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New Workforce Transformation Story: Changes in Hiring Accelerate and Enhance Culture Change

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ARL has published the latest entry in its Workforce Transformation Stories column. Joyce E.B. Backus, associate director for Library Operations, and Kathel Dunn, program coordinator of the Associate Fellowship Program, at the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), contributed the June essay “Changes in Hiring Accelerate and Enhance Culture Change.”

Backus and Dunn describe the influence on NLM of a large cohort of recent master of library and information science graduates hired through the Obama Administration’s Pathways for Recent Graduates to Federal Careers program. Requirements of the Pathways program for training, mentoring, and career planning mapped to existing NLM strategic goals. Embracing the Pathways hiring process and requirements helped accelerate organizational changes already underway, to the mutual benefit of the new hires and the library.

ARL hopes this column will enable library leaders to point to evidence of trends and general truths, and to support organizational change. Collectively we will build a shared understanding of what it means to work in a research library and what skills and competencies are required.

Potential topics might include:

  • How evolving pressures and priorities in higher education are changing library work
  • The library’s role in promoting new technologies
  • Techniques for the successful onboarding and mentoring of new library staff
  • Unique staffing models through campus collaborations
  • Innovative ways to provide professional development opportunities
  • Effective annual evaluation and promotion review processes
  • Successful reorganizations and the resulting organizational synergies

If you are interested in contributing a story, contact Judy Ruttenberg at judy@arl.org.

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The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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/.

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