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We hope to see you at ALA Annual 2015!

AC15_WereExhibitingWe hope to see you in the exhibit hall at ALA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco later this month.  You can find us in the Exhibit Hall at booth number 2107 in the Moscone Center’s South Hall  near the Post Office and the What’s Cooking @ ALA Stage.

With hundreds of exhibiting organizations and stages featuring the hottest authors, and numerous related fun events, the exhibit floor is an integral part of your learning, professional development, and networking that takes place at the conference.

Exhibit Hall Hours

June 26: Friday Opening Reception on the Exhibit Floor5:30pm – 7:00pm
June 27: Saturday9:00am – 5:00pm
June 28: Sunday9:00am – 4:00pm
June 29: Monday Exhibits Closing Events9:00am – 2:00pm

If you would like to stop by booth #2107 and talk about how we can help your organization grow, just drop Iris a line at iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com.

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Join us at OAH 2015 in St. Louis!

We will be with Accessible Archives at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians in St. Louis, Missouri.

The meeting will be held April 16- 19 at the Renaissance Grand Hotel & America’s Center, and we will be in the Exhibit Hall at Booth 502.


  • Thursday, April 16 — 1:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Friday, April 17 — 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, April 18 — 8:00am – 5:00pm

Event Hightlight: The Civil War at 150

During the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011–2015), the Organization of American Historians is committed to bringing the best current thinking on this complex era to a wide audience through a Web project and in a myriad of other ways. They are sharing resources in this area including current and archival articles from their print publications, sessions at annual conferences, OAH Distinguished Lecturers, and podcast conversations with leading public and academic historians.

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Genny Jon at the ALA 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago

Genny Jon of the University of Western Ontario was one of the two 2013 Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant recipients.

Her essay on Collaboration in Libraries is reproduced here:

Collaboration in Libraries

Iris Hanney, Genny Jon, and Peter Stevens at ALA Annual 2013 in Chicago.

Iris Hanney, Genny Jon, and Peter Stevens at ALA Annual 2013 in Chicago

Collaboration is becoming more and more necessary as libraries need to stretch their resources to meet changing needs. Fortunately, collaboration is easier in the age of increased connectivity, leading to improved library models.

In Ontario, libraries have been collaborating in consortia to deliver services to their patrons. Two main public library consortia exist in Ontario. Public library systems located in central Ontario have formed the Ontario Library Consortium (OLC). The Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) was mandated by the Ontario government to provide library services to the people of Ontario at a sustainable cost. These consortia provide member libraries services such as interlibrary loans, pooled collections, aggregate purchasing agreements, pooled e-resources and e-collections, technical support, and the opportunity to network with other member libraries. The Southern Ontario Library Service also offers AskON virtual reference, training opportunities and consulting services to member libraries.

Outside of these consortia, library systems have collaborated on smaller projects such as regional resource sharing. Academic libraries have also taken advantage of consortia. The Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) is a consortium of Ontario’s 21 university libraries. OCUL delivers services such as Scholars Portal. Scholars Portal is a shared technology infrastructure and set of shared services and electronic collections for member libraries. Scholars Portal services include preservation which comprises a trusted digital repository and an agreement to preserve the last copy among OCUL libraries, interlibrary loan and a virtual chat reference service. Electronic offerings include bibliographic tools such as RefWorks, digital content such as journals, books, statistics and microdata, and geospatial data.

Beyond Scholars Portal, OCUL member libraries collaborate in committees and groups to collect, preserve and ensure access to OCUL’s scholarly collection. Ontario’s publicly funded colleges of Applied Arts and Technology also participate in a library consortium, the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS). OCLS is funded by a grant from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and is mandated to provide three Core Services for the benefit of all 24 Ontario college libraries. OCLS’ Core Services are a union catalogue, negotiation and management of vendor agreements, and research as recommended by the Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources. OCLS’ opt-in Services, operated on a cost-recovery model, include Video-on-Demand, Federated search, Remote authentication service, a centrally hosted ILS, professional services, and AskON Virtual Reference. Some special libraries in Ontario are also members of consortia.

The Ontario Courthouse Library System is centrally managed by LibraryCo Inc. in accordance with the objectives, policies and principles established and approved by the Law Society of Upper Canada, in consultation with the County and District Law Presidents’ Association and the Toronto Lawyers’ Association.

Health libraries are also part of consortia. The Consortium of Ontario Academic Health Libraries (COAHL) is a cooperative effort of Ontario’s medical school libraries which has undertaken initiatives such as consortial licensing for a core collection of online information resources, providing access to Ontario Learning Resources for Nursing, a suite of evidence-based electronic nursing resources, teaching information literacy skills to specific groups in each member library’s communities, and supporting the Ontario Hospital Association’s eHealth Library Initiative, a proposed suite of core, province-wide, e-health information resources provided to all health practitioners and to hospitals located in Ontario. The Northern Ontario Health Libraries Consortium is a smaller grouping of health libraries that have reciprocal agreements in place to provide medical school students with access to book loans and documents.

Read more from Genny Jon and other Winning Essays.

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We Hope to See you at ALA!

ALA Annual 2013 in ChicagoAre you going to be in Chicago next week for ALA Annual?  We will be in the exhibit hall from June 27 to July 2, 2013 at booth 339.

We provide unique solutions to the wide variety of challenges facing both commercial and not-for-profit organizations throughout the information community. From sales and marketing support to administrative and production issues, we offer effective resolutions.

By integrating the diversified talents of our highly skilled group of professionals from all fields into their organizational structures, we provide clients with the flexibility to successfully attain their specific goals in a systematic and efficient manner while optimizing their financial and personnel resources.

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Robert F. Asleson Memorial 2013 ALA Conference Grant Winner is Announced

University of North Carolina Student Attends Winter Meeting

Cape Coral, FL, February 1, 2013 — The board of directors of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant has announced this year’s award recipient. Nicole Lehotsky, a student at the University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science, has received a $1,500.00 grant to help defray the cost of attending ALA’s 2013 Winter Meeting in Seattle, Washington in January.

The Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant was established by friends and colleagues within the information industry to honor the memory of Bob Asleson, late founder and president of The Redalen Group, for his many contributions to the library community. An advisor and guide to countless members of the profession, Bob’s 50-year career spanned both traditional and innovative technologies, from reference materials to CD-ROMs to online databases. He held presidential positions at several leading industry companies and served on numerous organization boards. The grant’s awards subsidize attendance at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting and the Annual Conference for deserving Master of Library Science degree candidates. Winners are selected based on economic need and the quality of an essay based on criteria set by the board.

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Thanks for visiting us at ALA

ALA LogoThanks to all of you who stopped by to visit or who participated in meetings with Unlimited Priorities at the ALA Annual Conference June 21-26, 2012 in Anaheim, CA.

We had a full agenda and thoroughly enjoyed all of the discussions and meetings.

If you would like to follow up on any topic we discussed, please contact us.

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Meet Timothy Thompson

Timothy Thompson, a student in the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University in Bloomington is the winner of the Robert F. Asleson Memorial ALA Conference Grant.

Mr. Thompson received a $1,500.00 grant to help defray the cost of attending the ALA 2012 Annual Conference, Anaheim, California.

Meet Timothy Thompson

Meet Timothy Thompson

Scheduled to graduate in August, 2012, Timothy Thompson currently lives in Bloomington. He recently completed a year abroad on an academic fellowship in Brazil.

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ALA 2012 — Please join us in Anaheim

ALA Anaheim 2012If you are going to be in Anaheim next week for the ALA 2012 Annual Conference stop by and say hello! We’ll be with Accessible Archives in booth 1762 at this event. Be sure to swing by, or contact us to set up a meeting.

Scheduled for June 21-26, 2012 in Anaheim, the Annual Conference is the world’s largest event for the library community. Bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and the leading suppliers to the market, the Annual Conference gives you a once-a-year opportunity to advance your career and improve your library.

Iris L. Hanney, President
Unlimited Priorities
1930 SW 48th Lane
Cape Coral, FL 33914

Phone: 239-549-2384
Email: iris.hanney@unlimitedpriorities.com

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Thanks for visiting us at NGS 2012

Thanks to all of you who stopped by to visit with Unlimited Priorities at the NGS 2012 Family History Conference last week (May 9-12, 2012) in Cincinnati, OH.

We had a great crowd, and thoroughly enjoyed all of the discussions and meetings.

If you would like to follow up on any topic we discussed, please contact us.

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NFAIS Workshop — Digital Information and User Behavior: Transforming Libraries, Content, and Learning

The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) has just announced a one day workshop, Digital Information and User Behavior: Transforming Libraries, Content, and Learning.

The emergence of e-content, search engines and the Web more than twenty years ago has shaped a new generation of information seekers. How they access, read, and use information is fundamentally different from the behavior created by the print medium. This new behavior is transforming library infrastructures and services, is driving the conversion of books and textbooks into innovative tools for education, and is changing how traditional reference information is accessed and delivered.

How has information behavior changed in academia? What new library infrastructures are being tested? Is a totally virtual library on the horizon? Are library collections changing and if so, how should the return on library investment being measured? Is the use of e-books and e-textbooks increasing significantly? How is the use of all this digital material changing the educational experience? And how are traditional reference works being delivered to meet the needs of today’s academic libraries and the users that they serve? This workshop will attempt to answer these questions and more as we take a look at the ongoing impact of digital information usage behavior on those who serve the information seeker.

The one day workshop will be held June 15, 2012 in Philadelphia. Virtual attendance is possible.

The Agenda includes:

  • Digital information and the Evolution of the Library
  • Measuring the ROI of Today’s Libraries
  • Trends in Global e-Book Consumption
  • Digital Reference Tools, e-Textbooks, and the Transformation of Learning
  • Digital Information Usage Trends

Session details and registration information are available from NFAIS as a downloadable PDF: program and registration forms.

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