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Wednesday, November 8 • 2:30pm - 3:10pm
When Change is a “New” Concept: Using Your Library’s Past to Manage its Future

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There seem to be three types of people in libraries: people who thrive on change, people who are change-averse, and people who support the idea of change but are resistant to its implementation. But the facts are these: we have to change. Library culture *should* be changing as rapidly as our collections, but organizational culture can often lag behind and library leaders need to be able to manage all of these types of changes - both actual and needed - simultaneously. Change in libraries can emerge from on the ground knowledge, out of strategic planning, or be imposed from outside the library. How do we manage expectations of myriad stakeholders, existing services, and various change projects? How can librarians at all levels be leaders in their organizations through both simple and complicated times of change?

Offering a set of approaches and tools for addressing change in the library and cultivating buy-in, this session will present three different perspectives on change management from leaders in three different libraries. Attendees will understand what change management means from the perspective of three different librarians, and how library challenges are tackled (keeping in mind culture, collections, and colleagues). Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to approach change in their libraries; how to communicate with their colleagues about change; and how to maintain a positive attitude in the face of varying degrees of conflict within their libraries or institutions; and lead their colleagues through necessary changes to lead the library to a successful future.

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Ashley Chase

Associate Director, Stetson University College of Law
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Lindsay Cronk

Head of Collection Strategies, University of Rochester
Lindsay Cronk is covered in tattoos and full of strong opinions.
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Rachel Fleming

Scholarly Communications Librarian, University Of Tennessee At Chattanooga

Wednesday November 8, 2017 2:30pm - 3:10pm EST
Colonial Ballroom, Embassy Suites Hotel 337 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403