Library Leaders and Managers: It’s Lonely in the Big Chair

Tuesday, 12/5/2023 - Wednesday, 12/6/2023
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

Library workers often find themselves in manager roles and leadership positions during their careers, either through choice, accident, or assignment. It can be a difficult transition initially and can prove increasingly isolating as one moves further up the organization chart. This e-Forum will explore a variety of topics of interest to managers and leaders, from preparing to apply for a new leadership position to designing your first 90 days, and from building trust in your work team to proven systems for effective communication. The moderators seek to encourage connections between participants, knowing that colleagues and mentors provide critical support networks for library managers and leaders.

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Cinthya Ippoliti is the University Librarian and Director of the Auraria Library at the University of Colorado Denver. She previously served as Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University and Head of Teaching and Learning at the University of Maryland Libraries. Her research interests include psychology of leadership, organizational development, and managing change.

Erik Nordberg is Dean of the Paul Meek Library at the University of Tennessee at Martin. He has held leadership positions in libraries at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Wayne State University, and Michigan Technological University. His research interests include library leadership, library and archival history, and industrial history and archaeology.

Ippoliti and Nordberg are co-chairs of ALA Core’s Library Leadership and Management Interest Group and are alumni of the Leading Change Institute, sponsored by EDUCAUSE and CLIR.




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