For immediate release | April 25, 2013

A self-guided planner for team-building

CHICAGO—With library staffing levels and services cut to the bone, creating a team that communicates well and functions smoothly is more important than ever. Building on the model of her bestselling book “Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success,” Catherine Hakala-Ausperk presents “Build a Great Team: One Year to Success,” published by ALA Editions. Suitable for all levels of management, from first-line supervisors to library directors, this self-guided workbook is organized in 52 modules, designed to cover a year of weekly sessions but easily adaptable for any pace. Covering the essentials of building and maintaining a first-rate team, this tool will show readers how to:

  • Manage staff across different age groups and skill sets;
  • Improve communication between team members;
  • Mentor other staff members;
  • Keep teams organized in a culture of change.

Hakala-Ausperk is executive director of the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System. A frequent speaker at national and state conferences, staff days and workshops, she has a passion for supporting, coaching and developing successful library staff, including bosses. A 25-year public library veteran, she is also an adjunct faculty member of Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science and has been a guest editor and author for ALA-APA’s Library Worklife. Hakala-Ausperk is a Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA).

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