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Beams and Bytes: Constructing the Future Library Architectural and Digital Considerations

an ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

Participants at “Beams & Bytes” – the ALCTS Midwinter Symposium, created fanciful representations of workspaces for the library of the future using an assortment of building materials including straight pins, straws, popsicle sticks and construction paper.

Designed after Broken Yolk @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
Group 1 @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
Workshop plans @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
the Plan @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
ALA Study Room @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
The Kitchen @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
Photo 1 @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
Photo 2 @ Beams & Bytes, MW11
Blueprint with comments @ Beams & Bytes, MW11


User Experience Design for the New Library

Presented by John Blyberg

As we focus more on how our physical buildings can become centers of the community, so too should we be focusing on the online opportunities.  John Blyberg will talk about Darien Library's user experience design approach to developing an online strategy that compliments their offline efforts and explore the possibilities of how and where the two can overlap.

Digital Stewardship in the 21st-Century Library: The Penn State Experience

Presented by Michael Giarlo and Patricia Hswe

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This talk will focus on how the Penn State Libraries are putting digital curation into practice through a newly established program for stewarding digital data and content. Digital curation is the active management of data and content in digital format, from conceptualization and creation, to access and use, to appraisal and selection, to ingest (such as in an archive or data depository), preservation, and ultimately to reappraisal and reuse. The presenters will describe various activities, including a platform review and a curation microservices testbed that the recently hired Digital Library Architect and Digital Collections Curator have undertaken in developing a programmatic approach to delivering, making usable, and preserving Penn State's digital data and content.

Architectural Considerations for the 21st Century Library

Presented by Jeffrey M. Hoover and Denelle C. Wrightson

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Libraries continue to be built and renovated due to the continuous changes in IT, changes in the expectations of their users and in response to the importance of the library as place. These three influences and the impact of these changes on space and the design of the modern library will be explored using examples and images.

From Academic Library to Academic Commons at Occidental College

Presented by Robert Kieft

Occidental College, a four-year liberal arts college in the city of Los Angeles, has embarked on a planning process that will transform the current library building into an Academic Commons. The building, which was constructed in three stages from the 1920s to the 1970s and whose 1920s component was designed by the famed Southern California architect Myron Hunt, currently houses a typical array of library services and the Center for Academic Excellence as well as the offices and service spaces of ITS and Scholarship Technology staff (ITS, Library, and Scholarship Technology report to the Vice President for Information Resources). Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbot are planning the renovation, and Gene Spencer and Maureen Sullivan are consulting on organizational and work change processes. The renovation will produce a facility and program that will constitute an intellectual center for the College, one that creates a teaching- and learning-centered environment focused on electronic resources and modes of scholarship, houses academic services in support of student and faculty work, and employs a staff who, to a large extent, do not rely on "traditional" models of library and IT organization.

Library Space: Dimensions of the Imagination

Presented by Michael Miller

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For those who can live with ambiguity and who are not risk adverse, these are exciting times to be working in libraries. We are a profession that is reinventing itself and how we do business. The 20th century model of the library is fading and the successful 21st century library model is only beginning to emerge. The impact of technology is radically and permanently changing the nature of our collections, services, and staff and with it our use of space. There is a story evolving about how the creative repurposing of library space is changing the perceptions of the library on campus. How we use this newly recaptured space will re-define and expand our roles and will increase our value to our institutions. What has been happening at Cal Poly is only one story but it may be illustrative of a more generalized movement in the country. Cal Poly’s investment in creating an information commons, café, and 24/7 space has lead to an active exhibit and speakers series, partnerships with colleges, appreciation from faculty and students, requests from the Provost to take on new responsibilities, and a strategic plan that embraces the community. This is more than a story about space.

Parallel Library Universes: A Case for Feverish Pink Paint and Virtual Vortexes

Presented by Lizabeth (Betsy) Wilson

Are we finally on the verge of Wilf Lancaster's "paperless society" and Hugh Atkinson's "library without walls?" Or are we merely making incremental changes around the edges of library space? While iconic library facades remain, the space inside is being repurposed and repunctuated with high tech and high touch, coffee and chatter, and maybe a wall or two painted "feverish pink." At the same time, we're constructing virtual spaces in which first content, then services, and now interaction have the potential to create a vortex of intellectual exchange. Are we creating parallel library universes that have coherence, context, and value, or that are schizophrenic and unsustainable? This closing keynote will address these questions and examine the physical and virtual manifestations of the University of Washington's new Research Commons as a case study. The Research Commons emerged from a user-driven, highly iterative, charette-based, assessment-enabled, collaborative design and implementation, and may be instructive for other environments and situations.

The Administrator, RDA, and the Future Catalog: Issues, Viewpoints, Alternatives

An ALCTS Midwinter Symposium

This one day symposium examined the issues surrounding implementation of RDA and the future catalog.

Sponsored by OCLC


Broad Overview and Introduction to Implementation Issues by Tim Strawn | presentation

RDA from the Director's Perspective by Olivia Madison

RDA from the Department Heads’ Point of View by Linda Barnhart

Connecting RDA to the Catalog by Molly Tamarkin | presentation

Future of the Catalog by Tim Bucknall

Facilitation of audience break-out sessions and wrap-up by Chris Cole

Please visit for more information.

Advocating in a Tough Economy: An Advocacy Institute Workshop

Friday, January 7, 2011, 1 – 4:30 p.m. Horton Grand Hotel- Regal Ballroom

Learn how to reposition or “brand” your library to meet the needs of patrons with Kerry Bierman, Director of Community Relations & Development, Columbus Metropolitan Library. A panel discussion will follow, focusing on how libraries of all types can reposition their offerings. Panelists include Dr. Camila Alire, ALA Past President & Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico and Colorado State University, Deborah Doyle, Friends of San Francisco Public Library, Advocacy Projects Manager, and Sara Kelly Johns, American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Past President & Library Media Specialist, Lake Placid Central School District. Michael Borges, Chair, Advocacy Training Subcommittee & Executive Director, New York Library will moderate.

The workshop will also highlight the 2011 ALA Library Snapshot Day initiative. A founder of the initiative, Peggy Cadigan, Associate State Librarian for Innovation & Communication, New Jersey State Library, will discuss how to use snapshot day as an advocacy tool. Rob Banks, Topeka & Shawnee County (KS) Library, will discuss how he has integrated snapshot day results and statistics to improve messaging to decision-makers.

Advanced registration is $50 for the half-day program and ends on December 29. Attendees do not need to be registered for the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting to attend.

Please visit for more information. Those who register for the Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Foundations or Trustees will save $25 off Institute registration.

The Art of Discussion Facilitation: Essential Tools for Public Programs and Beyond

A Midwinter Institute sponsored by the ALA Public Programs Office

January 6, 2011, 1:30–5 p.m.
January 7, 2011, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

The art of discussion facilitation will be the topic of a day-and-a-half institute presented by the ALA Public Programs Office, held January 6 and 7 at the ALA 2011 Midwinter Meeting in San Diego. Adam Davis, director of trainings and publications for the Project on Civic Reflection, will present essential tools that will empower attendees to facilitate a broad range of discussions in their library, including public programs, forum discussions, book groups and more. A boxed lunch is included, and registration is limited to 50 participants to maximize the opportunity for hands-on practice. This institute is co-sponsored by the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee.

Registration for “The Art of Discussion Facilitation: Essential Tools for Public Programs and Beyond” is available online as a part of registration for the ALA Midwinter Meeting (event code: PPO1). The cost of this event is $295 for ALA members, with discounted rates available for retired and student members. If you have already registered for Midwinter, you can add this institute by logging in to your registration.

More about this workshop is available on the Public Programs Office website. With questions, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at[1] or 800-545-2433 ext. 5045.

YALSA Teen Services & the Whole Library Experience Institute

This YALSA workshop will provide support to teen services librarians in working with all library departments and staff in providing, advocating for, and promoting teen services. Participants will explore:

  • Recent research on teens and library services
  • Tools and techniques for providing outstanding teen services beyond the walls of the teen space
  • Successful tactics for gaining funding and support for teen services
  • Tips for building partnerships across library departments to strengthen teen services

Ticketed event. $195 for YALSA members, students and retirees; $235 for ALA members; $285 for nonmembers. Lunch included. You do not need to register for ALA's Midwinter Meeting to attend this YALSA institute.

You do not need to be registered for the ALA Midwinter Meeting to participate in the Friday events. To register only for the "Teen Services & the Whole Library Experience" Midwinter Institute, fill outthis form (skip Section I) and either mail or fax it to 800-521-6017 or mail it to: ALA Registration and Housing Headquarters
568 Atrium Dr.
Vernon Hills, IL 60061

You can add ticketed events if you've already registered! You can contact Nichole Gilbert at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387, to reserve a ticket for the institute. You can also add events through ALA registration: (1) By phone: Call ALA Registration at 1-800-974-3084 and ask to add a workshop or special event to your existing registration; (2) Online: Add an event to your existing registration by clicking this Midwinter Registration link. Use your log in and password to access your existing Midwinter registration and add events in the “Your Events” section (screen 6). Then simply check out and pay for the events you’ve added.

AASL - Collaborative Leadership Institute

Friday, January 7, 2011
9:00am – 4:00pm

Pricing - ALA Member $229, AASL Member, $189, Retired Member $179, Student Member $159, Non-Member $279

In 2005 AASL set a very ambitious goal to achieve universal recognition of school librarians as indispensible educational leaders. As part of this strategic vision AASL created professional development opportunities to assist the profession in gaining the necessary skills to become leaders in today’s educational environment. AASL’s Leadership Institute is an essential program for any school librarian looking to increase their understanding of leadership components, identify their own leadership skills, and apply leadership strategies.

Participants will be prepared to:
- Plan and prioritize personal and professional goals
- Acquire strategies in leadership and collaboration
- Articulate the importance of the school library program to administrators
- Recognize the challenges that affect the school library profession
- Create an action plan to be a successful leader

Presenter: Dr. Steven M. Baule, Ph.D., Ed.D., Superintendent of North Boone School District Poplar Grove, Illinois

Prior to becoming a superintendent, Dr. Baule was a district administrator, a high school administrator, a middle school library media specialist and a classroom teacher. Recognized as one of ten Tech Savvy Superintendents by eSchool News in 2009, Dr. Baule has led a number of programs which have received national recognition and has presented on technology-related topics to a wide range of educators and librarians in the United States and abroad.

Contact Elise Fette, AASL – Manager, Professional Development at or 312-280-4386 with any questions.

ASCLA - Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies

"Assembling a Consulting Toolkit: What You Need to Know to Become a Successful Library Consultant"

Date and time: Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Program details: "Assembling a Consulting Toolkit" is the perfect event for librarians looking to strike out on their own in the library profession or those library professionals approaching retirement and seeking a flexible way to maintain employment. The workshop is designed to prepare participants to begin – or advance – a successful consulting career. It was presented at both the 2010 Midwinter and Annual meetings, and sold out both times before the close of advance registration.

Seasoned consultants and ASCLA members Nancy Bolt, Sara Laughlin and Beth Bingham will present an overview of library consulting for workshop attendees, who will then conduct in a self-assessment their personal consulting potential. Participants will work together in an active and engaging format to explore different roles that consultants play, services consultants may deliver to clients, marketing consulting services, managing a consulting business and finding clients.

For more information, visit [1]

Cost: Advance registration prices: ASCLA members, $240; ALA member, $275; non-members, $295; retired or student members, $175.

Regular ("on-site") registration prices: ASCLA members, $260; ALA members, $295; non-members, $315; retired or student members, $200.

Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration for the Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to attend the Institute.

How to Register: Visit [2]

RUSA - Reference and User Services Association

“Genealogy Happens!” at the Genealogy Reference Desk

Date and time: Friday, January 7, 2011 8:30am-5pm

Program details: A not-to-be-missed event for librarians seeking to enhance their genealogy reference skills, and personal family history researchers, too! Topics include social networking for genealogists; military research; and genealogy reference skills.

For more information, visit [3]

Presenters: Drew Smith, MLS, faculty at University of Southern Florida and one of the “Genealogy Guys” David Rencher, MLS, Director of the Libraries Division of the Family History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Ron Arons, Author of WANTED! U.S. Criminal Records Curt Witcher, MLS, Manager, Historical Genealogy Department, Allen County Public Library

Cost: RUSA Member: $100 ($125 on site) ---- ALA Member: $145 ($170 on site) ---- Student/Senior: $75 ($100 on site) ---- Nonmember: $220 ($245 on site)

Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration for the Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to attend the Institute.

Please note: Registration for the Midwinter Meeting is not required in order to attend the Institute.

How to Register: Visit [4]