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Learn Service Design In One Week: Design Sprint Basics

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More than ever, library leaders at all levels are asked to design and implement new services and programs on a rapid timeline. How can projects move quickly while engaging equitably with community and staff members? Discover how a design sprint process can lead a group from ideation to implementation in only 5 days. Popularized by Google Ventures, a design sprint is a human centered design process in a condensed timeline. This webinar will explore how a sprint process can set the stage for both innovation and equity when designing a new library service. With lessons from 4 sprints from a combination of different projects and organizations, learn how a sprint could be used to tackle priority projects more effectively in less time. In this session, you’ll learn: build a case for using a sprint design process to move quickly and equitably when creating a new service; identify project types suitable…Continue Reading

Summary, March 2021 Core e-Forum, “Changes in Library Organization”

The two day e-forum “Changes in Library Organization” which took place on March 2-3, 2021 had 80 posts from 13 participants, representing a range of institutions: public, academic, and vendor. Our discussions included reasons why libraries needed to change their organizational structure, barriers to change and how to overcome them, communication techniques, as well as discussing specific organizational structure models and positions. The resources shared by the two co-hosts and participants can be found at the end of this summary. We explored some of the primary reasons organizations needed to change, such as retirements, new leadership, new systems, and new priorities.  There were a variety of responses with a couple of common themes emerging with organizational change being driven by COVID-19 changes and by library staff changes (retirements, new leadership/administration). Additional reasons were system migrations and other library work changes. One library that reorganized ~3 years ago expressed a desire…Continue Reading

Call For Reviewers For ITAL & LL&M Journals

The Information Technology and Libraries (ITAL) and Library Leadership and Management (LL&M) journals invite applications for peer reviewers. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals from all types of libraries and with a wide variety of experience to contribute to scholarship within the profession. We are seeking the broadest pool of reviewers possible. Reviewer responsibilities for both journals are to have an interest/experience with the journal’s topics, as described below. Reviewers should expect to review 2-4 articles a year and should provide thoughtful and actionable comments to authors and the editor. Reviewers will work with the editor, associate editor, and/or editorial board of the corresponding journal. See the job description for ITAL reviewers for more details about that role.  We welcome applications from individuals at libraries of all types, levels of experience, locations, perspectives, and voices, especially those from underrepresented groups. Reviewers will be selected to maximize the diversity of…Continue Reading

Get a crash course in the first 90 days of library management with this Core webinar on February 17

Are you a new library manager? Feeling overwhelmed, lost, or like you need some support? This webinar will explore tips for new managers transitioning into their role and address some of the challenges they face, as well as offer practical advice for overcoming common hurdles in the first 90 days. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to: Articulate the difference between being an individual contributor and being a manager Determine what conversations to have in the first 90 days Formulate an approach to setting clear expectations with staff Determine how to stay in the loop with projects without micromanaging Determine how to address and document performance issues Register to reserve your spot now and learn new skills in February.  The First 90 Days: A New Manager Crash CourseLive Webinar: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Julia Davis Registration Fees:  $43 – Core Member $59 – Non-member…Continue Reading

Learn how to navigate the legal system during COVID in this free Core webinar

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On Tuesday, February 16, join Randi M. Cohen, labor and employment counselor and litigator, and your colleagues for a free, hour-long discussion on navigating the law during the COVID-19 pandemic. Designed for library workers and managers interested in the legal rights and responsibilities of their libraries as they relate to COVID-19, this webinar will foster dialogue and provide support for attendees. Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will have a better grasp on the rights and responsibilities of their libraries and institutions relating to COVID-19. The presenter will be answering attendee questions throughout this session. Please use this form to submit your questions to the presenter ahead of time. Reserve your spot today for this timely, informative session. COVID and Workplace Law: A Practical Primer (A free webinar from Core)Live Webinar: Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 1:00 – 2:00pm CTPresenter: Randi M. Cohen This webinar is being offered at no charge as a courtesy to…Continue Reading

Gain the Tools to Assess and Rewrite Operational Library Policies with this Core webinar on February 10

Are you involved in writing, implementing, and assessing operational library policies? If so, join us on Wednesday, February 10, 1pm CT to enhance your skills with this webinar “Assessing and (Re)Writing Operational Policies.” This webinar presents a high-level introduction to operational policies, why they need to be assessed on a regular basis, one way of assessment using the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, and why) approach, and the basics of writing or rewriting operational policies.  The primary audience for this webinar is librarians, library staff, and library governing and advisory boards responsible for writing, implementing, and assessing operational policies. By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to: Understand what operational policies are and are not. Realize the importance of regularly assessing and revising them. Know the steps and timeline for assessment and revision. Know the steps for writing or revising operational policies. Identify ways to recognize…Continue Reading