Our ALA Emerging Leaders Team

Our ALA Emerging Leaders Team
Team with Immediate Past ALA President Leslie Burger

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

ALA MidWinter Meeting in Chilly Philly

The National Library Camp - Emerging Leaders team met with our mentor and ALA President, Loriene Roy and Sharon Saulmon, creator of the Information Matrix Camp during the Saturday (Jan. 12) of the ALA MidWinter 08 Conference. Below is the re-cap from Loriene Roy's email....
Thank you, everyone, for your contributions to the discussion of a
National Library Camp at the recent ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.
Most of you were able to attend our one hour discussion. Special thanks to
Sharon Saulmon for sharing information about the IMLS funded Information
Matrix camp in Oklahoma.

Let me see if I can recap what we have decided to do next.
We would like to schedule a meeting of a larger group discussion at the
2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. The agenda for this meeting would
A. Presentation by Sharon Saulmon on the Information Matrix camp,
including background on the camp, sample curriculum, and lessons learned.
B. Work session with attendees completing a plan for a
locally developed library camp including a funding plan and an outline of
sample curriculum

What do we need to do next?
1. How long should this meeting be? (I suggest that we schedule 2 hours.)
2. When should the meeting take place? (We might want to poll some
possibly interested parties, especially ALA's youth divisions.)

Sharon: I'll work on a first draft of the worksheets for the event. Could
you please send me a text file of your Information Matrix camp curriculum
sheet? I'll convert this into a generic file. Also, please remind me of
the total amount of IMLS funding you received. I'll also use this as a
base figure on a budget planning sheet that we can use at the meeting.

Cheers and thanks,

Loriene Roy
For the meeting in during the 2008 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA, the Emerging Leader team will do a brief 10 minute intro covering our initial study for a National Library Camp (similar to Jolie's presentation in Chicago). We'll also look into inviting other interested parties that were involved in our study.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Chicago Presentation

Hi all!
Sorry to be delinquent in posting the presentation info. I've got it streamed through this link (mms://wms.ucc.nau.edu/library/LTS_MEDTRNS/ProjectQ20Oct07.wmv) as I made a movie to incorporate student video of Ray. I apologize as it's a bit fuzzier through the streaming than just running off my thumb drive. My 9-minute outline included an overview of:
  • the Emerging Leaders Project Q
  • introduction of team members
  • the two meetings at Mid-Winter and Annual
  • group work from distance
  • highlights from the final presentation and study info
  • emphasized collaboration with both existing programs and ALA contacts (individuals who've expressed interest so far)
  • mentioned the Information Matrix Camp in OK
  • incorporating technology for a piece of the camp
  • and Questions?

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Presenting at ALA in Washington DC

It all came together last Friday June 22, 2007 as our team attended the final session of ALA's Emerging Leaders Program for 2007. As we listened, learned and shared our experiences we also thought of our future as Emerging Leaders (EL) in our profession. We addressed - How difficult was our communicating with each other (meeting virtually)... How did we work as teams... What relations did we have with our mentors and ALA staffers....

Lots of lessons and yet great fun and feelings of accomplishment in such a short time (January - June).

That afternoon we all put up our and poster displays and WE put on our own CUSTOM - National Library Camp T-Shirts (logo design by Jolie). Our Project Q - BEAUTIFUL & COLORFUL display included a video interview with a high school senior on the subject of "What would you expect from a National Library Camp?".

You can see part of it here on YOU TUBE- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWg_Xon62ug

We had handouts of our feasibility study research and talked to all who came by. We had a chance to look over each others projects and ask questions. Saturday night Leslie Burger hosted an EL Reception at her hotel Presidential Suite & balcony.

See My EL Photos Link-

We even had T-Shirts for our mentor and incoming ALA President Loriene Roy and EL Program creator and immediate past ALA President, Leslie Burger.. see photos.

Dear Team members - Please post your own thoughts of our Project Q experience...
I look forward to working with you as Emerged Leaders in the future......

God Bless
Florante Peter Ibanez - Loyola Law School - Rains Library

Thursday, May 10, 2007

DRAFT - starting to write

National Library Camp Feasibility Study

  • Introduction
  • Description of project - various camp scenarios - comparisons of several similar career camps
  • Demand analysis - complete industry analysis, market potential and projections (general statistical data on camps and camp attendance, age levels, day vs. boarding, etc. and we can correlate the camp data with general census data for projection amounts)
  • Technical/organizational analysis - this part includes the place issues, staff information, and time/schedule
  • Financial - comparisons with other camps, locations of possible funding sources, tuition and basic camp costs go here
  • Conclusion and recommendation
  • Appendix - includes timeline of important dates, list of references, etc.


There is a pressing need to fill the ranks of America’s Librarians and other Information Professionals (i.e. archivists, museum curators, etc.). As has been discussed at many meetings, diversity of the profession is a major goal as is attracting the youth of America. The concept of a National Library Camp is a welcome project who’s time has finally come. As we embark into the social networking and information sharing of WEB 2.0, young people have become more and more internet, communications, and technology savy. As information professionals we should be on the cutting edge as well as firmly rooted in traditional librarianship.

A National Library Camp geared towards middle school and/or high school aged youth could be a nurturing and mentoring space for the next generation of Information Professionals. It can be a place for students to find the thrill and challenge of research pursuit and the satisfaction of serving others in completing their information seeking tasks and goals. Technology and established library theory can go hand in hand as we exchange ideas of information needs and solutions among professionals and students.

Camp Scenarios

Academic camps can serve as a model as well as provide an existing framework to insert a “Library/ Informational Profession” module. This module could be intergrated into existing sessions of Library Research, or inclusion of information professionals as speakers on Career Panel presentations. Small groups could shadow a librarian for a day/week to observe first hand what the career entails.

Program Proposal – College / University Collaboration
throughout the country have established programs to identify and work with students, usually jr. high - high school students. The main goal of these programs are to get students into college. Many students may be at-risk and coming from economically, environmentally (geographically), and educationally (1st generation college students) populations; or as I like to call them, "the three e's." Programs, such as Upward Bound, Trio Program, and Early Identification Programs are already working with students to help them to think and get into college. In my opinion, the American Library Association should work with these already established programs to incorporate research skills, information literacy/fluency skills, and technology skills that ARE CURRENTLY ABSENT from many of these programs. Many of the existing programs are aware of this absence in their programs of these important learning skills. Therefore, one of my suggestions would be to partner up with one of these already existing programs.

Upward Bound - Approximately 850 federally mandated programs throughout the U.S. in both urban and rural areas. There is a summer program component which would allow the American Library Association to create a library and information component to the already existing program.

Trio Programs - Unlike Upward Bound, Trio Programs are tied to a specific school. Therefore, students accepted into these programs and maintain a certain minimum GPA are guaranteed acceptance into the University. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html

Council for Opportunity and Education - Nonprofit organization, established in 1981, dedicated to furthering the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the United States. Through its numerous membership services, the Council works in conjunction with colleges, universities, and agencies that host TRIO Programs to
specifically help low-income Americans enter college and graduate.

Program Proposal – Public Library System Collaboration

There are standing examples of summer reading programs and local “Library Camp” days and even Library Camp sleep-overs for youth and parents. A possible National Library Camp scenario could be to utilize existing Public Library summer reading programs and integrate information career talks, “librarian shadowing” and information researching assignments for students. A possible high light of the Camp could be a visit to the Annual ALA Conference Exhibit Hall (assuming that the National Library Camp would be hosted by the Public Library system each year where the ALA conference would be held). The students could also be invited to one of the various author/speaker luncheons or breakfast (i.e. Annual Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast). Outreach and recruitment could be the responsibility of the local public library system.

Program Proposal – National Library Camp (California Pilot Project Meeting)

The 2008 ALA Annual Conference will be held in Anaheim, CA (Orange County). There are Library Graduate Schools at UCLA in West Los Angeles and at Cal State Fullerton University, (Orange County) (as a satellite / distance learning center for the San Jose State University Program). A small pilot project utilizing resources from both these institutions (i.e. speakers, mentors, logistics) could be integrated with the Early Outreach Program at the University of California at Irvine campus (UCI). I have had promising discussion with the director of the UCI Program. They work with students throughout the year and bring them to UCI during the summer for programs. However, because of the ALA Conference being held in the beginning of Summer and the UCI programs being held in the late summer (August), perhaps an initial meeting of the UCI program staff with ALA National Library Camp planning personnel would be fruitful for a future collaboration. I have also had discussion with staff from the California State Library and there are possible funding opportunities from them as well. Perhaps the State Library Associations could rotate the hosting of the National Library Camp annually. This could provide a friendly competition among them for innovative and outstanding programming.