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Leadership Mentoring

Apply to the CJCLS Mentoring Program

Hello Community and Junior College Libraries Section!

Our CJCLS Mentoring Pilot Program was a success and we are now accepting applicants for the 2022-2023 (8-month) mentoring program. Pilot program participants shared many positive experiences. Comments included:

  • A positive experience and plan to participate again in fall.
  • This was very helpful for me to be able to talk with another director about the challenges we are facing.
  • Found it very beneficial to talk to someone further along in their career who is specific to the college setting.

Are you new to community college libraries and want to expand your professional knowledge and skills? Or are you an experienced librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others? The CJCLS Mentoring Program Committee invites you to participate in the CJCLS Mentoring Program!

We’re accepting participants until September 15, 2022. After the deadline, participants will be paired and there will be a Mentoring Program Kick-Off Meeting to review expectations. The program will run from October 15, 2022 until June 30, 2023.

Participation Requirements

Mentees

Open to all who are currently employed at a community college library as a librarian, staff, administrator, or students enrolled in or recent graduates from graduate-level Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs.

Mentors

Currently employed at a community college library as a librarian or administrator with a minimum of 4 years of library experience.

Submit your application by September 15:

Contact Committee Chair, Sandy McCarthy, at mccarthy@wccnet.edu with questions.

With Appreciation,

The CJCLS Mentoring Committee

Sandy McCarthy, Yumi Shin, Sabrina Dyck, Nathasha Alvarez, Laura Mondt, Mi-Seon Kim, Robin Brown

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Collections Events Leadership Research

Upcoming Events about Community College Libraries

CJCLS Section Events

Diversity & Collection Development – Friday, March 18, 2022 from 2-3pm ET

Coffee & Conversations: Accessibility in OER – Monday, April 4, 2022 from 1-2pm ET

Ithaka S+R Events

Join an upcoming virtual convening organized by Ithaka S+R.

Learn more and register: Conversations on Community College Library Strategy and Collaboration

  • Emergency and emerging technology programs at community college libraries – Tuesday, March 22, 2-3pm, ET
  • “When in doubt, go to the library”: Navigating the community college ecosystem – Tuesday, April 5, 2022 from 2-3pm, ET
  • Assessing the evolution of community college library mission – Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 2-3pm, ET
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Leadership Mentoring Outreach

Get Involved in the CJCLS Mentoring Program

Are you new to community college libraries and want to expand your professional knowledge/skills? Or are you an experienced librarian willing to share your knowledge to help others develop their skills? The CJCLS Mentoring Program Committee invites you to participate in the CJCLS Mentorship Pilot Program!

We’re now accepting participants until March 15, 2022.

After the deadline, participants will be paired (mentor/mentee) and the mentoring pilot program will then run from April 1, 2022 until June 30, 2022.

After the pairing, there will be a Mentoring Program Kick-Off Meeting to review the expectations.  At the end of the program in June, participants will be asked to complete a survey to assist our committee in collecting data on what worked well, what can be improved, and assessing the program overall.

Requirements for Participation

For Mentees – Open to all who are currently employed at a community college library as a librarian, staff, administrator, or students enrolled in or recent graduates from graduate-level Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs.

For Mentors – Currently employed at a community college library as a librarian or administrator with a minimum of 4 years of library experience.

How to Apply

Fill out the appropriate application at the link below before our March 15 deadline!

For more information, contact the Mentoring Committee Chair: Sandy McCarthy (mccarthy@wccnet.edu)

With Appreciation,

The CJCLS Mentoring Committee

Sandy McCarthy
Yumi Shin
Sabrina Dyck
Nathasha Alvarez
Robin Brown

CJCLS Mentoring Program LibGuide

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Leadership Research

Apply for the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2022 Research Training Institute

Apply for the Medical Library Association (MLA) 2022 Research Training Institute

Are you a library professional who wants to take your research skills to the next level? Do you have a brilliant idea or research topic that you want to pursue but do not know where to start and need support to carry it through? The MLA Research Training Institute (RTI) is a unique, highly effective, and collaborative online research and support program. RTI assessment findings show that the RTI learning model is sound, effective, and increases the research skills, confidence, and productivity of participants. Librarians of all levels of professional experience who provide health information services, collections, and support, and want to contribute to improving library and health care outcomes, are encouraged to apply to the RTI program.

The institute is a one-year online program that consists of a series of online modules in advanced research methods, mentoring by faculty experts and peer coaches, preparing and implementing a research project, and an opportunity to present findings at the MLA ’23 annual conference. RTI ‘22 features an expanded research curriculum and greater affordability and flexibility for participants. Learn more about RTI program details.

RTI Applications will be open until January 12, 2022

Applications are now being accepted through January 12, 2022, for the 2022 cohort of RTI research fellows. Accepted applicants will be notified in March 2022. See the RTI website for eligibility requirements and selection criteria. The institute offers many scholarship opportunities for professionals from small libraries, engaging in DEI research, and for those with limited financial means.

Discover and nurture your research talents! Learn how to conduct and lead quality research projects. Meet like-minded research colleagues, make lifelong friends, gain research confidence, form research collaborations, and help end-users improve health and wellness! Apply today!

Read about the RTI success story.

CJCLS member, Sandra McCarthy, was a 2019 RTI fellow. The study of community college health sciences librarians’ perceptions was the focus of her research and her research findings, Health sciences librarian competency perceptions: A survey of national community college librarians were published in the January 2021 issue of the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

The RTI fellow program was a very positive experience for me. The program provides you with training in research, an assigned mentor to meet with during the program as well as continued support during your research project, and the friendship with a network of librarians.

Sandra McCarthy, AHIP, faculty librarian at Washtenaw Community College

The project is made possible in part by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

If you would like to learn more about the institute, please visit the RTI website or contact Project Director, Susan Lessick, AHIP, FMLA at slessick@uci.edu.

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Leadership

Get Involved! CJCLS Leadership Opportunities

ACRL’s CJCLS (Community and Junior College Libraries Section) seeks six (6) candidates for the 2022 election cycle. Two candidates each are sought to run for Vice-Chair, a three-year total commitment, Secretary and a Member-at-large position, both two-year commitments. All three positions will take office on July 1, 2022.

CJCLS Vice-Chair / Chair Elect

The Vice-Chair serves successive one-year terms, first as Vice-Chair, then Chair, and finally as Past-Chair. The Vice-Chair will begin their term at the conclusion of ALA Annual 2022. The successful candidate will represent the section at leadership sessions at the Midwinter and Annual conferences during their term as Vice-Chair and Chair. Position is from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025.

Secretary

The Secretary takes and distributes minutes for all Executive Committee meetings, the Section’s annual meeting, and any special meetings and may preside over meetings in the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chair. Position is from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024. 

Member-at-large

Member-at-large is a newly created Executive Committee position. The incumbent’s role varies from year to year and might include a special project or appointment to an ad hoc committee or task force. Candidates should be flexible and proactive, volunteering to contribute as opportunities arise. Position is from July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024.

All nominees must be current members of CJCLS and have consented to be a candidate. The deadline for nominations is August 13, 2021. Please consider nominating yourself or someone who you think would be a great candidate. Send a brief biography and statement of interest to the CJCLS Nominating Committee Co-Chairs, Sandy McCarthy (mccarthy@wccnet.edu) and Shawna Thorup (sthorup@nwacc.edu). Read more about the positions and CJCLS Governance.