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CLA Update 2006 The 8R’s: June 15, 2006

CLA Update 2006 The 8R’s: June 15, 2006

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CLA Update 2006 The 8R’s: June 15, 2006

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  1. CLA Update 2006The 8R’s: June 15, 2006 Wendy Newman Stephen Abram Catherine Steeves

  2. Is there an issue? Can we address it?

  3. Ways to address the issue • Ostriche • Eyore • Rabbit • Turtle • Grasshopper and the Ant

  4. Librarians need to understand that when we study something to death ... Death was not our original goal!

  5. The CLA 8R’s Goals • Not just another study • Action orientation • Engage the whole range of sector participants • Many hands make light work • Creative Thinking • Partner with major provincial, specialized and national organizations

  6. Background • Supply-demand issues in their context • Full report on the Web • Focus on the findings • Practical tools and resources • Themes: recruitment, education, leadership • Various products • Launch of Info*Nation

  7. The Future is Now: Shifting Demographics, Emerging Competencies, and the Canadian Library Workforce

  8. The 8Rs • Recruitment • Retention • Remuneration • Repatriation • Reaccreditation • Rejuvenation • Retirement • Restructuring

  9. http://www.ls.ualberta.ca/8rs/8RsFutureHRLibraries.pdf

  10. Getting the Information Out The Future of Human Resources in Canadian Libraries download: http://www.ls.ualberta.ca/8rs Training Gaps Analysis for Librarians and Library Technicians download: http://www.culturalhrc.ca/research/default-e.asp CLA President’s Council IMLS study of library workforce in the United States: http://www.libraryworkforce.org

  11. Study Sponsors and Supporters • University of Alberta • Canadian Association of Research Libraries • Canadian Urban Libraries Council • Library and Archives Canada • Alberta Community Development, Government of Alberta • Canadian Library Association • Cultural Human Resources Council (Training Gaps Analysis)

  12. Conference Presentations • CLA • SLA • Ontario LA • Saskatchewan LA • Library Association of Alberta • CARL • ALISE • Canadian Council for Information Science (L-Schools) • CALL • CHLA • BCLA • etc.

  13. Implications • Appears to be no imminent crisis in library staff supply and demand • There does appear to be many issues with the available pool and how it will progress through the period

  14. Implications • Shifting roles experienced between librarian and paraprofessional staff • Access to education for all staff • Base education programs • Continuing professional development • Leadership and management potential and competencies of new and existing staff

  15. Charge to the Community • Recruitment isn’t about numbers, but about qualities and competencies • Management, Leadership, IT • Recruitment isn’t just to institutions, but to the profession • Convergence between the profession and the schools • Address the challenge of increasing and supporting diversity in the library workforce

  16. Charge to the Community • Build greater accessibility to library education programs • Commit to professional development for all library workers • Take on leadership and management development as core competencies to be nurtured within the workforce • Gain greater understanding of role shifts and how they define core competencies • What do new and mid-career staff see as necessary competencies? • How can training barriers (due to limited budgets) be addressed?

  17. How We’ve Worked • Small working groups • Logistics • Short-term emphasis • CLA Web site to link • Projects and products

  18. Summaries and Presentations • PTLDC, Academic libraries, Remote Northern libraries • Library Conference Presentations

  19. Recruitment • Info*Nation preview at CLA 2006 • Site with a difference

  20. Management, Leadership, and mid-Career Development • Opportunities to meet with new librarians and LTs • Beneficial practices • Training Gaps Analysis (CHRC) • Continuing education programs of associations • Mid-career institutes

  21. Accessibility of Library Education • Aboriginal peoples and multicultural communities • Distance education • Tool kit for training programs

  22. Internship and Practicum Opportunities • Detailed summary • Web site

  23. Mentoring • Information resources and templates for organizations • Reverse mentoring • Within and outside the organization • Highlights of successful programs

  24. Foreign Credentials • Complex issue • Need for benchmark data • Study leave M. Lefebvre • International developments

  25. School Libraries • Education of future librarians • Representation in Info*Nation

  26. Recent and Future Developments • CHRC funded Skills Gap Analysis • Need for periodic summits on library education • Same themes evident • Maintaining focus and updating resources

  27. How to get involved wendy.newman@utoronto.ca

  28. Sample Talent! • Anne Bailey, Toronto Public Library • Jason Bird, Regina Public Library • Fiona Black, School of Information Management, Dalhousie Univ. • Claude Bonnelly, Université Laval • Barbara Clubb, Ottawa Public Library • Linda Cook, Edmonton Public Library • Bill Curran, Concordia University Library • Kathleen Delong, University of Alberta • Holly Dewar, Toronto Public Library • Judy Dunn, Faculty of Information Studies, Univ.of Toronto • Yvonne Earle, Legislative Assembly, Nunavut • Linda Foley, Hamilton Public Library • André Gagnon, Regina Public Library • Barbara Herd, Ottawa Public Library • Karen Hildebrandt, Concordia University College

  29. Sample Talent! • Mohammed Hosseini-Ara, Markham Public Library • Ernie Ingles, University of Alberta • Rebecca Jones, Professional Learning Centre, Univ.of Toronto • Janet Kaufman, University of Guelph • Madeleine Lefebvre, St. Mary’s University • Penny Logan, Canadian Health Libraries Association • Carrol Lunau, Library and Archives Canada • Murray McCabe, King Township Public Library • Janine Miller, Law Society of Upper Canada • Diane Mittermeyer, Graduate School of Library and Info. Studies, McGill Univ. • Wendy Newman, Faculty of Info. Studies, University of Toronto (Chair) • Joanne Oud, Wilfrid Laurier University • Tracey Weiler, Research In Motion • Peter Rogers

  30. Sample Talent! • Esther Rosenfeld (ret.), Toronto District School Board • Pam Ryan, University of Alberta • Réjean Savard, Ecole de Bibliothéconomie et des Sciences de l'Information, Université de Montréal • Manjit Singh, Brantford Public Library • Catherine Steeves, University of Guelph • John Teskey, University of New Brunswick • Edel Toner-Rogala, Burnaby Public Library • Vicki Whitmell, Ontario Legislative Assembly • Stephen Abram, CLA Past President, SirsiDynix • Don Butcher, Canadian Library Association • Allison Sivak, University of Alberta • Justyna Berzowski, Theorem

  31. INFO*NATION

  32. Responding to the Study • Celebrate the fact that people who work in libraries find their jobs satisfying • Promote the core values of the library professions • Break down the stereotypes • Reach out to youth and those who have not yet chosen to pursue work in libraries • Address diversity issues by reflecting a diverse workforce

  33. Making a Statement • Creating a “different” recruitment website • Address stereotypes through humour and through the content and images • Light on jargon and text, heavy on engagement in real terms • Present the “faces” and “voices” of library workers

  34. Finding the voices…. • May Info*Nation campaign to create a buzz • Pre-launch site • Blogosphere • Program directors from library schools and colleges • Want ads

  35. Info*Nation Project (Ottawa, ON)Library ModelsDeadline: May 30, 2006 Description: Do you have an interesting job in the library or information professions? Are you eager to break some of the stereotypes associated with libraries and librarians? If so, maybe it’s time you joined the Info*Nation. The Info*Nation project is a web initiative launched by the Canadian Library Association to market and promote our profession. We’re looking for diverse individuals from a variety of work environments to reflect Canada’s dynamic library community from sea to sea. Duties: • None – you’ve already made a great career choice Qualification & Requirements: • You are employed in the library and information profession (or will be soon) Salary: • Personal fame (not fortune) • Additional information: • Submission of information and/or photographs does NOT guarantee inclusion in the Info*Nation initiative (hey, we only have so much web space) Application Procedure: • Visit: www.infonation.ca

  36. Let’s take a look…. INFO*NATION Pre-launch

  37. What was the response? • Over 60 submissions • Many willing to lend their voices, photos are a different story • Buzz on blogs

  38. Let’s take a sneak peek… INFO*NATION Preview