Risk Taking: A Critical Ability for the Next Decade in Libraries

Date & Time
Wednesday, April 8
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Cuyahoga County Public Library
Administration Building
2111 Snow Road
Parma, OH
$60 CAMLS libraries
$90 Non-library staff from member's organizations
$120 Non-members
Fee includes materials and coffee
Deadline: Wednesday, April 1
Limit: 40

As the library workplace contrives to change and as library users expect new and more innovative services and programs, library staff are expected to think and act in new ways. The ability to experiment and take risks is becoming a critical competency for staff. This workshop will help prepare participants to develop this ability.

Maureen Sullivan is an organizational consultant specializing in libraries. She has 17 years of experience in training, developing and educating leaders in librarianship. Maureen has consulted with a variety of libraries in the areas of organizational change, strategic planning, leadership development, staff development, learning organizations and organizational redesigns.
Intended Audience
Those who want to learn how to take risks and improve their ability to work in the ever-changing library workplace.
  • Understand what is involved in risk taking

  • Identify barriers to risk taking in libraries

  • Assess your preferences for taking risks

  • Learn how to increase your willingness to take risks and experiment
    Course Content
    • What is risk taking

    • Key elements in risk taking

    • Personal Assessment of risk taking tendencies

    • Techniques for learning to take risks

    • What libraries can do to support experimentation and risk taking