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Transcript for "How to be a Leader in the Library" chat

  • 1.  Transcript for "How to be a Leader in the Library" chat

    Posted Apr 15, 2011 10:36 AM

    Amy Jackson: Welcome to the April ANMIG chat. We'll begin at 11:30 ET.
    15 Apr 11, 09:01 AM
    Amy Jackson: Please click on the title of the post to see the entire chat box.
    15 Apr 11, 09:30 AM
    Amy Jackson: Welcome to the April ANMIG chat! I'm the chair of ANMIG and will be co-hosting this chat.
    15 Apr 11, 09:31 AM
    Amy Jackson: Please bear with us as we experiment with a new chat platform!
    15 Apr 11, 09:31 AM
    Amy Jackson: My co-host today is Liz Siler. Liz, would you like to introduce yourself?
    15 Apr 11, 09:32 AM
    Liz Siler: Hi Everyone! I'm Liz Siler, the Electronic Resources Librarian at Florida International University
    15 Apr 11, 09:32 AM
    Liz Siler: I'm really excited about our topic today!
    15 Apr 11, 09:33 AM
    Amy Jackson: While Liz is typing, eveyrone else should feel free to introduce themselves.
    15 Apr 11, 09:33 AM
    Amy Jackson: We don't have a list of people viewing this chat, so introducing yourself is the only way we'll
    15 Apr 11, 09:33 AM
    Amy Jackson: know that you're here.
    15 Apr 11, 09:34 AM
    Doreva: MSLIS Student, Drexel University iSchool
    15 Apr 11, 09:34 AM
    Megan Hodge: Hi, there! I'm Megan Hodge and am the Circulation Supervisor for Randolph-Macon College.
    15 Apr 11, 09:34 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: I'm Emily Nimsakont, the Cataloging Librarian at the Nebraska Library Commission.
    15 Apr 11, 09:34 AM
    Amy Jackson: Liz, would you like to start with your first topic?
    15 Apr 11, 09:35 AM
    Amy Jackson: Hi Doreva, Megan, and Emily!
    15 Apr 11, 09:35 AM
    Liz Siler: Sure! The main topic today is How to be a leader in the library. I think there are several
    15 Apr 11, 09:35 AM
    Liz Siler: different ways to be a leader. The first I would like to talk about is proposing ideas and
    15 Apr 11, 09:36 AM
    Liz Siler: and implementing them in your library.
    15 Apr 11, 09:36 AM
    Liz Siler: I think bringing news ideas to the table, not just in your department but to the library as a whole
    15 Apr 11, 09:36 AM
    Liz Siler: is a great way to show you are a leader
    15 Apr 11, 09:37 AM
    Liz Siler: This can be a tough endeavor so sometimes it is good to partner with someone from a different
    15 Apr 11, 09:37 AM
    Liz Siler: department
    15 Apr 11, 09:37 AM
    Amy Jackson: I agree. It helps show that you're engaged in the process and thinking about ways to improve things.
    15 Apr 11, 09:38 AM
    Amy Jackson: Collaborting is very important in big organizations.
    15 Apr 11, 09:38 AM
    Liz Siler: One of the hardest parts about the process is creating the proposal for approval
    15 Apr 11, 09:38 AM
    Amy Jackson: It acknolwedges that other people may have skills and abilities to help your project.
    15 Apr 11, 09:39 AM
    Liz Siler: Researching your idea thoroughly and seeing what other libraries might be doing is a great start.
    15 Apr 11, 09:40 AM
    Liz Siler: I think it is also important to promote your ideas with others within the library so you have extra
    15 Apr 11, 09:40 AM
    Amy Jackson: Any other thoughts about proposing new ideas from our attendees?
    15 Apr 11, 09:41 AM
    Liz Siler: support when imiplementing a new program or process
    15 Apr 11, 09:44 AM
    Amy Jackson: Ok, so after we've proposed new ideas, how else can we should our leadership?
    15 Apr 11, 09:44 AM
    Doreva: As a student/intern I find it hard to propose new ideas.
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Liz Siler: One really important way to show you are leader is to volunteer for committees within your library
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Doreva: It's hard to compete with the way "things have always been done".
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Amy Jackson: Hi Doreva, I agree that in that type of position it's hard to get your voice heard.
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Liz Siler: Standing and special committees are a great places to work with others in the library and showcase
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Liz Siler: your special skills and leadership qualities
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Doreva: Would love some guidance from people in the field.
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Amy Jackson: "The ways things always have been done" is a strong driver in some organizations,
    15 Apr 11, 09:45 AM
    Liz Siler: Often times new librarians might be relunctant to get involved, but I think it is really important
    15 Apr 11, 09:46 AM
    Liz Siler: to put yourself out there.
    15 Apr 11, 09:46 AM
    Amy Jackson: so you need to show first that you're not a threat to the status quo.
    15 Apr 11, 09:46 AM
    Amy Jackson: I recommend to start with small ideas and work with your direct supervisor.
    15 Apr 11, 09:47 AM
    Amy Jackson: After they see that your ideas aren't a threat, they'll be more willing to integrate some larger ide
    15 Apr 11, 09:47 AM
    Amy Jackson: ideas
    15 Apr 11, 09:47 AM
    Amy Jackson: Does that make sense?
    15 Apr 11, 09:48 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree, working with someone who has been in the library for some time will help you navigate the
    15 Apr 11, 09:48 AM
    Liz Siler: waters
    15 Apr 11, 09:48 AM
    Doreva: Yes it does, thank you.
    15 Apr 11, 09:48 AM
    Doreva: Start small... good idea.
    15 Apr 11, 09:49 AM
    Amy Jackson: Liz was mentioning committee work too.
    15 Apr 11, 09:49 AM
    Liz Siler: I think too libraries are looking for ideas from new librarians and a new perspective.
    15 Apr 11, 09:50 AM
    Amy Jackson: This is a good place to test your ideas and find connections in the library.
    15 Apr 11, 09:51 AM
    Liz Siler: I really enjoy working in library wide or even campus wide, if you work at university, committees
    15 Apr 11, 09:51 AM
    Dina Giambi: Hi Everyone from the University of Delaware!
    15 Apr 11, 09:51 AM
    Liz Siler: because you get to work with people you wouldn't normally interact with on a daily basis
    15 Apr 11, 09:51 AM
    Amy Jackson: New ideas can be powerful, as long as the veteran librarians feel that they can trust you.
    15 Apr 11, 09:51 AM
    Amy Jackson: Hi Dina!
    15 Apr 11, 09:52 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: When it comes to gaining the trust of veteran librarians, I feel that it's important to outline the
    15 Apr 11, 09:52 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: reasons why you want to make this change, so that they don't think you are
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: just changing things for the sake of changing them.
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Amy Jackson: As Liz mentioned, meeting new people and seeing new perspectives can help give perspective to your
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Amy Jackson: ideas
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Amy Jackson: Good point, Emily!
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Dina Giambi: If your library has a regular meeting of librarians, make sure to particpate & share your ideas,
    15 Apr 11, 09:53 AM
    Doreva: Good point, Emily. It's the same for technology changes.
    15 Apr 11, 09:54 AM
    Doreva: You have to make a logical case to adopt new products.
    15 Apr 11, 09:54 AM
    Dina Giambi: experiences from the conferences, etc. that you've attended.
    15 Apr 11, 09:54 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree Emily. I think ideas need to be really thought out before bringing them to the table.
    15 Apr 11, 09:54 AM
    Doreva: Not just jump on a bandwagon.
    15 Apr 11, 09:54 AM
    Amy Jackson: Established workflows have reason behind them, and as new people, we might not always understand why
    15 Apr 11, 09:56 AM
    Amy Jackson: So committee work can help you gain perspective from veteran librarians
    15 Apr 11, 09:56 AM
    Liz Siler: I think some new ideas are actually brought to you by others trying to find a new process. Those
    15 Apr 11, 09:57 AM
    Liz Siler: you can really run with.
    15 Apr 11, 09:57 AM
    Amy Jackson: Liz, how else can one be active on a committee?
    15 Apr 11, 09:58 AM
    Liz Siler: Within in a committee there are always opportunities to take the lead on task that need doing
    15 Apr 11, 09:58 AM
    Amy Jackson: Dina makes a good point above about being sure to talk about your experiences in conferences.
    15 Apr 11, 09:59 AM
    Liz Siler: I think by doing this you can take ownership for what the committee is working on
    15 Apr 11, 09:59 AM
    Amy Jackson: Taking the lead on a small task will also help with trust.
    15 Apr 11, 10:00 AM
    Amy Jackson: If you show that you're willing and able to help with small committee tasks, your assigments should
    15 Apr 11, 10:00 AM
    Liz Siler: Bringing back ideas from other librarians shows your engagement in the library community.
    15 Apr 11, 10:00 AM
    Amy Jackson: start to reflect the level of leadership you're demonstrating elsewhere.
    15 Apr 11, 10:01 AM
    Amy Jackson: Also, make sure to be active in committee work, and not just sit quietly at meetings.
    15 Apr 11, 10:02 AM
    Amy Jackson: If you're not engaged in the process it's likely that you'll be left out of future projects.
    15 Apr 11, 10:02 AM
    Dina Giambi: Volunteering to take committee minutes is a great way of showing interest.
    15 Apr 11, 10:03 AM
    Amy Jackson: Many people don't like to take minutes and are happy when anyone volunteers
    15 Apr 11, 10:03 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree Dina. And it keeps you focused while you are in the meet.
    15 Apr 11, 10:03 AM
    Amy Jackson: You also have to be actively involved in the meeting in order to record it!
    15 Apr 11, 10:04 AM
    Amy Jackson: Any other thoughts about committees?
    15 Apr 11, 10:05 AM
    Doreva: At one of my jobs, I have had to report on my conference attendance.
    15 Apr 11, 10:05 AM
    Doreva: Other people do as well. It's a great way to share ideas.
    15 Apr 11, 10:05 AM
    Doreva: I like to hear other people's projects and perspectives.
    15 Apr 11, 10:06 AM
    Amy Jackson: Doreva, that's a good way to show that you're aware of the big picture.
    15 Apr 11, 10:06 AM
    Liz Siler: In addition to being active within your library, being active in the library community as whole by
    15 Apr 11, 10:06 AM
    Amy Jackson: It also helps your visibility within the library.
    15 Apr 11, 10:07 AM
    Dina Giambi: If you have a newsletter, write an article about conferences, projects you're involved with, etc.
    15 Apr 11, 10:07 AM
    Liz Siler: going to a conference is a great way to show your interest in innovation.
    15 Apr 11, 10:08 AM
    Amy Jackson: National conferences and associations are another place where you can show your leadership.
    15 Apr 11, 10:08 AM
    Dina Giambi: Your co-workers will remember a well written article and that you made an effort to share
    15 Apr 11, 10:08 AM
    Dina Giambi: your experiences.
    15 Apr 11, 10:08 AM
    Liz Siler: Many libraries require participation in library associations, but the level of your participation
    15 Apr 11, 10:08 AM
    Liz Siler: can highlight your leadership skills
    15 Apr 11, 10:09 AM
    Amy Jackson: Large organizations like ALA let you participate at any level you're comfortable with.
    15 Apr 11, 10:09 AM
    Doreva: Those are good suggestions. I know that association participation
    15 Apr 11, 10:09 AM
    Doreva: is highly valued where I work.
    15 Apr 11, 10:10 AM
    Amy Jackson: And Liz is correct that your "home" librarians will notice your participation.
    15 Apr 11, 10:10 AM
    Liz Siler: And there are so many different organizations to be a part of at the local, state and national level
    15 Apr 11, 10:11 AM
    Amy Jackson: It might seem backwards, but I think leadership in an association lets you "practice" leadership
    15 Apr 11, 10:11 AM
    Amy Jackson: So that you can bring the newly developed leadership skills back to your home organization.
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: I agree, Amy. I think associations are looking for people to step up and volunteer.
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: After you've been a leader in an association, it becomes easier to do it in your workplace.
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Amy Jackson: Leadership with people you work with every day is sometimes different than volunteer leadership in
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Amy Jackson: an association.
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree Amy. The more comfortable you are being a leader in any outlet the more it will show in
    15 Apr 11, 10:12 AM
    Liz Siler: your work.
    15 Apr 11, 10:13 AM
    Liz Siler: I think it definitely builds confidence.
    15 Apr 11, 10:13 AM
    Amy Jackson: That's right Emily.
    15 Apr 11, 10:13 AM
    Dina Giambi: Don't assume that it takes years to work your way up in a national association. ALCTS continues to
    15 Apr 11, 10:13 AM
    Amy Jackson: Also, the networking in associations can give you strong role models.
    15 Apr 11, 10:14 AM
    Dina Giambi: make an effort to include members new to librarianship and paraprofessionals too.
    15 Apr 11, 10:15 AM
    Amy Jackson: Dina is correct. ANMIG is a good place to start, as well as the New Members Roundtable.
    15 Apr 11, 10:15 AM
    Liz Siler: I think many associations are trying help new librarians with scholarships to conferences and
    15 Apr 11, 10:15 AM
    Dina Giambi: Virtual participation is an option for committee service.
    15 Apr 11, 10:15 AM
    Liz Siler: mentoring programs
    15 Apr 11, 10:16 AM
    Amy Jackson: Both groups are always looking for new active members.
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Amy Jackson: As Liz mentions, these programs are a good way to get experience.
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Amy Jackson: Sometimes it's hard to get funding from your organizations unless you're already in a leadership rol
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Amy Jackson: role.
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Liz Siler: I would like to say that you probably don't want to overwhelm yourself by joining every group you
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Liz Siler: come across
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Liz Siler: You could definitely burn out that way.
    15 Apr 11, 10:17 AM
    Doreva: A few people I know presented at the ACRL virtual conference so
    15 Apr 11, 10:18 AM
    Doreva: there are definitely options for online participation.
    15 Apr 11, 10:18 AM
    Amy Jackson: By taking advantage of scholarship and mentoring programs you'll get a strong start
    15 Apr 11, 10:19 AM
    Amy Jackson: ALA has an Emerging Leaders program to help new librarians find a path in ALA.
    15 Apr 11, 10:19 AM
    Amy Jackson: http://www.ala.org/ala/educationcareers/leadership/emergingleaders/index.cfm
    15 Apr 11, 10:21 AM
    Amy Jackson: It's also really important to find a good mentor.
    15 Apr 11, 10:21 AM
    Amy Jackson: If you're able to find a mentor in your home library, they can help direct your leadership skills
    15 Apr 11, 10:21 AM
    Amy Jackson: And keep you from falling into any problems that you might not know about as a new person.
    15 Apr 11, 10:22 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree. Someone who can introduce you to others and show you the ropes is great
    15 Apr 11, 10:22 AM
    Amy Jackson: And if they're a good mentor they can tell you who you need to impress
    Amy Jackson: And keep you from falling into any problems that you might not know about as a new person.
    15 Apr 11, 10:22 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree. Someone who can introduce you to others and show you the ropes is great
    15 Apr 11, 10:22 AM
    Amy Jackson: And if they're a good mentor they can tell you who you need to impress
    15 Apr 11, 10:23 AM
    Amy Jackson: And who you need to watch out for.
    15 Apr 11, 10:23 AM
    Dina Giambi: Good point, Amy!
    15 Apr 11, 10:23 AM
    Liz Siler: They can also be someone who can help with research & writing projects which can be tough to start
    15 Apr 11, 10:23 AM
    Amy Jackson: I think another aspect of leadership is knowing your own strengths and weaknesses.
    15 Apr 11, 10:24 AM
    Amy Jackson: For example, if you don't think you're a good committee leader yet, you can still volunteer to work
    15 Apr 11, 10:24 AM
    Amy Jackson: on tasks and show leadership that way.
    15 Apr 11, 10:25 AM
    Liz Siler: I agree. For example if you are good at graphic design being on the newsletter committee is a great
    15 Apr 11, 10:25 AM
    Liz Siler: fti
    15 Apr 11, 10:25 AM
    Amy Jackson: Also, there's a difference between leadership and management.
    15 Apr 11, 10:26 AM
    Amy Jackson: You can be a leader without being a manager.
    15 Apr 11, 10:27 AM
    Amy Jackson: And developing relationships based on your leadership skills will help you in the future
    15 Apr 11, 10:27 AM
    Amy Jackson: It's about time to wrap up, so are there any last thoughts?
    15 Apr 11, 10:28 AM
    Doreva: Thanks very much for all of your ideas.
    15 Apr 11, 10:28 AM
    Doreva: Thanks to the mods for organizing this chat.
    15 Apr 11, 10:28 AM
    Dina Giambi: Thanks for organizing the session, Amy!
    15 Apr 11, 10:28 AM
    Emily Nimsakont: Thank you for a great chat!
    15 Apr 11, 10:29 AM
    Amy Jackson: Thanks for attending, everyone! And also thanks to Liz for co-hosting!
    15 Apr 11, 10:29 AM
    Amy Jackson: We'll be posting the transcript soon!
    15 Apr 11, 10:30 AM
    Dina Giambi: Thanks to Liz, too!!
    15 Apr 11, 10:30 AM
    Liz Siler: Thanks Amy for great chat!