For more detailed information on my background and experience, please see my resume.
I am an author and national library speaker and consultant with 32-years’ experience in everything from public library service to management and administration. I also teach at Kent (OH) State’s iSchool, as well as for the American Library Association’s Certified Public Library Administrator (CPLA) Program, The Public Library Association, ALA’s eLearning Solutions, the Urban Library Council, InfoPeople, and multiple other organizations. I am an active speaker, planner and consultant in libraries around the country, most recently presenting at staff days and conferences on my newest book, Renew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, 2017). I am also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011) and Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013). I am currently at work on a new series of Leadership Planners. My passion is for supporting, coaching, and developing great libraries, successful teams, and – especially – strong and effective library leaders.
If the Purpose of Your Staff Day Is to “Renew” Your Staff… Invite Me! I’d be happy to offer a keynote and/or breakout sessions that will help your library staff return to work with renewed purpose, commitment, and inspiration. That’s how libraries thrive!
Here are 3 Key Library Services I Can Bring to Your Library
LIBRARY STRATEGIC PLANNING THAT’S BALANCED, THAT’S AFFORDABLE AND THAT WORKS
I can help you create a balanced strategic plan that actually works for your library! I’ll help you create it and put it into motion. With more than 30 years’ experience in public libraries, I’ve created a hybrid planning model called “Balanced Planning” that is uniquely successful in helping to keep libraries focused for today – and tomorrow. Why? Because it begins in your community and ends with each and every member of your staff.
LIBRARY DIRECTOR SEARCHES & HELPING BOARDS AND DIRECTORS WORK IN HARMONY
I can help Boards successfully find their next – perfect – director and then create and maintain a healthy, professional and effective Board/Director Team.
Staying focused on just what type of director your library needs, then making sure the Board sets them up for success is how I approach both director searches, orientations and goal setting.
LIBRARY KEYNOTE SPEAKER, WORKSHOPS, RETREATS & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
I’m happy to provide everything from a week-long, residential academy to day-long pre-conferences, workshops, keynotes or breakout sessions on a large variety of leadership, customer service, and other library topics.
I’ve twice facilitated the week-long Leadership Academy sponsored by the Indiana State Library and I’ve presented many day-long pre-conferences at states around the county in advance of annual conferences.
Here Are Just Some of the Workshop Topics I Offer (or…I’d Be Happy to Design Something Just for You!)
Time Out for Grownups: How & Why Disciplining Works!
Build a Great Team!
Be a Great Boss!
Mentoring Library Employees
Valuing Library Volunteers
Don’t Do This (If You Want to Get the Job!)
Finding the Right People and Helping Them Grow
The Effective Library Spokesperson
Budgeting for the Right Brain
Strategic Planning That Doesn’t Hurt a Bit!
Developing Effective Library Partnerships.
Organization and Personnel Administration
Politics & Networking
A Culture of Safety
Ensuring Director Success
Management of Libraries and Information Centers
Public Speaking: A Fate NOT Worse Than Death
Library Leadership Academy
Director Success: A Plan for Library Boards
Welcome to the Future: Changing Together
Supervise With Success
Happily Ever After: Board-Director Relationships That Work!
The Nuts and Bolts of Staffing, Decision Making, Problem Solving, Planning & Budgeting
Critical and Basic Foundations of Attitude, Vision, Communication Style and Strong Leadership
Strategic Planning – A Balanced Approach
Marketing for Everyone!
Communicate With Confidence
Anyone Can Write a Grant
Hiring a Quality Library Director
Tomorrow: From the Beginning…A Time Management Webinar
The Perfect Recipe: For The Care and Feeding of a Healthy Culture
The Top 10 Benefits (Yes, Benefits!) of Tough Times
DIY SWOT: Personal Career Planning
The Right Approach: Building Healthy Cultures
Blend Your Leaders Into a Team!
Homegrown Leaders: Training for Your Library’s Future
Board Basics: A Focusing Event for New & Seasoned Trustees
Meetings That Matter