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>>> ASLIB Open Training courses for the rest of 2014 now available

The remainder of 2014 open training courses are now live on the website. The Training Directory has also been updated.  

Go to http://www.aslib.com/training/calendar.htm  for scheduled dates.

There are new courses introduced for 2014:
  • 'Learning to Manage'
  • 'Knowledge Harvesting, Transfer and Retention'
  • 'Practical Knowledge Management for Information Professionals'
  • 'Social Media Governance: Achieving Best Practice'
  • and 
  • 'Effective Communication Skills for Library and Information Managers'

  • If there are a few people in your organization who require training, we can bring the trainer to you. Visit 
    On-site training or contact training@aslib.com for more information.

    Alternatively if your budget doesn't stretch to an Onsite or the travel and accommodation of an open course then our One-to-one training could be the answer.  The course is conducted with the trainer by phone, e-mail and video conferencing.  Visit One-to-one training for more information or contact training@aslib.com

    >>> Barack Obama Presidential Library

    Barack Obama Presidential Library - qualification applications all in A statement has been issued about the responses to the request for qualifications to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

    Martin Nesbitt, Chair of The Barack Obama Foundation said: "We appreciate the time, effort, and planning that have gone into the 13 responses we've received to the Foundation's Request for Qualifications. These ideas will ultimately help us build a library that reflects President Obama's priorities and values throughout his life and career, and makes our whole nation proud. We will run a level and fair process to evaluate how well each response captures the vision and goals of the future Obama Presidential Library, and based on what we see, the Foundation will identify a short-list of potential partners to receive a Request for Proposal later this summer."

    The request for qualifications was issued in March. This request was intended primarily to solicit a response from an institution of higher learning, not-for-profit organization, private developer, or municipality that wishes to sponsor, develop, and maintain a multi-unit facility to be known as the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

    The document included a set of guiding principles consistent with the president's legacy and the future aspirations of the Barack Obama Foundation.

    The National Archives was established in 1934 by President Franklin Roosevelt, and the presidential library system formally began in 1939 when he donated his personal and presidential papers to the Federal Government.

    At the same time, Roosevelt pledged part of his estate at Hyde Park to the United States, and friends of the President formed a non-profit corporation to raise funds for the construction of the library and museum building.

    In 1950, Harry S. Truman decided that he too would build a library to house his presidential papers and helped to galvanize congressional action. In 1955, Congress passed the Presidential Libraries Act, establishing a system of privately erected and federally maintained libraries.

    The Act encouraged other presidents to donate their historical materials to the government and ensured the preservation of presidential papers and their availability to the American people. Under this and subsequent acts, more libraries have been established.

    In each case, funds from private and non-federal public sources provided the funds to build the library. Once completed, the private organization turned over the libraries to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to operate and maintain.

    Until 1978, presidents, scholars, and legal professionals held the view dating back to George Washington that the records created by the president or his staff while in office remained the personal property of the president and were his to take with him when he left office. The first presidential libraries were built on this concept.

    NARA successfully persuaded presidents to donate their historical materials to the government for housing in a presidential library managed by NARA.

    The Presidential Records Act of 1978 established that the presidential records that document the constitutional, statutory, and ceremonial duties of the president are the property of the United States Government. After the President leaves office, the archivist of the United States assumes custody of the records. The Act allowed for the continuation of presidential libraries as the repository for presidential records.

    The Presidential Libraries Act of 1986 also made significant changes to Presidential Libraries, requiring private endowments linked to the size of the facility. NARA uses these endowments to offset a portion of the maintenance costs of the library.

    To read the criteria in the Foundation's Request for Qualifications and see the site selection timeline, go to: http://www.obamapresidentialfoundation.org/pdf/rfq.pdf For up-to-date information about the Foundation and President Obama's future library, visit http://obamapresidentialfoundation.org, or follow @44Foundation on Twitter.

    • Story compiled with files from the Obama Foundation


    >>> ASLIB Open Training courses now also in Manchester, UK

    After the Christmas and New Year break, ASLIB Open Training courses are due to kick off again on 25th February 2014 and the programme now includes two new courses. 'Learning to Manage' and 'Effective Communication Skills for Library and Information Managers' will be held in May and June of this year in London. Visit www.aslib.com/training/index.htm for more information.

    In an effort to help you make the most of your budget, ASLIB Open Training courses will also now take place in Manchester and London. In 2014, the following courses will be available in Manchester, UK:

    Copyright Essentials
    Copyright Masterclass
    Copyright: Latest Legislative Developments
    Digital Copyright
    Introduction to Social Media

    If London or Manchester are too far for you to travel, we offer on-site courses for your organization or one-to-one for individuals. Visit www.aslib.com/training/index.htm for more information.


    >>> AKISS 2013 - Programme and speakers

    ASLIB has been a leading provider of information skills training for 70 years and the AKISS programme is built upon providing many different opportunities for delegates to directly enhance their professional skills.

    To register for the conference, visit our website while places are still available: http://www.aslib.com/conferences/akiss/register.htm

    AKISS will give delegates the opportunity to return to the workplace with improved skills and understanding in the following areas: 
    • Use of digital technologies in a library, information, knowledge or records management, or archiving;
    • Use of social media in libraries and information knowledge or records management, or archiving;
    • Practical examples of use of Big Data;
    • Securing senior management buy-in for libraries and information knowledge or records management, or archiving;
    • Copyright exploitation or compliance with regulatory framework;
    • Managing change.

    To exhibit at, or sponsor the event, go to: http://www.akiss.co.uk or contact: hevans@emeraldinsight.com

    >>> AKISS Earlybird deadline extended until 31st October

    Booking your delegate pass to AKISS can be done online at the AKISS website http://bit.ly/15pnRcX. Alternatively if you have have queries about booking your delegate pass you contact the team at support@aslib.com

    The AKISS programme has been developed to include a combination of case studies and active learning through discussions and workshops to deliver new knowledge and skills directly applicable to practitioners and researchers. 

    Themes of the programme include managing change, Big Data, winning support: ensuring that key decision makers are on your side, digital information and copyright. To see the full programme visit: http://bit.ly/1b2dm3I

    What's included in the fee?
    Access to all conference sessions
    Lunch and refreshments on both days
    Networking gala dinner at London's iconic landmark, Senate House on 5 December
    To exhibit at, or sponsor the event, go to: www.akiss.co.uk or contact: hevans@emeraldinsight.com