Administration (Library Learning)
"Library directors and leaders manage traditional responsibilities like finances and facilities, but must also be excellent communicators who inspire others and act with the larger community in mind.” (Competency Index for the Library Field, pg. 24)
- Disaster Information ResourcesThis guide will help Alaska librarians quickly access health resources and information pertinent during a natural or man-made disaster.
- Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: resources for public libraries serving diverse populationsThis guide will give library staff the tools, resources and information needed to create more equitable and inclusive library services, policies and practices.
- Intellectual Freedom & CensorshipReport instances of questioned materials which cannot be settled at library level to the chair of the Alaska Library Association Intellectual Freedom Committee, Mike Robinson in Anchorage, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Libraries and COVID-19Information geared towards library staff to help them respond to the pandemic.
- Library Construction and RenovationThis guide was designed to provide library directors with the information, resources and tools they will need to successfully manage a library building project.
- Library LawAlaska Statutes and Alaska Administrative Code that pertain to libraries.
- Library Space: A Planning Resource for Librarians"The guide empowers librarians, administrators, space planners, and architects with tools for the planning and design of public library buildings. It takes the user through the step by step process of determining what to consider when designing a new library for their community, and includes illustrations of different room types, shelving, and seating that can be considered for a building project."
- New Librarian ToolkitThis guide was designed to bring together resources library staff new to Alaska need to successfully accomplish their work.
- Pest Management for Public LibrariansThis online guide was developed for librarians looking for information and procedures that will help them keep insects out of the library.
- Professional Development Resources for Public LibrariansThe guide provides public librarians with access to continuing education and professional development resources.
- Project Management 101 [Recorded Webinars]Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Library Project Management 101, Part 1 covers the different stages of project management, planning and implementation.
Library Project Management 101, Part 2 covers the project team, stakeholders and effective working practices.
- Resources for Library TrusteesThis guide provides public librarians with quick access to reference materials that may be used for library trustee/board training.
- Tribal LibrariesAlaska recognition and support for tribal libraries has been evolving through the efforts of individual public library directors, Alaska State Library staff and various library associations.
- Public Librarians' Chat: Successful Project Management Begins with a PlanJune 7, 2021 During this chat, Julie Niederhauser, Alaska State Library will introduce the four steps of the project management process and resources that will help you define, plan, implement, and evaluate your project. Jodi Jacques, Alaska Library Network Associate Director will share how the Alaska Library Network supports and assists public libraries as a fiscal agent. Recording expires 9/7/2021
- Starting a Friends of the Library [YouTube, 1 hr]October 8, 2020 National Friends of Libraries Week is October 18-24, 2020. If your library already has an established Friends of the Library, you may want to create a library display highlighting their accomplishments over the years, plan an outreach event that informs the public how the Friends of Libraries supports your library and invite new members to join. If your library doesn’t have an FOL but you would like to start one, join us on October 8th at 11:00 am for a webinar that will outline how to start a Friends of the Library organization and will include a panel of FOL members who will share their experiences supporting public libraries. Webinar Panelist include:
- Carol Race, President of the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries
- Barbara Berg, Board Member of the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries
- Mary Rasmussen, President of the Anchorage Public Libraries Friends of the Library
- Marylou Burton, Board Member of the Friends of the Homer Library
- Public Librarians' Chat: Management and Supervision of Volunteers [YouTube, 54 min]September 13, 2018
During this webinar three presenters shared information and their personal experience with supporting volunteerism on a local and/or statewide level. Strategies for providing volunteers with guidance and motivation and the importance of regular affirmation were shared.
Katie Abbott, the Executive Director of Serve Alaska shared information about the role Serve Alaska plays in supporting volunteerism in Alaska, upcoming training opportunities for volunteer coordinators and how libraries and other organizations in Alaska are using AmeriCorps and VISTA volunteers to build capacity and expand the reach of services to underserved communities.
Jennifer Treadway, United Way of SE Alaska Board Member and a previous AmeriCorps volunteer shared her unique understanding of what organizations, such as libraries can do to provide volunteers with meaningful work and make them feel supported and valued.
Carla Lehn, author of From Library Volunteer to Library Advocate: Tapping into the Power of Community Engagement published in May 2018, talked about the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant Get Involved: Powered By Your Library, a four state project (Arizona, California, Idaho and Texas) focused on providing public libraries with volunteer resources, (a subscription to Volunteer Match and training) with the goal of increasing the use and retention of volunteers in public libraries.
- State Contacts
- TEXAS: Jennifer Peters, Texas State Library & Archives Commission: email@example.com
- ARIZONA: Donna Throckmorton, Arizona State Library, firstname.lastname@example.org
- IDAHO: Sue Walker, Idaho Commission for Libraries, email@example.com
- CALIFORNIA: Carla Lehn, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Get Involved Clearinghouse
- VolunteerMatch "Tour" - Using VolunteerMatch to Recruit Skilled & Virtual Volunteers
- Design Roles for Skilled Volunteers
- Brownwood Public Library Get Involved Story [YouTube, 2 min]
- Johnson City Texas Public Library Get Involved Story [YouTube, 5 min]
- “Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement” (9/18/2020 WebJunction Recording and Materials)
- VolunteerMatch Webinar Learning Center - Here's where you can register for upcoming instances of “Where Do I Go From Here? Engage Volunteers in New Ways”
- Public Librarians' Chat: Techniques for Enhancing User Experience [YouTube, 50 min]July 13, 2018 Understanding and analyzing where, when, why and how users are engaging with your library services can lead to better library services and improved (more satisfying) user experience. During this webinar we will be talking about some trends impacting public libraries, provide a brief overview of user design research techniques and provide examples of how some of those techniques may be used to improve and create a more satisfying user experience.
- Public Librarians’ Chat: Developing Library Conduct Policies [YouTube, 49 min]October 19, 2017 As librarians we want the library to be a welcoming, safe and comfortable place for everyone to enjoy. Unfortunately, some patron's behaviors can be annoying to others or downright dangerous. During this month's chat we will look at some conduct policy examples, discuss guidelines for developing a library conduct policy and steps to inform your staff and the public about the new polices. Our guest presenter this month is Andrew Murphy, Library Director at the Sitka Public Library.
- Public Librarians' Chat Preparing for the Public Library Report [YouTube, 50 min]July 13, 2017 Every public library that has receives a Public Library Assistance (PLA) grant is required to complete a Public Library Report. Last year, the Alaska State Library streamlined the process of collecting Alaska Public Library Reports by implementing an online reporting system. During this month's chat, we will discuss why the Alaska State Library requires public libraries to complete this annual report, how the data from these reports are used and various data elements within the report. We will also discuss steps you can take to be prepared for the Alaska Public Library Report.
- Strategic Staff Development: Job Descriptions [YouTube, 21 min]June 27, 2017 This webinar is part of the Strategic Staff Development online course. Keith Murry, Human Resource Consultant IV for the State of Alaska, shared his expertise on the process of developing job descriptions and on job classification. This webinar covers the following: what a job description is; job design principles; the design process; job functions and the ADA; and basic classification principles.
- Public Library Chat #11, Combined School/Public Libraries [YouTube, 54 min]December 18, 2014 During this webinar we discuss the benefits and potential conflicts that may arise when two separate library services (school & public) share a single facility. Guest presenter: Amelia Wilson, Library Director at the Esther Greenwald Library located in Hoonah, Alaska.
- Public Librarians' Chat 10: Library Evaluation Techniques [YouTube, 54 min]November 18, 2014 When a library customer has a negative experience in your library, you may never hear about it. But you can bet that they will tell their family and friends all about it! During this webinar learn three techniques you can use to evaluate your library facility, your staff's customer service skills and how well your library provides reference services.
- Public Library Chat #6, Public Performance Rights [YouTube, 43 min]May 6, 2014 During this webinar, we discuss public performance rights, specifically as they pertain to showing films in your library. Guest Presenter: Freya Anderson, Head of information Services, Acting Head of Historical Library and copyright expert.
- Public Library Chat #3, Technology Planning for Libraries [YouTube, 44 min]February 11, 2014 Guest presenter Valerie Oliver informs Alaskan librarians how to plan for the technology needs of their library. Includes tips on finding money for that technology.
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