January was a busy month in terms of catching up from the holidays and also because several of us attended the ALA Midwinter Meeting in New Orleans from January 9-14, 1998. William Gordon was appointed the next Executive Director of ALA. In addition to the many exhibits and meetings, ALA’s President, Barbara Ford, presided over a variety of international activities including her program on "Extending our Global Reach: Libraries in the Information Society" featuring Robert Wedgeworth, past President of IFLA and University Librarian at the University of Illinois, as well as speakers from Jamaica, the Czech Republic, and India. I was very involved in chairing three international activities and preparing the international program for the 1998 ALA Washington Conference in June. New Orleans, of course, is a colorful and exciting city in which to have a conference and participants were busy exploring city life when not attending meetings.
The University Librarian appointed the following team leaders January 15:
Candidates for the position of Systems Director/ Technology Team Leader were interviewed.
U of L’s Department of Public Safety completed and submitted its security audit report for Ekstrom Library. The University Librarian requested this audit in March 1997, and is now reviewing the findings.
The Strategic Planning Process for Academic Units began. ACT (Administrative Coordinating Team, now consisting of Heads of Libraries and Team Leaders) received and reviewed the Enabling Plans from the Vice Presidents. The Unit Plans, covering 1998-2004, will be finalized by the beginning of March and will incorporate the Libraries 1997-98 Operating Plan. Details are available from members of ACT.
Below is a summary of a conference at which I recently gave a paper.
Information Literacy: The Professional Issue
On December 8 and 9, 1997 the University of South Australia Library in association with the Australian Library and Information Association Information Literacy Task Force sponsored the Third National Australian Conference on Information Literacy at the Canberra Institute of Technology in Canberra, Australia. The conference dealt with information literacy in the professions and featured keynote speakers who addressed information literacy in the context of various types of learning.
This successful conference was most enlightening in an area of information literacy not yet well explored – the professions. It was apparent that the issues facing librarians regarding information literacy are global and should be shared for future success.
A new publication was introduced during the Conference, which Hannelore acquired for the Libraries' collection: Christine Bruce. The Seven Faces of Information Literacy. Adelaide, Australia: Auslib Press, 1997 (Z 711.2 .B78 1997).--Hannelore Rader, University Librarian