Category Archives: Training

Introducing the Library Leadership Academy

We are the Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE) and we are here to support libraries.

We are a multitype library system, serving public, school, academic, and special libraries across twelve counties of central Minnesota. What does that mean? It means our members serve all kinds of communities, they need skills to provide outstanding service. These include a combination of hard and soft skills, leadership skills, technology skills, and basic librarian skills.

We provide a Continuing Education calendar, with all sorts of training available from across the profession. Keeping skills sharp is an ongoing part of working in libraries – where change never stops and we always keep finding new ways to serve our communities!

And now we are providing online training classes for our members, and others, to help build skills you can use in your organization and in your career development.

We support all types of library skill development, for all situations

All our classes are self-paced, and asynchronous. You can sign up any time for class, and finish on your schedule. We have each class set up on a four week schedule, but you are welcome to move through them faster or slower.

At the end of each successful completion, you will receive a digital certificate to use to demonstrate your skills. Add it to your annual evaluation report, discuss it in interviews, put it on your resume or CV.  Each completed class is CMLE-certified for eight hours of CEU credit.

We anticipate you will spend a week on each topic. Schedule some time for yourself to work for each week for the four suggested weeks of class.  We are here to support your learning with our organization and content, so we are all working on this together!

  • If you need to work at night after everyone goes to bed, wearing your Snoopy jammies – we are here with you, virtually sipping our hot chocolate with mini marshmallows in support.
  • If are spending time on this class during your lunch hour, we will share your table with our own turkey sandwich.
  • If you are doing this during a scheduled break away from your other duties, we nod approvingly as you build professional skills.
  • If you are doing this in the car while your kid is at soccer practice, know that we are cheering on both of you!

Our library of classes will grow, slowly, over the next several months. If you have other classes you need for your organization, let us know. And if you are interested in developing a class for us, in your area of expertise, talk to us! Ongoing training and development makes us all stronger as a community; and we very much want you to be part of it as a learner and/or an instructor.

Leadership Training Bites: Motivation

Your job title is irrelevant in leadership; you can lead from any position. And as a library person, especially in many of our libraries where you are a solo worker, your motivational leadership can be important to all kinds of people!

CMLE is here to help you with all kinds of information and ideas!  This series provides weekly small bits of training on leadership, management, and supervision skills. We have heard from our members that this is an issue they would like to have more training to meet. And I have been a researcher and trainer for many years, focusing on library management, leadership, and administration.

Follow this series using our Leadership Training Bites tag; and if you want to talk about your own leadership development, or to set up some training in your library, we are here for you!

This week we talk about Motivation!

You have had “those” days. The ones where it is just hard to get going, to push yourself to do good things, or to encourage the people around you to do their best work.

Some days are hard.

But being a leader means keeping up your own motivation levels, and helping others to be successful! You want to be successful at work – otherwise, why bother showing up? Motivation is what lets you do that. Continue reading Leadership Training Bites: Motivation

Leadership Training Bites: Emotional Intelligence

CMLE is here to help you with all kinds of information and ideas!  This series provides weekly small bits of training on leadership, management, and supervision skills. We have heard from our members that this is an issue they would like to have more training to meet. And I have been a researcher and trainer for many years, focusing on library management, leadership, and administration.

Follow this series using our tag (see end of the article!); and if you want to talk about your own leadership development, or to set up some training in your library, we are here for you!

This week we talk about Emotional Intelligence!

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It’s handy to be smart, of course – especially when you work in an information profession. But for many situations in library work, being emotionally intelligent is more useful. Being a good leader and manager can mean knowing how to do the hard skills: budgeting, hiring, collection development. But often it is the soft skills that make people the best leaders: communication, motivation, teamwork. Emotional intelligence can be one of the best skills leaders can develop to be successful, and to help you lead your library, your department, or your own desk!

There are several facets to emotional intelligence:

  • self-awareness
  • self-management
  • social awareness
  • relationship management

Each of these have skills under them to make them stronger. (See the chart here!)

Browse through some of these articles to get more ideas about developing your own Emotional Intelligence skills:

 

Leadership Training Bites: What are your BHAGs?

CMLE is here to help you with all kinds of information and ideas!  This series provides weekly small bits of training on leadership, management, and supervision skills. We have heard from our members that this is an issue they would like to have more training to meet. And I have been a researcher and trainer for many years, focusing on library management, leadership, and administration.

Follow this series using our tag (see end of the article!); and if you want to talk about your own leadership development, or to set up some training in your library, we are here for you!

This week we are looking at BHAGs!

ChupacabrasWhat are your BHAGs? How are your tracking them? Do you have regular BHAG meetings?

If this is not a term you are using regularly – don’t worry! You don’t need to visit a doctor with a BHAG (though, I guess you can? if that’s part of yours??), and it’s much less scary than it sounds. (Few, if any, actual monsters are involved!)

BHAG stands for Big Hairy Audacious Goal.

You know when you start making plans for the future, and make those plans that are maybe juuuuusssstttt slightly out of reach? Those are BHAGs! This is dreaming big, having exciting goals for yourself and your library! It’s the big time!

We just had our Fall planning meeting this week here at CMLE HQ, and we are filled with BHAGs!! We love setting scary-level goals, and then trying to hit them. Things do not always work out perfectly, but it’s good to try! We are starting an online training series, a daily book newsletter, and a second, book-themed/Reader’s Advisory podcast. I’m terrified! Will we be able to actually do these things? Will they turn out great (or at least useful/fun)? Will our members like them?? I don’t know! And that is the excitement of BHAGs!

BHAGs let you push beyond the ideas people expect from you. They give you permission to try new things, to go a new way, or to radically ramp up what you are already doing. Failure is an option – but it’s not fatal. BHAGs are, by their nature, tough to achieve. Sometimes it’s the journey, not the destination.

Making the effort to dream big, to do great things – this is what gives you the chance for huge successes!!

It’s okay to play it safe sometimes – but if you want to improve, and to become better than you are today, a BHAG may be just the thing!

Fall, and back-to-school time in general, is a  good time to set some goals for your library.  If you have not yet had a chance to think about your goals – for yourself, for your department, or for your whole organization – now is the time. And if you want to throw in a few audacious goals, CMLE supports you!

Here are a few readings, if you want to explore a little more:

Go dream big this week!

Do you have BHAGs to share? Tell us below!

Linking Our Libraries Episode 206 Conflict Management

Usually we talk about how wonderful libraries are – and they are! And we talk about cheery, happy, fun things in libraries – and there are tons of them! But today we are talking about a much more uncomfortable topic, but important in libraries: Conflict.

We are all about Minnesota Nice here, and it would be wonderful if everyone was nice, everyone agreed on library issues, and everyone agreed on everything. But we all know that when you work with other people, and when you work with members of the public, things do not always turn out so well. Conflict is inevitable and dealing with it can be hard.

But: like so many things, there is a process you can follow to make conflict situations better! We are going to walk through some ideas here to help reduce conflict situations, and hopefully to make things better. We are not going to fix everything – nothing will. But “better” is a good step in the right direction! Check out our podcast on Stress in the Workplace from Season One to get some good strategies for handling stress that may be a part of conflict.

So everyone take a deep, yoga breath, sit in a nice comfy chair or be engaged in a happy activity, and let’s talk about some skills for reducing conflict in your library.

We have material on our site for this episode; and we also have material on this skill, along with many others, available in our Skills Toolbox section of our site.

Contents on our full information page:
  • Introduction
  • Background
  • Strategies
    • Conflict with patrons
    • Conflict between staff
  • Books We are Reading
  • Conclusion

 

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