Synergy, 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.
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.
ARL/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.
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.
image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the third entry in its monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Sheila Grant Johnson, dean of libraries at Oklahoma State University (OSU), contributed the August essay, “Possible Library Futures.”
ARL PD Bank poster
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and Brian W. KeithUniversity of Florida Libraries’ assistant program director for human resources, Bonnie Smith, will present a poster about the ARL Position Description (PD) Bank at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress in Lyon, France, on August 18 and 19, 2014.
LCDP poster session,
image © Chimene TuckerThe closing ceremonies and poster session for the 2013–2014 cohort of the ARL Leadership and Career Development Program (LCDP) were held in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 28, 2014, during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference. This marks the completion of the eighth iteration of the LCDP since its inception in 1997. The closing ceremonies included formal remarks from ARL president Carol Diedrichs, as well as reflections from 2013–2014 fellow Joel Thornton of the Texas A&M University Libraries. The poster session highlighted research projects conducted by the fellows during their 18-month fellowship. The event was attended by numerous ARL member library directors, LCDP alumni, and special guests.
ARL Leadership Fellows,
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click to enlargeThe University of Toronto Libraries and their chief librarian, Larry Alford, hosted the 2013–2015 cohort of 26 ARL Leadership Fellows for a Strategic Issues Institute on July 13–18, 2014. The Toronto institute included an array of rich programs, presentations, tours, and networking events, as well as opportunities for the fellows to meet numerous University of Toronto administrators and library staff. A recurring theme of the institute was collaboration, including external partnerships with the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL) as well as on-campus collaborations.
UW Suzzallo Library, image © Chris DubéARL and the conference planning committee have awarded five outstanding individuals Library Assessment Conference Travel Awards for 2014. These grants are offered to students and early-career professionals from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who have demonstrated a strong interest in assessment and have the potential to contribute to the profession by deploying and developing innovative assessment and evaluation methods and strategies. The awards cover attendance, travel, and meals at the Library Assessment Conference, which will be held at the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle, August 4–7, 2014.
Elliott ShoreDuring the first three weeks of July, ARL executive director Elliott Shore travelled to Europe, Canada, and across the US to participate in five gatherings that focused on libraries, higher education, leadership, and innovation: the LIBER Conference, the Jisc-CNI Conference, the Breakthrough Models Academy, the ARL Leadership Fellows Institute, and the Aspen Institute’s Roundtable on Institutional Innovation. These events provided Shore with an opportunity to expand on the various initiatives informed by and resulting from ARL’s strategic thinking and design process.