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A LIBRARY PROFESSIONAL

by Marianne Rough, Professor/Librarian, Learning Resources

As a recipient of the President Ronald A. Williamsí Grant for Financial Support for Individuals Serving in Leadership Positions with National Higher Education Organizations/Associations, I have been able to work on a national level and attend national meetings of the American Library Association. This has been a great honor and a tremendous growth experience. As I have taken on increasingly responsible positions in the association, my leadership skills have developed to a point I never would have imagined.

I have worked directly with some of the most powerful people in the library profession in the United States. This speaks well not only for community college libraries, but for Prince Georgeís Community College, in particular. We are now on the road to being viewed, in the library profession, as an institution of highly professional and competent individuals.

I have also been invited to participate in the associationís Leadership Council, which grooms people for higher level positions in the organization. The opportunity to function at higher levels makes one an effective change agent in an evolving curriculum, and cultivating high standards can be achieved through continuing education and programs in professional organizations

The Library has often been said to be the "heart of an [academic] institution." If the heart is viewed to be made up of strong individuals, so, too, will the institution be viewed as strong. We have learned that name recognition and a positive image are important for attracting funding as well as students. Positive image building is the job of everyone on campus, including the Librarians; and the PGCC librarians are all working hard toward this end.

I have put together a program for 250 people at our Annual American Library Association Convention this summer in Orlando, which will serve as a national forum to celebrate our Library as a "Learning Centered Environment." This program is titled Bridging the Gap: How Well are We Serving Our Studentsí Needs as They Move Along in Their Learning Careers? The program will include panelists serving students from the high school through the research university library level. They will be demonstrating how they are using their online tutorials and Web sites to support their studentsí current needs and prepare them for the next step in their learning careers. The program will also address the needs of the students at satellite campuses, distance learners, day and evening/weekend students, and life-long learners.

Imogene Zachery, our Electronic Services Librarian at PGCC, will be demonstrating the Online Tutorial and Library Web site she developed for our Library, and I will be adding commentary. We will surely make a fine impression, since a Librarian from a research university Library will also be demonstrating her nationally acclaimed tutorial and Web site; and ours is of equal quality.

I applaud President Williamsí Grant Program, and hope that it will continue to be funded. I believe that my activities typify the value of this program in that our college is not only getting the recognition it deserves, but also that I have had such a valuable opportunity for professional growth.

 

The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 19, No. 2

Spring 2004