Planning for tomorrow’s vacancies

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For Immediate Release

March 23, 2010

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “
Succession Planning in the Library: Developing Leaders, Managing Change,” by Paula M. Singer with Gail Griffith. Drawing on their years of expertise as human resource consultants and library administrators, Singer and Griffth address the often fraught issue of planning for change: not just at the top but at all levels of an organization. With the help of this book, administrators can

  • Evaluate the readiness of their current administrative structure
  • Identify the critical management and technical positions
  • Project and plan for future vacancies
  • Identify the key competencies for critical positions

Readers will also learn techniques for spotting potential leaders and encouraging professional growth of current staff.

Singer is the president and principal consultant of The Singer Group, Inc., a management-consulting firm she founded in 1983. Singer provides consulting services in the areas of talent and leadership development; succession planning; compensation and performance management; strategic planning; organization design and development; training and other human resource development services to clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is the co-author of several books
published by the American Library Association, has written numerous articles and is a frequent speaker at ALA, PLA and state library association conferences and events.

Griffith has enjoyed a 35-year career in libraries, with more than 25 years as a public library administrator responsible for public services, organization development and human resources. In 2008 she retired as deputy director of the Carroll County (Md.) Public Library. Since 1992, Griffith has consulted with library, local government and nonprofit clients. Her areas of expertise include strategic planning and organization design, and she is a skilled trainer, particularly in the areas of leadership development and team building.

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