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Discussion Highlights from ALA Midwinter 2015 Meeting!

by Aisha Conner-Gaten on Fri, Feb 6, 2015 at 01:19 pm

Greetings from Illinois!

I'm Aisha, the current chair of the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group!

Thanks to all those who attended our Midwinter meeting! For those unable to attend, here are some highlights: 

Greetings from Illinois!

I'm Aisha, the current chair of the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group!

Thanks to all those who attended our Midwinter meeting! For those unable to attend, here are some highlights: 

  • Hiring and Supervising Millenials
    • Clear and concise job descriptions so you only get really interested candidates (name day to day tasks, don't give broad overviews)
    • Many hires need to hear clear and honest expectations of their new position and the culture of your library and fellow coworkers
    • Some libraries are able to allow telecommunicating where millenials can remain flexible for scheduling and family life 
      • Important balance of both
      • Must have talk with other staffers so they know why new hire is allowed to work from home (builds trust and respect)
    • Meet millenials where they are. Recruit from schools and show them that your organization is more than a stepping stone to the next great position
  • Supervising Undergrads on the Circulation Desk
    • Establish expectations early. No cell phones, no homework according to your policies from the start
    • Be honest with workers about disciplinary action. You may have to fire people but be okay with that to better your services.
    • Get supervisor support. Make sure that all your coworkers enforce the same rules for your employees. Dissent causes confusion.
    • Use peer reinforcement. Allow older students to supervise. They gain experience and the younger/more inexperienced workers learn from their peers.
    • Create checklists for specific tasks. Award workers for consistent and good performance. 
  • Training non-MSLIS staff on reference
    • Use gamification to get staff excited about new skills and reference interviews (badges, prizes, etc.)
    • Create modules for specific skills to gauge worker abilities in databases and searching.
    • Get the rest of the team on board. Get updates from librarians and specialists about your library's resources.
    • Sieve services for users. Staff handles basic and directional questions while librarians make appointments for in depth inquiries
  • Changing Services
    • Be willing to Shift your policies with patron needs. When are students using services? What resources are the most used?

Thanks for your participation in LLAMA! We will be at ALA Annual so I hope to see you there!

 

Sincerely,

 

Aisha Conner-Gaten

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Discussion 4 Days To Go! : LLAMA HRS @ ALAMW15

by Aisha Conner-Gaten on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 04:39 pm

Greetings from warmish Illinois!

My name is Aisha Conner-Gaten and I am the chair for the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group. I am so happy to be heading up this year's meeting! Our group is like the cooler younger sister of the larger LLAMA sections. We don't require your allegiance or blood oaths, just some interesting conversation about the roles managers, supervisors, and HR professionals play in the hiring process and those trends that we noticed in the last year and beyond. 

Greetings from warmish Illinois!

My name is Aisha Conner-Gaten and I am the chair for the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group. I am so happy to be heading up this year's meeting! Our group is like the cooler younger sister of the larger LLAMA sections. We don't require your allegiance or blood oaths, just some interesting conversation about the roles managers, supervisors, and HR professionals play in the hiring process and those trends that we noticed in the last year and beyond. 

Event Details: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/26122

LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group

Saturday, Jan. 31st at 1pm CT

McCormick Place West, W185A

We don't really have an agenda (we thrive off with live discussion!) but here are some things I have noticed in my year as a brand spankin' new supervisor:

  • The Rise of the Millenials: flexible scheduling, on demand information, and defining their work
  • Minority Hiring Is Not Working. What Now?
  • New ways in which we encourage or support professional development for employees/team members

These are just a few things that I may bring up at our meeting Saturday. Of course if you have anything you want to add, I'm all ears! I've got a discussion document going here: http://bit.ly/1EqOuUc

 

Thanks for you continued support and I hope to see you Saturday!

Sincerely,

 

Aisha Conner-Gaten

Follow me on twitter for this event: Aisha_CG and #llamahrstrends

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Event Welcome and Give It Up for ALA Midwinter 2015!

by Aisha Conner-Gaten on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

Greetings from Illinois! My name is Aisha and I am the Chair of the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group (what a mouthful!). I know it's early but I will be updating this event as we head into ALA MW 2015!

The Emerging Trends Discussion Group is a fairly low key and low maintenance affair at Midwinter. We gather librarians, library administrators, new professionals, and students together to discuss issues in hiring, training, and development in library environments. It's a great way to network and does not require you to do anything but show up!

Greetings from Illinois! My name is Aisha and I am the Chair of the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group (what a mouthful!). I know it's early but I will be updating this event as we head into ALA MW 2015!

The Emerging Trends Discussion Group is a fairly low key and low maintenance affair at Midwinter. We gather librarians, library administrators, new professionals, and students together to discuss issues in hiring, training, and development in library environments. It's a great way to network and does not require you to do anything but show up!

Just to kick us off, Feel free to check out our past announcements and business at the ALA website: http://www.ala.org/llama/llamahrs-emerging-trends-discussion-group

The Emerging Trends Discussion Group will be meeting on Saturday, January 31, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm at McCormick Place West, W185A at ALA Midwinter 2015.

Hope to see you in January!

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Discussion LLAMA HRS Discussion Event at ALA Annual 2014 and Twitter Chat!

by Aisha Conner-Gaten on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 04:10 pm

Greetings!

ALA is only 6 days away! I'm excited to see everyone and have a great discussion about HRS Trends!

A reminder of our meeting date and time:

Greetings!

ALA is only 6 days away! I'm excited to see everyone and have a great discussion about HRS Trends!

A reminder of our meeting date and time:

LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group @ ALA Annual
Date/Time: Saturday, June 28th at 1pm 
Location: Siena Room, Caesars Palace, 3570 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109
 
Also, I received requests for a Twitter chat of our discussion! I will be happy to moderate as @Aisha_CG
 
Our hashtags for the event:
 

#llamahrstrends

 
Feel free to pass these on to any Twitter users who want to join our discussion!
 
Thanks and I will see you in Vegas!
 
Sincerely,
 

Aisha Conner-Gaten
LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group Co-Chair
Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
Instructional Technology and Design Office
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
217-300-0264 (w) | itd@support.lis.illinois.edu

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Discussion Greetings! An Introduction from Aisha Conner-Gaten, new HRS Emerging Trends Co-Chair

by Aisha Conner-Gaten on Sun, Jun 8, 2014 at 07:23 pm

Hello!

My name is Aisha and I have signed on as a co-chair for the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group for 2014. I am new to both LLAMA HRS and the profession as a whole but am very excited to be a part of this group! 

I wanted to start by simply offering an open call for agenda items for our group meeting on Saturday, June 28th at ALA Annual (see the ALA scheduler for event details). 

Hello!

My name is Aisha and I have signed on as a co-chair for the LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group for 2014. I am new to both LLAMA HRS and the profession as a whole but am very excited to be a part of this group! 

I wanted to start by simply offering an open call for agenda items for our group meeting on Saturday, June 28th at ALA Annual (see the ALA scheduler for event details). 

Personally, as a graduate student supervisor and library school staff member, I have encountered several instances that I would like to discuss going forward in the profession:

  • Hiring UG/Grad Students for Library Work

    • Preparation, Measuring skill sets

    • Diversity

  • Professional Development in Library Hiring

    • Value of Faculty Status/Publishing vs. Scholarly Services in candidates

    • Hybrid positions & embedded librarians

Feel free to reply to this post or contact me directly at aconner3@illinois.edu with questions or topics of concern.

I look forward to meeting everyone at ALA!

 

Sincerely,

 

Aisha Conner-Gaten

LLAMA-HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group Co-Chair

Computer-Assisted Instruction Specialist
Instructional Technology and Design Office
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
aconner3@illinois.edu | 217-300-0264

 

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Event Emerging Trends Discussion Group

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Discussion Emerging Trends Discussion Group - 2011 Midwinter Meeting, San Diego

by Jenifer Abramson on Thu, Jan 6, 2011 at 07:37 pm

Colleagues,
 
The LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group will be meeting in San Diego on Saturday, January 8, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Room 22 of the San Diego Convention Center.

Colleagues,
 
The LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group will be meeting in San Diego on Saturday, January 8, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., in Room 22 of the San Diego Convention Center.

As with previous Midwinter discussions, attendees are asked to identify several current library human resource trends and, through subsequent discussion, decide on the top two or three for concurrent discussions at the Annual Meeting. 
 
You will recall the valuable conversations we had at the last annual meeting on succession planning and the effect changes in staffing had on morale. So please plan on attending and bring with you ideas and concerns - staffing, budget, training, leadership issues, mentoring, measuring skill sets, identifying core competencies, or just plain planning – whatever you would like to share and learn with your colleagues at annual.
 
To facilitate discussion, I am including the Committees' charge: The discussion group's purpose is to identify and discuss emerging trends in all aspects of human resources in all types of libraries and library workplaces. The meeting is open to anyone interested in human resources.
 
Please join us for stimulating discussions of relevant Human Resources topics; we always learn so much from each other. 
 
See you in San Diego,
 
Tom Cetwinski (University of South Florida)
Felicia Wilson (Library of Congress)
co-chairs

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638 Norton Street
Longboat Key, Florida 34228
941-383-0980
614-519-4092 (cell)

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Discussion Emerging Trends Discussion Group - 2010 Annual Conference

by Jenifer Abramson on Tue, Jun 22, 2010 at 06:24 pm

Colleagues,

The LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group will meet in DC on Saturday, June 26, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., in the Hilton Washington, DuPont Room.  

At Midwinter in Boston, the DG attendees identified a group of current Libraries’ HR trends and, through subsequent communication, have voted on the top 3 for concurrent discussions at the DC meeting.  These are the topics:

Colleagues,

The LLAMA HRS Emerging Trends Discussion Group will meet in DC on Saturday, June 26, from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., in the Hilton Washington, DuPont Room.  

At Midwinter in Boston, the DG attendees identified a group of current Libraries’ HR trends and, through subsequent communication, have voted on the top 3 for concurrent discussions at the DC meeting.  These are the topics:

1) How are you coping with changes in library staffing? Examples include: demographics, hybrid positions, scope creep in jobs, the nature of work itself, growing need for technology skills, consolidations, downsizing, and the like.  [Facilitated by Eileen Theodore-Shusta]

2) How are budget cuts affecting your staff and how are you coping with resulting morale concerns? Examples include hiring freezes, pay cuts, furloughs, layoffs, workload issues, and more. [Facilitated by Deb Sunday]

3) How have you incorporated succession management and leadership development into your planning? What strategies have you used to address these needs?  Describe more rigorous and structured approaches to succession planning and leadership development that you have encountered or heard about. Possibilities may include articulating management competencies, creating competency-based job descriptions, assessing and developing your “bench strength”.  [Facilitated by Shelley Phipps]

Please join us for stimulating discussions of these hot topics; we always learn so much from each other.  We’ll also be soliciting volunteers to serve as the next co-chairs of the Discussion Group.  If you’re interested, please feel free to let me know now, in the near future, or at the meeting in DC. 

Don’t hesitate to let me know if questions come to mind. I hope you’re enjoying the last weeks of spring, and all the best,

Susan

Susan Marks
Director, Human Resources & Diversity Programs
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA  52242

319-335-5871
susan-marks@uiowa.edu

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