LLAMA/NMRT New Leaders Discussion Group Meeting

Anaheim Convention Center 205B
Sunday, June 24, 10:30am – 12:00 pm.

Join us for a fun discussion and meet some new friends! This program is open to everyone.

“Moving up the Ladder”
It’s always a catch-22 situation when libraries send out job ads requiring prior supervisory experience for leadership/management/supervisory positions. How do candidates get supervisory experience without first obtaining jobs that provide that experience?

Three Discussion Starters who have found a way around this obstacle will share their experience, advice and practical tips.

This is an informal group discussion meeting. The “Discussion Starters” will have 8-12mins to share their experience, helpful tips/advice, and provide potential topics for discussion. There will be about 30mins of “presentation”. The remaining hour will be roundtable discussions, where the Discussion Starters will join different tables to speak with the attendees, facilitate discussions, answer questions, etc. Attendees are encouraged to share their experience, ask questions, get to know each and make some new friends.

Discussion Starters:
1. Kayte Korwitts graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign’s Library Information Science program (GSLIS) in 2009, where she served as the President of the SLA Student Group Association. Kayte was the sole campus Librarian for The International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) for two years before getting promoted to her current position of Regional Director of Library Services. In addition to her ‘home’ campus of IADT in Chicago, she oversees the Learning Resource Centers at four other campus locations: Detroit, Nashville, Orlando and Tampa.

2. Joel A. Nichols manages (and drives) the Free Library Techmobile, a twenty-five foot long library outreach vehicle equipped with mobile broadband, laptops and tablets, for the Free Library of Philadelphia.He has also worked as a Children’s Librarian at Parkway Central and at the Lillian Marrero Branch. He was recently elected to a term on the GLBT-RT Executive Board, which begins in June. He has an MSLIS from Drexel, an MA in Creative Writing from Temple University and a BA in German from Wesleyan University, and won a Fulbright to Berlin in 2002. Nichols is also under contract with Libraries Unlimited to write a library iPad programming guide, which will appear in 2013.

3. Miriam Rigby has been working as a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of Oregon for about 3.5 years. She started taking on leadership roles during her MLIS (2006-2008), serving as secretary of the student ALA chapter and coordinating events. Since becoming a Social Sciences Librarian, she’s been volunteering on university and library organization committees, and is now chairing a variety of committees and taking on responsibilities usually assigned to “senior librarians.” Nonetheless, her cats still let her know who’s boss.

Miriam will be talking about the progression of her leadership roles and how to start
taking on responsibilities and work your way up in organizations. Particular interests of hers are librarians’ self-esteem and their ability to self-promote their accomplishments so as to advance quickly in the field, as well as how to not get bogged down in committee work that is unrelated to your goals. So she’s happy to talk about how to promote one’s accomplishments so that you look like a great candidate, even if you don’t have years of experience in librarianship, as well as how to say no to work occasionally.

This program is sponsored by the LLAMA/NMRT Joint Committee on Collaboration.

Leo Lo
Assistant Professor/Research & Development Librarian
113 Hale Library
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506-1200

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