No Thanks! I Don’t Want to Learn Anything New!

January 15, 2014

In this Demco-sponsored webcast, Catherine Hakala-Ausperk from Libraries Thrive Consulting joins Demco’s Director of Industry Relations, Janet Nelson to discuss how leadership and staff alike can approach learning new skills and embracing change in a positive manner.

Every library has some form of new employee orientation, right? We know it’s important to get new staff members off on the right foot and to help them learn at least the basics of what they need to know. But then what? How can library leaders be certain their team members are keeping up with new demands, new community needs, new service options and new technology, especially when some are less willing than others to stretch and grow? And how can reluctant library staff energize themselves to take on new challenges? Learning is everyone’s responsibility!

This webinar will:

  1. Emphasize and support the need for ongoing skill development
  2. Offer realistic, applicable steps leaders can take to ensure a culture of development
  3. Suggest solutions to roadblocks, including apathy, to continued growth and development
  4. Offer practical advice and tips to help all staff get on the path to ongoing development … and stay there


Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk

Catherine Hakala-Ausperk is a 31-year public library veteran, with experience in everything from direct customer service to management and administration. Now an active library planner, speaker and trainer, she is also the author of Be a Great Boss: One Year to Success (ALA, 2011), Build a Great Team: One Year to Success (ALA, 2013), and the upcoming Renew Yourself! A Six-Step Plan for More Meaningful Work (ALA, January 2017). Hakala-Ausperk also teaches for Kent State University's School of Library and Information Science, the American Library Association's Certified Public Library Administrator Program (CPLA), InfoPeople and more. She also writes Demco's Library Advice blog. As the owner of Libraries Thrive Consulting, Hakala-Ausperk helps libraries create exciting strategic plans, she keynotes and presents at conferences and she facilitates workshops and academies around the country. Catherine's passion is for supporting, coaching and developing great libraries, successful team members, and – especially – strong and effective library leaders.


Janet Nelson

Janet Nelson

Janet is the former Director of Library Engagement and Solutions at Demco. She managed and developed relationships with key industry leaders to understand changing library trends and services.