Leadership & Management

The rapid growth of library makerspace services present both challenges and opportunities for all libraries and their users. There are many considerations for libraries as they plan and manage maker services, from how to get started, to managing and growing existing services, to developing maker programming. Connecting with others in the library makerspace community can be extremely helpful as we navigate this new and evolving area of library services.
During this webinar, emerging principles of metadata enriching and linking are discussed and current challenges and practical solutions are presented—followed by questions from participants.
This e-Forum will address opportunities and challenges facing middle managers as they balance daily operational concerns and engage in big picture strategic planning.

e-Forum: A 2-day moderated email discussion.
Dates: November 10 and 11, 2020
Offered by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, ALA's newest division starting September 1, 2020 (previously offered by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services)
Focus: Join us for this e-forum to discuss the many phases of an ILS migration from the RFP all the way to Go-Live!.
Cost: Free

To get you prepared for financial literacy programs and events at your library, PLA partners with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) for this special webinar presentation.

Live Webinar: Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 1:00pm - 2:00pm Central Time.
Offered by Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures, ALA's newest division starting September 1, 2020
Focus: This webinar explores the role of library manager as coach to motivate, empower, and engage staff for the future. It delves into what coaching is, what it is not, and how it differs from managing and mentoring. Participants will learn about the benefits of coaching and how to recognize coaching opportunities.

The changing landscape of scholarly communication and digital information services has dramatically changed the scope of library technical services—but have our libraries changed our expectations of technical services librarians? Rogers will explore her library's experiences, and the experiences of other library directors searching for the "modern" technical services librarian, and consider how libraries have and have not responded to shifts in the changing landscape—and what we can do now to begin futureproofing ourselves.
The COVID-19 virus is having a significant impact on library technical services units and departments. Come and discuss with your colleagues your ideas and plans for working, managing, and collaborating during this time.
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.
Self-PacedeCourseAttendance Cert.
Whether you are new to an administrative position or you aspire to obtain one, this course will prepare you for the wide ranging privileges and responsibilities of top level leadership. How you lead people is key to your success. With structure supporting you and the goal of a successful team guiding you, you can master Organization and Personnel Administration. This course will help you do just that.