Professional Development for Mid-Career Professionals

The ACRL/NY Professional Development Committee collaborated with METRO on three programs for the new Mid-Career Professionals series. It was especially rewarding planning these events with Davis Erin Davis, Community Engagement Manager of METRO. Librarians in the Metropolitan New York area suggested professional development workshops that addressed mid-career issues they currently are facing. These include staying motivated, moving up in their careers, continuing scholarly research and publishing, achieving tenure and promotion, avoiding tenure burn-out, and dealing with library assessment. Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s column, “Finding Your Mid-Career Mojo,” from Inside Higher Education addressed some of these issues.

Dr. Jim Neal during his presentation, Success and the Mid-Career Librarian - Leading, Mentoring, & Staying Motivated. Photo credit: Davis Erin Anderson, METRO.
Dr. Jim Neal during his presentation, Success and the Mid-Career Librarian – Leading, Mentoring, & Staying Motivated. Photo credit: Davis Erin Anderson, METRO.

The first program in the series, Success and the Mid-Career Librarian – Leading, Mentoring, & Staying Motivated, on February 4, 2014, was led by Dr. Jim Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University. It was good to see so many attending the event regardless of the frigid temperatures and ice-slicked streets. Immersed in the lively and relevant conversation with Dr. Neal, they were well rewarded. This and the other two programs in the series were held at METRO. For more on Dr. Neal and the program, please see: http://metro.org/events/446/

Navigating a Successful Tenure process – NYC Librarians Discuss, panelists: Profs. Polly Thistlethwaite, Marsha Spiegelman, Rosanne Humes, Katrina Frazier and Mark Aaron Polger. Photo credit: Barbara Bonous-Smit.
Navigating a Successful Tenure process – NYC Librarians Discuss, panelists: Profs. Polly Thistlethwaite, Marsha Spiegelman, Rosanne Humes, Katrina Frazier and Mark Aaron Polger. Photo credit: Barbara Bonous-Smit.

A panel of library faculty presented the second program, Navigating a Successful Tenure Process – NYC Librarians Discuss on March 3, 2014. Included were: Caroline Fuchs (St. Johns University), Mark Aaron Polger (College of Staten Island), Stephanie Walker (Brooklyn College), Polly Thistlethwaite (CUNY Graduate Center), and from Nassau Community College (Katrina Frazier, Rosanne Humes, and Marsha Spiegelman). This very significant program moderated by Marsha Spiegelman was well-attended and had a high level of audience participation. For more on the presenters and program, please see: http://metro.org/events/447/

The final program, Measuring Success: Library Assessments, Outcomes, & Planning Strategy was held on April 8, 2014. From Queensborough Community College, Sheila Beck, Barbara Bonous-Smit, and Neera Mohess discussed a recent reference desk assessment project and Ian Beckford provided assessment basics. Assessment projects at Columbia University were presented by their library faculty members, Nisa Bakkalbasi and Francie Mrkich. This sold-out program had much to offer those interested in library assessment. For more on the speakers and the program, please see: http://metro.org/events/462/

About the Author: Barbara Bonous-Smit is chair of the ACRL-NY Professional Development Committee and is Head of Reference and Serials at Queensborough Community College, CUNY.

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