I like to read Forbes and this article brings up a good point about succession planning in this age of looming baby boomer retirements. Unfortunately, I believe the author is not in touch with the current practices of the people they are trying to groom. The February issue of Fast Company covers “The Secrets of Generation Flux”. It had an article on “The Four-Year Career”, which is now about the average amount of time people spend in a job.
The Forbes article suggests that you start grooming people at the five-year mark. I’m not sure how many people they will have left who have made it to the five-year mark. People are changing jobs frequently, so how can we still develop them as leaders?
Leaders need to be groomed, but also need time to learn from their experienced colleagues. We need to make sure we don’t lose their institutional knowledge.
For those of you who were planning to apply for a Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division Spring Meeting Travel Award and didn’t get it done, there is some good news: The deadline for applications has been extended until Monday, February 13, 2012.
The PHT Division will award stipends of up to $1,000 for the Spring Meeting (in Baltimore) to qualified students as well as to current PHT Division members based on need.
Complete qualifications and application instructions are available on the PHT Blog–Click here to view.
If you are affiliated with a library science program, please share this announcement with students.
Also, for your convenience, below I have included the Agenda and other key dates (at-a-glance).
2012 PHT Spring Meeting At-a-Glance
Sunday, March 18, 2012 – Tuesday, March 20, 2012
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone - 443-573-8700
Other Key Dates
Register by Feb. 15 to be automatically entered in a drawing to WIN a $100 gift card sponsored by The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Reserve your hotel by Feb. 29 to receive preferred PHT room rates. Make your reservations directly with the Hilton Baltimore (Call 1-800-HILTONS).
Note: You must ask for the group rate for the Special Libraries Association.
Sponsorship deadline is Mar. 8. Please see online vendor and sponsorship details online at bit.ly/AuSo0R or contactSandra.Baker@ubm.com.
BST America Executive Search and Recruitment is pleased to offer one-on-one resume feedback and career consultation to Spring Meeting attendees on Monday, March 19th. To schedule a 30-minute appointment, please firstname.lastname@example.org.
- CE Course – Applying text mining techniques for scientific literature and patent search and analysis: A Hands-On Workshop. Instructor: David Milward, Chief Technical Officer, Linguamatics
- DPHT Board Meeting (Open to all)
- Exhibitor Opening Reception (Dinner provided)
- Welcome from DPHT Chair
- Keynote – The US Pharmaceutical Market: Trends, Issues and Outlook. Speaker: Doug Long, Vice President, Industry Relations, IMS Health, Inc.
- Session – Practical steps to reinvent the Corporate Information Center and demonstrate value. Speakers: Blanca Chou and Eric Stubbs, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals
- Session – Managing data and providing competitive insights from clinical trials databases using BizInt Smart Charts. Speakers: Diane Webb (BizInt) and Jennifer Friend-Huizer (J&J)
- Session – Mobile Devices & the Information Professional – where do I fit in? Speaker: Andrew Clark, UCB
- Session – Librarians as internal consultants. Speaker: Josh Duberman, Partner, Pivotalinfo LLC
- Session – KOLs—Who are they, where are they, and how do you find them? Speakers: Ben Weitraub, Wolters Kluwer InThought
- Session – Big projects need big solutions – Utilizing OvidSP and QUOSA for AdComm Prep. Speakers: Natalie Rainford, Astellas Pharma Global Development
- Social Event – National Aquarium, Baltimore (additional fee for all attendees and guests)
- Remarks by DPHT Chair
- Session – The Rise of China: Implications for Pharma and Pharma Librarians. Speaker: Josh Berlin, Elsevier Business Intelligence
- Session – Biosimilars and Biopharmaceuticals. Speaker: Ronald A. Rader, Biotechnology Information Institute
- Vendor Panel – Discovery Services: EBSCO, Ex Libris, and Serials Solution. Moderator: Karin Ross, AstraZeneca
- Breakout Sessions:
1. Challenges of globalizing contracts II. Moderator: Robyn Smith, Takeda Pharmaceuticals
2. Managing of copyright – reactive/responsive use. Moderator: John Chu, Gilead
3. Should I know what cloud computing is?
4. What was your library’s role in the BRIC expansion?
- Breakout Sessions – Summaries
- Closing Remarks
The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Diversity seeks proposals for its Diversity Research Grant program. Applications may address any diversity topic, including the recruitment and promotion of diverse individuals within the profession or the provision of library services to diverse populations, that addresses critical gaps in the knowledge of diversityissues within library and information science.
The application deadline is April 30, 2012. Applicants must be current ALA members.
The Diversity Research Grant consists of a one-time $2,000 award for original research and a $500 travel grant to attend and present at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference. A jury of ALA members will evaluate proposals and is encouraged to award a total of three awards. Grant recipients will be announced ahead of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference and will be expected to compile the results of their research into a presentation for the 2013 ALA Annual Conference.
A complete proposal must include the following: a cover letter, a one-page vita for each of the researchers involved, including a current ALA membership number, a concise abstract of the project and a description of the project detailing the justification and needs for the research project, research objectives, expected outcomes and benefits, budget plan and timeline. For a complete list of the criteria, please visit: http://www.ala.org/advocacy/diversity/diversityresearchstatistics/diversityresearch.
ALA’s Office for Diversity offers thanks to the Diversity Research Grants Advisory Committee for their work in planning the 2012 Diversity Research Grants Program: Robert J. Bremer (chair), Eileen K. Bosch, Nicole A. Branch, Elizabeth Jean Brumfield, Denyvetta Davis, Kim L. Eccles, Michael Gutierrez, Sylvia D. Hall-Ellis, Cheryl Knott and R. Niccole Westbrook.
Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted in a Word document attachment. Email electronic submissions to email@example.com.