Thursday, March 29, 2012

Libraries and Change: Skills for Successful Change Management

InfoPeople online course:

Dates: Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - Monday, April 30, 2012

To register for this course: Click the link to Online Registration at:

Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
Instructor: George Needham

"How many librarians does it take to change a light bulb?" "Change?"

It's an old joke, but the fact remains that libraries are by their nature conservative organizations and slow to change. Given the challenges that libraries are facing today, slow is not an option. If libraries are going to survive and thrive in the 21st century and beyond, new approaches to managing change are not only desirable, they are mandatory.

This course will help you to learn a set of change management skills, as well as techniques and attitudes to improve the experience and the outcome of a change process. You will be able to:
  •  Lay the groundwork for change
  • Develop a plan for implementation
  • Bring people along at an appropriate pace
  • Evaluate success and ensure that change is lasting
With over 30 years of experience dealing with every type of change that libraries can throw at a person, George Needham will share the lessons he has learned and readings from experts both inside and outside the library field.

Course Description: During this course you will be reading about, discussing, and applying the concepts of change management. Your reasons for taking this course may be based on different needs and interests. You may want to build your change management skill set in hopes of earning a promotion or a new job. Your library may be in a change process now and you want to gain tools and techniques for moving it forward. You may be a supervisor, manager, or director who is assessing the culture of your work team or library, to see how change-accepting your staffs are. Assignment options will focus on practical application and you are welcome to choose the options that help you achieve your needs.

During the third week of the course there will be a teleconference for sharing ideas about how to manage naysayers and doubters with respect and fairness, while maintaining the vision that inspired the change initially.

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