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Department of Research, Instruction, & Engagement: Professional Development


Professional Development

You are encouraged to take advantage of relevant and affordable professional development opportunities as often as your schedule allows.

Some PD opportunities are listed below, and others will be added periodically.

If you learn about opportunities that may be of interest to others in our department, please let me know.

ALLA Annual Convention

Check ALLA's website regularly for updates on the 2024 Convention, and plan to present research at this event if you can.

ACRL 2021 Virtual Conference Viewers' Choice

The Association of College and Research Libraries has several good videos on their YouTube channel. These are some examples:

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Transformative Agreements: Where to Begin

Transformative Agreements: Where to Begin

April 11, 2024


Register here.

Transformative agreements seek to revolutionize academic publishing by transitioning from subscription-based models towards open access, promising broader accessibility to scholarly research while supporting the scholarly ecosystem financially. In this session, you’ll learn about various types of transformative agreements, what they mean for libraries, and what to look for when entering into one.

Jeff Graveline, JD, MLIS
Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication
Director of the UAB Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication
UAB Libraries,

Peggy Kain, MLIS
Associate Professor & Head of the Resource Acquisitions & Metadata Services Department
UAB Libraries,

Credly Badging will be provided for NAAL members. Registration is required. Webinar will be recorded.

ASU Training Sessions

Spring 2024 Virtual Sessions for Continuous Improvement

Click here to register for training sessions offered by the ASU Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

Dive into Open Educational Resources during Open Education Week 2024

Dive into the world of Open Educational Resources (OER) with this workshop sponsored by the UAB Libraries where we explore freely accessible teaching materials for educators. You’ll learn how OER can enhance learning experiences, increase inclusivity, and save students. costs. We will also explore strategies for finding, organizing, and even creating your own OER content for your courses. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned pro, this workshop will help you to unlock the full potential of OER. 

Register here.

This session is sponsored by the UAB Libraries Office of Scholarly Communication as part of its Spring 2024 Seminar Series.

Jeff Graveline, JD, MLIS
Professor & Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication
Director of the UAB Libraries’ Office of Scholarly Communication
UAB Libraries, 

Delores Carlito, MLIS, MA, MAEd
Professor & Head of the Mervyn H. Sterne Library Department of Research and Learning
UAB Libraries,

The Inside-Out Library – How OA is Changing the Role of the Librarian

What is the role of the librarian in the age of open access (OA)?

Join speakers Mathew Willmott from California Digital Library and Keith Webster from Carnegie Mellon University as they share practical tips and insights from their experiences with OA at their institutions. Directors Caroline Nevison and Bob Boissy from Springer Nature offer a global perspective, highlighting key learnings from diverse regions.

ALLA Executive Council Opportunities


The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) needs your help nominating individuals for several leadership positions. Serving in a leadership position in ALLA is a great way to network and develop professionally. Nominations can be emailed to Amanda Melcher: Learn more about Executive Council positions here.

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