The Very Heart of It. Keynote for Urban Libraries Unite (ULU) Conference, April 5, 2013

Here is the slidedeck from my recent keynote, The Very Heart of It, given at the Urban Libraries Unite (ULU) Conference in Brooklyn, NY on April 5, 2013. Note that the full text of the talk is available as a pdf (with slides) at: http://www.slideshare.net/pbromberg/urban-libraries-unite-ulu-conference-keynote-text-version-wslides

 

University of Rhode Island GSLIS Keynote: Influence When You Have No Power or Authority

Here is the slidedeck from my recent keynote, Influence When You Have No Power or Authority, given at the University of Rhode Island GSLIS Conference in Kingston, Rhode Island, March 23, 2013.  Note that the text of my talk is available in the notes field of the powerpoint which can be downloaded from Slideshare.

Workplace Leadership and Learning

Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers
By Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli

Congratulations to my good friends Lori Reed and Paul Signorelli on the publication of their new book: Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers, published by ALA Editions.

I am honored to have been interviewed for the book, and humbled to be in the company of the other distinguished interviewees including:

  • Helene Blowers, Director of Digital Strategy, Columbus Metropolitan Library
  • Char Booth, Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian, Claremont Colleges Library
  • Maurice Coleman, Technical Trainer, Harford County Library
  • Janet Hildebrand, Library Human Resources Manager, Contra Costa County Library
  • Jason Puckett, Communication Librarian at Georgia State University Library
  • Sandra Smith, Learning and Development Manager at Denver Public Library
  • Jay Turner, Director of Continuing Education for the Georgia Public Library Service
  • Catherine Vaughn, Continuing Education Coordinator, Lee County Library System
  • Pat Wagner, Pattern Research, Inc, Denver, CO
  • Louise Whitaker, Coordinator Training & Staff Development, Pioneer Library System

I’ve read through the book twice, and I’m sure I’ll be going back to it again and again.  The book is a must have for anyone doing training and staff development.  But at heart I think the book is a primer on leadership, which happens to overlay neatly with the skills and mindset required to be an effective teacher/facilitator.  Strategic thinking, listening,  big-picture thinking, partnering, engaging and empowering others– these are the themes that emerge and re-emerge in conversations throughout the book.  I highly recommend it!

Allen County Public Library’s "Conversation Series" Video

I am honored to have been included in Allen County Public Library’s Conversation Series, “a collection of interviews about the future of libraries, technology and the role we play in shaping the libraries of tomorrow.”  Thank you to ACPL’s Sean Robinson and Kay Gregg for inviting me to participate in the series and for creating such a beautifully produced video.