Negotiations/Asking for a Raise

Negotiations/Asking for a Raise


Whether we’re starting a new job or working towards a promotion at our current one, we should be negotiating. Negotiation can be scary. But what’s even scarier is not doing it.
Ideally, we’d all get offered the salary we want and deserve, but if you’ve been working or job hunting for a while, you probably know that very few people receive a “perfect” offer right away.

Most of the time, we have to ask for what we want, build a case, and hope that the organization we’re negotiating with has the bandwidth to give us what we want or meet somewhere in the middle. This webinar will teach you how to prepare for a negotiation and it will equip you with tools for success.

As a result of this program, attendees will:
• Get into the right mindset
• Understand market value
• How to make your case
• Learn to talk about your accomplishments and how to tie it to their bottom line
• Exercises to help you relieve anxiety
• Understand biases and how to combat them


Original broadcast July 29, 2021 

Presenter: Rachael Altman
Rachael believes that transferable skills, curiosity, passion, and mindfulness are the keys to success. She is a career coach, yoga teacher and meditation teacher, and jewelry maker. Her purpose is to inspire people to realize the value in their transferable skills and the fact that they can do anything with curiosity, creativity, and an open mind.

She has spent her career in market research and business development at Deloitte, Sidley Austin, and Deloitte and as an academic librarian at Rockford University and Alabama State University. Rachael currently works as a Market Research Analyst at G2, a tech company based in Chicago. You can connect on Instagram @itsrachaelaltman, by email at rachael.altman@gmail.com, and on LinkedIn.

The Six Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Underperforming Employee

The Six Questions to Ask Yourself About Your Underperforming Employee


An underperforming employee affects everyone in the organization including their co-workers and their customers. For the supervisor or manager, this can mean working with the employees to establish better performance standards.

But where do you begin? And how do you know if you are correcting the real performance problem(s) or just trying to correct the symptoms?

Remember: In managing others, just like in practicing medicine, prescribing a cure before a diagnosis is malpractice.

This interactive and informative program will give you the six questions to ask yourself to help you to work together with your employee to diagnose their performance problem(s) and to create a plan of action moving forward.

As a result of this program:
• Participants will be prepared for the sometimes, uncomfortable employee performance conversations
• Participants will ask the necessary questions to be able to collaboratively diagnose the cause(s) of the employee’s below standard performance
• Participants will be able to create a plan of action to help the employee in determining the next steps in the performance improvement process

Original broadcast July 27, 2021 

Presenter: Andrew Sanderbeck
Andrew has been developing and conducting training programs for libraries and library organizations for more than fifteen years. He has presented Web-based, On-line, and Face-to-Face sessions on Management and Leadership, Customer Service and Communication Skills in the U.S. and numerous countries around the world.  He is a past board member of the Haywood County Public Library and a monthly donor to EveryLibrary, advocating for libraries everywhere that support is needed.

Creating Virtual Outreach that Works

Creating Virtual Outreach that Works


Successful library outreach involves going where your patrons gather. In an increasingly digital environment, just what does that look like? Our speaker will identify virtual spaces ripe for outreach, and discuss the best ways to utilize them, providing case studies along the way.


Original broadcast July 28, 2021

Presenter: Nick Tanzi
Nick Tanzi has been incorporating emerging technologies into the library as a children’s librarian, the founding member of a digital services department, and most recently, as the Assistant Director of the South Huntington Public Library. During this time, he has spoken in the U.S. and abroad on topics ranging from social media marketing to 3D printing. He is the author of Making the Most of Digital Collections through Training and Outreach (2016), and Best Technologies for Public Libraries (2020). He writes “The Wired Library” column for Public Libraries Magazine. Tanzi was named a 2017 Dewey Fellow by the New York Library Association, and currently serves as President of its Making and STEAM Round Table.

Ensuring a Leadership Pipeline with Succession Planning

Ensuring a Leadership Pipeline with Succession Planning

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.”

When Programming Isn’t Fun Anymore: Fighting Job Burnout and Relighting Your Program Fire

When Programming Isn’t Fun Anymore: Fighting Job Burnout and Relighting Your Program Fire

Job-related burnout is especially prevalent in youth services, particularly during summer reading. We have had many bright young minds in this vocation burn out and change departments or career paths due to job-related stressors.

This session will be all about recognizing the signs of burnout and factors that can contribute to it. We will talk most about ways burnout can be avoided, including things like changing the SRP to be less stressful (does it stress you out to keep track of minutes read/pages read/books read? Stop doing it! Hate tracking down prizes at a reasonable price that won’t break immediately? Put an end to it!), keeping an inspiration folder, and finding ways to stop taking home work with you. I will also discuss my favorite ways to relight your “programming fire” and get inspired in creative ways.

These will include many different blogs, webinars, websites, as well as places to visit and events to attend. It’s hard to do your job with a smile on your face when you feel like you’re running on empty, and it can be particularly difficult when you’re a small library dealing with tiny budgets and a lack of staffing. This will focus on the positive, and attendees should leave with plenty of new resources and feel excited about their job.

Original broadcast July 20, 2021 


Presenter: Chelsea Price
Chelsea Price is the director of the Meservey Public Library in Meservey, Iowa. Chelsea has presented at the Kids First Conference in Iowa and the ARSL conference in Springfield, Illinois, and she writes for the Programming Librarian blog. Her book, 209 Big Program Ideas for Small Budgets, is being published through ALA Editions and is set to hit shelves in the fall of 2020. Chelsea and her husband love volunteering at animal shelters throughout the Midwest, and they have four senior, special-needs dogs of their own.