Type

Lightning Talk

Brief Summary

Do you ever look back on decisions you made, and wonder, “What was I thinking?” Hindsight can be 20/20, particularly after a major transition such as starting a new position. Learn from one new director’s mistakes and lessons learned during her transition into leadership.

Type of Library

College Library

Keywords

management, library director

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May 4th, 11:00 AM May 4th, 11:50 AM

20/20 Hindsight: Mistakes made and lessons learned from a new director

Do you ever look back on decisions you made, and wonder, “What was I thinking?” Hindsight can be 20/20, particularly after a major transition such as starting a new leadership position.

This brief talk will explore one new director’s experience in her first four semesters as director of a small academic library, including mistakes made that helped lead to lessons learned. Topics include preparing for the transition, relationships with supervisors, setting team expectations, and communicating with staff. Participants can expect to learn from someone else’s mistakes, and take away real-world, applicable advice that can potentially save them from making the same types of mistakes.

 

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