Six Skills for Inclusive Leaders (Inclusive Innovation in Libraries)

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Do you want your library to be more creative, nimble, and effective? Inclusive leadership skills can help you build teams that foster a sense of belonging, leading to higher performance and better decisions. Skills we do not always associate with stereotypical charismatic leaders - like humility and empathy – can actually be the key to unlocking your staff’s highest potential.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Describe what skills and capacities contribute to inclusive leadership
Explain the real-world impacts of using inclusive leadership skills in libraries
List how to develop your own skills to become a more inclusive leader


Audrey Barbakoff is the CEO of Co/Lab Capacity LLC, which provides community-centered consulting for libraries and social good organizations. She brings more than a decade of experience in public libraries. Her innovative and inclusive work has been recognized by Library Journal Movers & Shakers, the Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal 40 Under 40, the Freedom to Read Foundation, and the Urban Libraries Council. She is certified in design thinking and sat on the advisory board of the design thinking program at the Tombolo Institute at Bellevue College. In addition to her MLIS, Dr. Barbakoff holds an EdD in organizational change and leadership. Her dissertation research focused on building organizational capacity for equity, diversity, and inclusion in public libraries through community-led programs. She is the author of Adults Just Wanna Have Fun: Programs for Emerging Adults and the forthcoming book Twelve Steps to a Community-Led Library. Find her at

State library and/or archives agency; Network/consortia; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Academic library: 2 year; Government library; K-12 library; Archives
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.