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Transform and Thrive: Ideas to Invigorate Your Library and Your Community
Dorothy Stoltz
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1622-3
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $60.00
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144 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 9780838916223
Year Published: 2018
AP Categories: A, C, I, T

This title will be available Spring 2018. You may place an order and the item will be shipped when it becomes available.

with Gail Griffith, James Kelly, Muffie Smith, & Lynn Wheeler

Successful libraries are those that continuously learn to listen and respond, prioritizing an organizational approach that encourages library staff to work with each other as well as the community to create opportunities to thrive. That may sound airy and abstract, but in this book the authors demonstrate how it boils down to applying a handful of straightforward principles, which include
  • intelligent risk-taking;
  • learning the right things;
  • respect and goodwill;
  • fulfilling the vision of library director; and
  • activating creative thinking.
With practical applications for hiring staff, coordinating an author event, creating a community partnership, and designing a building, this book walks readers through how to
  • identify the community’s motivating factors and use them to guide priorities;
  • create a culture of learning at the library;
  • apply courage, curiosity, and creativity to cope with challenges;
  • ask the right questions in order to get the right answers;
  • draw out creative ideas from both staff and the community; and
  • implement creativity exercises for problem solving that can be used by individuals and groups
Illustrated with stories from across the country, this book provides a complete strategy that will help libraries of any size or funding level amplify the skills and enthusiasm of library staff, getting everyone on the right page and thus leading to better service for their communities.

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