The iSchool Shines at ALA Annual

ALA Logo
Photo courtesy of the American Library Association.

The iSchool had a strong presence at this year’s American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. The conference theme this year was “Transforming Our Libraries, Ourselves.” Transformation is certainly a theme that iSchool students, faculty, and staff can relate to, as we work together to redefine our curriculum with the creation of the new MLS core (effective Fall 2013, more on this in future posts); foster new research opportunities for students and faculty;  offer innovative MLS specializations including the only program focused on services to Diverse Populations; and provide opportunities for our students to experience the information profession on a global scale through our study abroad programs.

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni presented on myriad of topics, showcased the iSchool in the exhibit hall, and even found some time to have a little fun at the Alumni Reception. Here are some highlights:

Maureen Sullivan
ALA President and iSchool Alumna Maureen Sullivan

iSchool Alumna Maureen Sullivan Inaugurated as 2012-2013 ALA President
iSchool alumna (class of 1976) Maureen Sullivan assumed her role as ALA President on the final day of the conference. We look forward to following her accomplishments throughout her term. You can find out more about her plans for the coming year here.




Leaders Wanted: LIS Doctoral Programs Panel Discussion and showcase
Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Dr. Sheri Massey, Jeff DiScala, and Dayo Kosoko attended the event and showcased the diversity of research interests and doctoral opportunities at the iSchool. 

Dr. Mega Subramaniam
Dr. Mega Subramaniam talks about school librarians as innovators.

Creativity and Innovation (Library Research Round Table | LRRT)
Dr. Mega Subramaniam discussed school librarians as co-designers and innovators in cyberlearning. 



Dr. Erik Mitchell
Dr. Erik Mitchell (far right) discusses current research in FRBR.


Current Research on and Use of FRBR in Libraries
Dr. Erik Mitchell and others discussed the future of FRBR in libraries and how new metadata and data standards are impacting its use. Dr. Mitchell also moderated a panel discussion on Trends in Cloud Computing.



Are Virtual Reference Services Worth the Effort? What ROI Analysis and User Evaluations Tell Us
Professor Julie Strange presented on the value of providing virtual reference services and methods of evaluating its effectiveness.

Aimee Babcock-Ellis
iSchool alum, Aimee Babcock-Ellis (right), discusses her Emerging Leaders Project.

ALA Emerging Leaders Poster Session
Two of our distinguished iSchool alumni were selected as 2012 ALA Emerging Leaders, Aimee Babcock-Ellis (class of 2010) and Rocco DeBonis (class of 2011). Aimee worked on the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Team on a project which explored systems and methods that can be used to promote collaboration between people of varied expertise. Rocco worked with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Team and researched the planning and implementation of a mentoring program for the Association. Both presented their team’s projects at the Emerging Leaders Poster Session, which was attended by more than 200 conference attendees.

ALA Poster Sessions
Margeaux Johnson, a class of 2008 iSchool alumna, presented not one, not two, but three(!!!) posters during the Conference, including Collaborating with Strangers: Libraries as a Catalyst for Creativity , Uncommon Reading for the Undead: Librarians Promoting Literacy One Book at a Time, and Blooms & STEMs: Cultivating ethical practice through an online game.

Ways to show your iSchool pride. 

iSchool Alumni Reception
By the Sunday of ALA the iSchool representatives were ready to let their hair down and have a little fun with alumni, current students, faculty, and staff at the iSchool Alumni Reception.

Julie Strange
Professor Julie Strange enjoying herself at the reception, and yes as you can see from the badge it was her birthday!




John Bertot
Dr. John Bertot addresses the reception attendees.

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