Professional Development Annual Reports

Professional Development Committee Annual Reports

  • 2016 - 2017

    Professional Development Committee
    2016-2017 Annual Report

    During the Committee’s second year, we reviewed and redeveloped an organizational structure, came up with a variety of continuing educational opportunities, and presented them to TS-SIS members.

    Chris Tarr and Ajaye Bloomstone continued to Co-Chair the PDC; Ajaye will continue for the third year and Chris will rotate off as Co-Chair, replaced by Trina Holloway for 2017-2018. The TS-SIS Executive Board opted for this retention schedule so that one Co-Chair will be able to retain institutional history and the other Co-Chair position will open to an interested TS-SIS member. It was decided that these two and three years terms would be beneficial, at least at the onset of the Committee’s existence, to get the Committee established, organized, populated, and productive. The Committee continued with its three Subcommittees, each with a Subcommittee Chair, to investigate, plan, and ultimately present TS-related opportunities in the following formats: eForums (see report below), chaired again by Suzanne Graham, Webinars (see report below) chaired by Hollie White, and Annual Program (see report below) chaired by Jackie Magagnosc. Each Subcommittee’s membership was composed of TS members who had volunteered to serve in addition to TS standing Committee Chairs (or their designates). Conference calls between the Co-Chairs and Subcommittee Chairs were held a few times over the year, and all of us were in constant contact via email.

    The Committee’s second year offered a number of CE opportunities to the membership; see below for the year’s accomplishments of each Subcommittee.

    Going into the second year, the PDC reviewed Committee and Subcommittee membership, and restructured slightly. We continued with two Co-Chairs, three Subcommittee Chairs, and three at large members. Within this revised structure, all members of the PDC worked in concert, although each educational initiative was be “chaired” by the Subcommittee responsible for the particular format for the continuing educational opportunity in development. We hoped that fewer members would facilitate better ease in working together. “At large” members of this past year’s PDC include:

    • Shyama Agrawal
    • Gilda Chu
    • Rachel Decker
    • Trina Holloway
    • Diana Jaque
    • Aaron Kuperman
    • Laurel Moran
    • Ashley Moye (AMPC Liaison)
    • Eric Parker
    • Rachel Purcell

    Ajaye Bloomstone, who also serves as the ALA ALCTS Liaison to AALL, was granted permission during the first year of the PDC’s existence by the TS Board to contact the ALA ALCTS Chair and Board with a proposal to promote AALL TS educational opportunities to the ALCTS membership and to promote ALCTS professional development offerings to TS members. Throughout this past year, our Professional Development Committee eForums Subcommittee has kept the TS membership informed of ALCTS’ continuing education opportunities (there may or may not be a charge depending on if one is an ALCTS member). Norm Medeiros, Chair of ALCTS, and Keri Cascio of the ALCTS Board both welcomed the idea of posting AALL TS-SIS PDC continuing educational opportunities on ALCTSCentral, though we’ve not yet taken advantage of it. They also suggested that in the future our committees might work together to present a joint CE offering!

    A push by the Committee resulted in getting a number of TS members on AMPC, which we hoped would result in a better understanding by AMPC of the programming we need.

    The fact that programs are not actually submitted by the TS Education Committee to AMPC, but rather by individual members, has made it difficult for the Committee to keep abreast of TS-oriented programs proposed for the annual meeting. As it turns out, however, several programs will be offered at AALL annual of particular interest to TS members, and a TS-sponsored workshop “Not Pie In the Sky” has surpassed registration estimates even before the early-bird registration period ends for the 2017 annual conference. Instrumental in the workshop’s popularity was the fact that we worked early to be able to hold it off-site at the University of Texas, Austin — this made the cost affordable.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Ajaye Bloomstone
    Chris Tarr
    AALL TS-SIS Professional Development Committee Co-Chairs

    Eforums

    E-Forums experimented with re-creating the live conference experience for our members who cannot attend Annual Meeting. The Subcommittee hosted two online discussions of conference programs of interest to TS members during the fall. Attendees were invited to watch recordings of the sessions in advance and come prepared to participate in broader discussion and ask questions of speakers. Both sessions had good conversations and the technology (freeconferencecall.com) worked well.

    September 23 featured Crowdsourcing a Skill Set to Manage the Legal Information of the Future. A dozen participants, along with speakers Melissa Beck, Mark Giangrande, and Wendy Moore, engaged in a lively discussion of what we need as information professionals. We shared ideas on the importance of maintaining enthusiasm and professional curiosity throughout our careers. We talked about Sara’s recipe for finding initiative, and we considered the craft of pitching your value with some great slides by Wendy. Mark and Melissa discussed the value of good organizational communication and the importance interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.

    Friday, October 21 featured Are People Even Using This Database?: E-Resources and Statistics. Three of the original speakers (Anna Lawless-Collins, Jacob Sayward, and Dan Rosati participated to recap and answer questions. Discussion was very good and covered COUNTER statistics from both a library’s and a vendor’s perspective.

    Laurel Moran intermittently posted notices of educational opportunities of interest to the TS community on behalf of the committee.

    Suzanne R. Graham
    Part-time Metadata & Analytics Librarian
    Alexander Campbell King Law Library
    University of Georgia School of Law

    Webinars

    The webinar subcommittee was quiet this year –we lost our chair halfway through the year. We hope to be more active next year. One thing we did do is to decide to rely on the AALL webinar platform, as it seems unnecessarily complicated to implement our own and we’ve so far had good luck getting all our proposed webinars accepted.

    Chris Tarr

    Annual Program

    Annual Program Subcommittee

    The Technical Services SIS Education for Annual Meeting Committee met via conference call September 16 and 23 and conducted the balance of our discussion via e-mail. We mined the “must have” and “Data & Content Management” submissions in AALL’s IdeaScale implementation, contacted the individuals who submitted ideas, and tried to ensure that programs were submitted based in the topic suggestions in IdeaScale. The committee used Google Drive to share program submissions and comments.TS-SIS members were invited to share the program proposals with the committee for feedback. Twelve program submissions were shared with the committee.

    Two programs, From authorities control to identities management and FCIL basics for catalogers were recommended to the TS-SIS Executive Board for sponsorship.

    Proposals were submitted by TS members for the programs listed below. Program names highlighted in bold were accepted by AALL for the conference:

    The following programs of interest to TS-SIS members were approved for Annual Meeting 2017. Those reviewed by the TS-SIS Education for Annual Meeting Committee are indicated by a *.

    • *Workshop 2 – Not pie in the sky: practical strategies for embracing change in technical services
    • *Linked data, your library, and you (OBS-SIS sponsored program)
    • *Deep dive: You’ve hear the jargon, now play the game: linked data on your laptop
    • *From authority control to identity management: managing – not controlling
    • Disaster planning in an hour
    • The power of the cloud: crowdsourcing metadata for library materials
    • Digital repositories, law libraries and the future of open access
    • Digitization is done – now what? Understanding metadata, online delivery, and user experience

    Jackie Magagnosc

  • 2015 - 2016

    Professional Development Committee
    2015-2016 Annual Report

    The Committee’s first year was productive. We developed an organizational structure, came up with a variety of continuing educational opportunities, and presented them to TS-SIS members.

    Chris Tarr and Ajaye Bloomstone were asked to Co-Chair the PDC and will continue for the second year with one of us rotating out for the Committee’s third year. The TS-SIS Executive Board opted for this retention schedule so that one Co-Chair will be able to retain institutional history and the other Co-Chair position will open to an interested TS-SIS member. It was decided that these two and three years terms would be beneficial, at least at the onset of the Committee’s existence, to get the Committee established, organized, populated, and productive. PDC Co-Chairs were responsible for setting up three Subcommittees, each with a Subcommittee Chair, to investigate, plan, and ultimately present TS-related opportunities in the following formats: eForums (see report below), chaired by Suzanne Graham, Webinars (see report below) chaired by Wilhelmina Randke, and Annual Program (see report below) chaired by Jennifer Noga. Each Subcommittee’s membership was composed of TS members who had volunteered to serve in addition to TS standing Committee Chairs (or their designates) on the Subcommittee rosters as ex-officio members. Conference calls between the Co-Chairs and Subcommittee Chairs were held several times over the year, and all of us were in constant contact via email.

    The Committee’s first year was not without expected growing pains, but we managed to offer a number of CE opportunities to the membership; see below for the first-year accomplishments of each Subcommittee. Highlights include a spring webinar that was very well-attended, the acceptance of 2 programs and 2 workshops by AMPC, and a very active and growing use of eForums, especially by the New Catalogers Roundtable and the Acquisitions Committee.

    Going into the second year, the PDC has reviewed Committee and Subcommittee membership, and we would like to restructure slightly. We plan to go forward continuing with two Co-Chairs, three Subcommittee Chairs, and three at large members. Within this revised structure, all members of the PDC will work in concert, although each educational initiative will be “chaired” by the Subcommittee responsible for the particular format for the continuing educational opportunity in development. We hope that fewer members will facilitate better ease in working together.

    Ajaye Bloomstone, who also serves as the ALA ALCTS Liaison to AALL, was granted permission by the TS Board to contact the ALA ALCTS Chair and Board with a proposal to promote AALL TS educational opportunities to the ALCTS membership. Throughout this past year, our Professional Development Committee eForums Subcommittee has kept the TS membership informed of ALCTS’ continuing education opportunities (there may or may not be a charge depending on if one is an ALCTS member). Norm Medeiros, Chair of ALCTS, and Keri Cascio of the ALCTS Board both welcomed the idea of posting AALL TS-SIS PDC continuing educational opportunities on ALCTSCentral. They also suggested that in the future our committees might work together to present a joint CE offering!

    A fall push by the committee also resulted in getting a lot of TS members on AMPC, which we hope will result in a better understanding by AMPC of the programming we need.

    The fact that programs are not actually submitted by the TS Education Committee to AMPC, but rather by individual members, has made it hard for us to keep track of the registrants for workshops. Low enrollment caused the cancellation of one rather suddenly. Had we realized that enrollment was low, we might have been able to make a push for more attendees. This is something to be aware of in future.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Ajaye Bloomstone
    Chris Tarr
    AALL TS-SIS Professional Development
    Committee Co-Chairs

    Eforums

    EForums Working Group had three main goals this year: (1) to provide technology support for our roundtable and committee chairs to encourage more year-round meetings, (2) to coordinate and facilitate professional conversations on hot topics, and (3) to promote free (or low fee) online professional education opportunities from all sources to our membership.

    Suzanne Graham assisted Diana Jacque in the hosting of two online meetings of the Acquisitions Committee, and she coordinated the first two meetings of the New Catalogers Roundtable. Both groups continue to hold regular meetings online without our support. Next year, the committee should reach out more directly to the Preservation, Cataloging, and Serials Committees.

    With Alan Keely’s assistance, the committee offered an eForum on EDS through MyCommunities in November (with Jeffrey Gabel). Twelve participants signed up for the week-long conversation, but we generated very few postings. We also offered online meeting debriefing space in Google Hangouts following the PDA/DDA webinar in August and Lawmageddon program in October. These spaces allowed our members to discuss their main take-aways from the sessions and process how they might playout at their library. Both of these initiatives are worthwhile and high-impact for members that engage. We should continue to try different topics and platforms for our eForums.

    Laurel Moran has done an outstanding job compiling timely alerts of upcoming professional development programs of interest to our membership. She posted messages (at least bimonthly) highlighting about seven opportunities in each.

    Suzanne R. Graham
    Part-time Metadata & Analytics Librarian
    Alexander Campbell King Law Library
    University of Georgia School of Law
    706-542-5082

    Webinars

    The AALL February 2016 webinar was on “What You Need to Know About 21st Century Cataloging Standards”, covering RDA, Bibframe, and Linked Data.

    Goals which weren’t done were to put together a listing of recorded presentations or webinars relevant to law library technical services, and to note upcoming webinars relevant to law library technical services and promote those to membership. These could be done for future.

    Technologically, webinar software was an issue.

    AALL provides software, an archive of video recordings, and some advertising for the official AALL webinar series. Those are free of charge to AALL members who are logged into aall.net. But, there is a per webinar fee for non-AALL members, and recordings cannot be posted elsewhere. This potentially limits reach.

    I think that long term, software for webinars is available through two good widely available options. Blackboard released Collaborate Ultra, which is widely available to academic librarians. Collaborate Ultra allows participants to join without installing any software on their computers. Another option is available to anyone. That is freescreensharing.com, which requires participants to install software, but then works fine.

    I think that this should be continued for next years, with more of a focus on promoting webinars or recordings by other groups to membership. A good goal for next year would be for TS-SIS to submit and present one official AALL webinar, and also for TS-SIS to post on the membership forum about once a month about a recently posted recording of a webinar or presentation relevant to members.

    Wilhelmina Randke

    Annual Program

    Annual Program Subcommittee
    2015-2016 Annual Report

    Members of the 2015-2016 Subcommittee:

    • Jennifer Noga, Chair
    • Rachel Decker
    • Angela Hackstadt
    • John Hostage
    • Diana Jaque
    • Maxine Wright
    • Gilda Chiu

    Activities and Accomplishments

    The primary purpose of this subcommittee being to foster needed educational programming for the annual conference, the subcommittee focused its efforts on: 1) gathering feedback from members about recommended programming and 2) coordinating submission of programming ideas by members.

    In August of 2015 the subcommittee sent out programming ideas that were suggested in the larger Professional Development meeting held in Philadelphia to the larger TS-SIS community as a starting point for developing programming for the 2016 conference. The subcommittee later promoted the AALL IdeaScale website for collection of program proposals that was launched in September. Numerous messages were sent to the TS community advocating for members to submit their ideas with reminders about the site and programming ideas. Once the submission deadline passed, similar advocacy efforts were made to encourage TS members to vote on proposals submitted by other members and those of interest to the section. Ultimately, three of the top five vote-getters on the AALL site were programs that were highly relevant to TS-SIS educational needs.

    Proposals were submitted by TS members for the programs listed below. Program names highlighted in bold were accepted by AALL for the conference:

    • BIBFRAME and Linked Data In Action: From Theory to Practice
      (1/2 day workshop)
    • Hugo-a-thon (RDA cataloging) (1/2 day workshop) *
    • Promoting the Value of Technical Services Librarians at
      Budget Time
    • Crowdsourcing a Skill Set to Manage the Legal Information of
      the Future
    • Using Data in the Electronic Resource Lifecycle
    • Ensuring Access to Foreign and International Legal Materials: FCIL
      Basics for Catalogers

    * This program was later cancelled by AALL due to low enrollment

    The subcommittee also helped to coordinate the TS Hot Topic Program for the 2016 AALL Conference. Coordinating with the Co-Chairs of the Professional Development Committee and with input from other members, a session was organized with several, informal roundtable discussions about various TS content areas. The tables are organized loosely around Standing Committee topics, and each table has a facilitator and a list of questions to get the conversation started.

    2015-2016 was the inaugural year for this subcommittee in its current incarnation. With the exception of the chair, the subcommittee is populated by chairs of other standing committees. In truth, it was challenging to coordinate the activities of this subcommittee with so many members, especially when those members have demanding responsibilities with their own committees. The Chair recommends that the makeup of the subcommittee be reevaluated with an aim to reduce the number of members with emphasis on close communication with the standing committee chairs as a way of informing the work of the subcommittee.

    Respectfully submitted:

    Jennifer Noga
    Chair, 2015-2016 TS-SIS Annual Program Subcommittee

  • 2014 - 2015

    Professional Development Committee
    2014-2015 Annual Report

    2014-2015 Members: Ajaye Bloomstone, Ian Kipnes, Pat Sayre McCoy, Stephanie Schmitt (chair), Christine Tarr.

    New Professional Development Committee Charge: Throughout 2014-2015, the TS-SIS Professional Development Committee worked with the TS-SIS Board to revitalize the committee charge and structure. Beginning with the 2015-2016 appointment year, the new Professional Development Committee is designed to be an integral part of the educational work of the TS-SIS.

    AALL Bloomberg CPE Grant: The Professional Development Committee applied for and received an AALL Bloomberg CPE Grant funding for a webinar.

    Soft Skills: Professional Indicators of Success Webinar
    Date: January 29, 2015
    Moderator: Patricia Sayre-McCoy
    Speaker: Jack G. Montgomery

    Employers recruit librarians and staff based on hard and technological skills. However, “soft skills,” those personal attributes which drive our interactions on the job, are prized as key indicators for professional success and organizational effectiveness. Employers are increasingly looking for staff who understand when to push forward or let others lead, can analyze the politics of the workplace, and respond effectively to difficult managerial and interpersonal situations. These intangible skills are important for career growth and organizational success. Learn how to harness these important skills to gain confidence and long-term professional effectiveness.

    Educational Technology: The committee worked to explore and assess educational and professional development technologies and resources provided through AALL. From e-forum platforms to conference call and webinar software, the committee provided the TS-SIS board with feedback and advice.

  • 2010 - 2011

    Professional Development Committee
    2010-2011 Annual Report

    While initially Aaron Kuperman and Emerita Cuesta were to have been co-Chair, Emerita had to resign as Chair shortly after the 2010 annual meeting due to her promotion.

    Plans for utilizing the TS table as a help desk have been made. I’ve also arranged for some Law specific LC training materials to be made available for general use.

    Aaron Kuperman
    Baltimore, MD

  • 2009 - 2010

    Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Development
    2009-2010 Annual Report

    The Professional Development Committee (whose name was changed from the Ad Hoc Committee for Professional Development this year) was unable to develop a continuing education webinar this past year. There was some interest in using an unaccepted proposal by Rhonda Lawrence concerning preparing for RDA, but, with all of the vagueness about just when it was being made available, this was abandoned.

    The committee met via conference call in February, and some ideas were discussed, among them having Pamela Bluh give a webinar on digitization, but she was booked up for the rest of the year. A committee member attended a GPPLA presentation on digitization projects and law libraries, but this, too, never got off the ground.

    All together, a frustrating year for this committee.

    Submitted by Karen Nuckolls

  • 2008 - 2009

    AD HOC COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    2008-2009 ANNUAL REPORT

    Members:

    • Chair: JoAnn Hounshell
    • Janet Camillo
    • Pamela Deemer
    • Jason A. Eiseman
    • Donna Lombardo
    • Barbara Ost
    • Liaison: Linda Tesar

    The TS-SIS Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Development was established in September 2007 by the Executive Board to address the continuing education needs of the membership outside of the American Association of Law Libraries annual meetings.

    The AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP) awarded a $2,000 grant to TS-SIS for the web seminar Redesigning Technical Services: Working in a Hybrid Environment which was held August 14, 2008. Mary K. Dzurinko, Principle of MKDzurinko Associates, and a TS-SIS member was the speaker for the seminar which focused on workflow redesign for libraries transitioning from a print to electronic collection. There were 153 registrants for the program.

    Recommendations for future seminars that could be accessed at a librarian’s convenience from a desktop, iPhone or other mobile device were discussed. Pam Deemer submitted an excellent idea for expanding on a seminar on managing from the middle which would include segment on social network communications. Another recommendation was to work more closely with the other Special Interest Sections to develop and co-sponsor programs.

    Submitted by: JoAnn Hounshell

  • 2007 - 2008

    AD HOC COMMITTEE ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
    2007-2008 ANNUAL REPORT

    Members:

    • Chair: JoAnn Hounshell
    • Janet Camillo
    • Pamela Deemer
    • Jason A. Eiseman
    • Donna Lombardo
    • Barbara Ost
    • Liaison: Linda Tesar

    The TS-SIS Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Development was established in September 2007 by the Executive Board to address the continuing education needs of the membership outside of the American Association of Law Libraries annual meetings.

    The committee’s first order of business was to conduct a survey of the TS-SIS membership. The survey was launched in November 2008, and the membership was asked to provide feedback on the continuing education topics that they would find the most useful. The top five most requested program topics were

    • workflow redesign,
    • cataloging electronic resources,
    • FRBR,
    • Open Source, and
    • metadata systems.

    Based on the membership’s response, the committee drafted a program proposal for a web seminar. Mary K. Dzurinko, Principle of MKDzurinko Associates, and a TS-SIS member agreed to be the speaker for the web seminar. Mary assisted in the development of the program grant proposal which was submitted to the AALL/BNA Continuing Education Grants Program (CEGP). The CEGP awarded a grant of $2,000 for the TS-SIS web seminar Redesigning Technical Services: Working in a Hybrid Environment to be held August 14, 2008. The seminar will focus on workflow redesign for libraries transitioning from a print to electronic collection.

    Submitted by: JoAnn Hounshell