146. Leading from a “Good Inside” Perspective with Rebekah Cummings

Do you ever find it challenging to see the good in people when difficult situations arise? On this show Rebekah Cummings, Digital Matters Interim Director at the University of Utah Marriott Library, shares insights on Leading from a “Good Inside” Perspective. It’s a way of shifting our perspective when dealing with others that allows for generosity even when it may be challenging.

145. Rooting Out Dysfunction and Creating Successful Teams with Amanda Johnson & Lauren Clossey

Lauren Clossey and Amanda Johnson

All of us want to avoid dysfunction within our organizations and create successful teams, yet how often do we have time to talk and think about ways to do that? On this show we do just this with Lauren Clossey and Amanda Johnson, Owners of Alliance Research and Training in North Carolina, as they share information on rooting out dysfunction and creating successful teams. They provide insightful training on this topic to help teams build trust, safety, inclusion, and transparency to empower libraries to provide the best possible service.

144. Helping Homeschoolers with Elizabeth Stinnette

As library leaders, we often ask ourselves how we can serve unique populations in our communities. With the number of homeschool families increasing across the nation, have you been asking yourself how to best serve them? On this show Elizabeth Stinnette, Children’s Librarian at the Purcellville Branch Library in the Loudoun County Public Library System in Virginia, provides answers about how libraries can best serve homeschool families. She includes useful information about the history of homeschooling, how homeschool students are similar and different from their traditionally schooled peers, and what never to ask homeschool students and their parents.

143. Telehealth 101 with George Strawley and Trish Hull

In this day and age, with many resources and services online, have you considered how to help your patrons access healthcare professionals right from your library? On this show, George Strawley, Library Engagement Specialist for Region 4 with the Network of the National Library of Medicine, and Trish Hull, Library Manager of the Kearns Branch in the Salt Lake County Library System, talk about telehealth 101. They explain the ins and outs of providing important telehealth resources for your patrons in a way that anyone can implement.

142. Negative Work Experience Survey Results with Amadee Ricketts

Have you ever had negative work experiences and wondered what others have done when they found themselves in similar situations? On this show Amadee Ricketts, Director of the Cochise County Library District in Arizona, talks about the results of a survey she conducted about negative work experiences in libraries. The results provided insights into the commonalities of these experiences, whether libraries are worse than other workplaces, and what red flags to watch for when applying for library jobs. 

141. Embracing Restorative Practices in Leadership with Stephen Jackson

What are restorative practices and how can they help our libraries create dialog, trust, and growth? On this show Stephen Jackson, Director of Equity and Anti-Racism at Oak Park Public Library in Illinois, talks about creating peace circles in libraries where people can share perspectives in safe environments that develop relationships and heal trauma.

139. Exploring Compassion  Satisfaction with Kay Coates

What is compassion satisfaction and what effect does it have on those of us in the helping profession of librarianship? On this show Kay Coates – Assistant Professor of Research, Instruction and Outreach at Georgia Southern University Libraries – explores how serving others often leads to enjoyment and satisfaction, but also a need to strive for balance and self-care in the process.

138. Bridging the Gap Between Support Staff and Librarians with Machelle Keen

What are ways our organizations can unite support staff and librarians? On this show Machelle Keen, User Services and Facilities Coordinator for Vanderbilt Libraries in Tennesee, talks about this important aspect of development for our organizations and how, as a library support staff member for over thirty-three years, she created a conference to help do this. Her passion for uniting, supporting, and developing all members of our teams bridges the gap between support staff and librarians to help everyone’s talents shine in providing excellent library services.

137. Examining Quiet Quitting with Annie Epperson and Stephen Sweeney

Annie Epperson and Stephen Sweeney

What is quiet quitting and how might it affect your library? On this show Annie Epperson, Professor of Teaching & Learning at the University of Northern Colorado Libraries, and Stephen Sweeney, Director for the Cardinal Stafford Library at the Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary, share what they have learned about quiet quitting. We are hearing a lot about this in the news as people grapple with work culture, life balance, pay, and equity. This conversation explores the quiet quitting phenomenon and what it might mean for all of us in libraries.

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