I had this idea brewing for a few months and after much talking and planning, it happened. Laura Barrett connected me with Barb Sagraves, who also had the same idea a few years ago but couldn’t make it happen then. We got together and put this announcement together:
[important]Have you ever wished for motivation to keep up with what’s going on in the library world after a long day at work?
Then join the Current Awareness Reading Group!
The purpose of the Current Awareness Reading Group is to provide a forum for discussion around emerging trends in librarianship. The group is open to all members of the Library Staff and meets every 5-6 weeks on a Wednesday at 11am. Subsequent meetings can be led by any member of the group and participants can choose the topics for future discussion. Topics may include MOOCs, open access, eBook formats, digital and print collections, collaborative collection agreements, digital preservation, next generation library catalogs, teaching and communication, etc.
So mark your calendars for the kick-off meeting! Wednesday June 26 at 11am in Berry 183 (RWIT)
We will be discussing the future of collection development –10 or 20 years from now — through reading the following article: From Stacks to the Web: The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting
We look forward to seeing you there!
Barbara Sagraves & Shirley Zhao
on behalf of the Library Staff Development Committee [/important]
I’m happy to report this first meeting was a success! 10 of us gathered and spent a lively hour discussing various aspects of the article and discovering new branching topics. We ran out of time but that just shows how important it is for us to have the time and place to have free flowing conversations about what is going on outside Dartmouth and to become aware of new trends and ideas.
Barb and I have tentatively scheduled the next CARG meeting for September 18. Look for the announcement in August. Hope to see you there!