Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 11:00am - 12:15pm
Dimensions of Academic Library Leadership: Balancing Instruction & Management

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Participants will engage in a facilitated conversation about the particular challenges faced by academic library managers who retain instruction responsibilities, or plan to in the future. Nurturing and mentoring others, and creating and sustaining safe spaces while navigating power dynamics can be demanding emotional labor. Prioritizing our responsibilities, managing our own workloads while encouraging, monitoring, and appraising the work of others, and simultaneously protecting our own time and well-being can all influence our capacity to excel in either role. This experience elicits questions like:
-Is management “real” librarianship?
-How useful and productive is it to maintain a librarian’s practitioner role, delivering instruction and other public services working directly with students and faculty, when taking on management responsibilities?
-What elements of my instruction experience enhance my capacity as a leader?
-What leadership qualities enhance my teaching experiences?
-With a combined instruction and management workload, is it realistic to prioritize innovation in the classroom?
-How do I stay connected with students and faculty enough to know when something needs to be refreshed, and find time for innovative planning?
-What tools and supports do I need to grow in my varied roles?

We hope to begin building a community of practice of library managers who teach through discussion of the questions above, and other concerns brought to the group by presenters and attendees. Facilitators will provide tools to elicit individual reflection and group discussion, as well as a virtual platform the community of practice to continue the conversation.

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Sara Arnold-Garza

Assistant University Librarian for Access Services, Towson University
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Claire Holmes

Asst. University Librarian, TU Cook Library
Claire Holmes is the Assistant University Librarian for Research & Instruction at Towson University's Albert S. Cook Library. In addition, she is a Research and Instruction Librarian and the Liaison Librarian to Towson’s Departments of Special Education and Instructional Leadership... Read More →

Thursday July 23, 2020 11:00am - 12:15pm AST
HUB 307 (Seats 30)

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