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1996/1997 ANNUAL REPORT TO LIBRARY COUNCIL

Due to re-organization within the Library, Committee members were not appointed and meetings did not commence until January 1997. The following, represents activities accomplished by the Committee over a period of eight months.

Accomplished Goals

In order to equip staff with skills and knowledge to meet technological needs:

  • facilitated information sessions presented by Peter Clinton for all library staff "Delivery of Scholarly Electronic Journals to the Desktop"
  • provided 12 introductory/hands-on training sessions on Electronic Journals. Approximately 140 staff participated.
  • established six Electronic Reference Resource Groups to develop electronic reference expertise. Approximately sixty staff participating. Presentations and documentation produced by groups planned for wider audience in future.
  • Provided two sessions on HTML in connection with creation of departmental web sites as part of preparation for library orientation programme for staff. Twenty-four staff participated.
  • established a Staff Development Listserver-questions/answers from library staff relating to technology. Moderated by Staff Development Committee.
  • reviewed and evaluated "Internet guide" in connection with provision of on-line tutorials as learning resource.

Other

  • as part of programme to increase training resources and provide opportunities to acquire teaching/training skills - twelve staff attended one-day session on Presentation Skills provided by Human Resources.
  • in collaboration with Human Resources, surveyed training/development needs of library managers/supervisors.
  • initiated meeting with key staff members from Information Commons with purpose of exchanging information on activities/services in order to enhance service to users.
  • Provided six orientation sessions for Assistant and Graduate Assistant Library Technicians.
  • participated in ARL survey on Staff Training and Development

Focus for 1997-1998

Overall summary:

Continue to assess, monitor and anticipate training/development needs and offer timely, relevant opportunities for staff to equip themselves with skills and knowledge necessary to meet demands of changing environment.

Specifically:

  • continue to provide programmes/opportunities which will equip staff with skills/knowledge to meet technological demands.
  • implement training/development programmes identified in Needs Assessment of library managers/supervisors.
  • conduct skills inventory/needs assessment of union/non-supervisory staff.
  • create a Staff Development web site in order to inform staff of training/development programmes, activities, opportunities, on-line resources and links to related activities.
  • continue to promote development of "in-house" training/teaching skills by provision of appropriate programmes and activities.
  • provide staff with opportunities to develop public service skills e.g. programme on future of public service.
  • repeat successful programmes as appropriate, such as "Presentation Skills"
  • provide programmes on Health and Safety for all library staff in accordance with current legislation.
  • provide workshop on Disabilities Awareness
  • provide information/resources for library staff to enable them to obtain advice on career paths and strategies.
Committee Members
Ex-officio Solange Silverberg
Designate, Personnel Manager
Appointed Librarians Dan D'Agostino
Tom Finlay
Robin Healey
Jenny Mendelsohn
Administrative Staff Gabriele Grof
Perry Hall
Unionized Staff Mary Roddy
Yvonne Ramcharan
Adrienne Thierry Broad
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