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Wednesday, June 19 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Work of Leaving Work: How to Move Up, Leave, or Pause a Job Successfully

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Landing an archives and special collections job may feel like the end of all need for planning and strategizing in one’s career. However, as our working lives evolve, whether through retirement, moves to new institutions or positions, or for shorter-term pauses such as family-related leaves, transferring of responsibilities to junior colleagues, research leave, or medical leave, planning ahead can make these transitions much smoother. So, how does one plan for these kinds of challenges and opportunities, and the adjustment periods into and out of them?

Building on the last two years of successful participatory sessions around working lives, this session will serve as a bookend in the “Work of … Work” trilogy, providing a space for discussion around the very real, yet rarely spoken of issues related to stopping, pausing, and transitioning out of work.

Aimed at all levels of professionals, the session will include brief remarks from a panel of speakers, acting as session leaders, who will start the conversation by providing insight into their own experiences. Following this introduction, participants will break into smaller groups around their area(s) of interest, allowing closer engagement and discussion, followed by a wrap-up where final thoughts can be shared with the entire group. Topics of conversation will include: easing transitions for those dealing with family planning, succession planning, and leaving senior roles. Participants will be welcome to move between groups at specific points, and a facilitator will visit each section throughout the discussion period to enable smooth transition and time-keeping.

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Lori Birrell

Director of Special Collections and Museums, University of Delaware
As Head of the Special Collections Department at the University of Arkansas, my role is to provide strategic direction to our department in support of our strategic priorities. I lead a group of 13 dedicated and highly skilled faculty and staff members. Together we provide services... Read More →
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Beth Turcy Kilmarx

Assistant Dean of Libraries, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
I am currently the Assistant Dean of Libraries for Assessment, Development and Technical Services at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Univeristy Libraries (IUP). I am responsible for initiating several policy, planning and assessment projects including the creation of the University... Read More →
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Erika Jenns

Engagement Consultant, Southern Tier Library System
Erika Jenns is Engagement Consultant at the Southern Tier Library System, a cooperative library system comprised of 48 library outlets across five counties (Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, and Yates) in Upstate New York. She provides guidance and support to member library staff... Read More →

Lois Black

Lehigh University
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Kimberly Tully

Curator of Rare Books, Temple University
Kimberly Tully is Curator of Rare Books in the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries. Her previous positions include Curator of Special Collections at Miami University of Ohio, Special Collections Librarian for Rare and Printed Materials at Harvard Business... Read More →
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Daniel J. Slive

Head of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
Daniel J. Slive is Head of Special Collections at the Bridwell Library in the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, a position he has held since 2008. His previous professional positions have included Reference Librarian at the John Carter Brown Library... Read More →
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Zach Johnson

Curator of Special Collections, Vanderbilt University

Wednesday June 19, 2019 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT