Change Management for a New Reality: Adapting to the New Normal
14-Week Asynchronous ALA Course
(includes 2 one-week breaks for the holidays)
The pandemic has changed so much about day-to-day life, and libraries are no exception. As we all work to adapt to and anticipate the new normal, having a practical and conceptual grasp of organizational change management is essential. How can libraries continue to help communities learn, work, and play in a period of unprecedented change?
This course provides you with the skills you need to become proactive in the changing library environment. You will learn the fundamentals of change management, how to build a resilient staff, and how to facilitate incremental steps to reach positive outcomes using real-world examples and case studies from different types of libraries. You will also explore how you can determine realistic goals in different library settings and why library workers today need change leadership in their toolkit.
Even for those who eagerly embrace change, the lectures, discussion, and, most importantly, the real and authentic interaction you share with colleagues during this class will enhance your skill set and help you manage a library work environment that is rapidly evolving.
After completing this eCourse, participants will be able to:
- Identify ways to spot “early adopters” and fold them into implementation efforts.
- Explain implementation challenges experienced by exemplary leaders in businesses or libraries and apply solutions.
- Analyze the range and complexity of change leadership styles.
- Apply research-based best practices to significant areas of change leadership responsibility.
- Develop a plan for implementing a specific change in the workplace amid COVID-19 restrictions.
- Create a personal growth plan for continued change leadership development.
Presenter: Ruth Barefoot
Ruth Barefoot is currently Library Director for Anacortes Public Library in Washington state and consulting on special projects when her schedule permits. She has worked for San José Public Library and other public and academic libraries. She received her Master of Library and Information Science degree at San José State University in 1987. She worked for San José Public Library System for more than 23 years, managing major initiatives, innovative services, library branches, and units. When she is not instructing for the SJSU School of Information, she provides professional speaking, consulting, and training workshops. She lives in Anacortes, Washington.