So You Want to Be a Director?
Tuesday, April 5, 2016, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Colorado Convention Center, Room 405-407
Have you recently accepted a directorship or are you contemplating moving into a library director role? Discover the tools and tactics you need to traverse the pitfalls of being a new director from leaders who have done it successfully. Whether you’re stressed about creating a budget, anxious about resolving HR issues, unsure how to work with your board or local government, or losing sleep over the idea of strategic planning, this preconference is for you. Participants will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to fearlessly face the challenges of library directorship.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Know the basics of budgeting, HR, facilities and strategic planning. 2: Have the tools to begin working with the library board and local government. 3: Have heard from seasoned directors about leading a library.
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.
Tags: Career Advice, Leadership, Mentoring, Organizational Change, Professional Development
Marcia Warner, Director
Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, MI
Marcia Warner is the Director of the Grand Rapids Public Library, a position she has held since December 2004. Marcia began working in as a director in libraries in 1977 and still loves it. She is the past-president of the Michigan Library Association, 2011 President of the Public Libraries Association, and the 2013 Librarian of the year in Michigan. Marcia has held many ALA positions in LAMA, PLA, and the Spectrum Advisory Board.
David Singleton, Director of Libraries
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, , NC
David Singleton has over 25 years of experience as a library leader. David formerly held the position of Deputy State Librarian for the Georgia Public Library Service, where he helped to pioneer the statewide PINES system and the development of Evergreen open source software for libraries. He is a frequent speaker at national, state, and regional conferences on topics including innovation, strategic planning, performance/outcome measures for libraries, public library trends, and leadership development.
Pam Sandlian Smith, Director
Anythink Libraries, Thornton, CO
Felton Thomas, Executive Director, CEO
Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland, OH
Felton Thomas, Jr., is the President-Elect for the Public Library Association and Executive Director of the Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library (CPL). He has served on the PLA Board of Directors since 2012 and was named to the Aspen Institute's Task Force on Learning and the Internet in 2014. He was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal and serves as a fellow and Sponsor in the Urban Library Council's Executive Leadership Institute.
Rachel Rubin, Library Director
Bexley Public Library, Bexley, OH
Rachel G. Rubin is the director of the Bexley (OH) Public Library. She is an ALA Councilor-at-Large and a member of both the Nominating Committee and the the Standing Committee on the Salaries and Status of Library Workers. She is also active in the Ohio Library Council. She teaches library management as an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University, and speaks about library leadership to a variety of audiences.
Kevin King, Head, Branch and IT Services
Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Eva Poole, Director of Public Libraries
Virginia Beach Public Library, Virginia Beach, VA
Registration for this preconference is now closed, but limited space may be available onsite.