Transform and thrive

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/14/2018


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association

(312) 280-5052

CHICAGO — Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract. But in “Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community,” published by ALA Editions, Dorothy Stoltz and coauthors Gail Griffith, James Kelly, Muffie Smith, and Lynn Wheeler demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles, which include:

  • intelligent risk-taking;
  • learning the right things;
  • respect and goodwill;
  • fulfilling the vision of library director; and
  • activating creative thinking.

With practical applications for hiring staff, coordinating an author event, creating a community partnership, and designing a building, this book walks readers through how to:

  • identify the community’s motivating factors and use them to guide priorities;
  • create a culture of learning at the library;
  • apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges;
  • ask the right questions in order to get the right answers;
  • draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and
  • implement creativity exercises for problem solving that can be used by individuals and groups.

Stoltz is director for community engagement at the Carroll County (MD) Public Library. She is the coauthor of several books and articles for the American Library Association, including “Inspired Collaboration: Ideas for Discovering and Applying Your Potential.” With more than thirty-five years of experience in public libraries, she is active in the Library Leadership & Management Association (LLAMA), the Public Library Association (PLA), and the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).

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