The Professional Development Committee of ACRL/NY is pleased to present:
Encouraging Experimentation and Creativity through Professional Development: Transforming our Failures into Best Practices
Description: In order to thrive in the profession, 21st Century librarians must keep up with trends, try new things and improve their job performance. Without a dedicated librarian in charge of training and development, our librarians are empowered to experiment and explore professional development opportunities to grow within the profession. Several librarians within our institution have taken initiative to create a wide range of internal development experiences that foster growth and dialogue. This session will present the best practices we have identified through our missteps and failures from several internal professional development initiatives. From a weeklong conference to a bi-weekly collaborative newsletter, we have learned how to tackle failures such as lack of participation, confusion from complex processes and overlooked event logistics. Each of these failures has expanded our capacity to reflect and take future risks in order to encourage a culture of robust professional growth. Participants will learn the impact that buy-in has on implementing a successful initiative. In order to create success from missteps, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of soliciting and using feedback. Participants will also recognize the value of offering a wide range of opportunities and formats that allow people to contribute in their own ways. Through reflecting on failures and refining approaches, librarians can learn how to create an environment where they are committing themselves to their organization, profession and their own life-long learning education.
Learning Outcomes: Participants will learn how to reflect on failures and learn how to remain resilient in order to transform their missteps into best practices. Participants will understand the importance of offering a wide range of professional development opportunities in formats that allows everyone to contribute in their own ways so that librarians are committing themselves to their organization, profession and their own life-long learning education, through professional development.
When: Friday March 22, from 3:00 – 4:30pm
Where: Mercy College, Manhattan Campus, 66 W 35th St, New York, NY, Room 723 (directions [mercy.edu])
Note: All attendees must bring a photo ID, your name will be on a list at the guard station.
RSVP by March 21.