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  • If you were asked, would you have a ready answer?
  • Notice I’m not mentioning TASK related abilities: Demonstrated experience working with an integrated library system (Innovative Millennium preferred) Experience with standard cataloging software/computer applications, and bibliographic utilities such as OCLC, as well as, troubleshooting electronic access and subscription related problems Working knowledge of link resolver technology and relational databases Knowledge of serials management, scholarly publishing, and electronic licensing in addition to copyright/licensing issues Understanding of COUNTER compliant usage statistics and open access/open source related issues Familiarity with EZProxy, digital library tools, and standards (XML, HTML, OpenURL, DOI, RSS, Library 2.0, etc.) and proficiency with MS Office Suite and Macromedia
  • suggest solutions when you present the problems.
  • Malcolm S Forbes: Executives who get there and stay suggest solutions when they present the problems.

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  • ELISABETH LEONARD, MSLS, MBA ASSOCIATE DEAN OF LIBRARY SERVICES WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY Becoming a leader in the eyes of your manager
  • IT’S A LITTLE BIT ME…
    • It’s a lot about you
  • FIND A MENTOR, BE A MENTOR
    • Internal or external?
    • Maybe get several!
  • WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A LEADER
    • Differs by institution
    • It’s not supposed to mean managing
    • "… persons who, by word and/or personal example, markedly influence the behaviors, thoughts and/or feelings of a significant number of their fellow human beings. ” --Howard Gardner
    The difference between a boss and a leader is that a boss says, ‘Go!’ while a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’” E. M. Kelly
  • WHO ARE YOU?
  • WHAT ARE YOUR UNIQUE SKILLS
    • Dynamic, forward-thinking
    • Able to work in a rapidly-changing environment
    • Analytical
    • Relationship building
    • Innovative
    An idea can turn to dust or magic, depending on the talent that rubs against it. William Bernbach
  • YOUR POTENTIAL IMPACT
    • Evaluate returns on investment for resource expenditures
      • informs resource allocation decisions
    • Plan for and manage alternative means of materials selection
      • can change a collection
    • Recommend and implement process improvements
      • can change your daily life
    • Recommend and implement product and/or service improvements
      • can change the daily lives of your patrons
    • Leadership responsibility for monitoring trends
      • can change the daily lives of your patrons
  • SIMPLY PUT: SOLVE PROBLEMS
    • If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can't, you're right.
    • Mary Kay Ash
    • It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises—but only performance is reality.
    • Harold S Geneen
  • GETTING THE SUPPORT YOU NEED
  • WHAT DOES YOUR MANAGER KNOW ABOUT YOU
    • What are your goals?
    • Do you want to manage?
    • What does leadership mean to you?
    • What are your unique skills?
    • What are you passionate about?
    The difference between a boss and a leader is that a boss says, ‘Go!’ while a leader says, ‘Let’s go!’” E. M. Kelly
  • WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT YOUR MANAGER
    • What are her goals?
    • How is she evaluated?
    • What is her management style?
    • Is she a leader?
    • Is she looking for a leader?
    • What is she passionate about?
    • How often do you really talk?
    • How often are you listening to her language?
    No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it. Andrew Carnegie
  • TELL ME WHO YOU ARE ....and make your job what you need it to be. I’ll help. That’s the difference between leadership and management. I don't think anybody yet has invented a pastime that's as much fun, or keeps you as young, as a good job. Frederick Hudson Ecker