Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Planning and Leading Effective Team Meetings

Instructor: Deborah Schmidle

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Meetings have become a large part of our everyday work life and cover a wide spectrum of formats including formal and informal; one-shots and regularly-scheduled meetings; staff meetings; cross-departmental and cross-functional meetings; and project team meetings. When handled properly, team meetings can be an efficient and productive vehicle for sharing information and accomplishing work through collective strength. When handled poorly, they can be a waste of time and resources; lead to a loss in productivity; and contribute to poor morale.

This course will focus on both the practical organizational skills necessary to facilitate meetings, and on team leadership and managerial skills such as building a team culture, recognizing and utilizing team strengths, and managing team dynamics.

Each weekly course module will focus on a particular theme:

  • Week One: Productive Team Meetings—Best Practices and Pitfalls
  • Week Two: Building and Managing Teams
  • Week Three: Decision-making Models/Generating Creative Ideas
  • Week Four: Meeting Assessment, Documentation, and Next Steps

Topics covered include:

  • Meeting facilitation
  • Time management
  • Effective agenda setting and note-taking
  • Forming, building, and motivating teams
  • Managing team dynamics
  • Communicating and dealing with diverse personalities
  • Effective decision-making models
  • Encouraging creative thinking
  • Team and meeting assessment

This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Leadership and Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Deborah Schmidle

Deborah Schmidle is currently the principal consultant at Schmidle Consulting Services. She has developed and taught numerous organizational development-related workshops and has facilitated strategic-planning processes for libraries and library organizations. She holds an M.L.I.S. from Syracuse University and a Certificate in Contemporary Leadership from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. Prior to retiring in March 2013, she was Director of Research & Learning Services at Cornell University Library (CUL). Interview, Webinar about her certificate series

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.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.