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My name is Aisha and I am the chair of the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group. I am so glad to have been a part of the Midwinter meeting along with several other wonderful librarians and ALA members!
LLAMA Human Resources Section Emerging Trends Discussion Group
Saturday, January 21, 2017
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room: Georgia World Congress Center, B209
For those unable to join us, here are a few highlights of our conversation:
Attracting qualified applicants
- Base salary at 40K
- Must tell administration what it takes to retain folks
- Not posting salary vs range vs open to negotiation
- What do you want your reputation to be based on librarianship
- Dean/administration makes decision so we need to have conversation early
- Concerns with equity
- For applicants with families are attracted to medical benefits, quality of life, cost of living comparisons
How to hire millenials
- Must have mentorship
- Must have competitive salaries
- Must have a job description that uses language that they can understand (transferring skillsets to job tasks)
- Must have developed on boarding and culture
- Capitalizing on their strengths to add value to the organization (enrich their experience)
- Students know the theoretical, need to bridge this to practical at that particular library
- Meeting and support systems learning culture
- “Lab”: 2 hour every week to meet with team and trickle down information to folks
- Meeting with individuals or groupings to discuss specifics
Job details and working on search committee
- Too much jargon
- What are you trying to relay?
- Who are you looking to attract
- Support positions
- Unrealistic expectations
- Salary vs job description
- If post is up more than 6 months w/ no applicants, something is wrong!
- Rethinking the way “experience” works in hiring
- 5 years experience may not be better hire than those with less but have robust engagement
- Using instructor and/or assistant professor titles with librarian
- Allows you to compare across experience ranges
- Less experience means instructor
- More experience means asst professor
- Posting using open rank in academic libraries to provide room for growth and development
- Change the way you describe your location, city, etc. and use dynamic language
- Let newer hires create a description
- What drew your hires to this area?
- Possible apprenticeship with librarians where they can gain experience
- Online degrees and who how to gain experience
- If you are straight out of UG and do online MSLIS, how to get experience?
- How to give practical experience to folks who don’t have chance for assistantships and on campus jobs
Richmond commonwealth university, Richmond, VA (contact A. Kathy Bradshaw)
- 2 IT positions
- 2 Health sciences librarians
- Business librarian
- Public affairs librarian (government
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions,
LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group Chair
ALSC Student Membership Task Force (virtual meeting, Google Hangouts)
Friday, February 17, 2017 3:00 p.m. CST
1. Welcome and Introductions
a. Appoint volunteer to take minutes/attendance - Andrea
b. Introductions/Attendees - Kenneth, Karen, Dan, Andrea
c. Revisions/Additions to Agenda - None
2. Pilot Update
All 100 applications have been processed by the membership office. They were almost done at the end of December and Dan had to iron out issues with a couple memberships before we proceeded with the welcome emails.
3. Communication with Recipients
There is a new spreadsheet in the shared drive for the 100 recipients: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/142TqMh9B5cjUHKYsPTx4Rv0dAt5N58lNT7Kak6UXpaE/edit?usp=sharing
It has a column with our names added. We each have 15 recipients assigned to us, Karen has 10. I know I said I would write a template for this but it is so straightforward you won’t need one. Just send a “brief, warm and casual” welcome email to each recipient (send them individually, not to the whole group at once). Introduce yourself and offer to answer any questions they may have, etc. They have already received information from ALA and ALSC about membership benefits, so no need to go into detail about that. Also let them know that we will be sending a survey at the end of the first membership year.
Let's get these sent by Wednesday, February 22, with a deadline for replies by March 1, because must submit our blog post by the first week of March.
4. March Blog Post
Look at your recipients’ survey responses in the other spreadsheet, and choose one or two articulate/interesting recipients to ask two follow-up questions for the ALSC blog post. Here is some language you are welcome to use:
Would you be willing to tell us more about yourself that we can share in an ALSC blog post? This is totally optional, of course, but we would need your answers by Wednesday, March 1st.
What led you to want a MLS/MLIS degree? What are your dreams about working as a children's librarian?
5. Q&A and Other Business
Dan's last day at ALSC will be next Friday (sob!) and he will make sure his replacement is prepared to work with us.
6. Review of New Action Items
All: Welcome emails sent by Wednesday 2/22
All: Expect a message from me next week asking for contributions and edits to our ALSC blog post
7. Next Meeting Dates
Friday, March 17, 2017 3:00pm CST Google Hangouts
Friday, April 14, 2017 3:00pm CST Google Hangouts
Friday, May 19, 2017 3:00pm CST Google Hangouts
Friday, June 9, 2017 3:00pm CST Google Hangouts
The Instruction Section newsletter editors, Angelica Delgado and Kelly LeMeur, are seeking content for our upcoming newsletter:. We'd love to receive submissions in any of these formats:
-Short articles of 250-500 words on any aspect of instruction or information literacy
-Annotated bibliography or recommended reading list of 250-500 words on any instruction or info lit issue
-140 character length (tweet length) reflections, suggestions, best practices, worst practices on all things instruction or info lit.
Submissions should be sent to email@example.com