Category Archives: Leadership

Mentors Needed for Spectrum Scholars

Are you interested in directly contributing to the development of the next generation of academic librarians and ensuring a diverse workforce? Then consider mentoring an ALA Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program! The program links participating library school students and new librarians who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians who provide mentoring and professional guidance.

What’s Involved?
As a mentor, you will serve as a role model and provide career guidance, as well as help mentees find opportunities for involvement and leadership in the profession. You must be an academic librarian, have multiple years of professional experience (a minimum of ten years preferred), and be an active member of ACRL. The mentor program requires a commitment of at least one year and up to maximum of three years.

You will receive Web-based training from ACRL to assist you in building a successful mentoring relationship. Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Contacting the Spectrum Scholar on a regular basis (monthly is ideal).
  • Spending time with the Spectrum Scholar at library conferences when you are both are in attendance.
  • Completing two brief assessment surveys during the first year of your mentorship.

How Do You Apply?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program, just complete the application.

What Happens Next?
The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee matches new pairs of mentors and Spectrum Scholars throughout the year, with most of the matches made in the spring. If we are unable to match you with a Scholar immediately, your application will be kept on file and you’ll be contacted periodically to confirm your ongoing interest in participating.

While applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, the committee will be matching a new cohort of mentors and mentees beginning in April, so please apply today to be an ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor. The profession benefits when you share your experience!

If you have questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, please contact Committee Chair Ebony Magnus at ebonymagnus@gmail.com or ACRL staff member David Connolly at dconnolly@ala.org.

Registration Now Available for Women’s Leadership Institute

ACRL is excited to once again collaborate with higher education associations to offer the 2015 Women’s Leadership Institute. The institute will be held December 6-9, 2015, in Amelia Island, Florida. Co-produced by several higher education associations, this unique program will bring together administrators from across campus functions to help you:

  • Hone your leadership skills for working in a rapidly changing environment
  • Develop a better understanding of the campus as a workplace and culture
  • Share experiences with others about how campuses are adapting and adjusting to the new reality
  • Create new personal networks and networking skills to better tap the higher education community

Through presentations, small-group exercises, and discussion, you will gain a practical understanding of what it takes to be a leader on a college or university campus—both the challenges and the rewards. Examine the unique roles, skills, and relationships needed to lead as higher education faces and deals with the most challenging period in 50 years.  Learning outcomes include:

  • To effectively utilize key leadership skills: negotiation, communication, introducing and managing change, developing yourself and others, and creating effective work environments
  • To develop your greatest strengths and talents through a highly regarded personal assessment tool
  • To recognize and appreciate the roles, responsibilities, and perspectives of a broad range of higher education professionals
  • To build relationships and improve goal achievement when working with people from across campus
  • To help your institution respond successfully to the unique challenges of today

The program is designed for women who aspire to become senior leaders in higher education. Current responsibilities should include administrative functions that regularly require decision making that affects departmental operations and involves other important relationships on campus.

Complete details and registration materials are available online. Register by November 4 receive a special Early Bird discount! Questions should be addressed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or e-mail mconahan@ala.org.

Immersion Practical Management Program: Feb. 20 registration deadline

Register by February 20 for the Immersion Management Track: Practical Management for the Instruction Coordinator. The Immersion ’15 Practical Management track will be held in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland on March 25, 2015.

Instruction coordinators are often well-grounded in theory and instruction practice and have some of the tools they need to begin building campus-wide programs. Frequently, however, coordinators or those in similar roles do not supervise the majority of librarians who participate in a library’s instructional program, presenting challenges to the development of innovative and effective programs. This interactive one-day program will address how to lead from within – developing the powers of persuasion to influence in multiple directions.  Other topics include creating the right environment for a successful instruction program, understanding a broader campus environment, providing constructive feedback, and coaching for success.

“The Immersion Program gave me plenty of practical ideas to take home. Being in a room of people all facing the same challenges that I’m facing, and all acknowledging that they ARE challenges is invaluable.” ~ 2013 Practical Management Track Participant

Learning Outcomes
After participating in the Immersion ’15 Practical Management track, you will be able to:

  • Open a discussion with appropriate leadership about your role and responsibilities
  • Provide influence in multiple directions in order to achieve programmatic goals
  • Develop a succinct proposal for administrative consideration
  • Understand the critical elements for creating a desired environment
  • Understand the potential of information literacy programs in a larger campus context

Complete details about the program and registration materials are available on the ACRL website.  Questions about the Immersion Practical Management Program should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.

 

Mentors Needed for Spectrum Scholars

Are you interested in directly contributing to the development of the next generation of academic librarians and ensuring a diverse workforce? Then consider mentoring an ALA Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program! The program links participating library school students and new librarians who are of American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander descent, with established academic librarians who provide mentoring and professional guidance.

What’s Involved?
As a mentor, you will serve as a role model and provide career guidance, as well as help mentees find opportunities for involvement and leadership in the profession. You must be an academic librarian, have multiple years of professional experience (a minimum of ten years preferred), and be an active member of ACRL. The mentor program requires a commitment of at least one year and up to maximum of three years.

You will receive Web-based training from ACRL to assist you in building a successful mentoring relationship. Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Contacting the Spectrum Scholar on a regular basis (monthly is ideal).
  • Spending time with the Spectrum Scholar at library conferences when you are both are in attendance.
  • Completing two brief assessment surveys during the first year of your mentorship.

How Do You Apply?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor for a Spectrum Scholar through the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor program, just complete the application.

What Happens Next?
The ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Committee matches new pairs of mentors and Spectrum Scholars throughout the year, with most of the matches made in the spring. If we are unable to match you with a Scholar immediately, your application will be kept on file and you’ll be contacted periodically to confirm your ongoing interest in participating.

Please apply today to be an ACRL Spectrum Scholar Mentor. The profession benefits when you share your experience!

If you have questions about the ACRL Dr. E. J. Josey Spectrum Scholar Mentor Program, please contact Committee Chair Harriett Green at green19@illinois.edu or ACRL staff member David Connolly at dconnolly@ala.org.

2013 Women’s Leadership Institute registration still available

ACRL is collaborating with other higher education associations to offer the 2013 Women’s Leadership Institute. This year’s institute will be held Dec. 3-6, 2013, in Amelia Island, Fla. The Women’s Leadership Institute is an experience which provides professional development opportunities on issues that affect women within the higher education community. Attendees are women who represent the many functional areas on campus who aspire to be senior leaders in higher education and share a passion for the field.

Leadership development and positioning continue to be concerns for women in society in general and is a focus for the development of the next generation of leaders in higher education. Research shows that while the gap may be narrowing, pay and promotion disparity continue to be problems for women working on campus. The Women’s Leadership Institute mission is to bring together women who represent the vast communities across institutions of higher education. It provides a special opportunity to learn, not just about leadership skills, but about how other parts of the campus function, what their priorities and challenges are and how to bridge the communication gap that may exist when we try to work across campus cultures.

The program is designed for directors of libraries and those who report directly to them in positions such as associate university librarian or assistant library dean. Institute content will also be useful to other campus administrators involved in senior-level decision making affecting the entire library operation and involving other important relationships on campus.

Registration fees include general and breakout sessions, program materials, an opening reception, one dinner, one lunch, one brunch and two continental breakfasts. Complete program details, cosponsors and a link to registration materials are available on the institute website.

Direct questions on the Women’s Leadership Institute to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522.

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