Changing Landscape• Libraries are currently operating in times ofintense change• External factors putting pressure on ourorganizationso Changing demographics and communitieso Rapidly changing technology and rapidadoption of new technologieso Uncertain economics and austerity budgets
Changing Landscape• External pressures are contributing to internalchangeso Reviews, reflection, reorganization,restructuringo New competencies expected
Changing LandscapeCompetencies in jobdescriptions 10-15 yearsago:ResourcesCataloguingBibliographic controlDetailSpecificityRules and proceduresBooks and physical objectsEmphasis on transactions
Changing LandscapeCompetencies in jobsnow:CollaborationRelationship buildingCommunicationTransparencyEvidenceComfort with ambiguityInitiativeFlexibilityAdaptabilityEmphasis on interactions
Changing Landscape• Responding to changeo Resistanceo What causes people to resist: uncertaintyor fear… of the unknown… of failure… of commitment… of disapproval… of success
Changing Landscape• Responding to changeo Reflect on and take control of how yourespond to changeo Proactive rather than a reactive responseo Focus on your sphere of influenceo Tools to give you control and put you in thedrivers seat of change
Changing LandscapeQuestions for ReflectionWhat is changing in your workplace right now?How are you responding to this change?Would you consider yourself reactive or proactive?How are others around you responding to thechange?
Approaches toLeadershipWhat are my leadership strengths?
Approaches to Leadership“Leadership seems to be the marshaling ofskills possessed by a majority but used by aminority. But it is something that can belearned by everyone, taught to everyone,denied to no one.”- Bennis & Nanus, 2003, 25
Approaches to Leadership• Who first comes to mind when you think of aleader?• What characteristics make them leaders?
Approaches to Leadership• Playing to strengths versus leading byimitation• Most effective leaderso Surround themselves with the right peopleo Maximize their teams• Best leaders not well-rounded, best team are
Approaches to Leadership“Without awareness of your strengths, it isimpossible to lead effectively”- Rath and Conchie, 2008,10
Approaches to Leadership• How do you determine your strengths andthe strengths of your team?• Self-Awareness Toolso Myers-Briggs Type indicatoro Parker Team Player Surveyo Success Insightso StrengthsFinder
Approaches to Leadership• StrengthsFindero 34 talent themeso 5 themes emergeo Achiever, Developer, Learner, Futuristic,Restorative• Recommendations foro Leading with these strengthso Leading others with these strengths• Emphasizes the team based approach toleadership
Approaches to Leadership• Universally important skill to leadership• Listeningo Seeking to understand before beingunderstood• Critical to success in teams and during timesof intense change
Approaches to LeadershipQuestions for ReflectionWhat do you consider to be the strengthsyou bring to the workplace?Think of two colleagues you work withregularly. What do you see as theirstrengths?
Time To Raise Your Hand If ....• You work with children or teens• You use online resources for providingreference service• You have ever used a print index (CanadianPeriodical Index, for instance)• Youve never used a card catalogue as alibrary worker• Your library has (some or all) closed stacks
Four Key Moments of Change• 1903 Vancouvers Carnegie Library• 1978 Dallas Public Library• 1966 Dialog• 1911 Victorias flagship library
The Pencil Dater, from Milwaukee Public Library. Price in 1890 – 75 centsAnd one from Faye Geddes, Raymond Public Library (AB). Priceless!
Days before Automated CirculationBurnabys Kingsway Branch, 1960s. Courtesy Burnaby Public Library
• Children in the library, open stacks,computers at the reference desk ....• How were these changes likely received bylibrary workers of the day?Leadership in Changing Times
Leveraging Leadership Strengths• How do we identify own and team strengths?• How do we leverage these? Why?• Requires shift in our behaviour and thinking• Engaging with change
Engaging with Change• Being a Partner in the Change• Opposite = Disconnected• Actively engaging
Ask Yourself This ...How Do I Have to Be Different Now?Disengaged,DisconnectedEngaged withColleaguesEngaged withProfession
Becoming Engaged with Change• Where are you now?• Where do you want to be?• How will you get there?
Engaging with ChangeFinal Questions for ReflectionYou’ve identified changes in your library, andidentified some strengths. How might you nowlook at those changes?What specific strengths are you bringing to oursituation and the situations your organization isfacing? What are your colleagues bringing?What one thing can you do Monday morning torespond positively to this change?
ReferencesBennis, Warren G., and Burt Nanus. Leaders: The Strategies for TakingCharge. New York: HarperCollins, 2003. Print.Davis, Winifred. School Library Routines Visualized. Madison, WI: LibraryResearch Service, Division of Demco Library Supplies, 1948. Digital edition.Available at Hathi Trust.Davidson, H.E. and T. Parker. Classified Illustrated Catalog of the LibraryBureau: A Handbook of Library and Office Fittings and Supplies. Boston:Library Bureau. 1890. Digital edition. Available at Hathi Trust.Rath, & Conchie, Barry. (2008). Strengths-based leadership: great leaders,teams, and why people follow. [Books24x7 version]. Available from <http://common.books24x7.com/toc.aspx?bookid=36537>.Photo of circulation desk at Kingsway Branch courtesy of Deb Thomas,Burnaby Public Library.Photo of pencil dater courtesy of Faye Geddes, RTom aymond Public Library.