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Call for live bloggers at the 2017 Annual Conference

“In just a few short weeks, librarians will head to Chicago for ALA’s Annual Conference. This event includes a full line-up of ALSC programs, including the President’s Program & Newbery-Caldecott-Wilder Awards Banquet, hundreds of exhibits to explore, and much more. We’d love it if you would consider being a live blogger!

If YOU are heading to the Conference in June, consider sharing your experiences on the ALSC Blog so everyone—especially those #leftbehind—can have a feel for what the conference is like.

Sound interesting? Contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com, for all the information you need to volunteer as a live blogger from the conference.


Mary R. Voors
ALSC Blog manager


AC 17 Preconference: “We Are All User Experience Librarians: Creating Change from the Trenches”

RUSA’s Emerging Technologies Section (ETS) is hosting “We Are All User Experience Librarians: Creating Change from the Trenches” preconference at ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago in June. This ticketed event will focus on user testing and experience using discussion, presentations, and interactive exercises. Our presenters will offer strategies and tools from throughout the life cycle of a user experience design project, and will provide an entertaining look at pitfalls to avoid and lessons learned. Unlike other sessions about UX design, the proposed workshop will focus on providing attendees with skills and techniques they can apply at their home institutions with little expense or pre-planning.

Speakers include: Pete Coco, Web Services Librarian, Boston Public Library; Deirdre Costello, User Experience Researcher, EBSCO Information Services; Heidi Steiner Burkhardt, User Experience Specialist, University of Michigan Library, Ann Arbor; Carrie Moran, User Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida. More information can be found here.

Ticket prices:

Category Advance Onsite
Member $139 $149
Other Member $129 $139
NonMember $129 $139
RUSA Discount $119 $129

SALIS Conference report

We are passing on a conference report from Barbara Weiner, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Library. If you are attending a conference, or any type of training, we would be interested in hearing from you!

Beautiful Worcester, MA was the setting for the 39th annual conference of SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists), May 3-6, 2017.  SALIS is an international network of information professionals working in or interested in the alcohol/drug/addictions field.  SALIS (www.salis.org) and AMHL (Association of Mental Health Librarians) joined forces for continued learning and networking.  Held in the invigorating UMass Medical School teaching hospital, 25 information professionals from four countries had two and one-half days of presentations, with business and committee meetings to round out the busy days.

Barbara Weiner (librarian for Hazelden Betty Ford, Center City, MN) and Sonja Mertz (librarian for MPRC, North Branch, MN) were in attendance.  Sonja also did a fantastic job of planning and co-hosting the conference. Continue reading SALIS Conference report

ILL Conference Highlight: Revolutionizing Resource Sharing with OCLC’s Katie Birch

REGISTER TODAY to attend the 2017 Minitex ILL Conference including Katie Birch’s session, “Revolutionizing Resource Sharing.”

Katie Birch has spent much of her career in resource sharing. Between 2005 and 2008, Katie took a lead role in the development of the UnityUK service, a country-wide resource sharing service in the UK. She is currently the Executive Director – Resource Sharing at OCLC, and is based in Dublin, Ohio. In this capacity, Katie oversees WorldShare ILL, including Article Exchange, Policies Directory and IFM, as well as ILLiad, Tipasa, Relais, VDX and WorldCat Navigator. Additionally, Katie is responsible for OCLC’s shared print strategy and OCLC’s Analytics product set. Katie moved from the UK to the USA in 2012.

8:30 AM – 3:15 PM, May 17, 2017
Continuing Education & Conference Center
University of Minnesota, Saint Paul Campus
1890 Buford Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55108

Please contact Becky Ringwelski at e-ring@umn.edu or Tammi Halverson at halve186@umn.edu with your questions or comments.

MLA: Exhibitor, Sponsor and Advertising Registration Now Open!

Save the date! The 2017 Minnesota Library Association (MLA) Conference will be held October 5th and 6th at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, Minnesota. Our theme this year is Radical Librarianship – the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future.

We hope you will consider joining us for this conference. It’s going to be a terrific event, attended by library staff from across Minnesota. Participating in the conference is a great opportunity to showcase how your organization supports the radical work of Minnesota’s libraries. Below are several opportunities for your organization to take advantage of in Rochester:
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