For immediate release | October 4, 2016

New ALA Editions session: Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new session of its popular online event, Survive and Thrive as a Library Director – A Four-Part Interactive Event with Maxine Bleiweis.

This winter, Maxine Bleiweis—consultant, former library director and recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership in 2015—will lead a new session of this special event designed to help you become the manager you want to be. While you can get great information from books and classes, this event will give you something you can't get anywhere else—unique coaching and consultation tailored to you and your career.

Bleiweis will be working with a group limited to only 10 individuals and will provide both live webinars and one-on-one consultations. This unique combination of small group support plus expert guidance will help shape your library management style and will help you instill confidence in yourself as a leader.

Major topics covered will include:

  • Personnel
  • Managing boards and city managers
  • Spotting trends
  • Leveraging your community for support
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Community leadership
  • Management styles

Participants will be asked to complete a confidential questionnaire prior to the first session to assist in informing the breadth and depth of the facilitator’s focus.

This event will consist of four live sessions, all taking place from 2 p.m. Eastern to 3 p.m. Eastern on the following dates:

Live Session 1: Monday, Nov. 28, 2016

Live Session 2: Monday, Dec. 5, 2016

Live Session 3: Monday, Dec. 12, 2016

Live Session 4: Monday, Dec. 19, 2016

The facilitator will also schedule two one-on-one consultations with each participant, at times convenient for both you and facilitator.

Listen to this free promotional webinar by Maxine Bleiweis to learn more about this 4-part interactive event!

About the Instructor

Shifting gears from directing three award-winning public libraries over a span of 40 years, Maxine Bleiweis is spreading her innovative ideas and approaches to traditional services to keep libraries relevant and ahead of the curve as principal consultant at Maxine Bleiweis & Associates. She is being called upon to speak on customer service, coach managers, guide strategic planning and innovative thinking, and implement the newest design thinking for library buildings. Under her leadership, Bleiweis’ libraries were awarded 5-Star Status and were finalists for the IMLS Medal of Excellence. During her tenure, she established the first makerspace and mini maker faire at a public library and was the first to introduce humanoid robots to teach computer coding. She authored the book Helping Business: The Library’s Role in Community Economic Development. She was the 2015 recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership and the Connecticut Outstanding Librarian of the Year in 2011.

Registration for this ALA Editions online event is available on the ALA Store.

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