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!
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Friday, October 6 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Practical Strategies for Change Management

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Constant change is a way of life for organizations of all types and libraries are no exception. Change can represent a loss of individual or institutional identity and prestige. It can also be a transformational opportunity to learn and develop new areas of growth and expertise. When library staff are faced with major and continuous changes to their work and workplace, how do you keep them motivated, confident and engaged? This presentation will focus on concrete strategies to manage and facilitate change including:
  • Learning from the Past
  • Engaging Resistance
  • Communication and Outreach
  • Building Support
  • Goals and Milestones
  • Prioritization
  • Coping with Stress
  • Reflecting for the Future
The goal of this session is to help formal and informal leaders implement changes successfully in their libraries or organizations.


Sarah Beth Weeks

Head of Acquisitions and Resource Management, St Olaf College Libraries
Sarah Beth Weeks received her MLS from Clarion University. She has worked in library systems and technical services for over 10 years. She has spent the past seven years as Head of Acquisitions and Resource Management at St Olaf College. She has served in a leadership capacity for... Read More →

Friday October 6, 2017 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 104