Archive for June, 2013

06.26.13

Schedule for ALA Annual in Chicago — With Room Numbers

Posted in Annual, Conference at 12:36 pm by nmrtsecretary

It’s almost that time!  Dates, times, and locations for all NMRT events are as follows!

 

Fri, June 28 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Conference 101 (NMRT) MCP-S104a

Fri, June 28 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Mentoring Social (MNRT) PALM-Buckingham Room

Sat, June 29 08:30 am 10:00 am Conference Orientation (NMRT) MCP-N228

Sat, June 29 10:30 am 11:30 am Executive Board (NMRT) HRM-Regency Ballroom A

Sun, June 30 08:30 am 10:00 am Building Your Professional Toolkit (NMRT) MCP-S103a

Sun, June 30 10:30 am 11:30 am New Leaders Discussion Group (LLAMA/NMRT) MCP-N140

Sun, June 30 01:00 pm 02:30 pm Association Options Fair (NMRT) MCP-Hall A, Meeting Room D

Sun, June 30 06:30 pm 07:30 pm Student Reception (NMRT) PALM-Wilson Room

Sun, June 30 07:30 pm 08:30 pm Awards Reception (NMRT) PALM-Chicago Room

 

 

MCP = McCormick Place Convention Center

PALM = Palmer House Hilton

MRM = Hyatt Regency Chicago Hotel

06.24.13

ALA Annual 2013: Helpful Info for new members & first timers (and everyone else)

Posted in Annual, Conference at 11:54 am by nmrtsecretary

This is my 14th ALA Conference in a row (counting Midwinter). Here are my tips for getting the most out of the Conference.

Need help during the conference? Call me. 509-592-5480. I’ll do whatever I can to help.

Advice on Scheduling:

  1. Attend NMRT Conference 101 or Conference Orientation. I attend both at every conference, and I learn something every time.
    New Members Round Table Sessions:

Fri, June 28 01:00 pm – 02:30 pm Conference 101 (NMRT)MCP-S104a
Fri, June 28 07:30 pm – 08:30 pm Mentoring Social (NMRT)PALM-Buckingham Room

Sat, June 29 08:30 am – 10:00 am Conference Orientation(NMRT) MCP-N228
Sat, June 29 10:30 am- 11:30 am Executive Board (NMRT) HRM-Regency Ballroom A

Sun, June 30 08:30 am- 10:00 am Building Your Professional Toolkit (NMRT) MCP-S103a
Sun, June 30 10:30 am – 11:30 am New Leaders DiscussionGroup (LLAMA/NMRT) MCP-N140
Sun, June 30 01:00 pm- 02:30 pm Association Options Fair (NMRT) MCP-Hall A, Meeting Room D
Sun, June 30 06:30 pm- 07:30 pm Student Reception (NMRT) PALM-Wilson Room
Sun, June 30 07:30 pm- 08:30 pm Awards Reception (NMRT) PALM-Chicago Room

  1. Feel free to leave a session if it’s not what you wanted. Feel free to walk into a session late. Feel free to ditch your schedule and go to whatever session you feel like.
  2. What happens in the hallways is just as important as what happens in the sessions. Follow the conference where it takes you.
  3. Almost every single meeting is open to everyone (those that aren’t are marked in the scheduler with ” [Closed]”). Shock your way to the top by showing up to a Committee or Board meeting.
  4. To find out about a lot of the options within ALA, attend the Association Options Fair, Sun, June 30 01:00 pm- 02:30 pm, MCP-Hall A, Meeting Room D
  5. Attend an ALA Membership meeting. These are notoriously under-attended,and therefore a great chance for you to interact directly with members of Council to let them know about issues of concern to you:
    Saturday, June 29, 3:00pm – 4:30pm, ALA Council/Executive Board/Membership Information Session, MCP-S100c
  6. Attend an ALA Council meeting. You will learn SO MUCH about the Association and what kinds of things ALA is working on, plus you’ll meet Council members, who are often cool and/or good network connections:
    Sunday, June 30 – 8:30am-11:00am, ALA Council I,MCP-S100c
    Monday, July 1 – 8:30am-11:30am, ALA Council II, MCP-S100c
    Tuesday, July 2 – 7:30am – 9:15am, ALA Council III,MCP-S100c
  7. Do some fun things – like the NMRT Receptions on Sunday night, or one of the #partyhard events. There’s a list of Socials here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Avyr7GmiNIFmdFpCVGVUeUtSYVlPQ2huUmRQRmZGU0E#gid=0
  8. Give yourself breaks. Sleep. Rest. Eat.You’ll be better able to appreciate the conference if you take care of yourself.

Do I have more great advice? You bet! I’ll be the one at the Orientations getting tackled by the bouncers when I try to interrupt with my two cents. Here’s my schedule: http://ala13.ala.org/user/31871.

For a different perspective check out PC Sweeney’s “The big list of things everyone should do at #ala2013,” http://pcsweeney.com/2013/06/18/the-big-list-of-things-everyone-should-do-at-ala2013/

And now some other helpful resources, with thanks to the ALA Ambassadors program and Paul Signorelli.

Physical Locations

  • ALA Office:  Exhibit Hall South Level 3
  • Coat Check:  South Level 1 -Transportation Lobby
  • First Aid:  GrandConcourse Level 2.5 (next to FedEx Business Center)
  • First-Time Attendee Concierge Area: McCormick Place North B1 Lobby
  • Membership Pavilion: Exhibits Hall, Booth #1231
  • Registration Desk Ambassador Info Kiosk: Near Registration Desk, outside Exhibits Hall
  • Shuttle Buses: South Level 1 – Transportation Lobby

Online Resources

I can’t wait to meet y’all. Come say hi to me at one of the NMRT events, or contact me by phone or gmail (lindackcrook). I’ll also be helping out in the First-Time Attendee Concierge Area Fri, June 28 03:00 -05:00 pm and Sat, June 29 01:00 pm- 02:00 pm.

This conference marks the end of my term as NMRT Past President, and the end of my time as a regular NMRT member. After this conference ends I turn into an NMRT alumni member. Thanks for everything, NMRT.

-Linda Crook, NMRT Past-President, 2012/2013

** SEE ME for “NMRT,” “NMRT Board,” “NMRT Alum,” and “JMRT Alum” badge flags!

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06.21.13

LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group to host discussion on Public Speaking Skills for Librarians

Posted in Annual, Conference, Uncategorized at 7:06 am by nmrtsecretary

CHICAGO—Public speaking is a vital skill for all librarians, but outreach and other events don’t always go quite as planned. Everyone should be prepared to improvise and maintain their composure when faced with unexpected challenges. Both novice and experienced librarians and library workers are invited to learn from colleagues and share their own experiences during the LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group on Sunday, June 30, from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. in McCormick Place, N140, during ALA’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

Short presentations by Julia Frankosky, Michigan State University, and David Hurley, New Mexico State Library, will serve as discussion starters.

Julia Frankosky, “Keep Calm and Carry On: maintaining your composure when your presentation goes horribly, horribly wrong.”
This presentation will discuss preparing for the inevitable, unexpected events that occur during a presentation. From technology failures to rude/unruly audience members, this presentation will show how to deal with surprises. Tips and techniques to keep your presentation on track when it seems as though the universe is trying to sabotage you will be provided.

David Hurley, “Winging It: the art of the surprise speaking engagement”
Unplanned speaking engagements – from being asked to give a report at a meeting, to being asked to speak to a class about library research – are all too common. Using personal experience as a framework, I’ll discuss how I handle these situations, including when (and how) to say ‘no’ to unreasonable request, as well as how to give a successful off-the-cuff talk when ‘no’ isn’t the right answer.