For immediate release | January 25, 2011

Be a great boss

CHICAGO — To help library managers improve their skills and acumen, renowned speaker and trainer Catherine Hakala-Ausperk presents a handy self-study guide to the dynamic role of being a boss. Organized in 52 modules, “Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success,” published by ALA Editions, is designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but is easily adaptable for any pace. Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this workbook:
  • covers major management topics such as success with stakeholders, staffing, customer service, planning, funding, leadership and more;
  • offers an inexpensive alternative to seminars and classroom instruction;
  • requires an investment of as little as an hour per week and is completely self-paced;
  • includes challenging questions and exercises, and a Web-based template to record learning progress.
Hakala-Ausperk is the deputy director of the Cleveland Heights–University Heights (Ohio) Public Library. A frequent speaker at national and state conferences, staff days and workshops, she has a passion for supporting, coaching and developing successful library staff, including bosses. A 25-year public library veteran, she is also an adjunct faculty member of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and has been a guest editor and author for ALA/APA’s Library Worklife. Hakala-Ausperk is a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA).
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Jill Davis