News You Can Use

New You Can Use sessions offer the latest updates from experts on policy, research, statistics, technology, and more, based on the new surveys, reports, legislation/regulation, and projects. 

 

Saturday, February 10

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Project Outcome: Three-Year Data Reflection & Future Activities
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
The Public Library Association’s (PLA) Project Outcome (https://www.projectoutcome.org) is a free online toolkit designed to help public libraries understand and share the impact of their programs and services by providing simple, standardized surveys, and an easy-to-use process for measuring and analyzing outcomes. As Project Outcome reflects on its three years of grant-supported outreach and developments, discover how libraries are utilizing and benefiting from the toolkit and how their outcomes data are informing and supporting programs and services. Learn how PLA plans to continue to support and advance public libraries’ adoption of outcomes measurement; helping turn better data into better libraries.  

National Library Legislative Day - State Coordinator Forum 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
Are you currently acting as the National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) coordinator for your state? Join state coordinators from across the county for a chance to discuss NLLD 2018 in person! Share ideas for recruiting delegation members, preparing leave behind materials, and strategize with veteran advocates and Washington Office staff. Whether you’ve been a state coordinator for years, or you are just starting out, this is a great opportunity to network with fellow library advocates and develop a place for NLLD 2018.        

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Diversity Research Grants Update
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
Join us for an update from the 2017-2018 Diversity Research Grant recipients and a discussion about undertaking research on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion within library and information science across all library types. For those interested in the 2018-2019 ALA Diversity Research Grants, application information will be provided.

Scholarly Communications Update - ACRL/SPARC Forum 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
Join us for this popular and timely forum The ACRL/SPARC Forum helps broaden the base of librarians who are knowledgeable about and engaged in scholarly communication issues. This timely and engaging conversation is sponsored by ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC). 

 

Sunday, February 11

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Incorporating the “Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff “ into LIS Curricula
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
How can LIS educators and continuing education coordinators leverage YALSA's new "Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff" (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/yacompetencies) to better prepare future staff to work for and with teens? This session will explore how the competencies can be integrated into instruction, used in continuing education, or advance professional development activities.  YALSA will share suggested strategies for embedding the competencies into curricula and gather feedback from attendees to refine the strategies.

A Research Agenda for 21st Century Libraries
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
As part of ALA’s strategic planning process, the ALA Office for Research and Evaluation and the Committee on Research and Statistics have been asked to create a research agenda for libraries. During this session, presenters will share the completed research agenda, which prioritizes research in the following areas: diversity, equity, and inclusion; library impact; adaptive responses to funding threats; and strategies for staff development. Staff working in all library types are encouraged to attend and discuss strategies for implementing the agenda.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Implementing YALSA's “Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff” in Your Library 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
YALSA's new "Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff" (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/guidelines/yacompetencies) outlines the skills all library staff need to effectively serve teens - from interaction with teens and families to learning environments and experiences, community and family engagement, cultural competency, and outcomes and assessment. This interactive session will help library staff more effectively use and communicate these competencies in their libraries, and provide feedback to YALSA on support libraries need to implement them. 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Value of Academic Libraries Initiative - An Update 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
ACRL’s recent report, Academic Library Impact: Improving Practice and Essential Areas to Research, developed with OCLC Research, investigates how libraries can increase student learning and success and effectively communicate their value to higher education stakeholders. Join members of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries committee to hear about the context for this action-oriented research agenda and plans for future directions, including new programs for travel scholarships and research mini-grants. This forum will allow community members to ask questions and give reactions to the report.

LITA Top Tech Trends
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
LITA's premier program on changes and advances in technology. Top Tech Trends features our ongoing roundtable discussion about trends and advances in library technology by a panel of LITA technology experts and thought leaders. The panelists will describe changes and advances in technology that they see having an impact on the library world, and suggest what libraries might do to take advantage of these trends. More information about the program is available at the Top Tech Trends site.

 

Monday, February 12

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Late Breaking News from the ALA Washington Office 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
A new session of Congress begins, Congressional leadership roles change, and some decision makers have legislative agendas, but only some have a chance of making it out of the block.  Hear what is in store for libraries this year inside the Beltway!