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Developing Leadership through Your Personal Vision, Mentoring, and Professional Development
How does a librarian become a leader? In the competitive academic job market, it is never too soon in a librarian’s career to think about this issue. Whether you are new to the profession, mid-career, or a veteran librarian, you may have pondered questions such as: How do some librarians land great jobs? What skills do I need to get promoted? How do I prepare for my next job? During this session, Dr. Theresa Byrd, Dean of the University of San Diego Library, will discuss the role of a personal vision statement, mentors, and professional development in learning the hard and soft skills required to become a leader in an academic library. Join her for a lively question and answer period.
Description: Envisioning yourself as a leader is the first step in becoming one. Good leaders possess innate ability to do the job. However, in academic libraries department heads, associate university librarians, and deans/directors are developed not born. Once you make the decision to become a leader or to transition to a new job, your next step must be to devise a strategy to achieve your goal. Join Dr. Byrd for the session “Developing Leadership through Your Personal Vision, Mentoring, and Professional Development” to learn how to develop a plan to enable you to get promoted or to land your next job. Dr. Byrd will assist you with thinking about the necessary process for developing a personal vision and the elements of such a statement. She will also share examples of leaders’ personal vision statements to aid you in developing your own vision. Learn how a personal vision statement will spare you the agony of trial and error and losing precious time because you accepted the wrong job offers that sidetracked your career. The personal vision discussion will provide you with the opportunity to consider your ultimate career destination in three, five, or ten years. Keep in mind that it is not enough to have the proper credentials or years on the job to break into a management position in an academic library. A mentor is a necessity for obtaining such a job. You need a librarian leader who has already blazed the trail to share with you his/her knowledge about the skills necessary to do the job as well as the obstacles encountered. Dr. Byrd will discuss the role of mentors, the different types of mentoring programs, and the benefits of mentors for potential leaders. She will also explain that in our fast paced world of change and new technology continuing professional development is essential. Dr. Byrd will explore how professional development helps build self-confidence and a “can do attitude” and the role it plays in career advancement and in shaping future leaders. As you climb the career ladder, it will be important to develop a repertoire of skills such as personnel and budget management but also skills like empathy and self-awareness. Dr. Byrd will examine the role of a personal vision statement, mentors, and professional development in learning the hard and soft skills required to become a leader in today’s academic library. If you enter this session ambivalent about or frustrated with your job or because you are curious, you will leave with the tips and tools to achieve your career dream.