New workshop: A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff

For Immediate Release
Wed, 03/13/2019


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, A New Approach to Recruiting and Interviewing Library Staff with Maxine Bleiweis. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

In this time of tremendous change for public libraries, the approach to matching the right staff to the job requirements has too often been left behind. As library resources and services shift, recruiting and interviewing should shift as well.

In this 90-minute workshop, Maxine Bleiweis, a consultant and former library director, shows you how to recruit for positions with an eye on the future, how to use experiential interviews, and how you can bring in new talent that will thrive in your library environment.

In this workshop, you’ll learn and discuss

  • The most important attributes for employees to possess;
  • The basics of recruitment without outside assistance;
  • Setting up the interview to assure no first month surprises on the job;
  • How to create a climate of success for the new hire; and
  • How to establish a trainee program and continuing education for all employees.

About the Instructor

Shifting gears from directing three award-winning public libraries over a span of 40 years, Maxine Bleiweis is spreading her innovative ideas and approaches to traditional services to keep libraries relevant and ahead of the curve as principal consultant at Maxine Bleiweis & Associates. She is being called upon to speak on customer service, coach managers, guide strategic planning and innovative thinking, and implement the newest design thinking for library buildings. Under her leadership, Bleiweis’ libraries were awarded 5-Star Status and were finalists for the IMLS Medal of Excellence. She authored the book Helping Business: The Library’s Role in Community Economic Development and was the 2015 recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership and the Connecticut Outstanding Librarian of the Year in 2011.

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

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