Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
Thursday, October 5 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Reinventing ourselves: Making Organizational Changes Work

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Radical changes in libraries begin with the people who work in libraries. Is your library organization working for you? Perhaps it is time to shake up the team so that people can find success in ways that positively impact workflows, customer service, and more. A library re-organization needn't always be frightening, caused by cuts, or involve extra consultancy expenses. Improving the structure of your organization can be a catalyst for positive change. In this lively and participatory presentation we'll discuss organizational dynamics and change management, and look at an example of a recent re-organization project that could be implemented at a variety of library types and sizes.


Matt Rosendahl

Library Director, University of Minnesota Duluth Kathryn A. Martin Library
Kathryn A. Martin Library Director Matt Rosendahl's experiences in public and academic libraries, and as a participant in library boards and consortia, have highlighted the importance of organizational dynamics. Whether creating new services or re-organizing a library, he has found... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 113