Any career is a journey. One never really knows the twists and turns making it difficult to answer with surety: where will I be in five years? We are in era where acting and interim roles have become common strategies in Canadian academic libraries coping with staffing, organizational, and environmental changes. These roles present both risk and powerful opportunities for library employees to explore possible career aspirations. This interactive session will explore how these opportunities can serve individuals, organizations and the profession. A panel of four speakers will reflect on their experiences, how it shaped their career and their own self-knowledge. Each have varied levels of experiences with acting/interim roles in the academic library.
Panel members will discuss their possibilities and challenges, and discuss some of their strategies they used to overcome these challenges. Overall, the learning objectives of this session are: 1) for individuals to understand and embrace some of the opportunities of taking an acting/interim role, 2) for organizations to understand some of the opportunities and challenges of offering acting/interim roles, and 3) to discuss some mechanisms to help ensure an acting/interim experience is positive and fulfilling for the individual, and effective and meaningful for the organization.