Professional Development

Conference reports and more from ZSR Librarians

Experiences of a ZSR Mentoring Cohort

In the final blog post for mentoring month, we hear from a mentoring cohort at ZSR. Thanks to Tanya and Amanda for sharing their story! Introduction Amanda requested Tanya as a mentor last year as she prepared her promotion dossier and they decided to extend their mentoring relationship another year to discuss other goals –... more

Carol’s Virtual Charleston Conference

I registered for a virtual version of the Charleston Conference. I’ve steadily been watching the sessions since they were released last November, with a lot of binge-watching over winter break. A few trends: Transformative Agreements A year ago I could’ve rattled off all WFU’s Transformative (a.k.a. Read and Publish) Agreements from memory. Now they’re starting... more

Unexpected Mentoring: Three Reinvigorating Experiences

Overview January is National Mentoring Month, and the ZSR Librarians’ Assembly Mentoring Committee would like to share our own stories of unexpected mentoring along with some new resources in the collection on mentoring for both faculty and staff. Look for more mentoring-focused posts this month and more programming from the mentoring committee in the coming... more

Kathy S. at Charleston Conference 2023

After hearing about the Charleston Conference for many years, this year I finally had the opportunity to attend, and it did not disappoint! Thankfully I had veteran attendees from ZSR to orient me to the conference, as it is structured very differently than other conferences I’ve attended. I really enjoyed the one-day exhibit hall, as... more

Kate at NCLA and Charleston 2023

NCLA Biennial Conference, October 17-20 While I have attended the NCLA Biennial Conference many times, this year was my first as a ZSR employee. It was great to run into my ZSR colleagues in a different setting, connect with former colleagues and friends at other libraries, and learn about the great work that’s happening across... more

Roz at The Charleston Conference 2023

I have been going to The Charleston Conference for 7 or 8 years now and it remains one of my very favorite conferences. This year the in-person conference took place Nov. 7-10 (in Charleston, SC – thus the name) and the virtual one took place Nov. 27th – 30th. Many of the virtual conference sessions... more

ASERL Fall Meeting 2023

On Nov. 28-29, I attended the fall meeting of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. This was my first meeting in six years where I was not a board member or presenter and I enjoyed not having to worry about meeting administrative details.... more

Ashelee at OHA 2023

Ashelee @ OHA in Baltimore It’s been a couple of week since I attended the Oral History Association’s annual conference in Baltimore and it was maybe-probably one of the best conferences I have had the pleasure of attending. I started my conference with an oral history project planning workshop, “What Does Done Look Like?” The... more

Molly at NCLA & Charleston 2023

In the past month, I’ve been to two conferences, one close to home and one farther afield: NCLA in October, and the Charleston Conference last week. Here are highlights from each conference. NCLA, October 17-20 I kicked off my NCLA by co-facilitating a two part, day-long pre-conference, “Cultivating Copyright Knowledge: Developing Support Strategies for Library... more

Steve at 2023 Core Forum

The 2023 Core Forum was held from October 19 to 21 in New Orleans, a town that is always a delight to visit. The Core Division was formed by the merger of three ALA Divisions in 2020, during the height of the pandemic lockdowns, so this was just the second Forum that has been held.... more