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OITP, LITA seek nominations for cutting-edge technology practices

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) are soliciting nominations for best library practices using cutting-edge technology.

“Cutting edge” refers to tested and successful implementations of technological advancements used in services such as:

  • Improvements in traditional services and processes by inventing/re-inventing/twisting technology
  • Introduction of new, innovative services that are flexible and responsive to community needs
  • Methods for connecting libraries to their communities
  • Funding initiatives or organizational models that ensure library information technology will remain current
Nominations may be may for work in any of the following sample areas:
  • Application development (apps)
  • Architecture and design
  • Circulation (sorting, remote distribution, materials handling, delivery mechanisms)
  • Collections
  • Community services (to include equity, outreach, programming and assessment of services)
  • Curation
  • E-resources management services
  • Instruction/information literacy
  • Knowledge creation
  • Open source
  • Pathfinders
  • Patron services (to include self-services and privacy protection)
  • Participatory services (e.g., student-created content, community polling, wikis)
  • Professional development
  • Readers’ advisory
  • Reference services
  • Staff management (use of self-scheduling, recruitment and evaluation)
  • Unique missions
  • User interface
  • Web services
  • Other

Nominations should include the following:

  • A description of the project/service
  • An explanation of how the service/procedure is cutting-edge
  • Information about the evolution of the project (identification of need, why it is novel, funding sources/options, challenges, how success was measured, and recommendations)

Applicants may also submit supporting materials in a variety of media, such as Flickr, YouTube, video, audio, blogs, etc.).

Nominations:

  • Must involve the use of technology
  • Must be a novel idea or implementation of a service
  • Must be able to be documented for replication
  • Must be for a library that has been involved in the development of the service or product (can’t just buy something off the shelf) or has enhanced the product for added value

A joint committee of members from the Subcommittee on America’s Libraries for the 21st Century and LITA will review all nominations and may conduct selected interviews or site visits to identify those libraries that are truly offering a best practice or most innovative service.  Libraries or library service areas will be publicized via the OITP and LITA websites, as well as highlighted through ALA publications and programs at the ALA Annual Conference in 2012. 

The nomination form (.docx) is available online and may be emailed or faxed to Larra Clark at lclark@alawash.org or fax 202-628-8419.

Learn more about the program and past winners on the OITP website.

 

WEBINAR - ACTIVE SHOOTER

TOPIC: "Responding to an Active Shooter in the Library: Protecting Patrons and Staff From a Rare But Catastrophic Event."

PRESENTED BY: Dr. Steve Albrecht, author, Library Security: Better Communications, Safer Facilities (ALA, 2015)

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 20th, 2018, 4:00 pm US-EST (1 hour). Click here for time zone conversions. The recording of the Webinar will be available immediately following the live broadcast, and available to all who sign up.

COST: $99/person - includes participating live (not required), lifetime access to the recording, access to attendee discussion forum, and a certificate of attendance. (For group or other purchases, please email steve@learningrevolution.com.)

TO SIGN UP: Click HERE. You will first need to be a member of Library 2.0 (free) and be logged in. Please click "Sign Up" on the top right and we'll get you approved quickly.

DESCRIPTION: Recent mass shootings in public places should remind all library leaders and their staffs to review their emergency response plans to this disturbing event. These incidents are often foreshadowed by warning signs and specific pre-attack behaviors by disturbed patrons that may be noticed by staff members.

This 60-minute webinar is led by Dr. Steve Albrecht, a national leader in both workplace violence prevention and library security. He'll provide safety tools and security techniques to empower library employees at every level, not frighten them. This includes his discussion of how some people make threats and others pose threats; the national response protocol known as Run-Hide-Fight; how to safely evacuate all patrons and staff; how to shelter in place in the library; and how to best protect patrons and staff from an armed attacker. Dr. Albrecht will also discuss why these perpetrators strike in the first place and what we can learn from past cases as a way to both understand and stop them.

DR. STEVE ALBRECHT

For the past 17 years, Dr. Steve Albrecht has made himself well-known to library training audiences around the country. His fast and empowering workshops focus on library safety and security issues; patron behavioral problems; customer service tools; and facility security improvements. His 2015 book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities, was published by the ALA.

Steve is one of the country's leading experts on the prevention of workplace and school violence. In 1994, he co-wrote Ticking Bombs, one of the first business books on workplace violence. He interviewed a double murderer for the book.

He holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board certified in human resources, security, employee coaching, and threat management.

In 1999, Steve retired from the San Diego Police Department, where he had worked since 1984, both as a full-time officer and later as a reserve sergeant and a domestic violence investigator.

He has written 21 books on business, security, and law enforcement subjects.

QUESTIONS? Email steve@learningrevolution.com.

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Book Review: What We Buried

Book Review: What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman

To be published February 26,019

Read courtesy of Netgalley.com

Riveting. RIVETING!

From the double-meaning title to the adept use of flashbacks entwined with the glimpses of memory, What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman epitomizes a psychological thriller. I'm so glad I read this and cannot wait to get this book for my high school library.

I read this in one sitting, from 9am to 2pm on a Sunday, and it was time well…

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Book review: Roam

Book review: Roam by C. H. Armstrong

Publication date: February 5, 2019
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In spite of the serious nature of homeless families, this is a warm fuzzy, feel good, happy ending kind of story. With a new boyfriend too good to be true and an instant flock of new friends, teenage Abby allows her homelessness to color her daily life (but who could blame her?). None of the people in her new…
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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on October 6, 2018 at 10:26am

Book Review: One Second

Book Review:

Any Second by Kevin Emerson

Pub. date: November 20, 2018

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5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Review!

I cannot wait to get this book for my high school's library!

My students are taught to be an upstander instead of a bystander. In Any Second, Maya did this... and beyond. Kevin Emerson wrote a story that is both unique and scarily possible, which is what makes it such a compelling read.

Emerson did a great job with the pace of the…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on August 6, 2018 at 9:35am

Book Review: Body Swap

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Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

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Publication date: 09 Oct 2018

I think that Sylvia McNicoll and Dundurn are selling themselves short: This is not just a YA Middle School novel. While it's appropriate for middle schoolers (i.e., no cursing), I'm sure it would be appealing to high schoolers and adults, too. It reminded…

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Posted by Arlen Kimmelman on July 25, 2018 at 1:08pm

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Book Review: Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

Things I'd Rather Do Than Die

by Christine Hurley Deriso

Pub Date: 18 Sep 2018

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I recently reviewed Christine Hurley Deriso's All the Wrong Chords, which I loved. I really wanted to like Things I'd Rather Do Than Die as much, but alas, I give it 4 instead of 5 ⭐. I also read Deriso's Acknowledgment section of this novel, and I'm glad she took the advice of her editor; having the main…

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