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Event Middle Manager's Discussion Group - Las Vegas Session Details

by Jeffrey Bullington on Fri, Jun 20, 2014 at 09:03 am

ALA Annual Las Vegas

LLAMA LOMS Middle Managers Discussion Group

Saturday June 28, 2014

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Room Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, N217

http://ala14.ala.org/node/15393

ALA Annual Las Vegas

LLAMA LOMS Middle Managers Discussion Group

Saturday June 28, 2014

8:30 AM-10:00 AM

Room Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, N217

http://ala14.ala.org/node/15393

There is no predefined agenda for this discussion group. Rather, typical practice has been for attendees to raise relevant topics at the event to seek insights and observations from among the attendees in a confidential environment.  The convener will ask for topics as the session opens and then facilitate the discussion so that topics can be addressed.

 

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Discussion Call for Research Study Participants: Retaining and Advancing Middle Managers of Color in Academic Libraries

by Kimberley Bugg on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 08:18 am

You are invited to participate in a research project conducted by Kimberley Bugg, principal researcher, and Peter Hernon, PhD, (Simmons College School of Library and Information Science)faculty advisor.  This project has been approved by the IRB of Simmons College.  If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an interview about your experiences as a middle manager in an academic library.  The interview should take no longer than 1 hour to complete.   This study examines librarians of color working in a middle management capacity and advancement potenti

You are invited to participate in a research project conducted by Kimberley Bugg, principal researcher, and Peter Hernon, PhD, (Simmons College School of Library and Information Science)faculty advisor.  This project has been approved by the IRB of Simmons College.  If you choose to participate, you will be asked to participate in an interview about your experiences as a middle manager in an academic library.  The interview should take no longer than 1 hour to complete.   This study examines librarians of color working in a middle management capacity and advancement potential. It hopes expand the knowledge of retention and advancement for middle managers of color.

                         

If you choose to participate, please send an email to kimberley.bugg@simmons.edu  to indicate your interest. Your participation will be anonymous.  If you have any further questions, please contact the principal researcher at kimberley.bugg@simmons.edu

Thank you for your consideration.  

 

Sincerely, Kimberley L. Bugg

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Event LOMS Middle Managers Discussion Group

by Jeffrey Bullington on Sun, Jan 19, 2014 at 08:17 am

Saturday January 25, 2014. 

8:30am - 10:00am

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Franklin 404 Meeting Room (4th Level)

http://alamw14.ala.org/node/13145 (Session information)

http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12323 (Venue information)

Saturday January 25, 2014. 

8:30am - 10:00am

Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, Franklin 404 Meeting Room (4th Level)

http://alamw14.ala.org/node/13145 (Session information)

http://alamw14.ala.org/node/12323 (Venue information)

There is no predefined agenda for this discussion group. Rather, typical practice has been for attendees to raise relevant topics at the event to seek insights and observations from among the attendees in a confidential environment.  The convener will ask for topics as the session opens and then facilitate the discussion so that topics can be addressed.

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Event Middle Management Discussion Group (LLAMA-LOMS) Chicago Schedule

by Jeffrey Bullington on Tue, May 28, 2013 at 02:06 pm

The LLAMA Middle Management Discussion Group will be holding a discussion session at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

When:

  • Saturday June 29, 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Hilton Chicago Hotel, Grand Tradition Room (Directly inside the front entrance to your right, near Guest Check-In)

http://ala13.ala.org/node/13431 

The LLAMA Middle Management Discussion Group will be holding a discussion session at the 2013 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago.

When:

  • Saturday June 29, 2013
  • 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Hilton Chicago Hotel, Grand Tradition Room (Directly inside the front entrance to your right, near Guest Check-In)

http://ala13.ala.org/node/13431 

There is no defined agenda for this Discussion Group - but if you plan to attend and have a topic you would wish to bring up please let the Convener know in advance.  Typical practice has been for attendees to raise relevant topics at the event to seek insights and observations from among the attendees in a confidential environment.

I look forward to seeing all who show up for an interesting and productive discussion.

Jeff Bullington, Convener

jeff.bullington@colostate.edu

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Event Middle Manager Discussion Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Wed, Jan 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Middle Managers Discussion Group (LLAMA LOMS)

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Event 2013 MidWinter Seattle - LLAMA Middle Managers Discussion Group Date/Time/Place

by Jeffrey Bullington on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 at 11:19 am

The LLAMA Middle Managers Discussion Group session in Seattle will be held:

 

Saturday January 26, 2013

Washington Convention Center, Room 303

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Note new and later starting time given overall changes in ALA conference scheduling

The LLAMA Middle Managers Discussion Group session in Seattle will be held:

 

Saturday January 26, 2013

Washington Convention Center, Room 303

8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

Note new and later starting time given overall changes in ALA conference scheduling

There is no defined agenda for this Discussion Group - but if you plan to attend and have a topic you would wish to bring up please let the Convenor know in advance.  Typical practice has been for attendees to raise relevant topics at the event to seek insights and observations from among the attendees in a confidential environment.

I look forward to seeing all who show up for an interesting and productive discussion.

Jeff Bullington, Convenor

jeff.bullington@colostate.edu

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Event Middle Managers Discussion Group

by ALAConnect Helpdesk (staff) on Sat, Jun 9, 2012 at 01:09 am

Event LLAMA-LOMS Middle Manager Discussion Group

by Joyce Neujahr on Sun, Jun 5, 2011 at 03:19 pm

Meeting #612400

LLAMA-LOMS Middle Manager Discussion Group

Saturday June 25, 8:00 am - 10:00 am

LOEWS-St. Tammy room

Janet Bishop from CSU will be visiting with us again concerning her research with middle managers.

 - Joyce Neujahr, acting Chair

Online Doc Middle Manager Interest Group meeting notes Annual 2009

by Nancy Kress on Sat, Sep 19, 2009 at 11:36 am

LLAMA Middle Management Interest Group

July 11, 2009

10:30 – 12:00

 

1)      Chair Nancy Kress welcomed the group. 11 ALA members attended the session. I attribute the lower attendance to a session held earlier in the morning, “I’m a Leader, I’m a Follower” by LLAMA LOMS Organizational Theory and Practice Committee which was at the McCormick convention center and ended at 10:00 AM, leaving little time to travel to the Hilton.

MODERATOR OPENING REMARKS

LLAMA Middle Management Interest Group

July 11, 2009

10:30 – 12:00

 

1)      Chair Nancy Kress welcomed the group. 11 ALA members attended the session. I attribute the lower attendance to a session held earlier in the morning, “I’m a Leader, I’m a Follower” by LLAMA LOMS Organizational Theory and Practice Committee which was at the McCormick convention center and ended at 10:00 AM, leaving little time to travel to the Hilton.

MODERATOR OPENING REMARKS

How might we act as resources for one another? Benefit I have gotten from this group is contacts with others. How about people buddy up? Take someone’s card and contact them. If someone says something that resonates with you during the discussion, trade cards at the end of the meeting.

2)      Some meeting attendees had been to the LLAMA LOMS session, so I asked them to provide highlights for those who didn’t attend. To build on this theme, I asked the group several questions:

Do you believe the idea that supervisors, managers and leaders are different people?

What is the difference?

How do middle managers see that all three activities are being met in their areas of responsibility?

What is the most important role for middle managers?

Here are highlights and points from the discussion:

  • You can supervise and manage without being a leader; you can be a leader without being a supervisor or manager.
  • What makes you a leader is that you have followers.
  • Leaders have VISION.
  • Middle managers have a wide vision up and down in the organization.
  • Communication gaps often present between upper and middle management.
  • Middle managers are trans-leaders (not sure what this meant).
  • The upper level doesn’t have front line vision. The middle manager acts as an advocate for front line staff.
  • The middle manager can’t use the same language with direct reports as they use with upper management. Middle manager acts as translator and makes the message palatable to both sides.
  • Middle manager has to translate solutions from upper management.
  • Motivation at the upper level often isn’t clear (to middle managers).
  • Concept of being a supervisor, manager, leader is totally different from concept of administrator.
  • Don’t wait for someone to ask you to lead. Don’t expect leadership from the top.
  • Recognize and understand the structure of the organization, the unofficial and the invisible leaders.

 

3)      Following up on the idea that we can act as resources for one another, I asked:

Does anyone have specific issues regarding elements of the three they would like the group to assist with? Here are some of the issues and feedback:

  • The “vision thing” – how do you build a vision, and how do you look for something that’s not there?
  • What happens when the leader says “no.” How do you (as middle manager) keep everyone on course? The middle manager has to be able to say “no” as well.
  • How do you explain budget issues? How can ALL find solutions and not be afraid of the situation?
  • Someone has to be a decider and take on the leadership of the job (and that person is you).
  • The vision keeps changing in light of budget crisis.
  • Make solutions work for yourself first before communicating to staff.
  • Send “we” emails to staff, not “I” emails.

4)      Chair follow up. There was confusion over length of term, which is one year so next ALA Midwinter we will select a new chair. The group would like to see more programming for middle managers, but the attendance at the Interest Group is too varied to put together a program. The chair will contact LLAMA LOMS (Library Organization and Management Section) chair for ideas on how to work with this group to develop programming. At the meeting those attending expressed interest in continuing the interest group.

5)      Addendum to notes 9/18/09: after contacting LLAMA LOMS Executive Committee Chair, N. Kress recommends that current Middle Manager Interest Group chair attend the LLAMA LOMS all-committee meeting to bring middle manager issues to group and promote possible programming ideas.

Submitted by Nancy Kress

 

 

 

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