Buddy Program Team

Community of Practice: New Professionals

Charge: To oversee the Buddy Program in 2017-18. Matches of New and Experienced Buddies will happen a month or two before both Midwinter and Annual. The team will develop more specific expectations for Buddies: their respective roles, the short-term nature of this arrangement as opposed to the LLAMA Mentoring Program, and commitment to at least one live conversation, either virtual or in person. A process for application will be established to run year round, with matches happening at defined timesdevelop and execute a pilot program to give new members of LLAMA an initial short-­term contact person to provide guidance on how LLAMA works and how to get involved. This guidance could include an introduction to a LLAMA conference, LLAMA communities, virtual LLAMA programs, or virtual involvement in LLAMA.

Roster

Ms. Christine Korytnyk Dulaney (Chair, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Aisha Conner-Gaten (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Grace Dunbar (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Melanie Jolynn McGurr (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Cat Silvers (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Kimberly Suzanne Tate-Louie (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)
Stephanie Van Ness (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018)

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Our Work

Deliverables:

The New Professionals Community was developed to provide a positive conference experience for new LLAMA members. Accordingly, this program pairs new and experienced “buddies” in order to provide an introduction to LLAMA, its structure, and its communities of practice. The Buddy Program is intended to provide new LLAMA members with a short-term alternative to the LLAMA Mentoring Program and other formal mentoring programs.

By October 31, 2017

  • Finalize charge
  • Design the application form
  • Advertise application to LLAMA members by website, email, social media, etc.

By  December 31, 2017

  • Match buddies and distribute expectations, suggestions for conversation, etc.
  • Design program evaluation

By February 28, 2018

  • Send program evaluation to participants

By March 15, 2018

  • Advertise application to LLAMA members by website, email, social media, etc.

By June 1, 2018

  • Match buddies and distribute expectations, suggestions for conversation, etc.

By July 15, 2018

  • Send program evaluation to participants

By July 31, 2018

  • Submit final report of what the team has accomplished and recommendations for the next iteration of the team
  • If no members continue to the new team, participate in transition by conference call, handoff documents, etc.

By the close of this project, the team will have:

  • Run two iterations of advertising the buddy application, matching buddies, and collecting follow-up evaluations.
  • Revised the materials buddies received at match to be more explicit about roles and expectations for both buddies.
  • Made recommendations either for continuation of the program with any changes needed or for cessation of the program and redirection of effort.

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Two hours a month, mostly via with email/document sharing and outreach
  • Ongoing communication with the New Professionals chair and with the other teams as needed

Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Some knowledge or experience with LLAMA and/or the New Professionals Community

Staff Contact and roles:

  • Kerry Ward, kward@ala.org, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland, freuland@ala.org, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Webinar production, program planning and scheduling, conference support, etc.

Resources available:

  • Virtual meeting support
  • Community email blasts/announcements

Staff Liaison

Kerry Ward (Staff Liaison) - kward@ala.org
Work Phone: (312) 280-5036
American Library Association
50 E Huron St
Chicago, IL 60611-2788