During this stage of my professional career as a librarian, I’ve had the opportunity to engage in a lot of interesting and important projects that have helped me to understand what is needed in librarianship, the importance of being involved as it pertains to engaging with faculty and student collaborations, leadership and teamwork. From January 2015 through June 2016, I participated and graduated from the two programs listed below. In June of this summer My work was presented to culminate both initiatives at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in June in Orlando, Florida:
ACRL (AiA) Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success, Part of ACRL’s Value of Academic Libraries initiative, AiA is being undertaken in partnership with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The grant supports the design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with faculty members and students to create a scholarly library space for research and writing and one-on-one liaison librarianship.
View project online: www.luresearchwritingacademy.wordpress.com
The American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leaders (EL) program is a leadership development program which enables newer library workers from across the country to participate in problem-solving work groups, network with peers, gain an inside look into ALA structure, and have an opportunity to serve the profession in a leadership capacity. It puts participants on the fast track to ALA committee volunteerism as well as other professional library-related organizations.
I had the opportunity to collaborate with four team members from different parts of the United States to develop and create a digital publishing toolkit for librarians.
View project online: www.rusapubtools.wordpress.com