Critical Strategies for Implementing and Managing Organizational Change
Instructor: Deborah Schmidle
Dates: September 5th to 30th, 2017
Credits: 1.5 CEUs
Libraries frequently must undertake fundamental changes, including effectively responding to rapidly evolving technologies; growing external competition; fiscal instability; and shifting functional needs among library patrons. In order to react strategically and proactively to these developments, libraries must be agile, flexible, and adaptable.
This class provides a framework for facilitating, enabling, and sustaining organizational change. In addition to serving as an introduction to organizational change theory, an applied approach to understanding and managing change will be provided. During this course, participants will design an action plan for implementing a change scenario.
Emphasis will be placed on:
- Examining one’s own reaction to change
- Cultivating an awareness of others’ reactions to change through a study of the various behavioral stages that people experience during change
- Identifying key stakeholders and change agents within one’s organization
- Developing effective tools, including the necessary communication skills to enable staff to understand, accept, and embrace change
- Designing a metric for charting the progress of change
This course can be taken as one of six courses needed to earn our Certificate in Library Management, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.
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).
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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