Better Library Leaders-- Library Leadership Skills for School, Public, Academic, and Special Librarians
By Sarah Clark, PhD
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Are you a public, school, academic, or special librarian who is ready to become a better library leader? Drawing on her experiences as an academic librarian and library leader, as well as the knowledge she gained earning her PhD in Higher Education Leadership, Dr. Sarah Clark interviews leaders in the library world to learn their secrets for becoming better leaders and building stronger libraries. In addition, Sarah shares her thoughts on current events in the library world, as well as a deeper dive into leadership topics that are on her mind. Dr. Clark is now done with writing in the third person as it makes me sound kind of pompous. Check out my show! I promise it won't be boring, and you just might learn something along the way.
||ExplicitALA Code of Ethics part 2: The Lesser of Two Weevils||Here’s BLL Season 2, Episode 3, In which we talk about the Equitable access parts of the ALA code of ethics, and I go on a bit of a rant about neutrality in the wake of the library social media kerfuffle about meeting room policies in the wake of...||10/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanALA Code of Ethics Part 1: What's in a Code?||Here’s BLL Season 2, Episode 2, In which I introduce my 3-part (though actually it’ll probably be 4 parts) series on the ALA Code of Ethics. What is the code? What are its implications in our daily lives as leaders? Just how blatant of a smart...||9/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeason 2, Episode 1: The Map||Welcome to Season 2, Episode 1 of Better Library Leaders, In which I introduce the new show format and provide a map to the season to come. Transcript & Links: betterlibraryleaders.com/s2e1 Free Course on Mastering Difficult Conversations:...||9/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 2-0: Better Library Leaders Season 2 Trailer||I'm back! Well, I'll really be back on September 12. This is just a little teaser to whet your appetite. OK, this little promo is also to check that all the behind the scenes stuff is still hooked up right. I really need to see about the dust on...||9/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOn Careers with Ellen Mehling||Ellen Mehling of Library Career People shares some good advice about job seeking no matter where you are in your career, and I explain where I've been the last couple months. https://librarycareerpeople.com/||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 12: Now What?||In which we are ALL blind people grasping at parts of the elephant, and i discuss what to do next. Show notes and companion blog post: Betterlibraryleaders.com/BLL12 Collaborative Leadership Course: betterlibraryleaders.com/LJA||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 11: Overcoming Overwhelm and My First Library Leadership Course!||Welcome back to Better Library Leaders! I didn’t intend to take October off from blogging and podcasting, but when I look back at the things I KNEW I had on my to-do list, not to mention a couple surprises that came up, I really should have given...||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 10: The Magpie Podcast||Welcome to Episode 10 of the Better Library Leaders Podcast—in which Ingrid Abrams talks about being the Magpie Librarian, I get my Rant on over a scuffle in Kansas City, and I talk about Leadership Books that don’t suck.||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 9: Get Busy Living or Get Busy Dying||Lots of good news (and one slightly embarrassing bit from local politics), a GREAT interview with prison librarian Jameson Rohrer, and I have a question for all of you in the spotlight segment. Hang around after the end, I've got a great bonus bit...||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 8: Political (Library) Science with Patrick Sweeney||After a brief post-launch hiatus from the microphone, I'm back! Several nifty things happened while I was away on my little rest, including my first iTunes review, an interview for the Library Career People blog, and more. Today's Interview is a...||9/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 7 Collaboration Rules!||This week I’ve got former colleague and current writing program director Sara Beam from the University of Tulsa here to talk about the ins and outs of partnerships between the library and other organizations, and about our specific collaboration the..||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 6: Zines, Bikes, and Communities with Ziba Perez Zehdar||How can librarians provide excellent services to a community that is almost certainly more diverse than our profession? How do you go about developing a collection of zines? What can you do on the days when it feels especially lonely at the top? This...||8/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 5: A Little Brasher||If you can't beat the election obsession, join it! After a brief programming note about the change to an every-other-week schedule that will happen later this month, I bow to the inevitable, and talk about Presidential Libraries in the news segment....||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 4: Libraries on the Spectrum||Library leaders get frustrated sometimes, and last week on the Facebook group they shared some of those frustrations. The interview segment is a good one, with our first non-librarian guest, Amy Gravino, dropping by to talk about how librarians can...||8/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 3: Let's Get Critical! Featuring Dr. Sarah McNicol||I hadn't planned it this way, but current news events in libraryland combined with a wonderful conversation with Sarah McNicol, PhD (Editor of Critical Literacy for Information Professionals, for which I contributed a chapter based on my dissertation...||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 2: Digging out the Buried Treasures Featuring Andy Taylor||Back by popular demand (and because I already had the interview recorded), it’s Better Library Leaders Episode 2! As a way of helping more folks discover the show I’ll be putting it out weekly through the end of August before my long term schedule..||7/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBLL 1: Book Guilotines and Bad Days--Featuring Elspeth Olson||Welcome to the first full-length episode of Better Library Leaders!||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 0: Pilot Episode with Alex Gates||In which I tell you what to expect from this podcast, interview a school librarian who teaches literacy with Legos, and gain valuable leadership insights from a tornado.||6/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Download this podcast even if you aren't a librarian
I thoroughly enjoy listening to each of the podcast episodes. The variety of topics and guests keeps the podcast interesting. Really hope this podcast delves into even more diverse and robust topics. If you are a library student, current professional, mid career or near retirement you can gain useful information from this podcast. Enjoy.