The Missouri State Library in partnership with the
Mid-America Library Alliance (MALA) are sponsoring this workshop.

This workshop is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Missouri State Library, a division of the Office of the Secretary of State.


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Mary Puhr - Professional Development Coordinator 
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8900 NE Flintlock Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64157

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Lead the Change: What Great Library Leaders Know and Do 



Tuesday September 20, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT at the Mid-Continent Public Library's Woodneath Library Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

There are a limited number of seats available for this workshop!  


A full-day, live, interactive Lead the Change workshop that brings library thought-leaders, directors, and staff together to learn how today’s top libraries are leading change and transforming their communities.

All change starts with a leader taking action and now more than ever, all librarians, regardless of job title, need to see themselves as leaders and change agents. Lead the Change is an interactive workshop that guides attendees through a series of collaborative exercises that will help you harness your ideas, clarify your goals, and create a personal leadership plan.

Produce your own action plan for success

As a participant, you will receive an action planner, and work both individually and in groups during reflection and discussion periods to build a framework for innovation and change. Throughout the day, David Bendekovic, program developer and lead instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies will provide insights, best practices and leadership tools that will help you tap into personal leadership qualities to transform your career, your library and your community, no matter what your stage of career.

Participants will also get access to The Commons, an online alumni community where librarians can share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.

Workshop Agenda


Presenter - David Bendekovic

Since September 2004, when he facilitated his first leadership workshop focused on libraries, company founder David Bendekovic has traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia, providing cost-effective leadership development opportunities for libraries.

Today, through a partnership with Library Journal, David serves as creator, developer and lead facilitator of What Great Library Leaders Know and Do.  He also serves as developer and lead presenter for the Pennsylvania Library Association’s Academy for Leadership Studies (PALS), and as a visiting instructor at the University of Texas School of Information. He continues to speak and provide organizational and leadership development opportunities at all-staff development sessions and state and national library conferences throughout the United States and Canada.

David is a member of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC), the American Library Association (ALA), and many top state associations.


For Missouri Libraries:

The Missouri State Library through a LSTA grant is funding a limited number of seats for Missouri libraries in this workshop.  If you would like one of these available seats, please register below.   Unless you receive an email notice regarding a waiting list, you may assume you have received a grant supported seat.

If the grant seats are full, you will be notified and will have the opportunity to register through the normal registration process.  The cost is $80.00 per person and there are a limited number of seats available for purchase for this workshop.

Lunch is included with this workshop.


The "Register Now!" button below is ONLY for staff in Missouri Libraries and these are the grant supported seats.  This registration is for the September 20, 2016 at the Mid-Continent Public Library's Woodneath Library Center in Kansas City, MO.

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If you are looking for the registration page open to all, for the September 20th workshop, please follow this link.