Issues and Trends

The Core Competencies of Successful Leadership (webinar)

Competency: Library

leadership skills to provide vision and guidance to library staff

What are the key core competencies leaders need to be

 The answers might surprise you at first, but once revealed, they
resonate. This webinar goes into detail about the core competencies needed
to be a successful leader.

 Learn why these competencies are important, along
with how to measure and develop these competencies in yourself and others.


will come away from this program with a specific, detailed, actionable plan to
become a better leader that you can start working on right away, along with the
knowledge to help others in your organization to become better leaders. 

SERLS Member Libraries: $0.00

All Other Libraries: $15.00

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 -
10:30 to 11:30


Join us online for this 30 minute, hands-on review of EXPLORA (formerly known as Student Research Center), one of the OPLIN databases public service staff should know how to use.  This one made especially for students.

Perfect for new staff unfamiliar with OPLIN resources...or veteran staff who have gotten a bit rusty and would like a review.

It's an online course so watch for an email invitation to the class the day before and please join 15 minutes prior to start time to be sure everything is working.

To listen, you'll need computer speakers or you can use a speaker phone.

$0.00.  Nothing.  Nada.  No charge for anyone.  Free.  

Monday, November 7, 2016 -
13:00 to 13:30

Recruiting the "New Age" Volunteer (webinar)

Competency: Personnel Management

Sub-Category: Develops and applies consistent practices for hiring consultants
and recruiting volunteers

Does your Friends group organize the same slate of events year
after year, without appreciable growth or diversification?

Does the same handful
of long-time volunteers assume all leadership responsibilities, with no real
prospect of "new blood" in sight?

Is your membership roster stagnant, or worse,
declining? If you answered yes to any (or all) of these questions, rest assured
that you are not alone. 

This informative and engaging webinar will help you understand the
changing nature of today's volunteers and show Friends groups how they can
retool to engage today's most active (and younger!) volunteers.

Participants will learn how to:


  • Restructure to attract new and younger
  • Develop Task Forces v. Committees
  • Recruit volunteers for project based
    opportunities v. committee assignments

SERLS Member Libraries: $0.00

All Other Libraries: $15.00

Thursday, October 27, 2016 -
14:00 to 15:00