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Libraries are complex organizations that serve their communities best when they are well managed. These sessions highlight some of the best approaches to library management and administration.

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Performance Acceleration: A 21st Century Evidence-Based Approach to Managing Employees
Sunday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
No one likes performance reviews and they don't work! Learn how to leverage the opportunity inherent in taking away an incredibly unpopular activity (with employees and managers alike)--the annual performance review--to drive the kind of culture and behavior changes that embrace a future focused, data-rich, employee-focused environment to accelerate employee performance and engagement. 

A Successful Budgeting Process: Perspectives from An Elected Official, County Manager, Library Trustee, and Library Director
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
In this panel discussion, the Chair of Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the County Manager, the Library Trustee Chair, and the Library Director will discuss how library budgets are developed, lobbied for, proposed, and approved in Loudoun County, a rapidly growing county in the suburb of Washington DC. 

Change in a Volatile World: From Change Management to Change Readiness
Sunday 10:30AM - 11:30AM
There’s no escaping the fact that rapid change, whether internal or external, is impacting libraries in every sector of the profession, directly or indirectly. For library leaders, that means more of their time is dedicated to thinking and acting in order to adapt staff to change. In a constant change environment, leaders need to do more than manage change, they need to create a change-ready culture. 

Managing to Manage: Strategies for Both Extroverted & Introverted Managers Who Feel Overworked and Overwhelmed
Sunday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
New managers often experience a spike in stress levels that impact both their physical and mental health. In this session, you’ll learn how stress impacts your body and brain, strategies for coping and developing resilience in your new role, and discover tips, tricks, hacks and activities for establishing a healthy work/life balance. 

Surfacing, Understanding, and Changing Internalized Organizational Culture
Sunday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Elliot Jacques is credited with defining culture as “the customary and traditional way of thinking and of doing things, which is shared to a greater or lesser degree by all its members, and which new members must learn, and at least partially accept, in order to be accepted into service...” Understanding a deeply internalized organization’s culture can be a struggle for all, especially if culture is stunting the growth of an organization. Being able to articulate the culture of a library becomes a priority as libraries face the challenge of retaining employees from diverse backgrounds and as new time-sensitive initiatives take precedence over things we've always done but no longer can explain why. 

Creating a Community Profile to Learn More about Your Current and Potential Patrons
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
With flat budgets, many libraries are trying to figure out how to better match needed services with those who need them. The process of creating a community profile gives us an opportunity to do an in-depth data dive into the population we serve and to become aware of shifts in the local population over time. Whether you’re looking to create a strategic plan, consider a millage renewal, or refresh the services and collections of your library, a community profile can help you gain the data you need to gain allies, collaborators, and supportive stakeholders. 

Matrix Management in Libraries: Exploring a Collaborative and Cross-Functional Management Model to Provide Greater Value and Increase Impact
Sunday 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Libraries are in the midst of a significant shift in how they serve their users and communities. The way libraries support research and learning is changing and expanding. Libraries are experimenting with entirely new ways to develop collections and acquire resources. New services are added constantly. In response to this change, library staff are adapting and engaging in exciting new ways as their roles evolve. And yet, the way we manage in libraries has changed very little. 


The Financial Forest Through The Trees
Monday 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Come and explore the exciting world of library finances as seen through the eyes of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. This presentation will provide helpful hints and a toolkit for monitoring expenses, developing budgets, conducting audits and securing a long-range fiscal plan for your library. 

Leading Transformational Change
Monday 2:30PM - 3:30PM
Leadership, change management, and transformational change are recurring topics in libraries, but the skills necessary to identify, initiate, lead, and manage change are not often formalized or taught to librarians. Staff at any level of the institution can more effectively lead and manage change if they have a foundation of leadership theory, especially current leadership and emotional intelligence competencies, and understand the various aspects related to change management.