Who Manages, Who Leads Part One: Developing Your Career Plan

Monday, 1/8/2024 - Monday, 2/5/2024

Managers and leaders often emerge serendipitously, from their prior experiences and the needs and expectations of administration. Yes, some managers and leaders are born, but others develop through training, mentoring, and a commitment to lifelong learning. 

Often, new managers have little practical working knowledge of what to expect in a managerial role. This course prepares new managers to excel in their positions and grow into leadership roles. 

This is a four-week interactive and self-paced program that requires a total of 15 hours of dedication. This course will introduce and enlighten new managers and future leaders to professional practices and theories. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the participant will be able to: 

  • Coordinate and highlight individual management experiences
  • Develop insight in how to move from one role to the next
  • Individual exercises tie in practical issues that present to manager and leaders, such as hiring, firing, and providing constructive feedback to existing behaviors among staff

Who Should Attend

This course benefits front-line staff that excel in their positions and who strive for, or are promoted to, managerial positions. This course discusses managerial and leadership opportunities in between this spectrum, those promoted and those hired directly for such positions. 


Debra Lucas-Alfieri began her career in library and information sciences as an undergraduate student working in the college library at Buffalo State University in Buffalo, NY. Her passion for information grows and now she studies academic and special libraries, their missions and operations, and their cutting-edge best practices. She currently works as a traveling hospital librarian, consulting with healthcare practitioners and scholars, providing research services to physicians, nurses, and other clinicians. In addition to hospital library experience, she has legal research and public library experience. Debra is an innovative librarian, determined to expand her horizons after serving as the Head of Research, Training, Instruction, and Interlibrary Loan at D'Youville University in Buffalo, NY as a 20-year veteran. While at DYU, she was also Faculty Senate Parliamentarian and Vice President to the Faculty Union. She authored Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now, published by Chandos, an imprint of Elsevier. She began teaching online classes in library sciences in 2012. 



  • $129.58 for RUSA members
  • $188.10 for ALA members
  • $209.00 for non-ALA members
  • $141.08 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online 
  • By Email: download, complete and email form (PDF) to registration@ala.org
  • By Mail: Download, complete and mail form (PDF) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601

Tech Requirements

ALA uses Moodle for all online educational courses. It is hosted at http://ecourses.ala.og. Learn more about Moodle at www.moodle.org


Continuing Education Credit- A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion of a course.

Although this course is not CEU-certified, many licensing boards will accept it for credit. Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits. The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district. If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility. Some states will review your certificate of completion and course description to determine eligibility. 


Questions about your registration should be directed to registration@ala.org. Technical questions about the course should be directed to Ninah Moore at nmoore@ala.org

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!