The Wonderful World of Being a First-time Director
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 109 AB
Starting any new job comes with its joys and challenges, but becoming a director for the first-time and finding yourself at the top of the org chart presents an especially intense experience of learning new lessons about yourself and libraries. This session will provide honest insights from three recently hired new public library directors. Leadership and management lessons will be shared, and attendees will have an opportunity to pose questions to the panelists.
At the end of this session, participants will:
1: Understand how to strategically diagnose organizational needs and prioritize individual and collective focus 2: Be able to intentionally and effectively direct attention and energy to move forward on identified priorities 3: Be able to use Bowman and Deal's four frames of leadership (Structural, HR, Political, Symbolic) to assess and improve personal leadership effectiveness
The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 1: People with no previous knowledge of the topic.
This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)
Handouts: Download 1
Tags: Administration/Management, Administration and Management, Career Advice, Leadership, Organizational Change, Strategic Planning
Richard Kong, Director
Skokie Public Library , Skokie , IL
Richard Kong is the Director at Skokie Public Library, an award-winning library located just north of Chicago. He completed the PLA Leadership Academy in 2015 and was named one of Library Journal's Movers & Shakers in 2012. He serves on the Boards of both the Illinois Library Association and Public Library Association.
Peter Bromberg, Executive Director
Salt Lake City Public Library System , Princeton , UT
Peter Bromberg is the Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library System, and a Board Member of EveryLibrary, the first and only national organization dedicated to building political support for libraries.
Monica Harris, Executive Director
Schaumburg Township Library District , Oak Park , IL
Monica Harris is the Executive Director of Schaumburg Township District Library, which serves more than 126,000 users in the suburbs of Chicago. She was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker in 2010, a PLA Leadership Academy fellow in 2013, and has taught about innovation in libraries for San Jose State University?s iSchool. Monica believes in the power of public libraries to impact and change lives for the better.
Sonia Alcantara-Antoine, Director, Libraries and Information Services
City of Newport News , Virginia Beach , VA
Sonia Alcantara-Antoine is Director, Libraries and Information Services, for the City of Newport News. Before becoming a director she held leadership positions at Virginia Beach Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library.