1998 COLT CONFERENCE SCHEDULE
Wednesday, June 24, 1998
|9:00 - 5:00|
COLT Executive Board Meeting (Open meeting - Mandatory for COLT Officers)
Day free to tour Washington
"Welcome to the Conference" Reception
Thursday, June 25, 1998
|9:00 - 10:30|
Keynote Address: Ann K. Symons, President-Elect, American Library Association, "Assuring Rights - Enriching Lives" -- Working in a library today is more challenging than it has ever been. With the proliferation of book challenges, legislation aimed at protecting what people have access to on the Internet, and concerns about "protecting children," all of us who work in libraries are faced with tough questions--and no easy answers. What skills do you need to help safeguard your community's right to unfettered access to information? Are Internet filters for you? Symons will discuss today's intellectual freedom climate.
|10:45 - 12:15|
(A) "Millennial Age or Apocalypse? The Changing Roles of Professional and Paraprofessional Librarians" Scottie Cochrane, Dean for Library and Learning Services; Starr Smith, Head of Academic Services and Systems, Reinsch Library, Marymount University -- Addresses the history and development of American librarianship and typical staffing patterns in libraries. The goal is to understand how we got where we are and the contributions all library workers make to fulfilling our mission. The discussion will continue the ongoing debate within our profession about how we approach the future.
(B) "Behavioral Interviewing" Bryan Rawlings, Human Resource Specialist, American Association of Retired Persons -- Behaviorial interviewing is a process to help improve interviewing skills for potential job candidates. Specifically learn how to prepare for a job interview;indentify your personal values; relating your skills to job requirements;describe your job skills to an interviewer effectively; answer "killer" questions; and follow up after an interview to best advantage.
(C) "Cultural Diversity: Preparing for the 21st Century in the Evolving Workplace" Margaret Barron, Associate Professor, Cuyahoga Community College -- An interactive workshop that focuses upon the sameness of the American culture and the variances in cultures that have integrated the workplace. No longer will the workforce represent mainly Europeans but now include Third World immigrants. This workshop is relaxed and allows the participants to continually raise points that are related to the topic of cultural diversity in the workplace.
12:15 - 1:45
|1:45 - 2:45|
(D)"Helping Management Make the Most of YOUR Internet Reference Training" Deborah Smith-Cohen, Database Manager, American Society of Association Executives -- Some thoughts on the value of broadly focused group training in Internet reference and its applications to the library technician. This session will present some basic ideas and provide opportunities for feedback and group discussion. Be prepared to share your successes and your questions.
(E) Library of Congress presentation:
"LC's New Integrated Library System" Dr. Barbara Tillett, ILS Program Director -- An update on the activities to implement LC's new integrated library system(ILS) and the potential impact of this major change on the library community.
"An Update on the National Digital Library" Elizabeth Brown, Reference Librarian/Computer Specialist in the National Digital Library -- An overview of the National Digital Library Program and the American Memory Collections on the Library of Congress World Wide Web site, presented by its Reference Librarian.
(F) "Cataloging: The Emergence of Paraprofessionals in the New Millennium" Linda Davis, Head of Cataloging, Georgetown Law Library -- This program will address and discuss the role of paraprofessionals in libraries past and present; the future of paraprofessionals in cataloging and their changing roles; the necessity for adequate training of cataloging staff; and the importance of paraprofessional groups and associations.
|3:00 - 4:00|
(G) "Australia 1997 ... and 1999?"Linda Owen, Library Assistant & Cynthia "Kit" Rollerson, Library Assistant, Rivera Library, University of California at Riverside; Annamarie Erickson, Assistant Director, Chicago Library System -- Relates the speakers experiences at the 9th Library Technicians'Conference held in Canberra, ACT, Australia. You will join them in their travels they visit cultural and natural sites in Australia and New Zealand and drop in on a few libraries.
(H) "Two OCLC Initiatives for Cataloging and Resource Sharing" Marda Johnson, Director, OCLC Collections & Technical Services Division -- An update on automated copy cataloging and maintenance programs, OCLC's PromptCat and Bibliographic Record Notification services. In addition, we'll explore the new Resource Sharing models, services that libraries may consider to increase productivity and patron satisfaction.
(I) "A Dialog on Certification : A Panel Discussion" Margaret Barron, Associate Professor, Cuyahoga Community College; Dorothy Morgan, Business Manager, Liverpool Public Library -- A panel will present various views on the steps for certification; the realities of a standardized national examination that would demonstrate the competencies of library personnel and the impact upon the current library environment. A very important question is whether the library profession will recognize the skill standards that would be reflected in the examination instrument. The New York State Library Assistant's Association's Certificate of Achievement Program will be reviewed: a history, impact on support staff, and relationship with the state library department of education and others.
Conference Social - Dandy Restaurant Dinner Cruise Ship Excursion
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Friday, June 26, 1998
8:00 - 9:00
|9:00 - 10:30|
Opening Remarks and COLT General Membership Meeting
|10:45 - 12:15|
(J) "TB: Catch It! -- Team Building in Today's Library" Meralyn Meadows, Administrative Assistant, Stanley County (N.C.) Public Library -- This session will offer "common sense" approaches to solving real library work problems. The focus of the discussion will be on forming a good foundation for working as a library team; learning how to keep negative situations from getting worse; learning different approaches to finding agreeable solutions to problems; learning how to give constructive feedback; and, lastly, focusing on working as a member of a team to correct problems.
(K) "Harmony in the Workplace" Dr. Frank Howe, Chair, Dept of Education, Special Education, & Social Work, Longwood College -- A look at personal communication styles, assertiveness, system problems,stress management and burnout and how these concerns impact on the delivery of services in school and public libraries.
(L) "Special Clients = Special Libraries" Linda Owen, Library Assistant & Cynthia "Kit" Rollerson, Library Assistant, Rivera Library, University of California at Riverside -- Special libraries and collections exist to serve specific needs of their clients. They are as varied as the client's needs. In this session we will look at a sampling of special libraries and their clients, examine the types of services the libraries provide, and learn how they cope with some of the challenges they face.
12:15 - 1:45
|1:45 - 2:45|
(M) "Tools for Developing Your Career" Kitty Boyd, Recruiting Manager, TeleSec Library Services -- Tools for job hunting, networking, education, and building your resume.
(N)"Smithsonian Institution Libraries: Serving the Increase and Diffusion of Knowledge" Martin Kalfatovic, Information Access Coordinator; Suzanne Pilsk, Cataloging Librarian, Smithsonian Institution Libraries -- Beginning with a brief history of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, the speakers will describe the breadth and diversity of SIL's collections. The organizational structure will be reviewed, and traditional library functions such as collections management and cataloging, as they exist in a non-traditional environment, will be explained. Additionally, an overview will be given of Project Access, a range of services provided by the Smithsonian Institution Libraries to its users.
(O) "Getting Over the Fear of Public Speaking: A Toastmaster's View" Ramona Johnson, Technical Advisor, Library of Congress; Yvonne Davis, Legal Information Specialist, Library of Congress
3:00 - 4:00
COLT Regional and Committee Meetings
Conference Banquet and Awards Ceremony - Banquet Speaker: Raymond Roney, Dean, Instructional Services, El Camino College, Torrance, California and Publisher of Library Mosaics, "You Can Make It Happen"
Chesapeake County Buffet / Tickets $40
Saturday June 27, 1998
Library of Congress Tour of the Jefferson Building
American Library Associations Exhibits (Pass - $10)
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