Friday, December 28, 2012

Internship in Preservation and Conservation

Lennox Foundation Internship in Preservation and Conservation Iowa State University is accepting applications for the 2013 Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship. This twelve (12) week internship is intended to give current graduate students and recent graduates of preservation and/or conservation programs the opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge of care and treatment of library and archives materials in an academic library. Interns will learn about the overall functioning and organization of the Preservation Department and will undertake and complete a project based on their interests and skills, and the needs and capabilities of the Department. Eligibility and requirements: • Applicants must currently be graduate students, in good standing, in a program of library and archives preservation administration or conservation; or a recent graduate of such a program; • Applicants must have completed at least four preservation or conservation courses before the anticipated start date of this internship; • Applicants must commit to 12 consecutive weeks of full-time employment as interns; • Internship must be completed within the calendar year; • At the end of the internship, the intern will be required to submit a final report or project; • Applicants must have student or working visas if not U.S. citizens. The 2013 Lennox Foundation Internship provides a $3,200 stipend, travel expenses to and from Ames, and housing expenses. For more information see: To apply for the Lennox Foundation Preservation and Conservation Internship please submit the following items: cover letter; current resume; contact information for two professional references (include address, phone number and e-mail address); statement of interest (include projects of interest); graduate program description including requirements and course descriptions (indicate the classes you have completed). Deadline for application is January 17, 2013 Submit these items to: Melissa Tedone Lennox Foundation Internship Iowa State University 441 Parks Library Ames, IA 50011-2140

Fellowship in Paper and Book Conservation.

Fellowship in Paper and Book Conservation. The Baker Fellowship provides financial support for conservators at various levels in their careers to enable them to spend time working on a research or practical project at the University of Michigan Library's Conservation Lab. While projects focused on conservation of paper-based collections are typical, proposals on related non-paper materials, such as papyrus or parchment/vellum, will also be considered. Most fellows will work with U-M Library conservators to develop their own knowledge and skills, but a fellow may also join the lab primarily to pass on her/his expertise to the U-M conservators. Building and sharing knowledge are the primary goals of this fellowship. The Cathleen A. Baker Fellowship in Conservation was established in April 2011 by a gift from Dr. Baker, Conservation Librarian at the University of Michigan Library and Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. The fellowship is offered annually. Applicants propose a project, the length of time they wish to spend at the U-M Library Conservation Lab (2 to 12 months), and a budget. Proposals for 2013-2014 may request up to $10,000 for the project. This fellowship is limited to United States citizens or residents with U.S. work permits only. More information about the Fellowship and how to apply is available at: Deadline for applications is January 31, 2013, for projects to be completed between September 1, 2013, and August 31, 2014.

Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program

The Library of Congress Junior Fellows Summer Intern Program enables undergraduate and graduate students to experience the integrated analog and digital collections and services of the world's largest, all-inclusive library. Working under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions, fellows explore digital initiatives and increase access to the institution’s unparalleled collections and resources. Fellows are exposed to a broad spectrum of library work: copyright, preservation, reference, access, and information technology. In the past, summer fellows have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing the Library’s rich cultural, creative and intellectual assets. No previous experience is necessary, but fellowships are competitive and special skills or knowledge is usually desired. Selections are based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and an interview with a selection official. Project opportunities for 2013 are listed under Subject Areas.

Scholarship - Society of American Archivists

Call for Applications: Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award The Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Subcommittee invites applications from archival science students and recent graduates of archival programs. The award subsidizes travel to the SAA Annual Meeting for students presenting research or actively participating in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. Award and application information follow below. The application deadline is February 28,2013. If you have any questions regarding the award or the application process, please contact Douglas Bicknese, Donald Peterson Student Scholarship Award Committee Chair, at Purpose and Criteria for Selection Established in 2005, this award supports students and recent graduates from graduate archival programs within North America to attend SAA’s Annual Meeting. The goal of the scholarship is to stimulate greater participation in the activities of the Association by students and recent graduates. This participation must include either a presentation of research during the Annual Meeting or active participation in an SAA-sponsored committee, section, or roundtable. Eligibility Awarded to an SAA member in good standing who is currently enrolled in an archival education program or who graduated from an archival education program in the previous calendar year. Applications are evaluated based on the merits of the applicant’s essay and letters of recommendation. Sponsor and Funding The Society of American Archivists, in honor of Donald Peterson (1908-1999), New York lawyer and philatelist, whose deep appreciation of world history and preservation developed early through his stamp collecting and held true throughout his life. Prize Up to $1,000 in support of registration, travel, and accommodation expenses associated with the SAA Annual Meeting. First Awarded 2006 Application Form and Documentation Submit three copies of the following to the address on the application form: 1. A 500-word essay describing the applicant's career goals and potential impact on the archival profession. Unofficial transcript to verify student status or copy of graduate diploma. Two letters of recommendation from individuals having definite knowledge of the applicant's qualifications. Application form. Application Deadline February 28, 2013

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Charting the Waters: Priorities and the Future of Archives MARAC Spring 2013 Meeting Erie, Pennsylvania April 25-27, 2013 Sneak Peak at Erie Sessions and a Call for Speakers The Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC) Spring 2013 Program Committee is seeking presentations to round out the sessions slated for the spring meeting. As a sneak peak of what will be presented at the Erie meeting, we are seeking papers on: * Military History, with a focus on the War of 1812 - 2 speakers to highlight archival collections which document the diverse experiences of the War of 1812 or other military conflicts * Erie and Western Pennsylvania History - 1 speaker to highlight local archival collections and their visibility and use in local communities * Donor Relations - 1 speaker who can discuss practical aspects of donor relations, with a preference for a speaker who can also discuss donor agreements for digital items * Evaluating User Experience in Archives - 2 speakers who can address aspects of usability studies for in-person and virtual patrons * True Single Search - 2 speakers who can address the benefits and challenges posed by different kinds of single search interfaces and the inclusion of archival descriptions in library catalogs * Pushing the Limits on Fair Use - 2 speakers to discuss copyright law and fair use as it pertains to archives, with a preference for speakers who can address recent developments and legal decisions * Using Use Statistics - 1 speaker to discuss the practical and powerful applications of use statistics * Records Management - 1 speaker who can address the importance of records management for university, organizational, or corporate archives * Crowdfunding the Archives - 1 speaker to address innovative or unconventional fundraising projects * EAC-CPF - 1 speaker who can discuss implementation of EAC-CPF, current projects, and how it has enhanced access We are also still looking for approximately 8 individuals to serve as session chairs. The duties include introducing the speakers and keeping time for each speaker and the session. If you're planning on coming to Erie, please consider serving as a chairperson for a session. If you are interested in participating in a session either as a speaker or a chair, please send your name, contact information, and a brief description of your talk to the Program Committee at no later than December 19, 2012.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

BRASS Emerald Research Grant award

We are seeking proposals for the annual BRASS Emerald Research Grant award. The Emerald Research Grant Award will be awarded to an individual or group of individuals seeking support to conduct research in business librarianship. The funds may be used at the discretion of the award recipients. Award recipient must be an ALA member or at least one member of a collaborative team must be an ALA member. "The Emerald Group Publishing Limited has a long-standing commitment to support the research community via a number of methods including doctoral and research fund awards, benefiting both those at the outset of their academic careers and the more established researchers." One $5,000 award will be presented. The awards (check and citation) will be presented at the RUSA Awards. BRASS would like to thank Emerald Group Publishing Limited ( for their generous sponsorship of this award. Nominations must be received by December 15, 2012. For complete information about the criteria for this grant award, please visit: Questions may be directed to the award committee chair: Christy Cathro Goodnight 919-384-5515

CFP - 2013 LACUNY Institute

The 2013 LACUNY Institute Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City April 5, 2013 John Jay College of Criminal Justice Keynote Speakers: Christine Pawley - Former director of the School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison and historian of print culture in America. Jessa Lingel - Doctoral student at Rutgers and author of "Occupy Wall Street and the myth of the technological death of the library." Libraries, Information, and the Right to the City In recent years movements of scholars and activists have advanced a concept known as “the right to the city.” As the noted geographer David Harvey puts it “the right to the city is far more than the individual liberty to access urban resources: it is a right to change ourselves by changing the city.” Situated at the heart of a global metropolis the Library Association of the City University of New York is in an excellent position to initiate this dialogue. The 2013 LACUNY Institute committee welcomes proposals that examine how library and information professionals engage in such social transformations. The majority of the world’s population now resides in urban areas making questions surrounding the city central to understanding the shape of the 21st century. The goal of the 2013 institute is to create a dialogue about how library and information professionals can (or should) move beyond being guarantors of access and become engaged in communities’ production of knowledge. We consider “the city” to be the public sphere broadly defined (i.e., proposals that examine these issues in small communities are welcome). The massive technological transformations of recent years have changed the nature of both libraries and the public sphere. At the 2013 LACUNY Institute we would like to explore the roles of libraries and information in the polis of the future. Here are few examples of subjects that would be considered appropriate: Librarians and social movements Libraries and public services The ethics of representation Services to traditionally marginalized groups Critical information literacy The ethics of user generated content The ethics of neutrality Libraries and civic engagement Open access and the public's right to information We look forward to your participation in the spring of 2013! Submission of proposals for papers should include: name(s) of presenter(s) title(s) affiliation(s) contact information abstracts of 300-500 words. Presentations will be 20 minutes with time allocated for questions and discussion. Full papers will be published in a special issue of Urban Library Journal. Submit a 300 to 500 word abstract to this webform or email a word document with the above information to Deadline: December 21, 2012 Notification of acceptance: January 25, 2013 Jonathan Cope LACUNY Institute Chair Reference Librarian/Instructor College of Staten Island, CUNY 718.982.3804

CFP - Focus on Educating for Sustainability

Call for Papers TITLE: Focus on Educating for Sustainability: Toolkit for Academic Libraries EDITOR: Maria A. Jankowska PUBLISHER: Library Juice Press BOOK ABSTRACT: In the last ten years literature on greening libraries has expanded considerably. Furthermore, by signing the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, university presidents and chancellors committed their institutions to finding new solutions to environmental, economic, and social issues through their teaching, research, and service operations. Since 2007, higher education has observed exponential growth of programs integrating sustainability literacy into teaching and research. Academic libraries must respond to this increasing focus on educating for sustainability and go beyond greening libraries to become active partners in advancing education and research for sustainability. OBJECTIVE OF THE BOOK: This edited collection strives to capture the current status and future direction of libraries' commitment to advance the focus of educating for sustainability. It will serve as a toolkit offering a wide range of best practices, case studies, and activities ready for implementation within academic libraries. POSSIBLE TOPICS: With this call, the editor invites articles, essays, and case studies that describe specific activities undertaken by academic libraries or visions for future activities that support university sustainability research and teaching. Such activities may include, but are not limited to, the following: · Integrating sustainability literacy into information literacy instruction and university courses · Selecting materials in support of sustainability-related curriculum · Creating effective research guides on sustainability topics related to social equity, economic practicality, and the environment · Promoting open access content resources related to sustainability · Partnering on university sustainability curriculum design and collaborative teaching · Participating in university efforts to educate for sustainability across disciplines · Supporting the university’s sustainability research, teaching, and outreach TARGET AUDIENCES: The editor believes this book will be of interest to a large variety of audiences including the following: · Librarians seeking inspiration for ways to combine their expertise with their passion for sustainability · Library managers interested in leveraging and highlighting library services that support their institution’s focus on sustainability · Teaching faculty collaborating with libraries on projects related to sustainability · University administrators interested in the strategic role of libraries in educating for sustainability SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Authors are invited to submit abstracts and proposals of 300-500 words to by January 15, 2013. Notifications will be sent by February 26, 2013. A first draft ranging from 1,500-7,000 words will be due by April 2, and a final manuscript will be due by June 25, 2013. Submitted manuscripts must not have been published previously or simultaneously submitted elsewhere. Following review, articles will be returned via e-mail for revision before final acceptance. All materials are edited as necessary for clarity. Submissions should include an abstract of no more than 150 words (highlighting the scope, methodology, and conclusions of the paper) at the beginning of each manuscript. Authors should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. Examples are available at: (Research and Documentation Online by Diane Hacker). Submission of proposals should include: Name of author Title Affiliation Contact information 300-500 word abstract IMPORTANT DATES: Abstract submission: January 15, 2013 Notification of abstract acceptance: February 26, 2013 Full chapter submission: April 2, 2013 Communication of review results to authors: May 2, 2013 Final chapter submission: June 25, 2013 Estimated publication date: 2013

Free Webinar - Digital Literacy and Libraries

free Webinar on Digital Literacy and Libraries How do librarians and educators keep up with the continual stream of new technology and digital advancements? To facilitate a national dialogue on digital literacy education, the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and Digital Literacy Task Force will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” on December 11, 2012, 7:00-8:00p.m.EST. Attendees will hear from participants who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs. Topics will include: •How do we motivate and support library staff in staying current? •What are the perceived obstacles that interfere with the continuing education process? •What resources or continuous learning models already are available to the profession, and what are their pros/cons? The panel—moderated by ALA OITP Fellow Renee Hobbs—includes Karen Hanson, federal program officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and Julie Coiro, assistant professor, University of Rhode Island School of Education. To RSVP for the webinar, email OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line. The webinar will be streamed live at . OITP will post the YouTube URL on District Dispatch and tweet it out using #digilit12 at 6:45pm EST, right before the Hangout goes live. If you missed the first Hangout, Creating a Culture of Learning: How Librarians Keep Up with Digital Media and Technology, the archive of the session is on the District Dispatch .

Online course: Introduction to the Semantic Web

Instructor: Robert Chavez Dates: Jan. 1 - Jan. 28, 2013 Credits: 1.5 CEUs Cost: $175 One of the main goals the semantic web (sometimes referred to as Web 3.0) is to allow the web to be treated like a database through structured metadata, controlled vocabularies, and data linking. Simply put, semantics is the process of adding description and information to resources to help us understand the meaning of these resources. This is not a foreign concept to LIS professionals, the language and tools of semantic organization, however, are a new and evolving discipline. This course will provide an introduction to semantic web standards (RDF, RDFa, OWL, SPARQL) and their application. RDF is the foundation of the semantic web and most related standards so we will spend a significant portion of time learning the basics of the RDF framework and how to craft RDF in an XML format. In addition, we will explore how to create semantic models to link/share different types of resources, and how to create a basic ontology using the Web Ontology Language. Course outcomes will include: learning the RDF framework understanding the differences between RDF and XML learning how to create standard ontologies learning how RDF is published and queried understanding how the semantic web relates to library standards (such as MARC) understand how semantic technologies such as ontologies and SKOS relate to libraries efforts in the field of classification, indexing, and knowledge management understand how semantic technologies are changing the way we create and use library software systems Robert Chavez holds a PhD in Classical Studies from Indiana University. From 1994-1999 he worked in the Library Electronic Text Resource Service at Indiana University Bloomington as an electronic text specialist. From 1999-2007 Robert worked at Tufts University at the Perseus Project and the Digital Collections and Archives as a programmer, digital humanist, and institutional repository program manager. He currently works for the New England Journal of Medicine in as Content Applications Architect.

Call for articles: special issue on digital preservation for OCLC Systems & Services

_OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives_ (OSS:IDLP) will be publishing a special issue on digital preservation in libraries and the issues related to it. The editor is looking for articles on all aspects of this topic. Case studies, opinion pieces, and theoretical musings are appropriate. Articles can be of any length, and figures and screen shots are encouraged. OSS:IDLP is a peer-reviewed journal. If you are interested in contributing, please send the editor your name, a short proposal of the topic, and a tentative title for the article. Deadline for proposals is January 15, 2013. Articles would be due to the editor by July 1, 2013. Any questions and proposal should be directed to the editor, not to this listserv. Thank you. Bradford Lee Eden, Ph.D. Editor, _OCLC Systems & Services: International Digital Library Perspectives_ Dean of Library Services Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources Valparaiso University Valparaiso, Indiana 46383 219-464-5099

Travel Award - Society of American Archivists

The Oliver Wendell Holmes Travel Award Sub-Committee seeks nominations. Established in 1979 (and modified in 1991), this award enables overseas archivists, who are already in the United States or Canada for training, to augment their experience by traveling to the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists. The 2013 meeting will be held in New Orleans, LA in August. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 28, 2013. More information, including the nomination form, can be located here:

Internships - NY Public Radio Archives

NY Public Radio Archives spring 2013 internships The NYPR Radio Archives maintains a collection of more than 55,000 cataloged broadcast recordings dating from June 1927 to the present. These recordings cover the range of WNYC and WQXR's activities as two of the nation's earliest public broadcasters. They include live concerts from venues around the metropolitan area; public events; and speeches covering the full breadth of political, cultural, and civic activities in and around New York City. Also included in the NYPR Archives are paper records, photographs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, program guides, and scripts (copies and originals) dating from 1924 to the present. The collection also features vintage microphones and WPA commissioned artwork. Since 1924, NYPR Radio has provided public radio listeners with award-winning educational, cultural, news and public affairs programming to the greater New York area and across the country. With more than one million weekly listeners tuning in to NYPR, our core audience comes from all five boroughs of New York City and beyond to at least 55 counties in three states. This internship will provide a unique opportunity for a qualified student to work with the Archives’ staff on several ongoing digitization and access projects. Over the course of the spring, the intern will learn the analog-to-digital transfer process, work within the Archives’ PBCore database, and help create content for the Archives’ website. For more information and to apply, please click on the link below.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Free Webinar - Digital Literacy and Libraries

Free ALA Webinar on Digital Literacy and Libraries How do librarians and educators keep up with the continual stream of new advancements? How do they motivate and support library staff in staying current? To facilitate a national dialogue on digital literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) will host the free webinar “Assessing Digital Literacy: Outcomes and Impact” on December 11, 2012 from 7:00-8:00p.m. EST. (RSVP now) The December webinar, which will be hosted by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the ALA Digital Literacy Task Force, is a follow-up to the highly attended web-based forum that the ALA hosted in November. Attendees will hear from participants who are exploring ways to measure the effectiveness of digital literacy programs. Speakers include: Karen Hanson, federal program officer, National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce Julie Coiro, assistant professor, University of Rhode Island School of Education Moderated by: Renee Hobbs, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Fellow To RSVP for the webinar (which will be streamed live at, email OITP Assistant Director Marijke Visser at, using “Digital Literacy” in the subject line.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Call for Papers! 2013 Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference

Call for Papers! 2013 Society of Mississippi Archivists Conference April 17-19, 2013 In preparation for the 2013 Society of Mississippi Archivists biennial conference in Cleveland, Mississippi, the Society of Mississippi Archivists is seeking paper proposals on all areas of archives and archival work. Topics might include, but are not limited to, archival education or training, utilizing social media, fundraising, digitization and outreach. Sessions are typically 45 minutes to 1 hour in length. For session proposals please include the title, an abstract (of approximately 500 words), and the names of the presenter(s) with affiliation and contact information. Students are encouraged to submit proposals for a session presentation or a poster on research projects and activities. Please submit proposals to Jennifer Rose at on or before Friday February 1st, 2013.


CALL FOR WORKSHOP, SESSION, AND POSTER SESSION PROPOSALS - SOCIETY OF FLA. ARCHIVISTS ANNUAL MEETING Society of Florida Archivists 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting May 7 -10, 2013 • Tallahassee, Florida, USA AN INVITATION TO SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE, WISDOM & EXPERIENCE: The Society of Florida Archivists (SFA) will convene May 7 – 10, 2013 in our state capitol, Tallahassee, Florida for the 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting. This year’s conference promises interesting and informative sessions, workshops and poster sessions. Proposals for workshops, sessions, papers, and lightning talks are due Friday, February 1, 2013. Submissions should be directed to Burt Altman via email ( or fax (850-644-1221); proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Submitting presenters will be notified of the outcome of the proposal review process on or by February 22, 2013. CONFERENCE GOALS & OBJECTIVES: The SFA 2013 annual meeting seeks to highlight the power of archivists as stewards of both the future and the past and as leaders who will inspire transformation at all levels of archival practice. Submissions are particularly encouraged that are centered on the history of archives/archival institutions in Florida or that relate directly to SFA’s anniversary and/or Viva Florida 500, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of Florida's rich heritage and diverse cultural history in 2013. SUBMIT A PROPOSAL! Submitters are encouraged to think broadly and boldly about their proposals and should consider proposing presentations that demonstrate archiving and archival practice in non-traditional settings, advance problem solving, and explore collaboration(s) between and amid disciplines. A. Skill-building workshops are half-day, instructional sessions in which presenters teach particular skills and techniques and discuss how they can be applied in participants’ settings. B. Discussion-based sessions are usually 45 minutes in length and often feature a visual presentation (e.g., photo exhibit, films, video, sample objects or files from collections), followed by opportunities for questions, answers and group discussion. C. Papers are usually 15 minutes in length, on archival topics, ongoing research, new techniques, and research or work-related projects, followed by a comment-and-discussion period. D. Lightning talks are lively and informative 5-minute talks on archival topics, initiatives, new techniques, advocacy issues, etc., followed by a comment-and-discussion period. Submissions must include the following: • A title and an abstract or brief description of your proposed workshop, session, paper, or lightning talk (not to exceed 250 words); • A one-sentence statement affirming your commitment to attend the SFA Annual Meeting and present the proposed workshop, session, paper, or lightning talk if selected; • Your name, postal address, telephone number, and an email address. POSTER SESSION PROPOSALS These poster sessions will showcase the work of current undergraduate and graduate candidates and post-graduates on various topics in archival studies and closely related fields. Proposals may relate to any research topic of interest to the presenter and to the larger archives community. Individual posters may: describe applied or theoretical research that is completed or underway; discuss interesting collections with which presenters have worked; or report on archives and records projects in which they have participated (e.g., development of finding aids, public outreach, database construction, etc.). Submissions should focus on research or creative activity conducted within the previous year. Proposals that relate to the history of archives/archival institutions in Florida or that relate directly to SFA’s anniversary and/or Viva Florida 500, which celebrates the 500th anniversary of Florida's rich heritage and diverse cultural history in 2013, will be given preference. Posters accepted for presentation will be displayed on 4’ x 8’ poster boards (not provided) in a designated area. Audio and visual aids, such as projectors and laptops, are not permitted. Presenters may have the opportunity to discuss their work with other conference attendees as time allows. Selected posters will be listed in the Annual Meeting program. Instructions and Deadlines Submissions must include the following: • A title and an abstract or brief description of your poster topic (not to exceed 250 words); • A one-sentence statement affirming your commitment to attend the SFA Annual Meeting and • present your poster in person if selected; • Your name, postal address, telephone number, and email address; • The name and address of your college/university or archival institution; • The name of your degree program if you are a current student; • Y/N – do you have access to easel to use? If available, please bring easel with you. Poster Session Proposals are due Friday, February 1, 2013. Submissions should be directed to William Modrow ( or by phone (850.644.1967). Proposals received after the deadline will not be considered. Submitting presenters will be notified of the outcome of the proposal review process on or by February 22, 2013. The conference promises to be SFA’s best yet as archivists and members of related fields come together for three days of skill-building, networking and agenda-setting! Whether you are new to the field and are looking for basics to begin your career, or have been practicing for years and seeking more advanced knowledge and connections, this is one conference you will not want to miss! EXPECTATIONS OF PRESENTERS: All presenters must register for the conference. By submitting a proposal, potential presenter(s) indicate their agreement with the following statement: “As the Submitting Presenter and main contact for this proposal, I understand that if this proposal is accepted, all attending presenters are expected to register and pay the registration fee for the conference; I understand that it is my responsibility to inform my co-presenters of this requirement. If presenter registration fees are not received by the due date indicated in the acceptance letter, the session will not be included in the conference program. I understand that the title of the proposal may be edited to fit the conference program.” ACCOMODATIONS AND FEES: The Society of Florida Archivists 2013 conference will be held May 7 – 10 at the Hotel Duval 415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Tallahassee was selected as Florida's capital in 1823 because it was halfway between St. Augustine and Pensacola, then the state's major cities. You'll find lovingly restored, 19th-century homes and buildings, including the 1845 Old Capitol, which all sit among so many towering pines and sprawling live oaks. The trees form virtual tunnels along Tallahassee's five official Canopy Roads, which are lined with historic plantations, ancient Native American settlement sites and mounds, gardens, quiet parks with picnic areas, and beautiful lakes and streams. And here in Tallahassee you'll also encounter the modern era, beginning with the New Capitol Building towering 22 stories over downtown. For more information about Tallahassee and its many attractions, including things to do, events, and dining, please visit this website. Conference Registration Fees • SFA Members: $90 • Non-SFA Members (includes one year SFA membership): $110 • Students: $50 • One-Day: $55 Hotel Registration Fees: • Single and Double Occupancy rooms: $119/night plus applicable taxes • Parking: Conference Rate includes Overnight Valet Parking; for those not staying at the hotel, there will be a $3 per car charge. • Room Reservations: Go to this site to make your room reservation and secure the discounted rate. SCHOLARSHIP AND SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: SFA is working to secure funds for scholarships to ensure the full participation of students. To find out how your organization can contribute, contact Tomaro Taylor by phone at 813.974.5750 or by email at QUESTIONS? If you have questions about the suitability of your proposal, experience technical difficulties with the proposal submission process, or need information on any aspect of the conference, please contact Burt Altman (

Saturday, December 1, 2012

FREE webinars - Quality Customer Service for Libraries

12/12/2012 Noon - 1:00 (CT) What Would Walt Do?: Quality Customer Service for Libraries (WebJunction and LearnRT) Looking for some magic to improve customer service in your library? The Disney Institute on Quality Service has set high standards for creating a quality customer experience and their ideas can be applied at your library. Our panel of Colorado librarians attended the Disney Institute Quality Service preconference sponsored by ALA's LearnRT at the annual conference in Anaheim in 2012. Since then, they’ve been waving their magic wands to improve customer service in Colorado libraries and they’d like to share their discoveries with you. Learn how to define quality service, set a common purpose for all library staff, and better understand your customers. You’ll walk away with ideas to make your library’s customer service sparkle.

FREE webinar - Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff

12/12/2012 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.(CT) Basic Graphic Design for Library Staff: Quick and Easy Solutions (Infopeople) For the past 20 years personal computers have allowed us to create publications of all kinds easily without requiring a basic understanding of graphic design. While the results have sometimes been less than successful, there are some quick and simple solutions to making them more attractive and effective. During this webinar, attendees will learn how use shapes, manipulate images, and work with text and fonts to enhance their basic desktop publishing efforts. We’ll also work together on redesigning examples of library signs to make each more customer friendly. This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels tasked with creating promotional materials, designing and producing flyers, brochures, publicity items, and providing input on their library’s website.

FREE webinar - Outreach Programs in Rural Communities

12/6/2012 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (CT) Outreach Programs in Rural Communities: Simple Steps for Surprising Results (WebJunction) A webinar with the PEARL Project, designed to enhance the role of the public library in rural areas through community partnerships and outreach plans. The PEARL (Promoting and Enhancing the Advancement of Rural Libraries) Project has been successful in helping Texas rural librarians reach out to groups and organizations in their communities and to raise visibility of and appreciation for their libraries. Community outreach plans, designed to identify and fill a need in the community, are at the heart of this unique model. The process is supported by an actionable template which leads participants from community assessment, through strategic planning, to implementation, and concludes with evaluating outcomes. This webinar, co-sponsored with WebJunction and the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, will explore the outstanding results achieved by participants in the PEARL project and share how community outreach plans have led to unexpected outcomes and some surprising results.

FREE webinar - Tech-Savvy Staff: Better Service for Library Users

Dec 4 Would you like to help staff gain the tech skills they need in order to effectively assist patrons? Join our webinar on Tuesday, December 4 at 11 a.m. Pacific time to find out how one library succeeded with this challenging staff development goal. Penny Talbert, Executive Director of the Ephrata Public Library (PA), realized that the library staff needed to have strong technology skills and created a program to help them achieve competency, "Long gone is the card catalog and simple reference questions. We are now living in a technological world. When people visit the library, their questions often deal with computers and we have to be ready to serve them. As resources and technologies change, we have to be on the cutting edge - to help patrons with basic computer questions as well as those that are working on more complex projects. This is our job as a library. We must provide excellent service in order to receive excellent support."