For immediate release | March 21, 2024

Core ALA Annual Preconference: Managing Change and Holding Effective Difficult Conversations; Tools for Every Leader

CHICAGO—On Friday, June 28, 2024, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures will present the half-day preconference "Managing Change and Holding Effective Difficult Conversations: Tools for Every Leader" during the 2024 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in San Diego, CA. Learn how to invoke change with the least amount of upset and the most movement toward stated goals. Understand how to respond to feedback to better hear concerns from your employees and to better evaluate that feedback for inclusion in a change process. Once you have made decisions, how do you have effective conversations with those who disagree? Learning to have effective difficult conversations will allow you to excel in all areas of leadership. The target audience is any librarian who leads a project, is chair of a committee, or has a named leadership position.

Managing Change and Holding Effective Difficult Conversations: Tools for Every Leader
Friday, June 28, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Catherine Soehner, Associate Dean for Research and Director, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah


Core Member: $119.00 advance | $149.00 standard
ALA Member: $149.00 advance | $199.00 standard
Non-member: $199.00 advance | $249.00 standard
Other Member: $149.00 advance | $199.00 standard

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About Core

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of leadership and management, collections and technical services, and technology. Our mission is to cultivate and amplify the collective expertise of library workers in core functions through community building, advocacy, and learning. Core is a division of the American Library Association. Follow us on our Blog, Instagram and LinkedIn.


Tom Ferren

Deputy Executive Director of Learning and Events

American Library Association

Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures