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Leading Your Library to Think Outside the Books Webcast 

This is a 30 minute pre-recorded webcast. With our online anytime format, you will immediately receive the link to the webcast, password and the link to the webcast handout upon successful registration. You do not need any special software to view and listen, just a computer!  Since passwords are changed frequently, we suggest viewing the webcast as soon as possible after registering.  


Move a book shelf, question a timeworn policy, suggest a new program, and dare to overturn a sacred cow: These kinds of changes can happen at any library if initiative is rewarded. How can you create a library where everyone is interested in innovation and consistent improvement – even if means challenging longtime services and procedure?

Ten Tips:

  • You will have to stop doing some successful things to make room for the new. What will you give up?
  • Identify and deal with managers who are undermining innovation and growth.
  • No sacred cows; allow employees and library users to challenge longterm policies.
  • Find reasons to say yes to new ideas, even if it is out of your comfort zone.
  • Assign everyone to hunt new ideas online; look at other states’ library conferences for local cool ideas.
  • Invite innovative directors and staff from neighboring libraries to speak about how they did it – brown bags and webinars.
  • Invite local leaders who are innovators (business, arts, academia) to speak to staff and community – brown bags and webinars.
  •  Be prepared to act on ideas staff members bring back from conferences and workshops.
  • Make part of your budget for R and D, no matter how small.
  • Create a micro-grant program to fund staff ideas. 




Pat Wagner has been a trainer, educator, and consultant for 40 years, having worked with clients in 48 states

and Canada. She is a manager and producer at Pattern Research, Inc. Pat likes to find the essence in models

of human behavior and organizational design and build effective and engaging formats for learning: face-to-

face, in print, and online. She has been a poet, playwright, printer, publisher, and graphic designer, and loves

books, gardens, and the arts.


Each registration entitles the registrant only to access the webcast. Registrations may not be shared in any way or viewed in a group setting. You may not broadcast or redistribute in any way without prior approval from Mid-America Library Alliance. That includes, but is not limited to, displaying webcast via projector, large screen tv, or overhead projector.

  • MALA Member: $15.00
  • Non-Member: $30.00

MALA Webcast Billing/Refund/Credit Policy:  We prefer all webcasts to be prepaid.  If you prefer to be billed, there is a $5 charge for this service.