I’m headed to Portland, Oregon later this week to give the keynote presentation at the Northwest Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Conference. I’m looking forward to meeting the conference attendees and talking about learning and leading through change.
I’m in the beautiful city of Madison, Wisconsin to give the keynote at the Back in Circulation Conference. Below are the slides from my presentation as well as a link to a PDF of the slides.
Change is never easy. No matter how much you love or embrace change, it takes a physical and emotional toll. With all the change going on in libraries, it’s important that leadership not only realizes this but also finds ways to help staff cope. In some cases there is grieving that needs to happen. In other cases it’s a matter of finding ways to reduce stress. In all cases communication is paramount both in what the changes are and why the changes are necessary.
Tuesday I’m presenting a webinar to the Tampa Bay Library Consortium on innovating during a time of changes within libraries. In preparation for the workshop I created some images represnting changes and hope for libraries. Feel free to use these for personal or institutional purposes. Just right-click on the image and select copy image or save image. You can also create your own at obamicon.me.
Today I gave the opening keynote for the Quebec Library Association Annual Conference whose theme was libraries as learning organizations. Here are the slides from the presentation.
Montreal is a beautiful city and the people are very friendly. I’m amazed at how easily everyone transitions from French to English in conversations. We should strive for this level of personal bilingualism in the US.