Session 2

2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Session A | Building the Future: Rejuvenating Librarianship - Presentation Material

Jane Fama, Martha Meacham, Elaine Martin (University of Massachusetts Medical School)

The Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School developed an innovative library fellows program to foster the professional development of recent library school graduates. This presentation will provide a description and evaluation of the project to date, including successes, challenges, suggestions, and lessons learned.

Session B | Look Good When You're Googled: Creating and Optimizing Your Digital Identity - Presentation Material

Amanda Izenstark (University of Rhode Island)

Face it: HR will Google you. Faculty will Google you. Students trying to find your contact information will Google you. Why not make yourself findable and approachable online? This hands-on session will introduce you to current and emerging tools to enhance your online presence, display and share your research and professional interests, and connect with others in the field. To take full advantage of this session, please bring a laptop rather than a tablet, as some sites being demonstrated are not optimized for tablets.

Session C | One Minute Outreach - Presentation Material, Handout

Laura Braunstein, Laura Barrett (Dartmouth College)

Throughout our professional lives, many of us at the library need to have a succinct description of a project or activity that we can present in one minute or less. In this workshop, we will focus on clearly -- and briefly -- communicating to your constituents what you do to support teaching, learning, and research.

Session D | Practice, Polish, Present: A Team Approach to Professional Development - Presentation Material, Handouts

Caro Pinto, Julie Adamo, Sarah Oelker, Mary Stettner, Amber Welch, Alice Whiteside (Mount Holyoke College)

In an effort to write more, publish more, and present more, a group of librarians at Mount Holyoke College’s Library, Information, and Technology Services formed a writing group to workshop projects, problem-solve, share resources, and cheer each other on.  This presentation will provide attendees with a replicable framework for the building and strengthening of community among librarians through collaborative writing and workshopping.  We will discuss different strategies for achieving work/writing balance, defining and redefining writing goals, and increasing individual accountability. We will also share best practices for productive and transparent writing groups that serve to demystify the publication process.

Session E | Using Themes to Design Your Professional Development Strategy - Presentation Material, Handout

Jaime Hammond (Naugatuck Valley Community College)

This fun, hands-on workshop on using themes to develop targeted professional development plans will teach participants how to be intentional about career strategy and skill development.  Using a series of best practices from the Harvard Business Review and other writings on innovation, participants will design a year-long professional development plan centering on a self-identified area of need. By using a theme to focus professional development planning, questions about overcommittment, making decisions and prioritizing become easy. Sample plans will be shared and templates distributed for a hands-on session. Participants will leave with tools and techniques to maximize success.

Session F | To Learn Is to Grow: Liaison Librarianship as Professional Development - Presentation Material

Jen Bonnet (University of Maine)

Whether you are new to librarianship, or you've been assigned a new role within your current position, learning a content area can be both exciting and daunting. There are a variety of inroads we can take to learn the content of our subject area(s), in order to deepen professional expertise and optimize growth on the job. This interactive talk will include a discussion of novel approaches to learning content knowledge for professional development.

Session G | Whole-Self Librarianship: Valuing Unconventional Practices as Professional Development - Handout #1, Handout #2

Sara Smith (Amherst College), Alana Kumbier (Hampshire College), Rebecca Martin (Boston University School of Law), Heather McCann (Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries), Julia Starkey (Harvard University)

In this interactive session, panelists will discuss how they integrate practices from other contexts (e.g., activist projects, performance, volunteering, zines, art, and speculative fiction) into their librarianship, and their work as advocates on behalf of their own unconventional professional development. We will utilize writing exercises and small group discussions to facilitate a conversation about how the work we do outside of traditional library roles informs and enriches our work in the library.