Hot-ticket meetings for library leaders

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/25/2019


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association


CHICAGO — Why do so many of us hate meetings? And why does that popup reminder on our screen often trigger feelings of dread and boredom? It’s because all too often it means sitting through or leading another do-nothing, time-wasting, fingers-on-the-chalkboard, “we talk about the same thing every month” obligation. In management coach Catherine Hakala-Ausperk’s latest Leadership Planner “Hot-Ticket Meetings,” published by ALA Editions, readers will learn how to flip the script on this bedrock of organizational culture and remake meetings into the kind of hot-ticket gatherings that will make attendees feel confident and motivated, informed and included. By using this resource, you will learn how to:

  • introduce real and significant innovations in how meetings are run and how information is shared in your organization;
  • create and use a staff Virtual File that will focus and streamline your meetings;
  • clarify every meeting’s goals, helping you determine who should (and shouldn’t) be included;
  • design a meeting script that will keep your meetings on target, on track, and on time; and
  • maximize meetings’ impact by choosing specific roles for each attendee to play, assuring comprehensive input and broad idea sharing.

The other titles in the Leadership Planner series are "Future-Proof Your Team," “Win 'Em Over,” and “Dynamic Discipline.” Hakala-Ausperk is an author, national library speaker, and consultant with more than 30 years’ experience in everything from public library service to management and administration. She teaches at Kent State University’s iSchool as well as for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program, the Public Library Association, ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions, the Urban Library Council, InfoPeople, and multiple other organizations. Her other books includeRenew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work” and “Build a Great Team: One Year to Success.” You can follow her work on Facebook at

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