Leadership & Management

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Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change?
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Rural and tribal libraries across the US helped create the Towards Gigabit Libraries toolkit, a free, self-service guide for rural and tribal libraries to understand and improve their broadband and technology resources. If you're struggling with technology in your library, please come to this interactive session to learn about the toolkit and how it how it can help you. Participants are encouraged to describe their technology challenges and work with the facilitators and other attendees to seek solutions.
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In alignment with ALA’s strategic direction on equity, diversity, and inclusion, this on-demand webinar provides an introductory understanding of the concepts of power, identity, and oppression, and how they impact public libraries’ staff, services, programs, collections, and spaces. Through presentation and dialogue, the panelists discuss the role of allies in addressing these concepts. This on-demand webinar is also an excellent primer to the PLA 2018 preconference, “Understanding Identity, Power, Oppression + Liberation: A Justice + Equity Training.”
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Public library directors fill a unique role in their organizations as leaders in both policy and culture. Whether it is a single building rural library to a multi-location big city system, all library directors face a series of similar problems as they strive to keep operations going. Between budgets, politics, policies, and staffing, no two days are the same. In this on-demand panel discussion, experienced directors will share their stories about why they chose this career path, its challenges, and their thoughts on the future of the profession.
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The Public Library Association (PLA) partnered with the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) to present this webinar on using data to understand your community needs and measure impact. Community assessment is a formal process of identifying aspirations, challenges, and needs in a target population to make decisions, determine priorities, set objectives, and explore alternative approaches. The results of community assessment can aid in the planning and implementation of relevant library services.
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Community members enter public libraries every day, hoping to complete life tasks many of us take for granted, but lacking the basic computer skills to accomplish them. DigitalLearn.org can complement the classes and one-on-one training your library staff are already providing. DigitalLearn.org is a collection of video-based tutorials to help inexperienced and low-level learners with computers and the internet. This free on-demand overview of PLA’s digital literacy tool for libraries includes specific information on how your library can start the process of creating its own DigitalLearn site.
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MatchMARC, a free Google Sheets Add-on that uses OCLC’s API to search and retrieve records, is in use in many libraries today. This session will walk attendees through the different possibilities MarchMARC has to offer for workflow efficiencies.
LiveWebinarAttendance Cert.
MatchMARC, a free Google Sheets Add-on that uses OCLC’s API to search and retrieve records, is in use in many libraries today. This session will walk attendees through the different possibilities MarchMARC has to offer for workflow efficiencies.
On-DemandWebinarFree!
Third in a series of three webinars designed to help library leaders and staff turn their Project Outcome results into action. This on-demand webinar builds upon previous sessions about good practices for communicating about data and developing effective messaging; it focuses on how to incorporate Project Outcome survey results into grant applications. Participants hear from an evaluation expert and other library leaders about their own experience and lessons learned from communicating their Project Outcome survey results.
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The Public Library Association (PLA) partnered with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office to present this webinar on the benefits of using outcome data to improve and support library programming. Learn how to use Project Outcome data for programming decisions and improvements, funding requests, measuring against strategic priorities, and advocating for the impact your programs and services have on the community. Participants will hear real library examples and have the opportunity to ask questions.