Do you like to greet visitors and make them feel welcome? Do you like to guide others to local restaurants? Do you like to staff the hospitality booth? Or do you prefer to help out behind the scenes with fellow librarians?
Chicago is the host city for the American Association of Law Libraries Annual Meeting and Conference in July 2016 and there will be a variety of opportunities for you to help out. We will be sending more specific requests in the new year but, in the meantime, if you want to get on our VOLUNTEERS list now, please send your name to either Carolyn Hersch (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Claire Toomey Durkin (email@example.com).
Do you like telling people about your career and how interesting law librarianship is? Do you have a project coming up this spring requiring a free extra helping hand?
Many of the library and information science schools near Chicago have an alternative spring break week. During the semester’s scheduled spring break, students come to all types of libraries in Chicago and the suburbs. The MLS candidates shadow librarians and/or assist on projects in the various library settings.
This is obviously a rewarding opportunity for the MLS candidate. S/he can see the day-to-day of the work and better determine what is his/her best library type and librarian type fit.
It can also be rewarding for you. You will get some help with that project gathering dust in the corner. Everyone has one of these, right? You will learn about what is new in technology, procedures and models for libraries. Perhaps by talking with this student you will learn a new way to promote and distribute eBooks in your library or find a better newsletter distribution process. We can always benefit from learning new ideas and new ways of approaching our work.
In an effort to share our love for law librarianship with others, the CALL Placement and Recruitment Committee is seeking volunteers to host an MLS candidate for a week or maybe just a day to two in the Spring of 2015. Please contact us if you are intrigued, ready or have more questions.