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Pennsylvania Library Association’s Directors’ Institute

8 Jun

logo.pngI get to spend the next few days at an LSTA funded program for library directors learning about my leadership strengths and how to develop them to use at work. I am a strong believer in continuing education and that can be seen by my two graduate degrees, additional online courses and the leadership programs I’ve attended. What I like most about continuing education is that when it’s in the library world, I don’t have to explain myself – all of these colleagues have either experienced what I’m going through or know someone who has and it’s a refreshing place to be.

Before this particular institute, we were required to read Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams and Why People Follow Them by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie. At the end of the book, you take an online test to discover your five strengths. Mine (which are no surprise to myself) are Discipline, Consistency, Harmony, Learner and Input. The book and report from the online test then teaches you about how to use your strengths in the best way. I’m excited to learn more about this information over the next few days and networking with other directors.

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It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? 5/1/17

1 May

finally finished The Unexpected Life of Oliver Cromwell Pitts by Avi, you can read my review about this historical, adventure story and the first in the series. I also finished the book, Strengths-Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Teams, and Why People Follow by Barry Conchie and Tom Rath for a leadership institute that I’m participating in next month. At the end of the book, you are asked to take a test to discover your strengths and learn how to use them to your advantage while also learning your colleagues strengths and how to give them tasks that make them happy and effective employees. I also cracked open Be True to Me by Adele Griffin, an ARC that I received, and am hoping to finish this week.


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Blogging From A to Z April Challenge Survivor

1 May

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survivor-atoz [2017] v1During the month of April, I be participated in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll looked at one trait and how it has helped me to become a better director. Here’s a list of the traits and the link to each post:

Theme Reveal – Leadership Traits

April 1 – Adjustment
April 3 – Budget
April 4 – Change
April 5 – Determination
April 6 – Education
April 7 – Forward-Thinking
April 8 – Growth
April 10 – Humble
April 11 – Inclusive
April 12 –  Join
April 13 – Knowledgeable
April 14 – Listen
April 15 – Mentor
April 17 – Natural
April 18 –Opportunities
April 19 – Passion
April 20 – Quiet
April 21 – Rest
April 22 – Stress
April 24 – Team
April 25 – Understand
April 26 – Vision
April 27 – Willing
April 28 – eXcited
April 29 – Young-At-Heart 
Apri 30 – Zealous

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Zealous

30 Apr

2017atozDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll look at one trait and how it’s helped me to become a better director.

I think zealous runs along side passion excitement, and energy – all traits that I think a good leader should have. I just had a meeting between our Library Board of Directors and our Township Board of Supervisors and one of the Supervisors mentioned that I didn’t hold back my passion for the library, which I’m really excited about. They noticed how excited I am about libraries, and our community library in particular and I showed them where we want to go in the future and that’s what I wanted to get across – that we won’t be extinct in a few years time – we might be evolving and updating ourselves to keep up with the technology and the times, but a library is still a vital component of a community.

And my hope is that I can provide the leadership needed to position our library into that role 0 as a third space where community members go to learn and engage with others, where there is a staff that is zealous about providing quality customer service to everyone who walks in the door. I’m excited about my role in this library and our path into the future!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Young-At-Heart

29 Apr

2017atozDuring the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I chose to look at leadership qualities as I’ve just recently (within the past 6 months) become the director of my public library. We have about 50 staff members, most of whom are part-time employees serving a 30,000 resident community by providing high-quality programs and resources. Each day, I’ll look at one trait and how it’s helped me to become a better director.

Another letter where it was difficult to find leadership traits, but I think young-at-heart can go together with eXcited from yesterday. I’m a young director, there’s no argument there. And most of my staff are between 10-60 years older than I am… that’s right – there is almost a 60 year age difference between myself and one of my employees. This means that in our workplace there are three different generations all working together, which is pretty cool!

I want to encourage my staff to be welcoming to even our youngest patrons – babies and toddlers who come into the library for storytime, to pick out books and to play with toys. I want our library to be safe, so I don’t mind when they ask the little ones to walk through the adult department, but I also want them to treat these little patrons as kindly as we do the adults in our library, because eventually they will become the adults in our library. I want our staff to be welcoming and comforting when needed so that kids know we care about them as individuals and I think part of that is being willing to remember what it was like to be a kid and a teenager – to be young-at-heart.

I don’t mind taking a little time out of my day to play with the kids in the children’s department, suggest a book or two to a tween and check in about how school’s going, and be more than excited when one of our “grown-up kids” (college kids) come back to visit. These connections create a strong community and that’s what we’re striving for – for everyone.

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