More and more 20- and 30-somethings are becoming library directors. These new library directors face challenges - budgets, buildings, boards, staff - that all directors face, but without the decades of experience of older library directors. This Ignite Session discusses the rise of younger library administrators and the challenges they face through the specific experiences of presenter Alex Lent, whose brand new library sprung a 30-foot leak 90 minutes into his first day. This talk ends with a call for new library directors to sign up for a listserv in order to share experiences, discuss challenges and successes, and keep in contact with each other after ALA Midwinter finishes.
Interests: Administration and Management, Advocacy, Career Advice, Continuing Education, Human Resources, Leadership, Librarianship, Mentoring, Networking, New ALA Members, Organizational Change, Personnel and Staffing, Professional Development, Training, Transforming Libraries
Library Type: Academic, Association, Community College, Consortium, Library School, Nonprofit, Public, Regional System, Research Library, Rural, Seeking Employment, State Library, Student