Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Growing, Developing, and Retaining Dynamic Staff

Instructor: Deborah Schmidle

Dates: October 7th through November 1st, 2019

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175


A strong staff is the library’s most important investment. Mindful hiring, mentoring, and development of new staff, as well as recognizing and utilizing the strengths of existing staff, are important factors in ensuring employee satisfaction and engagement. A motivated, engaged, and appreciated staff achieves personal and professional satisfaction and makes vital contributions to the successful performance of the library. This course will examine the ways in which library managers can nurture and develop employees by establishing and promoting a healthy culture of staff development and engagement. This course will also examine ways to foster engagement in a segment of the library workforce that is sometimes overlooked (i.e., part-time employees, student workers, and/or library volunteers).

Topics include:

  • Smart interviewing strategies
  • Building and sustaining a healthy organizational climate
  • Staff engagement
  • Mentoring techniques
  • Recognizing and rewarding effort
  • Coaching for stronger performance
  • Creating career path development

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

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