Category : Library Leadership

Library Leadership

Pushing a Boulder Uphill: Leading Organizational Change with Phill Johnson and Jessica Hayes

Jessica Hayes and Phill Johnson

Have you ever felt leading organizational change is like the mythical story of Sisyphus, pushing a boulder uphill, only to have it roll down again? If so, you will want to tune into this show as we gain insights that help us lead organizational change, strengthen our skills for this challenge, and engage in techniques that increase success.

Phill Johnson, Dean of the Auburn University at Montgomery Library, and Jessica Hayes, the organization’s Head of Public Services, share their experiences in this area. Tune in to learn that pushing a boulder uphill really can get easier. 

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Library Leadership

Video Strategies for Libraries

David Lee King

Leadership in libraries means getting the word out about what we do. On this show we talk with David Lee King, Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, about how videos can be a useful way to do that. He teaches us how making library videos can be easy with simple steps to create visual marketing.

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Library Leadership

Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work with Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Author Cathy Hakala-Ausperk

Why is it important to renew ourselves and find meaning in the workplace as we provide library services? Today’s guest Cathy Hakala-Ausperk  – librarian , speaker, trainer, and author – helps us answer that important question with information from her book, Renew Yourself: A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work. It is important to stay engaged in our own development so that we may offer the best library services possible, creating meaning for ourselves and the communities we serve.

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Library Leadership

How to Improve Your Library’s Fundraising with Peter Pearson

Peter Pearson

Have you ever wondered how your library can tap into private funding to better accomplish your mission? On today’s show you will learn what programs and services are most appropriate for these kinds of efforts, who you can turn to to do your fundraising and how, which activities are easiest to start with, and even gain insight into the big question, “Should our library have a gala?”

Today we talk with Peter Pearson an active consultant in the area of library fundraising and Board development with 25 years of experience as President of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in Minnesota. His deep knowledge provides all of us valuable insights. Enjoy the show!

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Library Leadership

Loida Garcia-Febo: American Library Association President, 2018-2019

Loida Garcia-Febo

Loida Garcia-Febo is the 2018-2019 American Library Association President. She is an inspiring figure sharing the important message that Libraries = Strong Communities. 

In this interview you will hear her talk about her experiences travelling to libraries across the country to see the many inspirations out in the field, along with the challenges in libraries with which ALA can help. She shares an important vision for diversity and inclusion, and talks about what ignites her soul on fire while offering advice for each of us to develop our own passions in libraries. You will leave with outstanding resources and insights about ways to serve with love, another message she is sharing during her term. Enjoy today’s show!

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Library Leadership

Managing Up: Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships with Michelle Armstrong

How would you describe your relationship with the person to whom you report?  If yours is top-down, you may be at risk for feeling powerless, disengaged, and ultimately ineffective. We all have someone we report to. On today’s show you will get insights into their behaviors, needs, and expectations – and gain concrete actions to positively influence the relationship as we talk with Michelle Armstrong, the Associate Dean and Head of Scholarly Communications and Data Management Unit for Albertsons Library at Boise State University in Idaho. We get to hear about her work on, “Managing Up: Strategies for Cultivating Effective Supervisor Relationships.”

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Library Leadership

Starting an Initiative: How to Invest and Create Commitment

Have you ever wanted to create a new initiative in your library, but weren’t sure where to start? How can we make our plans fit the needs of our community, get investment, create involvement throughout our organization, and make it all pay off? On this show, we talk with Sari Feldman, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library.

Under her leadership the system received the highest overall score among America’s largest metropolitan library systems in Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service for many years running. Sari served as Past President for both the American Library Association and the Public Library Association. She shares the ways in which she started a meaningful initiative for her community called, the Reconnect with Reading Campaign. It’s a successful example we all can use as we kick off initiatives of our own. It will also speak to the readers-heart in each of us. Thank you for tuning in.

 

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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.

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Library Leadership

Finding Your “Why?” and Developing as a Leader

Finding our root passion in leadership can be a difficult quest. Seeking an answer to the question “Why do we do what we do?” can lead us in many directions. What motivates each person is unique.

Today’s guest provides a pathway to developing as a passionate leader utilizing the letters in the word P-A-S-S-I-O-N, standing for Purpose, Action, Success, Support, Intention, and Now. Follow along as Andrew Sanderbeck an expert presenter, coach, and consultant for libraries takes us on a journey that helps clarify our passion and give us a direct pathway to personal development.

 

 

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Library Leadership

How to Create a Data-Driven Library

As librarians, we are always asking ourselves, “What does our community need? How can we make a difference in the lives of individuals and the community as a whole?” On this episode of Library Leadership Podcast, we talk with Kendra Trachta, Deputy Director of Sno-Isle Libraries, a two-county system in northwest Washington.

She helps us answer these questions by guiding us to become data-driven libraries and shares that this is not really about numbers; it’s about  using numbers to understand people and purpose. She takes us from passive to active means for making informed decisions. Her favorite question is “Why?” Yours will be, too, after listening to this show.

 

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