What are the ten must-have skills every library director should know in today’s library industry? From conflict management to avoiding burnout, there are many skills that directors have discovered through trial and fire. In her recent webinar, “The 10 Must-Have Skills for Today’s Library Director,” Sarah Houghton sheds light on some of the skills she wished she’d known before becoming Director of San Rafael Public Library. In Part 1 and Part 2 we dug deeper into her first five must-have skills: conflict management, familiarity with legal issues, partner relationships, facilities management, and reading a budget.
In Part 3, we’ll take a look at three more of Sarah’s skills through the following lenses: How can you stress the importance of discipline in your library? What do you need to know in order to communicate effectively with your staff members, whether they’re age 20 or 60? How can you promote your library through daily interactions between you and your community?
It is with deepest sympathy that we acknowledge the passing of long-time employee Darron Isobe. Darron passed away on December 14, 2014, surrounded by his family, after battling idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis for many years. He was one of the longest-tenured employees in the company, working for an impressive 27 years as a Customer Support specialist.
While turkey and football were on the minds of many Americans over the Thanksgiving holiday, there were quite a few library stories that may have gone unnoticed to some librarians. From World War II-era archives to potential 24/7 libraries, the news was full of interesting and thought-provoking library stories you'll want to read about.
For many librarians aspiring to become a library director in the future, having the power to make decisions regarding budget, staff, and the community is an exciting concept. Finally having the ability to lead changes in your library’s programs? Gaining the opportunity to transform an institution into your dream library? What could be better?