Event Preview: Midwinter 2012

ALCTS Virtual Symposium: January 9-13, 2012

Launching Your Star Potential: Leadership for Today’s Libraries

For the first time, ALCTS is offering a virtual symposium just prior to Midwinter. Five one-hour sessions will be held on five days, designed to benefit all staff who supervise or manage library operations or who may do so in the future, regardless of the type and size of the organization.

Sessions will be held each day from January 9 to 13, 2012 starting at 11 a.m. PST / 2 p.m. EST.

Visit http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/confevents/upcoming/ala/mw/star.cfm to register for as few as one or as many as all of the sessions. Registration includes access to a recording of the session, for access at any time.

Adam Goodman

I’m Your Leader: the Fundamentals of Effective Leadership

Monday, January 9, 2012

Featuring Adam Goodman

Adam Goodman is an award-winning educator, researcher, and trusted advisor to leaders of companies, non-profit groups and other organizations. He directs Northwestern University’s Center for Leadership, which offers academic and applied leadership development programs for undergraduate students, Ph.D. students and high potential staff. He is a faculty member and teaches leadership courses in the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science. He also teaches leadership coaching in the Kellogg School of Management and teamwork and decision making in the School of Communication.

An active consultant today and for more than twenty-five years, he has advised more than one hundred CEOs, senior officers, executive teams, and boards of directors and given hundreds of invited speeches and workshops in the United States and around the world. Clients include the American Library Association-Public Library Association, Ball Corp., the Government of Canada, Drupal, Kaiser Permanente, the National Association of State Budget Officers, Navigant, New Belgium Brewing, and TIAA-CREF. He was a cofounder or partner of three management consulting firms and a board member of Solbourne Computer Inc. until its acquisition by Deloitte.

His current projects include the development of 6 Leadership Questions® (an assessment and learning tool), a data intensive enterprise-wide web portal for leadership and teamwork assessments, and training programs for leadership coaching. Past work includes a national survey of public sector leaders, the design of a national model leadership program, and work with more than twenty leadership programs from across the U.S. He was the founding cochair of the Research Section of the International Leadership Association, the world’s largest association devoted to leadership, and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Johnson & Wales University. The Adolph Coors Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Ford Foundation, Gates Family Foundation, IBM and John Templeton Foundation have recognized and supported his work. He has published articles and two academic works (Community Trusteeship and Public Leadership).

For twelve years, Goodman was President and CEO of the University of Colorado’s Leadership Institute, the nation’s oldest leadership studies program. During his tenure, the Institute became the nation’s largest teaching and research program in higher education dedicated to the study and practice of leadership. Previously, he was a Special Assistant to the President of the University of Colorado with responsibility for external and student affairs.

Goodman earned a Masters Degree in management and a Ph.D. in leadership from the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado, where he was a Presidential Fellow.

Fads in leadership come and go. Bookstore shelves bow under the weight of leadership manuals offering solutions to complex problems, but in my twenty-five-plus years as a student and scholar of leadership, and as an advisor to leaders around the world, I have learned that there is no single set of generic rules, ancient secrets, or effective habits that will make you a great leader. Instead, this session offers a roadmap for you to solve your own leadership challenges through an engaging and authentic question-based model.

This session springs from three key research findings:

  • First, good leaders solve problems. However, great leaders begin by asking the right questions to make sure the right problem is solved.
  • Second, leadership looks complex and is often practiced that way. However, leadership is really organized into five straightforward themes that can be mastered: vision, values, action, situation, and the relationship between leaders and followers.
  • Third, leaders don’t emerge from factories with pre-programmed styles, habits or rules. Instead, successful leaders understand and work from their own strengths while building a team around them to close needed gaps.

You will learn how to apply these insights to routinely identify, diagnose and solve leadership challenges.


Leadership by Disruption

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Featuring Pamela Sandlian Smith

Pam Sandlian Smith is the Director of Anythink Libraries in Adams County, Colorado, a northern suburb of Denver. Anythink is a reinvention of public libraries. Anythink libraries are designed for idea people. They are a place for people to connect, interact, discover, and even play with information. Previously, Pam was Director of the West Palm Beach Public Library, and Manager of Children’s Services at the Denver Public Library.

When the future is uncertain, to some people the safest direction is either to do nothing new or to accelerate strategies that worked in the past. With the challenges that libraries face today, our future success cannot be modeled on the past. To lead libraries that survive and thrive in the future requires a willingness to rethink the rules, to be disruptive. It requires a willingness to invent a library that relates to people who have instant access to information 24/7. Leadership in this environment requires leaders, who are willing to ask disruptive questions, create collaborative teams, have a sense of courage and an ability to take risks.

Mary Page

Leadership: What It Means for the Library Middle Manager

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Featuring Mary Page

Mary Page is the Associate Director for Collections and Technical Services at the University of Central Florida Libraries. She has previously worked at the University of California, Davis, and Rutgers University. She is a past president of the North American Serials Interest Group (NASIG) and is a current member of the ALA/ALCTS Board of Directors. Mary has more than twenty-five years of experience as a librarian and a manager.

The middle manager manages up, down, and across the organization. Middle managers are the glue between the vision of senior leadership and the frontline workforce. Your job as a middle manager is to translate vision into action, and you must understand both the work of your unit and the entire organization, with specific insight into how your unit fits in the whole. What leadership skills are needed by the middle manager? What role does she or he play in developing the next generation of library leaders? This webinar will discuss these questions and others relating to leadership and the middle manager.


Leadership: From Proto-Star to SupernovaMaureen Sullivan

Erica FindleyThursday, January 12, 2012

Featuring Erica Findley and Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. She is a professor of practice in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions PhD program at Simmons College and a member of the faculty in the annual Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently is president-elect of the American Library Association.

Erica Findley is the Digital Resources and Metadata Librarian at Pacific University. She manages cataloging, digital image collections, and supervises Acquisitions. Recently, Erica served as the vice-chair for the ALCTS New Members Interest Group.

Why is leadership important in libraries today? How can you be an effective leader in your organization? These questions will be addressed from the perspective of a leadership expert, Maureen Sullivan and an upcoming leader, Erica Findley. You will learn the difference between leadership and management, how to meet the expectations of new leaders, and how you can lead from any position.

James HiltonLeading Change

Friday, January 13, 2012

Featuring James Hilton

James Hilton is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia where he is responsible for planning and coordinating academic and administrative information technology, voice communications, and network operations on a university-wide basis. He is an advocate of strong collaboration between academic and technology cultures in university environments. He is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology.

Prior to his current appointment, Hilton was the Associate Provost for Academic Information and Instructional Technology Affairs and a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Institute for Social Research and in the Psychology Department where he served as the Chair of Undergraduate Studies between 1991 and 2000. He is a three-time recipient of the LS&A Excellence in Education award, has been named an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (1997–2006), and received the Class of 1923 Memorial Teaching Award. He has published extensively in the areas of information technology policy, person perception, stereotypes, and the psychology of suspicion. Hilton received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the social psychology program at Princeton University in 1985.

Many of our core conceptions of leadership and the nature of change do not mesh with current reality. Leaders, we often think, are crowned—created and blessed by the hierarchy to do the will of the organization. Similarly, we often think of change as rare and the product of careful planning. The reality is that leadership has little to do with hierarchy and change is both ubiquitous and emergent. In this session, we will talk about the role of leadership throughout the organization and strategies for leading effectively in a world of constant change.