Update on Meeting Rooms debate: resolution to rescind; comments needed by 7/19

This is the most recent info on the Councilor list about the Meeting Rooms interpretation. There is currently an effort to rescind the interpretation. They are asking for comments by 7/19/2018. It is still unclear how this fits with the IFC working group and if it will fly under parliamentary procedure. More to come.

Attached please find a draft resolution ( in Google Doc [ https://goo.gl/Mp8vEM]) to rescind the meeting rooms interpretation.

We, the signers, would like to receive feedback on the language of the resolution and additional seconders. Please let us know by 11:59pm PDT, Thursday, 5/19/2018.

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Never a dull moment: ALA Council 2018

Well, never is a strong world … Just kidding.

I finished my first year as the NC Chapter Councilor and I have the duty and privilege to report on the activities of Council at conference. In the interest of making this more accessible, I’ve uploaded it to Google Drive and you are free to read and even comment (keep it nice, or not). I’m happy to take feedback or hear your concerns. Just email or comment.

The biggest issue coming out of annual was the controversy over the use of the term “hate group” in the Library Bill of Rights Meeting Rooms interpretation. You can read more about this in the the google doc if you missed the debate. The Office of Intellectual Freedom has issued a statement providing some context. Yes, as NC Councilor I voted for the interpretation. And yes, I read the interpretation before I voted on it. My opinion is available on Twitter if you are interested.

As a result of the debate, the Intellectual Freedom Committee is revisiting the document. They have formed a working group as of Saturday, July 14 and will develop a timeline and plan of action. There is also a movement to rescind or amend the interpretation virtually but that has hit a parliamentary procedural roadblock (RONR is pesky beast). More to come this week we are told. I’ll post updates under this link: https://lyndamkreads.wordpress.com/tag/meeting-rooms/

I’m just happy people are reading ALA documents and engaging with the organization to be honest. (P.S. This is me being light-hearted to some extent. But seriously, considering our voter turnout, I am happy to see people engaging with the big ALA even if it is to criticize. Just wish more would vote. If you don’t like things, come fix them.)

Several other things came out of Council’s meeting including a good discussion of ALA’s future and the creation of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table. We also passed four resolutions that might be of interest. The summary and the full-text link of these is in the google doc.

  • A Resolution Recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the GPO Access Act and Calling for the Enactment of the FDLP Modernization Act
  • A Resolution to Reunite Detained Migrant Children with their Parents
  • A Resolution to Honor African Americans Who Fought Library Segregation
  • A Resolution on Gender Inclusive Bathrooms at ALA Conferences and Meetings

And finally we celebrated Lois Ann Gregory-Wood who retired as the ALA Secretariat after almost 30 years of work. We will certainly miss her!

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We heart Lois!

NCGA Constitutional Amendments

The News & Record wrote an editorial this morning arguing why this process is not ideal. The short version and the key things to remember are that these amendments if enacted are difficult to repeal and will give the legislature ability to enact laws in the spirit of these amendments (making them harder to overturn). The editorial tells you to go read them for yourself, but the NCGA website is the most labyrinthine government website possible, and it isn’t immediately clear which laws are the amendments, so here they are:

NCLA GRS webinar on Providing Health Information Services STAT

Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Providing Health Information Services STAT (IN CONJUNCTION WITH NCLA STEM)

The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.

This talk will cover the medical information reference interview and the uniqueness of health questions. This webinar will give an overview of recommended resources from MedlinePlus.gov and NCHealthInfo.org.

Presenters:

Terri Ottosen, MLIS, AHIP, Community Engagement and Health Literacy Librarian, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

In her position, Terri works to advance the library’s community engagement activities and manages and develops health literacy, consumer health and patient education resources and services for health professionals and students. She also provides outreach to the citizens of North Carolina through NC Health Info, working directly with public libraries and community agencies. She has served on many professional committees and is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals.

Sarah Jeong, MLIS, Research & Instruction Librarian for Science, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University

Sarah is the subject specialist responsible for course-integrated research instruction, research metrics consultation, literature research consultation for undergraduates and graduate students, and collection management in her designated liaison areas. She is one of the original section editors of NC Health Info and is a member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society.

We will meet together online on July 24th from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: https://tinyurl.com/grssession-79

We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.

The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).

Data analytics and library marketing at #SLA2018

This spring I was asked to present for the Special Libraries Association’s Leadership & Management Division at the annual SLA conference. They asked me to talk about big picture efforts to develop data analytics projects for marketing library services, two areas I find fascinating to learn about.

Using data driven analyses for developing marketing strategies is a broad topic and can (and should) encompass a wide variety of techniques. Sometimes we focus too narrowly on digital analytics or user engagement with our web presence. As such, some of the traditional but still useful approaches get lost or we don’t always invest in better professional development for those approaches, such as talking about market segmentation or survey writing and development. In addition, many universities have developed data analytics shops to support research projects, but using those shops for library marketing are rarer. And then there is the issue of terminology. We all do assessment to “prove value” but shouldn’t we use that assessment to shape our marketing strategies too? How do we do so effectively? How many libraries even have a marketing plan (and not a promotional plan)? UNCG has started in this area with our (relatively) new Director of Communications and Marketing. She is doing a great job, but her approaches have been quite new for us.

So, just some questions I was pondering when developing this presentation. I’ve gathered some resources together in an open zotero library. This includes some writings about the topic, examples, and tools. I am still adding items there from my research, so come back for more.

I also created a Padlet (a virtual chalkboard) for people to add their ideas. This didn’t seem to resonate as much with the SLA crowd, although there are a few ideas. If you are reading and have ideas, feel free to add. Also my slides are below the Padlet.

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NCLA GRS webinar on Census data access

Took a small break from webinaring to survive the semester. This summer NCLA GRS Help! is back with a hankering for gov info. We have webinars June, July, and August. Don’t miss out!
Help! I’m an Accidental Government Information Librarian presents … Census Bureau Data Access
The Government Resources Section of the North Carolina Library Association welcomes you to a series of webinars designed to help us increase our familiarity with government information. All are welcome because government information wants to be free.
Do you find American FactFinder challenging?  Well, get ready, because the Census Bureau is beta-testing a new data platform that will replace ALL of its data tools!  Michele Hayslett will give a brief overview of the process, the tools to be transferred, and the timeline; provide an orientation to the interface; and demonstrate a few searches.  You will receive the questions the Census Bureau would like testers of all skill levels to answer about their experiences with the new interface, and the email address to which to send feedback.
Michele Hayslett started learning about Census data when she worked as the Demographics Specialist at the State Library of North Carolina in the early 2000s, and hasn’t stopped learning.  She is currently the Librarian for Numeric Data Services and Data Management at UNC at Chapel Hill, working in the Davis Library Research Hub.
We will meet together online on June 7 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. (Eastern). Please RSVP for the session using this link: http://bit.ly/GRS-Session78 
We will use WebEx for the live session. Information on testing and accessing the session will be made available when you register.
The session will be recorded and available after the live session, linked from the NCLA GRS web page (http://www.nclaonline.org/government-resources).
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