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ACRL NMDG: The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room: Bally Palace 3

Attendance: 22 (plus 6 panelists and 1 moderator)

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Discussion Session Notes from ALA Annual

by Elizabeth Psyck on Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 03:23 am

ACRL NMDG: The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room: Bally Palace 3

Attendance: 22 (plus 6 panelists and 1 moderator)

ACRL NMDG: The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room: Bally Palace 3

Attendance: 22 (plus 6 panelists and 1 moderator)

How do we begin to describe the professional identity of academic librarians? What are the stories we tell about ourselves to our users, our institutions, and especially to each other? Do these stories provide a view that is multidimensional and reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity of our field and the users we serve?

This year, the New Members Discussion Group is teaming up with the creators of Librarian Wardrobe and two of the authors from the forthcoming book, The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, to discuss the shared stories of academic librarianship: ones that reflect our view of ourselves, our professional identities, and professional stereotypes.

We hope you’ll join us!

Panelists:

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith is an Academic Resident Librarian at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, in reference and instruction. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an MLIS and has experience working in a public library, rare book store, archive, special collections, and academic libraries. She co-authored “Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color” in The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work. Her interests are user experience, assessment, human-centered design, and diversity in academic librarianship.

Derrick Jefferson is the Communications Librarian at American University in Washington, DC.  He received his MLIS from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA as a Project Recovery scholar based in New Orleans, and his MFA in film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA , where he focused on screenwriting and producing. Interested in diversity in higher education as well as the intersection of race, class, and gender with media and pop culture, he tweets about food, vinyl records, and libraries at @geekandahalf.

Sarah LeMire is Assistant Head of Research and Information Services at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library, where she coordinates the library's Knowledge Commons and information literacy instruction for the University's first-year writing course.   Her first career was in the U.S. Army, where she served as an Arabic translator in the 4th Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq.  Due to her military service and post-military experiences as a student veteran, she is passionate about her ongoing outreach efforts to student veterans on campus.

Raymond Pun is a research and reference services librarian in New York University Shanghai where he provides reference and research support to faculty and students. Previously he worked in New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as a research librarian providing reference and instructional services. He holds an M.L.S and a M.A. in East Asian Studies. In 2012, the Library Journal nominated him as a Mover and Shaker, and this year he is part of ALA's Emerging Leaders. He has published and presented extensively in the fields of digital literacy, Chinese cultural studies and history, international librarianship.

Sarah Steiner is the Head of Research & Instruction Services at Western Carolina University Library. Sarah earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Georgia State University. She regularly writes and speaks on instruction skills, social media in libraries, and emerging technologies.

Moderator: Tyler Dzuba

 

Introductions:

Derrick Jefferson: "If you can work with Paris Hilton, you can work with any patron." Derrick reported that the work he did before becoming a librarian, primarily in the entertainment industry, had an impact on how works as a librarian. When he's working the desk 9 out of 10 times the person of color will come to him. He's a good librarian regardless of what he looks like, but knows that image and identity does have an impact on his work.

Sarah LeMire: In the army everything is black and while. "But librarianship is so much more gray." We are all about service and helping and we make it work. Adapting to that philosophy has broadened her perspective.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith: Isabel works at the same institution that she received her undergraduate degree from and identifies with the mostly first generation and diverse student body. Patrons will tend to find people who are most similar to them the most approachable. She once had a person tell her that it was good to see a person of color behind the desk. Isabel also pointed out that identity is constantly in flux and that we claim our own identity. Identity isn't everything you are, it's just a piece.

Sarah Steiner: We internalize our role as librarian both inside and outside the profession - we are helpers and it's hard to turn off our goal to always be approachable when we aren't in the library.

Raymond Pun: Initially Raymond wasn't interested in connecting to people, but working at the New York Public Library pushed him outside his boundaries and forced him to connect. It's all about connecting to people and his work in libraries has made him a better listener. Being a librarian means that people are able to talk to us. Even at an academic library he can still be engaged with the community, although it is in a different way than when he was in a public library.

Question from the audience: Can you explain how your previous identity has carried over into your current career. (Specifically the questioner was interested in continuity.)

Sarah LeMire: As a translator in military intelligence, her job was to provide information to help troops on the ground achieve goals. The common thread is joy out of helping people achieve their needs.

Derrick Jefferson: Derrick likes stories and currently works with the School of Communications at his institution, which includes a film program. Even at the reference desk people tell a story to give context for their research. Research is a story and people have interesting stories. Even in data there is a story behind the question. The story helps to break down the desk as barrier.

Question from the audience: An audience member commented that two of our panelists and our moderator were male, which is an underrepresented group in libraries and asked them to discuss how that has impacted their experience.

Derrick Jefferson: Derrick was the only black male out of 125 people in the first year of his MLS program. It was tough being expected to be the poster child and he has worked hard to not be the diversity guy. The pipelines are open, the problem is retention.

Raymond Pun: Raymond recounted his experience at a library event earlier in the conference. The first 10 minutes were awkward for him because he didn't feel like he belonged. While he was hanging back in the crowd, someone came up to him and said something about how they didn't want him to be marginalized. Unfortunately, that comment made him feel marginalized. Raymond also discussed how many people assumed that he wanted to work in systems or IT, and there are still assumptions that he's with IT now that he's a librarian. Raymond pointed out that sometimes organizations make assumptions and decisions for you.

Question: What support do you want? (This question was asked by someone in the audience who works in an administrative capacity.)

Derrick Jefferson: Derrick explained that he had colleagues in the room so this was a challenging question to answer. He hated library school because he went in wanting to do good things, but kept hitting walls. Doors have opened at his current place of employment, but having been told no for so long at times it's almost surprising to hear yes. He recommends that supervisors ask "What can I do to help you?"

Sarah LeMire: Sarah reports feeling supported, even when she left for maternity leave shortly after a job change. She has the freedom to explore her interests and see how the library can play a role to support a certain group - in her case student veterans. She also has the freedom to fail, so she doesn't have to always succeed.

Sarah Steiner: Sarah just became a department head and had some recommendations for how to support colleagues even when they aren't new. Supervisors can offer general support and availability, especially to help give context to "the monsters in the closet" that are present in every organization.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith: Isabel said that there are lots of little things that supervisors can do. She looks younger than she is and gets a lot of comments related to her apparent/assumed age. This makes her particularly angry because if she flipped the comments to refer to her older coworkers it would be awful. She has also received comments all her life about her appearance - specifically her "ambiguous race". She has had people ask her why she cares about people of color because they assume that she isn't a person of color. She discussed how she struggled thinking that she was doing something wrong, when in reality it was the organization and you can't change an organization.

Raymond Pun: Raymond recommended something as simple as asking a colleague if they want to go to lunch, since it's hard for some people to speak up. He also discussed some challenges related to his identity as an Asian. It is hard for him to say no because of how he was raised. A superior in a previous organization once told him to "Stop being so Asian" because he was saying yes all the time. Culture is important.

Comment from the audience: Perhaps the comment wasn't meant to be offensive, and instead had its root in the generational divide. She understood the comment/advice as telling him to slow down.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith: Reported that a friend had almost exactly the same experience as Raymond. Pointed out how interesting and important it is to hear about experiences that we will never experience (given our own racial, ethnic, or other identities).

Sarah Steiner: Sarah pointed out that some of these assumptions and experiences are universal, even for the white women who make up the majority of our profession. Her example was that young professionals are expected to have high energy levels and be tech savvy and new to the profession.

Comment from the audience: Individuals decide who they are, so it's important that we listen to the stories we tell each other.

Sarah Steiner: While working on the research for the Librarian Wardrobe book, she conducted 31 interviews about the stories we tell each other as librarians. Our own stories map really clearly and closely to the ALA values, even though those values sometimes seem remote. We also tend to tell stories in which we are heroes, which sometimes deviates from reality. The stories we tell can sometimes turn into the professional equivalent of the big fish that got away.

Sarah LeMire: We talk about our successes, but not about our failures. A library school professor once told her that librarians like to be nice. But that isn't always authentic. We don't criticize and shy away from talking about failures. We don't see the long list of failures that led to the successes that do get reported. Sarah asked whether our image as positive helpers undermines our work with faculty members.

Sarah Steiner: There was a lot of guilty in their interview responses whenever anyone said something negative about the profession. It's seen as a threat to our profession if we aren't happy and perfect.

Isabel Gonzalez-Smith: Isabel pointed out that we all identify differently and there are some people for whom "librarian" is a large part of their identity, while for others it is just a small part. Experiences can also impact how ______ you feel (e.g. how black you feel when surrounded by white people). This is one of the reasons why the ethnic caucuses within ALA are so important.

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Event New Members Discussion Group

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

The ACRL New Members Discussion group is for new (and aspiring) academic librarians. We meet twice a year–at both ALA conferences–to chat about whatever is on our minds. It’s an opportunity for networking and a friendly place to ask any questions you have about succeeding in ACRL.

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Discussion The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

by John Jackson on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm

ACRL NMDG: The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room: Bally Palace 3

ACRL NMDG: The Stories We Tell: Academic librarians and identity

Date/Time: Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room: Bally Palace 3

How do we begin to describe the professional identity of academic librarians? What are the stories we tell about ourselves to our users, our institutions, and especially to each other? Do these stories provide a view that is multidimensional and reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity of our field and the users we serve?

This year, the New Members Discussion Group is teaming up with the creators of Librarian Wardrobe and two of the authors from the forthcoming book, The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, to discuss the shared stories of academic librarianship: ones that reflect our view of ourselves, our professional identities, and professional stereotypes.

We hope you’ll join us!

Panelists:

Isabel Gonzalez-Smithis an Academic Resident Librarian at her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Chicago, in reference and instruction. In 2011, she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an MLIS and has experience working in a public library, rare book store, archive, special collections, and academic libraries. She co-authored “Unpacking Identity: Racial, Ethnic, and Professional Identity and Academic Librarians of Color” in The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work. Her interests are user experience, assessment, human-centered design, and diversity in academic librarianship.

Derrick Jefferson is the Communications Librarian at American University in Washington, DC.  He received his MLIS from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA as a Project Recovery scholar based in New Orleans, and his MFA in film from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA , where he focused on screenwriting and producing. Interested in diversity in higher education as well as the intersection of race, class, and gender with media and pop culture, he tweets about food, vinyl records, and libraries at @geekandahalf.

Sarah LeMire is Assistant Head of Research and Information Services at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library, where she coordinates the library's Knowledge Commons and information literacy instruction for the University's first-year writing course.   Her first career was in the U.S. Army, where she served as an Arabic translator in the 4th Infantry Division and deployed to Iraq.  Due to her military service and post-military experiences as a student veteran, she is passionate about her ongoing outreach efforts to student veterans on campus.

Raymond Pun is a research and reference services librarian in New York University Shanghai where he provides reference and research support to faculty and students. Previously he worked in New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as a research librarian providing reference and instructional services. He holds an M.L.S and a M.A. in East Asian Studies. In 2012, the Library Journal nominated him as a Mover and Shaker, and this year he is part of ALA's Emerging Leaders. He has published and presented extensively in the fields of digital literacy, Chinese cultural studies and history, international librarianship.

Sarah Steiner is the Head of Research & Instruction Services at Western Carolina University Library. Sarah earned her Master of Library Science degree from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts degree in English Literature from Georgia State University. She regularly writes and speaks on instruction skills, social media in libraries, and emerging technologies.

 

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Discussion First time at ALA Annual? Attend ACRL's Virtual 101 Session!

by John Jackson on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Going to ALA Annual for the first time? Not sure what to expect? The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is excited to offer two live webinar opportunities to help first-time ALA Annual Conference attendees make the most of their first ALA Annual Conference experience.

Each one-hour interactive session will provide attendees with tips and personal recommendations on what to bring and how to prepare for your trip to Las Vegas, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

Going to ALA Annual for the first time? Not sure what to expect? The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is excited to offer two live webinar opportunities to help first-time ALA Annual Conference attendees make the most of their first ALA Annual Conference experience.

Each one-hour interactive session will provide attendees with tips and personal recommendations on what to bring and how to prepare for your trip to Las Vegas, planning your schedule, networking, conference etiquette, ACRL programs of interest, and more!

The same content will be delivered at each webinar, so please attend the one that best fits your schedule. Each session will last approximately one hour, and will also be recorded for those that are unable to attend.

Join the ACRL Membership Committee for one of the following sessions:

 

ACRL 101 - Tuesday, June 17

June 17, 2014

12:00-1:00pm Central

Join us here: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8f49xp8f2y/ 

 

ACRL 101 – Thursday, June 19

June 19, 2014

12:00-1:00pm Central

Join us here: http://ala.adobeconnect.com/r8mk979vse5/

 

Seats are limited, so REGISTER NOW to reserve your spot!

Can’t attend? Not to worry! The session will be recorded and a link sent out June 20th.

Questions? Please contact Mary Jane Petrowski atmpetrowski@ala.org.

 

 

Looking forward to seeing your virtually next week,

Lindsay Sarin

Chair, ACRL Membership Committee

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Discussion Call for Panelists at ALA Annual 2014: “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity”

by John Jackson on Wed, May 21, 2014 at 04:16 pm

Call for Panelists at ALA Annual 2014

ACRL NMDG:  “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity”

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room:  Bally Palace 5 

Call for Panelists at ALA Annual 2014

ACRL NMDG:  “The Stories We Tell: Academic Librarians and Identity”

Date/Time:  Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 10:30-11:30

Room:  Bally Palace 5 

How do we begin to describe the professional identity of academic librarians? What are the stories we tell about ourselves to our users, our institutions, and especially to each other? Do these stories provide a view that is multidimensional and reflective of the racial and ethnic diversity of our field and the users we serve? 

This year, the ACRL New Members Discussion Group is teaming up with the creators of Librarian Wardrobe to discuss the shared stories of academic librarianship: ones that reflect our view of ourselves, our professional identities, and professional stereotypes. 

We are looking for two panelists to join Sarah Steiner and Isabel Gonzalez-Smith, two of the authors featured in the forthcoming 2014 book, The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Presentations and Perceptions of Information Work, for an informal discussion on professional identity in academic libraries. This panel will be geared toward new members and new academic librarians and so whether you are new to the field or a seasoned professional, we encourage you to apply.

If you are interested in speaking on this panel (the format will be roundtable discussion), please complete the submission form available at: http://bit.ly/nmdgan14

Submissions will be accepted until June 2, 2014 and all candidates will be notified whether they were selected by June 6, 2014.

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Discussion Session Notes from ALA Midwinter 2014

by John Jackson on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 12:03 am

Thanks to everyone who joined us. We had 37 in attendance. Also, see the write up about the event in American Libraries. Special thank to Catherine Odson for taking these notes!

 

How to get things done: a guide for librarians

ACRL New Members Discussion Group

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 10:30am–11:30am

 

Panelists:

Thanks to everyone who joined us. We had 37 in attendance. Also, see the write up about the event in American Libraries. Special thank to Catherine Odson for taking these notes!

 

How to get things done: a guide for librarians

ACRL New Members Discussion Group

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 10:30am–11:30am

 

Panelists:

  • Aaron Dobbs, Systems/Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

  • Heather McNabb, Branch Manager, Oaklyn Branch, Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library

  • Michelle Millet, Library Director, John Carroll University

  • Sha Towers, Director of Liaison Services, Baylor University

 

Moderator: Tyler Dzuba, Head, Physics-Optics-Astronomy Library, University of Rochester

Notetaker: Catherine Odson, Courseware Support Librarian, University of Pennsylvania

 

Opening Comments

Michelle: Been library director for year and a half. Before this, always taken “new” jobs. Do this. Scary, but you can make your own path because no one has done it before. You get to design it yourself.

What’s OK and what’s not OK depends on where you are. But I encourage you to dream as big as you can. If you’re some place you continually get blocked, you need a new job, as long as you’re not doing someone else’s job.

When you come up with a new idea, who is going to be involved? Who is going to be opposed? Who are your allies?

Effort vs. impact. Think of this matrix for all ideas.

(Note: Most in room have less than three years of experience.)

Aaron: First day at first job, have kids in the neighborhood ask him if he owned the library b/c he was only one in suit. Told kid that no, I work for you, you own the library.  And with that, the branch manager was not happy. Had to pull everyone else into it after stepping on their toes. Hard to dig out from there.

Be yourself. Don’t piss people off on purpose.

Find a project that no one else wants to do and do it well. Involve other people so its their solution, not just your solution. Your ideas come back around a few years later then.

Don’t make it all about you. Take yourself out of the equation.

Find someone you can use as a sounding board. Someone in the library, in the profession.

Ask the sideways questions, and ideas percolate up on the outside. Then it comes up through normal channels.

Sha: Important to be able to float up at a higher altitude. When you let go of ideas, or a great idea you mentioned first that someone else picked up, be OK with that. When we’re worried about how to make a good impression, pushing too much can leave a bad impression. Makes it clear that it’s about you. While those are important things for individuals, they’re not always well received in a culture.

Regardless of what library you work in, first step in any conversation is to do a lot of listening. Whether you’re brand new or in a brand new position. Understand the climate you’re in.

In new position with people he knew, couldn’t just tell them what they were going to do. Not just listen to people you think are important, but all people across the organization. Network with the people around you, then they start to trust you.

Might not be the right time or place for an idea, but you could get there in a few days or a few more years.

Michelle: All shiny new librarian thing. But one of the hardest things is to reel it in and hold it in. That was the hardest thing for me to do as a new librarian. You want to fix things, do things, and you can’t. Even if your bosses gave you blessing, you will burn out really fast. Don’t do all the things you want to do. Prioritize. Where can you have the impact?

When big bosses come with a project (the dead elk) — no one wants it but you have to do it. Don’t complain. Don’t bitch. Find people you can do it with. Suck it up. Do it.

Try really hard not to fall victim to the gossip mill. You find your people really fast. Also easy to find antithesis of those people. Things you say get out, and you lose trust. You are not going to get anything done in your organization if you aren’t trusted.

Aaron: how to deal with admins who create roadblocks. Everything that I did was things she wanted to do, but she wanted to do it. Sometimes its good to get a feel for where the boss is coming from. A lot of times, there’s a reason. As the supervisee, if you don’t know that they said you couldn’t do that b/c of time constraints and you say you’ll do it and don’t tell the boss, that leads to not good things. Any time you offer to do something, talk to the supervisor. Ask if timeframe, what’s promised is reasonable. Make it a discussion with them. If they say no, ask why. If there’s no why, drop it for a while.

At the same time, cover everything you need to cover.

Michelle: It takes an org culture 7-10 years to change. You may not even see that major shift while at a position, even if you help start it. You may not see the end of it.

If you have a boss that’s hard to read, someone has a better relationship or can help you feel things out. As directors if we’re holding up something, there’s a reason. “Can you help me see where the bottleneck is?”

“Help me understand” - magic words versus “Why do we?”

Heather: Sit down, advocate. Don’t give up. Ask director how they want you to handle it.

Sha: You don’t want to second-guess why this person is not open to it. Idea and initiative might be great, but could consume person’s energy, time and can’t do other things we need the person to do. Nothing to do with the project. All that stuff can only happen in conversation.

 

Q: What is the best way is to explore if something has been done before?

Michelle: Hard to figure out. Have to know who on campus to ask. Are you invested in it enough to want to do it? Sit down with direct supervisor, explain why you think it’s important, here’s how our peers are doing it. Always something you can use to leverage what you want to do. Go outside the library, too.

 

Q: What about trials, pilots?

Aaron: Everything new I do as a pilot with a defined length of time and assessment at the end of it. Pilot is usually 6 mos to a year. Key is it’s a pilot. Smoothes things over. Need a strong assessment mechanism and address concerns for what’s in the assessment process. Pilot, assess, address concerns.

 

Q: What happens if you’re new and your supervisor has a pilot project that no one else wants to do, and you see why, but your supervisor wants it. How do you navigate that? Get out of it?

Aaron: Jump in with honest assessment. Do it to the point where it needs to be assessed.

Michelle: Worst thing that happens is you just did something your boss wanted to you to do. Might waste some time, but builds a relationship. We’ve all done things we don’t think are good ideas. If you can prove in the end that it isn’t worth the effort to continue, it’s win-win.

Heather: Always find out the motivation. Can you offer alternatives that meet that motivation but is another avenue to try? Bring all the ideas you can.

Sha: Ask a lot of questions. “Can you tell me more about XYZ?” Tease it out as much as you can.

Aaron: Look for outcomes that are desired. Is there a shorter, easier way to get that?

Michelle: Start to learn people’s stalls, language. Observation, body language.

 

Q: Can you talk more about when it’s time to move on?

Aaron: Do you really know the culture of your organization? There’s institutional stuff that two years in, five years in, you think you’ve got it.

Heather: When you’re looking at a new job, I’m a huge fan of mystery shopping. I go check out a new library. Sit and watch what happens. It’s different in a public library, but I like to watch what’s going on. See what you don’t like, what you can change, so if I get the interview, I bring up those points right off the bat. If I see poor customer service, I’m honest that I want free reign to change it. They were OK with that. Have an open, honest conversation with them about the organization, what role I would play in that organization, whether the things I like to change, want to change fit with that organization. Honest conversations right when you get there about what you want to do and what you need to change. I knew going in they were open to change because of that honest conversation. Check the place out.

Michelle: A. If you are crying at work, that’s a sign. If it’s a continual pattern of that much frustration, that’s an honest sign. If you are not still learning, new challenges, about to stagnate, time for a new job. Don’t become one of those librarians.  If you don’t want to be that person

Sometimes you get a new boss and that changes the entire organization. Am I on board with this change or do I need to get out? Large amount of turnover when that happens.  

There are things you didn’t know what to look for in your first job that you didn’t know to look to. We’re selling just as much as you’re looking. When you take the job, there’s all these other people. That’s when you sit down with your boss. You hired me to do this, do I still have support to do this? If the support is there, everything else is just an obstacle.

Sha: Symptoms: This is taking a toll on me, are you bringing your work home with you, “Every time we get together, you talk about how sucky your job is.” That’s not how you want to spend your free time.

 

Q: When they welcome new members from other fields, should they do a mini-camp/day?

Michelle: That would be excellent. How to really survive in academia, culture.

Aaron: Coming into libraries is a change from anywhere. If you’re willing to ask a question, it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. If you need to know something, go find out.

Michelle: People hired you. Go in with the confidence that they wanted you. If you step on some toes, that’s just learning.  Make sure someone knows, especially your boss, knows what you’re doing. If someone’s gone rogue, not good. You need to tell your boss what you're up to because your actions impact a lot of people

 

Q: Let’s talk about passive-aggressive. How do I toe the line between doormat and threatening?

Aaron: “Here’s what I’m working on, and I’m thinking of doing this. What do you think?” Make it feel like the solution is theirs.

Michelle: It stinks, but it gets the thing done. You have to make the person your ally.

 

Closing Remarks

Sha: Do a lot of listening, exploring, detective work to learn strengths of people around you. It’s doing the same thing in the other direction and building trust. Key to accomplishing anything. That’s the key to being able to excel as a group and accomplish things you want to do.

Aaron: “Everyone is working to improve the association in their own way. They’re not doing it to piss you off, they’re doing it to make things better.”

“An employees job is to make their boss look better and to get them promoted out of the way.”

Michelle: Your boss is a busy, overwhelmed person. It’s your job to explain to us what you’re doing, who is affected by it. I’ll give you support, but if you just assume because you think it’s important, I think it’s important, that’s where we’re going to butt heads.

Heather: These conversations can take place all the time. Find a support system and a support group that you can talk to about these things. If you have questions like these, find someone to talk to, not necessarily in your organization. That’s what we’re all here is to help each other. Go out there and find those people.

You should never feel alone, ever.

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Event ALA MW 2014 Meeting Event: How to Get Things Done: A Guide for Librarians

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 04:37 pm

Many librarians, especially those in the early part of their career, struggle to identify opportunities for change in their workplaces while also maintaining a good relationship with colleagues. This session will cover how to pick your battles, how to identify opportunities for change, and when to accept things as they are. We will have four panelists at this event: Aaron Dobbs, Heather McNabb, Michelle S. Millet, and Sha Towers. This session is sponsored by the ACRL New Member Discussion Group, but will be appropriate for librarians of all types. 

Many librarians, especially those in the early part of their career, struggle to identify opportunities for change in their workplaces while also maintaining a good relationship with colleagues. This session will cover how to pick your battles, how to identify opportunities for change, and when to accept things as they are. We will have four panelists at this event: Aaron Dobbs, Heather McNabb, Michelle S. Millet, and Sha Towers. This session is sponsored by the ACRL New Member Discussion Group, but will be appropriate for librarians of all types. 

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Discussion CFP: How to Get Things Done: A Guide for Librarians (ALA MW)

by John Jackson on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 at 11:21 am

Going to Midwinter? Want to be on a panel for ACRL's New Members Discussion Group?

Call for Panelists
ACRL NMDG: “How to Get Things Done: A Guide for Librarians”
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at  10:30am-11:30am
Room Location TBA

Going to Midwinter? Want to be on a panel for ACRL's New Members Discussion Group?

Call for Panelists
ACRL NMDG: “How to Get Things Done: A Guide for Librarians”
Sunday, January 26, 2014 at  10:30am-11:30am
Room Location TBA

Many librarians, especially those in the early part of their career, struggle to identify opportunities for change in their workplaces while also maintaining a good relationship with colleagues. This session will cover how to pick your battles, how to identify opportunities for change, and when to accept things as they are. This session is sponsored by the ACRL New Member Discussion Group, but will be appropriate for librarians of all types.

If you are interested in speaking on this panel (the format will be roundtable discussion), please complete the submission form available at:https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dHloc3g4TDN6ZERtUTUyT2RneS1YS3c6MA

Submissions will be accepted until November 15, 2013 and all candidates will be notified whether they were selected by November 22, 2013.

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File ALA 2013 Session Notes - Gender and Academic Libraries

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Discussion What Questions Do You Have for Our Panelists? (re: gender in academic libraries)

by John Jackson on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 at 01:05 pm

Thank you to everyone who applied to be on our panel for ALA Annual, entitled "Gender in/and/of Academic Libraries." Now it's time to decide what questions you want us to ask the panelists. Respond in the comments!

Our panelist include:

Thank you to everyone who applied to be on our panel for ALA Annual, entitled "Gender in/and/of Academic Libraries." Now it's time to decide what questions you want us to ask the panelists. Respond in the comments!

Our panelist include:

  • Chris Bourg (Stanford)
  • Lea Engle (Texas A&M)
  • Melia Erin Fritch (Kansas State)
  • Chris Martin (North Dakota State)
  • Bess Sadler (Stanford)

The event will be a moderated discussion about the intersection of gender and academic libraries. Topics for discussion could include: how gender affects library leadership; the relationship between gender and technological skills; personal experiences of gender-related issues on the job; the importance of gender diversity in library innovation, etc. The dynamics of the discussion will be driven by the unique experiences of the panelists. 

So, what questions do you want us to ask?

 

 

 

 

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