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From the GMR: You, yes you, have a voice in MLA continuing education!

Charniel McDaniels of the GMR has the pleasure of sitting on MLA Continuing Education Committee. Currently the committee is soliciting ideas for the 2011 Spring webcast. Is there a burning topic you'd like to see presented?

Some ideas that have already been suggested are:

  • Translational science - role of the library

  • Tablet PCs and iPads - library applications

  • Productivity and publication: tracking and publicizing employees' grants, publications and honors

  • Budget challenges and strategies

  • Sites and software to enhance collaborative efforts

  • A presentation on workplace etiquette. It's an old-fashioned topic, but it's actually technology that is changing all of the rules. Possibly the topic of ethics could be combined with it.

  • Evaluation and assessment of library services. For example, we provide many different services, which can be different depending on the environment, but basically we provide services at the circulation desk, reference desk, interlibrary loan, collection development, education, teaching. The question is, how are we doing? How we did last time we gave a class? Should I change the strategy? The content? Are users satisfied? Did they learn anything new? Did they get what they needed? Just-in-time? Was that really just-in-time? Are the databases/books/journals been used? Should I change my library profile?

Please reply to Charniel (mcdaniel@uic.edu) with your ideas and I will pass them along to the CE Committee!

Also, it's time to submit ideas for CE courses for the MLA 2012 meeting to be held in Seattle! Here's the information about that from the MLA Focus:
MLA is now accepting ideas for exciting and innovative courses and symposia to offer at MLA '12 in Seattle, WA. Courses and symposia will be held on May 18, May 19, and May 23, 2012.

Submit your ideas by Friday, December 17, for consideration by the MLA Continuing Education Committee at its midwinter meeting in January 2011.

Here's the link to the call for proposals:
http://www.mlanet.org/education/callcourses2012.html

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