Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

CANCELLED – Re-Envisioning the Library: Engaging Staff and Building Capacity for Change

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 113 ABC

How can a library engage in dialogues with the general public, local government, organizations and school districts in a two-county service area spanning 1500+ square miles and more than 11 unique communities? This was the challenge for Daniel Boone Regional Library (MO) in creating a strategic planning process focused on turning outward and engaging the community. Learn how DBRL took this opportunity to create a process that engaged staff and built organizational capacity while re-envisioning the library.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Engage staff in their planning process to imagine the possibilities to make a difference in their workplace and community 2: Assess how they can incorporate the "Aspen Institute Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library" in their planning process 3: Identify opportunities to increase staff engagement and build organizational capacity through their library's planning process

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Low interaction (example: single speaker/panel with Q&A at the end of the program)

Track: Lead, Challenge

Tags: Leadership, Leadership, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Strategic Planning, Transforming Libraries


Maureen Sullivan, Organization Development Consultant
Maureen Sullivan Associates , Annapolis , MD

Maureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. She is the 2012-2013 president of the American Library Association. She was a member of The Aspen Institute's Dialogue on Public Libraries Working Group that produced Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries and has served as an advisor to the project since the release of the Report. She has advised a number of public libraries on their strategic planning projects.

Melissa Carr, Director
Daniel Boone Regional Library , Columbia , MO

Melissa Carr served as the Director of Daniel Boone Regional Library from 1996 - 2017.

Elinor Barrett, Associate Director
Daniel Boone Regional Library , Columbia , MO

Elinor Barrett is the Associate Director of Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia MO and worked with Maureen Sullivan in an advisory capacity to lead the library's board and staff in their 2017 strategic planning process using the Aspen Institute Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library.

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