Upcoming Presentations in Chicago

I’m spending the weekend preparing for ALA next week. Here are the sessions I am presenting:

Friday, July 10, 2009 8:30am-12pm
Making it Stick: Designing, Delivering, and Surviving Presentations Sold Out
McCormick Place West W-476

Saturday, July 11, 2009
Cultivating a Culture of Learning
Hyatt Regency McCormick Conf. Ctr. 10 a/b

Sunday, July 12, 2009
CLENERT Training Showcase
McCormick Place South S106

If you are at ALA please stop by and say hello. See you in Chicago!

ALA Emerging Leaders Open to MLS and non-MLS

I am so happy to see this announcement from the ALA Web site:

For the first time since its establishment, the Emerging Leaders program will accept non-MLS library workers. Library support staff personnel are encouraged to apply to the program and will have an opportunity to be considered for sponsorship through the ALA Library Support Staff Interests Round Table.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 ALA Emerging Leaders Program. The deadline to apply is July 31, 2009. You can view the complete announcement here: http://www.ala.org/ala/newspresscenter/news/pressreleases2009/june2009/elapplicationsopen_hrdr.cfm

Way to go ALA!

Sleep by PowerPoint?

Here is a different take on “Death by PowerPoint.” I’m not sure of the source of this cartoon as someone left it in my mailbox a few years ago, but it serves as a reminder that PowerPoint does not equal presentation.

Do you have tips for using PowerPoint as a tool in presentations? If so please leave a comment below. I’d love to include your thoughts and ideas in the preconference Paul Signorelli and I are doing at ALA on how to give good presentations.

Nap by PowerPoint

Watch out ALA, here I come…

It’s hard to believe that just a year ago, I was ready to boycott ALA. Shortly after writing that post, I received a phone call from Pete Bromberg who encouraged me to be part of the change that needs to happen within ALA. I received the same encouragement from many other people…too many to name, but you know who you are.

And now it is with pleasure that I announce that I have been elected to serve on the board of the CLENE (Continuing Library Education Network Exchange) Round Table of ALA.

Thank you CLENE members for electing me to represent you on the Board. I am excited about the opportunity especially having just completed a PR and Marketing Campaign proposal for CLENE. During the next year I am hoping to widely publicize not only CLENE but the benefits and value of continuing education and lifelong learning. It’s my hope that we can increase the status of our profession so that we are seen as leaders and key decision makers within libraries and to ensure that learning continues to be valued.

PR & Marketing Proposal for CLENERT of ALA

The past five months have been brutal! In addition to the normal challenges of work and family life, I took two very demanding classes this semester. Conflict and Communication was an excellent class that I wish I had taken years ago. I wonder though if I had not had so much experience in this area if I would have gotten as much out of the class. The second class was Public Relations Strategies which is the capstone class for the Public Relations track of my program.

The final project for Public Relations Strategies was to create a comprehensive PR campaign for a business or organization. Earlier this year at ALA Midwinter I realized that CLENERT of ALA would be the perfect organization for me to apply these skills to because it is an organization that I firmly support and believe in and this would provide a real benefit to the organization.

Over the past few months I have conducted extensive research, surveys, and focus groups to find out what people look for in a group or organization that supports trainers in libraries and how CLENERT can not only be that organization but spread the word about the value and importance of quality training and learning opportunities in libraries.

The full text of the PR and Marketing proposal is below. You can read it on the screen or click on the link to download a PDF version.

CLENERT Marketing Proposal

By the way CLENERT stands for Continuing Library Education Network Exchange and Round Table, and is the organization to join if you are involved in training and learning within your library. If you can’t remember the name don’t worry. You are not alone. Read the survey to see some of the hilarious guesses for C.L.E.N.E.R.T.