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Happy Ho-Ho-Holidays!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Just a quick note that ALA will be closed on December 24 and 25, as well as January 1 for the holidays. We hope you have a great holiday season, too. We look forward to sharing a wonderful 2010 with you.

Gobble, Gobble

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

Don’t forget that ALA will be closed on Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. We’ll see you back in the office and online on Monday, November 30. We’ll probably be a few pounds heavier, but we’ll be back here to help you then.

Have a great holiday (feel free to take the day off in sympathy celebrations if you’re not in the U.S.)!

MentorConnect on the Launchpad

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Update: MentorConnect is now live – go to your Connect profile and give it a try!


We’re excited to announce that next week, we plan to launch a new service within ALA Connect called MentorConnect. Now that we’ve finished phase one for the site (collaborative work space, profiles with networking, and offering the ability to create communities that live outside of ALA’s hierarchy), we’re focusing on implementing two new services aimed at members who want to get involved professionally, but not necessarily at the committee level.

The first of those projects is MentorConnect (“MC”), a service that allows ALA members to create mentoring profiles that highlight their expertise and experience. After they’ve joined MC, any ALA member can search for a mentor using a variety of criteria (gender, type of library, ethnicity, etc.) and request mentorship. Once created, the mentorship is tracked within MC, with a space for providing and archiving feedback. The system will even prompt you every few months to make sure you’re staying in touch.

ALA Connect's MentorConnect service

Here are some screenshots that show some of the features. This first one is an example of a mentee profile. Mentor profiles look pretty much the same.

a mentee's profile in ALA Connect's MentorConnect service

Once you’ve created a profile, you can then search for a mentor.

find a mentor in ALA Connect's MentorConnect service

MC keeps a record of all of your mentors and mentees, including past ones.

my mentors view in ALA Connect's MentorConnect service

At any time, you can view the feedback for a particular mentorship. When you add new feedback, the other person will get an email notice, and she can log in and reply.

a mentorship in ALA Connect's MentorConnect service

The MentorConnect tab will appear on your profile next week, along with a link to it in the left-hand sidebar. If you don’t like something about MC or if you encounter a problem using it, please let us know. If you do like it, let former ALA President Jim Rettig know, because he funded this initiative during his term. Thanks, Jim!  :-)

ALA Holiday: Labor Day

Friday, September 4th, 2009

The ALA offices will be closed Monday, September 7, 2009 in observance of the Labor Day Holiday. Regular hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30 Central Time for Chicago, and 8:30-4:30 Eastern Time for Washington and Choice) will resume on September 8.

Holiday: July 3

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

ALA staff in Chicago, Connecticut (Choice), Pennsylvania (ALTAFF), and DC (Washington Office) will be enjoying a holiday, Independence Day, on Friday, July 3, with all ALA offices closed.  All offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. local time on July 6.

ALA to be closed Memorial Day

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

After a grueling winter, spring finally arrived in Chicago this week! And it arrived just in time for the psychological starting point of summer: Memorial Day.

We and our colleagues in the ALA offices in Connecticut (Choice), Pennsylvania (ALTAFF), and DC (Washington Office) will be enjoying a holiday, Memorial Day on May 25, with all ALA offices closed.  All offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. local time on May 26.

ALA Holiday: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

The ALA offices will be closed Monday, January 19, 2009 in observance of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.. Regular hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30 Central Time for Chicago, and 8:30-4:30 Eastern Time for Washington and Choice) will resume on January 20.

Dwight D. Jones, Colorado commissioner of education, will be the featured speaker at the 2009 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at the American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting. Held at the Colorado Convention Center, room 201-207, the event takes place on Monday, Jan. 26, 2009, beginning at 6:30 a.m. and ending promptly at 7:30 a.m. Admission is free to paid ALA Midwinter Meeting registrants.

Holidays, holidays!

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

All offices of the American Library Association will be closed Wednesday, December 24, and Thursday, December 25, for the Christmas holiday. All offices will also be closed Thursday, January 1, 2009, for New Year’s Day.

In addition, the Chicago office will be closed Friday, December 26, and Friday, January 2, in a cost-saving measure. The extra closing days will save approximately $15,000 in energy costs.

Regular hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30 Central Time for Chicago, and 8:30-4:30 Eastern Time for Washington Office and Choice) will be in effect December 29-31, and will resume January 5, 2009.

Take a day to give thanks

Friday, November 21st, 2008

All offices of the American Library Association will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28, for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Regular hours (M-F, 8:30-4:30 Central Time for Chicago, and 8:30-4:30 Eastern Time for Washington Office and Choice) will resume on December 1.

ALA Offices to Close Early November 4

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The City of Chicago has made numerous adjustments to traffic patterns and public transit schedules to accommodate the anticipated 1 million attendees at the Grant Park rally planned by Democratic candidate Barack Obama. Although the official start of the rally is 8:30 p.m., many downtown offices are closing at 3 p.m. to allow employees to avoid (or join) the crowds. The ALA Chicago office will close at 3 p.m. Tuesday, November 4, reopening at the usual time of 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday.