Category Archives: ASCLA

ASCLA Upcoming Event

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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?

ALA Annual Resource Sharing Preconferences

“Giving People What They Want: Information Access in Libraries and Beyond”
Friday, June 25, 9a.m.-5p.m.
Advance Registration: $205 for ASCLA members, $235 for ALA members
Co-sponsored by ASCLA, RUSA’s Sharing and Transforming Access to Resources Section (STARS) and the Rethinking Resource Sharing Initiative

A full-day workshop featuring a thought-provoking examination of technology and how its pervasive development is challenging traditional approaches to resource-sharing and content access. Top experts will examine users’ different information-seeking behaviors and how they differ significantly from how libraries have traditionally provided information. Participants will also discuss technological limitations inherent in sharing resources across disparate systems; innovative approaches that are broadening the definition of resource-sharing; and the impact of digital publishing, library end-user research, and innovative implementations of resource-sharing. Speakers: Lee Rainie, Pew Internet & American Life Project; Marshall Breeding, Vanderbilt University Libraries; Kyle Banerjee, Orbis Cascade Alliance, Michael Lascarides, New York Public Library; Cyril Oberlander, SUNY College at Geneseo; and Bryan Skib, University of Michigan.

“Interlibrary Loan Statistics: What We Gather, How We Use Them and Who We Provide Them To”
Friday, June 25, 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
Advance Registration: $140 for RUSA members, $155 for ALA members

Sponsored by RUSA STARS

This half-day preconference will help attendees to sort through the myriad of ILL statistics available from a variety of sources and how to use these numbers to make decisions about staffing, collection development and other important workplace issues. You’ll gain practical knowledge regarding the creation of reports, manipulation of canned reports supplied by vendors, and how to use this data to provide quality service.


ASCLA: Envisioning the Future of Library Systems

ASCLA – ICAN Consortia Management Discussion Group
ALA Annual Meeting, June 24-29, 2010  Washington, DC

When: Sunday, June 27, 2010
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Where: JW Mariott – Congressional/Senate ballroom, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave Northwest
Facilitator: Sheryl Knab, Western New York Library Resources Council, Buffalo, NY
Topic for discussion: Envisioning the future of library systems

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ASCLA’s ALA Conference Guide

The 2010 ASCLA @ Annual Conference guide is here!

ASCLA – Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies.
It’s your concise guide to ASCLA preconferences, programs, discussion groups and special events happening June 24-20, 2010 in Washington, D.C.

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Serving Patrons in Tough Times: Forming Collaborations with Outside Agencies in Order to Bridge the Gap

The ASCLA Interface also has an article by Chuck Steinbower, The William K. Willis School, Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, Ohio Department of Youth Services.  Mr Steinbower talks about creative use of cooperation to bring programming to his correctional library.  To quote:  “Last year, I was able to conduct an extensive humanities program that exceeded my wildest expectations. I was able to conduct five author vistas, three artist visits, plus other programming through a variety of financial resources. This year due to financial restraints, I have been forced to be more creative in order to bring quality programming to my institution.  
One way I’ve done this is by partnering with the school’s career-based intervention teachers to bring in volunteer speakers to talk with our youth about various career opportunities.”