For immediate release | July 8, 2016

eCourse on Current Issues Starting Soon

The ALA Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR) is offering a six-week course on Current Issues. The online asynchronous sessions will be available on six sequential Mondays from July 11 – August 21, 2016. The cost of the course is $300. REGISTER now, as the class will be starting very soon.

If you want to become familiar with international, national, state, and local issues, trends, legislation and demographics affecting your community and staff, then this course is for you. It will include discussions on current library management issues, case studies, and assignments, and will allow participants to apply what they learn to their own library. By the end of the course, students will be able to identify and effectively respond to current issues or trends and those coming down the road that may affect public library management.

The course instructor, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk, has 31-years of public library experience and most recently was the Executive Director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System. Prior to that, she held multiple library positions, from circulation and reference to management and administration. Hakala-Ausperk is also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011), Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013), and the upcoming Renew Yourself! Energize Your Career at Any Stage (ALA, 2016). She is an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, where she teaches Management, and an instructor for The American Library Association’s “Certified Public Library Administrator” (CPLA) program, where she teaches Organization and Personnel Administration. The owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting, Hakala-Ausperk assists in creating library strategic plans and she presents and trains around the country at conferences and staff days. Her passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful staff members, and – especially – strong and effective leaders.

For more details about this course or to register, visit the HRDR course offerings website. For specific questions regarding the course, contact Pam Akins.

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Office for Human Resource Development and Recruitment (HRDR)

HRDR course offerings website


Pamela Akins

Community Engagement Specialist