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Strength-Based Leadership

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The Session “Youth Services Leadership – Influence and Support” discussed great ideas for shifting our perspective to looking at our strengths to best service our patrons. StrengthFinders is a branded survey that helps you discover what you naturally do best, and grow your talents into strengths. However, you do not need to purchase the test to understand your own strengths. Visit here to look at the different domains, and then think about your strengths. My top strengths are Strategic, Learner, Achiever, Futuristic, and Intellection. I’ve learned that this means that I see the big picture, but I struggle with details. How does this shape the way I lead? I can’t overemphasize the importance of teamwork. I can think of three people in our children’s department that are wonderful organizers. They build databases, systems, and networks that my brain would never think of. When I have a big idea about an…

ALA Virtual Conference 2020

Surrounded by Story: A Conversation with Minh Lê, Siman Nuurali, Bao Phi, & Kao Kalia Yang. Facilitated by Sara Park Dahlen

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Let me set the scene. My dog ate a sock last night, so I was up for hours with a soundtrack of puppy upchuck. In preparation, I had my pumpkin spice coffee ready to go this morning. I signed in to the morning session, and the chat box was booming and participants were excited. Well, my coffee sat untouched, because this conversation pole-vaulted me into the morning. Sara Park Dahlen, Associate Professor in the Master of Library and Information Science Program at St. Catherine University, facilitated the initial session about unimpeded truths. Its afterglow is still swirling around the air in my office.   As children, all four of these authors were surrounded by story. Kao Kalia Yang’s grandmother used to lift her arm and state that every piece of hair on it is a tree, and the veins were rivers. Minh Lêparticipated in “storytelling by necessity”: he made up…