Now in its 16th year, the Brick & Click Libraries Conference (#bclc16) is a one-day event featuring concurrent and lightning round sessions that explore cutting-edge technologies, practical solutions, and timely topics. The conference supports the academic information needs of both on-ground (brick) and online (click) students, library professionals and paraprofessionals.

The conference is held at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. Registration is limited in order to maintain the advantages of a small conference, so register early!   To register visit: www.brickandclick.org
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Friday, November 4 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
"But We've Always Done it this Way!": Managing Expectations of Blended Workforces

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The current workforce of librarians represents, perhaps, the greatest differences in experiences, skills, ability, and tattoo frequency than at any point in the history of librarianship. It is these many differences that make the current librarian workforce both extremely diverse and, arguably, more effective than it has ever been. The challenge for managers is how to foster these groups of librarians who may have extremely different areas of expertise and allow them to function in a way that benefits the librarians, the library, and most importantly, the users.


New librarians are wonderful additions to any library. They bring excitement, skills, and enthusiasm to their new libraries. This enthusiasm can often be met with frustration from those that have “put in their time” or librarians that have been met with resistance from their administration. At the same time, more experienced librarians may feel that newcomers do not appropriately respect institutional history or practice. As managers, it is important to realize that the best path forward is to help all library staff recognize their similarities and shared goals, regardless of years in the profession. This session will focus on bringing together diverse populations of librarians while providing both managers and library staff with key strategies for making the most out of their staff’s distinct skill sets and perspectives.

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Carolyn Johnson

Research and Outreach Librarian, Northwest Missouri State University
Systems for student success, information literacy, collection development, library outreach activities, teaching, best practices.

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Melissa Mallon

Director of Peabody Library/Director of Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University

Nicholas Wyant

Head, Social Sciences, Indiana University Bloomington

Friday November 4, 2016 1:00pm - 1:50pm CDT
J.W. Jones Student Union, Tower View Dining Room