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Library Director Bootcamp: Getting the Skills You Need

Monday, November 5, 2018 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM) Export to vCalendar

Monday, November 12, 2018 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM) Export to vCalendar

Monday, November 19, 2018 (1:30 PM - 4:00 PM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   RAILS Burr Ridge Main Meeting Room / Videoconference Room (In Person, Max: 25)
RAILS Coal Valley Videoconference Room (In Person, Max: 20)
RAILS East Peoria Atrium / Videoconference Room (In Person, Max: 20)
Cost:   Free

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Group viewing of a 3-part ALA online workshop. Each session runs 90 minutes on Mondays, November 5, 12, and 19, 2018, each starting at 1:30 pm Central.

Choose to watch the online workshop series at one of three locations:
RAILS Burr Ridge service center
RAILS Coal Valley service Center
RAILS East Peoria service center

The workshop runs 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm. After each session, approximately 3:15 to 4:00 pm, we will connect all three locations through videoconference for question/answer sessions with the presenters.

So you’ve finally made it—you’re a library director…now what? You can learn about management, but it’s hard to find a library school course that teaches you how to be a boss. This workshop is a primer on how to be a library director provided over three sessions that dive into key topics necessary to run a library. Covering library finances, trustee and director roles, relationships, personnel, legal issues, building upkeep, and the different types of insurance needed, these webinars will offer core competencies for every director. Learn how to stay organized and set yourself up for success in each area with practical tips and checklists woven throughout the sessions.

Whether you have just become a director, want to be a director someday, or have been a director for a number of years, this workshop will answer the questions you might not have known to ask while increasing your understanding of the key topics needed to run a library.

We’ll begin with understanding and preparing your financials, and then move on to trustee and director relationships. In the second session, we will dive into hiring, evaluating, retaining, and disciplining personnel and the legal ramifications that come with having staff. We will end the series with what you need to know about your building and insurance needs and review general legal practices and pitfalls to avoid. You will leave with a solid understanding of the core competencies you need to run a library in addition to checklists you can start using immediately to help ensure your success.

By participating in this workshop, you will:
---Gain a solid understanding of the core competencies necessary to be a library director.
---Receive answers to questions you might not have known to ask.
---Discover practical tips to effectively manage the various areas every director needs to know.
---Know why and when you need to contact an outside professional for help.
---Learn about effective resources you can use to help you become more organized and productive.

Presenters: Kathy Parker and Kate Hall
Kathy Parker has over 35 years of library experience with 15 serving as library director at Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library. Kathy is active on various library boards, serving as library trustee on her local and regional library system, and starting several continuing education initiatives for library staff and trustees.

Kate Hall has been a library director since 2010; first at New Lenox and now at Northbrook Public Library. Kate has held numerous library leadership positions and recently worked with Kathy on the successful Director’s University that taught 64 new library directors what they need to know to be effective.

Type:   Program

Categories: Management Skills/Administration, Public Libraries, Burr Ridge Area, Galesburg Area, Joliet Area, Moline Area, Peoria Area, Aurora Area

This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

Last day to cancel registrations is: 11/5/2018

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