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Inspiring, Educational & Fun Library Staff Days 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.  


A great staff day is inspiring, educational, and, yes fun. The best involve the entire staff in planning a balance of information and entertainment, thanks and hopefully, a glimpse of the future. Some people think they are a waste of time, but even small libraries can take time out to share ideas and positive experiences once a year.

Ten Tips:

  • NEVER use staff days to scold your employees.
  • Staff members plan the day, warts and all.
  • Involve your board and community leadership to come, help out, and praise! (But no campaign speeches.)
  • Beg, borrow, or steal the money for best quality food!
  • Ruthlessly “vet” potential speakers and performers.
  • Keep “everybody has to take the first aid class” segments to a minimum.
  • Allow lots of time for socializing – the main benefit of a staff day!
  • Managers and supervisors should be mingling with all staff, all day.
  • The venue: Clean, bright, comfortable, lots of free parking. Does it suit your purpose?
  • Use the day to praise successful staff projects, not just people who could not find another job for 25 years.


  1. Raise the bar on the quality of staff day education.
  2. Create staff days that most staff members look forward to.
  3. Involve more community leaders in supporting and funding staff days.
  4. Delegate staff day production to a wider group of staff members.
  5. See and hear more projects and services inspired by staff day activities.





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.