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WESS Recruitment to the Profession Committee

Meeting at Annual 2009, Chicago, IL

July 11, 8-10 a.m., Palmer House Hilton, Room Sandburg 5

MEMBERS PRESENT: Lis Pankl (chair, for George I. Paganelis), Claudia Alcala-Iniguez, Eileen Bentsen, Michelle Emanuel.

VISITORS: Charlene Kellsey, Frances Allen, Jon Marner, Laura Dale Bischof


1. Kevin Cherry, Institute of Museum and Library Services, spoke about federal funding opportunities available to libraries via the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. New guidelines for the next round of funding will be posted by September 15, 2009 and the deadline is December 15, 2009

2. Introductions were made—including new committee members and guests.

3. Announcements—forthcoming chapters by Paganelis and Kellsey et al in book on recruitment by Pankl/Theiss-White/Bushing

4. The low activity of the Job Shadowing Program was discussed. Since geographical/logistical issues seem to be the major issue for the lack of success in matching shadowing candidates with potential mentors, alternative methods of mentoring were discussed, including Skype. As well, there was discussion about possibly applying for a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in order to purchase web cams to assist with distance mentoring.

5. Members shared their own local efforts at recruitment; much of this is done on an informal basis. One of the most widely used informal methods is conversations with grad students at each librarian’s institution. As well, Paganelis made a formal presentation to a visiting class from UC Davis.

6. Brian Vetruba’s idea of a promotional video was broached again and Michelle Emanuel volunteered to from a subcommittee with Brian to develop the idea.

7. The lack of applications for the ACRL funding to visit learned societies in recruitment efforts was discussed; the biggest obstacle seems to be the early nature of the deadlines for such participation in these societies.

8. No new business was discussed.

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