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The NDLA Professional Series is a series of online professional development meetings for NDLA members. Meetings are held every other month and will focus on semiannual topics broken down into discussions over pre-assigned resources (journal articles, videos, podcasts, etc.) and speakers.

Sessions occur in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Most resource discussion sessions occur on the fourth Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. Speaker sessions in April and October will be scheduled around speaker availability.

Speaker sessions may be recorded (with the permission of the speaker), but general discussions will not be to allow fuller discussion about potentially difficult topics. 

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Current Topic

Our first topic for the series is focused on hiring and interviewing best practices. We'll first dive into some specific topics within the hiring process and eventually explore best practices.

August Meeting - Resource Discussion

This resource discussion will focus on the article "Normalize negotiation! Learning to negotiate salaries and improve compensation outcomes to transform library culture" from In the Library With the Lead Pipe, an open access journal.

Please read the article before the session and come ready to discuss or ask questions.

Session is on August 25, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Central. 

Registration is closed.

Geraci, A. & Farrell, S. L. (2019, May 22). Normalizing negotiation! Learning to negotiate salaries and improve compensation outcomes to transform library culture. In the Library With the Lead Pipe. https://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2019/normalize-negotiation/

October Meeting - Speaker

Gail BetzWe're pleased to announce that our October speaker will be Gail Betz, who is also the author of our December readings. (You do not need to read December's resources prior to this session.)

Gail Betz, MLIS, is a Research and Education Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore serving the School of Social Work. Since 2019, she has been working on conducting research around the experiences of disabled academic librarians with the hiring process after comparing strategies with another visually impaired academic library colleague and realizing there was little guidance to rely on in these situations. She has also been fortunate to work closely with UMB’s School of Social Work on accessibility issues and serve as a faculty advisor for their student disability group. She includes pictures of her two dogs, Fig and Cashew, in any one-shot instruction sessions she does and regularly receives questions about them from students.

Session is on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. Central. 

The speaking portion of this session will be recorded for later viewing. Q&A and discussion will not be recorded to allow for more open dialogue.

Registration is closed.

December Meeting - Resource Discussion

This discussion focuses on two articles by Gail Betz:

Please read the articles before the session and come ready to discuss or ask questions.

Session is on December 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. Central. Please note that this will be on the third Thursday of the month. Register for this session now!

Registration

Betz, G. (2022, April 6). Navigating the academic hiring process with disabilities. In the Library with the Lead Pipe. https://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2022/hiring-with-disabilities/

Betz, G. (2022, June 22). Researcher's corner: Navigating the library interview process with disabilities. Hiring Librarians. https://hiringlibrarians.com/2022/06/22/researchers-corner-navigating-the-library-interview-process-with-disabilities/

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