Coming to PLA? New Residency Models for Public Libraries: Focus Group Discussions

If you’re attending the Public Library Association Conference, set aside some time on Thursday, March 15, to participate in a focus group session about post-MLIS residencies in public libraries.

Leaders from the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, along with national partners, are developing a replicable post-MLIS residency model aimed at expanding the leadership capacity of new professionals, who can effect transformative change. The model will be tested in the context of emerging technology integration in diverse types of libraries. The research team is currently gathering input from library leaders and invites you to join the conversation.

Dr. Sandra Hirsh, director of the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, will discuss the Catalyst project and share findings and insights to date. Help shape this residency program model, and share your experiences, ideas, and exemplary practices. All PLA attendees are invited to participate.

WHEN:          Thursday, March 15, 2012    TIME:            10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. &   2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.            WHERE:       PLA 2012, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Room 305

The Catalyst project is funded by a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Partners include: San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, Association of College and Research Libraries, Public Library Association, Urban Libraries Council, and OCLC. For more information, please visit:slisweb.sjsu.edu/catalyst

In addition, the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science is exhibiting at PLA. Please stop by Booth #2011 for a full schedule of events including special presentations by four faculty members.

You are also invited to a networking reception from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 15 at JW’s Mezzanine Lounge inside the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. The reception is free and open to all PLA attendees. We look forward to seeing you at PLA!

The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science offers two fully online master’s degrees, a fully online certificate program, and a doctoral program: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science, and the San Jose Gateway PhD Program. Let the learning begin: slisweb.sjsu.edu

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