Category Archives: ASCLA

ASCLA: Future of Libraries

For those interested in the future of libraries; clearly collaboration should be a component of any discussion on Libraries of the Future.  Valerie

“Its purpose: This group is open to anyone with an interest in the future of libraries.  We will examine changes in the world around us, examine different service models, new technologies, determine what our customers value and what our non-customers are finding elsewhere.  We will submit a recommendation to the ASCLA President for two areas that we think libraries should focus on to increase their value and insure their viability in the future.

You may join this Connect community by going here: and clicking on the “join” button. You must sign in under your ALA login first. If you have any trouble using Connect, please refer to this tip sheet to get started in ALA Connect:  If you have any trouble doing this, we can try to add you manually – simply send a message to

Also, for those of you new to using interest group communities in Connect, here are the instructions for turning on email notifications for your communities:
– Login to ALA Connect using your ALA login.
– Click on “My Profile” on the left side of the page
– Click on the “Subscriptions” tab and follow the instructions at the top of the page to make your community active.”

Susan Hornung
Executive Director, ASCLA/RUSA

ASCLA (library cooperatives) Events at ALA Midwinter

Sunday January 22 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Consultants Interest Group  Nancy Bolt of Nancy Bolt & Associates will moderate an open hearing on a new draft “Library Consultant Code of Ethics”. Should it be adopted by ALA? Open to all ALA members.Discussion will be followed by a business meeting of the ASCLA Library Consultants Interest Group Leadership Team. DCC – D224

Saturday January 21 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Digitization Interest Group  Join us for an opportunity to discuss issues of common concern for anyone involved in digitization projects. This discussion group is open to everyone from experienced project managers to those new to digitization initiatives. Each meeting includes guest speakers and opportunities for project updates from discussion group attendees. Final program details for ALA Midwinter 2012 TBA. Visit Connect Community for details at: DCC – D161

Sunday January 22 8:00 am – 10:00 am  Physical Delviery Interest Group  Discussion group on issues related to the physical delivery of library materials. DCC – D167

Sunday January 22 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Consortia Management Interest Group Discussions focus on management issues pertaining to library systems and consortia.  Previous topics included advocacy, funding, member services, and innovative projects. DCC – D175

ASCLA Interest Groups

Some of the new ASCLA interest groups focus on collaborative activities.

“To join the groups, please click on the links for the groups below; you will be taken to the Connect workspace for the group (you will have to login to Connect first) – then click on the “join” button on the right side of the page to immediately become a member of the group.

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ALA ASCLA ICAN Consortia Management Discussion Group

“Friendly reminder regarding ALA Annual.  The Consortia Management Discussion Group will meet Sunday, June 26 from 4pm to 5:30 pm in the Convention Center in room 242.  

Topic for discussion:     Library Systems Are Vital:  Selling Our Story to Funders and Users

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ASCLA-ICAN Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group at ALA Annual

“Saturday, June 25, 2011 | 4-5:30 in Doubletree Hotel, Crescent B

Join us for conversations about new and ongoing issues and opportunities related to collaborative digitization initiatives across a diverse array of consortia, libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions. This meeting is open to all and will feature a main presentation (see below) and brief project updates from attendees. Please contact Jason Kucsma ( if you would like to be added to the project update agenda.Open Parks Grid Project

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ASCLA is hosting three stellar preconferences at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans!


  • Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant
    Friday, June 24, 2011, 9:00 a.m. -5:00 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): starts at $185 for ASCLA members

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ASCLA-ICAN Collaborative Digitization Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter

Saturday, January 8, 2011 | 4-5:30 in SDCC Room 23B
Copyright and Book Digitization Workflows: Breaking the 1923 Barrier
David Lowe | Digital Programs Team Leader, University of Connecticut

Libraries involved in large scale digitization projects with partners such as Google and the Internet Archive have sallied forth with confidence as long as they have focused on making openly accessible those published materials with imprints up to and including 1922.

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ASCLA Upcoming Event

More information on the following topics click here

Dec. 15 deadline for ASCLA award nominations is around the corner
Consulting workshop: Still time to register
ASCLA Virtual Convergence: Webinars for all
ALA Annual Conference: Registration opens Jan. 3!

“Other ASCLA happenings in San Diego

On Saturday, Jan. 8, ASCLA offers two opportunities for members to actively participate in the future of the association. All members are invited to the Leadership Session, Saturday, Jan. 8, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., where we’ll have a conversation about the ASCLA restructure. At the Advocacy Session, Saturday, Jan. 8, 4-5:30 p.m., we invite you to join us as we lay out our advocacy priorities for 2011 and beyond. Through effective advocacy, the association can bring about change in public attitudes and policies. We need your expertise at this session as we make our plans. Please join your colleagues for one or both of these sessions.”

Susan Horung

2011 Virtual Convergence

On behalf of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA), I am thrilled to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming webinar series we’re calling the 2011 Virtual Convergence.

Throughout the day, from Jan. 18 through Jan. 21, we’ll be offering webinars on a variety of topics relevant to all types of libraries and library job functions.
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ASCLA – ICAN Consortium Management Discussion Group

ALA Midwinter Meeting

When: Sunday, January 9, 2010
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Where: TBD

Facilitator:  David Karre, Executive Director/CEO, Four County Library System, Vestal, NY

Topic for discussion:
Envisioning the Future of Library Systems – Part 2


Join us to discuss our future as systems. Help us identify what philosophical shifts, if any, must take place in order for us to move forward and secure our future in spite of the funding cuts many of us are experiencing. What changes are taking place in your systems and how you are embracing these changes? How is your system and your staff moving forward?  Are your systems considering consolidation or mergers? How do we improve our own “interface” to attract greater visibility?