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Continuing Education and Events: 05/15 - Untapped Potential: Discovering and Developing the Leader Within

This guide contains current and upcoming events of interest to librarians, archivist, library staff, and others in Capital District Region.

Untapped Potential: Discovering and Developing the Leader Within, a hosted webinar event

Join us Wednesday, May 15, 2019, for a variety of hosted webinars and discover how you can find and empower the leader within yourself and your staff!

This webinar conference gives librarians and library staff the opportunity to learn, share insights, and discuss best practices on leadership development techniques, strategies, issues, and opportunities. The conference will consist of keynote speakers and concurrent break-out sessions.

Schedule of Sessions:

10:00 am - 11:00 am Opening Keynote - Leading to Empower, Empowering to Lead
Speaker: Jason Martin, Associate Dean of the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University
Description:  Employees who are empowered are more satisfied with their jobs and have better perceptions of management and leadership. Empowering others in the library also helps to banish the "romance of leadership" where leaders get all the credit and all the blame while making everyone else a passive agent in events. A library of empowered people has a greater sense of shared responsibility and accountability and is better at collaboration. This session will explore the benefits of empowerment for leaders, followers, and the library and discuss ways we can empower librarians and library staff.


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tapping Internal Leaders with IMPACT
Speakers: Rebekah Lynam, Aiden Street, and Lisa Wells of Pioneer Library System in central Oklahoma
Description: Pioneer Library System's IMPACT PLS is an internal leadership program developed with the express goal of empowering employees of all levels to lead from where they are. This session will explore the process of creating a competitive and dynamic program open to all levels of staff. Participants will learn the key factors to the success of an internal leadership program and will leave able to craft sessions of their own around topics such as advocacy, project management, emotional intelligence, and career development.


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm Dynamic Leadership Development
Speaker: Gavin Woltjer, director of the Billings Public Library (MT)
Description: This program explores five areas of dynamic leadership: accountability and expectations; failure; initiative and creativity; library narrative; and, communication. Through the combination of these five areas, participants will begin to better understand the type of leadership their library needs to best serve their team(s) and patrons. As libraries continue to evolve, leadership needs to evolve in order to meet the needs of patrons, professionals, and partners.


4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Closing Keynote - Empathy Empowered Leadership: Self-Assessment & Promotion
Speaker: Wendy Doucette, Assistant Professor and the Graduate Research and Instruction Librarian at East Tennessee State University
Description: Most formal training programs in librarianship do not stress the nuts and bolts of leadership and professional development. Understanding this process is essential for current managers as well as those interested in pursuing a management path. Using empathy as a starting point, I will discuss the simple, sequential steps of performing a self-assessment of strengths and skills, how to identify and remedy weak areas, and how to promote yourself in a reality-based, practical way which will benefit your community. This process is applicable to librarians of all types and all levels of experience.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
10:00am - 5:30pm
CDLC, Small Meeting Room
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