For immediate release | January 18, 2011

Coaching library staff for peak performance

CHICAGO — Experienced librarian and coach Ruth Metz outlines a focused and results-oriented plan for achieving the best results from staff members in “Coaching in the Library: A Management Strategy for Achieving Excellence.” Complete with new forms, reader-friendly tables and annotated references, this new second edition of the popular ALA Editions book includes multiple real-world examples and coaching scenarios specific to library work, helping library managers:
  • be both a coach and a player by learning the terminology and techniques;
  • recognize and utilize the abilities and talents of staff at all levels;
  • guide individuals toward a unified goal;
  • encourage innovation, flexibility and problem-solving;
  • spotlight the big-win opportunities.
Metz is the principal consultant for Ruth Metz Associates, Portland, Ore. The firm specializes in strategic planning, organizational development and leadership development. Her work includes coaching for boards, executives and emergent leaders in libraries and the public sector. Metz has held senior management positions over a 30-year career at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Ore., the Oakland (Calif.) Public Library, the Bay Area Library and Information System in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Colorado State Library and St. Clair County Community College in Port Huron, Mich.
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Jill Davis