Virtual ALA Conference – Wednesday July 7th


The Virtual ALA Conference is coming up soon – July 7th & 8th.

We have 15 licenses but in order to access the conference from a computer in-house you will need one with speakers and be able to install the Adobe Acrobat Connect Add-in.

If you are interested in attending a session please contact Jon White – whitej@lvccld.org and let him know which session(s) you wish to attend.  We will have computers setup at the Virtual Library Training room for you to use if you have no access at your library. Training Credit will be provide with supervisor approval.

Here’s the schedule for Wednesday July 7th (see the next post for July 8th sessions)

DAY ONE – WEDNESDAY, JULY 7, 2010:
(All times Pacific Daylight Time)

8:00 a.m. –
9:00 a.m.
KEYNOTE – CREATING RELEVANCY FOR USERS
Joan Frye Williams, futurist, and George Needham, strategist, (www.georgeandjoan.com) will present a lively look at how librarians can create an engaging and relevant experience for our users. It’s obvious: the world in which we’re operating has changed a lot faster than we have. Community expectations for just about everything we’ve generally considered our stock in trade will continue to be shaped by forces way outside our control. To survive, we must change our practices – without sacrificing our principles. George and Joan will discuss how we can alter our focus, realign our services, and redeploy library staff in ways that speak compellingly to current and prospective users. They’ll describe how we can seize strategic opportunities, solidify the library’s position in whatever community we serve, and by doing so, create a new age of library relevance.
Speakers: George Needham, Joan Frye Williams

9:00 a.m. –
10:00 a.m.
E-BOOKS: HOW DO YOU KNOW IT WAS WORTH IT?
Models of ebook collection analysis continue to evolve. This program will provide a discussion of the different measures available to evaluate usage of ebooks as well as anticipated improvements desired to measure and evaluate the library’s investment in ebooks.
Speakers: Terry Kirchner, Tom Wright, Christopher Warnock

10:00 a.m. –
11:00 a.m.
TAKING THE LIBRARY WITH YOU: VR GOING MOBILE
Interested in finding budget friendly ways to expand your library’s virtual reference services to include mobile devices? Attendees will hear from, and be able to talk to innovative leaders in our profession, who will describe how their institutions are offering virtual reference services via mobile devices, including the tools they use, and their successes and challenges. Efforts of individual libraries and cooperatives are represented, as are SMS/texting and other mobile applications.
Speakers: Pam Sessoms, Lori Bell

11:00 a.m. –
11:30 a.m.
AUTHOR TALK
Description coming soon!
Speakers: TBA

12:00 p.m. –
1:00 p.m.
THE ADA, DIVERSITY, AND THE WORKPLACE: MANAGING FOR SUCCESS
20 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act sought to improve the lives of all people in the workplace. Today, both managers and employees must adhere to and embrace the change that ADA has brought to our places of employment. Featured speaker Naomi Earp, Director for Opportunity, Inclusiveness, and Compliance at the Library of Congress, will help attendees explore how they can bring the promise of ADA into the workplace to celebrate diversity, improve employees’ experiences, and build better organizations.
Speaker: Naomi Earp

1:00 p.m. –
2:00 p.m.
STARTING OUT? START WITH YOU: WHAT EVERY NEW LIBRARIAN NEEDS TO KNOW
Are you a new librarian seeking to share your bright ideas, enthusiasm, and fresh perspective? Want to learn more about professional awareness and participation, networking, communication, research, publication, promotion, and tenure? Learn how to develop your career by turning initiative into innovation, identifying best practices, overcoming setbacks, and maximizing contributions. This program will highlight important considerations for new librarians and recommend actions that will enhance professional development, job satisfaction, and career growth.
Speakers: Karen Sobel, Lisa Carlucci Thomas

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