LILRC Webinar: Library Director Jenga – COVID Edition Session 2 – Personnel
June 18 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Join Kate Hall and Kathy Parker, authors of The Public Library Directors Toolkit, as they discuss how to balance the responsibilities of being a director during a pandemic and three core areas of running a public library during a public health crisis and after. The individual sessions will include library director jenga, personnel, emergency planning, and buildings. Each session will delve into each topic, have some group work and time for roundtable discussion. The sessions are intended for established public library directors and we encourage attendees to come ready to share their own insights and experiences.
Session 2- Personnel
A library cannot run without staff. We will discuss what we have learned about the changes both immediate and long term that need to be made to personnel in our libraries as a result of a public health crisis. Attendees will join in a discussion on what changes are coming and develop a plan for how they can set their library up for success now and in the future as it relates to their employees.
Kate Hall is the Executive Director of the Northbrook Public Library after serving as Director at the New Lenox Public Library and in various Youth Services positions in the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. In her decade as a library director, Kate has been very active in state and national library groups including the American Library Association, Illinois Library Association, and Reaching Across Illinois Library System. She has served on the committee and chaired Director’s University, an intensive training for new Illinois Public Library Directors that went virtual in 2020. She is the co-author of The Public Library Director’s Toolkit published by ALA Editions and the devoted servant of two demanding cats.
Kathy Parker was the director of the Glenwood-Lynwood (IL) Public Library District from 2002-2018 after serving as Assistant Director at the Harvey (IL) Public Library. She has worked in public and private libraries for over 40 years in nearly every department and co-founded Director’s University. She has served on numerous state committees including the Illinois Library Association and has served as library trustee for her local library and the regional library system, Reaching Across Illinois Library System. She was the 2016 recipient of American Library Associations Trustee Citation award. After retiring in 2018, Kathy launched the kathyparker consulting firm which provides training to trustees and new directors. She is the co-author of The Public LIbrary Director’s Toolkit published by ALA Editions.