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The Boston Library Consortium [BLC] provides professional development and training opportunities for the librarians and staff at its member libraries. Events vary from those that are focused on skill building - such as a Tableau for Librarians Workshop or an introduction to project management for libraries, to events more focused on expanding services such as the program on marketing of expensive e-resources.
For a full listing of upcoming events as well as information on how to register for upcoming webinars and workshops, please go to the BLC Events page.
In June of 2016, the BLC Board of Directors voted to increase the focus of the BLC on issues relating to staff development and created a Workforce Development Task Force, made up of members of the AUL/AD Community of Interest. The Task Force has finalized plans for a leadership development institute for BLC librarians called BLC Leads which launched in the Spring of 2017.
As part of this focus on workforce development, the BLC hired Jessica Hardin as a part-time Program Coordinator consultant in April, 2017.
She works closely with the BLC Communities of Interest, particularly with the AUL/AD COI and the Heads of Resource Management Committee to develop and manage a calendar of professional development activities throughout the year. Ideas for professional development or training should be sent to the Program Coordinator.
The BLC also lends its sponsorship to the annual E-Science Symposium, co-sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and New England Area Librarians, as well as the Social Sciences Boot Camp, co-sponsored in 2014 with Harvard University.
In addition to these onsite activities, the BLC works to provide webinars and seminars of interest to the membership. In 2013-14 the BLC worked with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries [ASERL] to co-sponsor a webinar series on copyright and fair use.
In late September, 2017, the BLC will launch a new professional development webinar series, the Expanding Knowledge Webinars. These webinars offer an introduction to a variety of topics of interest to today’s academic and research libraries. Expanding Knowledge is designed to give a broad view of the topic to the non-practitioner and provide insight into a particular area of librarianship that allows library staff to understand its relevance to and application for their own work. For the list of webinars, click here.
The BLC Networking Day, typically held in the late spring, is an opportunity for all of the BLC member libraries to come together to meet new colleagues, catch up with others, hear news of the BLC's work over the past year, and discuss issues of importance to academic and research libraries. Networking Day also includes a series of lightening talks by BLC member libraries, presenting projects and initiatives they are current engaged in. Anyone interested in presenting at upcoming Networking Day meetings, should contact the Executive Director.