Friday, October 28, 2011

Library 2.011 Free Virtual Library Conference

We are pleased to announce the Library 2.011 World-wide Virtual Conference, November 2 - 4, 2011. The conference will be held online, in multiple time zones over the course of two days, will be free to attend, and will all be recorded! The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at San José State University is the founding conference sponsor.To be kept informed of the latest conference news, please join the Library 2.0 network--this actually registers you for the conference as well. More information on the conference is here. You can see and/or comment on the accepted conference submissions click here. The conference schedule has been posted and you view it based on your time zone here, which also gives you information on configuring your computer to attend.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

LIB 103 and Me

Today I had the opportunity to take the Page/At-Will test with the City of Pasadena. I had taken the Page test many years ago and vaguely recalled the type of questions that would be presented. Back then I knew librarianship was something was a field I wanted to go into, but I had not yet done the research on what was required at the level of library technician. As I sat there with the test I tried my hardest to sort numbers as quickly as possible, but it was not a task I was all that familiar with.

Fast forward a few years and the completion of my certificate is a little over a month away. Today, I felt much more confidant while taking the test. And I was very pleased at the recognition of some concepts that I learned in my Introduction to Circulation Services class. I could see how my concept of library service had changed this past year and a half of classes. Certain questions were viewed in a new frame of mind, especially those that related to customer service.

Introduction to Circulation Services taught me that what you think you know and what libraries require of their technicians may be two different things. I enjoyed my time in LIB 103, and though it was many months ago I still recall some of the finer points of the lectures clearly in my memory. Practicing with the ShelveIt program, reviewing some of the finer points of customer service particular to libraries, and an increased confidence of my own skills lessened my anxiety about this test.

I’m not sure where I may end up on the list of the pool of applicants, but the PCC Library Technician Program has certainly taught me skills that have boosted my confidence.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Saturday, October 22, 2011

Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 03:26:27 +0100 (BST)
Subject: [calix] Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Saturday, October 22, 2011

The 6th-Annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar

Saturday, October 22, 2011
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Doheny Memorial Library
USC University Park Campus

Los Angeles history comes alive at the 6th-annual Los Angeles Archives Bazaar. Organized by L.A. as Subject and presented by the USC Libraries, the annual event celebrates the diversity of Southern California’s history. For scholarly researchers, journalists, history buffs, and those simply interested in exploring the stories of Los Angeles, discovery awaits everyone at the Archives Bazaar. This event is free and open to the public.

The Archives Bazaar draws its
strength from the breadth and variety of its participants’ collections.
Large institutions such as the Autry National Center of the American West and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County will be represented at the bazaar along with smaller organizations and private collections whose materials fill the gaps left in the city’s official history. Other participating organizations include the ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, the California African American Museum, El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, and the Japanese American National Museum. In all, more than 80 archives are represented.



Ever wondered how to get started with your Los Angeles research—or research in general? This presentation will provide a detailed overview of how and where to start, including basic research tips useful for anyone working with primary and secondary source material. Topics will include researching from home, visiting archives, the ins and outs of reading rooms, and more.

This workshop—presented by Natalie M. Fousekis, Director of the Center for Oral and Public History at Cal State Fullerton—will introduce attendees to the process of conducting oral history interviews. Subjects to be covered include preparing for interviews, proper recording equipment, transcription, and the kind of paperwork needed for depositing the results in an archive.

HISTORYPIN: PULLING PHOTOGRAPHY INTO THE FOURTH DIMENSION Launched in 2010, Historypin is an online database of more than 30,000 historical photographs from museums, historical societies, newspapers, and individuals. Founder Nick Stanhope will introduce the website and show how combining digital tools like Google Street View with vintage photos results in a four-dimensional mosaic, where historic scenes and user-submitted anecdotes overlay contemporary streetscapes.


Using exclusive interviews with former Black Panther Party members along with archival footage, 41st & Central follows the Southern California Chapter of the Black Panther Party for Self Defense from its Black Power beginnings through to its controversial end. The film explores the Black Panther ethos, its conflict with the LAPD, and the events that shaped the complicated and often contradictory legacy of the L.A. chapter.

in production, Man in the Middle recounts the life and mysterious death of Rubén Salazar, a prominent twentieth-century Mexican-American journalist. Director Phillip Rodriguez will present a twenty-minute trailer from this work-in-progress and discuss the process of bringing to screen the story of Salazar’s transformation from a mainstream, middle-of-the-road reporter to a supporter and primary chronicler of the radical Chicano movement.


READY FOR ITS CLOSE-UP: L.A. IN THE MOVIES As the epicenter of the filmmaking industry, Southern California has been the backdrop for countless movies and television shows. Film historian John Bengston and documentarian Jon Wilkman will discuss how decades of filming have shaped popular perceptions of the city and turned parts of Los Angeles—even those that no longer exist—into iconic landmarks recognized around the world.

LALO GUERRERO: THE FATHER OF CHICANO MUSIC Born in 1916, Lalo Guerrero developed an early love for music, learning at age nine to play the guitar—an instrument that rarely left his side over the next eight decades. In performing everywhere from concert halls to classrooms, neighbors’ homes to the White House, Guerrero became internationally recognized as the “Father of Chicano Music.” His son Dan will share stories and clips of Lalo singing about the struggles and triumphs of his Mexican-American heroes.

WEST COAST/WEST WING: THE NIXON AND REAGAN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES While the seat of American political power is 3,000 miles away in Washington, D.C., one only has to navigate our local freeways to visit the libraries of two prominent twentieth-century U.S. presidents. Supervisory Archivists Gregory Cumming (Nixon Library) and Mike Duggan (Reagan Library) will discuss some of the unique materials that link their collections to Southern California.
Reposted from CALIX post by Michael Palmer, MLIS Claremont, California

InfoPeople online courses: CORE Reference Fundamentals (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)

NOTE: PCC Library Technology Students are eligible for the 'library' rate.

Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2011 11:55:30 -0700
From: "Gini Ambrosino" <>
Subject: [calix] Infopeople's online course "CORE Reference Fundamentals "

Since some people who may be interested in participating might not receive this notice directly, we would appreciate it if you would print and post or route this announcement to staff and colleagues. Thanks.

For the full list of Infopeople training offerings please see the <> 2011/2012 Training Program.
Title: CORE Reference Fundamentals (An Infopeople Online Learning Course)
Dates: November 8 - December 19, 2011

to register for this course: Click the link to Online Registration at:

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.

Libraries of all types provide reference services to their users. To provide effective reference requires staff who understand and can apply the underlying values and methods needed to assist users in finding the best possible resources to meet their information needs.

Are you stepping into the role of providing reference assistance for the first time in your library career?

Is it time to brush up on your basic skills because you are returning to work at the reference desk?

Do you want to be able to quickly identify and locate information in all formats?

Whether you have been recently promoted to support reference services, or are returning to reference work some years after you completed your library degree, you'll need a clear understanding of how to determine the real information need behind users' questions and where to look for authoritative answers. This course will acquaint you with why, when, and how to do an effective reference interview, which resources are best suited to which types of reference questions, how to use both print and Web-based resources appropriate to the user's need, and how reference work fits into the mission of your library. You'll learn how the physical layout of your library, and signage and shelving for various collections can impact reference service.
You'll become familiar with alternative methods for delivering reference, such as email, chat and instant messaging, to help your users no matter where they are or when the library is open.

Course Description: This online course will provide you with opportunities to learn and practice an effective reference interview, as well as to explore a wide variety of print and Web-based reference tools. Through individual and group exercises, you will discover ways to assist diverse groups of users, including those with physical disabilities and those with whom you do not share a common language. You will learn to think like an indexer and apply that perspective to answering reference questions. We will spend time examining specialized resources for homework help, government research, and inquiries about images or sounds. The instructor will provide sample policies, templates, tip sheets and a webliography, as well as simple, practical techniques that can be applied immediately.

During the course, you will be doing exercises and taking quizzes. You will also participate in weekly online discussion forums as part of the online learning process.

Preliminary Course Outline: Using your web browser and your Internet connection, you will log in to the Infopeople online learning site and complete the following learning modules:

Week 1: The Reference Interview

o Goals and components of an effective reference interview

o Helping with sensitive questions

o Phrases to incorporate into your reference interview

Week 2: Library Users' Rights to Privacy and Open Access

o First Amendment, Library Bill of Rights, and ALA Code of Ethics

o Working across barriers of physical ability or communication skills

o Responding appropriately to library users of different ages

Week 3: Reference Resources in Your Library

o Building layouts

o Special collections

o Your library's website

o The structure of your library's catalog

Week 4: Construction and Use of Indexes

o Comparing and contrasting print and online indexing

o Databases and ready reference work

Week 5: Evaluating Reference Tools

o Print tools

o Online resources

o Search engines

Week 6: Contemporary Ready Reference Tools and Delivery Methods

o Nontraditional reference sources, like Flickr and YouTube

o Government publications (online and in print)

o Niche inquiries, including homework, sports, and celebrities

o Roving, passive versus active reference services, for profit reference

Instructor: <> Francisca Goldsmith. Francisca worked most recently for the Halifax Public Libraries (Nova Scotia) and Berkeley Public Library (CA). She has managed branch services for a regional library system, served as the collection management librarian and head of teen services, and provided reference services in both academic and public libraries. Working with school and public library staff, she has provided training to support up-to-date reference assistance and to design local weeding projects. Francisca has taught a wide variety of Infopeople courses and also consults as a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) trainer for staff development institutes.

Time required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 3 hours per week over 6 weeks, for a total of 18 hours. You can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night. However, it is recommended that you complete each week's assignments within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Anyone from the library community who provides reference service. This course is appropriate for paraprofessional staff new to reference work or librarians who need updates on contemporary tools and methods that support excellent reference service.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC): This course is approved as covering the Reference and Information Services competencies for the LSSC program <> .

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

After the official end date for the course, the instructor will be available for limited consultation and support for two more weeks, and the course material will stay up for an additional two weeks after that. These extra weeks give those who have fallen behind time to work independently to complete the course.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards

NOTE: PCC is nearing completion of approval for our courses to count toward the LSSC Certification and our students will be eligible for these scholarships. (10/11/11)

A New Round of Library Support Staff Certification Registration Assistance Awards Offered by LSSIRT and Six States

Trish Palluck, Chair of the Library Support Staff Interests Round Table (LSSIRT) announced today that LSSIRT is offering another round of financial assistance to library support staff applying for certification in the American Library Association’s Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program. The LSSC Program offers library support staff the opportunity to achieve recognition for their existing skills and knowledge, to gain new skills and knowledge, and to enhance their library’s service to the public.

The Library Support Staff Interest Round Table will be offering 50 Registration Assistance Awards this fall. These Awards are for $175, one-half of the LSSC registration fee. Successful award recipients will pay the remainder of the fee. An application form to apply for the Registration Assistance Awards is available on the LSSIRT Website at The recipients of the Award will be chosen by a random drawing in late November.

Six states are also participating: The Colorado Library Consortium, Idaho Commission for Libraries, State Library of Louisiana, Mississippi Library Commission, Oregon State Library, Washington State Library, and the Wyoming State Library.
The state-level organizations have up to 10 Awards to distribute. To apply for an award from the participating states, please contact the participating state organization. Only library support staff living in that state are eligible to apply at the state level.

Applications will begin to be accepted on October 1st and will continue until November 15th at both the national and state level. You may apply at both the national and state level, however only receive one Award.

The LSSC Program is partially funded by a grant to ALA from the federal Institute for Museum and Library Services, and managed by the ALA-Allied Professional Association.

Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) provides a path to recognition and awareness of the critical role that library support staff play in the delivery of quality library service. To achieve certification, support staff must achieve six of ten competency sets either through development of an online portfolio or taking approved courses. The competency sets are: Foundation of Library Service; Technology; Communication and Teamwork; Access Services; Adult Readers’ Advisory Services; Cataloging and Classification; Collection Management; Reference and Information Services; Supervision and Management; and Youth Services.

Nancy Bolt, Co-Project Director of LSSC commented, “The LSSC Program is really pleased that LSSIRT is continuing the Registration Assistance Awards. Library Support Staff will receive the recognition that they deserve by participating in LSSC. We appreciate IMLS’ support in recognizing the importance of qualified library support staff in providing excellent library service.”

To be eligible to participate in LSSC and thus receive an Assistance Award, applicants must have a high school degree or its equivalent and have worked for the equivalent of one year (1820 hours) as a library staff member or volunteer within the last five years.
Detailed additional information on support staff certification is available on the LSSC website:

Ian Lashbrook -
Research Associate
American Library Association-Allied Professional Association
50 E Huron St. Chicago IL 60611-2795
312.280.2424 800.545.2433 ext 2424 fax 312-280-3256