Ruth Barefoot is currently Library Director for Anacortes Public Library in Washington state and consulting on special projects when her schedule permits. She has worked for San José Public Library and other public and academic libraries. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San José State University in 1987. She worked for San José Public Library System for more than 23 years, managing major initiatives, innovative services, library branches, and units. When she is not instructing for the SJSU School of Information, she provides professional speaking, consulting, and training workshops. She lives in Anacortes, Washington.
Advanced eCourse—Change Management for a New Reality: Adapting to the New Normal
You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.
To: February 7, 2021
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The pandemic has changed so much about day-to-day life, and libraries are no exception. As we all work to adapt to and anticipate the new normal, having a practical and conceptual grasp of organizational change management is essential. How can libraries continue to help communities learn, work, and play in a period of unprecedented change?
This course provides you with the skills you need to become proactive in the changing library environment. You will learn the fundamentals of change management, how to build a resilient staff, and how to facilitate incremental steps to reach positive outcomes using real-world examples and case studies from different types of libraries. You will also explore how you can determine realistic goals in different library settings and why library workers today need change leadership in their toolkit.
Even for those who eagerly embrace change, the lectures, discussion, and, most importantly, the real and authentic interaction you share with colleagues during this class will enhance your skill set and help you manage a library work environment that is rapidly evolving.
Through your participation in this course, you will learn to:
- Identify ways to spot “early adopters” and fold them into implementation efforts.
- Explain implementation challenges experienced by exemplary leaders in businesses or libraries and apply solutions.
- Analyze the range and complexity of change leadership styles.
- Apply research-based best practices to significant areas of change leadership responsibility.
- Develop a plan for implementing a specific change in the workplace amid COVID-19 restrictions.
- Create a personal growth plan for continued change leadership development.
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on November 2, 2020. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Ruth Barefoot will monitor discussion boards regularly during the 14-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.