Leading (and Managing) in the Library

Are great leaders and managers born, or made? When your career is on the line, why take chances?

SLA offers several opportunities for special librarians and information professionals to enhance their skills at leading and managing everything from projects to people to critical organizational functions. These opportunities are available to both members and non-members through in-person events as well as online programming.

SLA’s Leadership Symposium offers a combination of leadership-focused professional development and targeted training for volunteer leaders of SLA chapters, divisions, committees, and councils. The 2019 SLA Leadership Symposium, which will take place January 20-22 at the New Orleans Downtown Marriott at the Convention Center, will feature a day-long agenda of leadership development led by John Hockman, a principal with McKinley Advisors who has helped teach leaders in more than 100 associations how to make better decisions when facing challenges involving strategy, people, and performance.

A two-part webinar series, Keys to Navigating Management, was presented in October and is available for purchase on sla.org. The first webinar, “How to Budget Successfully,” provides a basic understanding of budgets and the many ways you can use them to justify and advance library priorities and strategies. The webinar also covers budget development, budget tracking, and budget justification.

The second webinar in the series, “Leading in the Library,” shares real-life examples of pitfalls as well as breakthroughs in talent management. It explains how the core values of your library can affect your talent recruitment and retention and teaches you how to create an open and forward-thinking culture that helps you get the results you want.

A three-part webinar series, Project Management for Today’s Information Professional, is being presented this month on three consecutive days: November 27, 28, and 29. The schedule is as follows:

  • Critical Components of Project Management: November 27
  • Developing a Project Plan and Getting Everyone On Board: November 28
  • Applying Project Management to the Real World (Library): November 29

The three webinars will present real-world examples of how to successfully complete data management and technology-based projects on time and within budget while also meeting strategic and organizational goals. The series will begin with a broad overview, followed by subsequent sessions that will drill down into project management specifics for information professionals. Presenters will share the keys to project management and discuss the pitfalls to avoid.

When leadership and management challenges and opportunities present themselves, make sure you’re prepared. Sign up now to attend the 2019 Leadership Symposium and register for or purchase the management webinars.

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