Core Forum Webinar Series on Leadership & Management

Wednesday, 12/1/2021 - Tuesday, 2/22/2022

This series of four webinars will present information on leadership and management. You can register for the entire series or you can register for individual webinars within the series.

This four-part series includes the following sessions:

December 1, 2021: Perspective Change and Relentless Incrementalism in DEI
December 8, 2021: Tips and Tricks for Difficult Conversations
December 10, 2021: PeMento: A Spicy Prototype for Peer Mentoring and Midcareer Professional Development
February 22, 2022: Fostering a Sustainable Culture of Assessment with an Operationalized Assessment Framework

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar series, attendees will:

  • be familiar with examples of library DEI goals, resources, and specific examples of DEI activities, and be able to list ways to apply these to their own situations
  • be able to identify and develop assessment tools to determine effectiveness of their DEI initiatives
  • have the tools to construct a process to establish and/or extend collaboration with other campus constituencies on DEI activities
  • learn strategies that improve the outcomes of difficult conversations with their staff, covering everything from interpersonal issues all the way to furlough and termination discussions
  • become more confident in initiating difficult conversations, directly addressing issues in their departments, and creating open channels of communication with their employees
  • learn why having difficult conversations and addressing problems as they arise is necessary for the health and success of their departments
  • learn how to use a design thinking process to rapidly prototype a program
  • learn community building and engagement strategies, including development of our Code of Conduct and Expectations for Participation
  • learn about scaffolding engagement and reflective practice with intentionally designed teams, prompts, tools, and worksheets
  • have gained solid understanding the operational definition and purpose of “a culture of sustainable assessment”
  • understand a conceptual model for an assessment framework
  • be able to adapt the principles, practices, and methodologies for building a feasible assessment framework

Who Should Attend

This webinar series is intended for library workers in leadership and management positions.


Beth Bohstedt is the Director, Learning & Research Services, for Hamilton College’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). She is responsible for Research & Instructional Design, Collections, Circulation, ILL, Diversity & Inclusion efforts, and LITS facilities oversight, as well as a member of the LITS Strategic Leadership Team. She previously worked at the Grinnell College Libraries in Grinnell, Iowa. She has served on ACRL, EAST, and regional committees, and has presented at ACRL, the Charleston Conference, EDUCAUSE, and numerous regional conferences on topics such as collection strategies, space planning, diversity, and incident response. Beth received a B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.S. in LIS from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Diana Price has been working in libraries for over 15 years and is currently the Central Library Manager for Alexandria Library. In her free time, she enjoys knitting, dance, and indoor gardening.

Kevin Osborne, Library Director, Waynesboro Public Library, is an elementary media specialist turned public library manager who ended up a director.

Ashley Krenelka Chase is the Associate Director of the Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library, Coordinator of Legal Practice Technology, and Instructor of Law at Stetson University College of Law. She has been recognized by the American Association of Law Libraries as an Emerging Leader in Academic Law Libraries and has published books and articles on topics relating to technology, access to information, and the impact of changing generations in libraries and legal academia. She holds an MA from the University of South Florida, a JD from the University of Dayton School of Law, and a BA from Bradley University.

Lindsay Cronk, Core President, is covered in tattoos and full of strong opinions. 

Maurini Strub is Director of Performance & User Engagement at the University of Rochester.

Rachel Fleming works on affordable course materials, scholarly communication, and institutional repositories as Scholarly Communications Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Fleming has fifteen years of experience in library technical services including collection development, collection management, serials, and acquisitions. Fleming’s research interests center around the affective aspects of library technical services, including intra-library communication, development of professional identity and leadership skills.

Abby Annala has a Master’s in Library and Information Science from Dominican University and an MBA from Loyola University Chicago. Formerly a marketing coordinator at a public library, she currently serves as the librarian for the Quinlan School of Business and the Assessment Librarian at Loyola University Chicago. She has been working at Loyola for almost 9 years. In addition to traditional subject specialist and assessment work, Abby has a background in organizational development, strategic planning, and process improvement.

Hong Ma is the Head of Library Systems at Loyola University Chicago and assumed a new role as the Interim Associate Dean for User Service in January 2021 to oversee the work of the library’s Access Services, the Information Commons, and the Assessment Librarian. She played essential roles in LITA (Library Information Technology Association) and serves on the Core Board as Director-at-Large. She services as Steering Committee member of ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America). She also has been active in ER&L (Electronic Resources and Libraries), CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) and Educause community. She is a regular writer and speaker on implementing technologies in user-centered library services. Her research interests focus on developing value stream driven technology framework and processes to enhance library services.










Participant ($USD) ($USD)
Core Member (individual) 43 138
Nonmember (individual)       59 189
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point. 129 413

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Registration opens Wednesday, November 10.


Core Code of Conduct

Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.

Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

Core webinars are presented through Zoom.




For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

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