When: Wednesday, Feb 01 | 9:00 am - 10:15 am

Location: MTCC 206D

Days: Wednesday. Event Types: Session. Sectors: Public Libraries. Subjects: Careers, Early-Career, Management, and Mentorship.


You got the job…what comes next? Stepping into a new role can be overwhelming for anyone and your first library job may mean stepping directly into a management position. This presentation will discuss several common management challenges for new managers, including handling conflict, change management, and managing budgets, collections, facilities and more. We will also talk about the essentials of future-proofing your career, including finding work-life balance and taking advantage of mentorship and training opportunities.

– Identify common management challenges for new librarians and LIS students and provide resources for further study and development on management concepts and principles.
– Familiarize with programs and resources targeted to new librarians, including coaching and mentorship programs, i.e., OLA Mentorship Program, as well as online communities (library listservs, and forums)
– An overview of a range of library management responsibilities (Staff/HR, Facilities, Financial, Collections) and will help New Librarians and LIS Students identify and understand the core competencies required to fulfill each of these roles.
– Highlight the importance of transferrable skills, helping students and job seekers identify the core competencies in their own experiences and better integrate their work, co-op and volunteer experience to their job seeking activities.