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Strategies for a Successful Directorship

Whether you're a longtime public library director, a first time director, or an aspiring director, your success will depend upon your ability to manage your relationship with five key groups: your board (or individual boss, in some cases), your staff, your community, your profession, and yourself. This workshop, presented by a longtime library administrator, will call out some of the key issues for each of these relationships.


Though this webinar, you will learn:
• How board reports can invite meaningfully contribution--rather than micromanagement
• How to structure successful meetings--and build a team that makes good decisions
• How to build a library culture intentionally--instead of accidentally
• How to systematically identify movers and shakers in a community--and mine those relationships to better understand your environment


Individual license: $49/person. Ask us about site licenses for parties of 4 or more. Contact Jenny Newman at or 240.751.0102.

Strategies for a Successful Directorship


$25 per person for 4+licenses

  • Jamie LaRue is the CEO of LaRue and Associates. Author of "The New Inquisition: Understanding and Managing Intellectual Freedom Challenges," Jamie was a public library director for many years, as well as a weekly newspaper columnist and cable TV host. From January of 2016 to November of 2018, he was director of the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Freedom to Read Foundation. He has written, spoken, and consulted extensively on intellectual freedom issues, leadership and organizational development, community engagement, and the future of libraries.



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