Library Director Crash Course: Getting the Skills You Need

Library Director Crash Course: Getting the Skills You Need Workshop

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Price: 
$100.00
ALA Member 
$90.00
Item Number:
1541-9257
Dates: 
Day:  January 25, 2021
Time:  2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
Day:  February 1, 2021
Time:  2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
Day:  February 8, 2021
Time:  2:30pm to 4:00pm EST
Delivery Method: 
Live
Duration: 
90 minutes each session
Publisher: 
ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
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Library Director Crash Course: Getting the Skills You Need Workshop
A 3-part workshop, each session runs 90 minutes on Mondays, January 25, Februray 1, and February 8, 2021, each starting at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

So you’ve finally made it—you’re a library director…now what? You can learn about management, but it’s hard to find a library school course that teaches you how to be a boss. This workshop is a primer on how to be a library director provided over three sessions that dive into key topics necessary to run a library. Covering library finances, trustee and director roles, relationships, personnel, legal issues, building upkeep, and the different types of insurance needed, these webinars will offer core competencies for every director. Learn how to stay organized and set yourself up for success in each area with practical tips and checklists woven throughout the sessions.

Whether you have just become a director, want to be a director someday, or have been a director for a number of years, this workshop will answer the questions you might not have known to ask while increasing your understanding of the key topics needed to run a library.

We’ll begin with understanding and preparing your financials, and then move on to trustee and director relationships. In the second session, we will dive into hiring, evaluating, retaining, and disciplining personnel and the legal ramifications that come with having staff. We will end the series with what you need to know about your building and insurance needs and review general legal practices and pitfalls to avoid. You will leave with a solid understanding of the core competencies you need to run a library in addition to checklists you can start using immediately to help ensure your success.

By participating in this workshop, you will

  • Gain a solid understanding of the core competencies necessary to be a library director.
  • Receive answers to questions you might not have known to ask.
  • Discover practical tips to effectively manage the various areas every director needs to know.
  • Know why and when you need to contact an outside professional for help.
  • Learn about effective resources you can use to help you become more organized and productive.

While completing your purchase, fill in the name and e-mail address of the participant who will sign in to the event by clicking the "Attendees" button to the right of the item in your cart. This individual will receive an e-mail from WebEx confirming registration before the event begins. Attendees should add messenger@webex.com to their approved email sender list, so they can ensure that they receive the automatic notifications.

Registrants, even if they miss the live session, are given access to an archive of the event for a period of 3 months from the date of the live session. The archive can be viewed at any time during this 3-month timeframe. The archive contains a video representation of the event, which includes all chat, audio, and visual material. In order to receive the archive information, please follow the instructions received upon purchase to confirm your registration in WebEx.

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Kathy Parker

Kathy Parker has over 35 years of library experience, with 16 serving as library director at Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library.  Kathy has participated on various library boards and has served as a library trustee at her local library and in the regional library system, and started several continuing education initiatives for library staff and trustees.  Kathy retired in summer 2018 and has started her own consulting business serving as an interim director, offering coaching to new directors, and helping boards hire directors.

Kate Hall

Kate Hall has been a Library Director since 2010; first at New Lenox and now at Northbrook Public Library.  Kate has held numerous library leadership positions and has worked with Kathy Parker on the successful Director’s University program that has taught over 100 new library directors what they need to know to run a library. Kate is active on many boards, including serving previously on the Illinois Library Association Executive Board and as President on the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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Accommodations are offered based on user needs. For transcription, live captioning, or other accessibility requests, please contact us at elsmarketing@ala.org.

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