Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Project SAILS @ ALA

Project SAILS will hold two different sessions in conjunction with the ALA
Annual meeting in Anaheim.

1. Introduction to the SAILS Test

The first session is a one-hour information and training session that will
take place Monday, June 30, 2008 from 10 am - 11 am in The Anabella Hotel.
The session will include an introduction to SAILS, information on how to
administer the test, and time for questions.

2. Understanding Your SAILS Report

The second session is a one-hour review on reading the SAILS reports. This
session is intended primarily for institutions that complete testing this
spring and receive a report in June, although others are welcome to attend.
The session will be held Monday, June 30, 11 am - 12 noon in The Anabella

Each individual who wants to attend must register using the sign-up page on
the Project SAILS Web site. The deadline for registration is Friday, June
20, 2008. There is no cost for either session. To sign up for this workshop,
please see the event registration page at:

Please note that Project SAILS will not appear in ALA's list of
presentations, so be sure to save this information or check the Project
SAILS Web site.

If you have any questions, please contact us at Hope
to see you there!

Carolyn Radcliff
Administrator, Project SAILS
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242

Thursday, April 10, 2008

It's that time of year -- National Library Week!

This year’s National Library Week honorary chair is the beloved entertainer and author Julie Andrews, known for her roles in such classic movies as “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” and such books as Thanks to You—Wisdom from Mother and Child and The Great American Mousical. In her role as chair, Andrews has produced a series of television and radio Public Service Announcements for National Library Week, which are available at

National Library Week events include the celebration of National Library Workers Day on April 15; Support Teen Literature Day on April 17, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the ALA; Gaming@ your library, a series of special gaming programs and events, on April 18; and the release of the 2007 State of America’s Libraries (SAL) report on April 14. In addition to National Library Week, many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month, sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the ALA.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Publishing Opportunity

Call for Proposals – The Library Instruction Cookbook

Bonjour, Library Instructors!

Doug and Ryan are at it again, only this time it’s Chef Ryan and Chef Doug. We have the approval from ACRL to do a Library Instruction Cookbook. If you are a Gourmet Instructor, we want your recipes for instruction.Working Book Title: The Library Instruction Cookbook: 50+ Active Recipes for 1-Shot Sessions. By Chef Ryan Sittler and Chef Doug Cook (Chicago: ACRL, summer 2009).Read on for details……

Ground Rules
1. Your submission must describe an activity (We are working on the assumption that students learn best when they are involved in the process.)

2. The lesson plan for the activity cannot involve more than 10 minutes of librarian talk. (Our second assumption is that you like to hear yourself talk more than students do. We’ll give you 10 minutes to introduce the activity.)

3. Your proposal must address as much of the following as possible:
Your Name, University, and E-mail
Potential Cookbook Category
Activity Goal/Purpose
Main Ingredients (Equipment, supplies, etc)
Preparation (before the class starts)
The Instruction Session
Main Instructional Technique
Subject/Discipline addressed
Length of session – one to two hours
Audience/Class size – freshmen, no more than thirty
ALA Information Dietary Standards Addressed
Reaction/Reflection –
Instructional Resources/Handouts

4. If your submission gets chosen, you need to include a picture of your students in action. (Cookbooks need pictures.)

5. Creative is good! Light, nutritious, and filling are good. This is a cookbook!

6. We need 3-5 page chapters for teaching activities in the following Cookbook Categories:
General Library Orientation
Database Demonstration
Evaluation of Resources (Web site, journal article, primary vs. secondary sources, magazine vs. journal, etc.)
Specialized Subject Research (archives, local information, subject oriented, etc.
Advanced Research (seniors, graduate students, etc.)

7. We also plan to utilize a blog with the book as a way to allow readers to provide the Library Instruction Community with feedback. ('s made in heaven...). Go to to see the beginning of the blog and to see sample chapters, which may give you some recipe ideas.

8. Email your proposals (in a .doc attachment) to Doug Cook [] and to Ryan Sittler [], by May 15, 2008. If your proposal is accepted, the final recipe will need to be submitted to us (tentatively) by December 31, 2008. We are planning for the cookbook to debut at ALA Annual 2009.Bon Appetit!

Chef Ryan Sittler –
Chef Doug Cook –

Friday, January 04, 2008

ALA LIRT Meetings at Midwinter 2008

LIRT Meetings at Midwinter 2008 in Philadelphia:

Please check the ALA or LIRT site for location information and updates:

Saturday, January 12 (same room)
Executive Board I: 8:00–9:00 A.M.
Steering Committee I: 9:30–11:00 A.M.
All Committees I: 11:00 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

Sunday, January 13
Discussion Forum: 10:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

Monday, January 14 (same room)
All Committees II: 8:00–9:00 A.M.
Steering Committee II: 9:30 A.M.–12:30 P.M.

Tuesday, January 15
Executive Board II: 8:00–10:00 A.M.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Support School Librarians!

Urge your representatives to co-sponsor the SKILLs Act (H.R. 2864/ S. 1699), which will ensure that every school has a qualified librarian on staff.

Simply go to , type in your zip code, click "GO" and write a short letter in the text box. Let them know that research has shown that students in schools with good school libraries learn more, get better grades, and score higher on standardized test scores. Let them know too that our students deserve school library media specialists trained to collaborate with teachers and to engage students in meaningful use of information.

If we don't stand up for school libraries, WHO WILL?

excerpt from an email (9/14) from
Ann Dutton Ewbank, Ph.D.
President, Arizona Library Association

Monday, December 04, 2006

Biggest Challenges?

I've been thinking about what KLA-LIRT can do for its members and addressing real needs comes to mind. When It comes to library instruction, what are the biggest challenges you face? What would you like information about or help with?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

KLA Fall 2006 Conference

Issues raised at fall conference included

How can we increase active partcipation?
Are we meeting the needs of our members?

What kinds of programming do we want to sponsor next year?

Any ideas? Comment to this blogpost!