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Staff Development Committee

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The Staff Development Committee (SDC) supports professional development for represented and non-represented Library staff year around. In recognition that learning extends throughout the life of a career, we encourage Library staff to explore professional growth and development opportunities that will further their career plans. Representing the diversity of our organization, SDC members identify, promote, and support equitable and cost-effective training opportunities. We inspire Library staff to develop as lifelong learners. By encouraging the Library community, we aid UC Berkeley in achieving its goals and overall mission, while also supporting the Library’s commitment to continuous progress.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

The UC Berkeley Library stands firmly in opposition to discrimination and systemic oppression. Social justice, equal rights, and equal treatment for all are bedrock principles for the UC Berkeley Library, as we fulfill our public mission. It is clear that we must do more to address racism in the workplace and in the campus community. Without changing the primary purpose of this group, we should carry out our charge in a way that advances the Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within the context of our group work.

About SDC

  • As the review board who approves applications for represented and non-academic staff, the Staff Development Committee (SDC) funds educational or career-related activities.
  • During the fiscal year (July 1–June 30), each employee is eligible for $600 through SDC funding. Funding is approved on a first-come, first-served basis, to accommodate the $20,000 annual budget.
  • The Staff Development Committee partners with LAUC-B (Librarians Association of the University of California, Berkeley) to provide workshops and other skill-building events to staff, and supports their librarian/staff mentoring program.
  • SDC offers opportunities for networking and building peer-to-peer connections in the community.
  • SDC coordinates and sponsors tours to museums, libraries, and other venues of archival and conservation interest. Available to all staff, these tours and presentations offer information on educational opportunities and provide exposure to a variety of library-related careers within local organizations.

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Activity Eligibility

The proposed activity must be related to the applicant's career within the UC Berkeley Library. This also includes the Library Human Resources Department, Business Services, the Library Systems Office, and other administrative work. Career-related activities will develop skills, knowledge, and other qualifications; prepare the employee for additional assignments or positions within the Library; or ensure awareness of current advances in the employee's field.

SDC funds are not automatic, and there is always a chance that your request might not be granted for a variety of reasons. Please apply for funding 2 weeks BEFORE the class or conference you want to attend. Please do not submit an application for SDC funding if your training is already in progress or if it has been completed. For more information, please refer to the travel, training and development support policy.

The most common reason why requests for funding are denied is that the training opportunity is determined to be job-related instead of career development. If you are expected or asked to do something as a part of your job, this is considered job-related and can not be funded by SDC. Position-related training is ultimately the responsibility of the unit in which the staff member works. If the training you are interested in is related to the development of your career within the library, then it is eligible for SDC funding.

SDC funds cannot be used to pay for individual memberships in organizations such as Toastmasters, ALA, and CLA, so requests of this kind will be denied. Librarians are permitted to use LAUC-B funding for personal membership in professional organizations.

Notice on out-of-state travel: AB 1887 prohibits the use of state funding to pay for or sponsor travel to states that after June 26, 2015, have enacted laws considered to be discriminatory based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. The four states currently affected by this law are Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee. More information on the law can be found at oag.ca.gov/ab1887.

Funding Guidelines

Am I eligible to use SDC funds?

Probationary Period for Employees
The applicant must complete the probationary period before becoming eligible for SDC funding.

Part-time Employees' Eligibility
Part-time employees are eligible for SDC funds.

Temporary Employees' Eligibility (Part-time or full time)
SDC may award funds to temporary employees for staff development opportunities that fall within the parameters of their appointment. The Library is not obligated to provide funding for professional development in other areas of work within the Library. The development activity must take place and end before the employee's separation date. The Library will not reimburse employees who submit receipts for reimbursement after their separation date.

Funding for Representing the Library
When programs of career-related interest to an individual are held in conjunction with programs at which it is necessary for the Library to be represented, joint support by SDC and the Library Administration could be appropriate. In such cases, SDC should consult with Library Administration in order to determine the level of support from either source.

How much money and time off can I request?

The per applicant amount for the current fiscal year is $600.00. Funds are spent in the fiscal year in which the activity takes place. For example, fees for a class in August 2020 will be taken from the employee's SDC funds for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. This is the case even if the employee pays for the fees in June 2020 or earlier. Thus, what matters is when you attend the activity, not when you pay. (Note: Affiliated Library Staff are not eligible for SDC funding because the employment appointment is not with the University Library).

Travel, Lodging, and Food
Refer to the University travel website for current travel policies and per diem schedule.

Time Off for Professional Development
Time off for staff development is subject to supervisor approval. See also: hr.berkeley.edu/labor/contracts

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Leave Funding for Holidays and Weekends
Leave with pay will not be granted for Saturday, Sunday or holidays unless these days are part of the employee's regularly scheduled work hours. Requests for paid leave to travel to an event will be favorably considered if the distance to the program location and the necessity to travel on weekdays (excluding holidays) so merits.

Forms and Instructions

Application Instructions

To allow enough time for SDC to review your application, please submit your application at least 2 weeks in advance of your training or other professional development event. Late submissions may not be approved.

Note: In the event that you decide not to request reimbursement for your approved professional development activity or choose not to attend it, please notify the SDC Chair and Business Services immediately.

  1. Verify eligibility for SDC funding. Any permanent staff member not eligible for professional travel may apply for the Staff Development Committee (SDC) supported training and travel funding; this includes up to $600.00 per fiscal year for educational, professional or career development activities. To determine your eligibility please see Library Titles by Personnel Program. (Note: Affiliated Library Staff are not eligible for SDC funding because the employment appointment is not with the University Library).
  2. Fill out the Travel/Training/Development Request Form. Check the box for (SDC) Staff development under Activity Type.
  3. Attach official documentation of the proposed activity if available (e.g., scanned copy of a brochure, pamphlet) using the File Upload function. You may include a URL to the event/activity description in the appropriate field on the form if available.
  4. Compose a brief statement (one paragraph will suffice) explaining how the proposed activity relates to your career or professional development plans within the Library. This should be added in the Business Purpose section of the request form. The committee MAY require a letter of comment from the Supervisor, Unit Head or AUL that clearly demonstrates the relationship of the proposed activity to the applicant's general career goals within the Library. If required this should be added using the File Upload function on the form.
  5. Submit the funding application. Notify your Supervisor once you have submitted the funding application. The funding request must include signatures of your supervisor, unit head, and AUL/Director before it will forward for SDC review. You will be able to track the progress of your request by selecting My Travel Requests from your Dashboard after logging into the LAS website.
  6. Library Travel Reimbursement Procedures. Submit within 14 calendar days of completion of the approved professional development activity.
    1. If entertainment expenses will be incurred, please provide the business purpose of the entertainment expense in the Business Purpose section of the online travel pre-approval request form.
    2. Include the estimated entertainment expense amount in the Meals and Incidentals portion of the form.
    3. When you return from your trip, log back onto the LAS website. On your Dashboard, click on My Travel Reimbursements.
    4. Enter the guest names and their affiliation, event location, and the event date in the Special Circumstances section of the online travel reimbursement request form.
    5. When you complete the Meals and Incidentals portion of the form, include the total entertainment expense amount so the form can include it in your total expenses.
    6. Upload receipts for all entertainment expenses of $75 or more per occasion. For more details on policy for entertaining while traveling, please visit the Documents and Receipts page.
    7. You will receive reimbursement via direct deposit.

Committee Membership

Composition & Logistics

  • Membership includes 1 librarian and 14 staff, plus ex-officio member(s) from the Library Human Resources Department.
  • Membership term is two years from July through June of each year.
  • The Committee meets every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2pm.

Committee Roster
Aisha Hamilton (Co-Chair), Communications
Jennifer Osgood (Co-Chair), Arts & Humanities Division
Angela Arnold, Arts & Humanities Division
Anita Brown, Life & Health Sciences Division
Sonya Crooms, Security Services
Esther Gold, Access Services Division
Sarah Harrington, Access Services Division
ZsuZsu Listro, Librarian's Office
JJ Mansalay, Endpoint Solutions, and Spaces
Rosemary Sallee, Preservation Department
Jenny Schuelke, Engineering & Physical Sciences Division
Robert Talbott, Catalog and Metadata Services
Stella Tang (Librarian Representative)
C.V. Starr East Asian Library

Ex Officio Member
Ricky Brown, Library Human Resources Department