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Bridging the Gap: ALA "NextGen" Leadership


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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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Bridging the Gap: ALA "NextGen" Leadership

  1. 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. 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. 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. 4. Bridge generation Octave and Morison. The Kansas City Bridge, 1870. Image courtesy of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology
  5. 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. 6. New(-ish) communication • Think beyond listservs – Twitter – Facebook – Google + – Tumblr • Tweeting for help – – fairies-8
  7. 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. 8. Perceived barriers • Work/life balance • Size of organization is intimidating • Cost of membership and travel • Availability of appointments
  9. 9. Transparency • Virtual participation • Online discussions • Streaming board meetings • Live tweeting • Posting on ALA Connect
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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” – • ACRL – New Members Discussion Group, 2006
  15. 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. 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. • 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. board-and-transparency/
  17. 17. Thank you! Georges Buffon. Histoire Naturelle, 1760. Image courtesy of the Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology