Library Management for Beginners: Managing from the Middle

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The Library Management for Beginners series is a collection of courses designed for the new manager or those managers wanting a basic topic refresher. The series is designed to serve as a primer to introduce key management and leadership topics to help managers succeed in their new roles.

Middle managers are the liaisons between their employees and library administrators. Apropos to their title, these managers may feel caught in the middle as they attempt to hear and listen to both sides and adapt. A manager’s ability to successfully work with administration as well as foster a rapport with their direct reports is a crucial driver of success in libraries. This course is designed to help the first-time library manager gain a foundation to successfully manage from the middle.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the key relationships that impact middle managers
  • Define the main challenges faced by middle managers
  • Formulate strategies to build relationships and establish workplace balance
  • Determine tactics to gain senior management’s confidence
  • Analyze common mistakes made by the new library manager

Instructor: Jodie Borgerding

Jodie Borgerding is the Consulting & Education Services Manager. She oversees the development of training opportunities and provides direct consulting services to Amigos members. Jodie has experience in association management, staff development, and academic libraries.

Prior to joining Amigos, Jodie served as the Instruction Librarian and Subject Liaison for Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She is also a past-president of the Missouri Library Association, and is an active member of the American Library Association and Association of College & Research Libraries. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Missouri State University and a Master of Library Science degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Academic library: 2 year, Academic library: 4 year and graduate, Public Library.
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