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Alumni Professional Development Day!


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We have some news that we’re very excited to share with you!

We all know that professional development is important for our professional and personal growth so FIAA will be hosting an afternoon of professional development webinars for alumni!

Please join us on Saturday, April 7th where we will re-broadcast select EI webinars for viewing at the Faculty of Information. A light lunch/snacks will be provided. Feel free to drop by and view one or all three webinars.

Event Details (see link below for registration form):
Room 212, Bissell Building

12pm – 1pm Registration and light lunch
1pm – 2pm Webinar 1: Leadership Series: Strategic Thinking
2:15pm-3:15pm Webinar 2: Hidden Value of Working Outside Your Department
3:30pm-4:30pm Webinar 3: How to Implement a Workspace Mental Health Program

Please note: there is no cost to the registrants, however please RSVP so we know numbers for food/snacks.

Click Here to Register:

If you have any questions please contact Jeannie An at an.jeannie@gmail.com.

Hope to see you on April 7th!

Webinar Details:

Webinar 1: Leadership Series: Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking goes beyond what we know and challenges us to imagine what could be. It involves embracing change by adopting a fresh point of view. If you are a lifelong learner and someone who ponders the future, you are already thinking strategically. The heart of strategic thinking is asking yourself where you want the organization or department to be in five years, followed by crafting goals and action plans to get there. To think strategically, we need to set aside the time to push boulders. When we do, we find it can be invigorating and energizing to tackle the big questions and shift our mindset from the tangible to the conceptual.

Presenters: Rebecca Raven & Helen Kelly

Webinar 2: Hidden Value of Working Outside Your Department

At the Innisfil ideaLAB & Library we have adopted a cross-functional environment that has allowed us to leverage the power of our team. Working under the auspices of the Manager of Programming & Outreach and the Manager of IT Services, the Creative Making and Discovery team has worked closely with the Children’s Programming team to provide Maker and STEAM programming to the community. This has allowed training and skill development opportunities for staff beyond what would have been possible had they not worked across departments, as well as making our programming and community outreach efforts more robust and innovative.

Presenters: Megan Legg & Melissa Harris

Webinar 3: How To Implement a Workplace Mental Health Program
Library workers are overwhelmed. Stress is becoming a norm and can lead to serious health issues. What role should the library play in ensuring employee wellness? Mental health is a leading cause of workplace disability in Canada. As a champion for mental health, Pickering Public Library (PPL) became early adopters of the voluntary National Standard for Workplace Psychological Health & Safety CSA-Z1003-13. Two staff members from PPL will share their best practices to implement a psychological health and safety system for employees in your library. This session will also share the results of a recent national research case study that PPL was part of.

Presenters: Tanya Sinclair & Michelle Bergeron