Yale University Library


Standing Committee on Professional Awareness (SCOPA)

Reports to:
University Librarian.

SCOPA is the Standing Committee on Professional Awareness. In 1985, a Task Force on Support for Professional Activity was formed and charged with reviewing the Yale Library's support for the professional development of librarians. Out of this Task Force came SCOPA, an official library committee charged by the University Librarian to oversee the implementation of the Task Force's recommendations for improving awareness among Yale librarians. To this end, SCOPA has increased professional activity and professional growth among librarians by creating and sponsoring lectures, training sessions, information sessions, and other events for the library staff. SCOPA has also acted upon special charges from the Librarian's office such as overseeing a review of the Library's Performance Expectations for Librarians.

Frequency of Meetings:
Monthly, except in the summer when they are as needed.


Heather Dean, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 2011-2012, Chair for 2012
Colin McCaffrey, Classics Library, 2012-2013
Beth Morris, Yale Center for British Art, 2012-2013
Christine Pesch, Divinity Library, 2011-2012
Anne Rhodes, Oral History of American Music, 2011-2012
Christine Silkotch, Center for Science and Social Science Information, 2012-2013

Ex-Officio Members:
Diane Turner, Head of Library Human Resources.

Length of Service:
Two years.

Term of Service of Members:
Calendar year.

Appointed by the University Librarian. Appointments are staggered.

Selection of Chairman:
Appointed by University Librarian.

Term of Service of Chair:
One year.

SCOPA Professional Development Grants Subcommittee, Mentoring Program Subcommittee.

Principal Areas of Activity:
Administer SCOPA Grants Program, Maintenance of "Publications of Yale Librarians" Web page, Mentoring Program, various public programs (speakers, forums, lecture/demos, etc.).


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Information Submitted By:
Estelle Pope

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