Programs on October 9, 2014
Access Services: Bradley Computer & Information Technology: Truman Genealogy & Local History: Windsor II MACRL: Windsor III Professionalism, Education, Employment & Recruitment (PEER): Parliament III Public Libraries: Parliament II Reference & Government Information: Windsor II Technical Services: Windsor III Youth Services: Windsor I
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How does one make the big leap from practicing librarian to academic library administrator? Why should one even consider it? Two small college library directors who have both made that transition, one in 2006 and one in 2013, will discuss varying paths to leadership, ways to prepare for future leadership roles, national leadership mentoring opportunities, challenges and triumphs in their first years of leadership, and best practices for kicking off a new academic library leadership position with style and success. If you’ve ever thought about academic library administration – or not ☺ - come and chat about it with us.
Like a lot of libraries, Southwest Baptist University Libraries had pushed weeding onto the someday/maybe list. There were always more pressing concerns, and not enough time and energy to spare. But in 2011 we started a liaison program which allowed us to think of weeding in a whole new way. No longer was the collection development librarian responsible for all weeding decisions, but the job was able to be divided among all the librarians. This division was a catalyst that enabled us to (1) see ways to break the job into small, manageable units, (2) utilize student workers and volunteers to help with the project, (3) plan holistically while dealing with portions of the collection, (4) communicate with stakeholders and (5) revitalize the collection for our students.
Learn about the 2014 nominees and ways to use these picture books in story time, including hands-on art and craft activities, songs and rhymes.
Like many libraries, University of Missouri-Kansas City Libraries gathers information from our users and performs usability tests. However, we discovered that forming the typical working groups and committees that come and go for each new project tended to fall short of achieving a truly user-centered library. Our primary mission is to serve our users’ needs, yet we lacked a well-defined process for translating what we learned into products and services that better support the work of our users. Attendees will learn about the strategies behind UMKC Libraries' approach to developing a new user-centered design department and building a usability team, along with the new responsibilities of the core teams and library staff. This presentation will introduce associated training opportunities and the online tools developed to embed the user-centered design process into the library culture.
Looking for new audiences? This session will cover the role libraries can play to help the entrepreneur. What kinds of information do they need for a business plan? Do you have the resources to help them? What gems do your databases hold? Do you know where to refer them? Intended for any library that serves business clientele or would like to. If you have tried and true resources to share with the group, bring them to the session. There will be a little time set aside to share those. Our goal is that everyone will come away with new ideas to serve their communities' entrepreneurs.
For our graduate class, Public Library Communities in Context: JOPLIN, we worked as a class to develop a marketing plan to help the library understand their community needs as they move ahead with a new library building project. We visited the small city of Joplin, MO, its residents, and the Joplin Public Library to build relationships and discover the information needs of the community. Our Table Talk presentation will include details of our research methods, how our methods worked – or didn’t work – and what we learned from the experience.