Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA: June 18th at 12/Noon

Tune in to “Thursdays with CLA” on Thursday, June 18 at Noon at http://clareimagine.com/!

Join CLA President with special guest California State Librarian Greg Lucas in a no-holds barred conversation on how things are going with our State Librarian.

Robert will be asking Greg what he feels his proudest accomplishments are after one year on the job, some of his unexpected/unforeseen challenges, his vision for libraries in California moving forward, what he *really* thinks about library school, and most important, what song he will be performing at the CLA conference in November (in connection with our Million Reader Challenge.) Plus you will have the opportunity to tweet your questions to Greg @ #CLAReimagine. This one should get interesting…

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And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

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Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA! Special Guest Justin Hoenke on 5/14 at 12/Noon

Is reference dead? Is it something that we still do but now has a new name? Join CLA President Robert Karatsu in a conversation with Justin Hoenke, a co-author of the recent ALA publication Reinventing Reference: How Libraries Delivery Value in the Age of Google as they discuss what reference looks like in today’s public library. Prior to his conversation with Justin, Robert will talk a little about the Reference Service Press Fellowship, a scholarship that thanks to Dr. Gail Schlachter and the Reference Service Press has been awarded annually by CLA since 1993

Go to http://clareimagine.com/ on Thursday, the 14th at 12/Noon.

And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

Enjoy!

Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA: March 12th at 12/Noon

Join CLA President Robert Karatsu in a conversation with the iconic director of the San Diego County Library system Jose Aponte as they discuss “What is Leadership?” Both Jose and Robert have led highly successful organizations (San Diego County Library won Library Journal’s 2012 “Library of the Year” and in 2013, while Robert was the director of the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library, they won the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service) but two more seemingly different people you will not meet. Listen in to hear what they have in common, and how they define that most elusive term “leadership”. And as an added bonus, Robert will also be asking as many library directors as possible who are meeting at the upcoming Public Library Director’s Forum to give a *one* sentence definition of “leadership”. Hear what they all have to say at this “Thursday with CLA”!

Go to http://clareimagine.com/ on Thursday, the 12th at 12/Noon.

And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

Enjoy!

Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA: February 19th at 12/Noon

Join CLA President Robert Karatsu as he first gives an overview of the 2015 CLA “Spring Fling” programs. The “Spring Flings” are continuing education programs sponsored (and produced) by CLA’s different interest groups. This year, the Technical Services, Management, Youth Services, Technology, Collection Development and Student Interest Groups are all going to do at least one program. Find out more when you tune in! Also, Robert will give an update on the Weed Community Library and talk to the people who organized the crowdfunding campaign that successfully reached its financial goal. (Robert is of the opinion that crowdfunding really is the future of public fundraising so if you are not familiar with how it works, or how to set up a campaign, tune in to learn more!).

Go to http://clareimagine.com/ on Thursday, the 19th at 12/Noon.

And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

Enjoy!

Librarians going beyond Google

In a continuing series of engaging panel discussions hosted by American Libraries, AL Live, the episode presented last Thursday offered a rich mix of observations, insights, and big questions about how library staff–most particularly reference staff–out-Google Google’s popular reputation as the resource par excellance. Going Beyond Google  worked through such concerns as utilizing Google web crawling to reveal library contents for user discovery; recognizing reference staff’s shift from fact-finders to evaluation guides; teaching students the difference between the wisdom of crowds and authentic data; and, most especially, the seemingly irreplaceable role human interaction–conversational communication–plays in getting the person with the question to infomation that best responds to addressing it.

The live webcast itself epitomized the very values being named and addressed throughout it. Panelists engaged each other, through Dan Freeman’s fast paced hosting, rather than announcing positions held individually outside the influence of the ongoing conversation. Virtual participants added meaty remarks, with Dan turning to these text chatters frequently enough to keep the preset discussion questions fluid and evolved under the comments added extemporaneously.

Among the takeaways from this model reference engagement process was the citing of an ACRL document authored by Megan Oakleaf,  The Value of Academic Libraries, which provides–and importantly for public and other libraries beyond academic ones–replicable charting methods for displaying how libraries, and librarian-provided services, provide institutional value.

Other takeaways included the restatement of reference (and other library provisions) in a “Google world” as being one of fruitful addition, wayfinding, mentorship, and authoritative balance rather than an unfruitful competition between librarian and search engine. The incomparable worth of communication–between librarian and information seeker–was highlighted as the epitome of library added value to any knowledge search beyond the identification of simple fact. And to that end, the webcast itself was a model of communication among librarians about where and how to get beyond Google.