Changes: Discovering the Leader Within

Discussion
Vang
Vang
Instructional Technology Librarian
Henry Madden Library
Gretchen Higginbottom
Head of InterLibrary Loan
California State University, Fresno

Abstract

Leadership and great ideas don’t always start at the top. In today’s challenging and competitive world, leadership and great innovations may come from anywhere within an organization – starting with you. Our discussion will not only include examples of how change – the good, the bad and the ugly – have affected us personally and professionally, 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 ability to take a leadership role in advancing our interests, exploring new options and acquiring new skills. Participants will have the opportunity to learn new concepts and share ideas through group discussion, active learning activities and collaboration.

Description

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.

Presentation Materials

When

Date and time: 
Sat, 04/05/2014 - 3:45pm - 5:00pm

Where

Madrone [LL]