It was 1:30 p.m. on the second day of ALA Annual Conference for the Emerging Leaders. Faces were beginning to show conference fatigue or perhaps the results of a previous night on the town in the Crescent City. Half a dozen tables were slowly filling with Emerging Leaders—past, present, and potential future.
My first session of the conference was the ACRL University Libraries Section’s (ULS) Committee on the Future of University Libraries, which took place Friday afternoon, June 24. About 14 people participated with several more via phone.
Saturday’s LITA-sponsored program “You Mean Libraries Will Be Able to Deliver Electronic Content Better Than iTunes and Netflix?” provided an update on the Presidential Task Force on equitable access to electronic content.
A panel of policymakers, librarians, and disability experts will report on recent efforts to increase access to information for people with print disabilities during the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) program, “The Right to Read: Increasing Access to Information for People with Print Disabilities,” to be held Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in MCC-Room 397.
On Friday, the Reference Services Section (RSS) and the Machine-Assisted Reference Section (MARS) of the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) co-sponsored a day-long preconference called “Strange Bedfellows: IT and Reference Collaborations to Enhance User Experiences.”
Five years after ALA held its first-ever “Libraries Build Communities” volunteer effort in New Orleans, more than 220 ALA volunteers from across the U.S. gathered at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for what has become the annual “Libraries Build Communities” event, a daylong community service effort from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday.
Today I attended the Copy Cataloging Interest Group. It was a full room and the presentations focused on training copy catalogers in RDA. Speakers emphasized the importance of introducing and using basic FRBR and RDA terminology to foster comfort with the new standard.