Changes: Discovering the Leader Within
There is an old philosophy that says leadership and great ideas start at the top. However, in today's challenging and competitive world, leadership and great innovations may come from anywhere within an organization-- starting with you.
Change, whether good or bad, is inevitable. Changes occur not only by administrative decision making practices, but also by advances in technology, individual initiatives, patron demands, expectations and much more. Our discussion will not only include examples of how change has affected us personally but also the impact within our library, the campus and the field of librarianship. In addition, we will discuss how these changes have afforded us the opportunity to take a leadership role by advancing our interests, positioning ourselves for growth in the profession, and acquiring new skills.
In this session, we will focus on how librarians can emerge as leaders from any position in the library. Although leadership opportunities may result from changes in job responsibilities due to budget cuts, personnel shifts or reorganization; other leadership roles may arise from taking the initiative and thinking outside the box.