Fitting the Pieces Together: Aligning positions and priorities in challenging times

July 27, 2017, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Illinois Valley Community College, Jacobs Library

RSVP by July 13

In our challenging budget times, many of us have had to go through restructuring or a realignment of duties due to hiring freezes or a reduction in force. What impact has this made on our organizations? Do we have the right people doing the right jobs? How do we continue to make strategic advancements with fewer people to do the work? What can we learn from one another regarding how staff function across our institutions?

Before and during this hands-on workshop for deans, directors, and supervisors, you will work on mapping library tasks that need to be accomplished to meet strategic priorities, specific job functions, and essential library processes. The day will also include time to learn about job description best practices from the Director of Human Resources at IVCC and an activity centered on strategic priorities. To make the day as productive as possible, please plan on bringing the following items

USB drive
Campus mission & vision statements and goals
Department mission & vision statements
Department goals
Department Service Contract (promised quality measurements to the public)
Department organizational chart
Department staff list by area
Department budget by area or service
Department position descriptions
Task list for at least one position (see template attached)

  • 8:45-9:00       Registration
  • 9:00-9:05       Welcome – Cathryne Kaufman & Frances Whaley
  • 9:05-10:30      Strategic Priorities – David Stern
  • 10:30-10:45     Break
  • 10:45-11:45      Prioritization & Letting Go – Frances Whaley
  • 11:45-12:30      Lunch *
  • 12:30-1:00       Staff tasks – Cathryne Kaufman & Frances Whaley
  • 1:00-2:00     Job Description Best Practices – Leslie Hofer
  • 2:00-2:30       Roundtable sharing of position types
  • 2:30-3:30     Job Description Revision

*Lunch in cafeteria – attendees pay individually

RSVP by July 13.

Call for Proposals Now Open - ForwardFocus 2017

Join us virtually or in-person on Friday, October 27, 2017.  

The conference will be held at Illinois Central College, Peoria Campus, with a virtual option for attendees to join us from their desks.  

Advocating for Students: strategies for connecting your campus to OER                                    

This year’s conference is dedicated to Open Educational Resources (OER) in community colleges. As institutions struggle to cut costs and eliminate barriers to student achievement, librarians are called to find solutions. OER initiatives have gained momentum and offer a promising path to overcoming budget constraints and textbook affordability issues for students. This conference is open to all who want to learn about OER.       

Call for Proposals:                                                                               

ForwardFocus is pleased to announce the 2017 call for proposals is now open. We are accepting proposals for both in-person and virtual presentations.

Tell us about your campus OER initiatives. How do you evaluate OER materials, work with faculty to integrate OER into the classroom, and connect students to OER collections?  What trends and challenges have emerged and what predictions can we make for the future of OER in community colleges?  

Use the breakout time to host a discussion or share a recent project in the following areas:

  • Defining OER in a Community College Context
    • We are looking for conversation leaders or presenters to introduce OER to attendees.  Proposals in this category may include information on open licenses, discuss or highlight different OER models, and/or provide an overall emphasis on educating colleagues new to OER.    
  • Open Pedagogy: Teaching and Learning with OER
    • Proposals in this category will showcase OER content used in the classroom, partnerships with faculty and other campus partners, and student use of OERs.  Share success stories and lessons learned on teaching and learning with OER.  
  • Strategies for Implementing OER Initiatives at your Campus
    • Share your OER projects and advice for implementing OER initiatives, including consortia involvement or advocacy and other partnerships crucial to your success.  We are looking for models of effective practices in engaging a campus community around OER.    
  • Measuring and Communicating the Impact of OER
    • Tell us how you determine the value of OER on your campus. Share strategies for evaluating OER content and communicating both the quality of OER resources and their impact on student learning.   

If you are interested in presenting, please complete the Call for Proposals form.  We will accept propsals through June of 2017.  

Questions? Feel free to email forwardfocusconference@gmail.com or check the conference website for more details.  We hope you’ll join us in October!