The Professional Development Committee supports the continued development of University Libraries Section members by providing professional development opportunities. The committee will organize and/or coordinate professional development programs and offerings outside of the ALA Midwinter, ALA Annual, and ACRL Conferences. These professional development opportunities ensure ULS members are able to obtain the relevant experience and continuing education needed to further the profession and address the challenges facing university libraries. The committee works closely with the ULS Executive, Membership, Communication, and Conference Program Planning committees.
The Professional Development Committee on ALA Connect: Post and find agendas, minutes, and committee happenings.
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The chair handles scheduling of programs, and develops drafts for PR materials with the presenters.
Two committee members work on organizing each program, with the chair overseeing all work and answering any questions. The chair solicits volunteers for and appoints the members who will manage each program
One committee member serves as the primary point of contact with the presenters for each program, as well as ACRL staff, and introduces and concludes the program.
A second committee member serves as the question moderator. The question moderator also assists with each presentation and serves as back-up in case the primary contact has an emergency or conflict. The question moderator collates questions in the presentation, acknowledging receipt of the question via chat, and then reads them out to presenters at the appropriate time.
Each step is described further in this section. Please review the entire timeline and descriptive information for each step prior to initial outreach to the presenters.
Timeline: 2-3 months in advance (minimum)
When notifying a presenter that the PDC will support their online program, the chair or vice-chair will share information about the presentations such as:
The chair or vice-chair will schedule the program AND a preparatory session.
The chair or vice-chair will develop marketing/public relations materials to advertise the session:
The chair or vice-chair will appoint the committee contact and question moderator for the presentation.
Timeline: 6 weeks in advance (minimum)
Timeline: 4 weeks in advance
Timeline: 1-2 weeks in advance
Timeline: 1 week in advance, and day of the presentation
Timeline: 1-3 days after the event
Timeline: 2 weeks after the event
In some cases, the PDC will elect to seek out speakers to address a particular topic deemed especially pertinent by the committee. A sample email of this variety is below.
The ACRL University Libraries Section Professional Development Committee is charged with creating continuing education opportunities for academic librarians. The committee would like to host an online session on space assessment. The session would be a mix of best practices for space assessment, formal and informal methods, large and small projects, and some practical examples. While this might sound like a an overly broad set of topics, the committee intentionally set large parameters so the speakers could decide what to talk about based on their expertise and interests. The intended audience will be librarians new to space assessment who may or may not be assessment librarians. The committee has identified you as a potential speaker, and I am writing to ask about your interest in being a part of the presentation.
Ideally, the committee would like to have three speakers. The session is tentatively scheduled for XXX, with the speakers’ availability determining the date. The session can take on a variety of formats with a mix of presentation and Q&A. Although the committee encourages an interactive approach, the format should be what the speakers think will work best. The session will be online using Zoom hosted by ACRL.
Please let me know if you are interested in presenting, and if you have any questions about the program, then please do not hesitate to ask.