ALA General Leadership Resources

If you have ever thought about how to create a leadership development training for your region or institution, this webinar may be what you need. This webinar will present the process used to create the Virginia Library Leadership Academy, a biennial leadership development training program for library staff in Virginia sponsored by the Virginia Library Association. Participants will have a checklist of points to review should they wish to develop a training program in their region.
Wed., Oct. 2, from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. (Central time) This webinar will focus on what library leaders need to know in order to create and showcase multimedia spaces and services as assets to the Library and to the community/campus.
The United for Libraries Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to advocacy issues at their library, as well as learn what resources are available to help make the case for libraries.
The design, implementation and evaluation of a program to strengthen the competencies of librarians in campus leadership and data-informed advocacy.
This webinar addresses a variety of qualitative assessment techniques that catalogers, cataloging managers, and administrators can use to evaluate the work that they do.
This three-part series of webcasts is designed to inform about baby boomer volunteers — how they are different from volunteers in the past, what they want from service opportunities, and how libraries can attract them.
School librarians can be powerful leaders in professional development (PD)! Participants learn how school librarians joined university partners in planning and implementing a statewide PD program to help instructional teams support high school and middle school students in project-based learning. The PD’s focus is on a collaborative, inquiry-driven approach. The session included table talk and hands-on exercises with some of the tools teams found useful.
The information and technology needs of today's teachers and students are increasing in the digital world, and school librarians play an essential role in meeting those needs. Although the impact of today's school librarians on student learning is evident to those closest to the field, librarians must be prepared to advocate for their programs. This session includes practical steps to build knowledge, collaboration and communicate the value of school library programs.
Use of social-networking tools like Twitter can expand a PLN beyond a single school or district. Participants learn how to create an account and to develop and manage a network of colleagues and contacts. The presenters demystify terminology, demonstrate terrific Twitter tools, and give examples of how these tools have lead to authentic learning experiences.
More librarians than realize it have leadership traits within. This webinar is designed to coach and develop those skills to better meet and accomplish the demands of today’s school librarian. Developing individuals into leaders requires coaching. Coaches know the big picture, develop trust and respect, make reasonable demands, hold others accountable, delegate work and develop individuals. In this webinar you will identify coaching techniques to sharpen leadership skills in yourself and to assist you in guiding a team. You will compare coaching dispositions to leadership qualities.
Empowering Diverse Voices will feature several elements designed to enhance the leadership development opportunities available to ALA members and specifically seeks to provide opportunities to diverse members of the Association.
An independent project lets students drive their own learning. Sometimes the teacher provides a curricular roadmap; other times the student alone determines the direction and pace. This session will provide inspiration, examples of student projects, as well as materials to help plan, execute, and assess travels with students and teachers as they get immersed in independent projects. It’s time to grab a go-mug and knitting, and give the kids the keys. Road trip!
Learn grant-writing tips and strategies that will energize staff and develop a shared vision. Participants learn steps for successful grant-writing and ways to tap into their staff’s good ideas through collaborative grant-writing. Presenters facilitate the development of criteria for proposals and apply an approval rubric. Participants will compile a list of potential funding sources, grant-writing how-tos, and ideas to pursue.
Join Keri Cascio, an experienced trainer and former chair of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee, for a how-to presentation on webinars. Topics for this session include: choosing your subject focus; structuring your webinar; and keeping your attendees interested.
This session discusses issues of workplace morale: how to recognize and understand the problem, assist in learning how to identify the causes of poor morale, and how to implement change if you can.
A recent article published by one of the participants in the Emerging Leaders programs.
This free webinar will help prepare participants for interviewing and offer some insight into the interviewing process from the employer's viewpoint. It will include examples of interviewing behavior and questions/answers to illustrate how to best prepare for impressing potential employers.
Presenter: Elliott Shore, Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
This webinar will present methods and concepts for managing a team where members are not located next to or near each other, whether separated by different floors in the same building, different buildings in a close area, or separated by long distances such as different states or countries.
This resource list represents leadership development training opportunities for library professionals at all levels and specialties within the library community.
This webinar will present best practices, including the business literature, on how to bring the right people on board. It will also cover how to develop internal talent through succession planning.
Upcoming LLAMA Webinars
This webinar will focus on what library leaders need to know in order to create and showcase multimedia spaces and services as assets to the Library and to the community/campus.
This webinar will present case studies of positive and adverse examples of group and individual management in a multigenerational workforce, with emphasis on millennial colleagues. Intergenerational communication and management techniques focusing mostly on millennial workers, but also touching on all generations currently in the library workforce, will be discussed.
Online learning opportunities in this category address the broader issues of what it means to be a good leader or manager, as well giving you the practical skills you need to do your job better every day.
The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) presents 3 a video podcast series delivering advice from school library leaders onquestions about school libraries today and in the future.
Can mentoring improve library programs and student learning? Yes! In this session of interest to new librarians seeking advice and to administrators thinking of establishing a mentoring program, members of the AASL Retiree SIG present current mentoring opportunities available in ALA. These presenters, who represent years of experience, also discuss how to establish a mentoring program that works. Meaningful mentoring can provide school librarians with the tools needed to effectively manage a school library program; mentoring also often leads to invaluable friendships.
This practical guide simplifies the legal principles concerning applications like YouTube, Facebook, Flickr, and Slideshare to ensure that readers use these tools safely and responsibly.
Online social media software, which are commonplace tools for interacting with library patrons, can also be used effectively for communication, supervision and project management within a library department. This webinar outlines in detail an innovative online management and communication system created by the Digital Services Department at the University of Houston.
Pay it Forward is a unique guide in which two partners in a mentoring relationship describe the benefits to each partner and to the profession in forming a mentoring partnership.
PLA On-Demand Webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience. Most are approximately one hour in length and are priced at $28 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members) for individuals and $119 each (less 10% discount for ALA/PLA members) for groups, unless otherwise stated. You'll have access to the webinar recording for one year from date of purchase. "FREE" indicates an on-demand webinar that can be viewed immediately at no cost by an individual or group.
Join us for the first ever PLA BIG IDEAS @ ALA Annual, an ideal event for public library directors, deputy directors, and managers. An extension of the popular BIG IDEAS series at PLA Conference, this engaging day will feature dynamic speakers from outside the library world sharing their ideas and knowledge about strategy, leadership, and creativity. The day-long program is designed to be thought-provoking and fun! Take new (BIG!) ideas back to your library and make a difference in how you connect with your colleagues and your community.
The Public Library Association (PLA) is dedicated to providing our members with educational opportunities that will help them become leaders in public libraries and excel in their careers.
When school librarians are not operating from a plan, they are planning to fail. However, overwhelmed by daily demands, librarians sometimes function without direction and don’t move their programs to the next level. This session has been designed to help attendees create both personal and program strategic plans to focus actions so librarians are perceived as indispensable to students, faculty, and administrators.
During these economically challenging times, no school library is safe from budget or staffing cuts. This session provides participants with strategies to facilitate appraising the library program, embedding it within the school’s academic goals, and communicating its strengths to stakeholders. Participants leave with a working outline of complementary strategies to build library support. Additional resources to renew, revamp, or develop actions to champion library programs in meaningful and lasting ways are provided.
Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to members of marginalized groups, and they can negatively affect an organization's culture. Experiences of microaggressions can lead individuals to feel increasingly dissatisfied with their jobs, which may result in their physical or psychological departures from their organizations. The presenters will define microaggressions, cover racial microaggressions and microaggressions toward LGBT people, and discuss how this affects librarians and the potential implications for the future of the profession.
This e-forum will explore needs, frustrations (including techno-fear), ideas, and solutions for holding virtual meetings, both for leaders and participants. Topics covered will include: how to get buy-in from group members and administrators; how to lead in a virtual environment; how to make the transition to holding virtual meetings; tools for virtual work; how to engage and be engaged as a virtual participant; and how to accomplish goals and meet deadlines.
This section of the website provides resource materials for volunteer leaders across the American Library Association, its divisions, round tables, committees and chapter
School librarians are educational leaders adept at crafting creative solutions to common problems. In this session a school librarian and a reference librarian rise to the challenge to improve the learning experiences of students, inspire teachers, and dazzle administrators, all while meeting state and national standards. With the help of the presenters, participants will create their own action plans for collaborative activities that meet the needs of their libraries.
Ladders to Leadership provides information about leadership from the New Members Round Table.
Through the development of a long-term strategic plan using the AASL: Learning4Life (L4L) Strategic Planning Tool, a group of school librarians in Westport, Connecticut, are working to make the district's school library program more visible and emphasize the program's connection to district initiatives. Trials, tribulations, challenges, successes, and celebrations are shared.
The role of the school librarian...What does that have to do with leadership? This session reviews the findings of a research study, conducted in 2012, that explored the role of the school librarian as perceived by administrators, lead teachers, and school librarians at the elementary level in Virginia. Implications, recommendations for further research, and conclusions are discussed. Participants leave armed with data for advocacy efforts.
Results from an IMLS National Leadership collaborative research project about Pennsylvania school library programs can help all school librarians build support for their school libraries. Participants learn what infrastructure components (funding, staffing, technology, access, and collections) result in higher student achievement, what these components cost, and which infrastructure components stakeholders value. Learn about project findings written for education and community groups, and tested advocacy strategies, including how to reach out to stakeholders in the community.
This session is aimed at school librarians who are thinking about using Pinterest as an educational resource and who want to explore how Pinterest can be used beyond crafting, cooking, and decorating. In this session, participants rise to the challenge of reaching a 21st-century audience as they learn how this powerful social medium can be used to effectively promote school library programs. The presenters also demonstrate how to use Pinterest to create a professional network to organize, share, and record ideas and information.
Participants use state and national data to assess local library programs by analyzing national data sets, relating them to local library programs, and using benchmarks to identify best practices and trends. Ways to use data to advocate for school library programs are discussed, and participants are encouraged to share their successes and challenges.
Often researchers ask open-ended questions in surveys and, as a result, can receive valuable feedback from constituents about the library program. The challenge can be identifying and organizing the themes and threads if the comment set is large. If those comments are imported into Wordle, a quick analysis of the major themes and threads appears in an infographic that can be used for strategic planning and advocacy.
Blogs, forums, chat events, and webinars: These are just a few of the tools used in robust, online communities to engage and educate members. School librarians are rising to the challenge of advancing student achievement through the virtual world, seeking online communities to exchange ideas and expertise. This panel discussion identifies common pitfalls and best practices for creating vibrant online networks that give school librarians the tools to become virtual leaders.
Be a part of a special program for women seeking to become leaders in higher education administration and student affairs.
Librarians increasingly manage complex projects - both within their libraries and across departments - as well as in collaborative efforts in the community, on grants, and with other units on campus. This webinar will present the concepts of project management and will demonstrate how they have been used for successful implementation of specific library projects.