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Equity-Centered Library Leadership

Thursday, September 29

Thursdays, September 29, October 6, and 13, 2022

Infuse equity into every part of your library leadership and administration, from hiring, onboarding, and retention, to personnel management, budgeting, and more.

The last few years have proven that leadership in the workplace must adapt and create work cultures with shared values in order to attract and retain top talent. In this course, you will learn to develop whole-person, healing-centered leadership skills to help you assess your current leadership style and organization, plan and prepare for organizational change, and foster and maintain an inclusive work environment through wellbeing, evaluation, and accountability practices. All topics will be taught with an equity lens that prioritizes radical empathy, vulnerability, and justice in your leadership practices.

This course has something for every level of leader, and will teach you how to lead up, down, and sideways. Whether you are an aspiring leader, a branch manager, a seasoned director, or somewhere in between, you will have the opportunity to participate in peer workshop groups to refine your skills with others in similar roles. Join us and learn tangible leadership practices that transform lives.

In the workshop, you’ll complete assignments over 3+ weeks in an interactive online classroom environment with personal coaching from an expert in the field. In addition, you’ll have access to our foundational bonus content—rich supporting materials you can explore at your own pace, including a series of webinars from Library Journal and School Library Journal contributors, readings, activities, and videos.

The live sessions run on Thursdays, September 29, October 6, and 13, 2022 from approximately 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT (recorded for on-demand viewing) with an ongoing facilitator-led workshop over 3 weeks. Don’t miss this opportunity!

Learning Outcomes

After you attend this interactive online course and workshop, you’ll be able to:

  • Critically examine where you are on your DEI leadership journey and plan for next steps
  • Conduct an equity assessment on your organization
  • Create an equity-centered strategic plan for your organization
  • Lead organizational change through iterative and data-driven processes
  • Revise your HR practices (hiring, retaining, budget, etc.) to match DEI best/promising practices
  • Lead with emotional intelligence and vulnerability
  • Manage staff with empathetic and trauma-informed practices
  • Participate in conflict resolution and difficult feedback conversations from a people- and equity-centered approach

See more workshop information here.

CALL-SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Library Journal course. Please register above for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat for someone else. Thank you for supporting CALL!


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