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Staff Development on a Shoestring

The thirteenth annual October Conference for New England academic librarians, sponsored by the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


8:00 - 9:00
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 - 9:15

9:15 - 9:45
"Let Us Cultivate Our Garden:" Collaborating with Faculty at Your Institution

Laura Braunstein
English Language and Literature Librarian
Dartmouth College Library
Joshua Compton
Lecturer in Speech
Institute for Writing and Rhetoric
Dartmouth College

Budget cuts have reduced funding to bring speakers and workshop facilitators to campus. But all institutions already have fine talent available just across the green, the street, or the hall: your faculty. In this half-hour presentation, we will share our experience working together over several months to produce workshops on public speaking for librarians and library staff. We will offer practical guidelines and suggestions for librarians and staff at other institutions who are interested in collaborating with faculty to put together professional development programming.

Training Library Assistants for New Roles

Jane Fama
Associate Director, Library Operations
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Barbara C. Ingrassia
Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives and Workforce Development
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

The Lamar Soutter Library responded to budget cuts, technology advances, and the changing needs of our patrons by creating an innovative staff development program. We will discuss the development of the cross-training program, including the training needed as we eliminated our reference desk and moved to a single service desk staffed only by support staff. All training was developed and conducted by library staff.

Tasty Tech Tools

Bryan Carson
Electronic Services Librarian
Middlebury College
Elin Waagen
Circulation Services Manager
Middlebury College

Tasty Tech Tools was a simple and easy-to-plan pilot program - a "learning snack" to raise awareness of web-based tools in an environment of change and reduced budgets. The program utilized the shared skills and experiences of LIS staff at Middlebury, and was both educational and fun.


11:00 - 11:20
Using Jing to Add Swing to Your Tutorials

Colin Matthew McClung
Circulation Assistant
Dana Medical Library
University of Vermont

Presentation Slides
I have used Jing to make high quality “How To” guides for my student-worker orientations and visual tutorials for the Dana Medical Library web site. Jing is a free, downloadable program that allows screen capturing, annotation, and sharing.

11:20-12:00 Diversity Training Panel

Stretching the Norm

Jamie Dalton
Facilities and Technology Coordinator
Dartmouth College Library

Presentation Slides
A trio of book discussions about An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege culminating in a discussion with the author, Heidi Ardizzone, was one program hosted by the Library Diversity Committee to increase staff awareness of diversity issues. We will discuss this and other Committee-sponsored programs and events.

We're Not in Kansas Anymore

Irene M.H. Herold
Dean, Mason Library
Keene State College

Presentation Slides
Just as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz realized that things were different when she landed in Oz, professional development for diversity is an opportunity to celebrate our differences and appreciate our commonalities. Through the use of campus speakers, film, and discussion, Mason Library staff engaged in conversations on diversity.

High Touch/High Tech: Moving Library Staff Training and Services into the Cloud

Beatrice R. Pulliam
Library Commons Librarian for Technology and Access
Providence College
Heather Williamson
Library Commons Librarian
Providence College

Presentation Slides
This presentation will explore real-life approaches to readying staff and retooling library services to brave the new digital frontiers. We will speak about our experiences leveraging a campus wiki, various cloud applications, and state-supported library technology training to improve internal communication, workflow, and staff development across departments.

Lunch (Provided)

Inspiring Ideas: Dartmouth College Library's Internal Staff Conference

Lora L. Thompson
Director of Management Services
Dartmouth College Library

Presentation Slides
In March 2009 the Library held its first “Inspiring Ideas Conference,” an all-day staff event that showcased library projects and staff expertise. This presentation will describe the program including its planning, implementation, and assessment. The program was very well received, and plans for the second annual conference will be presented.

2:00-2:40 Mentoring Panel

When You Need More Than Ruby Slippers

Irene M. H. Herold
Dean, Mason Library
Keene State College

Presentation Slides
It takes more than tapping your feet together and saying, “There's no place like home” to navigate the workplace. A mentoring experience guides your career directions and provides the support you will need for success at any level. This presentation will cover a range of possibilities, from a state-wide mentoring and job shadowing program, to peer mentoring, to mentoring for specific purposes.

Mentoring Matters

Shin Freedman
Head of Acquisitions and Serials Departments
Framingham State College Library

Presentation Slides
After examining types of academic mentoring and mentoring activities, we will explore ideas and strategies to establish mentoring programs and recruit mentors from within the library, across the campus, and beyond.

Adapting a Learning 2.0 Program

Donna O'Malley
Library Associate Professor
Dana Medical Library
University of Vermont

Presentation Slides
Learn about how we have adapted the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County's experiential learning program for library staff. Learning 2.0 enables staff to use Web 2.0 technologies and become internet contributors as well as consumers.

Develop Yourself!

Bill Garrity
Director of Biomedical Libraries
Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Presentation Slides
What can you do to independently further your own skills development and career advancement? What creative things can you do to "develop yourself" when institutional support is constrained or unavailable? This presentation will offer strategies and practical tips to help you (or staff members you supervise) successfully take ownership of your own professional development.

Last update 11-August-2009
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