Library News in Brief

Jul 11, 2018

OER Vision to Action Conference August 1-2
Open Educational Resources (OER) are of growing interest to academic and school librarians. The OER: From Vision to Action conference will be held on the Auraria campus in downtown Denver on August 1-2, 2018. There is now an updated program agenda on the conference website. Register by July 15.  The conference is open to anyone to attend and is sponsored by the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries and the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA).

Free Training at WebJunction
WebJunction is a collective online space of library-related courses and webinars. Does Making Space for Active Learning in Your Library sound interesting? Or maybe The Name of the Game: Playing Tabletop Games to Build 21st Century Skills is a topic that you want to learn more about. Accessing WebJunction is easy. All you need is an Internet connection, a device and time. Many courses are self-paced and webinars are recorded and archived to accommodate your busy schedule.

ALA Accepting Applications for 2019 Class of Emerging Leaders Until August 31
The American Library Association (ALA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 class of Emerging Leaders (EL). The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018. This program is a leadership development program that enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity.

MPLA Awards Nominations Open
The Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) has opened nominations for its awards honoring deserving individuals, groups, or organizations in the library field who should be recognized for their accomplishments? Some awards require nominees to be current or past MPLA members, and others require participation in the MPLA region; read the award descriptions carefully. All nominators must be MPLA members. Deadline is August 31, 2018.

Call for Library Marketer of the Year Award Nominations
Library Journal will honor one library staffer or a library team with its third annual Marketer of the Year award in its October 1, 2018, issue. The award, sponsored by Library Ideas, comes with a $2,000 cash prize. The award recognizes the importance of innovative approaches to marketing of library services, the role of marketing in building library engagement, and the value of quality marketing collateral to help build a vibrant sense of the library and define its relevance in the community. Nomination deadline is August 7, 2018.

‘Slow Chat’ Summer Learning With the AASL Standards
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) is easing into summer learning with an online book discussion of its newly released “National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries.” Termed a slow chat, the discussion will take place via Twitter. School library professionals with Twitter accounts can follow the hashtags #AASLstandards and #AASLowchat to participate.

AASL 2018 Best Apps and Best Websites for Teaching & Learning
American Association of School Librarians 2018 list is out, honoring 25 apps and 25 websites that provide enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators. These technology resources are chosen for their ability to foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation and collaboration and for their support of AASL’s “National School Library Standards.”

Free STEM Outreach Toolkit  from Idaho Commission for Libraries
The ICFL’s newest toolkit filled with STEM activities is here. The 36-page booklet contains activities, supply lists, science vocabulary words, take home extension activity cards and more. The toolkit is geared for library staff working with children in kindergarten through second grade.

Intellectual Freedom Resources for Social Media, Controversial Programs
The ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee has published new guidelines and a Q&A for library workers. Social Media Guidelines for Public and Academic Libraries” provides a policy framework for public and academic libraries that use social media. The IFC also published “Responding to and Preparing for Controversial Programs and Speakers Q&A,” which offers strategies and resources for libraries to address community concerns and prepare for potentially controversial library-initiated events.

The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults
JRLYA is an open-access, peer-reviewed online research journal published by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Its purpose is to enhance the development of theory, research, and practices to support young adult library services, as emphasized in YALSA’s National Research Agenda.

Teens, Social Media, & Technology 2018
The Pew Research Center just released a new report, Teens, Social Media & Technology 2018. If you are wondering how to reach teens, program for teens, and what teens are up to, this is a must read. If you just want to quickly view the highlights, check out David Lee King’s recent post about the report.

Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education
The Young Adult Library Services Association has released its new report, Transforming Library Services for and with Teens Through Continuing Education (CE). The recommended strategies included in this report provide guidance for various stakeholder groups on how to transform CE opportunities and create a culture of continual learning thus enabling library staff to put teens first.

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