Collective Items of Value – ALA Conference amid 26,362 people!!

There is a smattering, SMATTERING of items that go innoticed, workshops I was able to catch tail bits of, and pieces here and there that do not work their way into the schedule of a normal day.  This post is devoted to the countless pays educators can take items and travel with the to the classroom and literally, turn the walls inside out and bring the world outside, within.  So below are a collection of items worth their salt in examining, perusing, and incorporating…An “*” indicates a new topic I am representing for you.  Also, do not forget to check out at Twitter – #ALA2013 where you scroll and grab you might have missed by attending the conference! Ad the link for session that had handouts HERE!

*Cognotes, the newspaper of ALA Conference, Here!  Tons of highlights and overviews of the conference in general – excellent to have online!

*10 Steps to a Better Library Interior                                                                     Contact Traci at if you have any questions, or problems with the file.

*Facebook: Upcoming Workshop July 17th  $50.00

*Article Regarding Academic Rigor                                                                                         Thanks to: Forristyna W. Walker, M.Ed. Retired Curriculum Coach

*Common Core – Common sCores: Instructional Partnerships that Deliver Success – Presenters: Judi Moreillon, Suzanna Panter, Gloria Voutos, Stacy Cameron

What is the core of 21st-century school librarianship? How does OUR core relate to the Common Core State Standards and other state standards? What are the skills, dispositions, responsibilities, and self-assessments we can apply to co-achieve uncommon success? This preconference will provide strategies for demonstrating the school librarian’s central role in the academic program through practicing instructional partnerships to ensure success for K-12 students, teachers, administrators, librarians, and for the school librarian profession, too.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify connections between the common core of the library program (S4L) and CCSS or other state-level standards and cite research that confirms positive correlations between the collaborative work of school librarians and student achievement, particularly in reading and language arts (SLRR).
  • Apply a rating scale to self-assess development as L4L school librarians and identify specific areas for improvement based on five roles’ descriptions (EL) and Specify skills, dispositions, and responsibilities of instructional partners.
  • Deconstruct/assess (with a rubric) a unit plan published as a Knowledge Quest 40.4 article and gain strategies for advocating with site- or district-level administrators for instructional partner role (AASL Strategic Plan: Advocacy).

Topic Areas: Teaching and Learning; Professional Development and Leadership; School Relationships

Report: State Library Conferences as Professional Development Venues: Unbalanced Support for the AASL-Defined Roles of the School Librarian

and regarding Common Core, AND STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics):

STEAM at the Library Supports Literacy, Common Core

*Privacy issues that came out in ALA:

Will You Stand for Privacy?

A Message to ALA Members from ALA President Barbara Stripling

In early June, reports of the National Security Agency’s secret practices rang loudly around the world. News reports detailed PRISM, the U.S. government surveillance program that obtains the Internet records from ten U.S. companies: Verizon, Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. It appears that phone records, emails, photos, and social networking activities have been collected and catalogued by the FBI and the NSA over the last seven years.

ALA is saddened by recent news that the government has obtained vast amounts of personal information and electronic communications of millions of innocent people. The extent of the personal information received by the government is very troubling. Those of you who have been long-time members of ALA know that we have always argued that provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act encroach on the privacy expectations of library users. Worse, the surveillance law erodes our basic First Amendment rights, all while undermining the very fabric of our democracy.

When we spoke out in 2001 against the passage of the PATRIOT Act, we were concerned about Section 215, a provision of the law that allowed the government powers to obtain “business records and other tangible things” from suspected terrorists. We were fearful that the government would come into libraries without warning and take library records on individual patrons without reasonable suspicion. Libraries were one of the first groups to publicly oppose the bill, and many legislators and privacy experts have noted that Congress would not have understood the chilling impact on privacy if librarians had not brought it to the nation’s attention. Librarians were so vocal in their opposition to the law that Section 215 was called the “library provision.” We could not have imagined then what is happening today. Today, in spite of the leak allegations, the government continues to use the “library provision” to vacuum up private communication records of Americans on a massive scale.

Even the most cynical among us could not have predicted that the Obama Administration—an administration that campaigned on the promise of greater government transparency and openness—would allow a massive surveillance program to infringe upon the basic civil liberties of innocent, unsuspecting people. We understand the responsibility of the government to investigate terrorism and other harmful acts. But the need to protect the public does not mean that Americans have to relinquish their Fourth Amendment privacy rights in the process. ALA has already joined other civil liberties groups to call for more legal review, judicial oversight, transparency and public accountability. Our country needs to find the right balance.

We need to restore the balance between individual rights and terrorism prevention, and libraries are one of the few trusted American institutions that can lead true public engagement on our nation’s surveillance laws and procedures. Libraries have the tools, resources and leaders that can teach Americans about their First Amendment privacy rights and help our communities discuss ways to improve the balance between First Amendment rights and government surveillance activities. And patrons are ready to learn about their privacy rights from their libraries.

Next Steps: Be a Leader at Your Library

We are calling on librarians to facilitate local public dialogues and educational sessions on government surveillance and transparency. To help libraries convene privacy forums and moderate public conversations, ALA is launching “ALA Liberty,” a new privacy website that contains tools that librarians can use to host educational sessions and public forums that help Americans understand their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

 The website contains the following resources:

 Guide for Moderators (PDF)

This document outlines the steps and process for moderators to convene a forum on privacy in their community. Libraries are a perfect location for this form of civic engagement. Librarians may choose to serve as moderators or find other individuals in the community to fill the moderator’s role. This PDF contains the information necessary for moderators of a forum on privacy.

 Guide for Participants (PDF)

Distribute this document to individuals participating in a library-hosted community discussion on privacy. It provides an overview of the deliberative process and outlines the privacy issues to be considered.

Checklist for Convening a Forum on Privacy (PDF)

This document outlines the steps needed to host a successful forum on privacy in your library.

Choose Privacy Week Resources

This offers videos that can be used for programming on surveillance. The site includes guest blogs from national privacy advocates and American Library Association t-shirts and posters.

If you have any questions about the privacy toolkit, contact Jazzy Wright, press officer of the ALA Washington Office at or (202) 628-8410             –Barbara Stripling   ALA President

*ALA Battledecks – HYSTERICAL!

What is Battle Decks?  Explanation:    Battledecks represent the ultimate challenge for a public speaker as they are challenged to give a coherent presentation based on hand-selected, seemingly unrelated slides that they see for the very first time live on stage. This competition, often referred to as “PowerPoint Karaoke,”, will see eight brave and willing participants compete for the glory of being crowned ALA’s reigning Battledecks champion.

And the Video…

*Flat Eugene at ALA!

*Myth and Reality of the Evolving Patron

The Powerpoint:  2013 – 6.29.13 – Evolving Library Patron – RUSA at ALA

*White House vetoes reproducing the speech to ALA – Not sure how I feel about this !

*Tips for Library Fun!

*Attracting Male Readers 

*Fleeing the Reference Desk:

*Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: What Librarians Really Need to be Successful at the Reference Desk:

Session Details  and Poster

* Thanks! – Daniel Ransom ‏- Collaborative zine made at #ALA2013’s Zine Pavilion, filled with stories of weird things seen in libraries    Magazine

*Video of speakers:

Maureen Sullvian 2012-2013 ALA President

Khaled Hosseini

Rahm Emanuel

Beginning Introductions to ALA of members 2013-2014

Octavia Spencer

Congressman John Lewis

Temple Grandin

Peter Kuznick and Oliver Stone

Alice Walker on Fairness

Ann Patchett


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