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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.

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Possible Library Futures

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 Diversity Scholars Selected for 2014–2016

ARL-leadership-symposium-resume-workshop-2013photo by Jennifer ChampagneMembers of the ARL Committee on Diversity and Leadership have selected 13 master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) as ARL Diversity Scholars.

Underwritten by ARL member libraries, the Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce offers numerous financial benefits to program participants as well as leadership development provided through the annual ARL Leadership Symposium, a formal mentoring program, career placement assistance, and an ARL research library visit. This program reflects the commitment of ARL members to create a diverse research library professional community that will better meet the challenges of changing demographics in higher education and the emphasis on global perspectives in the academy.

 
 

ARL Position Description Bank: Poster Session at IFLA 2014

arl-pd-bank-poster-ifla-2014-croppedARL PD Bank poster
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University 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.

 
 

ARL Leadership and Career Development Program 2013–2014 Celebrates Closing Ceremonies

lcdp-at-ala-las-vegas-june2014LCDP poster session,
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The 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.

 
 

U Toronto Libraries Host ARL Leadership Fellows for Strategic Issues Institute

arl-leadership-fellows-at-u-torontoARL Leadership Fellows,
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The 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.

 
 

Library Assessment Conference 2014 Travel Award Recipients Selected

u-washington-suzzallo-libraryUW 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.

 
 

Alternative Academic Careers: Potential Benefits to PhDs and the Academy

elizabeth-waraksaElizabeth WaraksaIn a post today on the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Re.Thinking blog, Elizabeth Waraksa, ARL strategic thinking and design research fellow and former CLIR postdoctoral fellow, reflects on how working with collaborative, interdisciplinary teams has changed her outlook on academic career options. She discusses her experiences working on three discrete projects: the open access UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, CLIR’s Observations on Scholarly Engagement with Hidden Special Collections and Archives study, and ARL’s strategic thinking and design research work stream.

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014

This report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013-2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries.

This publication is available for purchase in both online and print versions. Download the arl-salary-survey-purchase-options-2014.pdf for complete pricing and purchase options information.

Link to the online ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013-2014 on the ARL Digital Publications website.

 
 

New Workforce Transformation Story: Adding Value beyond Discovery

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee has published the second entry in its new monthly column, Workforce Transformation Stories. Tom Wall, university librarian at Boston College, wrote the July essay, “Adding Value beyond Discovery.”

 
 

Workforce Transformation: Adding Value beyond Discovery

For centuries, library work has been about building collections, and then managing them. More recently, the emphasis shifted to discovery and access, which in turn led to an emphasis on instruction and information literacy initiatives. In some sense, one could create a cogent argument that the combination of services and collections will sustain our work for the foreseeable future. However, it also seems that this same argument will not facilitate innovation or necessarily help us provide the much-needed shift to “value beyond discovery.”

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Deadline Extended to July 17

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowship application deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 17, 2014.

The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF. 

 
 

ARL/MLA Diversity and Inclusion Initiative 2014–2016 Participants Chosen

piano-stringsimage © Kevin DooleyThe Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the selection of four master of library and information science (MLIS) students to participate in the 2014–2016 ARL/Music Library Association (MLA) Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (DII):

 
 

ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014 Reports Data on 13,900 Staff in ARL Libraries

arl-annual-salary-survey-2013-2014-coverARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2013–2014, which analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 125 ARL member libraries during 2013–2014. Data are reported for 10,168 professional staff in the 115 university ARL libraries and for 3,791 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.

 
 

ARL/DLF Forum Fellowships for Underrepresented Groups—Apply by July 14

georgia-tech-hotel-and-conference-centerimage © Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference CenterARL and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) are sponsoring up to four fellowships to promote racial/ethnic diversity at the Digital Library Federation Forum. The fellowships will provide up to $1,250 each, to be applied towards travel, board, and lodging expenses associated with attending a DLF Forum. Additionally, the fellows will each receive a complimentary full registration to the forum ($475). Fellowship recipients will be required to write a blog post about their experience subsequent to the forum; this blog post will be published by DLF.

 
 

Workforce Transformation Stories: ARL Launches Monthly Column

image © Tom SharlotARL’s Transforming Research Libraries (TRL) Steering Committee is pleased to announce a new monthly column on the ARL website devoted to stories of research library workforce transformation.

The column, Workforce Transformation Stories, is the outgrowth of many conversations and ARL activities, including the New Roles for New Times reports, Scenario Planning, the 2012 Human Resources Symposium, and Strategic Thinking and Design.

 
 

Workforce Transformation: It’s about the Work

When University of Maryland professor of sociology Philip Cohen was asked recently to consult with a graduate student on a journal article revision, the student had two challenges to satisfy his reviewers. The first challenge had to do with the complex use of GIS and geocoding; the reviewers wanted to see a particular deployment of GIS in the student’s US Census tract maps. The second challenge involved the use of census data itself. Professor Cohen easily offered advice on the latter and tried to think where the student could find help with GIS. No need, the graduate student assured him. The student had visited the campus library and gotten exactly the consultation he needed to incorporate GIS in his article revision.
 
 

ARL-SAA Digital Archives Specialist Courses at U Minnesota: Early-Bird Deadline Approaching

u-minnesota-andersen-libraryU Minnesota, Andersen Library, photo by Elliott ShoreRegister by Monday, May 26, to receive the early-bird discount on the Digital Archives Specialist (DAS) courses being offered by ARL and the Society of American Archivists (SAA) at the University of Minnesota, June 9–13. You do not need to work at an ARL library to register for the courses at this site—they are open to all librarians and archivists.

 
 

Barbara Dewey Receives Multicultural Leadership Award

barbara-deweyBarbara I. Dewey, image © Penn StateThe Pennsylvania State University’s Council of College Multicultural Leadership (CCML) recently presented Barbara I. Dewey, dean of university libraries and scholarly communications at Penn State, the Award for University Administration at the 2014 Way Pavers Award Luncheon hosted by CCML. The award honors Dewey for supporting diversity initiatives that have positively enhanced student life and the climate throughout the college and local community, while maintaining a high level of character and leadership.

 
 

NCSU Hosts ARL Leadership Fellows for Site Visit

arl-leadership-fellows-at-ncsuARL Leadership Fellows at NCSU, April 2014, image © Pascal Calarco
The 2013–2015 ARL Leadership Fellows were hosted by the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Libraries and vice provost and director of libraries, Susan Nutter, for a four-day site visit, April 22–25, 2014. The program agenda included tours of the D. H. Hill Library as well as the newly constructed James B. Hunt Jr. Library. The tours were complemented by discussions with campus and library leaders about planning and designing campus and library spaces at NCSU. A reception was held with honorary guest James B. Hunt Jr., former governor of North Carolina. The program concluded with a series of elective sessions on various topics, including technology implementations, scholarly communication, digital library initiatives, and library planning, among others.

 
 

Purdue Hosts 10th Annual Site Visit for ARL Diversity Scholars

irdw-diversity-scholars-purdue-visit-2014-cropIRDW Diversity Scholars at Purdue, April 2014
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The Purdue University Libraries and their dean, James Mullins, hosted the 2013–2015 ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce (IRDW) Diversity Scholars for an annual site visit, April 7–8, 2014. The two-day program was organized by a planning committee consisting of Purdue Libraries faculty and administrators and included formal presentations and discussions, networking events, tours of Purdue Libraries facilities, and other events. Highlights of the site visit included sessions on the topic of promotion and tenure in a research library setting (where librarians hold faculty status); emerging roles in a research-intensive context; and metrics and assessment as they relate to collections, electronic resources, and user experiences. This important and unique component of the ARL IRDW also included a poster session featuring research projects of numerous Purdue Libraries faculty, and a reception held at the home of Dean Mullins.

 
 
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