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Facilitators Announced for Scholarly Communication Workshop on Strategic Skills for Success

Photo Melanie Hawks and Paul Meyer, ISC facilitatorsPhoto Melanie Hawks and Paul Meyer, ISC facilitatorsAre you already working with library colleagues, faculty, and researchers on your campus for change in scholarly communication? Do you want to develop a deeper impact for your programmatic activities? If this describes your situation, you won’t want to miss the new ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) workshop “Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success” to be held April 9–10, 2013, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 About the workshop

On Tuesday afternoon, April 9, during a highly interactive session, participants will discuss how to strategically position their scholarly communication programs. The session will be facilitated by consultant Paul D. Meyer, who assists library associations and academic libraries with strategy development. He will ensure that participants have the opportunity to share ideas, challenge each other, and determine their own strategic direction. Through small and large group interaction, participants will learn techniques and processes to strengthen, reengineer, and implement strategy.

The following morning, Wednesday, April 10, the University of Utah’s Melanie Hawks will facilitate a session to help participants choose the influencing strategies that are most likely to move their programs forward. During a second highly interactive session, participants will learn how to tailor messages to different audiences and deliver a clear call to action. Participants can expect to leave with a basic framework for communicating with key stakeholders.

About the facilitators

Paul D. Meyer is Principal Consultant, President, and Co-CEO of Tecker International. With more than 25 years of experience in consulting and managing not-for-profit organizations, he brings a wealth of knowledge and innovative thinking to his work. For over 10 years, Paul has consulted with hundreds of organizations—both corporations and not-for-profits—and provided solution-oriented facilitation, training, and consultation in strategic planning, change management, issue resolution, operational analysis, governance restructuring, board/volunteer leadership development, and future visioning. Paul has a master’s in business administration from Marymount University.

Melanie Hawks is the Learning and Development Manager at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library. She has 20 years of experience as a trainer and facilitator. She leads workshops for higher education professionals throughout North America. Melanie has a master’s in professional communication from Westminster College. She has authored the ACRL Active Guides on “Life/Work Balance” and “Influencing without Authority.”

The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. Hundreds of institute alumni form a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach. The institute’s first signature event was an in-person immersive learning experience that prepared participants as local experts within their libraries and provided a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant’s institution. The ISC has supported additional professional development activities and also provides a set of shared resources. It is on the web at http://www.arl.org/focus-areas/scholarly-communication/institute-on-scholarly-communication.

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 125 research libraries in the US and Canada. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at http://www.arl.org/.

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products, and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning, and research environments. ACRL is on the web at http://www.acrl.org/.