LLAMA Webinar helps you use staff competencies effectively

Posted January 23, 2015 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

As popular as they are, staff competencies can still seem too confusing or cumbersome for many library managers and supervisors to use effectively. Learning how they have been developed and adopted successfully in another institution can help. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “The Matrix: Linking Competencies and Learning Opportunities,” on Feb. 11, at 1:30-3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will introduce the Staff Competencies Training Matrix, an innovative online tool that helps you access established library competencies and associated training resources. This tool provides a dynamic interface that allows for library-wide participation, transparency of job duties, and a framework for creating a need-based and outcome oriented training program. You will find it useful for recruiting managers, trainers, supervisors, and employees wanting to advance or set goals. Participants will be challenged to consider using these competencies within their own libraries.

By the end of this webinar, participants will:

  • Gain a basic understanding of the current use of competencies in academic libraries.
  • Consider the application of this online tool that links competencies with learning opportunities and creates a tangible way of connecting otherwise cumbersome and non-user friendly competencies to users in their institution.
  • Understand how this open-source application can be easily implemented by IT professionals, and how administrators manage content.

Suggested audiences: Human Resources, Training and Development, and IT professionals; Managers and Supervisors

Presenters: Judith M. Roberts, Training Consultant; Bonnie Smith, Assistant Program Director, Human Resources; and Suchitra Yellapantual, IT Programmer, George A. Smathers Libraries – University of Florida, Gainesville

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

 

In the Member Spotlight: Eugenia Schatoff

Posted January 20, 2015 by kward
Categories: LLAMA Leadership

SchafoffEugenia Schatoff, Director of the West Nyack Free Library in Nanuet, NY, is featured in the latest Member Spotlight. You can read about Eugenia here.

Throughout the year, the Membership Committee features a new member in the Member Spotlight. It’s a great way for you to you meet your colleagues and find members with similar interests. To see yourself in the spotlight, just send an email to the Membership Committee with some basic information. A member of the committee will then follow up with you. It only takes a minute and the committee would love to hear from you.

LLAMA Webinar will Feature Thought Leader Ben Bizzle

Posted January 6, 2015 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

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Ben Bizzle

As libraries evolve to keep pace with the digital world, new approaches to marketing are increasingly necessary. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA), a division of ALA, will present a free webinar featuring award-winning marketer Ben Bizzle on Jan. 21, at 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Central Time. This is part in an ongoing series of webinars featuring thought leaders from a wide variety of libraries.

Bizzle is a 2013 Library Journal Mover&Shaker in marketing, founder of LibraryMarket.com, and author of the book, Start a Revolution: Stop Acting Like a Library, to be released in Jan., 2015 through ALA Editions. As Director of Technology for the 2013 John Cotton Dana Award winning Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library, Bizzle has utilized over 20 years of technology and business experience to meet the challenges facing libraries in the 21st century. With an emphasis on virtualizing resources and extending the library’s reach beyond the library itself, he has developed a number of cost effective ways to enhance the patron experience and increase community awareness of the value of public libraries.

Register online

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem!  If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

Juror Application Available for 2016 ALA/AIA Library Building Awards

Posted January 5, 2015 by kward
Categories: 2016 Annual, Awards, Buildings and Equipment

The LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) is seeking jurors for the 2016 ALA/AIA Library Buildings Award competition. Jointly sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the prestigious competition recognizes excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries.

The 2016 Juror Application is due via email by January 23, 2015. The BES Library Building Awards Committee will select a diverse set of jurors based on type of library, geographic area, experiences with building projects, and previous jury experience. Applicants are required to be ALA/LLAMA members.

Anticipated time commitments for selected jurors include:

  • Attending jury orientation at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco
  • Virtual review and discussion of entries, and selection of winning projects in early 2016
  • Attending the Awards Presentation Program at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, and participating in the orientation meeting for new jurors

For questions about serving as a juror, please see the application form or contact Kay Runge, Chair of the BES Library Building Awards Committee; or Kerry Ward, LLAMA Executive Director, kward@ala.org, 800-545-2433 x5036.

LLAMA Webinar helps make difficult conversations more effective

Posted December 16, 2014 by freuland
Categories: Uncategorized

How do you ask an employee to start doing something they don’t want to do or to stop doing something they love to do?  It can be difficult, but understanding how to manage the conversation is essential for an effective leader.  The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Making difficult conversations effective: An essential competency for life and leadership,” on Jan. 14, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will show you how to prepare for the conversation, avoid typical pitfalls, communicate job expectations directly and compassionately, and provide meaningful follow up with an employee.

By the end of this webinar participants will:

  • Understand what constitutes a difficult conversation and when it’s needed;
  • Know how to prepare for and carry out a difficult conversation as an effective response to a personnel issue;
  • Understand the importance of follow up in order to effect change and hold employees accountable.

Presenters: Catherine Soehner, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services, University of Utah Marriott Library, Salt Lake City;  Ann Darling, Senior Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, and Associate Professor, Communication, University of Utah.

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem!  If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

 

 

 

See Yourself in the Member Spotlight

Posted November 25, 2014 by kward
Categories: LLAMA Updates, News

Each month on the website the Membership Committee features a LLAMA member making an impact on the profession or association, and we’d like to feature you!  You can be brand new to LLAMA or a long-time member.  All you need to do is complete and send this short questionnaire, along with a photo, to committee member Kathryn-Elaine Green Barden or Susan Baier.  You can check out previous member profiles here.  We hope to hear from you soon!

LLAMA Webinar Explores Appreciative Strategic Planning

Posted November 25, 2014 by freuland
Categories: ALA Updates, Continuing Education, Events, Leadership, LLAMA Leadership, LLAMA Updates, Management, News

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If your library is considering reinventing itself and is searching for an effective process of self-discovery, then “Appreciative Inquiry” may be just what you need. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present “Designing Our Future: Introducing Appreciative Strategic Planning,” on Dec. 17, at 1:30 – 3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will introduce a philosophy of organizational change that can boost your strategic planning to a new level. This do-it-yourself process will transform stakeholders into strategic thinkers, and will help you see new possibilities for the future.

By the end of this webinar, participants will learn:

  • The three fundamental questions of strategic planning: Who are we? What do we do? Why is it important?
  • How to conceptualize the strategic planning process as writing the next chapter of your library’s history.
  • The five core principles of Appreciative Inquiry and how these principles inform the inclusive and participatory nature of Appreciative Strategic Planning.
  • How to write positive questions and conduct appreciative interviews to uncover and employ organizational strengths in designing the future.
  • How to organize and conduct the four stages of Appreciative Strategic planning: Discovery, Dream, Design and Delivery.

Presenter: Lewis Belfont, Head of Customer Service and Professional Development, Howard County Library System, Columbia, Maryland

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem!  If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

About the Library Leadership and Management Association The Library Leadership and Management Association (www.ala.org/llama) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Competition Now Open

Posted November 24, 2014 by kward
Categories: 2015 Annual, Awards, Buildings and Equipment

The 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards Call for Entries is now available.  The awards, managed by ALA/LLAMA and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), encourage excellence in the architectural design and planning of libraries and recognize accomplishments in library architecture.  The deadline for submission is 5:00pm Eastern Time on January 16, 2015.

Any library building project designed by architects licensed in the United States is eligible for entry.  The libraries may be built anywhere in the world and the program is open to all types of libraries that permit public access. Libraries must have been completed since December 1, 2010, and occupied and in service by January 16, 2014.

For details about the award, see the Submission Preview and the awards homepage.

For further information:
Elizabeth Henry, Director, AIA Awards
202-626-7563; ehenry@aia.org

Kerry Ward, LLAMA Executive Director
800-545-2433, ext. 5036; kward@ala.org

Members of the 2015 AIA/ALA Jury:

Christine Verbitzki, AIA (Chair)
GUND Partnership
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Timothy Allanbrook, FAIA
Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
New York City

Drew Harrington
University of Portland
Portland, Oregon

James Richärd, AIA
richärd+bauer
Phoenix

Clyde Scoles
Toledo Public Library
Toledo

John F. Szabo
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles

LLAMA webinar helps you manage career transitions

Posted November 7, 2014 by freuland
Categories: Education

Navigating through the transition to a new job as a librarian can be an exciting experience, but it can also be a challenge. The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) will present Transitioning to a new role: issues, best practices, and managing expectations, on Dec. 3, at 1:30-3:00 PM (Central time).

This webinar will help you learn how to start out on the right foot, manage relationships, maneuver within different organizational cultures, and handle delicate situations, while being open to new or unexpected opportunities. Our experts will discuss the perspectives of a new manager, a librarian in a new role, and an organizational development specialist, using an interview format and sharing engaging stories from the front.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Define what to expect from typical onboarding programs and what to do if you aren’t provided with much direction;
  • Identify techniques for setting the right tone in new boss/subordinate relationships;
  • Compare various types of organizational cultures so that you as a new employee can quickly develop an appropriate work style;
  • Recognize the value of maintaining an open mind, even when your situation is not what you anticipated.

Presenters: Christine Dulaney, Director of Technical Services, American University, Washington, D.C.; Katherine Simpson, Director of Strategy & Communication, American University; Olivia Ivey, Public Affairs Librarian, American University

Fees: LLAMA member $49; Non-LLAMA member $59; LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $199; Non-LLAMA group rate (5 or more people at one site) $239

Register online: http://tinyurl.com/3zhtecm

Register with a purchase order or by mail: registration form (PDF, 1 pg.).

Can’t attend the live event?  No problem! If you register, you will automatically receive a link to the recorded version for later viewing.

For questions about this webinar or other LLAMA programs, contact Fred Reuland. freuland@ala.org

ALA Award Deadline is Dec. 1

Posted November 7, 2014 by kward
Categories: ALA Updates, Awards

Every year, the American Library Association and its member units honor people and institutions through an awards program that recognizes distinguished service to librarians, librarianship, and communities.

The ALA Excellence in Library Programming Award recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence in library programming by creating a cultural/thematic program type or program series, presented during the preceding year (September 1 – August 31), that engages the community in planning, sponsorship and/or active participation, addresses an identified community need, and has a measurable impact. The award is presented during the ALA President’s Program. The ALA Cultural Communities Fund sponsors the award and the $5,000 prize.

The deadline for applying is December 1. The application can be found on the award’s homepage.