2008 Ontario Library Association's Super Conference: Volunteer Opportunity


With 2007 quickly coming to a close, it is time to think ahead to the Ontario Library Association’s (OLA) Super Conference.  The 2008 Super Conference will be held from Wednesday January 30 to Saturday February 2 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

For signing up as a volunteer, your conference registration is free for the day you volunteer.  Volunteering at the Conference also allows you the excellent opportunity to meet future employers, visit the exhibits and attend workshops.

Some of the duties you will be performing as a volunteer at the Super Conference will be: helping out at the registration desk; distributing the Daily News; giving directional help; handing out and tallying evaluation forms; changing signage; looking after the speaker’s room; etc. These duties are rotated among all the volunteers when possible.

If you are interested in volunteering your time at the Super Conference for 2008, or if you have any questions, please fill out the survey here http://tinyurl.com/3c6axa.

Thank you for your time,

Lisa Radha Weaver, Volunteer Coordinator Toronto District School Board

Tamara Monster, Assistant Volunteer Coordinator McMaster University

Volunteer Wanted: Intro to Blogging

Arlisnap is looking for someone or a small group of people to write a brief intro to blogging on wordpress.com for beginners, or to find an existing guide that we could link to.

Right now the Join for Free link is the only instruction we give new bloggers. Our Home page links to the Wikipedia article on blogging, which is more of a historical account than a how-to. The new, brief guide would replace this Wikipedia link.

Please contact Megan for more information. If you already have a link in mind, please add it as a comment below.


Booth Volunteers needed for Resume Review Service at ALA

*Please excuse cross-posting.


The 2007 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. is coming very soon! NMRT Resume Review Service needs you! Please consider volunteering to greet participants.

Consult the current ALA 2007 Annual Conference Volunteer Booth Schedule [http://nmrtrrs.wikispaces.com/Annual2007Schedule] for available time slots.

Sign-up early and reserve your preferred time slots. The location of the booth will be in Hall E of the Convention Center in downtown Washington, D.C.

Once you’ve consulted the schedule and picked a preferred time to greet people, please e-mail Maureen Cropper at maureen.cropper@kctcs.edu.

See the RRS wiki at http://nmrtrrs.wikispaces.com/ for more information and email me at keoghkm@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Kristina Keogh
NMRT Resume Review Committee

Reference Librarian for the Arts
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA

Going to ALA's Annual Conference? We'd Like to Talk to You :)

In preparing for a next-gen OPAC proposal, Megan Macken & myself are looking for resources to tap.

If you’re going to this year’s annual ALA conference in Washington, DC, we’d like you to check out any sessions that would shed some more light on next-gen OPACs & their users. There is one program in particular that would be of interest –

1. Saturday (June 23rd), 1:30-2:30

Transforming Your Library, and Your Library’s Future, with Technology
Track: Transformation & Innovations
Technology can transform your library and its services, as it is transforming the lives of your patrons. From do-it-now technology improvements to next-generation implementations, from software to SOPACs, from in-your-face competition to over-the-horizon transformations, three accomplished experts will instruct, enlighten and challenge you to use technology to make your library more relevant to your patrons — today and tomorrow.
Speakers: Alan Kirk Gray, co-Chair, Darien (CT) Library; John Blyberg, co-Chair, Ann Arbor District Library, MI; Lori Ayre, The Galecia Group; Casey Bisson, Plymouth State University, NY; Roy Tennant, California Digital Library

Also, the Digital Information & Technologies track seems very next-gen oriented.

There are also sessions like “Building the Next Generation Public Library Web Site with Drupal” that do not fall under the afore mentioned track but seem possibly pertinent.

Finally, I’m willing to throw in a little incentive. Last year’s ALA conference was in New Orleans. I attended & shot quite a few pictures. I’ll print, frame, & send you a digital print of the Piazza D’Italia.

Please e-mail Bryan Loar at webmaster [at] arlisnap.org, if you are interested.

Thanks :-)

Session Recorder Needed for ARLIS/NA Conference in Atlanta

Session recorders are needed for the AskARLIS Backpack to Briefcase: Life After Library School and New Voices 2 sessions at the 35th Annual Art Libraries Society of North America conference in Atlanta, GA. The sessions will be held, respectively, on Friday, April 27th from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, April 29th from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

The job requires that the recorder submit a written summary of the session within a certain amount of time (usually 4 days after the conference closes). This is then posted on the conference website. It would be ideal, although not required, if you had a laptop or voice recorder. Here is an example of a session which has been recorded. This is a very low-commitment way to volunteer, is useful as a resume-builder, and would be highly appreciated. Contact saccarte@gmail.com for more details or to volunteer!


You are invited to consider working on one of the Society’s 18
committees. For more complete information about the different
committees please visit

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please
contact Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, ARLIS/NA Vice President/ President
Elect at ultan004@umn.edu / 612-625-6438.