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Insider Article [June 2013] [06/04/13] (Pre-Conferences)
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CLA is proud to offer a number of pre-conference workshops covering topics including RDA training, working with city and council officials, summer reading programs, tutor training, and literacy.  

Pre-conference workshops will be offered on Sunday, November 3.  Stay tuned!  Conference registration will open up this June and workshop space is limited.  

Basic Cataloging with RDA

RDA, the new cataloging standard, was implemented by the Library of Congress on March 31, 2013, and California librarians are now challenged to implement and integrate RDA into their local catalogs. This workshop will offer a basic introduction to cataloging with RDA, will focus on print monographs, and will cover both description and access. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises which will include use of tools and documentation in support of cataloging with RDA. 

Attendees will access the latest national documentation on policies, decisions, best practices, and training materials related to RDA. Through guided participatory exercises they will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed for the effective implementation and integration of RDA into the fabric of their libraries.

Chamya Kincy, UCLA; Luiz Mendes, CSU Northridge

Chamya Kincy is the Life & Social Sciences Cataloger, Cataloging & Metadata Center, UCLA. She has served as the Medical Library Association's liaison to the ALCTS CaMMS Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access. She has also served on the ALCTS CaMMS RDA Implementation Task Force and currently serves on the ALCTS CaMMS RDA Conference Forums and Programs Task Force. 

Luiz Mendes is the Electronic Resources Librarian at CSU Northridge and past President of Southern California Technical Processes Group (SCTPG). He also serves as a member of the ALCTS CaMMS RDA Implementation and Training Task Force and is a national trainer for the Library of Congress Cataloging for the 21st Century metadata courses. Luiz is an adjunct faculty member in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, teaching graduate courses on descriptive and subject cataloging.

Sponsored by the Technical Services Interest Group. Co-sponsored by the Chinese American Librarians Interest Group

Sunday, November 3
$90 non-members: $65 members; $50 student members

It’s All About THEM! Getting Your Library’s Role in the Community Right

Whether you’re working on a community-wide initiative, proposing an annual budget, or just want to make sure you have a seat at the table, it helps to know what makes city and county officials tick. By recognizing the value of establishing relationships with your local officials, developing the skills needed to participate effectively in those relationships, and understanding how to build professional trust, you’ll be better positioned to talk to power and help build sustainable communities that improve lives.

Craig Gerhart, Gerhart Enterprises, Inc.

Craig Gerhart is President of Gerhart Enterprises, Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in organizational development and analysis, leadership development, strategic planning, and executive coaching. His work with the International City Management Association (ICMA) includes participation in the Edge Coalition, a Gates Foundation funded initiative developing benchmarks and assessments of library technology access and community connection.

Prior to the formation of Gerhart Enterprises in July 2009, Gerhart capped a 32-year local government career by serving as County Executive of Prince William County, Virginia, for nearly ten years. During his tenure, Prince William achieved a AAA bond rating, attained citizen satisfaction ratings for County services of 90%, and developed an organization in which 94% of employees were proud to work for the County. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his service including the outstanding regional leadership award from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

Sponsored by Infopeople

Sunday, November 3
$60 non-members; $45 members; $30 student members

Paws to Read: California Summer Reading Program

Please join us for CLA’s annual summer reading training workshop. We will showcase creative programming, decorating, and outreach ideas for pre-school, children’s, tween, teen, and adult summer reading programs—all inspired by the 2014 animal theme, Paws to Read. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in small-group discussions and hands-on craft stations, win Paws to Read incentives, and brainstorm ideas for the 2016 summer reading slogan. You will also be invited to display your best summer reading logs, flyers, posters and other materials, and browse samples from around the state, in our new Show-and-Tell area.

Natalie Cole, California Library Association; Jill Donovan, iREAD; Lori Easterwood, Sacramento Public Library; Jill Harris, San Rafael Public Library; Anna Hartman, San Diego County Library; Nicole Powell, Sacramento Public Library; Courtney Saldana, Ontario City Library; Susie Serrano, Butte County Library; Celeste Steward, Alameda County Library; Sarah Vantrease, Butte County Library; Laurie Willhalm, Oakland Public Library

The summer reading training workshop is sponsored in part by ScholarShare.

Sunday, November 3
Free of charge but registration is required

Clamoring for Service Excellence! California Library Literacy Programs: Let’s Make Some Noise!

This lively pre-conference will focus on two key topics:

Raising the Roof for Tutor Training: An interactive panel discussion of the pros and cons of various approaches to tutor training including traditional face-to-face training; “Just in Time” training; on-line training; and combined delivery. Experts in the various delivery methods will highlight their successful (and not-so-successful) experiences as well as sharing tips for orchestrating positive changes into your program.

Moderated by Carla Lehn, CLLS

Let the Rumpus Begin! Building a Better Collection: A dynamic discussion by librarians, literacy professionals and book sellers about how to build a strong literacy collection. Included will be tips on weeding, how to buy appropriate materials and how best to shelve in order to make your collection as useable, meaningful and friendly as it can be.

Moderated by Amy Crepeau, Huntington Beach Public Library

As a library programs consultant for the California State Library, Carla Lehn assists libraries with volunteer, board, and community development issues, and also serves as the staff person for California Library Literacy Services. In addition, she leads a statewide library volunteerism initiative: Get Involved: Powered by Your Library. Driven by research on how baby boomers’ interests are changing the face of volunteerism, the project’s dual purpose is to recruit high impact volunteers to share their skills to engage them as strong library supporters. Carla’s well-versed passion regarding the vital role of quality training for volunteers is sure to stimulate rich insights.

Amy Crepeau has coordinated the Family Literacy Program at Oak View Branch Library since 1997 and is now just over the halfway mark earning her MLIS through San José State University. Amy loves looking at and hearing the varied materials available for adult literacy and ESL students, and finding the right material to meet the needs of learners is an ongoing quest. As she has fallen victim to purchasing the “miracle” teaching resource that turns out not to be so miraculous, Amy promises to be a moderator fully engaged in the topic.

Sunday, November 3
$60 non-members; $45 CLA members; $30 student members

Sponsored by the Literacy Interest Group and the Southern California Library Literacy Network (SCLLN), one of eight regional library literacy networks comprising California Library Literacy Services, a program of the California State Library.