I will be headed to Las Vegas to represent UNIT 411, Life, Liberty, and all that Librarianship holds true.
Here are some links I found useful in no order because I am tired.
The location http://ala14.ala.org/convention-center
News about the event http://www.americanlibrariesmagazine.org/taxonomy/term/1335/
How to not to get kicked out http://ala14.ala.org/statement-of-appropriate-conduct
Local Info http://ala14.ala.org/local-info
Noobies like me http://ala14.ala.org/resources-for-first-timers
Where to eat vegetarian on an evil PDF because HTML is too expensive http://ala14.ala.org/files/ala14/Vegetarian%20Guide%20to%20the%20Las%20Vegas%20Strip.pdf
ALA 2014 Forum http://ala14.ala.org/forum/
Job Seekers http://ala14.ala.org/job-seekers-employers
Overview in an evil PDF that will slow down your flow http://ala14.ala.org/files/ala14/AC14_Overview_0.pdf
Poster Sessions http://ala14.ala.org/poster-sessions
Accessibility Issues http://ala14.ala.org/accessibility
Do not get into the van, no matter how much candy http://ala14.ala.org/files/ala14/SAFETY%20TIPS.pdf
Some of the things I want to check out and why…
- 3D Printers and Library Policies: While generally associated with public libraries 3D printing is tentatively held as a potential revolution in manufacturing on par with the impact of the Internet. Moving forward, the data structures that comprise the instructions pose new challenges as do the IP laws for objects. Understanding 3D printing in terms of a library is akin to getting an idea where libraries might stand in the next wave of disruptive technology.
- Discovering Open Access Articles: Maximum Access, Maximum Visibility!: Open Access (OA) variations tend to be celebrated in terms of a perceived social good. Still, publishers argue that content without discovery tools and high end data mining create inefficiencies and obscure scholarly communication which outweigh free access.
- Intellectual Freedom in the Surveillance State: There is a general concern that scholarly communication is another channel for surveillance. This is disturbing because it has long been a sanctuary of objectivity, free of the chilling effect of the state. Yet there are real issues of security that require review.
- Libraries in the Publishing Game: New Roles from Content to Access: Aside from OA Journals, institutional repositories, and University Presses, there is a movement by libraries of all kinds to generate their own content, while this is still being tested in terms of blogs and wikis there are more robust efforts like OA textbooks that might be interesting for libraries to look into.
- Power, Privilege, and Positionality: Applying a Critical Lens to LIS Education: LIS education is never-ending and in my experience requires not only re-evaluating skills but doing so in terms of critical reasoning. Literally reconsidering that we take for granted as known. Sadly the social science element of LIS is often forgone.