Support Staff Workshop 2008

 

Be It Resolved… Conflict: Reasons and Resolutions

Seventy six support staff from over a dozen libraries attended. More than half returned evaluation forms, the overwhelming majority of which had high marks for the program especially for the speaker, Dr.Shalom Staub. His expertise and delivery on the subject of conflict resolution kept the audience engaged and interested, and helped them discover their conflict style.

After a delicious lunch and a tour of the Dickinson College Library, we walked across the campus on a near perfect Spring day to downtown Carlisle, and our afternoon destination, the Cumberland County Historical Society. The staff there tailored their presentation for library personnel. The biographer of Native American History spoke of the cultural conflict that arose with the assimilation of Native American students at the Carlisle Indian School in the late 1800’s and early 20th century, and how the portrayal of Native Americans in books is still an issue. At the Society’s Hamilton Library, the group heard a talk on organizing and cataloging books and documents of historical value. Finally, there was a self-guided tour of their award-winning museum.

Support Staff Program Committee Members: Patty Housner, Kay Knapp (Bucknell); Tina Maresco, chair (Dickinson College); Mary Shelly (Franklin and Marshall); Susan Roach (Gettysburg); Lisa Barrett, Wilma Reeder (Lycoming); Jenny Maurer ( Penn Tech);Sheila Fisher, Tracy Powell, Ann Marie Rompolski (Susquehanna).

Photographs by Lisa Barrett of Lycoming College

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