#NJLA17 Programming Spotlight: Administration & Management

To some people, Conference is what NJLA does. For others, Conference is the culmination of the work put in during the NJLA work year. There are many sections, committees, and round tables who work tirelessly throughout the year to offer a variety of professional development opportunities as well as propose stellar programs that everyone can enjoy at our annual conference. We want to take this opportunity to highlight those working groups' efforts, and today we are starting with the Administration and Management section.

The Administration & Management Section, along with our co-sponsors, Personnel Administration Committee, Small Libraries RoundTable, Professional Development, and Leadership and Education Sub-Committee invite you to attend our Pre-Conference Program - Librarians as Property Managers: A Crash Course (Because Stuff Happens). If you are in a position, or hope to be in the future, where you have to make decisions about building repairs, upkeep, renovation, or construction, this program is for you!

In the first part of the program, William Sannwald, author of Checklist of Library Building Design Considerations, an ALA Publication, will speak to us about what to expect when you have to deal with emergency repairs, contractors, architects, ADA compliance issues, disaster and recovery planning, and redesigning existing spaces.

Pat Kennedy-Grant will follow Mr. Sannwald with a presentation on keeping maintenance records. She covers everything from changing light bulbs to HVAC maintenance in her spreadsheet.

Handouts will be provided.

Question and answer time will follow both presentations.

William Sannwald was an Assistant to the City Manager and Manager of Library Design and Development from 1997 to 2004, and was City Librarian of the San Diego Public Library from 1979 to 1997.He now is a full time faculty member in the business school at San Diego State University, where he teaches a variety of upper division undergraduate and MBA courses in the management department. He also works as a library building and administrative consultant.

Pat Kennedy-Grant is the Information & Borrowers’ Services Manager / Facilities Manager of the Bernardsville Public Library in Bernardsville, NJ.

And Administration and Management has more where that came from!

Other Administration and Management programs that you should check out are:

  • Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips From the Source (Tuesday, 4/25, 9:00-9:50am) - Finding and matching the best grant opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application, can be a challenge. Come hear how it's done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee.
  • Why Are We Still Doing This?: The Pros and Cons (Tuesday, 4/25, 4:10-5pm) - This fast paced Pro and Con debate, with audience participation, will address the following topics: Volunteers, Food & drink policies, Paper library card applications, Cell phone use policies, Family library cards, DVD loan charges, Meeting room use and possibly more! At the end of each segment the attendees will vote for the winner.

We sure are getting excited here at the Conference Committee, and we hope you are too! Keep your eyes peeled for more program announcements from NJLA's sections, committees, and roundtables!

Karen Klapperstuck and the 2016-2017 NJLA Conference Committee