A New Frontier - Setting your Library up for Remote Work Success
Sunday, January 29, 2023
12:20 PM – 12:40 PM
Location: Morial Convention Center, ShopTalk Area B (LLX Marketplace, Hall J)
For many professions, working remotely is standard practice. For librarians, it is often seen as a wild and forbidden frontier. While we know that librarians are able to step outside the traditional library space, and into the comfort of an at-home office, or a sandy somewhere else, there needs to be productive - and sometimes difficult - conversations that lay the foundation for success. Join author and librarian Molly Virello as she discusses how librarians can lay the framework for successful remote work in a library setting. The focus of this session is on the conversations library staff, managers, and other library leadership should have (or at least keep in mind) in order to create library-specific remote work policies, including laying out expectations, term limits, and criteria in order to facilitate working outside of traditional library spaces. These conversations can bring remote work that much closer for librarians, ranging in time from a few hours to a few months.
Upon completion, participants will have the tools to bring them to a new way of managing, directing attention, and promoting the library, its services, and their team(s) in remote settings.
Upon completion, participants will be equipped to navigate difficult conversations surrounding remote work with their staffs, boards, or other governing bodies through a combination of anecdotes and facts.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify at least two specific and equitable criteria to set up a successful remote work situation for staff in their library.
Upon completion, participants will have the remote work toolset to lead employees and teams that are new to remote work, or to establish a formal policy in their library.