MLIS Cross-training Experiences
The three of us have had various experiences in cross-training while working in an academic library, and thought that our experiences may be similar to those of other MLIS students and recent graduates. We developed a survey to gather information and opinions regarding library cross-training, and received survey responses from ten staff members at the UCF Libraries who are either currently enrolled in an MLIS program or have graduated within the past year.
|Poster Presentation at FLA Conference 2013|
Prior to the FLA Conference, we also presented at our region’s FLVC Library Services User Meeting, sharing information gathered from our research. This presentation focused on the benefits of cross-training to both the individual and the library or institution. Here is a link to the Prezi from this presentation.
We got a lot of positive feedback and thoroughly enjoyed both both experiences. Hopefully we will expand on this in the future by refining our survey and distributing it more broadly. Here are a few selected articles for further reading on library cross-training, for those interested:
Carr, A. F. and Kawakami, A. K. (2002). A successful cross-training experience of reference service at UCLA. Medical Reference Services Quarterly, 21(2), 15-19. doi: 10.1300/J115v21n02_02
Fain, M., Brown, M., and Faix, A. (2004). Cross-training reference librarians to catalog. Technical Services Quarterly, 22(1), 41-53. 10.1300/J124v22n01_05
Gossen, E., Reynolds, F., Ricker, K., and Smirensky H. (1990). Forging new communication links in an academic library: A cross-training experiment. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 16(1), 18-21.
Note: The numbering system is a touch off as we originally created it to jump from one question to another based on your answer. For ease of access we took out all of that and allowed you to see the blank survey in its entirety.