Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is an author, national library speaker, and consultant with 32-years’ experience in everything from public library service to management and administration. She teaches at Kent State University’s iSchool as well as for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program, The Public Library Association, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, the Urban Library Council, InfoPeople, and multiple other organizations. Catherine is active speaking, planning, and consulting in libraries around the country, most recently presenting at staff days and conferences on her newest book, Renew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, 2017). She is also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011)and Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013). She is currently at work on a new series of Leadership Planners. Catherine’s passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful teams, and, especially, strong and effective library leaders.
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With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever. Building on the model of her bestselling book Be A Great Boss, Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-guided tool to the dynamic role of team-building. Organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace, this workbook will show you how to
- Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets
- Improve communication between team members
- Mentor other staff members
- Keep your team organized in a culture of change
Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this book lays out a clear path to learning the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team.
"In a welcome addition to the growing, must-read Busy Librarian series, this concise book begins with a look at team building from a historical perspective and moves at a brisk pace, providing weekly and monthly guidance and support to carry team leaders confidently through their first year ... This is another helpful and well-written workbook that would make a fine addition to any librarian's professional collection of career-building tools. Recommended for library managers and managers-to-be, this is a great source for what they didn't teach you in library school."
"A useful, flexible manual that would help any library team leader … Open communication, planning time, list-making, hiring practices—all this and much more are thoroughly covered. What makes this book stand out is that it is written in a conversational manner and divided into easy-to-digest bits. It can be used effectively once a week, or taken in all at once. "
"This book is well-organized and the author's writing is clear and concise. A robust notes section and index are provided. It is an excellent addition to the library management literature. Its thoughtful analyses of supervisory challenges would be helpful for any practicing librarian in a leadership or supervisory position."
— Catholic Library World