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May 2015

Middle Managers Spring 2015 Program with Jamie LaRue

May 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
NIU Naperville Conference Center, 1120 E Diehl Rd
Naperville, IL 60563 United States
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What the F...? Followers, Fun, and Firing A whole new generation of librarians is surging into the profession. Come learn how to pick the best of them, how to make change almost irresistible, and how to liberate your library from those who have taken it hostage. The takeaways: Change, starting the movement, is not just about the leader, it's about the first followers. When you want to change people's behavior, it doesn't have to be about sticks and carrots. It can just…

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Middle Managers Section Planning Meeting

May 22, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Westmont Public Library, 428 N. Cass Ave.
Westmont, IL 60559 United States
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All interested middle managers are welcome to join in planning the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 round of programming. Please bring your ideas and volunteer spirit! Breakfast treats will be provided courtesy of our host, the Westmont Public Library. Plan on pitching in for pizza if you'd like to make this a working lunch.  We welcome newcomers! Help grow this section and make it a useful resource for yourself and your fellow middle managers.

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September 2015

Middle Managers Section: Motivating Without Money: Internal Customer Service and Employee Incentives Workshop

September 18, 2015 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
White Oak Library District – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446 United States
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Michelle Petersen will present her fun, enlightening and entertaining take on internal customer service and motivation to help you get staff in your department inspired and focused on the "how" rather than the "who" of any issue. Then she’ll lead a group discussion on topics ranging from inexpensive incentive programs to "managing up." If you are looking to share and learn tips and techniques to improve morale and engagement, come join us! Schedule: 10:30-10:50 a.m. Registration and Refreshments 11:00 a.m.-3:00…

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November 2015

Middle Managers Section: More Legal Issues for Supervisors

November 13, 2015 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Branch, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr.
Naperville, IL 60564 United States
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Do you have employee issues? Do you know what FMLA is? What questions can you ask during an interview? Kelly Hayden, JD, from Management Association of Illinois has your answers! We will continue the conversation from last year’s program, Legal Issues for Supervisors. This interactive program will give participants the opportunity to learn about various issues and raise the questions they need to ask. Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00. Lunch…

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March 2016

Middle Managers Section: Playing Nice in the Sandbox: Conflict Resolution in the Library

March 11, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fountaindale Public Library District, 300 W Briarcliff Rd
Bolingbrook, IL United States
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Conflict is a given in any group setting, from families to clubs to your workplace. As middle managers, we face workplace conflicts within our departments, between departments and with administration. This session will start with a panel discussion and then open to group discussion to share strategies to help you resolve issues, soothe hurt feelings and strengthen your team. Panelists include: Jill Boreham, Human Resources Manager, Fountaindale Public Library District Ellen Kaiser, Patron (Circulation) Services Manager, Deerfield Public Library Kristi…

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May 2016

Middle Managers Section: “Leadership, Management and the Power of Chocolate”

May 20, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107 United States
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Warren Bennis once said "Managers are people who do things right; leaders are people who do the right thing." This session, presented by Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Director of the La Crosse (WI) Public Library, will explore the differences AND similarities between leadership and management in the library workplace and share proven tactics on how to be effective at both. Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00. Lunch choice: Smoked Turkey, Steak & Arugula or…

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September 2016

Middle Managers Section: Shakin’ It Up: Staff Reorganization

September 23, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL, IL 60477 United States
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Could your department benefit from a complete overhaul? Is workflow wonky? Do you have employees who are in the wrong positions or personality conflicts that seem intractable? Has your administration decided to merge or otherwise realign traditional departments? Staff reorganization is a critical component of any productive, healthy work environment. While such restructuring is often met with less than enthusiasm by those involved, changes like this are critical for effective, overall workflow and employee morale. Hear how four of your…

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November 2016

Middle Managers Section: F(UN)conference: What’s on your Mind?

November 18, 2016 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
Batavia Public Library District, 10 S Batavia Ave.
Batavia, IL 60510
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Ever feel stuck in the middle? Join us for a lively day of discussion and networking where no management issues will be off limits! Attendees will decide which topics will be used as the start of conversations to help each other through all kinds of management situations. There will be plenty of time for small group discussion. And remember: what happens at LACONI Middle Managers, stays at LACONI Middle Managers! Please note that there is a registration fee which includes…

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March 2017

Middle Managers Section: More Legal Issues for Supervisors

March 24 @ 9:30 am - 3:00 pm
White Oak Library District – Romeoville Branch, 201 W. Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL 60446 United States
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Kelly Hayden and Kathryn O’Connor from the Management Association of Illinois will discuss the recent changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as well as other legal topics of interest to middle managers. We will continue the conversation from last year’s program, giving participants the opportunity to learn about various issues and raise the questions for which they need answers. Please note that there is a registration fee which includes lunch: Members $30.00; Non-members $40.00. Any special dietary request,…

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May 2017

Middle Managers Section: Best Practices for Building the Best Team

May 12 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Poplar Creek Public Library, 1405 S Park Ave
Streamwood, IL 60107 United States
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This is a panel discussion covering team building topics presented by speakers who are practicing middle managers in Adult Services, Circulation Services, Technical Services, and Youth Services. Rebecca Bartlett, Head of Technical Services, La Grange Public Library Carlen DeThorne, Head of  Adult Services, Grayslake Area Public Library District Vicki Rakowski, Head of Youth Services, La Grange Public Library Brittany Smith, Assistant Director and Head of Patron Services, Westmont Public Library Some of the topics covered will include: job descriptions, interview questions, job…

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