ATG Conference, Meetings, and Webinars 1/30/18

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Professional Growth & Development Opportunities


San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information;

ACRL (2 events)


The San Jose State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) has received an IMLS grant to investigate ways that blockchain technology can be used by libraries as a community anchor to partner with other organizations and to support city/community goals. Some suggestions for blockchain applications in libraries include building an enhanced metadata center, protecting Digital First Sale rights, supporting community-based collections, facilitating partnerships across organizations, and more.

The year-long project will provide three opportunities for a national dialog among technical experts in libraries, blockchain technology, and urban planning and members of the information professions to discuss ways that blockchain technology can advance library services to support city/community goals.

  1. The project website and blog includes information and resources about blockchain technology, potential uses of blockchain technology by libraries, and project updates along with a blog to foster open dialog.
  2. The National Forum scheduled for August 6, 2018, in San Jose, California, will be comprised of 20-30 technical experts in libraries, blockchain technology, and urban planning to identify and discuss key opportunities for libraries to serve as community anchors using blockchain technology.
  3. The Library 2.018 conference, Blockchain Applied: Impact on the Information Profession, is designed for presentations and discussion on the uses of blockchain technology in libraries. Registration in this open online conference is free to the profession and public. Scheduled on June 7, 2018, the call for proposals is located on the conference website.

SJSU is seeking nominations of individuals to represent professional associations (including ACRL) and information organizations by participating in the upcoming National Forum. Funding provided by IMLS is available to support most of the expenses (travel, lodging, meals) for invited participants. ACRL encourages interested members to self-nominate to participate in the forum.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are due online by February 15, 2018. Nominees should be knowledgeable about blockchain technology and libraries in order to have an impact on the recommendations that will be made and discussed during the Library 2.018 conference and National Forum.

Are you interested in submitting a proposal for the ACRL 2019 Conference? Join members of the ACRL 2019 Conference Committee for a free hour-long webcast at 1:00 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 1, 2018. During this live webcast, committee members who are also seasoned proposal submitters and/or reviewers will provide tips on submitting your best ACRL 2019 conference proposal. Learn about the overall process, see examples of successful proposals, and discover ways to strengthen your proposal submission.

Trevor A. Dawes, ACRL 2019 Conference Chair; Jose Aguinaga, ACRL 2019 Poster Session Co-Chair; Jodie Borgerding, ACRL 2019 Virtual Conference Co-Chair; Michelle Demeter, ACRL 2019 Poster Session Co-Chair; Willie Miller, ACRL 2019 Innovations Co-Chair; Caro Pinto, ACRL 2019 TechConnect Co-Chair; Margot Conahan, ACRL Manager of Professional Development

How to register
Submit your free registration online. The session will be recorded and the recording will be available on the ACRL 2019 website shortly after the live event.

“Join ACRL from February 5-March 2, 2018, for the e-Learning online course, “Leadership in Libraries.”

This online course is an overview and critical examination of leadership theories for library leaders. Explore the concepts of leadership and followership and critically examine several popular leadership theories including emotional intelligence and transformational, authentic, and servant leadership. Perform a personal SWOT analysis of your leadership skills and abilities and create your own definition and theory of leadership and how it manifests itself in a library.

After each week, re-evaluate your SWOT analysis, definition, and theory and think about how you could incorporate that week’s information. By the end of the class, you will have developed your own personal leadership SWOT, definition, and theory that you can use to guide your leadership and career development…”

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