Are you fairly new in your current job and want to learn with and from peers and strengthen your network of local library leaders?
Have you been in your current job for a while and want an opportunity to refresh your network and broaden your problem-solving repertoire?
What: A professional development program for 10-12 PLP library executives beginning early in 2017 that builds and deepens the problem solving skills and peer networks of participants in a confidential and non-competitive environment. It focuses on the most pressing issues you and your library are facing.
How: Library executives gather together monthly for a day long meeting that is planned and facilitated by the program coordinator, Jane Light. Participants commit to make attending meetings a priority and specifically to miss no more than 2 meetings. Only one executive (library director, assistant/deputy director or person designated second-in-charge) may participate from a member library.
At each meeting a participant presents a critical problem he or she is facing. In a structured manner, the problem is analyzed and discussed by participants with suggested approaches offered after full discussion of the issue. All participants agree to keep the issue and the discussion confidential. The presenter informs the group of his or her decision or action afterward. Over time, each participant will take a turn.
In addition, meetings feature a tour of the hosting library and a guest for a portion of the time that presents and discusses information or issues of particular interest. Guests have included a former city manager, a political consultant, and an HR director. Books, articles and other resources of interest to the group are shared and presented for discussion. Participants may also lead a portion of a meeting on a specific topic of interest.
Meetings start at 9:30 and end at 3:30 and are rotated among the participating libraries. Refreshments and a working lunch will be provided.
Cost to participate: $1000. PLP is subsidizing a portion of the total program cost.
Timeframe: Meetings will be one Friday per month – participants will be polled before setting the specific recurring Friday.
To apply: Complete the attached Statement of Interest by Dec 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. If there are more applicants than spaces, members of the PLP Executive Committee will work with Light to select participants.