What: An intensive, year long program for ten to twelve people focused on improving problem solving skills, understanding the big picture of the environment in which public libraries operate, and strengthening professional networks.
Whether you want to move up or are focused on being more effective in your current job, participation in this program will expand and improve your skills and performance as a member of a library management team.
Who: Managers that currently report to an executive (deputy/assistant director or library director) such as division managers, branch managers, unit or service level managers. More than one person from a member library may participate.
Why: You will be more effective and have more influence if you have a better understanding of the context in which the library operates. You will be better able to assist in leading and managing your library during this time of great change in libraries, local government and society.
How: Participants will meet monthly (meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday) for day long meetings rotated among the participants’ libraries. Each meeting will focus on a leadership or management topic such as developing influence, relationships with Friends and Foundations, managing change, operating in a political environment, measuring and evaluating service effectiveness, and project management.
Each participant will research and present a topic to the group for in-depth discussion; guest speakers and the program facilitator will provide additional perspectives on the topics. A tour of the host library and time for networking during a working lunch will be included.
Program facilitator: Jane Light, formerly director of San Jose and Redwood City libraries and currently a library management coach and consultant.
Cost to participate: $900. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.
To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by December 2, 2016 and send it to Jane Light, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Call her at 650-533-0548 with questions or for more information.