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Leadership by Design

The courses within this program will develop leadership skills for trustees and board members. The modules of Leadership by Design are designed to match the four years of a public library board term.

You can skip between units to find aspects that are specifically relevant to you at any point in time, but by following through the monthly units and completing the tasks with your board as a whole, you should have a highly-effective team by the end of your four-year term.

Learning Activities

  • Course Code: EIW180419

    Presenting on ideas for keeping customers and other staff members happy through fearless cataloging and technical services procedures. Other topics may include hacking the notes fields, MARC migration, Linked Data, dealing with being in a leadership role, transitioning to other cataloging positions. 

  • Course Code: LbD-Y1a

    This course will develop trustees' leadership skills and is designed to be taken in the first year of a board member's term, and concurrently with Module 2 - Understanding Your Community.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y1b

    This module reviews what it means to be a library board member and outlines your responsibilities in the first year of your term. It is designed to be completed concurrently with Module 1 - Board Effectiveness.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y2

    This module on Assessment will review the skills necessary to assess performance of the Board, the CEO, and the strategic plan. It is designed to be taken in the second year of a board member's term.

  • Course Code: LbD-Y3

    The fourth module reviews the basics of strategic planning and explores how to successfully plan for your library's future. Strategic Planning is designed to be taken in the third year of a board member's term.