What are the Characteristics of a Great Boss?

A new session of Anne Cain’s popular 4-week course Introduction to Library Management will be starting on September 12th. Throughout the course, participants assess their strengths as a library manager and identify areas and opportunities for personal growth. The course, which is targeted at first time managers, includes a variety of practical exercises aimed at helping participants better understand the role and responsibilities of a manager.

In one assignment, for example, course participants are asked to think about a great boss or supervisor that they have had and then to identify the behaviors that person exemplified that were particularly effective.

Here are some of the behaviors that were shared in the spring 2017 Introduction to Library Management course.

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What do you think? Have you had a great boss (or bosses)? What characteristics made them great?

If you are a first time manager or supervisor (or if you’re considering moving into a management position) and want to learn more about how to be a great boss, consider enrolling in the course. Registration is open now.

Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA: June 18th at 12/Noon

Tune in to “Thursdays with CLA” on Thursday, June 18 at Noon at http://clareimagine.com/!

Join CLA President with special guest California State Librarian Greg Lucas in a no-holds barred conversation on how things are going with our State Librarian.

Robert will be asking Greg what he feels his proudest accomplishments are after one year on the job, some of his unexpected/unforeseen challenges, his vision for libraries in California moving forward, what he *really* thinks about library school, and most important, what song he will be performing at the CLA conference in November (in connection with our Million Reader Challenge.) Plus you will have the opportunity to tweet your questions to Greg @ #CLAReimagine. This one should get interesting…

http://clareimagine.com/

And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

Enjoy!

Don’t Miss Thursdays with CLA! Special Guest Justin Hoenke on 5/14 at 12/Noon

Is reference dead? Is it something that we still do but now has a new name? Join CLA President Robert Karatsu in a conversation with Justin Hoenke, a co-author of the recent ALA publication Reinventing Reference: How Libraries Delivery Value in the Age of Google as they discuss what reference looks like in today’s public library. Prior to his conversation with Justin, Robert will talk a little about the Reference Service Press Fellowship, a scholarship that thanks to Dr. Gail Schlachter and the Reference Service Press has been awarded annually by CLA since 1993

Go to http://clareimagine.com/ on Thursday, the 14th at 12/Noon.

And in case you missed them, previous Thursdays with CLA editions are worth watching:

Enjoy!

Springing the Numbers

At the onset of April, we posted Infopeople’s busy and rich offerings for the month. And, wow, library staff got busy, too, and signed up, signed in, and signified a grand scale of engagement! Here’s a scan of how all that busy busy busy quantified:

  • Online courses that opened in April have 137 participants engaged.
  • Free webinars broadcast in April met with a combined audience of 707 viewers of the live events, and their archives were tapped 966 additional times!
  • Online independent learning series continued to draw new registrants, and currently have a combined total of 49 independent learners working through these service focus areas.

And here are the numbers we see in our social media presence:

  • As April drew to an end, @infotweets has 714 followers on Twitter, and received three to five notices a day of retweeting or favoriting by library leaders, staff and library staff development fans of posts we tweeted.
  • Infopeople’s Facebook page collected four new friends, bringing the total there to 414. We share our own events as well as compelling library world stories there, with our posts in April earning 134 Likes and/ Shares.
  • With the news that Google+ is likely on its way out, Infopeople is refocusing energy from that venue to Tumblr. An update on that will appear here soon.

Moving the Infoblog back to WordPress has made it much more discoverable. April’s podcasts and written posts on the blog saw 700 visitors beside all of you who subscribe directly or catch blog posting alerts on Twitter or Facebook.

With all that for April, there is no laurel resting now that May has bloomed. Upcoming this month are four new online courses, for which you can still register; at least five new free webinars; and ongoing opportunities to dive into our three currently open online independent learning series (Teaser: we’ve got another couple of those, on very different topics, in the works, planning for debut before the end of summer). In addition to all that, two of three limited enrollment sessions of an onground course opportunity, Mentoring: Challenge and Support in Equal Measures, are slated for May (with the third iteration in June).

So count yourself in and spring into some accessible professional development!