Our “Shut Up and Write” Evening

Do you have an article draft you need to work on? An outline to refine? A book proposal to begin? Even a totally half-baked research idea to flesh out on [real or virtual] paper? Okay, so answer this: are you your own worst enemy when it comes to putting nose to the grindstone? Begun in San Francisco, “Shut Up and Write” meetup groups have popped up around the country, including a community of academic writers called Shut Up and Write Tuesdays, who write and Tweet together on—you guessed it: Tuesdays (@SUWTNA). These writing communities are set up to help authors skip the procrastination and “get on with it already.” And, if you don’t know where or how to begin — we’ll help you.

Join the ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group, the Mentoring Program, and the Research & Writing Support Group for an evening of writing, encouragement, a bit of networking & refreshments, and more writing.

This event is open to current members of ACRL/NY. Become a member. Not sure if you are a current member? Contact sbaschnikw@oldwestbury.edu.

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
WHERE: Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY 10016, Room C196.05 (Space is limited, so register early)

RSVP: https://acrlnyforms.wufoo.com/forms/our-shut-up-and-write-evening/

Questions? Email lmiles.librarian@gmail.com or susanne.markgren@manhattan.edu

Note: All attendees must bring a photo ID, your name will be on a list at the guard station.

“Talking the Talk” – Report on the New Librarians, Management & Leadership Development, and Mentoring Discussion Forum – 6/9/2016

On June 9th, an informal discussion forum was convened on the topic “Talking the talk: Persuasive communication for productive initiative and leadership in academic libraries.” Fifteen ACRL/NY members met for discussion, networking, and refreshments.

Before the free-ranging discussion, each of four panelists spoke briefly about their research or experience on the topic. Robert Farrell, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Information Literacy and Assessment at Lehman College (CUNY), spoke about indirect strategies for affecting change without explicit agency, the sometime inopportunity for “truth telling” in the workplace—discussed as an inability to address problems directly, and the role that meditative practices might play in helping to manage emotional states.

Dr. Debbie Rabina of the Pratt Institute School of Information spoke about education for academic librarianship, and the inherent difficulty of teaching and measuring leadership within the context of a formalized graduate school program. Due to poor enrollment in leadership-focused courses, she cited the need to address and incorporate leadership topics across the curriculum. MLS courses tend to be skill-based, and “leadership” may be a topic that requires a more theoretical perspective.

Barbara Rockenbach, Interim Associate University Librarian for Collections and Services at Columbia University, discussed how job seekers can craft a discourse on leadership, even if they don’t have any demonstrated management experience, by becoming informed about institutional and library strategic plans as they relate to the specific academic framework. A strategic leadership quality for both on-the-job-librarians and job candidates is to consider what keeps administrators and library leaders awake at night, and contemplate ways to address and alleviate these issues.

Finally, Dr. Michael Stoller, Associate Dean for Collections & Research Services at New York University, discussed the distinction between management—about getting through the day/month/year at hand—and leadership. He talked about the vision and context conversations that should ideally resonate both up and down the power structures in libraries so that employees in all position have a clear and evolving sense of the educational mission of the library and the institution. He also talked about the important role that administrators have in identifying leadership traits in job candidates and employees, and in cultivating new leaders.

In providing advice for job seekers, and those looking toward acquiring greater leadership skills and roles, the panelists collectively talked about the importance of finding the right fit for the library and the institution. Dr. Stoller mentioned that interviewee questions can be very telling, and he looks for candidates who express curiosity, engagement, passion, creativity, energy, and hunger. Barbara Rockenbach offered her idea of a great interviewee question for a potential boss, “How do you deal with bad news?” And Robert Farrell emphasized that librarians, and job candidates, should be able to comprehend and exhibit a sense of purpose amidst the larger context of the institution, in order to advance the mission.”

Attendees and panelists both asked questions and offered advice to one another in a lively and informative dialogue on this unmistakably important and relevant topic, and ideas for related events were discussed. Stay tuned!

“Research & Writing – Productivity & Accountability”

ACRL/NY Joint Meeting – 3/11 — New Librarians Discussion Group + Mentoring Program + Research/Writing Support Group
It’s FREE! – Refreshments will be served.
We are planning a lively discussion about:
  • productive processes/routines/practices for research, writing, and publication;
  • specific “tips and tricks”;
  • and helpful tools.
When you RSVP online, we’ll ask you to share one idea to contribute to these topics. We’re also going to kick off our “Accountability Partners Program” for research and writing — a low-effort, huge payoff program that will help all of us become more productive.
WHEN:      Friday March 11, 2016, 9:00 am to 10:45 am
WHERE:    Mercy College – Manhattan
                   66 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
                   Room #721
                   (All attendees must bring a photo ID)
You must be an ACRL/NY member to participate in Discussion Groups — Join or Renew.
QUESTIONS?: lmiles@yu.edu

Debrief: June 17th New Librarians/Mentoring Program Event

Miranda McDermott, librarian at the Bronx Library Center, has been a frequent attendee at NLDG/Mentoring events and is a veteran mentor for the ACRL/NY mentoring program. In this NYPL blog post, Miranda provides a brief run down on the meeting, describes her experiences as a mentor and past mentee, and provides links to related resources.

ACRL/NY Mentoring and New Librarian Discussion Group, June 2015 By Miranda McDermott, Bronx Library Center

ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group & Mentoring Program – Jan. 14 2015 Meeting

Please join us for our first meeting of the Mentoring Program and the New Librarians Discussion Group next week. We will discuss the needs/concerns of new librarians, the mentoring program, and upcoming events for the Spring semester. And, if you are currently in the mentoring program, this will be a good chance to meet your mentor/mentee, ask questions of your colleagues and seasoned professionals, and socialize with like-minded librarians.

When: Wednesday, January 14th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.) directions

Please fill out the form below to help us plan this meeting. We hope that you can make it! Snacks and drinks will be provided.

RSVP: https://acrlnyforms.wufoo.com/forms/january-meeting-for-mentoring-program-nldg/

This meeting is open to ACRL/NY members only. Please remember to renew your membership. It’s inexpensive, and you don’t need to join ACRL National. If you became a member, or renewed after October 1 of 2014, then your membership should be good through 2015. If you are unsure if you are a current member, you can contact Werner Sbaschnik, ACRL/NY Membership Secretary, at sbaschnikw@oldwestbury.edu.

Go here to join or renew ACRL/NY membershiphttp://acrlny.org/join-us/

RSVP for the Jan. 14 event: https://acrlnyforms.wufoo.com/forms/january-meeting-for-mentoring-program-nldg/

ACRL/NY Meet-n-Greet, October 28

Are you a librarian who lives in the New York area and works in a college or research library?

Or, perhaps you are a student getting your degree in Library and Information Studies?

If so please join us at ACRL/NY’s fall meet-n-greet. This will be a great opportunity to network with colleagues, meet the ACRL/NY executive board, and learn about the many benefits of membership.

This event is free and open to all.

October 28, 2014
6:00-7:30 pm

ART/NY – Spaces @520
520 Eighth Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets)
New York, NY 10018
3rd floor

Refreshments to be served. Please reserve your spot as early as possible. Space is limited.

RSVP to:
Keith Muchowski
New York City College of Technology (CUNY)

Please join the Greater New York Metropolitan Area Chapter of ACRL, the Association of College and Research Libraries at what will certainly be an informative and enjoyable evening.

Speed Mentoring, Resume Review, Networking​, Meet-n-Gre​et – June 18th

ACRL/NY Mentoring & New Librarians Discussion Group Meeting – June 18th

What: We will have a final wrap-up meeting for the mentoring program, combined with a meet-n-greet for the New Librarian’s Discussion Group.

When: Wednesday, June 18th, 5:30 – 7:30pm

Where: Jefferson Market Library, 425 Avenue of the Americas (at 10th St.) directions

This meeting is for current, past and future participants of the Mentoring Program, members of the New Librarians Discussion Group (NLDG) and anyone interested in finding out more about the NLDG, the Mentoring Program, and ACRL/NY. You do not have to be a member of ACRL/NY to attend this meeting, but you will need to join to be involved in the Mentoring Program and the NLDG. Membership information is listed below.

For the new(er) librarians, we will be providing speed mentoring (small group Q&As with experienced librarians), and resume review. We will also have time for networking and group discussions, as well as breakout discussions with just the mentors (or those thinking about becoming a mentor) and the mentees (or those thinking about becoming a mentee).

Snacks and drinks will be provided!

Registration Form: https://acrlnyforms.wufoo.com/forms/acrlny-mentoring-nldg-meeting-june-18th/

Susanne Markgren, coordinator, Mentoring Program
Haruko Yamauchi, co-chair, New Librarians Discussion Group
Linda Miles, co-chair, New Librarians Discussion Group

5:30 – 5:45 : Resume Review* (sign up when you register) + networking
5:45 – 6:00 : Speed Mentoring on Specific Topics** (sign up when you register)
6:00 – 6:30 : Introductions and Group Discussion
6:30 – 6:50 : Breakout Group Discussions – Mentors and Mentees
6:50 – 7:15 : Group Discussion. Questions. Wrap-up.
7:15 – 7:30 : Networking

*If you sign up for resume review, we will schedule you with a specific reviewer. Please arrive at 5:30 and bring a copy of your resume.

**If you sign up for speed mentoring, please arrive by 5:45, and groups will be determined at that time.

ACRL/NY is dedicated to improving library services, encouraging the exchange of ideas and information, providing networking opportunities for librarians and seeking greater cooperation among academic and research libraries. ACRL/NY promotes professional standards, mentors librarians, and enhances professional development through a variety of educational programs.

Membership fees:
Current member of ACRL national: $25
Non-member of ACRL national: $35
Library/information science student: $10
Retiree: $10

Membership Year
ACRL/NY membership is based on the calendar year. Membership paid on or after October 1 includes the following calendar year as well as the period between the date of payment and the end of calendar year. Join Now!

Registration Form: https://acrlnyforms.wufoo.com/forms/acrlny-mentoring-nldg-meeting-june-18th/