ALA Supervision Resources

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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.
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Running a successful library frequently requires political savvy. Whether you’re working on a community-wide initiative, proposing an annual budget, or just want to make sure you have a seat at the table, it helps to know what makes city and county officials tick. Learn how to make the connections, open up communications, and help your library get the attention it deserves. Originally presented Wednesday, March 20, 2013, as part of the 2013 PLA Virtual Spring Symposium. Running time: 56 minutes
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What jumped out at you or sparked your interest at the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting? Share an idea from a presentation, a tool or technique you want to try, or a useful piece of information that changed your life. if applicable, please share what you are going to do next or how you're going to apply what you learned.
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This webinar addresses a variety of qualitative assessment techniques that catalogers, cataloging managers, and administrators can use to evaluate the work that they do.
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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.
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Create a foundation of excellence by investing in your most valuable resource, library staff. When staff are well-trained and competent, they are motivated, engaged, and empowered to provide better services and improve their communities. Staff competencies are a powerful way to ensure personal and professional success and to develop teams with deep expertise ready to meet the constant changes in today’s world. Brenda Hough and Stephanie Gerding share successful models of competencies and discuss how to set expectations.
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Douglas County (Colo.) Libraries director, Jamie LaRue is not content to wait for a resolution to the public library e-book borrowing/lending model to appear, and instead has been forging a new way forward, experimenting with innovative alternatives to the options currently available to public librarians. LaRue discusses the current environment and also details his library’s inventive approach to providing e-book services, an approach that generally sidesteps the standard operating model.
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Friends groups and Foundations are more critical than ever in providing support for libraries. Learn about the roles and responsibilities of each of these fundraising organizations including best practices for each and their distinct activities. This on-demand webinar addresses how to build strong relationships between the two organizations and covers topics such as building strong boards, the different fundraising activities for Friends and Foundations, the role of advocacy, and the importance of maintaining good communications with your library director.
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We often hear about "skilled volunteerism" but what does it mean and how can it help to build capacity in your library? How do you plan for and recruit skilled volunteers? What changes might you need to make to your traditional volunteer services to be successful with skilled volunteers? During this webinar, participants will hear from libraries who have been participating in the "Get Involved: Powered by Your Library" volunteerism initiative. Join us to learn about their successes and how to plan your next move.
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