Tuesday, July 19, 2016

2016 New Public Library Director Boot Camp Scheduled

The Public Library Development Team is pleased to announce that the 2016 New Public Library Director Boot Camp has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, September 29-30, 2016, at the recently renovated Fairfield Inn & Suites Marriott in Wausau.

Originally intended to be held every other year, this one-day event was planned to provide public library directors either new to the position or new to Wisconsin with an orientation to the laws and regulations that affect the operation of public libraries in our fair state, as well as other useful information such as advocacy, collaboration, and media relations. Since its inception in 2012, the Boot Camp has received extremely positive feedback from attendees. In fact, recommendations from surveys indicated that the Boot Camp could be a bit longer to allow for attendance at more of the breakout sessions offered. The Public Library Development Team listened to this valuable input and, in coordination with multiple library systems across the state, planned a new and improved event with additional content offered in smaller, more digestible pieces, in an immersive format.

The 2016 Boot Camp will offer two days of new director camaraderie, jam-packed with—yes, laws and regulations—but also useful and practical information on creating strong policies and procedures, managing staff, budgeting, planning for the future, running the facility, tackling current issues, gathering and reporting data, re-envisioning the library through community engagement, incorporating inclusivity, and more. Seasoned library leaders will lead these discussions before attendees broken into groups of “like” libraries. Even better, this immersive learning experience is made possible through funds from the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the federal organization that administers the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA). This means that attendance, including fees, supplied meals and lodging, is available at little to no cost for new directors! Due to space constraints, attendance is limited, and we expect registration to fill quickly.
Director's Chair (Pixabay)

Do you know someone new to the director’s chair? Please share this post with your new colleagues so that they can plan for this amazing professional development opportunity. New directors can expect invitations in the next couple of weeks.

If you have questions, please contact Boot Camp coordinator Shannon Schultz.

Written by: Shannon Schultz, Public Library Development Team