Loriene Roy Webcast

Last November, in honor of Native American Heritage Month, ALA President Loriene Roy delivered a lecture at the Library of Congress which was sponsored jointly by the Office of Workforce Diversity, the Law Library and the Center for the Book.   Entitled Guiding Our Destiny, it is now available as a webcast.

Thanks John Webb

Many thanks to John Webb for his talk last weekend. for those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some answers to questions he prepared for the talk, as well as his Powerpoint.

SCALA Speaker – John Webb

SLIM-OR SCALA is proud to announce the first speaker in its lunchtime speaker series. John Webb will be speaking about his involvement with ALA and how it has intersected with his career.

He will be coming to PSU on Saturday November 10th. There are OR7&8 classes that weekend so hopefully most of you should be able to come. We will try to get started at 12:15 (Perri is asking professors to let us out at 12 and resume at 1:30)

The talk will take place in Cramer Hall Room 401.

Webb’s library experience includes six years as Assistant Director for Systems at Washington State University Libraries, seventeen years of experience at the Oregon State Library where he was Head of Technical Services and then Deputy State Librarian, and five years of experience at Wright State University in positions as Head of Archives and Special Collections and then as Assistant Dean for Public Services. Prior to working in libraries Webb worked at the University of Dayton Research Institute for five years where he developed and operated computerized technical information retrieval systems for the Air Force Aeropropulsion Lab and then served as Assistant to the Director of the Institute. Webb is currently “steward” of a Pacific Northwest OCLC FirstSearch group of 50-60 libraries, and has just finished a term as a member of the Editorial Board of LITA’s journal, Information Technology and Libraries. Webb is currently on the LITA Publications Committee and the ACRL Government Relations Committee. He has served on and chaired a number of ALCTS and RTSD committees, served as RTSD Section Chair, as a member of the OCLC Users Council for six years, and as a member of the OCLC Oxford Advisory Committee and the Serials Control Advisory Committee

Publishing Opportunity for ALA Members

The 2007-2008 New Members Round Table Scholarship, Research, and Writing Committee encourages you to submit an article to be considered for publication in the Spring 2008 Footnotes print issue. Selected articles will appear in the new Scholarship and research for new librarians ( supplemental section of Footnotes).

The Scholarship and research for new librarians supplemental section is dedicated to provide an ideal opportunity for new librarians to get published and make an impact as a new library professional. New librarians from all types of libraries are encouraged to submit proposals.

While articles on a variety of topics will be considered, authors are encouraged to explore topics related to their experiences as new librarians or topics scarcely covered in the library literature or in library education.

Proposals should be submitted electronically for consideration by October 1, 2007 to:

Maureen Barry

Librarian for First-Year and Distance Learning Services

Wright State University

(937)775-2533 (ph)


Proposal guidelines:

Please submit a proposal describing the article topic in less than 250 words. Remember to include your name, job title, contact information and ALA member number.

*Authors are required to be NMRT members at the time of proposal submission.

Tentative deadline for article submissions: January 10, 2008

The Future of Library Science

The new president of the ALA, Loriene Roy, describes herself as a professor of library information, not library science.

She discusses the direction of the library information field and its training programs, the role of technology, core curriculum, life long learning, the importance of evaluating information, the necessity of teaching skills, the role of paraprofessionals, chat reference service, as well as her opinion on the uses of Wikipedia in this podcast.

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