2023 Directors' Retreat: Start Planning for your Library’s Future Now
5/25/2023 - 5/26/2023
Breakfast starts at 9 am on the first day and we conclude at noon on the second
Event Description
We are excited to announce the 2023 Directors' Retreat! We will be returning to the Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center this year. The retreat will kick off with breakfast on Thursday, May 25th at 9:00 a.m. - the perfect time to catch up with your peers. The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. and will focus on Succession Planning and Learning Organization Practices. We will conclude the first day at 4:30 p.m. Dinner will be at 6:00 p.m. with the tradition of rich conversations to follow. The second day will start with breakfast at 8:00 a.m. followed by a program on Mentoring. We will conclude at noon with a quick lunch.

Thursday, May 25, 2023
Up Next: Ensuring a Leadership Pipeline through Succession Planning and Learning Organization Practices

Does succession planning keep getting pushed to the bottom of your list? Having a succession plan in place is critical for stability, sustainability, and strategic plan impact. However, engaging in a succession planning process sounds...well, not fun. This session will break down succession planning into do-able chunks that will help you get ahead of potential staffing changes in leadership positions at your library. Beyond starting a succession plan for your library, we'll talk about learning organization practices to increase staff engagement and ensure talent pipeline development.
Learning Objectives:
After the session, participants will..
  • Understand how to develop a succession plan for key library roles.
  • Know how to implement and update the library's succession plan.
  • Understand learning organization practices and how to use them.

Amanda Standerfer’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities. Since 2002, Amanda's consulting practice Fast Forward Libraries has worked with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building. Amanda has 15 years of experience at various positions in public libraries, most recently as the Director of Community Engagement for The Urbana (IL) Free Library.  She also has 7 years of experience working in the philanthropy sector.  She has a BA and MA in History from Eastern Illinois University and a MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Friday, May 26, 2023
Mentoring For Individual And Organizational Success

Learning Objectives:
  • Discuss and understand 3 distinct types of mentoring
  • Understand the critical role of self-care, psychological safety, and humility in mentoring
  • Explore some examples of organizational mentoring and learn how they can build organizational culture and capacity
  • Leave with a brief mentoring action plan

Paula Miller has served as Director/Administrator in four states –Baltimore County Public Library and Eastern Shore Regional Library (both MD), Pikes Peak Library District (CO), Westlake Porter Public Library (OH), and Dover Public Library (DE). Most recently, she molded BCPL’s role as a community hub and instrument of democracy, and she oversaw the development and opening of award-winning and state-of-the-art Library 21c in Colorado Springs. Enamored by libraries since her first shelving job at age 16 at Kent Free Library, she believes our public libraries are critical community resources that bring people together and that serve as bridges to opportunities in individuals’ lives. She is focused on identifying new and emerging needs, roles, and connections that keep our libraries relevant and effective.

Punderson Manor Lodge & Conference Center
11755 Kinsman Road
Newbury, OH 44065

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Who should attend:  Directors and Deputy/Assistant Directors
Competency:  Leadership

Cost: FREE

$145 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

On Your Own
Call the reservation line at 440-564-9144 to reserve a room under the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System block by Sunday, April 30, 2023
Cost is $129.00 for a lodge room, $189 for a cabin with two sleeping room they are directly across from the lodge.  All of the lodging is subject to a 6% lodging tax, and 3% beautification fee.  Rooms are limited so book early.

This event is supported by the State Library of Ohio with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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