The Academic Librarians Section is very excited at the level of interest in their first stand-alone event for tomorrow, Friday, November 13th. Due to the high level of interest, and space restrictions at the venue, we will be unable to accept walk-ins tomorrow. We hope you will consider joining us at a future ALS event.
American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is working to finalize our numbers for 2014 challenges and our annual list of most frequently challenged books. We collect information for our challenge database from both media reports and those submitted by individuals and, while we know that many challenges are never reported, we strive to be as comprehensive as possible.
We would greatly appreciate if you could send us any information on challenges in your state or region that you are aware of from 2014. The final deadline for reporting 2014 challenges to OIF is Friday, February 27, 2015. Even if you think we probably already know about it, send it to us anyways. Or maybe there are more details we can add to our database. Many times the status is left unknown because the case was reported before there was a resolution. So updates are also encouraged.
Challenges reported to ALA by individuals are kept confidential and we will cross-check your report with existing entries in the database to avoid duplications. You may report challenges by filling out and submitting the database form available in a variety of formats at www.ala.org/challengereporting. If you have any questions at all, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please share with your library listservs.
Many thanks for all of your help and support!
Kristin Pekoll, Assistant Director
Office for Intellectual Freedom
American Library Association l 50 E. Huron St. l Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 280-4221 l (800) 545-2433 x4221 toll-free l (312) 280-4227 fax
Think it’s just public librarians that get to have all the fun? Not so! The Academic Libraries Section is proud to host Professor Mary Wilkins Jordan’s session on “Library Corps of Adventure! Looking at Libraries Across the Lewis & Clark Trail.” This presentation will detail her experience as a modern day explorer of libraries (both public and academic) along-you guessed it-the Lewis & Clark trail. Professor Wilkins Jordan focuses not only on data and research, but the diverse services and programs that librarians across our country provide each day. Not only will participants get to hear from a Simmons faculty member, but since much of Professor Wilkins Jordan’s research focuses on public libraries and improvement of their services, this should be a session of interest for both public, school and academic librarians.
“Library Corps of Adventure! Looking at Libraries Across the Lewis & Clark Trail” will take place on Monday, October 20th from 2:00-3:15 PM.
Come join us on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 11:00am as the Digital Public Library of America Executive Director, Dan Cohen, will present highlights from DPLA’s first 18 months bringing together the country’s collections, and will also discuss what’s to come for the young project and organization. Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all.
Juggling technology, teens and traditionalists, Dr. Marc Boots-Ebenfield, Director for the Center for Teaching Innovation at Salem State University in Salem, MA, has directed language labs, new media centers and centers for teaching innovation. In each case he has juggled the needs of students, administrators and faculty. In this talk, on Monday, October 20 at 8:30am, he will share specific strategies and and lessons learned from successful endeavors & epic failures. During offline time, Dr. Boots-Ebenfield enjoys juggling, brewing and triathlons.
Jason Soohoo recently joined NELA as the representative for the Academic Librarians Section.
Jason is the new education resource librarian at Salem State University. Jason earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Roger Williams University in 2001 and a master’s degree in library science from Simmons College in 2004. He is continuing his graduate education at Salem State University and is currently enrolled in the Master’s in Education in Technology program. Jason has a love for libraries and has worked at the Melrose Public Library since the age of 14. Jason continues to work part-time at the Winchester Public Library as a reference librarian and in the Melrose Public Library children’s department. Since 2010, he has served in the additional role of visiting instructor for computer science at Salem State and teaches the course ITC 100: Computers and Their Uses.
On a personal note, Jason says: “When I’m not in my office at the library, or teaching the computer course, or working on Sundays at Melrose and Winchester, I like to spend time with my family. My wife and I have a soon to be two year old son that we cherish oh so much! We are also expecting our second child in July. I’m also a huge sports fan, especially all my Boston sports teams, and of course, being a librarian, I love to read!”
Zach Newell sat down for an informal chat (over coffee) to get to know Jason better.
Z: What drew you to NELA?
J: I wanted to get more involved in the profession. I love that NELA is focused on all types of libraries around New England. As you know, I have experience in both public and academic libraries. I also have a love for all things New England.
Z: What does the NELA Academic Librarians Section do?
J: One of our primary responsibilities is planning for the Annual conference. It is really exciting bringing in speakers and forming programs of diverse interest to academic librarians around the region. I really enjoy making contacts with other academic librarians. My hope is to grow academic membership in NELA. I am currently working with other members to create a stand alone day-long academic section conference/workshop.
Z: How can people get involved with the Academic Librarians Section?
J: We are always looking for help. We are looking for help with conference planning, ideas for sessions. We are always looking for ways to grow membership and to get the word out. Feel free to contact me. Food always helps 🙂