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Discussion EPDRC Goals for 2014-2015, Feb. 17, 2015 update

by Jason Coleman on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 07:51 pm

Goal 1: Share the results of phase 1 of the State of Reference Education Project by publishing a short article in a professional journal, e.g., RUSQ 

Goal 1: Share the results of phase 1 of the State of Reference Education Project by publishing a short article in a professional journal, e.g., RUSQ 

A subcommittee has been created to write an article for Library Journal. The committee has developed a preliminary outline and is planning to complete the article prior to ALA Annual 2015. One main goal of the article will be to solicit suggestions about what information the committee and the profession should gather to help library school educators determine how best to prepare students for reference work.

Goal 2: Continue phase 2 of the State of Reference Education Project through the following means:

  • Sponsor an online e-forum and an in-person discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015 to learn what practicing librarians think library schools should be teaching related to reference skills.

The committee sponsored an in-person discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015. The forum was titled "What Should be the Future of Reference Education for Librarians?" Thirty-seven people attended the session. Read more about the session at http://connect.ala.org/node/234562. We have decided not to pursue an online e-forum at this juncture.

  • Reach out to ALISE to plan a panel session at ALA Annual 2016 that will focus on (1) library school educators' strategies for preparing students for public services work and (2) what skills and experiences library administrators are looking for in newly hired public services librarians.

We reached out to ALISE's Curriculum Special Interest Group and they expressed interest in working with us to co-sponsor a panel presentation at ALA Annual 2016. We plan to hold an online meeting with them in March to develop the proposal. The deadline for submitting the proposal is April 10, 2015.

  • Contact library schools to gain more information about what reference content they are teaching.

We have not yet begun working on this phase of the project, but plan to do so after we finish planning the ALA Annual 2015 panel presentation mentioned above.

Goal 3: Collaborate with MARS to develop a survey about what RUSA members need for professional development. 

This effort has been put on hold temporarily pending the outcome of a survey recently distributed widely by RUSA's Learning Opportunities and Knowledge Coordination Task Force.

Goal 4: Collaborate with MARS' Professional Development Committee to plan a free RSS/MARS pre-conference workshop at ALA Midwinter 2015. 

Conversations are ongoing with MARS' PD about this possibility. We have reached out to MARS' User Experience Design Committee to see if they are interested in co-sponsoring the free pre-conference.

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Discussion EPDRC Goals for 2014-2015 Nov. 7, 2015 Update

by Jason Coleman on Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 07:30 pm

I'd previously posted this as a comment to the initial Goals post (from Sept. 2015), but then realized that it would be better to post it as a separate post.

Jason Coleman on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:22pm

I'd previously posted this as a comment to the initial Goals post (from Sept. 2015), but then realized that it would be better to post it as a separate post.

Jason Coleman on Fri, 11/07/2014 - 4:22pm

  1. A sub-team within the committee has bee created to write an article about phase I of the State of Reference Education Project. We anticipate submitting the article to Library Journal. We plan to use the article as a means for soliciting input from the wide community of reference librarians about what reference skills should be taught in library school.
  2. The committee has chosen to pursue Phase II of the State of Reference Education Project through the following projects:
  • We have scheduled a discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015 to gather additional insights into what questions library schools and the profession need to be asking in order to ensure they are properly preparing future librarians for reference work.
  • We have contacted ALISE's Curriculum Special Interest Group. They have agreed to work with us to propose a panel presentation at ALA 2016 to address (1) library school educators' strategies for preparing students for public services work and (2) what skills and experiences library administrators are looking for in newly hired public services librarians. 
  • We have formed a sub-team within the committee to work with a representative from MARS' Professional Development team to develop a survey about professional development needs of reference librarians.
  • We have brainstormed potential topics for a free RSS/MARS pre-conference workshop at ALA Midwinter 2016 and will share those topics with MARS' Professional Development Committee soon.

- See more at: http://connect.ala.org/node/228583#comment-66416

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Online Doc Minutes Landing Page

by Jason Coleman on Sat, Feb 14, 2015 at 06:41 pm

Use this as a landing page for uploading minutes.  Simply click on the Edit tab, then scroll down to Add File Attachments (below).  We will collect minutes here.

 

Event Discussion Forum: What Should be the Future of Reference Education for Librarians?

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:56 pm

Should library schools still strive to prepare new librarians to provide reference help? If so, what skills and knowledge should they teach and how should they teach it? What qualities should library managers seek when the hire librarians who will provide reference service? If these questions intrigue you, come and join the discussion! We will begin with a short presentation to kick-start the discussion and then break up into small groups to share ideas. Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

Should library schools still strive to prepare new librarians to provide reference help? If so, what skills and knowledge should they teach and how should they teach it? What qualities should library managers seek when the hire librarians who will provide reference service? If these questions intrigue you, come and join the discussion! We will begin with a short presentation to kick-start the discussion and then break up into small groups to share ideas. Sponsored by the Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

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Event Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee Meeting

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 02:56 pm

This is an open meeting of the Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee. We will discuss our State of Reference Education Project, make preparations for our discussion forum at this conference, discuss plans for an event at ALA Annual 2016, and discuss plans for a survey about professional development needs of reference librarians. All are welcome to attend!

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Discussion Open, online business meeting of RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

by Jason Coleman on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 10:00 am

When: 
Tuesday, January 13
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, US/Central

RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee will be conducting an open, online business meeting on Tuesday, January 13 from 3pm-4pm (Central Time).

To join the meeting, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/728576317

The agenda for the meeting is:

I. Planning for Discussion forum at ALA Midwinter

When: 
Tuesday, January 13
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm, US/Central

RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee will be conducting an open, online business meeting on Tuesday, January 13 from 3pm-4pm (Central Time).

To join the meeting, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/728576317

The agenda for the meeting is:

I. Planning for Discussion forum at ALA Midwinter

  • Finalize list of questions for discussion
  • Develop plan for promoting the session

II. Updates

  • Update from team writing Library Journal article about phase 1 of State of Reference Education (Bryna, Jason, Morgan, Rayette)
  • Update from team working with MARS' PD on survey about professional development
  • Update about pre-conference workshop jointly sponsored by MARS' PD (Bryna, Ellen, Morgan)

III. Planning for Panel Presentation at ALA Annual 2016 jointly sponsored by ALISE' Curriculum SIG

  • Find a time for a meeting of both our committees

 

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Discussion EPDRC Goals for 2014-2015

by Jason Coleman on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 03:40 pm
  1. Share the results of phase 1 of the State of Reference Education Project by publishing a short article in a professional journal, e.g., RUSQ
  2. Continue phase 2 of the State of Reference Education Project through the following means:
  • Sponsor an online e-forum and an in-person discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015 to learn what practicing librarians think library schools should be teaching related to reference skills.
  1. Share the results of phase 1 of the State of Reference Education Project by publishing a short article in a professional journal, e.g., RUSQ
  2. Continue phase 2 of the State of Reference Education Project through the following means:
  • Sponsor an online e-forum and an in-person discussion forum at ALA Midwinter 2015 to learn what practicing librarians think library schools should be teaching related to reference skills.
  • Reach out to ALISE to plan a panel session at ALA Annual 2016 that will focus on (1) library school educators' strategies for preparing students for public services work and (2) what skills and experiences library administrators are looking for in newly hired public services librarians.
  • Contact library schools to gain more information about what reference content they are teaching.
  • Collaborate with MARS to develop a survey about what RUSA members need for professional development.
  • Collaborate with MARS' Professional Development Committee to plan a free RSS/MARS pre-conference workshop at ALA Midwinter 2015.
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    Discussion EPDRC Summary of Current Activities - Sept. 15, 2014

    by Jason Coleman on Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 03:41 pm

    At ALA Annual 2014, the committee hosted a discussion forum titled "The State of Reference Education: What We Have Learned and What Would You Like to Find Out." The participants in the discussion made a strong case for continuing to teach specific reference content in library school. They also noted that library school should strive to give students more experience with customer service activities. See the attached document for more information about this discussion forum. The committee is planning a similar discussion forum for ALA Midwinter 2015. 

    At ALA Annual 2014, the committee hosted a discussion forum titled "The State of Reference Education: What We Have Learned and What Would You Like to Find Out." The participants in the discussion made a strong case for continuing to teach specific reference content in library school. They also noted that library school should strive to give students more experience with customer service activities. See the attached document for more information about this discussion forum. The committee is planning a similar discussion forum for ALA Midwinter 2015. 

    The committee has examined the websites of 59 library schools in North America and compiled information about what reference courses they offer and which, if any is required. In the near future, we plan to share our preliminary findings through a short article in a professional journal. The committee has also begun contacting schools directly to gather more detail about what information they cover in their reference courses. We are currently discussing how best to gather this information and are planning to reach out to ALISE to obtain their advice.

    The committee will contact members of ALISE to explore the possibility of co-presenting a panel about library education for reference at ALA Annual 2016. The committee has also contacted the chair of RUSA MARS' Professional Development Committee to begin planning a joint survey of RUSA members' professional development needs.

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    Event Open, online business meeting of RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee

    by Jason Coleman on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 11:41 am

    RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee will be conducting an open, online business meeting on September 3, 2014 from 3pm-4pm (Central Time).

    To join the meeting, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/910756963

    The agenda for the meeting is:

    I. Introductions

    II. Review of past goals and progress toward those goals

    III. Update goals - if appropriate

    RSS' Education and Professional Development for Reference Committee will be conducting an open, online business meeting on September 3, 2014 from 3pm-4pm (Central Time).

    To join the meeting, go to https://ksu.zoom.us/j/910756963

    The agenda for the meeting is:

    I. Introductions

    II. Review of past goals and progress toward those goals

    III. Update goals - if appropriate

    • Discuss possibility of sponsoring a webinar

    IV. Decide whether to host discussion forum at 2015 ALA Midwinter

    V. Decide on regular meeting schedule and method

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    Event State of Reference Education: What We Have Learned And What Would You Like To Find Out?

    by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 07:37 pm

    Join the RSS Education & Professional Development for Reference Committee to learn about and discuss the current state of reference education.

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