Current Program Schedule of Librarians' Forum Meetings

Planning for the 2014-2015 Librarians' Forum meetings is underway. Meeting information on this page will be updated as we confirm speakers and topics. All Librarians' Forum meetings are recorded. All meetings are held in the Hatcher Gallery, from 8:30 - 10:30 am on the third Wednesday of every month unless specially noted below.

2014-2015 Minutes and presentation slides (if available) as well as video recordings will be made available (authentication required) shortly following the meeting.

September 17, 2014

Speaker: Open discussion of Forum programming (Nick Tobier had to unexpectedly cancel)

October 15, 2014

Future Directions for Michigan Publishing
Speaker: Charles Watkinson, AUL for Publishing and Director of UM Press

Charles will talk about the current status of Michigan Publishing, the strategic directions being adopted by its staff, and further opportunities he sees for publishing as an integral part of the Library's service offerings. One of the EC's executive agenda items concerns the articulation of the value of publishing in a library context, and Charles looks forward to plenty of feedback and discussion.

November 19, 2014

Speaker (rescheduled from Sept.): Nick Tobier, Special Counsel to the Provost on Faculty Civic Engagement and Associate Professor, School of Art & Design

Tobier, who has a new role in the Provost's Office will speak to the library about the Engagement Spectrum--from inspired by to co-creation. Some challenges and opportunities facing students, faculty, staff and communities. 

December 10, 2014 (NOTE RESCHEDULED DATE)

Food and celebration in Greco-Roman Egypt
Speaker: Brendan Haug, Archivist of the Papyrology Collection and Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies

We are also planning a Middle Eastern breakfast in lieu of coffee and bagels!

January 21, 2015

Role of Librarians in Faculty Governance at UM
   Bob Fraser, Associate Director for Scholarly Resources, UM Dearborn
   Suzanne Gray, Information Literacy Librarian/ Women's & Gender Studies, Eastern Michigan University (prior UM Library employee)
   Barbara MacAdam, Librarian Emerita, University of Michigan 
   Jim Ottaviani, Librarian for Deep Blue, University of Michigan

This panel of speakers will engage in a conversation about the role of librarians in past and current University governance, the effect of librarian service through volunteering on Senate Assembly and SACUA committees, and involvement in the continuing formation of the librarian profession. We will encourage and promote discussion with the Librarians' Forum members present.

February 18, 2015

Conference presentations re-cap program

In summary style, we'll hear of the fascinating things that colleagues have presented at conferences over the past year. Presenters from last year talked about everything from So You Want to Start a Journal, Are Textiles Realia?, and Reading for RUSA's Reading List.  We're sure to hear a wide variety of ways that librarians have influenced and impacted the profession with their research and engagement.


  • Lance Stuchell and Kat Hagedorn - "The Great Migration: Moving First Generation Digital Texts to HathiTrust"
  • Gurpreet Rana - "ICT, health sciences librarianship and information empowerment: an Africa experience"
  • Matt Carruthers - "Making Authority Control Easier (Hopefully): Using Google Refine for Name Reconciliation"
  • Mark MacEachern - "Successfully Piloting A Flipped Classroom Approach to Teaching a CE Workshop for Librarians"
  • Karen Downing and Alex Rivera - "ALA Council Meeting Discussion"
  • Ted Hall - “Virtual Cadaver Demo at Super-Computing Conference (SC14)”
  • Jungwon Yang - “Discovering and Accessing Sub-national Statistics and Geo-spatial Data of East Asian Countries”
  • Catherine Morse and Mara Blake - "How Does Political Science Evaluate Technology in the Classroom? A Content Analysis Comparing Assessment of Technology in the Classroom from Literature Across Disciplines"
  • Jenn Wright - “Electronic Resources: Who Broke It? How Long Was It Broken? We're...Tracking That, Right?”

March 18, 2015

Speaker: Dr. Robert Sellers

Dr. Sellers will talk about his role as Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Academic Affairs, including the recent Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Report. This will be followed by an open discussion about potential opportunities for collaboration and support of his many areas of leadership, which directly align with the Library's primary goals and leadership agenda, including the academic success of students, the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, and how we can prepare our students to be successful in a diverse world.

April 15, 2015

Positive Organizational Scholarship:  What Is It and What Benefits Does It Provide to the Workplace?

Speaker: Mary Ceccanese is a Trainer Affiliate with the Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) at the Ross School of Business, as well as the Coordinator of the Office of Tax Policy Research. She is the 2010 Candace J. Johnson Award for Excellence recipient.

Ms. Ceccanese will talk about Positive Organizational Scholarship (POS) which is the study of what is positive in organizations and the people who comprise them. POS is a commitment to reveal and nurture the highest human potential. (Hundreds of academics worldwide conduct research in this area.) This presentation will focus on what POS is and how it can be applied in our workplace.

May 20, 2015

All-business meeting

  • Elections results
  • Salary Committee report
  • Report on the MLA/MI-ALA survey from earlier this year
  • Brief update on the EC review of all our Library memberships
  • PRC workshop update
  • Brief update on the current Staff Travel Process Mapping Team
  • Taubman & Clements construction and services updates
  • Senate Assembly updates
  • LHR presentation on performance evaluation and promotion

June 17, 2015

Are you a librarian eligible for promotion?  Wondering how the process works (or has changed since your last promotion), what's required, and how to go about putting together your dossier?

The Promotion Review Committee is holding a training session for all librarians who are currently eligible to apply for promotion.  All librarians and supervisors of librarians are welcome to attend.

For videos & minutes of older meetings, please visit the Staff Intranet.

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Last modified: 05/12/2015