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Career Development Week Schedule! May 16th - May 20th

Please mark your calendars for Career Development Week, beginning Monday, May 16th through Friday, May 20th.  See the schedule below (also attached) and stay tuned for more information about the Bake-off and Poster Session!

Monday, 16 May
Facilitators: Eisha Prather and Chris Miller
9:00 - 10:00 am  -  Mann 160
Come take the plunge, introduce yourself to colleagues across campus, and find out who is doing what at Cornell University Library.

-Asking (And Answering) the Fundamental Question: Who Are We?
Jim LeBlanc
10:15 - 11:15am -- Mann 102
Formed in 2009 as a temporary response to budgetary crisis, the “Delivery and Metadata Management Services” (DMMS) department has since affirmed the ongoing logic of its structure. This talk will review the department’s changing self-definition from “quick & dirty” fix to stable entity and the platform it provided to engage with the CUL strategic plan.

-Outlook Q&A
Outlook User Group: Peter Magnus, Mary Beth Martini-Lyons, Joanne Button (CIT) and Bini Thomas (CIT)

11:30am - 12:30pm - Mann 160
An interactive session to help answer staff questions about Outlook. We will include questions collected from Library Staff and members of the User Group e-list (cul-outlook-l) prior to the session.

-Bake-off and Poster Session, and Keynote Address
2:00 – 2:45 pm - G10 Biotech
--Keynote Talk
Al Gonzalez, Cornell University Communications & Marketing
2:45 – 4:00 pm – G10 Biotech
“If life is a journey and not a destination, your career is the longest segment. Don't fall asleep at the wheel!”

In our current environment of uncertainty and adversity, we must focus on what we do best and partner effectively with others in order to meet the evolving needs of our university.  Our keynote presentation will show how we can apply specific strategies that can maximize our performance, decrease conflict and establish trust.  Learn how a communications team has been able to become a strategic contributor to the university while dealing with layoffs, diminishing budgets, and constant change in this motivational presentation for any staff member who is interested in improving their skill set and maximizing their contribution to CUL. Introduction by Anne Kenney.
Tuesday, 17 May
-CUL International Participation
Panelists: Stefan Kramer, Amy Emerson, Jesse Koennecke, and Jim Morris-Knower
Facilitator: Jessica Withers
9:00 - 10:00am - Mann 102
CUL staff who’ve been involved in an international project, or a project that carries with it an international scope, will come together to discuss and answer questions about their project work and experiences.

-Grassroots initiatives in CUL - How do they come about?
Kathy Chiang, Virginia Cole, Jon Corson-Rikert
10:15 - 11:15am - Mann 102
The panel will describe the development of three grassroots initiatives yielding new CUL services for library staff, Cornell users and the public respectively: Usability Testing, Citation Management Services, and VIVO. Participants will describe each service’s genesis and analyze reasons for success. Q&A encouraged.

-Research Trends in Human Computer Interaction: Promise and Perils of Information and Communication Technologies
Oya Rieger
11:30am - 12:30pm - Mann 102
Smartphones, ebook readers, and other digital devices are becoming ubiquitous. How do these technologies improve the quality of life and education? Will technologies empower us and make us feel safer, happier, and more connected? This presentation will provide an overview of how HCI research agenda is evolving in response to such questions and the role of philosophical, ethical, and value-based approaches in understanding our relationship with technology.

-Assessing the Need for Chinese Science Journals at Cornell
Marty Schlabach
1:30 - 2:30pm - Mann 102
The extent of CUL subscriptions to Chinese science journals lags behind the rapid rise in the quantity and quality of science publishing in China. This session reports on a recent assessment of the demand for Chinese science journals at Cornell and outlines options to fill the need.

-Panel Discussion on the Academic Promotion Process
2:45 - 3:45pm - Mann 160
What are the roles of the individual, the supervisor, Library Human Resources and the Promotion Review Board in the CUL Academic Promotion Process? Bring your questions to an informal discussion with a panel featuring the chairs of the 2010 Review Boards for Promotion to Librarian and Associate Librarian.

-Followed by an Open Q&A on creating and writing dossiers for the Promotion Review Process
3:45 - 4:45pm - Mann 160

Learn more about writing a dossier! Attendees will be able to talk with recently promoted staff about their experiences and advice on writing and compiling a dossier. Example dossiers will be available.
Wednesday, 18 May
-What Does a Research Library in the 21st Century Look Like?
Assessment and Communication Department
9:00 - 10:00am - Mann 102
Over the past century, numerical measures describing research libraries have been changed greatly as definitions, perspectives and needs have shifted. A decade into the new century, what measures describe us best? This session will discuss emerging ways for expressing what modern libraries are today.

-Show me the Money
Jennifer Sawyer
10:15 - 11:15am - Mann 102
How does a library raise funds? Jennifer Sawyer (Director, CUL Alumni Affairs & Development), will present an overview on the fundraiser’s role at CUL, discussing the strategies, partnerships and relationships she develops to encourage support for the Library from alumni, parents and friends.

-Higher Ed For Everyone - Getting a Degree while Keeping Your Day Job
Panel moderated by Eisha Prather
11:30am  - 12:30pm  - Mann 102
Thinking about pursuing a degree? Find out how Cornell's educational benefits work and meet six CUL staff members who have balanced work and school. Panelists include Maureen Brull (Manager, Life & Educational Plans from CU Benefit Services), Michele Brown (Master's in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama: Distance Education Program), Gabriela Castro Gessner (PhD in Anthropology from SUNY Binghamton), Gwen Glazer (Masters in Library Information Science from Syracuse University: Full-Time, On-Campus Program), Tiffany Howe (Masters in Library Information Science from Syracuse University: Online Program), CJ Lance (Masters in Anthropology at Cornell University) and Neely Tang (MBA through the Cornell-Queens Executive MBA program).

-Library Outside the Library
Dianne Dietrich, Matt Connolly, and Chris Miller.
1:30 - 2:30pm  - Mann 160
What has the Library Outside the Library (LOL) been working on lately? We'll talk about our current projects, including the CUL Mobile App and the Flickr Remix Contest. We'll also discuss some of the ways we've been trying to reach out to the CUL community and make them more aware of what we've been working on. There will be some time at the end of our talk to give suggestions and ideas about future LOL projects.

-Kuali Financial Systems (KFS) and the Library – Get Kuali-informed!
Tami Magnus
2:45 - 3:45pm  - Mann 160
Cornell is implementing Kuali Financial Systems on July 1, 2011, impacting e-Shop purchasing, payment requests, and financial activity reporting. The presentation will describe the endowed library financial structure in KFS, related workflow changes, and training opportunities for various KFS functions and reporting.

-Cephalonian Teaching - Overcoming Student Boredom in Research Instruction Sessions
Jeremy Cusker
4:00 - 5:00pm   - Mann 160
You’re teaching a library-skills instruction session. You pause to ask, "Any questions?" You get blank faces and dead-air silence. Banish those moments forever with Cephalonian Teaching, a technique for classroom instruction that forces your students to voice questions you know they're longing to ask.
Thursday, 19 May
-Preserving Ancient African Manuscripts Conference: Planning an African Digital Library Network
Ira Revels
10:15 - 11:15am - Mann 160
Now, more than every before, African libraries and cultural heritage organizations are increasing digitization activities. I will report on the Preserving Ancient African Manuscripts Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that I attended in December with representatives from 45 African countries. The conference resulted in the adoption of a resolution to develop AFRILIN -- an information network to share digitization projects across the African continent. My presentation includes video highlights from the conference and ideas on how CUL can get involved in digitization efforts in Africa.

-Everyday Usability
Kathy Chiang, Matt Connolly, Mary Beth Martini-Lyons
11:30 - 12:30pm  - Mann 160
Usability testing need not be a grand effort reserved only for a major site or system overhaul. The CUL Usability group will describe techniques and technologies that make lightweight, almost continuous testing possible. Suitable for site authors, editors, web developers and those doing usability testing.

-Web Usage Statistics System
Adam Chandler
1:30 - 2:30pm - Mann 160
The CUL Web usage statistics system ( contains usage data for over 36 CUL hosted sites, in some cases dating 2.5 years back. Selecting one or more collections to analyze, participants in this interactive tutorial will learn how to run reports at their own work stations.

-Retro Tech Journey
Jeremy Cusker
2:45 - 3:45pm - Mann 160
Remember the halcyon days of the Mac Classic? When 256K modems were the hottest thing? What about Sega Genesis' much-vaunted "blast processing"? After seeing these classic technology commercials of the past 7 decades, you will!

-A Pivotal Practicum: Power Analysis using Excel 2007 Pivot Tables
Rich Entlich
4:00 - 5:00pm - Mann 160
The library is becoming a data-driven enterprise. This introductory-level tutorial will demonstrate the use of pivot tables in Microsoft Excel as a powerful, but straightforward tool for data analysis. Data examples will be drawn from Voyager and other systems, with strong but not exclusive focus on collections-related holdings and usage data.
Friday, 20 May
-Archivists and Librarians: The Fundamental Differences Revealed
Eli Brown and Margaret Nichols 
11:30am - 12:30pm - Kroch 2B48
Building on a presentation by Margaret Nichols given at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of ALA, an archivist and a librarian will give an informal session intended to provide a lighthearted view of the cultural separation between the two professions.

-Shiny Mobile Devices 2, or, There’s an app for that!
The Mann Learning Technologies (MaLT) Committee
1:30 - 2:30pm - Mann 160
The Mann Learning Technologies Committee has been investigating the rapidly changing landscape of mobile devices like smartphones, Kindles, and iPads. Come hear the latest updates on new trends, devices, and applications, and share your own during our discussion and app fair.
On behalf of the Career Development Committee,
Cheryl Beredo
Linda Bryan (Ex-Officio)
Jeremy Cusker
Pete Magnus
Boaz Nadav-Manes
Eisha Prather
Lynn Thitchener