Goal Area: Education
Strategic Planning Implementation Team 5 Draft Report
Goal Statement: MLA’s professional development programs foster excellence in those who work with music collections.
Objective 1: Increase enrollment in MLA-sponsored training and professional development programs.
Objective 2: Use technology to provide training and professional development opportunities through webcasts and other web-based workshops.
Evidence of Success (both objectives):
- MLA trainers have access to webinar software for online teaching.
- An instructor or instructors from the EOP will teach a trial webinar as a preconference at the 2013 meeting.
- A team from MLA will create a recorded webinar (as opposed to a live one) on an appropriate topic, such as music librarianship, potentially tested by teachers of music librarianship. This webinar should be ready to launch by the end of 2013.
- Students, paraprofessionals, and librarians in their first year of joining MLA will have an option to be paired with a senior "advisor" for mentoring (mostly via email, Skype, etc.) in music librarianship beyond the Annual Meeting.
- By the end of 2013, 5 practicing music librarians will be available to be advisors.
- Music Librarianship Workshops section under Employment & Education on MLA website updated regularly; Workshop Descriptions to show Learning Objectives and list of potential instructors on same page; Workshop Calendar populated with more offerings; Instructors list updated and enhanced with job titles, links to their respective library sites
- Establish an official MLA presence on Facebook, through which training and professional development programs could be marketed and promoted.
- Enrollment in MLA-sponsored training and professional development programs grows every year.
- Paraprofessionals and librarians with incidental duties for music join and participate in MLA in increasing numbers.
- MLA charges for and offers continuing education credits for participation in MLA-sponsored training and professional development programs annually.
- MLA has a standing committee [sub-committee?] to build, advertise, and deliver professional development programming.
- Workshops attract many different audiences, including music librarians, "non-musician" music librarians, paraprofessionals, and library school students who need supplemental training in music librarianship.
- MLA maintains a current Core Competencies document to support efforts at music library education internally and externally.
- MLA maintains a list of topics and curricular ideas to include in a class in music librarianship.
- Educational "tracks” from the program of the annual meeting are selected and broadcast as a virtual conference for audiences who would likely not otherwise attend a face-to-face meeting.
- Advertising about MLA’s educational programs reaches a broad audience, well beyond the association.
- Music librarians are consistently promoted within and between institutions.
- New MLA members increasingly have participated in an MLA-sponsored training session before becoming members.
- MLA has a course management system to deliver online courses.
- Members of other professional organizations are familiar with and regularly enroll in MLA’s training and professional development programs. A random survey of "generalist" librarians shows that more than 25% have heard of MLA and are aware of its offerings.