For immediate release | March 5, 2021

Core Webinar: Using Radical Kindness to Rethink Library Interviews

CHICAGO—Thanks to COVID-19, the old phrase “We’ve always done it this way” is no longer an excuse. As libraries have re-envisioned services and resources, now is the time to re-think internal practices too. Start with the hiring process. With the move to virtual interviews, how do you boil it down to only its most important components? How can you design an equitable interview experience for the candidate and the library? This presentation will cover strategies for restructuring and conducting interviews, technology considerations, and tips for reducing implicit biases, and attendees will learn how to create and conduct interviews through the lens of radical kindness.

This webinar is open to library hiring managers, library staff serving on search committees, and librarians/library school students preparing to interview. At the end of the webinar attendees will be able to understand what radical kindness is and how to apply it to the interview stage of the hiring process; design a simplified template for interviews, with a focus on virtual experiences; identify communication strategies to ensure equity throughout the interview process; and use best practices to reduce implicit bias.

Using Radical Kindness to Rethink Library Interviews

Live Webinar: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 1:00 - 2:00pm CT

Presenter: Joe Hardenbrook

Registration Fees:

$43 - Core Member

$59 - Non-member

$129 - Groups

Free for Student Members

Can’t attend the live event? No problem! All registrants will receive a link to the recorded session for later viewing at their convenience.

Register online or by phone at 1-800-545-2433 (press 1 to reach our customer service representatives).

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ALA and Core are committed to supporting our members, staff, and all librarians and library workers during these uncertain times. We will continue to offer online learning opportunities and will do our best to accommodate the remote needs of our attendees. We will also continue to offer group registration, providing individual logins for each group member registered for Core webinars. Please contact Core with any questions or concerns.


Julie Reese

Core Director of Leadership and Learning

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures