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Making Each Other Look Good: The Library Board and the Library Director (LibraryWorks Webinar)

Making Each Other Look Good: The Library Board and the Library Director (LibraryWorks Webinar) Online

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have partnered with LibraryWorks to provide our members with access to their webinars.  These webinars are free to Massachusetts library workers who register through our calendar. 

In an ideal world, board and director are on the same page regarding values, vision, and goals. All too often, that relationship breaks down. Communication fails among board members; expectations of the director are not conveyed, or are conveyed poorly. The director fails to notify the board of key issues or projects. How can board members and directors build a stronger and more positive communication infrastructure? While this webinar focuses mostly on board and directors, any staff member interested in the larger dynamics of this relationship may find the session illuminating. 

This webinar focuses on observable communication behaviors, appropriate roles, scopes of responsibility, library evaluation, board evaluations, and director evaluations.

From this webinar, you will learn:
•    Communication behavior is both a predictor of successful performance, and can be observed and verified.
•    Board, director and staff have distinct roles tied to both values and time frames.
•    Boards evaluate director performance. Boards should also evaluate their own.

Presenter: Jamie LaRue is the director of the Garfield County Public Library District in Western Colorado. The author of  two books: On Censorship: A Public Librarian Examines Cancel Culture in the US and The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges, Jamie has been a Public Library Director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January 2016 to November 2018, he was director of ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Jamie has written, spoken and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement and the future of libraries. 


Thursday, April 11, 2024
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
Registration has closed.

Event Organizer

Bradley Schmidt

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