Registration is open for the 39th Annual Academic Library Association of Ohio Conference
October 25, 2013
Pre-conference October 24, 2013
University Center, Kent State University at Stark, North Canton, Ohio
When I started my work life any job of any complexity involved an extended period of training provided by my employer. I was expected to be a hard worker, quick study, dress properly, show up on time, write well and follow directions. When the company changed policy or procedure there was training again. Today, more and more employers rely on you to keep up. Whether it's technology, trends in your field, making connections to help your organization, you're expected to to learn what you need and be ready with that expertise at any time. This means that you need to figure out how you're going to get that training and it should be in a way that suits you. One way, is with webinars. This is not my favorite way to learn but I do use them because they are unbeatably convenient. Here's the next one I'm participating in, hope you will join me. It's a great line-up.
There are three tracks: Instruction, New Collections New Content, and Community. For the full program and to Register: http://www.thedigitalshift.com/reinventinglibraries/program/
For all library types!
What are the elements required for a successful library campaign?
1) A vision of what you are and of what you want to be
2) A strategy for how you’re going to get there
3) Knowing your community
4) Telling an effective story
Donna Wakefield, the librarian at the Art Institute of Cincinnati, College of Design, finds the creative environment of her job invigorating and fun. We toured the student work areas, the library (of course!) and the senior gallery. Art work and projects are on display everywhere: paper sculpture, product packaging (e.g. CD covers), soft sculpture, posters. One of my favorite Senior Posters was by Emily Hornsby (her poster is at left). Her Greece advertising poster made me smile and want to visit Greece immediately.
Donna shared that the curriculum is project based. Each course will have a number of faculty working with the students, each one guiding a specific project, but unified by the course theme. It’s a unique structure, one that produces graduates who have won a lot of Addy Awards (33 over the last four years). http://www.cincinnatiaddys.com/
While speaking with one of the College’s founders, graphic designer Marion K. Allman, I found out about some of the new offerings and opportunities at AIC. Effective in 2014, AIC will be offering a Bachelor’s of Graphic Design. Offering the Bachelor’s degree really sets the College apart from other art schools in the region, something Ms. Allman has been doing since its founding. One example, AIC has been offering course work in paper sculpture, which includes pop-up art, for many years. They are one of only a handful to do so here in the U.S. A new collaboration is the work AIC is doing with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to create materials designed to instruct schools for re-introducing children who are cancer survivors. What a great opportunity for their students.
Donna really enjoys working with the students, whether it’s research for historical and cultural accuracy or writing for business resources, whatever the students need is what Donna is happy to provide.
For more about the Art Institute of Cincinnati, College of Design: http://www.aic-arts.edu/
Recharge Your Library Programs with Pop Culture and Technology: Connect with Today’s Teens by Linda Behen, should be in your toolbox for ideas, practical solutions, and corrective thinking, if you work with teens. Linda covers realistically what it is like to be a school librarian so she’s not starting off by talking at you; she is you. From this shared starting place you are guided through standard library practice you can do without (practical alternatives included), creating rapport with students, faculty and staff, keeping up with technology yourself and more. Beyond the starting place, Linda provides details of successful bibliographic instruction using pop culture and technology so she delivers the goods as promised. If pop culture isn’t your thing, don’t let that stop you from reading this important contribution to working with teens. Enough examples are given that if you are ready to improve your instruction or even your ongoing interactions with teens; help is in your hands. And, if you’re already ‘with it’ you can leap to the end for top notch, annotated lists of apps (Chapter 6, There is an App for That and That and That) and tools (Chapter 7, Discover Your Favorite Power Tools). The Power Tools chapter is divided into sections: Media Tools; Pop Culture; Superheroes (leaders in 21st century education and librarianship); Networking and Professional Development; and Traditional Resources are New Again.
Personally, I thought I was pretty ‘with it’ until I read some of Linda’s successful programming ideas. Wow – creative, fun and effective in instruction.
Linda Behen has been a school librarian for 17 years and we’re fortunate to have her in our region of Southwest Ohio. She has been an active Board Member for SWON Libraries and is currently co-Convener of our School Librarians Special Interest Group. This is her second book.