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

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

The AASL Standards - Personas, Standards, and Your Communities (AASL)
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503-504
Learn how research data was used to develop National School Library Standards and an agile implementation plan. An AASL panel will provide a broad overview of three interrelated standards frameworks, community research findings, and its process to develop personas representing user segments, informing messaging, materials, and products. Through the lens of these personas in public, academic, and other kinds of libraries, we will look at how the AASL Standards support projects like engineering design challenges, culturally responsive programming, and collaboration with community partners.

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.      

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

The Digital Public Library of America’s Next Chapter
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
The new Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America, John S. Bracken will give an overview of the organization’s plans for 2018, including libraries’ role in designing and implementing new digital technologies, and updates on its efforts in ebooks and education.There will also be ample time for questions and interactions with the DPLA team. 

The Harwood Institute and Libraries Transforming Communities
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
The Harwood Institute (www.theharwoodinstitute.org), a partner in ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Initiative, has developed a suite of new tools to help librarians adopt the practice of “Turning Outward” and the competencies needed to develop and track progress.  Join Rich Harwood, President and Founder of The Harwood Institute, and librarians experienced in Turning Outward to learn how libraries are leveraging these tools for impact, and how Turning Outward is spreading through the field.  Print copies of the new tools will be distributed at this session.

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.

ACRL/SPARC Forum 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
“Shaping the Landscape of Open Access Publishing: Individually, Locally, Collectively.” With the acquisition and creation of scholarly communication platforms/infrastructure by major commercial entities, the balance of influence continues to shift. This forum will bring together library stakeholders for a conversation about how the library community can reassert its influence to shape the open access publishing landscape. This session is designed to reach a broad range of librarians and other information professionals. Panelists will focus on: 1) individual action: ‘what can one person do?’; 2) local coordinated action: ‘how can one group or institution effect change?’; and, 3) collective action: ‘how can libraries work together to provide sustainable alternatives?’  

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Measures that Matter:  Planning for Action
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
Throughout 2017 the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and the Institute of Museum and Library Services carried out the Measures that Matter (“MtM”) project (http://measuresthatmatter.net/).  The final deliverable is an Action Plan intended to be taken up in 2018 and beyond by the field.  At this session members of the MtM Working Group will present the Action Plan draft.  This is an opportunity for you to hear about the plan and contribute feedback as the plan is finalized in late February.

 

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. 

ULC 2018 - Updates and Insights
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
Join us for an update on the new and innovative work of the Urban Libraries Council and its nearly 150 member libraries. Focusing on three main issue areas – education, digital inclusion and healthy, sustainable communities – ULC is at the forefront of innovative work in the public library and local government arenas. Learn how ULC will set benchmarks in the areas on technology, education and entrepreneurship through Edge 2.0. Also learn about the important work ULC and its member libraries are doing around race and social equity. North America’s urban libraries are at the forefront of many movements. Get a glimpse of the great work they are doing in this session.

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.

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Connected Learning in Libraries – New Research and Resources to Help Develop, Implement, and Evaluate
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502
With the support of foundations and federal agencies, librarians have introduced and expanded connected learning programs in libraries. To help support the development, implementation, and evaluation of these efforts, two new resources are available for youth librarians. ConnectedLib offers a suite of professional development resources aimed at building librarians’ capacity to promote connected learning and 21st century skills. Capturing Connected Learning in Libraries provides practical evaluation strategies for measuring connected learning outcomes. Come and learn about the research and process behind the development of these resources. 

Monday, February 12

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Late Breaking News from the ALA Washington Office 
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 501/502A new session of Congress begins—what’s in store for libraries?  What can we expect from the Administration and federal courts?  Federal funding for libraries? Net neutrality? What else? Hear what is in store for libraries this year from inside the Beltway!

OCLC Research Update
Location: Colorado Convention Center, Rm 503/504
Learn about recent and upcoming collaborative projects, pilots, and published reports from OCLC Research and its Research Library Partnership (RLP) and WebJunction programs. Constance Malpas will discuss “University Libraries; University Futures,” a grant-funded project in collaboration with Ithaka S+R. Also, Rachel Frick will walk through the position paper, “Research and Learning Agenda for Archives, Special, and Distinctive Collections in Research Libraries,” intended as a map with many potential routes for exploration between OCLC and allied institutions. Sharon Streams will host, and the agenda will include Q&A.