professional development

ALA Annual Conference for Programming Librarians

For many of us here at ALA, the beginning of summer immediately brings about thoughts of ALA Annual Conference. What a fantastic opportunity this is every year to reconnect with our peers and hear about the challenges and triumphs we’ve faced since we met the previous. And it certainly has been a challenging year for many libraries!

Conference is a great time to recharge your professional batteries, so to speak. Learn about new grant opportunities and new ways to connect your community through cultural programs at six programs presented by the ALA Public Programs Office.

Programming Librarian Recommends…

Editor’s note: This week the Programming Librarian blog will be focusing on programs of interest at the upcoming ALA Annual Conference. Are you attending? Let us know in the poll on our homepage!

Programming Librarian is headed to DC for the ALA Annual Conference. If you’re planning to be there for the big event, be sure to stop by and visit us in booth #2659. We would love to hear all about the kind of programs and events you’re offering your community.

Programming Librarian Goes to Portland!

Programming Librarian is hitting the road and heading to Portland, where we’ll be attending the 2010 Public Library Association (PLA) National Conference. If you’re traveling to the conference, be sure to visit us in the ALA booth (#1035) to pick up some goodies and tell us what you think of the site.

To help you as you put together your conference plans, here’s a list of 10 PLA programs we think should be of interest to programming librarians:

Programming Topics at the PLA 2010 Virtual Conference

PLA is offering a great way to participate in and enjoy conferences, even if you can’t be there in person. A virtual conference held during the upcoming PLA 2010 National Conference will consist of live programming on Thursday, March 25, and Friday, March 26. The event will include five hour-long, live programs on each day, plus an hour-long author interview. Programs are chosen from among the highest rated in PLA’s session preference survey.

Get in the Loop!: How Library Students Can Use Programming Librarian

As librarians, we tend to be a goal-driven bunch. Whether it is launching a new program, increasing circulation statistics, improving patron experiences, or developing further skills through training or conferences, it always seems that the library community at large is in a constant state of self-improvement. Perhaps this need for self-reflection stems from the changing space and use of the library, or is a side effect of doing more with less as the impact of the financial downturn hits libraries everywhere.

New for December at EDSITEment

EDSITEment showcases a new lesson, “Boycotting the Baubles from Britain” in December. British colonists of all ranks experienced a consumer revolution in mid-eighteenth-century America. The preparation, service, and consumption of tea required an entirely new panoply of goods: the teapot, the sugar bowl, imported cups and saucers. These items of trade became a potent weapon in the political battle between Great Britain and her North American colonies.

Library 101

I recently came across the Library 101 project, which was developed to help librarians make it through and succeed during the social and technological change we are seeing today. In addition to providing tips, the site featured essays by librarians on what they see changing in libraries, and what we need to be doing to ensure we remain relevant as technology and society evolve. A few of these essays provide some food for thought for programmers, as well.

Professional Development Opportunities

Several professional conferences and events—from the world’s largest library conference to local seminars—provide opportunities for librarians to learn more about cultural programming through workshops, seminars, model programs, and more. Below are details about upcoming programs and events:

American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference


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