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Workforce Transformation: Communities of Practice as Tools for Organizational Change and Self-directed Professional Development

Last year, ARL’s New Role for New Times report, Transforming Liaison Roles in Research Libraries (PDF), by Janice M. Jaguszewski and Karen Williams, identified six trends in the organization and practices of leading research libraries and the changing work of liaison librarians. One of those trends is the effort by research libraries to “create and sustain a flexible workforce.” Building a flexible workforce includes a variety of methods to “transform” a library’s workforce, including hiring new staff with new expertise, as well as committing to develop a more agile “legacy workforce.” (p. 14)

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Communities of Practice as Tools for Change

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the fourth entry in its monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Kelly Broughton, assistant dean for research and education services at Ohio University Libraries, contributed the September essay, “Communities of Practice as Tools for Organizational Change and Self-directed Professional Development.”

 
 

Career Enhancement Program Call for Applications—Deadline Nov. 3

student-with-laptop-and-notebookimage © CollegeDegrees360ARL is now accepting applications for the Career Enhancement Program. Master of library and information science (MLIS) students from racial and ethnic minority groups, who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 credit hours (or will complete 12 hours by the scheduled internship) in an American Library Association (ALA)–accredited program, are encouraged to apply for this enriching experience.

The ARL Career Enhancement Program, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and ARL member libraries, provides each fellow a rewarding compensation package with a potential value in excess of $10,000 per person.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Fellows Selected for 2014–2016

19th-cent-stamped-envelopeimage © Clemson University LibraryThe selection committee for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program has chosen five master of library and information science (MLIS) students specializing in archival studies to participate in the 2014–2016 cohort. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), this program strives to promote much-needed diversification of the archives and special collections professional workforce.

 
 

Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs—Issue 11 Focuses on Professional Trends

synergy-11-coverSynergy, no. 11 (PDF) The 2014 issue of Synergy: News from ARL Diversity Programs features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. The newsletter provides an opportunity for ARL diversity programs participants to share information about key issues and emerging trends in the workplace.

 
 

Synergy Issue 11, September 2014

This issue of Synergy features three brief articles on a range of topics around trends in the library and archival profession. Camille Salas reflects on a service-learning project that was implemented as a product of formal library and information science coursework on universal design, and the nexus with the “makerspace” movement in libraries. Harrison Inefuku provides an update about the ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program, a collaborative diversity recruitment program entering its second year. The final article features three ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII) fellows—Joy Doan, Rahni Kennedy, and Patrick Sifuentes—in a virtual fireside chat as they reflect on their experiences from the past year of their fellowships and the DII program.

pdfsynergy-issue-11.pdf

 
 

Minority Representation in the 2012–2013 ARL Annual Salary Survey: Taking a Closer Look

lac2014-morris-kyrillidou-posterView/download PDF of posterA poster (PDF) analyzing trends in minority professional staff in US ARL university libraries through 2012–2013 was presented at the recent Library Assessment Conference by ARL’s Shaneka Morris and Martha Kyrillidou.

 
 

ARL/SAA Mosaic Program Hosts Inaugural Leadership Forum at SAA Annual Meeting

mosaic-fellows-with-david-ferrieroARL/SAA Mosaic Program fellows with David Ferriero, photo by Sarah McGheeThe 2013–2015 ARL/Society of American Archivists (SAA) Mosaic Program fellows participated in the first Mosaic Leadership Forum on August 12, 2014, during the SAA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The daylong forum focused on such topics as leadership in the archives profession and increasing diversity within the field. The event also included a practical session on job interview techniques and strategies for transitioning into the professional archives workforce. The importance of building a supportive career network and community by utilizing the opportunities available in SAA was a common theme developed throughout the day. A highlight of the forum was a special appearance by David Ferriero, the Archivist of the United States.

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellows Selected for 2014

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © GA Tech Hotel and Conference CenterThe selection committee for the ARL/Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups has chosen five recipients for this award for 2014. Each fellow will receive complimentary registration for the DLF Forum, equivalent to $475, and financial support for travel, board, and lodging expenses up to a total of $1,250. The forum will be held October 27–29 at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center in Atlanta.

 
 

Workforce Transformation: Possible Library Futures

I have held a series of administrative positions at Oklahoma State University (OSU) since 1978 and have been dean of libraries since 2004. During that time we have experienced a number of changes and in 2012 the OSU Library looked to be thriving. We had adopted technology to enhance collections and improve services. We had been a development partner with Summon and were in a similar role with Intota. We consistently received positive survey results and comments for our services and collections. Our building was heavily used by students. For most of my staff and many of my librarians, the library looked healthy and robust. We were clearly not stagnant, but I had a strong sense that many librarians had not yet acknowledged how precarious our future was in research libraries. Staff members who did not have opportunities to attend professional meetings or the time to read the professional literature were unaware of the danger we were in. They did not fully comprehend how the transformations in technology, scholarly communication, and higher education would change their work, nor did they recognize how the competitive challenges from Google and others could make our traditional services irrelevant.

 
 
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