Lock in special rate of $95/night at the ALAO conference hotel

September 18, 2008

The 34th Annual ALAO Conference is Oct. 24, 2008. This year’s theme is: “Connecting the Campus: Linking Users, Institutions, and Information and the conference is being held in Wilmington, Ohio.

Make your hotel reservation before Oct. 1 to receive the special rate of $95/night at the Roberts Centre Holiday Inn.

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ALAO 2007 Annual Conference

September 11, 2007

WHEN: October 25-26, 2007
WHERE: Great Columbus Convention Center, Columbus OH

Have you registered yet? If you haven’t, please consider doing so soon! We have some amazing programming for you.

The President’s Program

Our President’s Program features the return of Mr. Joseph Janes, Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academics at the Information School of the University of Washington;Founding Director of the Internet Public Library; co-author of eight books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship; and author of the “Internet Librarian” column for American Libraries magazine. As many remember from the 28th Annual Conference November 1, 2002, Joe is an exciting and thought-provoking speaker. For our conference, Joe states: “Hardly a day goes by that a new opportunity or technology or idea comes whizzing past at the speed of light, and most people can be forgiven for feeling overwhelmed and a little guilty for not taking them all on. In this talk, I want to help people to think about what makes the most sense in this fast-paced World of Tomorrow we’re now in.”

Featured Speakers

Other featured speakers include: Kent State’s David Robbins, speaking on web site accessibility and usability; Chad Boeninger from Ohio University speaking on the use of web technologies and social software for outreach; Case Western’s Brian Gray explains “Second Life” and how this virtual environment can be used in libraries today; Glenda Thornton from Cleveland State discusses innovation and how to create a climate where innovation flows naturally; Linda Dobb from Bowling Green continues the innovation discussion be examining innovative collaborations between academic libraries and other partners; Glen Horton from SWON Libraries demonstrates how Web 2.0 tools can be used to enhance your library’s web site; and Diane Kovacs discusses building reference skills and knowledge for virtual reference services.

Interest Groups

ALAO’s Interest Groups have sponsored some fascinating programs to help each of us grow professionally including:

Distance Learning Interest Group
E 4 ME: A Tool for Success for Online Students (FREE!)
Support Staff Interest Group
The Library Degree: Is it For Me?
The ICDL and Libraries: Staff Development Implications for the Learning or Information Commons
Transforming Rocks into Diamonds: How to Cultivate Quality Student Workers
Curriculum Materials Center Interest Group
It Takes Two to Get the Job Done: Librarian and Teacher Collaborations
Technical, Electronic, and Digital Services Interest Group
Evaluating Electronic Resources and Usage Statistics
The Role of Institutional Repositories in Scholarly Communication
Back to the Future! Innovations in E-Resources Initiatives and Standards
A Joint Technical Services Department

Diversity Committee Programs

ALAO’s Diversity Committee has put together some exemplary sessions including: Defining Diversity Strategies for Your Library: A Conversation with Dr. Steve Michael; Open Forum on Library Diversity Issues; Across the Great Divide: Building Generational Bridges in the Technical Services Department; and Collaborating to Preserve the Past and Sustain the Future: Telling Our Story!

The Author-Vendor Social

Thursday, October 25th is the perfect opportunity to network with your colleagues, mingle with old friends, visit our vendors, and meet a number of fascinating authors. Authors from Ohio University Presses, and authors from Ohio or who write about Ohio will be on hand to discuss their writings. Some of the authors will perform poetry readings, short book readings, and story telling during the event. Titles will be available for purchase and signing. Cash, check, or credit card should be accepted by most of the authors. Library vendors will be on hand to discuss and demonstrate recent products and services.

Visit the Conference Web Site!

For more information about the conference and a complete schedule for the 1.5 day conference, visit the conference web site at http://www.alaoweb.org/conferences/conf2007/.

Attention ALA 2006 Attendees: Important Info from the City of New Orleans

June 21, 2006

Issued Tuesday, June 20, 2006 by the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc.

The historic areas and tourism core of New Orleans have enjoyed the reputation for being a safe place to be for residents and visitors alike, and more so in the months following Hurricane Katrina. During this time, the city has seen a major reduction in crime. Visitors have enjoyed a high degree of safety and security while touring America’s most walkable city.

New Orleans is not unlike other major American cities. Drugs and criminal activity plague certain sections of New Orleans, as is the case with other places. The truth is New Orleans is under a microscope in the national and international media. Consequently, when such events as the recent murder of five youths occur, in addition to an escalation in violent criminal activity in parts of the city, the reports are magnified.

Many are confused about the recent news of the Louisiana National Guard’s deployment to New Orleans. They are being brought in to the city to provide assistance to the New Orleans Police Department in desolated areas of the city badly damaged by the hurricane, and where the majority of construction and restoration is now taking place. This request was made by the C. Ray Nagin, Mayor of New Orleans and Police Superintendent Warren Riley weeks ago and was granted by Governor Kathleen Blanco.

This will allow more police officers to patrol the tourism and historic core of the city, enhancing the already very good safety record these areas enjoy. Residents and visitors alike can continue to feel confident in strolling the sidewalks of the French Quarter, Warehouse District, CBD, Garden District and Audubon Park area, enjoying all New Orleans has to offer.

Contrary to reports in the national news, the recent reprehensible murders of five youths in the city occurred at 4:00 a.m. in the sparsely populated Central City neighborhood miles away from the Central Business District, French Quarter, Convention Center and Warehouse Arts District. Unfortunately Central City has historically been the location for criminal behavior prior to Hurricane Katrina, and remains a “hot spot” for unlawful behavior. The murders have no bearing on any crime or safety issues in the areas of the city frequented by tourists.

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Police investigating the situation are following strong leads that indicate vengeance was a clear motive, stemming from an incident that occurred in early May in neighboring Jefferson Parish.

The important point at this time is that city officials, including the Mayor, City Council and police department have taken swift action to address the additional increased patrols in the outlying, desolate areas of the city devastated by Hurricane Katrina. In fact, action was taken weeks prior to this past weekend’s events, but was not reported in the news, when Superintendent Warren Riley requested from the State the added support of the Louisiana National Guard.

The plan calls for 100 National Guard to immediately supplement the NOPD, boosted by an additional 200 in the near future. In addition, 60 state police will be assigned to the city of New Orleans. Other actions are being considered, including a juvenile curfew and improved coordination of various arms of the criminal justice system.

The safety of the residents of New Orleans and visitors to the city is paramount. While the city and the police department work very hard to insure the safety of all its residents and visitors, it is also recommended that individuals be mindful of their own behavior and surroundings at all times.

Recommendations for visitors:

• Enjoy all that New Orleans has to offer, including our delicious food, incomparable music and authentic culture.

• Part of the charm of New Orleans is that it is a very walkable city, with many hotels, restaurants and the Convention Center all within walking distance from each other and the popular French Quarter. As is the case with any other big city, visitors should be mindful of their surroundings at all times.

• Refrain from venturing into areas of the city that are sparsely populated, particularly after dark.

• For those who wish to take a shuttle bus from a hotel to the Convention Center, in most cases transportation has been arranged. Meeting attendees can confirm these arrangements with the hotel concierge or association meeting planners.

• Rely on hotel concierge and front desk associates, restaurant managers and the NOMCVB (566-5011) for any questions you may have.