Learn how to formalize talent development and ensure leadership continuity by developing and implementing a succession plan at your library. Don’t get caught off guard when a key staff member leaves! A succession planning process will help your library take time now to figure out how to effectively transfer institutional knowledge, increase job satisfaction, and retain emerging leaders’ imperative for the library’s future success.

By developing this strategic tool, your library can rest assured that you have the right leaders in place and can effectively respond to staffing changes without skipping a beat.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Understand why succession planning is an important and a necessary component of continuous improvement
• Learn how to structure and execute a succession planning process
• Understand how to implement a succession plan so your library can effectively respond to changes in leadership positions


Original broadcast July 22, 2021

Presenters: Amanda Standerfer
Amanda’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda has served as a consultant and facilitator, working with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building.

Amanda is currently the Director of Development & Promotion for The Urbana (IL) Free Library. he’s spent half of her career working in philanthropy (as Program Officer for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Mattoon, IL and as Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon, IL) and the other half in libraries (as Head of the Adult Division at the Decatur (IL) Public Library and as Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL). She loves melding her library and philanthropy knowledge – calling herself a “philanthro- brarian.”