Results Boot Camp: An Immersion Program

boot camp logoResults Are What Matters: Management Tools and Techniques to Improve Library Services and Programs

August 4–8, 2014
Nashville Public Library
Nashville, Tennessee


Here's what participants in the 2013 Results Boot Camp had to say:

“Honestly, this was the best professional development experience I have had, and it was easily the wisest investment of travel and training funds that I have ever made.”

“It was great being pushed to think about things differently and not from the 'traditional' mindset.”

“The connections you make during the week are priceless.”

Get your library in strategic shape and prepare to meet any challenge with the intensive and interactive PLA Boot Camp program led by Sandra Nelson and June Garcia. This popular public library course offers four and a half days of management training built around dynamic individual and group activities.

Sandra and June will lead participants through an engaging and challenging curriculum that emphasizes the roles of innovation, risk, and change in public library management; the impact of trends on local service priorities; the value of data-based decision-making; and the skills to effectively allocate resources.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the four and a half day workshop, participants will know how to:

  • Create a library environment that supports risk and innovation
  • Understand and respond to ongoing changes in the external environment
  • Develop goals and objectives that reflect local service priorities
  • Identify and select effective activities that respond to service priorities
  • Identify current staff workload and skills and determine the requirements to accomplish your selected activities
  • Allocate collection, technology, and facilities resources to support library activities

Who Should Attend

The Boot Camp program is recommended for any public library staff involved in the creation and implementation of the library’s strategic plan and service delivery, including, but not exclusive to: directors, managers, supervisors, department heads, and program coordinators.

Application Information

Because participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active engagement, interested librarians are required to fill out an online application to be accepted into Boot Camp. There are just a few spots remaining, and we will continue to accept applications until the program is full. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance into the program within two weeks of submitting an application and can then proceed with registration.

The application will allow reviewers to evaluate relevant information, such as:

  • Whether or not applicant’s library already has/is developing a strategic plan
  • Applicant’s position in the library
  • Applicant’s intent to use information from the program

Program Details   

Location

Nashville Public Library
615 Church Street
Nashville, Tenn.  37219

Schedule-at-a-Glance

Day, Date Times Event
Monday, August 4–Thursday, August 7 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshop
12:00–1:00 PM Lunch Break
1:00–5:00 PM Workshop
Friday, August 8 9:00 AM–12:00 PM Workshop
12:00 PM Dismissal

Fees

Payment is due upon acceptance into the program.

Member Category Fee
PLA Member $825
ALA Member $925
Nonmember $1,025

Hotel and Travel

Hotel and travel arrangements are the responsibility of the attendees. Here is a list of hotels closest to the Nashville Public Library.

Travel to and from the workshop site is the responsibility of the attendee. If you need assistance with making your travel arrangements, please contact the PLA Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5022.

Meals

Morning and afternoon breaks will be provided on all days. These are included in the registration fee.  All other meals are the responsibility of the registrant.

Cancellations and Refunds

Written cancellations and requests for refunds will be accepted by the PLA Office until June 13, 2014 and are subject to a $50 processing fee.  Refunds will be processed after August 8, 2014. No refund requests will be accepted after June 13, 2014.

Cancellation of Event

This conference is offered on a cost-recovery basis. PLA reserves the right to cancel all or any part of this event if there is insufficient registration, or for other reasons, 30 days in advance of the event. PLA will refund any registration charges; however neither ALA nor PLA is responsible for cancellation charges assessed by the airlines or travel agencies, or other losses incurred due to any cancellations. 

Questions? Contact the PLA Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5027.