Connect with MU’s faculty, students & alumni at ALA 2014 Conference, Las Vegas!

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Faculty and students from Library & Information Science, Missouri’s iSchool will participate in the American Library Association’s 2014 Annual Conference from June 26 – July 1 in Las Vegas. Please stop by our booth (#1922) in the exhibits hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Friday, June 27, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM; Saturday, June 28, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM; Sunday, June 29, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Monday, June 30, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Also join us for the 20th Annual Reference Research Forum on Sunday, June 29th, 10:30 – 11:30 am at the convention center, Room N260. The Reference Research Forum continues to be one of the most popular and valuable programs during the ALA Annual Conference, where attendees can learn about notable projects conducted in the broad area of reference services such as user behavior, electronic services, reference effectiveness and assessment, and organizational structure and personnel.

Prospective students are invited to learn about MU’s Information Science & Learning Technologies doctoral program at the Leaders Wanted / LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair, ALA’s seventh annual minority student recruitment event. It will be held on Saturday, June 28, at the Las Vegas Hotel, Paradise South.

Saturday, June 28th

“Guideline Development for Financial Literacy Education in Libraries,” Chris LeBeau, Assistant Teaching Professor, University of Missouri: 8:30 am, Las Vegas Convention Center, N218. Progress report on the development of guidelines and best practices document for providing financial literacy education in libraries. As part of a SPARKS! grant from IMLS, RUSA/BRASS has contracted for the development of guidelines, and a draft best practices document. Completion date: October 31, 2014.

“Leaders Wanted LIS Doctoral Program Options Fair: Cultivating Diversity In LIS Education” 10:30 am – 1:00 pm, Las Vegas Hotel — Paradise South. Heather Lee Moulaison, Assistant Professor, University of Missouri. Representation of diversity in LIS education and research is paramount to achieving our diversity recruitment goals. A panel featuring current doctoral students will be followed by an hour-long Options Fair with representatives from LIS doctoral programs. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore PhD and funding options from schools across the country. All are welcome to join us!

Sunday, June 29th

“Libraries and the Affordable Care Act” — Jenny Bossaller, Assistant Professor and Guinevere Lawson, Student, University of Missouri: 10:30 am, Las Vegas Convention Center, N260.

During a four-month period (November 2013 to February 2014) we talked to 70 librarians across the United States to discuss their involvement with the Affordable Care Act. This exploratory study found few generalities, but we were able to divide the libraries into the following four categories:

  • Inaction. Some libraries do not have information, and have not had any programming in the library.
  • Minimal involvement. Outside organizations or navigators use meeting rooms and supply literature.
  • Working through navigators or with nonprofits. The library works with social services agencies or other navigators to create programs for the public; staff has been trained.
  • Extensive involvement. Librarians have attended navigator training and created programming and informational packets.

Our presentation will explain each these categories and will provide context for the action or inaction, which we believe is a result of the law’s uneven implementation, differing community needs, and attitudes of the community and librarians.