Posts by Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

04/07/2011

Check Out PLA's Turning the Page 2.0

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If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re going to want to check out and sign up for this new, FREE training program. Just one hour a week (like my book!), for six weeks, library staff and supporters from around the country can build their advocacy skills and strengthen their libraries with PLA’s Turning the Page 2.0! If, like many, you’re looking for low-cost, effective and “schedule friendly” training for yourself and/or your staff, don’t miss this!

Go to: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaevents/turningthepage/index.cfm and check it out!

02/17/2011

Truth is Stranger than Fiction...

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One of the themes of "Be A Great Boss: One Year to Success" is that leaders can and should learn a lot from one another. That's proving to be the case with this book! I was contacted recently by someone who said he'd purchased copies for friends and colleagues and they'd decided it would be helpful to have somewhere they could go to discuss what they were learning and the experiences they were having. So, a Facebook group was born!

Trevor A. Dawes, from the Princeton University Library, created the "Be A Great Boss" group to provide "a...

01/26/2011

Who Wants to be a Manager

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Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success.

As an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, I start each semester by telling students in my Management class that, when I took this course back in the 80s, the professor began by asking us “Who wants to be a manager?” Only a few of us tentatively raised our hands, fearing the wrath of our peers either because of our ambition or our foolishness at dreaming so big. Everyone else was there because it was a core class.

Undeterred, she assured everyone they’d learn something useful in the...

01/19/2011

I Hope You Like the Book!

Posted by Catherine Hakal...

As an adjunct faculty member at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science, I start each semester by telling students in my Management class that, when I took this course back in the 80’s, the professor began by asking us “Who wants to be a manager?” Only a few of us tentatively raised our hands, fearing the wrath of our peers either because of our ambition or our foolishness at dreaming so big. Everyone else was there because it was a core class.

Undeterred, she assured everyone they’d learn something useful in the coming weeks, even if management wasn’t the specific career path they’d chosen. Now, I tell students they’d better all be raising their hands because times have changed and today, as professional librarians, they’ll no longer have the choice to opt out. They’ll all be managing something!

Staffing models and organizational charts have changed and are continuing to do so. Driven both by economic reality and modern service...

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