Celebrate National Library Workers Day! It’s fun! It’s the day for students, library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. You’ve probably planned parties and events to celebrate those who visit, contribute to, and create materials for the library… but what about you? Staff are one of the most valuable resources in a library and many of you have probably already worked in libraries or have a good idea of the challenge that it is.
After two and a half years of planning, the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) Program will finally launch.
On January 25, 2010, ALA-APA will accept applications from potential candidates interested in achieving the Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC). The LSSC Program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff.
(via the ALA Student Member Blog)
The American Library Association (ALA), acting on a resolution adopted by its Council on Jan. 19 during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting, has created the “Haiti Library Relief Fund” to collect monetary donations to help rebuild libraries and archives that were destroyed or damaged during the devastating earthquake on Jan. 12.
AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION MIDWINTER MEETING - Boston,Massachusetts. January 14-19, 2010. Notes by James B. Casey
Given the bad economy, it is not surprising that attendance was somewhat depressed at this Midwinter Meeting. The historically and culturally interesting City of Boston and its relatively close proximity to such major population centers as New York and Philadelphia realized relatively high attendance at the January 2005 Mid Winter (13,232), but attained significantly less registration (16% less) in the tight budget environment of January 2010. According to announcements made by ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels on January 19, 2010, the total registration reached 11,095 by Monday, January 18. Registration for Midwinter in Denver was 10,220 by Monday, January 26, 2009, 13,601 for Philadelphia 2008, Seattle in 2007 was at 12,230 and San Antonio in 2006 at 11,084. Future Midwinter Meetings will be held at San Diego (2011), Dallas (2012), Seattle (2013) and Philadelphia (2014). Future Annual Conferences will be at Washington, D.C. (2010), New Orleans (2011), Anaheim (2012), Washington (2013) and Las Vegas (2014).
Monday's snow didn't stop stop attendees from an early start at ALA Midwinter. The MLK Celebration, the YMA Announcements, and last day of exhibits made for a full day even as some attendees headed home.
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Caitlin Williams, a career development consultant who has been offering advice and guidance in the Placement Center at ALA conferences for years, sat down to speak with American Libraries this weekend at the Midwinter Meeting. Over on AL'sInside Scoop blog Caitlin discusses advice for those whom she terms the "working worried," namely those that have a job, but are worried in this economic climate that they may be at risk for downsizing and lay-offs.