By Paul George, Research Librarian, Harvard Law School Library.
The ALL-SIS Education Committee wants to thank all of you who returned the ALL-SIS Education Committee's questionnaire.
While the number of responses is small (miniscule?), the quality is enormous.|
As part of the planning for submitting program proposals for the Philadelphia meeting in 2000 as well as future conferences, the Education Committee hopes to be able to identify from the members the key issues that should be addressed in programs and workshops presented at the AALL annual meeting. Responses to the survey included in the last issue of the newsletter have given us many useful suggestions. While several issues were raised in the responses, three dominate the returns so far.
A large number of academic librarians are concerned about developing technologies. How do we keep ourselves and our staff current in fast-changing times? How do we respond to faculty and student needs for training and services if our own resources are limited? Do we catalog web resources? How can we incorporate web technologies and a truly good home page into library services?
Programs on personnel issues received more favorable responses than any other single category. People want information on managing staff, dealing with problem employees, finding ways to reward staff, remaining competitive with salaries, and providing sufficient training and support.
Several responses noted that we need to address issues for the experienced librarian. Senior and middle management want programs addressing their issues, and experienced librarians at every level in the organization are interested in exploring ways to remain challenged and fresh.
The responses raised excellent issues, ranging from programs on dealing with other campus libraries to outsourcing and to the librarian's role as teacher, which was commented upon by several people. The education committee will be reviewing all of the responses and comparing them with past programs. We will be calling on many of you for further ideas and suggestions. If you have ideas or suggestions for a program or want to help with the planning, please contact us. Also, please feel free to complete the survey if you have not done so yet as we are still accepting responses. (In fact, we're currently begging many of our friends to complete the surveys.) The survey is available on the SIS home page at http://aall.wuacc.edu/sis/allsis/1998/survey.html.
|Patricia Cervenka||James Duggan||Paul George|
|Mercer||Southern Illinois||Harvard Law School|