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Professional Development Alliance December 2021

PDA December 2021

“The Great Resignation Movement” – A Conversation about Workplace Culture, Communication, and How to Advocate for Yourself

December 2, 2021 @ 1:00pm EST

The Professional Development Alliance highlights one of our own in this conversation with Elaina Norlin, Professional Development and DEI Coordinator at ASERL. Elaina will discuss the Great Resignation Movement in the context of library spaces, and how this is changing our organizational structures and how we think about work. Attendees will receive a discount code to purchase Elaina’s book, The Six-Step Guide to Library Worker Engagement, which covers workplace culture, leadership, teamwork, and how diversity, equity, and inclusion ties into it all.


Learnabout: Google Sheets

December 6, 2021 @ 5:00pm EST

Spreadsheets can be confusing and complicated. Let us demystify them for you! Join this webinar to learn more about how Google Sheets operates. This session will accommodate beginner and intermediate users.

Presented by Olivia Moris, Program Manager, Metronet Information Literacy Initiative

Sharpening Your Organizational Skills

December 9, 2021 @ 11:00pm EST

If you scroll through online self-help headlines or scan the titles of articles in major magazines, you’ve probably read something recently on the ONE thing you MUST do to become organized – and that ONE thing changes with each new writer’s perspective! Maybe you’ve even tried some of those techniques – but they not only left you unorganized, but feeling like you had failed.

Here’s a secret you really need to know – there really are no “ONE-size-fits-all” rules for becoming organized – isn’t that a relief?? In this information-packed webinar, you’ll learn about what you can do to be more organized, not what “they” say you should do!

We’ll look at your desk, your calendar, and your files. Which do you struggle with? How can you make sure your calendar is working for you and not against you? How can you make your filing system more efficient? Then we’ll spend some time with specific tips that will help you get started on your organizational journey. We will discuss techniques that will help you feel more in control, more organized, and more at peace with your surroundings – and isn’t that what we’re all looking for when we try to become more organized?

This session will include dozens of invaluable suggestions – you’re sure to find several that will help you in your organizational journey!

Linda Bruno has been developing and conducting training seminars for more than ten years. Certified with Development Dimensions International and Achieve Global, she also offers her own workshops on Customer Service, Supervisory Skills, Personalities, Organizational Skills, Effective Communication, Returning Balance to Your Life, and many other topics.

The ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey

December 15, 2021 @ 11:00pm EST

Each year thousands of academic libraries complete ACRL’s Trends and Statistics Survey. Libraries across the country use the survey for benchmarking, understanding trends, advocating for better resources, assessment, and conducting deeper research. In this session, members of ACRL’s Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board will present selected results from the 2020 survey by looking at how the data can be used with the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. ACRL has recently migrated the survey to the new platform, Benchmark: Library Metrics and Trends, which provides comparative data. Presenters will also share responses to common questions from those who complete the survey, discuss recent changes to the survey, and demonstrate how librarians can access and use the data.

Devin Savage is the Dean of Libraries for the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he has served previously in a variety of management and leadership roles over the last eight years. Prior to his work at Illinois Institute of Technology, he also served in a variety of roles in his 15 years at Northwestern University Library, including Assessment Librarian. Among his other current professional service and contributions, Savage currently serves as the Chair of the ACRL Academic Library Statistics and Trends Editorial Board.

Janine A. Kuntz (she/her) is the Instruction & Social Sciences Librarian at Wheaton College MA. She holds an MLIS from San Jose State University, a BS in Sociology with a WGS minor and a BA in English Literature both from North Dakota State University. Janine has been active in ALA and ACRL for a number of years, currently serving as a member of the ACRL Academic Library Trends and Statistics Survey Editorial Board, and previously serving on committees within WGSS and LIRT. Her professional interests include assessment, critical pedagogy, and information/digital literacies.

Jeannette E. Pierce is Associate University Librarian for Research, Access, and Instructional Services and Interim Associate University Librarian for University Archives, Special Collections, and Digital Services at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Jeannette served previously at Loyola University Chicago, first as head of reference services and subsequently as director of the Loyola Information Commons, an innovative four-story addition to the main library managed in partnership with campus technology services and focused on student success. Early career positions included librarian positions at Johns Hopkins University and Saint Louis University. Jeannette is an active member of numerous professional organizations, including the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), with a consistent history of active service and leadership. Jeannette holds an MS degree in Library and Information Science and a BA in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an MS in History from Saint Louis University. Jeannette is a recent alumnus of the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership Fellows Program.