Professional Development Alliance: Register for December’s Professional Development Offerings
December 07, 2020
Are you excited for the holidays? Not as excited as we are for December’s Professional Development Alliance webinars!
Atla is partnering with other library consortia and organizations to create a Professional Development Alliance (PDA). The PDA is dedicated to sharing professional development opportunities across the participating organizations. This new cooperative initiative multiplies the number and variety of online professional development opportunities available to members of each participating library organization.
As a pilot, each PDA-participating organization is sponsoring a no-cost, online professional development session each month that is being promoted to members of all participating library organizations. Sessions will cover a broad array of topics of interest to library professionals.
PDA offerings, including registration information, are included in the Atla events calendar, as well as down below.
|Session Title||Description||Date (CST)|
|A Peek at Personalities||
Are you an employee? A manager? Do you have a spouse? Children? Friends? Acquaintances? Do you volunteer in an organization? Are you on committees? Do you ever deal with people in any context at all? Of course you do! This 60-minute webinar is an invaluable tool in understanding your own personality style, as well as understanding those with whom you interact.
We’ll look at common characteristics of the four primary styles – the good, the bad, and the ugly! You’ll find out how we are all so different… and yet so alike. Why do they do the things they do and why do you react the way you do?
As you learn about yourself, you’ll undoubtedly experience an “aha!” moment regarding someone else (or several “someone elses”!). This is an opportunity to discover what makes them – and us – tick!
1 – 2 p.m.
|What is Data Literacy and Why Is It Important?||Join us in discussing what data literacy is and why it’s important for librarians of all types. Presenters will examine data literacy in both public and academic library contexts and how this is already an integral part of librarians’ work. We’ll end by considering how librarians can leverage data literacy skills to become better advocates for themselves, their libraries, and communities.||
12 – 1 p.m.
|Decolonizing Subject Headings and Collections||This presentation will address the importance of ethical cataloging in challenging multiple forms of bias in descriptor assignment and collection building. Control of such bias supports accurate, equitable, and inclusive collection access and increases findability of relevant resources. Presenters will cover how cataloging and reference/instruction librarians inform each other’s work to support the goal of critical, responsible librarianship.||
1 – 2 p.m.
Do you know any library employees who are eager to acquire grant funds to support creative projects that otherwise could not happen without external funds? Are there questions about where and how to get started, and what steps can prevent folks from reinventing the wheel? Do you think there are enough interested library employees who want to start a coordinated grantseeking effort?
Building on fifteen years of developing workflows and systems for managing all aspects of library grantseeking at the University of Arizona and University of Florida, this grant webinar series will share best practices, including checklist examples for guidelines and workflows, funding alerts describing funding opportunities for libraries, and templates for sharing submitted and pending proposals with library employees.
1 – 2 p.m.
|Why Did I Leave the Profession? – The DEI Perspective||
Join us for an eye opening discussions as three former librarians discuss why they left the profession.
Co-moderated by Twanna Hodge (DEI Librarian, University of Florida) we will ask the panelists:
1 – 2:30 p.m.
|Communicating Value Through Storytelling||
Storytelling has been happening for over a century in libraries, but its applications are too often presumed to be narrowly focused on serving children. The skills involved in navigating a dynamic exchange between teller, audience, and story are applicable to the most pressing problems facing libraries and librarians in the 21st century, those of communicating our knowledge and value. This talk will feature storytelling insights based on over forty interviews from the Storytelling @ Work project, and combining insights from librarians with those from storytelling applications in advancement and fundraising. Participants will leave with narrative structures for building informative and emotionally compelling stories from their own knowledge and experience to communicate their value.
10 – 11 a.m.
Professional Development Alliance (PDA) participating consortia:
- ASERL: Association of Southeastern Research Libraries
- BLC: Boston Library Consortium
- CARLI: Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois
- LOUIS: Louisiana Library Network
- NC LIVE: North Carolina’s statewide library cooperative
- SCELC: Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
- SEFLIN: Southeast Florida Library Information Network
If you have suggestions on future webinars, send us your ideas.
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