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Staff Development Week at University Libraries

The University Libraries at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) recently completed its fourth annual Staff Development Week May 11-15.  Designed as one of the responses to the Libraries’ 2011 ClimateQual Survey, Staff Development Week consists of a number of varied programs planned by a committee of paraprofessional and professional staff.  The week after graduation was chosen so that the event could be held during a week identified as low impact in order to allow everyone to participate. Examples of event types are personal enrichment; job-related skills; health and fitness; teamwork; career enhancement; and communication techniques and styles. Suggestions for events are solicited from the staff. The events have a foundation within the diverse experiences of existing staff as well as expertise brought in from outside the libraries.

Several keystone programs are held each year during week, including presentation of the Staff Service Award created in 1997 "to recognize and reward members of the Library Staff who provide outstanding leadership and service in furthering the accomplishment of the mission of the Library to provide service to students, faculty, staff and members of the community which the University serves."  Another highlight of staff development week this year was the Triad Area Libraries Association Paraprofessional Conference planned by UNCG and other area libraries and held at High Point University on May 13.   Other events include workshops and presentations by library and university experts on topics of interest to the staff held throughout the week, a community service project to clean an area stream, and a lunchtime picnic on the lawn in front of the library.  Several of the events are purely for fun, such as the Mario Kart Wii tournament among the staff and an ice cream social to conclude the week’s activities.