Library Leadership

A City Manager on Libraries and Leadership


Have you ever wondered how you can embrace values in your library that make everyone a leader in every role, as well as create ‘mindshare’ with stakeholders and decision-makers about the importance of your library?

On today’s show you will get practical ways to do just that as we talk with Diane Foster, City Manager in Park City, Utah. She manages, directs, and coordinates municipal services with a background from the private sector, primarily in the high-tech and ski industries.

During her tenure, Park City developed a high-tech Library with a $10 million budget that involved everyone and utilized the skills, ability, knowledge, and energy of a town of 8,000 residents to create a 21st Century Library that now serves over 175,000 visitors per year.

  • Elisabeth Wallace Nov 12,2018 at 1:32 pm

    My partner and I, as Federal and State employees, recognized some initiatives that our employers could greatly benefit from! Making every role a leadership role keeps employees passionately engaged where they might feel complacent otherwise. Employee investment seems intuitive but is elusive in most organizations. Congratulations to Park City Library for tapping into its most valuable resources!

  • Melissa Sillitoe Bocarde, SPHR Nov 7,2018 at 8:53 am

    I really appreciate Adriane’s thoughtful and positive outlook! When we worked together at Salt Lake City Public Library, she embodied passionate leadership.

  • Katherine Smith Nov 5,2018 at 7:10 am

    As a retired librarian and former Parkite I had the beautiful Park City in my minds eye during this wonderful podcast. Investing in people has always been a Hallmark of Park City’s inner strength. It’s a positive, hopeful and logical podcast. Well done!

  • Gayle Roberts Nov 3,2018 at 7:32 pm

    Thought this was an extremely well prepared presentation. I loved the term mindshare … it’s so important to get everyone on the same page. It is also nice to know that libraries outside of our own deal with these issues.

  • Jane Cooper Nov 3,2018 at 6:38 pm

    This library podcast was insightful and informative in many ways. The concept of investing in every person and promoting leadership in every role is especially valuable, and demonstrates the value of the library for the community both now and in the future.

  • Jane Cooper Nov 3,2018 at 6:33 pm

    This library podcast was
    informative, insightful, and emphasized the importance of promoting leadership in every role for employees. The concept of investing in people to create the best outcomes was especially instructive, as well as the importance of investing in training and sharing the values and vision of the library.
    The library as a safe, inviting, and inclusive place for the community demonstrates your commitment to make the library a strong and vital community partner both now and in the future.

  • Ellen R Reddick Nov 1,2018 at 10:41 am

    Wonderful podcast. I loved it and found great customer service tips that every business can use. The value of libraries to each of us and our communities is profound.

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