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The December 2020 Issue of Library Leadership & Management is Now Available

Library Leadership & Management (LL&M) focuses on assisting library administrators and managers at all levels as they deal with day-to-day challenges. In-depth articles address a wide variety of management issues and highlight examples of successful management methods used in libraries. Features include interviews with prominent practitioners in libraries and related fields, and columns with practical advice on managing libraries. Explore the latest posts from your colleagues in the library world of leadership and management.

Support library workers in need with new, cool, radical Core wear

We are pleased to announce the launch of the apparel collection from Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. “Libraries are radical, and so are you” is a slogan inspired by our current Core President-Elect, Lindsay Cronk, who’s very passionate about every aspect of librarianship. Celebrate the radical librarian in you, and the amazing work that you do by purchasing your new Core wear! All shirts from this line are available in the color charcoal gray (per popular member vote via Twitter). 100% of our profits will be donated to the Core Advancement Fund, supporting a Core membership for library workers in need. Treat yourself or someone else to new Core wear, and give the gift of membership.


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This article is from our guest blog contributor, Graeme Williams, Online Catalog Analyst. Gamers use POV to mean “point of view”, but they’re not using it metaphorically — they mean seeing a game through particular eyes.  This is a post about architecture, and signage, and accessibility, but really it’s just about seeing the library (the building, not the abstraction) from a patron’s point of view. Imagine you’re a patron who is upset because you need to renew a book to complete a course to get a certification to keep your job — but you’ve lost your library card.  And this is a branch you’ve never visited before.  Start on the sidewalk at the back of the parking lot. From your position on the sidewalk, can you tell that you’re outside a library?  Can you tell where the entrance is?  Library buildings shouldn’t be coy. Start walking … Can you make it…Continue Reading

Learn with Core in December

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*Core Webinars Available for Free to ALA Student Members and LIS Faculty.  Continuing Education Opportunities Learn how to write policies and procedures that promote positive relationships with your library’s patrons and community in this December 8 webinar. Register now. Creating Effective Policies and ProceduresPresenter: Carli SpinaTuesday, December 8 , 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT Enhance your leadership skills with this December 9 webinar, and learn how to develop an effective workforce strategy to customize your library’s employee engagement plan. Register now. Building a Holistic Employee Engagement FrameworkPresenter: Cinthya IppolitiWednesday, December 9, 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT Learn how to manage risk and maintain a safe environment to prevent the spread of COVID at your institution in this December 16 webinar. Register now. To Open or Not Open: Academic Library Building Management and Decision-making During a PandemicPresenters:  Steven Smith, Luke Voiland, Jennie Gerke, Amy Kirkland, Steven Escar Smith, Rebecca A. RichardsonWednesday, December 16, 20201:00 – 2:00pm CT…Continue Reading

Support Core Scholarships and Programs this #GivingTuesday

Dear Core Member, Since the formation of Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures in September, we have been building a division from scratch together — developing section and committee leadership, delivering an ambitious continuing education program, amplifying voices from across the membership, delivering our first Core Virtual Forum, and working hard to embed our values in the very foundation of Core’s structure. As we continue to build Core, we do so with a shared vision of a more connected, thriving, and powerful community of library workers. We know that these are precarious times for library workers, and a strong Core division means we can help support and advocate for one another. As one of ALA’s three largest divisions, we are committed to reducing barriers to participation. As Core President and President-Elect, we write to you today, on our first Giving Tuesday as a new division, to encourage a gift that will help…Continue Reading

Learn how to Manage Your Academic Library Building During a Pandemic in this Dec. 16 Core webinar

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Closing, opening, and reopening academic libraries during a pandemic requires library decision-makers to take on new roles, learn new things, and apply new knowledge to decision making for their facilities and employees. These decision-makers find themselves in need of real-time information — not only about their own institution’s practices, but also how other libraries are responding. Some are thrust into leadership positions on their own campuses. Others struggle for guidance. Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, and Futures will present the webinar “To Open or Not Open: Academic Library Building Management and Decision-making During a Pandemic,” on Wednesday, December 16, from 1:00 – 2:00 pm, Central Time.  This webinar will present strategies to manage risk used on several campuses that have reopened their libraries during COVID-19. The presenters will discuss the resources referenced, experts engaged, processes undertaken both external and internal to the library to support the decision to reopen, preparations to reopen…Continue Reading