ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award

About the ULS Outstanding Professional Development Award Established in 2015, this award is intended to recognize librarians, archivists or curators whose contributions to providing professional development opportunities for librarians have been especially noteworthy or influential. The effect of these contributions may be the result of continuous or distinguished service to the profession, but may also be the result of extraordinarily active, innovative or collaborative work that deserves national recognition.

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2018 Winner(s)

Corey Halaychik and Ashley Maynor

co-founders and co-directors of The Collective, a professional library gathering dedicated to reinventing the library conference landscape.

“Ashley Maynor and Corey Halaychik are redefining and revitalizing professional development for librarians,” said award chair Kerry Creelman of the University of Houston. “Their creative approach to the annual conference is designed to make it more affordable and to transform the way librarians engage in learning. They are building a community invested in accessible, practical learning for library professionals.”

“Maynor and Halaychik use a transparent, democratic approach to develop their conference program, seeking input from participants as well as employing a blind peer review,” continued Creelman. “At the annual gathering, attendees of librarians and vendors alike learn, create, and collaborate in hands-on, interactive sessions. Careful, flexible scheduling allows participants to shape the conference organically.”

“The Collective is organized by volunteer committee and Maynor and Halaychik have shared their process publicly,” said Creelman. “They have also contributed their ideas and lessons learned through presentations and publications, and have actively mentored colleagues engaged in conference planning. The Library Collective community they have fostered is actively reshaping professional development for librarianship.”