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  • Jobs in Information Technology: August 25, 2020
    by Jenny Levine on 2020-08-25 at 5:02 pm

    New This Week Coordinator of Digital Scholarship and Programs, Marquette University Libraries, Milwaukee WI Digital Scholarship Coordinator, UNC Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

  • Jobs in Information Technology: August 13, 2020
    by Jenny Levine on 2020-08-13 at 6:40 pm

    New This Week Information Systems Manager (PDF), The Community Library Association, Ketchum, ID Children’s Librarian, Buhl Public Library, Buhl, ID Technology Integration Librarian, Drexel University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

  • Your Core Community Update
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-08-04 at 4:58 pm

    Much has been happening behind-the-scenes to prepare for Core’s upcoming launch on September 1st, so we want to update you on the progress we’ve made. At the 2020 ALA Virtual Conference Council meetings, the ALA Council approved the creation of Core, so we’re official! It’s been a difficult summer for everyone given the global situation, but this was a milestone we’re excited to reach. What We’ve Been Doing In May, the Core Transition Committee (the 9 division presidents plus senior staff) formed 11 working groups of members from all 3 divisions to make recommendations about how to proceed with our awards/scholarships, budget/finance, committees, communications, conference programming, continuing education, fundraising/sponsorships, interest groups, member engagement, nominations for 2021 president-elect, publications, and standards. These groups have done an amazing amount of work in a very short time period, and we’re grateful to these members for their commitment and effort. We’re happy to report...

  • Free LITA Webinar ~ Library Tech Response to Covid-19 ~ August 5th
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-07-31 at 6:00 pm

    Sign up for this free LITA webinar: Library Tech Response to Covid-19 Libraries are taking the necessary precautions to create a safe environment during the pandemic. Social distancing isn’t the only solution, but providing access to loanable technologies, including handling and quarantine of equipment, cleaning, and other safety and health concerns are just some of the measures put in place. With the ongoing disruption to library services caused by COVID-19, what reopening planning policies should be considered for usage? In this free 90-minute presentation, our presenters will share tips that might be helpful to other librarians before they reopen. The presenters will also talk about the evolution of the phased plan from the establishment of a temporary computer lab in the library as COVID-19 began to spread in March 2020, to the current phased approach for gradual reopening. Justin will also offer insight into managed access, technology and services, workflows, messaging,...

  • Jobs in Information Technology: July 29, 2020
    by Jenny Levine on 2020-07-29 at 9:52 pm

    New This Week Library Director, Walpole Town Library, Walpole, NH Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

  • Core Call for 2021 ALA Annual Program Proposals
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-07-24 at 5:33 pm

    Submit an ALA 2021 Annual Conference program proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020. Proposals are due September 30, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal. Submit your idea using this proposal form. Core welcomes topics of interest to a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including… 1. Access and Equity Advocacy in areas such as copyright, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, and privacy Preservation Week Equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession, as related to Core’s subject areas 2. Assessment Emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of libraries or library services Assessment tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures 3. Leadership and Management Developing leaders at every level Best practices for inclusion by using an equity lens to examine leadership...

  • Core Call for Webinar Proposals
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-07-16 at 4:52 pm

    Submit a webinar proposal for ALA’s newest division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, which will begin on September 1, 2020. Proposals are due September 1, 2020, and you don’t need to be a Core member to submit a proposal. Early submissions are encouraged and will be considered for September and October presentations. Submit your idea using this proposal form. Core webinars reach a wide range of library professionals in many different areas, including… 1. Access and Equity Advocacy in areas such as copyright, equity of access, open access, net neutrality, and privacy Preservation Week Equity, diversity, and inclusion, both within the division and the profession, as related to Core’s subject areas 2. Assessment Emphasizing the role of assessment in demonstrating the impacts of libraries or library services Assessment tools, methods, guidelines, standards, and policies and procedures 3. Leadership Developing leaders at every level Best practices for inclusion by using an equity lens to examine...

  • Core Virtual Forum is excited to announce our 2020 Keynote Speakers!
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-07-13 at 3:48 pm

    Core Virtual Forum welcomes our 2020 Keynote speakers, Dr. Meredith D. Clark and Sofia Leung! Both speakers embody our theme in leading through their ideas and are catalysts for change to empower our community and move the library profession forward. Dr. Clark is a journalist and Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Virginia. She is Academic Lead for Documenting the Now II, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Clark develops new scholarship on teaching students about digital archiving and community-based archives from a media studies perspective. She will be a 2020-2021 fellow with Data & Society. She is a faculty affiliate at the Center on Digital Culture and Society at the University of Pennsylvania. And, she sits on the advisory boards for Project Information Literacy, and for the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at New York University. Clark is an in-demand media consultant...

  • Catch up on the June 2020 Issue of Information Technology and Libraries
    by Chrishelle Thomas on 2020-07-08 at 10:43 pm

    The June 2020 issue of Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) was published on June 15. Editor Ken Varnum and LITA President Emily Morton-Owens reflect on the past three months in their Letter from the Editor, A Blank Page, and LITA President’s Message, A Framework for Member Success, respectively. Kevin Ford is the author of this issue’s “Editorial Board Thoughts” column, Seeing through Vocabularies. Rounding out our editorial section, the June “Public Libraries Leading the Way” section offers two items. Chuck McAndrew of the Lebanon (New Hampshire) Public Libraries describes his leadership in the IMLS-funded LibraryVPN project. Melody Friedenthal, of the Worcester (Massachusetts) Public Library talks about how she approached and teaches an Intro to Coding Using Python course. Peer-reviewed Content Virtual Reality as a Tool for Student Orientation in Distance Education Programs: A Study of New Library and Information Science Students Dr. Sandra Valenti, Brady Lund, Ting Wang Virtual reality...

  • Jobs in Information Technology: July 8, 2020
    by Jenny Levine on 2020-07-08 at 4:27 pm

    New This Week Dean of Libraries, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA Deputy Library Director, City of Carlsbad, Carlsbad, CA Visit the LITA Jobs Site for additional job openings and information on submitting your own job posting.

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