Minutes—FLICC Education Working Group Meeting —June 27, 2001


Working Group Members:

FLICC Staff:

1. Committee and Staff Introductions

Sandy Morton-Schwalb called the meeting to order and all attendees introduced themselves. Gail Henderson-Green volunteered to take notes during the meeting. A big thank you was extended to Audrey Thomas for bringing cookies (again).

2. Administrative Business

A proposal to put the FLICC Education Working Group minutes (meeting notes) on the FLICC Web site was discussed and approved. It was decided that the minutes from January 2001 forward would be posted. FLICC agreed to post the minutes on the Web site. Staff would provide figures on how many people access the minutes on the Web.

It was also agreed that up to three Education Working Group members could attend FLICC programs free of charge with the intent of providing program feedback either at the next Working Group meeting or on the listserv. Anna Bohlin was designated as the program sign-up point of contact.

3. Competencies for Librarians

Donna Scheeder (from the Congressional Research Service and immediate past president of SLA) spoke to the Working Group about competencies for librarians in the digital environment. Ms. Scheeder discussed the National Digital Future initiative, within the Library of Congress, which will plan, execute, and evaluate a national library. She indicated that all departments in the Library would be represented. Determinations would be made regarding what would be in the library, what librarian competencies would be required to do the new work, and how staff would be trained. Ms. Scheeder indicated the need for knowledge-based services and the need for the collaboration of librarians with others within their larger organization.

Ms. Scheeder discussed the importance of leadership and negotiating skills in the new organization. Questions such as "what are the skills of a good leader" and "how leadership skills within self could be developed" must be addressed. Librarians must be proficient in negotiating for products but also in negotiating within agencies in the approval process. In addition, librarians must partner with others within their organizations, develop presentation skills, and be able to analyze and present their case within the new organization. Ms. Scheeder noted that the Special Libraries Association has formulated a list of professional and personal competencies for librarians. Those personal competencies include skills in leadership, negotiations and communications.

The Working Group discussed the feasibility of hosting a program focusing on the National Digital Future and the different ways people are doing their jobs today.

4. Great Escapes

Rosemary Russo contacted five potential Great Escapes host libraries, although not all of them are federal libraries. The Working Group discussed whether or not the program should be restricted to only federal libraries. It was agreed that visiting non-government libraries could be beneficial if the focus of the visit was well defined. Non-federal libraries could provide a new spin on marketing strategies, furniture selections, and programs that could also be adapted to federal libraries. Rosemary agreed to contact the non-government libraries to determine major areas of common interest.

The libraries Rosemary contacted were:

The US Arboretum Library tour conducted in June 2001 was well attended and popular.

5. Educational Programs Update

Knowledge Management lunch - August 15, 2001—Janet Sheidle (TRADOC) and Alex Bennett (Assistant CIO Navy).

FLICC meeting on September 13, 2001 will focus on the education program for the federal community. Federal library leaders will share their vision of the future and will help determine the competencies and classes needed by librarians to get there. The meeting will consist of roundtable discussions headed by library leaders and facilitated by Education Working Group members. The Working Group discussed the possibility of having set questions addressed and reported out in a 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. time slot. Education Working Group members indicating interest in facilitating the discussions included Hugh Howard, Fred Rettenmaier, Gail Henderson-Green, Cindy Etkin, and Helen Sherman.

Future FLICC training programs could focus on leadership and information literacy in the work place.

Discussions included implementing a FAC Speaker Bureau. The Bureau, comprised of Susan Tarr and FLICC staff, would maintain a list of potential speakers from non-library conferences who are good on panels.

6. Approval of draft evaluation form

The draft evaluation form was presented and discussed. The form was designed so that each speaker could be evaluated independently. Comments/suggestions/recommendations regarding the content (not layout) of the draft evaluation form was due back to Anna Bohlin by July 6, 2001.

7. Other Business

8. Next Meeting

There was no meeting date set. There will be a discussion about that via email. A meeting will be scheduled prior to the September FLICC program if necessary.

The meeting adjourned.

Minutes by Gail Henderson-Green (IRS).