Teams Without Tears: Managing Teamwork from Above and Within

Instructor: Aliqae Geraci
Dates: June 2-27, 2014
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Price: $175


Libraries and professional organizations commonly use committees and teams to manage projects, yet all too often promising initiatives flounder or fizzle because team ground rules, expectations, and timelines aren’t articulated from the get-go. Incorporating self-management principles can help you and your group move past inaction and towards a more productive and efficient working relationship. In this four-week class, we will look at some of the literature on team productivity, draft realistic work plans and timelines, and discuss techniques for navigating interpersonal conflict, articulating individual responsibilities, and incorporating rolling assessments in order to stay on track and bring projects in on time. This workshop is designed so that team members and leaders alike receive the tools and space necessary to navigate and explore the nitty-gritty of working together successfully, whether success means managing up, managing laterally, or managing down, in order to achieve a shared goal.

Aliqae Geraci is the Industrial and Labor Relations Research Librarian at Cornell University's Catherwood Library. A former public librarian and labor researcher, she is a founding and former Board member of Urban Librarians Unite, and currently serves on the Leadership Team of the Tompkins County Workers Center. Aliqae speaks and writes about library advocacy and library workers' organizations, and is the co-author of Grassroots Library Advocacy (ALA Editions, 2012). Interview with Aliqae Geraci

Course structure
This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

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