Editor’s Note: Throughout 2012 we will be featuring a series on VLA Forums and their roles within the organization. We hope that these posts will shine a spotlight on the range of activities open to VLA members, and encourage you to become active in any that pique your interest!
Our first post, on the Technical Services and Technology Forum, is courtesy of the Forum Chair, Lynda Wright.
The VLA Technical Services and Technology Forum is a venue for sharing ideas on topics surrounding traditional library technical services as well as emerging technologies. The forum provides opportunities for librarians or library staff interested in acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, systems, and public services to learn from one another in a rapidly-changing environment. The Technical Services and Technology Forum is open to all VLA members.
The forum sponsors programs at VLA’s annual conference and offers continuing education workshops for VLA members. This year, the forum sponsored programs on ebooks, library policy and mobile apps for libraries, and will be sponsoring the upcoming “Understanding XML” workshop presented by Matthew Gibson. The forum’s workshops and sessions attract speakers representing both public and academic library perspectives. At this year’s VLA conference, Juanita Munro of Chesapeake Public Library won the forum-sponsored QR Code scavenger hunt, receiving a Nook Simple Touch donated by Elsevier!
The Technical Services and Technology Forum depends on its members for program and continuing education ideas. If you have an idea for a program or workshop, or any questions, please contact the Forum Chair, Lynda Wright (lwwright at rmc dot edu).
Joining the Technical Services and Technology Forum is easy; simply check the box next to the forum name on your VLA membership application or renewal. The forum is looking for someone to post announcements and news on the blog space on the VLA site. Please join us today!