Leading Change in Staff Recognition and Professional Development

Additional Speakers: 

Cindy Thompson, Director of Public Services, University of Missouri-Kansas City


In the summer of 2013, UMKC Libraries adjourned the Organizational Development Task Force, charged with investigating the needs for staff recognition and professional development for the Libraries. In particular, the task force was focused on determining areas of need for training and best practices for making training opportunities accessible to library staff, for recognizing and celebrating library staff, and to make recommendations for the long-term coordination of recognition and professional development for Libraries’ staff. As a part of our work, the Task Force conducted a literature review, interviewed nearly all members of the library staff, and eventually made twenty-one specific recommendations for action under five distinct themes. This program will provide a general overview of the process we used, what we learned, and what has changed at the UMKC Libraries as a result of our work. 


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