May 19

San Francisco ALA on a Budget: Tips from ULS Member Katherine Ahnberg

norcal airportsI grew up in the Bay Area and lived in San Francisco proper for two years before leaving the west coast for library school. Four months into my first full time position, I can’t wait to represent my “hometown” at ALA! Yes San Francisco is extremely expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find great deals.

Take it from a local, here’s a few ways to do SF ALA on the cheap:

1. Fly into Oakland

You wouldn’t try to fly into Manhattan without checking LGA, right? Oakland is slowly becoming the Queens/Brooklyn of the Bay. My last minute flight across the country from Florida home to the Bay Area was $414 because I skipped out on SFO.

2. Get a $3 Clipper Card

Clipper cards are re-loadable cards that make hopping MUNI or BART a breeze. You can order in advance, or buy one at a corner Walgreens or other grocery store. It saves you from having to have exact change or hold on to tiny paper transfers; just make sure you tap out on your way off the bus.

3. Take the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART)

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BART is fast, safe, and reliable. You can get from downtown Berkeley to Powell St. station (the closest stop to the Moscone Center) in 25 minutes, and it’s an even shorter trip from nearby cities like Daly City. The only downside is to BART is that it stops running at 12:30 AM.

4. Stay with Air BnB

If you haven’t made the leap to Air BnB yet, it’s high time you checked it out. I’ve used this service for two different conferences now, and have never been disappointed. Whether you rent out a private space with a group or just take up a room in someone’s house, Air BnB is inexpensive and centrally located, plus you get the added perks of contributing to the local economy while having a nice place to stay. My ACRL stay included a cedar lined outdoor sauna. No extra cost.

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5. Cheap(er) Eats Around Moscone

$-$$ Mel’s Drive-In– Forget Denny’s, Mel’s is the consummate SF diner experience. Plus you get to experience a little bit of cinematic history.

$$ The Grove– Open till 11 o’clock, everyone pays separately and their cardamom ice cream is dreamy. For those of you coming from out of town, the sticker shock will be lower than chain restaurants, and you get to feel like a smug San Franciscan by eating local (and delicious!).

$$ Thirsty Bear– Get ready for Spanish tapas and big crowds at this local craft brewery.

Check out Katherine Ahnberg’s blog for more tips and colleague comments

 

Katherine Ahnberg is an Academic Services Librarian at USF Tampa Library


May 04

ALA Annual Conference Program: Look into the Crystal Ball

Arakawa_Kazuyoshi_-_Dragon_Supporting_a_Crystal_Ball_-_Walters_571188Don’t miss the ULS Program, Look into the Crystal Ball: Future Directions for Higher Education and Academic Libraries, at ALA Annual!
Date/Time: Saturday, June 27, 1-2:30PM
Place: Moscone Convention Center 3003 (W)

How should we approach the future? Speakers from Ithaka S+R and Stanford’s Graduate School of Education will identify broad transformations within and future directions for higher education. Academic librarians will then discuss how these transformations affect the organization and structure of university libraries, liaison roles, collections, and instruction and outreach. The program will conclude by engaging the audience in a discussion of how changes in higher education are playing out at their own institutions.

Speakers:
Mitchell L. Stevens
Associate Professor of Education and Sociology
Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Chris Bourg
Director of Libraries
MIT

Deanna Marcum
Managing Director
Ithaka S+R

Janice Jaguszewski
Director and Associate University Librarian, Health Sciences
University of Minnesota Libraries

Image credit: Walters Art Museum [Public domain, CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons


May 04

Member of the Month: Tammi Owens

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Tammi Owens, Winona State University, Assistant Professor, Emerging Services and Liaison Librarian

What inspires your work?

Two groups of great people.

  1. Our students. I work with Nursing majors here at WSU, and they are incredibly talented and dedicated. I also work with Education Leadership graduate students, and they are producing projects that will make a difference in education.
  2. My colleagues at WSU and around the world. We’re a profession with a culture of sharing and teamwork, and it’s so refreshing.

Are you currently working on a project that is exciting or interesting? Tell us about it!

Oh yes! We’re planning Game Night here at the library for fall orientation week. Three floors of games of all kinds, including board games, video games, frisbee golf, a LAN party, and a paper airplane competition. Our aim is to introduce new students to the library space in a fun and relaxed environment weeks before their first papers are due.

What do you do when you’re not being a librarian?

I’m a fiber artist — I spin and dye yarn. It’s great to have such a tactile outlet after spending so much time in my head during the day. This summer I hope to learn to weave with my handspun. See some of my recent work.

What are you reading?

For book club this month: Stranger in A Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. For fun: The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness and Weaving: A Handbook of the Fiber Arts by Shirley Held.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would not guess by looking at you?

You can tell by looking, but only if you look closely: I have a real-life Harry Potter scar hidden underneath my bangs. Sadly, it does not come with any wizarding skills.

What is your favorite non-library website? Why?

I love Instagram because it allows me to curate a feed of joy and color, and share my own moments of delight. It’s a perfect antidote to the stress of everyday life.


Apr 14

ULS Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group: Call for Proposals

Sebastiaan ter BurgIf you have experience in academic library middle management and would like to lead a discussion at ALA Annual, consider submitting a proposal to the ACRL-ULS Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group.

The charge of the ACRL-ULS Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group is “to provide a forum for discussion and presentations on current topics of interest to mid-level managers in academic libraries”. Prior topics of the Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group meetings at ALA Midwinter and Annual have focused on reorganization, change management, strategic planning, and time management.

To submit a proposal, please include the following:

  • a cover page with the presenter’s name, title, institution, and email address
  • a second page with the following:
    • title
    • topic
    • summary of proposed presentation (maximum 500 words)
    • description of how you will lead the discussion and engage the attendees
    • 2-3 learning outcomes that specify what participants will be able to do as a result of the presentation

Submissions should be sent to Brenna Helmstutler, Convener, at brenna@gsu.edu by Wednesday, April 22 at 5pm EDT. The group members will use a blind review process to select the presenter, who will be notified by April 30. The Mid-Level Managers Discussion Group will meet on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 1:00-2:30.

(photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg)


Mar 16

Member of the Month: Carrie Moran

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Carrie Moran, User Engagement Librarian, University of Central Florida

What inspires you in your work?

The moments where I feel like I’ve made someone’s day a little easier by helping them either find the information they need or get on the right path to do so.

Are you currently working on a project that is exciting or interesting? Tell us about it!

I’m currently leading the usability portion of our library’s website redesign project. We are moving to a new CMS and essentially starting from scratch. I’ve been drawn to user experience since I first heard of it in grad school and love having the opportunity to use that passion in my daily work.

What do you do when you’re not being a librarian?

Anything outdoors – reading on the beach, hikes, kayaking, farmers marketing –  we are spoiled in Central Florida! I also write poetry and take photos.

What are you reading?

Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Deep by James Nestor, and New and Collected Poems, 1931-2001 by Czeslaw Milosz.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would not guess by looking at you?

I’ve lost half my body weight, and my wellness journey has been featured in articles on HuffPost and PopSugar.

What is your favorite non-library website? Why?

Feedly. I don’t have a lot of free time online, so I appreciate being able to collect information on all my interests in one place.

 

Each month, the University Libraries Section will features a Member of the Month. If you are interested in being featured, please contact Sheila Stoeckel (ULS Blog Admin). 


Mar 05

ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group: Call for Proposals

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The ALA ULS Campus Administration and Leadership Discussion Group (CALDG) is accepting proposals for the ALA Annual Conference discussion group meeting in San Francisco, CA. The discussion group is especially interested in topics relevant to libraries and campus administration. The deadline for proposals is March 31.

To propose a topic, or to get more information, please contact Rebekah Kilzer, co-convener, at kilzerr@oclc.org.

Proposals should provide a brief informal summary (up to 200 words), your contact information, and indication of whether you’re willing to facilitate the discussion. The discussion group will meet on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1:30-3:30 pm.

(photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg)


Mar 03

ULS Current Topics Discussion Group: Call for Proposals

8127261493_9c2dbc59ea_zThe charge of the ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group is “to organize informal discussion meetings and presentations on well-defined issues and problems of current interest to university libraries and librarians.” Last year, for example, the Discussion Leaders presented “Values Driven Services: What Are Your Library’s Core Values?” Other areas of interest may include but are not limited to: user experience, assessment, demand-driven acquisitions, information literacy, spaces and services, trends and forecasting, etc.

If you are passionate about academic libraries and would like to share ideas and lead a discussion at the ALA Annual Conference, please consider submitting a proposal. Submissions should be sent to Eric Frierson, Group Co-Convener, at efrierson@ebsco.com by Friday, March 27th at 5pm EDT. Since the selection will use a blind review process, submissions should consist of:

  • a cover page with the presenter’s name, title, institution, and email address
  • a second page containing the proposal with the following:
    • title
    • topic
    • summary of proposed presentation (500 words or less, please)
    • description of how you will engage the group in discussion
    • 2-3 learning outcomes that specify what participants will be able to do as a result of the presentation

The selected presenter will be notified by April 10th, 2015. If selected, you may be asked to join the ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group Committee in a WebEx meeting to plan the event together. The ACRL-ULS Current Topics Discussion Group meeting will convene on Saturday, June 27, 2014, from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

(photo credit: Sebastiaan ter Burg)


Feb 11

Member of the Month: Jody Bailey

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Jody Bailey, Director of Grants and Research and Liaison Librarian to Linguistics & TESOL

What inspires you in your work?
The University of Texas at Arlington (where I work) is ranked fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity and has a majority minority population. I feel very fortunate to work in an environment where I can sit in my office and often hear three different languages being spoken just outside my door. I’m inspired by the diversity that surrounds me on all sides: my colleagues at the library, the faculty and staff, and our student population represent so many different nations and cultures, and I love learning about all of them. Furthermore, approximately 70% of our students work at least part-time, and more than half of them are first-generation college students. Their hard work and dedication constantly motivate me to do my best in service to this community – they deserve it!

Are you currently working on a project that is exciting or interesting? Tell us about it!
As director of grants and research, I am always working on ways to secure funding for innovative initiatives at the UTA Libraries, but this year, we are focusing in particular on our new FabLab, a makerspace that opened in our Central Library last October. The space is currently in its beta form and will be greatly expanded over the next year or so, both in terms of square footage and amounts and varieties of technologies. We are planning on adding a digital audio and video studio, an app and gaming development studio, an electronics bay, data visualization spaces, and more. In support of these initiatives, I currently have two grant proposals under review and several more planned for the coming months.

What do you do when  you’re not being a librarian?
I hang out with my husband, dogs, and friends, and I play computer games. I watch very little TV (we cut the cable cord over 10 years ago) so almost all my entertainment is online. Also traveling! My favorite trip was a photo safari in Tanzania.

What are you reading?
One of my favorite authors is Donna Tartt, and I finished The Goldfinch not too long ago. I have 73 books on my to-be-read list on LibraryThing and haven’t yet decided what’s next.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself that most people would not guess by looking at you?
I love playing MMORPG games! The three where I spend a lot of my free time are World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and Guild Wars 2. I’ve been playing WoW since 2006 and have met some really cool people and made some amazing friends because of it. My alter egos include a level 100 shadow priest and frost mage (WoW); a level 70/145 wizard, monk, witch doctor, and demon hunter (Diablo III); and a lowbie elementalist in GW2 since I just started that game.

What is your favorite non-library website? Why?
Reddit — I find it to be really useful for staying current with contemporary society, especially the millennial crowd. Reddit users almost always post news and information much more quickly than traditional new outlets, and many of the memes and stories on the Internet that end up going viral start on Reddit. It’s an incredibly diverse site that has its dark side that some criticize it for (and often with good reason), but that’s true of the Internet as a whole. Here’s a link to a starter guide and another to a list of some cool subreddits to get you started if you want to try it out.

 

Each month, the University Libraries Section will features a Member of the Month. If you are interested in being featured, please contact Sheila Stoeckel (ULS Blog Admin). 


Jan 20

ACRL UnCon 2015

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The ACRL 2015 UnCon is part of the ACRL 2015 conference and will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015 as two distinct sessions:

8:30-9:30 AM and 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.

The call for proposals is live and ready for submissions.


Jan 12

ACRL ULS Social @ALA Midwinter 2015

Going to ALA Midwinter in Chicago? Interested in university libraries or in just casually meeting some fellow librarians? The ACRL University Libraries Section (ACRL ULS) is once again hosting a social to help you unwind after a busy Saturday of programs.

When: Saturday, January 31, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Where: Elephant & Castle (185 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL) – just a short distance from Michigan Ave. and many of the ALA conference hotels!

Enjoy appetizers and a cash bar, while also networking with fellow ULS and other conference attendees. For more information and to add it to your schedule, see the Conference Scheduler event page. Hope to see you there!

Sent on behalf of the ACRL ULS Membership Committee.


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