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Friday, March 31 • 8:15am - 10:15am
Accounting for Scope Drift: Re-Writing your Position Description LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available


  • Jasmine Burns, Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University
  • Marie Elia, Processing Archivist, the Poetry Collection, University at Buffalo
  • Nick Homenda, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Indiana University

Limit 25 participants.

First workshop is free, additional workshops are $15.

Online Registration: December 5, 2016 - March 17, 2017

The swift and ongoing changes in the field of visual resources and beyond have left many professionals feeling displaced from their initial job duties as they fall victim to “scope drift,” a continuous expansion of the scope of their original position. Amidst these shifts, position descriptions become outdated and irrelevant, as they no longer accurately describe what we do or reflect the impact that we have on our communities.     The goal of this workshop is to provide an interactive space for participants to collaboratively conceive of how to present themselves and their work to their employers, colleagues, patrons, and communities through their position descriptions. We will be 1) taking a close look at some actual position descriptions submitted by our participants and workshop leaders, 2) brainstorming as a group to create a working document that doubles as a broad master list of responsibilities and action words from which to draw, and finally 3) using a standardized template/worksheet to update and/or craft our own position descriptions with support from our colleagues.



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Jasmine Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University
Through her work on an interdepartmental digital projects team, Jasmine consults with faculty, students, curators, and librarians on metadata modelling/production/preservation for both digital and physical image collections. She has worked previously as an image cataloger and visual... Read More →
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Marie Elia

Archivist, University at Buffalo

Nicholas Homenda

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Indiana University Libraries

Friday March 31, 2017 8:15am - 10:15am
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