Wednesday, June 29, 2011

ALA 2011 Virtual Conference

If you were wishing you could have been in New Orleans for this summer's American Library Association's annual conference, it is still possible to get in the fun and wealth of information and resources that this conference can offer.

Check out ALA's 2011 Virtual Conference and see what they have to offer. It's being held July 13-14th online and only costs $69. If I wasn't so busy with my two summer school classes that begin this next week, I would definitely check out these two workshops:

“Download This! How One Library Embraced Its Downloadable Future”
Sponsored by PLA
In 2010 the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County conducted an evaluation of its downloadable materials collection. A team collected data on 83 other libraries' collections, ranking the collections and noting best practices for presenting and supporting those collections. The team recommended dramatically increasing the Library's downloadable budget, improving its catalog and website, marketing its collection, implementing staff and customer training, and improving customer support. The session will present the results, one year later.

“Seriously Social: Leveraging Social Media”
Sponsored by PLA
Explore the fundamentals of social media, learning how to effectively use social networking to engage patrons and foster personal relationships. Discover how the Grand Rapids Public Library leverages the power of social media to provide outstanding customer services and promote their library. A live demonstration of Twitter and Facebook (or the reigning social media at the time of this presentation) will illustrate the assets embedded in online relationships.

This is just a sample of these wonderful workshops that ALA is offering for those who simply could not get away or afford traveling to beautiful New Orleans for this year's annual conference with ALA. This educational resource is great for anyone who works in libraries.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Online Continuing Education in Library/Information Technology

Date: Thu, 23 Jun 2011 14:59:38 -0700
From: "Mark Stengel" <>
Subject: [calix] Library/Information Technology Continuing Education Courses at Cuesta College

Online Courses @ Cuesta College

*** Includes Certificate of Specialization in Library Services to Children

Cuesta College offers a mature and robust program in Library/Information Technology for those wishing to enter the field or to continue their education within it. Cuesta College is a regionally accredited California Community College, offering an Associate degree in Library/Information Technology and Certificates in Library/Information Technology and Web Development Technologies.

We would like to inform you of some recently approved Certificates of Specialization that are based on present classes which many of you may have already completed.

Please consider applying for one or more of these free certificates as they would be a great addition to your resume, portfolio, or serve as an asset in current or future employment.

Below are the new Certificates of Specialization and the requirements for each.

  • C.S., Essential Skills for Internet Research (Approved by the Board of Trustees on 5/11/11)

    LIBT106 - Introduction to the Internet

    LIBT113 - Advanced Internet Searching

  • C.S., Library Services to Children (Approved by the Board of Trustees on 5/11/11)

    LIBT101 - Introduction to Library Services

    LIBT110 - School Library Media Center Services

    LIBT118 - Connecting Adolescents with Literature and Libraries

    ECE 234 - Children's Literature

  • C.S., Web Page Coding (Pending Approval in June, 2011 by the Board of Trustees)

    LIBT207 - Web Page Development with XHTML

    LIBT120 - Fundamentals of Cascading Style Sheets

    The application form is located at

    Fall classes begin August 15, 2011.

    Since many of our classes tend to fill early, prospective students are advised to register as early as possible in order to maximize their choices. An online application to the college must be completed and accepted before one can register for classes. Information on the application and registration process is available at
    <> . Tuition, set by the legislature, is currently $36 per semester unit for in-state students.

    For more program information visit our course website <> or call Kathy DeCou at (805) 546-3190.


    Introduces students to the different types of technologies used in a distance education course. Students will determine if distance education is right for them and learn academic and technological skills for success in distance education and technology-mediated courses.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in DIST 101
    Advisory: ENGL 156 with a grade of C or better.
    Surveys the history, organization, services, personnel and functions of libraries and information centers. Provides beginning library/information technology students with an introduction and overview to the field and identifies job opportunities. This course has a mandatory orientation meeting on Saturday, August 20, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the SLO campus in room 3406. Call (805) 546-3190 for more information.


    This class introduces students to the wide range of concepts and technologies involved in web publishing, and management as well as employment opportunities.


    Designed to prepare students to use the Internet for personal and academic needs. This course is an introduction to various features and components of the Internet. Emphasis is also placed on the location and evaluation of Internet resources. Materials fee $5.00.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Introduces supervisory skills within the context of libraries.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Surveys library services provided to the public--including the philosophy, policies and procedures associated with reference/information and circulation services. Emphasizes skill building in defining and executing search strategies.

    Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in LIBT 101
    Explores the role of the school library media program in the educational community. Provides students with basic skills and competencies necessary to deliver effective school library media programs for grades K-12.

    Prerequisite: LIBT 207 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor Introduces the fundamentals of JavaScript and web page design techniques. Materials fee $5.00. Repeatable 1 time only.

    Prerequisite: Completion of LIBT 106 with a grade of C or better.
    Moves beyond general Web searching and focuses on advanced search techniques and strategies for searching library catalogs, research databases and Web resources. Students will learn how to select appropriate databases, formulate search queries, and retrieve information from these resources. Repeatable 2 times only.

    Focuses on ethical and legal issues of information access and publishing as applicable to the Internet. This will include a basic knowledge of copyright laws, security and privacy issues, Internet advertising, and the appropriate use of the Internet as an information delivery system.

    Introduces the fundamentals of CSS for the Web Page Developer. The essential elements such as selectors, positioning, floating, and vertical alignment, tables, and other topics will be explored.
    Prerequisite: LIBT 207 or CAOA 269

    Advisory: LIBT 106
    Designed to prepare students to understand XHTML and the steps necessary to the effective design and development of a web site. All elements of web page design will be covered including such topics as content, navigation and aesthetics. Materials fee $5.00. Transfer: CSU.
    Repeatable 1 time only.

    An information literacy course for students wishing to improve their research skills. Transfer: CSU.

Mark Stengel
Director, Library/Learning Resources and Distance Education
Cuesta College
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403-8106
voice: (805) 546-3159

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

CLA Scholarships and Awards

Each year, the California Library Association recognizes current and future leaders in the library community with numerous scholarships and awards. Winners are determined by volunteer committees comprised of CLA members. All CLA scholarship and award recipients are recognized at the association's Annual Conference.
Deadline extended to August 1, 2011

The CLA Scholarship For Minority Students In Memory Of Edna Yelland supports ethnic minority students in the attainment of a graduate degree in library or information science. Candidates must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a master's program in an ALA accredited library school to be eligible. CLA awards three scholarships annually, in the amount of $2,500 each. The amount of each scholarship may change, depending upon available funds and the financial need of applicants.
The CLA Reference Services Press Fellowship, encourages college seniors, college graduates and beginning library school students to prepare for a career in reference/information service librarianship. Candidates must be a California resident attending or planning to attend an ALA-accredited library school masters program in any state or a resident of any state planning to attend or attending an accredited library school masters program in California. One fellowship of $3,000 is awarded annually.
The Begun Scholarship supports continuing library school students who have demonstrated a commitment to becoming children’s or young adult librarians in a California public library. One scholarship of $3,000 is awarded annually.

Deadline extension announcement from Wayne Walker, Operations Manager
California Library Association, 650-356-2125,

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

School Days - Year Ending

As I have been wrapping things up this past week at the elementary school library I have worked at for the past three school years, I have been pondering many things. What projects should I tackle before the school year ends as it seems we have even less time to finish up things this year as we lost about another five days due to budget cuts.

Even though in the back of my mind, I have been somewhat prepared for the possibility of my position to be eliminated or have reduced hours due to the budget. What I'm facing now, I did not anticipate as I should have. This past Saturday I receieved an email from the CSEA union VP from my school district outlining the various cuts to classified employees in the school district I work at to be voted on this past Tuesday. Among those in being having their position eliminated or hours reduced were 9 out of the 13 elementary school library aides. I was not on the list, thankfully or not so thankfully.

Even though my position is not being eliminated or my hours being reduced (currently, I have 20), I now am waiting to see if my phone is going to ring informing me to come down to HR. While my position is safe, I am not safe from being bumped from my position by someone with more seniority if they choose to do so. So now, wait I must. My immediate boss has told me to think positive. I am trying but the end of the school year always brings a twinge of sadness for me as I say goodbye to students, teachers and staff for the summer. Now the question is whether I shall be returning for the next school year or will someone else be running the small library I have worked very hard to improve in the past three school years?

Someone told me that one should not become too attached to one's job. I suppose she has a point. But I have become very attached to my small school library. I have nurtured her with new books which I have spent countless hours on my own time searching at used bookstores, the closing Borders, Friends of Library bookstores, Scholastic Warehouse sales and more. I have spent hours weeding out old books, repairing books (sometimes the very same ones over and over), reorganizing the library's collection to facilitate better use of the collection and more.

Almost like the process of grieving for a lost one, I find myself grieving what may be the loss of this position. Granted, I am trying to remain positive in light of the situation but it is easier said than done. First it was denial, then sadness, then anger and now more of an acceptance, all done in a matter of a few days.

If it comes to that I do actually get bumped from this position and am told I can bump someone else if I do have seniority, I have already decided to decline such action. Even if I were to lose my position because someone else needs that job, I cannot bring myself to do the same to someone else. At this time, if it comes to that, I shall look at this as an opportunity to explore new experiences and challenges.