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Charleston Library Conference 

Oct 16, 2017

Today Leah Hinds welcomes Ashley Krenelka Chase, Lindsay Cronk, and Rachel Fleming to the show to talk about their upcoming Charleston Conference presentation titled, “When Change is a “New” Concept: Using Your Library’s Past to Manage its Future.”

Ashley Krenelka Chase is the Associate Director at the Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Ashley's scholarly interests include leadership and the impact of millennials on libraries and legal academia. 

Lindsay Cronk is Head of Collection Strategies at the University of Rochester. Lindsay has spent more than six years in librarianship, first in consortia and now in academia, honing an approach to collection development and strategy that is dynamic, data-driven, inclusive, and user-focused. Lindsay is covered in tattoos and full of strong opinions. 

Rachel Fleming is Collections Initiatives Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Fleming has library experience in collection development, collection assessment, acquisitions, and serials management. As Collections Initiatives Librarian, Rachel manages an Affordable Course Materials Initiatives program, collections analysis, and scholarly communications programs.

Ashley, Lindsay, and Rachel will be presenting at the Charleston Library Conference on Wednesday, November 8, at 2:30 pm in the Colonial Ballroom of the Embassy Suites Hotel. Hope to see you there!

More about the presenters:

Ashley Krenelka Chase

Lindsay Cronk

Rachel Fleming

There seem to be three types of people in libraries: people who thrive on change, people who are change-averse, and people who support the idea of change but are resistant to its implementation. But the facts are these: we have to change. Library culture *should* be changing as rapidly as our collections, but organizational culture can often lag behind and library leaders need to be able to manage all of these types of changes - both actual and needed - simultaneously. Change in libraries can emerge from on the ground knowledge, out of strategic planning, or be imposed from outside the library. How do we manage expectations of myriad stakeholders, existing services, and various change projects? How can librarians at all levels be leaders in their organizations through both simple and complicated times of change?

Offering a set of approaches and tools for addressing change in the library and cultivating buy-in, this session will present three different perspectives on change management from leaders in three different libraries. Attendees will understand what change management means from the perspective of three different librarians, and how library challenges are tackled (keeping in mind culture, collections, and colleagues). Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to approach change in their libraries; how to communicate with their colleagues about change; and how to maintain a positive attitude in the face of varying degrees of conflict within their libraries or institutions; and lead their colleagues through necessary changes to lead the library to a successful future.