Professional Development

Inside ZSR

What We’re Working On: Amanda Foster Kaufman

As National Mentoring Month draws to an end, we are happy to feature Amanda Foster Kaufman, ZSR’s Learning and Instructional Services Librarian. Amanda elaborately shares how she has collaborated with co-authors to bridge two different Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) conference paper presentations into peer-reviewed articles. One was 2017-2020. The other is currently... more

What We’re Working On: Mary Beth Lock

January is National Mentoring Month. In recognition, the Mentoring Committee wanted to highlight the great work our ZSR colleagues are engaged in. We believe this is a great way to illuminate the various opportunities that are available for library staff. This week we are featuring Mary Beth Lock, ZSR’s Associate Dean. Mary Beth is currently... more

Colleen at CLAPS 2022

The 2022 Critical Librarianship and Pedagogical Symposium (CLAPS) took place November 2 – 4. Facilitated by the University of Arizona Libraries, this biennial conference offers participants the opportunity to understand critical pedagogy concepts and determine ways to incorporate those into instructional design practice. Conference founders were awarded the ACRL Instruction Section Special Certificates of Recognition... more

Thomas at Core Forum

Core Forum was back in October – surely I remembered to file my report! A couple weeks ago – okay, seven weeks ago – I attended my first in-person conference since the Before Times, with airplanes and a hotel room and the whole shebang. This was the first (non-virtual) Core Forum, held in Salt Lake City. I attended its... more

Charleston Conference: Roz’s Notes

The Charleston Conference is one of my favorites, and this year it was back to more of it’s normal self after a hybrid year in 2021 that left much to be desired. Others from ZSR attended, so I’ll keep my notes to a few key themes I heard bubble up. Charleston is the best conference... more

Steve at Core Forum 2022

I attended the first ever Core Forum from October 13th to 15th in Salt Lake City. The Core Forum is a successor to the LITA Forum (LITA merged with ALCTS and LLAMA to form Core back in 2020), so this whole Forum business was a new one on me. It was an enjoyable experience and... more

Morgan @ Beyond the Numbers

From November 8th through November 10th I had the great pleasure of experiencing Beyond the Numbers (BTN), the annual conference hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. This was my first Beyond the Numbers and I hope it won’t be my last – it was wonderful! The conference is... more

Exploring Writing Opportunities

During our time on the Faculty Mentoring Committee, a common area of interest we receive from mentees are mentoring opportunities regarding writing and publishing. This has prompted the committee (Craig Fansler, Melde Rutledge and Summer Krstevska) to share about our writing experiences via newsletters, journals, books, and blogs and how they came about. We hope... more

Leslie at SEMLA 2022

As usual, some fine presentations at the Southeast Music Library Association’s annual meeting, which I attended virtually this year: EDI Colleagues at Vanderbilt described a collaborative venture with the National Museum of African American Music (also in Nashville TN). Vanderbilt’s Special Collections created a new fund for the purchase of African-American musicians’ papers and related... more

DLF Forum 2022 in Baltimore

Back in 2020, the Digital Library Federation’s DLF Forum was scheduled to occur in Baltimore, MD. But unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the annual event was decided to take place online, along with its 2021 installment. At long last, the DLF 2022 Forum re-established the in-person format in the city where it was planned... more