ALA Supervision 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.
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.
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.
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.
With the new reality of tighter budgets and strained finances, libraries are stepping up to find new (and more) ways to effectively expand their sources of revenue. For many, it’s hard to know where to start. This PLA on-demand webinar is designed to offer an introduction to the best practices in fundraising for libraries and library organizations.
This Library Supervision eCourse from ALA Editions is a convenient way to enrich the professional development of all library staff. It offers the perfect opportunity to train new employees or brush up on and update general office skills you use every day. Enroll today for 3 hours of self-paced, online training!
This session highlights a variety of micro-practices that occur when we are deliberate about making diversity a priority within our libraries.
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.
Strategic planning can be a galvanizing experience for any library, and, for public libraries, it all starts with digging deep and understanding your community. Today’s fiscal uncertainties challenge library leadership to put reliable information to the best possible use—for services, collection development, outreach, facilities, technology, fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and more.
The first step of library growth and support organization success is forming a good plan. This on-demand webinar focuses on the importance of having a plan and how to get started developing one. Instructor Sue Hall discusses Rapid Results Planning, which is a stakeholder-driven process that can lead to great results. Learn who should participate in strategic planning, what today’s strategic plan looks like, and how to implement a strategic plan. From the Friends and Foundation side, development planning is the best way to ensure that your organization establishes and achieves its goals.
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 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
Summary: This webinar will present library service inquiry methods, including planning steps and models, to help you start to develop your next library service plan. It will define opportunities that should be on your radar and offer strategies to get started. This program will also provide you with a framework to analyze your library and the services you offer.
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.
Managing for Results requires librarians to take a proactive approach to marshaling and managing all of the library’s resources effectively. Using this planning guide, librarians will be able to identify their key resources, make choices among different priorities, and assign resources to achieve results.
This practical handbook is here to assist middle managers navigate their way through the challenges of multitasking and continual gear-shifting.
detailed analysis of the whys of social media and the hows of getting staff and library users involved, Managing Social Media in Libraries explores the developing information environment, taking librarians beyond the mechanics of using social media to establish a framework for making social media effective.
Library building projects leave a legacy for decades, with one chance to get it right. Those with access to a trustworthy expert who can explain the process in step-by-step terms will have the best chance to make their projects succeed.
If your heart starts to palpitate at the thought of writing a marketing plan, this on-demand webinar will help ease the pain. You’ll learn which steps in a marketing plan are critical to success and get to know the difference between marketing, promotion, publicity, outreach, and public relations so that you can clearly communicate your goals. Find out how to combine market research, a target audience, customized messages, and strategic outreach into a knockout plan, all while incorporating your library’s special brand and importance to the community.
Since many student positions make them the public face of the library, effective mentoring of such student employees is vital. In this book Reale explores the challenges and opportunities involved in recruitment.
You’ve heard it—reference transactions are down. Expensive resources aren’t used. Librarians feel their skills are underutilized. What can we do? Don’t give up! Innovative libraries are finding ways to revitalize their reference departments by shifting attitudes, changing their collection philosophies and service models, and pioneering new services. Learn proven methods for reinvigorating reference service and find out what you can do to make reference one of the centerpieces of your library again.
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.
On-demand webinars are archived recordings of previous PLA webinars available 24/7 for viewing at your convenience.
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.
In this issue of Library Technology Reports King draws from his team’s four-year experience running the acclaimed digital branch of the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL). From website tweaks to staffing issues, King outlines recommended strategies and workflow plans for continually meeting library users’ needs and effectively highlighting library programs and services.
Think about the greatest bosses you’ve ever known. Hard to believe, but they all started as uncertain, unpolished new supervisors at some point. While it takes a certain type of person to become a great boss, it also takes something else along the way—help. Trust, support, mentoring, training, patience, and modeling are just some of the things new supervisors need to become successful. This two-part on-demand webinar series will outline just how to find that help and use it to achieve growth. Part I examines the basics of leadership and how it differs from task excellence.
This presentation helps diversity advocates utilize the available literature and research to explain why diversity is important for libraries and how it can be an asset for organizational improvement.
People who visit the library infrequently—or those who don’t visit at all—present a special challenge to public library staff. It’s hard to identify why they don’t use the library, because they typically ignore surveys or focus groups. And without knowing what their needs are, it’s difficult to know what services and programs will attract them. Don’t give up! This on-demand webinar offers some basic techniques that can be used to gain insights about non-users and help you draw them into the library.
As free, public institutions, libraries welcome all. This founding principle is a wonderful quality; however it can also leave staff vulnerable to encountering difficult and sometimes dangerous individuals. This on-demand webinar discusses violence risk factors in terms of both customers and employees and helps enhance situational awareness skills. Learn about warning signs—verbal and non-verbal behaviors—of risk and potential aggression; as well as verbal diffusion strategies and actions to prepare for and react to active shooter incidents.
To assist librarians and administrators challenged with budget cuts while facing the growing costs of technology services author Jean Morrison, Missouri State Library’s E-rate coordinator for public libraries, provides a step-by-step guide to writing a three-year technology plan for E-rate compliance.
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.