Team Building in Technical Services: How to Boost Morale and Motivate Staff

Tuesday, 10/15/2019 - Wednesday, 10/16/2019
  • 9:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 8:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 7:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 6:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Whether it’s the constantly increasing number of projects, migration to a new system, or just the daily grind, sometimes technical services staff need a little motivation to continue working productively. A key component of being productive is healthy interpersonal relationships among staff members. If colleagues work well together, they are more likely to enjoy coming to work, collaborate on projects, and contribute to the work of the technical services department. This discussion will focus on creative team building ideas that can be employed in staff meetings, on special occasions, or day-to-day, that can help staff members become more comfortable with each other, boost morale and ensure that everyone feels like part of the team. Through our questions and examples, we will also explore the idea that team building exercises do not have to be all-day workshops or silly icebreakers, but can be engaging and encourage staff to think “outside of the box.”

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will: 

  • Share team-building experiences at different types of libraries
  • Discuss approaches and challenges in developing healthy interpersonal relationships
  • Brainstorm ideas to boost morale and ensure a productive working atmosphere

Who Should Attend

Librarians and library staff interested in developing cohesive, productive teams in technical services


Laura Evans is the Head of Cataloging/Metadata at Amherst College. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Head of Cataloging/Metadata at Binghamton University.

Rachel Turner is the Assistant Head of Cataloging/Metadata at Binghamton University. Prior to this she worked as a museum registrar. She has an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin and an MA from the Sotheby's Institute of Art, London.




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