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Time Flies…But Where? Time Management Tips and Tools is one of a series of electronic publications in the Public Library Association's Train the Trainer Series. Each publication includes all of the materials needed to present a one day (4-4.5 hour) training program for library staff members. The materials include masters for the handouts that will be distributed to the training participants, a PowerPoint presentation to be used by the trainer during the program, a detailed script for the training program, an evaluation form, and a training manual.

If you ask library staff members about their jobs, you will always hear that they have more work than they can ever accomplish. Staff time constraints will become more challenging in the next several years as library budgets remain flat or decline, the number of staff decrease, and the workload continues to increase. This training program has been designed to provide all levels of library staff with the information and skills they need to identify the major time problems in their lives and to manage those problems more effectively. This training program will help participants to:


  • Evaluate the balance between work life and personal life, and identify needed changes
  • Understand how work habits and personality affect time management choices
  • Identify and describe six of the most common time management challenges
  • Identify their own personal time management challenges and determine which causes the most problems
  • Use a number of different tips and tools to address each of their major time challenges
  • Develop a personal plan addressing their most significant and harmful time management challenges


Sandra Nelson

Sandra Nelson is a consultant, speaker, trainer, and writer specializing in public library planning and management issues. She has worked in both small and large public libraries and in two state library agencies. She has presented hundreds of training programs and facilitated strategic planning processes in dozens libraries during the past thirty years. She was named Librarian of the Year by the Arizona State Library Association in 1987, received the ASCLA Professional Achievement Award in 1996, and received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of North Texas School of Information Science in 1999. She chaired the committee that developed the original Planning for Results: A Public Library Transformation Process (1997). She is the author of Planning fpr Results: A Streamlined Approach (2001) and she is co-author of Creating Policies for Results: From Chaos to Clarity (2003), Wired for the Future: Developing Your Library Technology Plan (1999) and Managing For Results: Effective Resource Allocation for Public Libraries (2000), all published by ALA. She is currently the Senior Editor of the PLA Results series.