Professional Development within LIS

A few initiatives, notably the American Library Association’s Emerging Leaders and Spectrum Scholars programs, increase diversity and provide development opportunities for younger librarians. Library Pipeline will contribute to these efforts by offering scholarships, fellowships, and travel assistance that enable librarians and others who are working on behalf of libraries or LIS-related organizations to participate in projects, site visits, and other opportunities that shift the trajectory of their careers and the libraries or LIS-related organizations where they work. We will emphasize participation in cross-disciplinary projects or conferences that extend LIS in new directions and contribute to increased diversity among practitioners, along with enhanced well being, especially for the traditionally underrepresented, within the populations we serve.

The Professional Development Committee will:

  • Put out a call for volunteers by early June 2015;
  • Select from among its members a chair and vice chair or, alternatively, co-chairs, along with a basic organizing and communication structure, by the middle of July 2015;
  • Review its charge and request that the Library Pipeline board make any necessary amendments by the end of July 2015;
  • Conduct an environmental scan by the end of October 2015 to assess the greatest needs associated with professional development within LIS, as well as important needs that can be met quickly—the low-hanging fruit;
  • Create basic budgets for the needs it identifies, and share its work with the Governance and Sustainability committee in order to help create fundraising priorities and plans, along with methods for assessing its effectiveness.

Chair(s): April Hathcock and Ellie Collier (both stepping down as of August 2016)

Library Pipeline Board Liaison: Lauren Pressley

We are looking for volunteers to help us with this work. Please volunteer for this committee.