Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Transformation through Teamwork: Developing a Collaborative Leadership Environment in a Changing World

Instructor: Sarah Clark

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

Collaborative leadership is a major leadership buzzword these days, but many library leaders may be a little hazy on what it actually is. More than an emphasis on teamwork or listening skills, collaborative leadership models provide a framework for increasing connection and communication, flattening hierarchies, and always focusing on encouraging strong ideas and coaching team members into a force for organizational transformation. Collaborative leadership, when implemented well, can enable your library team to transcend petty infighting, focus on shared goals, and to identify ideas that can transform the library into a resource that more effectively serves larger organizations or communities in which they operate. However, if collaborative leadership practices aren’t implemented thoughtfully, they can lead to conflict and chaos. At the end of this course, you will understand the elements of collaborative leadership, consider the ways collaborative practices can strengthen your team (as well as common pitfalls), and create a plan to make your department or library a more collaborative place. This course is designed for library directors and department heads who are interested in finding workable ways to make their teams more collaborative, as well as aspiring leaders who are interested in collaborative leadership.

Each weekly course module will focus on a particular theme:

  • Week One: The elements of collaborative leadership
  • Week Two: Collaborative Leadership as a tool for Library Transformation
  • Week Three: Risks of Collaborative Leadership
  • Week Four: Developing a plan for Collaboration at your library

Topics covered include:

  • History and Models of Collaborative Leadership
  • Benefits and risks of Collaborative Leadership
  • Distribution of power
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Listening Skills
  • Facilitating Brainstorming & encouraging new ideas
  • Collaborative resource allocation (especially when in short supply)
  • Rules and responsibilities in a collaborative workplace
  • Conflict management and resolution
  • Coaching and feedback
Sarah Clark

Dr. Sarah Clark was recently selected as Dean and University Librarian at La Salle University in Philadelphia. Prior to that, she worked as a front desk staff member, librarian, and ultimately Associate Library Director for 12 years at Rogers State University, a regional public university in Claremore, Oklahoma. Outside of work hours, Dr. Clark podcasts and blogs about library leadership at Better Library Leaders, teaches a course on Library Leadership for the University of Oklahoma's School of Library and Information Studies, and has presented and published on the effectiveness of distance library services, the information search experiences of nontraditional students, and Critical Information Literacy. Dr. Clark completed her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Oklahoma State University in May 2016.

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.