Embracing Change When it’s Happening to You!

  • Leslie R. Boyter Essential Explorations
Keywords: change, proactivity, library staff development, conferences

Abstract

We live in a world of rapid change and increasing complexity. Libraries are no exception. Each of us has a choice of how to respond to these changes, either proactively or reactively. This article is a write-up of our session at the 2015 PNLA Conference: Pushing the Boundaries. At the session, we introduced change concepts, provided opportunities for participants to explore change in their own lives, gave a few examples of how libraries and staff have responded proactively to change, and introduced concepts for participants to
build resiliency in themselves and their staff.

Author Biography

Leslie R. Boyter, Essential Explorations
Leslie R. Boyter is a Tacoma-based Consultant, Coach, Facilitator, and Owner of Essential Explorations.
After twelve years working for several different libraries, she went back to school and
earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Systems: Leadership and Organizational Development
from LIOS School of Saybrook University. Then she launched her own consulting business.
The rest, as they say, is history. Libraries will always hold a special place in her heart, and she
loves to work with library staff as they navigate change.

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Published
2016-01-27