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Air Force Library Funding & Future USAF Plans

Recent action by ALA via the Federal/Armed Forces Librarians Round Table (FAFLRT):

From ALA Documents:

Resolution to Support Stable Funding for Air Force Libraries (CD43): passed

Resolved that the American Library Association, of behalf of its members:

  1. urges the United States Congress to direct the Department of Defense (DoD) and United States Air Force (USAF) to restore funding to Air Force Base and Command Libraries to FY2011 levels for staffing, materials, services and programs; and
  2. urges the Administration, DoD and USAF to develop responsible information and budget management strategies for Air Force Base and Command Libraries that align them directly with appropriated funds, rather than through base operations, where library funding is vulnerable to additional local cuts.

And then there was this recent article …..  the question remains, how to get from here to there without vital information.

Air Force pins its future on ‘strategic agility’

 

http://www.federalnewsradio.com/395/3673244/Air-Force-pins-its-future-on-strategic-agility

 

Via Sharon Lenius.

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[Webinar] User Experience Research: Register by Aug. 6

Tuesday, Aug. 6, is the last day to sign up for RUSA’s webinar “User Experience Research 101”.

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 You may be asking yourself, “What is user experience design and research? And where do I get started?” This webinar can help you answer both of those questions.

 Using real world examples, “User Experience Research 101”, which will take place Wed., August 7, 2:00-3:30p.m. Central, will introduce the concept of user experience, research planning, and practical research methods–including focus groups, web analytics, participatory design and interaction design–to librarians who may not have formal training in user experience research.

 Who Should Attend: This webinar is focused on reference librarians who are interested in using usability and user experience methods to improve services at their libraries; this includes both librarians and staff who manage their libraries’ virtual presence (web sites, mobile apps or CMS) as well as librarians and staff interested in improving cross channel user experience.

 More detailed information about this webinar’s content and learning objectives is at the RUSA website: http://www.ala.org/rusa/user-experience-research-101

 This webinar will be followed up with a second webinar, “How to Conduct Usability Studies: A Librarian Primer”, scheduled for Sept. 4. More information here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/how-conduct-usability-studies-librarian-primer

 Registration for “User Experience Research 101” starts at $40 for RUSA members. Group rates are available, and there’s also 15% savings available when you register for both this webinar and “How to Conduct Usability Studies.” Pricing details and more registration info can be found on the RUSA Online Learning page: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece

REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR NOW: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=olweb&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=X

 

Questions about registration? Contact registration@ala.org or 800-545-2433, option 5.

Non-registration questions? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at ahill@ala.org.

 

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Join free Google Hangout July 30: Revisiting CIPA 10 Years Later

http://www.districtdispatch.org/2013/07/join-free-google-hangout-july-30-revisiting-cipa-10-years-later/

The American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., will host national library, education, technology, legal and policy experts for a national symposium considering the impact of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) on access to electronic information July 29 and 30. Librarians nationwide can join the virtual conversation with two Google Hangouts on July 30.

The first Hangout will start at 11:00a.m. EDT and focus on an “Introduction and Overview of CIPA 10 Years Later.” The second one will share “Symposium Themes and Conclusions” starting at 12:15 p.m. EDT. Participants will join a wide range of experts as they share insights looking at legal, ethical, and political implications of how the CIPA requirements have been implemented in the past 10 years. Did CIPA meet its intended goals, and have there been unintended consequences?

“Revisiting the Children’s Internet Protection Act: 10 Years Later” is part of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Office for Intellectual Freedom’s (OIF) larger project on CIPA and access to information, made possible through support of Google, Inc. A white paper will be released this fall.

Here’s how to join the conversation:

  • You can watch the live stream directly on YouTube on the ALA Washington Office channel (https://www.youtube.com/user/ALAWashingtonOffice/). ALA will tweet the URL using #CIPA_ALA13 at 10:45am EDT, right before the Hangout goes live.
  • You can also tweet @oitp using our hash tag #CIPA_ALA13. We’ll be watching the Twitter feed and passing these comments to the speakers, as well.

Participants are encouraged to actively share their experiences, reflections and questions via tweets and online comment boards. ALA will use the back-channel conversation to inform our ongoing work on libraries and the impacts of filtering on access to information.

The Hangouts also will be archived on the ALA Washington Office YouTube channel after the event.

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FAFLRT Programs at ALA; Webcast opportunity

Join your federal colleagues during the 2013 ALA Annual Conference!  New this year: the morning programs will be webcast!

All FAFLRT events will be held on Sunday, June 30.

8:30-10:00 am  Careers in Federal Libraries

10:30-11:30 am  Library Internships: Best Practices

12:00-1:00 pm  FAFLRT Awards Reception

1:00-2:00 pm  FAFLRT Membership Meeting

On-site location: Exchange Room of the InterContinental Hotel, 505 North Michigan Avenue, the Magnificent Mile.  Times are CDT. Read the full story

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