New Workshop—Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/11/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need with Kathy Parker and Kate Hall. This workshop will consist of three 90-minute sessions and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on each session:

  • Monday, November 6, 2017
  • Monday, November 13, 2017
  • Monday, November 20. 2017

So you’ve finally made it—you’re a library director…now what? You can learn about management, but it’s hard to find a library school course that teaches you how to be a boss. This workshop is a primer on how to be a library director provided over three sessions that dive into key topics necessary to run a library. Covering library finances, trustee and director roles, relationships, personnel, legal issues, building upkeep, and the different types of insurance needed, these webinars will offer core competencies for every director. Learn how to stay organized and set yourself up for success in each area with practical tips and checklists woven throughout the sessions.

Whether you have just become a director, want to be a director someday, or have been a director for a number of years, this workshop will answer the questions you might not have known to ask while increasing your understanding of the key topics needed to run a library.

We’ll begin with understanding and preparing your financials, and then move on to trustee and director relationships. In the second session, we will dive into hiring, evaluating, retaining, and disciplining personnel and the legal ramifications that come with having staff. We will end the series with what you need to know about your building and insurance needs and review general legal practices and pitfalls to avoid. You will leave with a solid understanding of the core competencies you need to run a library in addition to checklists you can start using immediately to help ensure your success.

By participating in this workshop, you will

  • Gain a solid understanding of the core competencies necessary to be a library director.
  • Receive answers to questions you might not have known to ask.
  • Discover practical tips to effectively manage the various areas every director needs to know.
  • Know why and when you need to contact an outside professional for help.
  • Learn about effective resources you can use to help you become more organized and productive.

About the Instructors

Kathy Parker has over 35 years of library experience with 15 serving as library director at Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library. Kathy is active on various library boards, serving as library trustee on her local and regional library system, and starting several continuing education initiatives for library staff and trustees. 

Kate Hall has been a library director since 2010; first at New Lenox and now at Northbrook Public Library. Kate has held numerous library leadership positions and recently worked with Kathy on the successful Director’s University that taught 64 new library directors what they need to know to be effective.

Registration for this ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions Workshops offer a convenient, hands-on learning experience that will help you and your colleagues make the best decisions for your library. This workshop is licensed for use by staff or users of the purchasing institution or library organization.

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