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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Friday, May 2 • 10:40am - 11:40am
The Impact of Reorganization on Staff: Using the Core Competencies as a Framework for Staff Training and Development

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The Colorado State University Libraries Collections and Contracts Division reorganized in July 2012 and was renamed Acquisitions and Metadata Services. This reorganization was necessary to address the gradual attrition due to retirements and the subsequent elimination of many of these positions. In the past, expertise within a given area often resided with one individual, but after the reorganization, it became essential for staff to be cross-trained. With the rapid development of electronic collections, it also became apparent that one or two people could not handle the entire workload.
Training staff requires different approaches based on their experience and skills. There are new staff who have some related experience, but new duties are often unfamiliar. At the same time, there are staff who are transitioning from managing print serials, to assisting with electronic resources. These staff also need guidelines to attain competency with the newly required duties. Even though NASIG's Core Competencies for Electronic Resource Librarians targets professional librarians, they also provide a valuable framework for not only training new staff, but developing competencies in more experienced staff. The Core Competencies also assist electronic resource managers to take stock of their staff's current competencies, evaluate what is needed, and coach staff to acquire new skills, and therefore, continue to develop. This presentation explores how the Core Competencies were used to develop a training program for new staff as well as expanding roles of more seasoned staff.


Rachel Erb

ERM Librarian, Colorado State University Libraries
Rachel A. Erb is the Electronic Resources Management Librarian at Colorado State University. She is responsible for overseeing all aspects of electronic resources acquisitions, but specializes in contract negotiation, organizing workflows, and emerging technologies. She has authored several articles, book chapters, and coauthored the book, Technology for Small and One-Person Libraries. Her current research interests are in staff development... Read More →

Friday May 2, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
Crystal Ballroom D

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