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Developing NextGen Leaders in Your Library and the Profession: Grow Your Own …

Developing NextGen Leaders in Your Library and the Profession: Grow Your Own
ALA Annual Conference
Chicago, IL
Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Over the past decade or so, librarians have periodically turned their attention to the arrival of a new generation, first in their libraries and then in the profession. This recent cohort, variously referred to as NextGen, Millennials, or Generation Y, is now poised to enter leadership roles in libraries and professional organizations. This panel will discuss how the distinctive characteristics of these librarians might influence succession planning, library leadership, and the future of our profession.

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  • NextGen column in LJ – what were the years? This was my “NextGen”, what is it now?In a position with little room for advancement, org of fewer then 10 peopleBUT lots of room for allowing participation in library organizations, we were all automatically members of state library orgLooking for leadership roles, chose to do this through MLA and ALAMLAChair of Tech Serv SIG, got us affiliated with ALCTSTF to reorganize MLACurrent board memberMy path to leadership - 6 yearsJoined ALCTS to get workshop discountALA EL openedFirst EL with Bonnie Tijerina, only one every year afterSat down with pres elect, pres, and pas pres to see what ELs could doEstablished Board internship for ELsAppointed to ALA committee on virtual participationCommittee leadership as subcommittee chairCommittee ChairAt Large board member
  • President’s Message, American Libraries, November 2006
  • 2005 Revenge of the Blog People - then pres-elect to ALA Michael Gorman spoke against Google digitization project and blogs in general, Took the wrong way?GormangateSinger Gordon response: Unless ALA and its officials jump on the clue train and stop alienating members, ALA will find itself with fewer card carrying members—and fewer participating members.In a later 2005 column, Rachel Singer Gordon called Gen X the “bridge Generation” in one of the NextGen columns. Middle management between baby boom and millennialsA view from the southwest of the Kansas City Bridge across the Missouri River from Chanute, Octave (1832-1910) and George Morison (1842-1903)The Kansas City Bridge, With an Account of the Regimen of the Missouri River, and a Description of Methods Used for Founding in That River. New York: D. Van Nostrand, 1870.In 1869 Kansas City was still a small town, much less important than Leavenworth. The Kansas City Bridge (later called the Hannibal Bridge) changed that quite rapidly. Designed and erected by Octave Chanute, the bridge was the first across the Missouri River, and it made Kansas City into a railroad hub and a center for westward expansion. The bridge was constructed of wrought iron, sitting on limestone piers, with a swing section to allow shipping to pass through. It was replaced by a steel bridge in 1916.
  • 2003 article in LJ: The Click and Clash of GenerationsPantsuits vs short skirts and sandals2005, Rachel Singer Gordon called Gen X the “bridge Generation” in one of the NextGen columns. Middle management between baby boom and millennialsKnowledge of organizational historyNavigating organizational cultureInsight into protocol and procedureMay 2010 - Katherine Furlong, Associate Director, Access & Administrative Services, Lafayette College, “Are You Really NextGen”NextGen/Gen Y managerWhat do we call the next-NextGen?She’s now Director, Access and Technical Services2013:Stephen Bell in LJThe Next Generation May Not Want Your Mentoring | Leading from the LibraryThe concept of having a single person with whom you build a relationship for career advice and advancement is foreign to millennials. It is a poor fit for their connected lifestyle. Leaders who seek to engage their millennial colleagues with mentoring will need some fresh ideas.Stephen Bell articlePeer-Mentoring: instead of connecting your newer colleague to one other person, connect him or her to a small group of peers who can offer a range of advice rather than just a single perspective.Reverse Mentoring: improve the connections by having the newer-to-the-workplace staff mentor their senior colleagues on new technologies; mentoring need not always be from older to younger.Speed Mentoring: like speed dating, those who are in need of mentoring can quickly meet up with potential mentors to gather advice, ideas, and business cards; if needed, later more in depth information can be sought
  • Stephen Bell articlePeer-Mentoring: instead of connecting your newer colleague to one other person, connect him or her to a small group of peers who can offer a range of advice rather than just a single perspective.Reverse Mentoring: improve the connections by having the newer-to-the-workplace staff mentor their senior colleagues on new technologies; mentoring need not always be from older to younger.Speed Mentoring: like speed dating, those who are in need of mentoring can quickly meet up with potential mentors to gather advice, ideas, and business cards; if needed, later more in depth information can be sought.
  • Via Twitter I have:Helped someone get their record into share mode to another library on ConnexionGiven advice for tech services workflowsTalked someone through policy/management issues at their libraryALA Think Tank - FB group and twitter hashtag - almost 3,500 membersStill contentions betweenParty hardMake it happenRock star librarian
  • 2008 - 2009 ALA TF for Electronic Member ParticipationALA’s open meeting policy2011: Jason Griffey, one of the LITA board members live-streamed the event. Having not been notified of this in advance, the board voted to stop the streaming once they realized that the meeting had been being broadcast in public.2012: Streaming of LITA meetings resumedBlog posts by Karen Schneider, on TFOEMP with me, and Andromeda Yelton, incoming LITA board chair.
  • Modeled program after Junior League and United Way programs2012 was first year with a fellowFrom Linda Braun, Past Pres: YALSA's second Fellow, Carla Land (who was an Emerging Leader), will start just after Annual and the current Fellow, Carrie Kausch, has been really great. She's been able to help communicate with members about the work of YALSA in very productive ways.  As well as being able to help the Board think through projects, ideas, etc.Names of fellows who demonstrate interest in continuing in governance work and who show skill as a potential elected Board member will be passed on to the Board Nominating Committee for consideration for a future slate. Similarly, new members who may have an interest in management and administration may find the Board fellowship a good match for their professional goals. Over the past year the association has taken several steps to increase governance information sharing through the more frequent publication of governance-related content on the YALSA Blog and YAttitudes, updates to the governance section of the YALSA website, and creation of governance marketing materials Spring 2013 issue of Young Adult Library Services - Sarah Flowers has Top 10 Reasons not to run for YALSA board - and why you’re probably wrong about themPlan on doing exit interview and evaluating after 2 years
  • Created in 2010, first term 2010 - 2012, renewed thru 2013, currently looking for new memberAppointed for two-year term, can re-new onceThere is no specific definition of “new” for this appointment in bylaws but we are generally interested in appointing an individual with less than 5 years of membership in LLAMA.  No previous committee experience is required.
  • Small contributions add up:http://www.ala.org/aasl/getinvolved/form for examples of what you can doTip of the dayDevelop a webliographyContribute a lesson plan
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  • 1. Bridging the Gap: ALA “NextGen” Leadership Keri Cascio Director of Innovative Technologies and Library Resource Management Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • 2. How did I get here? 2003 MLS 2006 ALCTS Member 2007 ALCTS EL 2007 - 2008 ALCTS Board Intern 2008 - 2009 Electronic Member Participation 2009 - 10 ALCTS Pres. Program 2008 - 2013 ALCTS CE Committee 2012 - 2013 ALCTS CE Chair 2013 - 2016 ALCTS Director- At-Large
  • 3. Leadership in ALA “ALA has a key role to play in developing formal and informal professional leadership opportunities throughout all the stages of our careers. I like to think of it as situational leadership training—wherever you may be in your career, ALA will have a leadership program that enables you to move to the next step.” - Leslie Burger, 2006
  • 4. Bridge generation Octave and Morison. The Kansas City Bridge, 1870. Image courtesy of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
  • 5. Heels or flats? • Mentoring flows both ways • Listen to all sides • Organizational culture plays a part • Be open to change, failure, and assessment Image courtesy of Flickr user macinate
  • 6. New(-ish) communication • Think beyond listservs – Twitter – Facebook – Google + – Tumblr • Tweeting for help – http://twitter.com/#libchat – https://twitter.com/yo_bj/magical-metadata- fairies-8
  • 7. Start eavesdropping Twitter #ALATT I Need A Library Job Hack Library School ALA Council Image courtesy of Jennifer Young via The Keep Calm-O-Matic
  • 8. Perceived barriers • Work/life balance • Size of organization is intimidating • Cost of membership and travel • Availability of appointments
  • 9. Transparency • Virtual participation • Online discussions • Streaming board meetings • Live tweeting • Posting on ALA Connect
  • 10. Case study: ALCTS • Commitment to – Appointing as many volunteers as possible – Appointing new members – Representing variety of library types and sizes – Creating virtual roles on committees • Emerging Leader – Automatic appointment to Board as Intern • ALCTS 101 events
  • 11. Case study: ALCTS • New Member IG, est. 2009 – Monthly online chats – Events at ALA meetings – Webinars – Social media: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn • Members have gone on to: – ALA Council – Division committees – President’s Program Committee
  • 12. Case study: YALSA • Commitment to make governance more transparent • Board Fellow Program – Serves one-year term as a non-voting member – Receives $500 stipend for each conference – Assigned mentor who currently serves in elected board position – Open to ALL members, not just new members
  • 13. Case study: LLAMA • New Leaders’ Representative to the Board of Directors – Appointed by President-elect for two-year term – Fewer than 5 years of membership in LLAMA – Full voting member of board – Eligible for one re-appointment – Opportunity to contribute to LLAMA’s journal, Library Leadership & Management
  • 14. Other programs • New Members Round Table (NMRT) – Mission to get members of < 10 years actively involved in ALA – Options Fair, Sunday 1 - 2:30p, S Building Hall A • AASL – “Small Contributions Add Up” – http://www.ala.org/aasl/getinvolved/form • ACRL – New Members Discussion Group, 2006
  • 15. Wrap up • Eavesdrop • Find your place – Sit in on committee and IGs of interest – Follow FB and Twitter feeds for divisions, roundtables, etc. • Participate on any level Image courtesy of Flickr user striatic
  • 16. References • Bell, Stephen. “The Next Generation May Not Want Your Mentoring.” Library Journal, April 4, 2013. • Flowers, Sarah. “Top Ten Reasons Not to Run for YALSA Board and Why You Might Be Wrong About Them.” Young Adult Library Services, Spring, 2013. • Furlong, Katherine. “Are You Really NextGen?”Library Journal, May 15, 2010. • Gorman, Michael. “Revenge of the Blog People.” Library Journal, February 15, 2005. • Schneider, Karen G. “Armadillos on Fire: Revisiting ALA’s Open Meeting Policy.” Free Range Librarian. Accessed June 17, 2013. http://freerangelibrarian.com/2011/01/14/armadillosonfire/ • Singer Gordon, Rachel. “The ‘Bridge’ Generation.” Library Journal, November 15, 2005. • ---. “Revenge of the NextGen People.” Library Journal, May 15, 2005. • Yelton, Andromeda. “In which I comment on the LITA board and transparency.” Across Divided Networks. Accessed June 17, 2013. http://andromedayelton.com/blog/2012/02/24/in-which-i-comment-on-the-lita- board-and-transparency/
  • 17. Thank you! http://lindahall.tumblr.com Georges Buffon. Histoire Naturelle, 1760. Image courtesy of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology