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WESS Recruitment to the Profession Committee

Meeting at Annual 2010, Washington, DC

June26, 8-10 a.m., Grand Hyatt, Independence E


Members Present: George I. Paganelis, Eileen M. Bentsen

Visitors: Brian Vetruba, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy (LES)

  1. Introductions were made of members and guests.
  2. Announcements:
    1. Recruitment, Development and Retention of Information Professionals: Trends in Human Resources and Knowledge Management is published; co-edited by Liz Pankl, et al. with chapters written by Paganelis and Kellsey.
    2. Article by Vetruba and Bischof reporting on results of a survey of academic librarians’ use of foreign languages has been submitted to College & Research Libraries; requested revisions made and article has been resubmitted.
  3. No one was able to attend ALA Recruitment Assembly, June 28 from 8-10 a.m. at the Washington Convention Center (WCC) Room 154B
  4. Web site needs to be updated; this includes link-checking and updating the bibliography and the ALA salary information.
  5. Job Shadowing Program:
    1. George provided a recap of the Job Shadowing Programs’ activity since its inception in September 2008, noting the problems with geographic distribution of interested participants and WESS volunteers.
    2. The list of WESS volunteers needs to be updated and there was discussion about moving the volunteer and interest forms for this program into a Google docs form and on to the WESS wiki
  6. Liaising with other scholarly groups and ALA units:
    1. Mailing regarding the Committee’s recruitment materials on the WESS Wiki needs to be done; this includes updating the names and addresses/emails of contacts compiled in 2009. This should be done only after the wiki is updated.
    2. Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, a member of LES, discussed LES’s intention to have a job shadowing program in place by fall 2010. They already have about 20 volunteers in LES willing to work with the job shadowing program and also hope to work with the English Honor Society.
    3. WESS and LES will explore ways to work together in job shadowing program; other possible ACRL sections to contact on joint efforts include AAMES, SEAMS, RBMS, and the various cataloging sections. Joint or cooperative programs would reduce the problem with geographic distance between potential library students and working librarian-mentors.
  7. Personal/Local Recruitment Efforts:
    1. Suggestions for local recruitment using the Committee’s materials were discussed, including presentations by WESS (and LES) members to their institutions’ student groups and departments of foreign languages, departmental honor societies, and other relevant groups; a presence in Second Life was discussed and dismissed (SL not seen as a place students are interested in). Facebook presence and ads, and especially YouTube were much more likely venues to catch student interest.
  8. Recruitment Promotional Video:
    1. Brian and Michelle Emmanuel each created a talking heads video and these were viewed and discussed. Various methods and means of producing a more professional and appealing video were discussed and will be pursued by the Committee. Funding from ACRL/ALA will be sought for any such video. Funding costs needs to be to WESS Exec before Midwinter
    2. Michelle Emmanuel created an ACRL WESS channel on You Tube
  9. Transition to new chair/committee members:
    1. George has already emailed files to Eileen and they discussed future initiatives for the Committee (see action items below)
  10. No new business was discussed
  11. Action Items/Tasks by Midwinter:
    1. Update wiki links
    2. Update distribution info for link to Wessweb; job shadowing volunteers
    3. Work with LES on job shadowing programs
    4. Determine video concept and length
    5. 60 second commercial to present to ACRL for funding more of them
    6. Work to get WESSies to contact departments/honor societies on their campuses


--Ebentsen 20:24, 4 August 2010 (UTC)

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