Administration & Management

Why Are We Still Doing This: The Pros and Cons

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. Each presenter is limited to two minutes to make their case. At the end of each segment the attendees will vote for the winner. With time, a question-and-answer period will follow.

Successfully Applying for Grants: Tips from the Source

Public libraries can benefit from an array of competitive grant opportunities offered by government agencies, foundations and corporations. Finding and matching the best opportunity for your project and putting together a successful application can be a daunting challenge for both part-time and veteran applicants. Hear how it's done from representatives of grant-making organizations and from a library grantee in this session about successfully applying for grant funds for your library.

Agree to Disagree Without Being Disagreeable

The world would be a very boring place if we all thought the same way, but discussions among people with different points of view do not always go smoothly. How can we disagree respectfully with those that hold opinions that differ from our own? How do we create an environment where open communication is welcome and people feel safe when voicing their perspectives? Come to hear how we can learn, grow and move forward together.

There is No Box: Innovation and Your Whys, What Ifs and Why Nots?

In this interactive session, Joyce Valenza will explore notions of WHY: What drives innovation across libraryland and what inspires some of us to connect the dots others don't see? She'll share video interviews of innovative practitioners, who driven by vision, engage in transformative leadership to improve and enchant communities. Evoking Simon Sinek's work on purpose and Carol Dweck's research on growth mindset, Joyce will engage participants in finding their own WHYs and sharing their own transformative leadership strategies.

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