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Special Interest Group Archive: Library Support Staff 06/20/2016

These are the notes from meetings dating back to 2015.

First meeting

The first meeting of the Library Support Staff Special Interest Group was on Tuesday, June 20 at Southeastern and had a healthy turnout of over 20 dedicated staff from both public and academic libraries in the region. The meeting was facilitated by Dawn Jardine of Red Hook Library.

The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 19 from 9:30am-12:30pm.

Notes from the day

Ideas for the fourth station: 

  • Collection Management
  • Privacy
  • Working with volunteers, students & interns

Weeding acronym: http://lili.org/forlibs/ce/able/course4/05criteria.htm

Budgeting and finance differences between public & academic

Results from the four stations: 

Teach Something:

  • How to trap a bat / mouse / insect
  • Baking
  • Jewelry making
  • Double Dutch (everyone has to be at the same speed)
  • The importance of customer service

SOS – Problems in the library

  • Problem patrons
  • Stratification of library workers – support staff not being valued. The solution has to come from the top.
  • Be an advocate for yourself without alienating anyone.

State your case

  • The budget is used for the educators in the library, bigger budgets are for librarians
  • Whatever is left over is allocated to support staff, and at other libraries the directors are all for encouraging professional development
  • It’s hard to find conferences for support staff

Collection issues

  • All different weeding policies
  • Most people are not allowed to keep their weeded items

To degree or not to degree

LSSC – certification available

Photos

The day's agenda

TIME

SESSION

DESCRIPTION

SCRIPT

9:30 – 9:35

WELCOME/AGENDA

Introduction to day’s events and the facilitator

SLIDE 1

Thanks for coming

Intro to me and RHPL

Schedule – use this sheet

9:35-10:00

INTRODUCTIONS

Go around room and answer 3 questions on slide – or anything else interesting.

SLIDE 2

Chocolate or vanilla, dog or cat, sci-fi or fantasy?

Tell us something about yourself, anything you’d like to share. “Pass” is always OK.

10:00-10:15

INTRODUCE THE STATIONS & PICK 4TH

Go through each of the four station slides and explain

SLIDES 3-6

Paper, pens, and flip charts are available at each station. Please be creative.

Be sure to take notes so we can all share what we’ve learned at the end.

Let’s rearrange the room!

10:15-10:30

STATION 1

Each one teach one

SLIDE 3

What are you good at? Maybe you have a perfect understanding of effect versus affect. Perhaps you can write a press release in 10 minutes flat. Whatever it is, share it with your colleagues.

10:30-10:45

STATION 2

Don’t let this happen to you.

SLIDE 4

They say air traffic controllers have stressful work, but THEY don’t work in libraries in the middle of the SRP!

Talk about what drives you crazy at work. What is stressful, what is difficult?

Commiserate and problem solve.

Jot down some solutions to share with the group later.

10:45-11:00

STATION 3

Get to conference!

SLIDE 5

In order to take a class or go to that conference you have to convince the powers that be why it benefits the library.

Spend 5 minutes writing out your “pitch” then share with the group for critique.

11:00-11:15

BREAK

 

EAT, DRINK, AND BE MERRY

11:15-11:30

STATION 4

Wild Card

SLIDE 6

11:30-11:45

SHARING FROM BREAKOUTS

What did we learn?

Go over each of the four stations and ask people to share their impressions from each experience.

What was noticed, learned, or resolved?

11:45-noon

TO DEGREE OR NOT TO DEGREE

Examining to benefits of the graduate degree

SLIDE 7

How do you decide whether to embark on a lengthy educational process?

Noon-12:15

WRAP-UP AND NEXT DATE

 

 

Southeastern NY Library Resources Council
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Phone: (845) 883-9065
www.senylrc.org