Grow Local: Cultivating a Culture of Professional Development in Central Georgia Libraries
Friday July 28, 2017 9am-4:30pm
Russell Library: Georgia College & State University
This event invites professional and support staff at academic and public libraries within the central Georgia area to come together to discuss their roles as information professionals. This unconference will offer academic and public libraries the opportunity for low-cost, minimal travel professional development. It will also offer the opportunity for required continuing education credits for those individuals that need to obtain credits for certification. Please share with your team and/or colleagues.
More information about the unconference can be found on our website: http://libguides.gcsu.edu/CGLUnconference
Or Call: Jennifer Price 478.445.0980
Keynote: Emy Decker, The NextGen Public Services Manager – Georgia Tech Library
“From a Seed to a Flower: Professional Development in the Contemporary Library”
Opportunities for professional development are everywhere within the library environment! From turning your ideas into publications and presentations to getting involved in professional organizations, there are myriad ways to move your career to the top. If you tend to be more on the introverted side, there are also many other methods to make a name for yourself. Our keynote speaker will demonstrate how exciting and rewarding professional development can be. By harnessing your passion within the library arena, you can catapult yourself to success in the library profession whether you are in an academic, public, or special library setting
Emy Nelson Decker is the NextGen Public Services Manager for the Georgia Tech Library. She holds an MLIS from Valdosta State University and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. Emy’s current research interests are centered on leadership and team building, professional development, and reimagining library services toward a greater focus on user engagement and the needs of digital thinkers. In addition to presenting in venues such as the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, she has published numerous refereed journal articles and book chapters within the library field. She is also the co-editor of the Handbook of Research on Disaster Management and Contingency Planning in Modern Libraries.
Questions can also be directed to Jolene Cole via email at Jolene.firstname.lastname@example.org.