) to explore what it takes to create a good translated book for youth. This interactive session, moderated by international children’s literature scholars and presented by three award-winning publishers of high quality translated children’s books, examines what occurs when international translations go terribly wrong and creatively explores four important areas of book translations. The session includes prize drawings for international and translated children’s books.
Sunday, June 24
9:00 - 10:00am
Richland Library’s InterCEPT Project - An Open Source Events Calendar and Room Reservation System
Richland Library (SC), with a grant from the Knight News Challenge, is launching the first open source system that enables customers to scan their library cards to check in at events. InterCEPT is an events calendar and room reservation system that pairs events and ILS circulation metadata with individual customer feedback to give personalized suggestions to customers looking for programs. This interactive demonstration will showcase the nuts and bolts of InterCEPT, showing how Richland Library is using its data to highlight programs and make informed decisions about the programs we offer.
Highlights of IMLS-funded Research and Early Career Development Projects
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) provides funding for research projects through the National Leadership Grants (NLG) and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian (LB21) programs. NLG support projects addressing significant challenges and opportunities facing libraries and archives while LB21 supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet changing U.S. learning and information needs. LB21 Early Career Development grants, in particular, aid untenured, tenure-track library and information science faculty conducting research in their own fields of inquiry. During this session, recent award recipients will highlight successful IMLS research projects to educate and encourage others to apply. IMLS program officers will share information about how to develop competitive proposals and get helpful feedback during the application process.
10:30 - 11:30am
Bookmobile and Outreach Information Repository (ODLOS)
The Association for Bookmobile and Outreach Services (ABOS) is developing the "Bookmobile and Outreach Information Repository". The aim of this project is to archive, unify, and further bookmobile and library outreach services worldwide with a multipurpose database tool. Libraries worldwide have been providing bookmobile and outreach services to their communities for hundreds of years and continue to be a critical link connecting under-served populations to books, computers, and other resources that promote early childhood literacy, lifelong learning, and community enrichment.
AASL National School Library Standards – Top Topics and Trends (AASL)
Explore resources from the field that address the Common Beliefs, the learning Domains, and the Shared Foundations from AASL’s new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries. For each topic we’ll highlight at least three relevant resources that ground and expand these categories. Fast-paced and information-packed—you’ll leave with next year’s personal PD outlined!
1:00 - 2:00pm
American Dream Literacy Initiative: 10 Years Serving Adult English Language Learners (ODLOS)
Since its inception in 2007, the American Dream Literacy Initiative (http://www.ala.org/advocacy/literacy/americandream) has supported public libraries throughout the United States in initiating or expanding literacy services for adult English language learners. Administered by the American Library Association and funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the program has provided a total of 214 grants to 187 libraries, across six cohorts. The grants allow libraries to augment their print and digital English as a Second Language collections; increase computer access and training; provide job training; hold English Language Learning, General Educational Development, and citizenship classes; and raise the visibility of services for immigrant populations. This session will share findings and recommendations from a multi-year evaluation study, as well as highlight individual grantee libraries’ successes and stories from the field.
LITA Top Technology Trends (LITA)
LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology. Top Technology Trends features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends. More information about the program is available at the Top Tech Trends site.
2:30 - 3:30pm
Project Welcome Recommendations and Action Plan: Implications for Libraries Serving Refugees (ODLOS / IRO)
Project Welcome (https://publish.illinois.edu/projectwelcome/), an IMLS-funded planning grant, has completed its work to learn and articulate ways libraries can address the information needs of refugees and asylum seekers in their resettlement and integration process. The session will present the recommendations, action plan and guide, developed by the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs in partnership with ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, and the International Relations Office.
Update on the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey (ACRL)
This meeting will bring attendees up to date concerning the elimination of the NCES Academic: Library Survey and the migration of some components into IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). Implications for the annual ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics survey will be discussed.
Monday, June 25
10:30 - 11:30am
OCLC Research Update
The OCLC Research will present overviews of several active research projects. Following the briefings, audience members will be invited to offer comments and ask questions.
1:00 - 2:00pm
Update on Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative (PLA)
In 2017, the Public Library Association (PLA) and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) partnered to implement Promoting Healthy Communities: A Health Information Initiative. The aim was to increase public library workers’ knowledge and skills related to consumer health services. Join us for a discussion on what assessments have been done in identifying the health information needs among public librarians, and how new resources and professional development opportunities have been developed for public library staff to better serve their patrons’ consumer health needs. You will leave this session with resources and ideas for your library and community.
2:30 - 3:30pm
Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser (PLA)
The Public Library Association (PLA) launched a new initiative this year, Fostering Creative Community Connections with Public Libraries and the Short Story Dispenser. With funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, PLA worked with the French company Short Edition to bring their Short Story Dispenser and digital content creation platform to several public libraries. Join us to hear how these libraries are using the dispensers, a national short story writing contest and how this effort intends to increase public awareness and use of library programs and services.
4:00 - 5:00pm
Family Engagement Initiative: Resources for Encouraging Families to be Active in their Children’s Learning and Development (PLA)
In 2015, the Public Library Association (PLA) initiated its work on family engagement, which aims to assist public libraries in learning about and implementing effective family engagement practices. PLA's Family Engagement Task Force, currently chaired by Clara Bohrer, Director of the West Bloomfield Township Public Library, is working to develop and define best practices and a toolkit of resources that encourage public libraries to more easily provide information, guidance, and opportunities for families to proactively engage in their children’s learning and development. Join us to hear about current activities that the Task Force is working on!