[Eril-l] Core Webinar: Opportunity in the Face of Crisis

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Core Webinar: Opportunity in the Face of Crisis

Date: Wednesday, September 13, 2023

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11 am Pacific, noon
Mountain, 1 pm Central, and 2 pm Eastern time.

Description: Our library managed multiple facilities projects and
operational challenges while responding to a series of crises. The past
three years have embodied change at libraries as services have been
re-envisioned in response to COVID. At the height of the pandemic our
university also addressed a severe budget crisis that resulted in layoffs,
early retirements, and reorganization of many institutional partners.
Recent administrative leadership changes further contributed to a sense of
uncertainty. Now the future is bright. Crisis response, years of data
collection and opportunity intersected to spur exciting change in library
facilities and the reconsideration of most services. We will describe how
an HVAC upgrade and plans for a neighboring auditorium were elevated into a
major remodel of the existing library, the construction of a new library
facility, and a radical change in services that will move our library from
an afterthought to a hallmark space on campus. The importance of diverse
data collection, relationship building, listening, opportunism, and general
openness to rethinking facilities, collections and services will serve as
centerpieces for the discussion. Presenters will also address managing
change and diverse interests during the renovation process. The information
provided can be scaled to fit any size academic or public library.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of this webinar, the attendees will:


   Understand the value of data collection in order to spur change in
   services and evolution in spaces.

   Participants will describe methods for managing change during times of
   increased upheaval.

   Participants will critically examine how a multitude of factors such as
   relationship building, flexibility, and pragmatism can play crucial roles
   in driving meaningful change.

Who should attend?

Library administrators and supervisors who are anticipating building
projects or who may want ideas on projects and service changes associated
with new or updated facilities.


Melvin Davis, PhD: University Librarian at Coastal Carolina University.
Prior Dean of Library and Educational Technology at University of North
Alabama. Dr. Davis has over 20 years experience in academic libraries. He
has been a library administrator for the past 13 years. Prior to tackling
administration Dr. Davis held various library roles which typically oversaw
electronic resources but also has a background in public services.

Jennifer Hughes has over 25 years of experience as a library manager and
currently serves as the Associate University Librarian at Coastal Carolina
University. She received her MLIS from the University of South Carolina and
MBA from Coastal Carolina University.

Eric Resnis is Head of Research and Scholarship for the Coastal Carolina
University Libraries, managing teaching, research, and engagement
initiatives. His research areas include liaison effectiveness and the role
of making in enhancing student learning.


Registration fees for webinar:  Core Member $57.67; ALA member: $71.10;
Non-member $79.00

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to
the following website:


Core webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording
shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration at ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to Core webinars, please
contact Core CE staff at corece at ala.org.

*Posted on behalf of the Core Continuing Education Committee.*


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