Support Staff 2002 Has a New Look
CAMLS annual Support Staff Conference is undergoing changes this year, mainly, to look and feel more like a ...Conference.
Change number one: More session topics. The opportunity to select from more topics throughout the day allows the attendees to design their own learning experience based on individual needs.
In the past, participants would choose one all-day workshop to attend, but this year, attendees on Day One will choose from a variety of shorter sessions. Session topics include safety and security, building self-esteem, goal-setting for success at work, and effective listening.
Change number two: Exhibitors. Representatives from local educational institutions will be on site so that attendees can browse literature, or get their questions about education answered. Unlike professional staff, support staff may not have the opportunity to develop clear goals for their learning and training, especially in the workplace. Finding out about more training options will aid and enhance job-related and personal goal-setting.
Change number three: Increased opportunities to network and interact with peers. for the first time, the Conference will feature structured "talk tables" where participants can discuss issues with peers holding similar jobs in other libraries. The talk tables will be led by members of the Support Staff planning group who have undergone a training session on facilitating discussions.
"Traditionally, this has been our biggest event of the year," said Terri Pasadyn, Continuing Education Director. "Spring time at CAMLS means creating a positive, special day at Landerhaven for our Libraries' support staff. Now, with the changes we are implementing, the Conference goes to the next level of providing a more enriched development experience for attendees."
The new look of the Conference is based on the work of the Support Staff planning committee, made up of past Conference attendees.