Continuing Education for Librarians: Essays on Career Improvement Through Classes, Workshops, Conferences and More

Continuing Education for Librarians: Essays on Career Improvement Through Classes, Workshops, Conferences and More

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Continuing Education for Librarians: Essays on Career Improvement Through Classes, Workshops, Conferences and More by Carol Smallwood

It is an exciting time to be a librarian. Advances in technology have let libraries expand far beyond walls and lead the way in information delivery, while transforming the physical library into a place where customers can connect to information in new ways. It is also a challenging time to be a librarian. With continual change as the new normal, staying current can seem overwhelming. Even as they face budget shortfalls and staff reductions, librarians are tasked with finding the time and resources to keep abreast of rapid changes. This book offers a cornucopia of practical advice about how to acquire new skills (and formal and informal credentials) through all stages of a career. The 27 essays cover formal and online education, conferences, fellowships, workshops, networking, teaching, mentoring, balancing personal with professional lives, and money matters—and are filled with practical, honest and real-world advice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476601311
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/31/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 935 KB

About the Author

Carol Smallwood, a recipient of multiple Pushcart nominations, is the author of journal articles as well as editor of numerous books including one in Poets & Writers Magazine List of Best Books for Writers. A Michigan resident, her experience includes school, public and special libraries. Kerol Harrod, Denton, Texas, librarian, is the creator, writer and co-producer for the children’s television show Library Larry’s Big Day. Vera Gubnitskaia is a reference librarian at Valencia College, Winter Park, Florida. She has worked in public and academic libraries in Russia and the United States, and has given talks at Florida Library Association and Florida Literacy conferences.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Foreword  Robert P. Holley 1
Preface  Carol Smallwood, Kerol Harrod and Vera Gubnitskaia 3
Part I. Formal Education
 1. Pride and Perseverance: Pursuing the Doctoral Degree for Librarians (Sue C. Kimmel and Kasey L. Garrison) 5
 2. Graduate Certification (Megan McGlynn) 13
 3. How I Spent My Summer Vacation (And All My Other Free Time): Earning an MBA (Nathan Rupp) 22
Part II. Online Education
 4. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for Professional Development and Growth (Paul Bond) 28
 5. How to Successfully Take an Online Class (Mary Francis) 35
 6. Getting Your MLIS Degree Online: Tips from a Recent Grad
(John M. Jackson) 42
Part III. Conferences, Fellowships and Workshops
 7. Professional Development Workshops for Special Collections Librarians (Karen A. Mason) 49
 8. Presentation Preparation: A Learning Tool (Tiffany Benson) 56
 9. Make the Most of Your Days Away from the Library: Spend Them Learning, Discovering and Sharing Your Calling with Others (Betsy Butler) 63
10. Using Theatrical/Acting Training to Improve One’s Interaction with the Public; or, Role Playing to Expect the Unexpected (Sara Rofofsky Marcus) 71
11. Conducting a Yearlong Fellowship Program: Lessons Learned from “Transforming Life After 50” (Cindy Mediavilla) 79
12. Hosting a Conference (Trudie A. Root) 88
13. Traveling Abroad for Professional Development (Kate Wise and
     Heidi Blackburn) 98
Part IV. Networking
14. Learn by Association (Dana Braccia) 105
15. Developing Your Personal Learning Network (Nicole A. Cooke) 111
16. Professional Association–Based Professional Development
(Lesley S. J. Farmer) 119
Part V. Teaching
17. Professional Development Through Teaching (Celia Ross) 127
18. Teaching to Learn: Expanding Your Horizons as a Classroom Faculty Member (Paula M. Storm) 133
19. Librarians as Educational Leaders in Schools (Stephanie Sweeney) 141
20. Giving Back to Get Ahead: Adjuncting as Continuing Education
(Andrea M. Wright) 148
Part VI. Mentoring
21. Service Learning and Mentoring in the Preparation of LIS Students: One Method of Keeping Current (Stacy L. Creel) 156
22. Mentoring: Planting the Seeds for Learning and Growing in the Library Profession (Alessia Zanin-Yost) 164
Part VII. Personal Life
23. Bang on the Drum All Day: How Personal Interests Can Positively Impact Professional Development (Matthew Cook) 172
24. Balancing Act (Sarah Laleman Ward) 178
25. Juggling Work Responsibilities, Family Life and Continuing Education Without Dropping a Ball (Adam Winger) 185
Part VIII. Money Matters
26. Paying Your Way: How to Find Scholarships to Support Your MLS Program (Jennifer K. Sheehan) 191
27. Continuing Education for $0 (Aline Soules) 199
About the Contributors 207
Index 211

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