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.


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.


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.

Made with Padlet

How much do I love data? #lovedata18

Let me count the ways … Today kicks off Love Data Week, a campaign to raise awareness about the variety of issues and topics related to research data. This year the week’s themes revolve around telling our stories about, with, and connected to data of all types.

Because I am primarily a data connector (I connect people to data) rather than a collector (although I’ll show you my dataset of petitions anytime!), I’ll use the week to celebrate my favorite data resources, people, and tools. Data (of all kinds) are the heart of research and undergird the outputs that everyone needs, from scholarly articles to the demographic stats we use to target our patrons. We rely on the proper collection, protection, preservation, and archiving of data to help us understand the world around us.

Tell your data stories too through the Love Data blog or use the hashtag #lovedata18 on Instagram or Twitter. I’d love to see your favorite data visualization, tools, resources and more. Let’s celebrate!

All promotional Love Data 2018 materials used under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Citation: Nurnberger, A., Coates, H. L., Condon, P., Koshoffer, A. E., Doty, J., Zilinski, L., … Foster, E. D. (2017). Love Data Week [image files]. Retrieved from https://osf.io/r8tht

More Info on Net Neutrality

This is from a recent email from the ALA Washington Office:

The Washington Office is following up last week’s net neutrality blog with an early analysis of the FCC’s draft order, as well as an action alert that ALA members can use to contact Congress. As we write in the blog, we believe FCC Chairman Pai likely has the three votes needed among FCC commissioners to pass the order. Contacting Members of Congress to pressure the Chairman is the most reasonable grassroots strategy as we prepare for the almost certain legal challenges to come.

Please share the blog post and action alert with your colleagues. We will continue our analysis and planning for how to best inform and engage ALA members as this issue continues to play out. The FCC vote is scheduled for December 14, so we are considering options for activities leading up to and during that day. Be assured we are watching this issue closely.

In case it comes up in any of your units, roundtables, or divisions— ALA has two net neutrality resolutions from 2006 and 2014. The first is a resolution affirming network neutrality and the second is a resolution reaffirming support.

  • Resolution endorsed by ALA Council on June 28, 2006. Council Document 20.12 (CD#20.12):


Net Neutrality and ALA

The ALA Washington Office has released a resource for librarians concerned about recent actions on net neutrality. You can still take action to protest the move to roll back net neutrality, but there are some deadlines coming up in December. If you are concerned about this issue, take action soon.

If you are new to the idea of net neutrality, the most accessible overview is  John Oliver’s slightly NSFW video from Last Week Tonight. It is also decidedly NSFI (not safe for instruction). I’ll find additional resources and post here. Please let me know if you have other resources that are particularly good.

Finally, I am the incoming ALA Councilor for North Carolina. Our orientation isn’t until February, but they have put us on the lists for Council. So, I will post information here and on social media if it seems critical. Let me know if you have questions or concerns so that I can better represent NC at Council!