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Leading with Compassion during the COVID-19 Crisis

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Leading is hard. Global pandemics are harder still. Leading during a global pandemic is not only hard, but it is also traumatic, upending and confusing with competing priorities, community needs, personal values and more. Let’s spend time learning together. Library leaders will join us to discuss how they are leading with compassion. Learn how they are making decisions, what is influencing them and the challenges they have experienced along the way. Participate with your questions and ideas – we are all in this together.


Beth Gallaway is the director at the Grafton (MA) Public Library and has been working and volunteering in libraries for 30 years. Beth was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2006 for her work in advocating for videogames in libraries, and is the author of Game On! Gaming at the Library (Neal-Schuman, 2009). She is an online instructor for Infopeople and as an independent library trainer/consultant specializes in infographics, strategic planning, gaming, technology, and youth services. A former YA librarian, she remains a strong teen advocate, and is a YALSA certified Serving the Underserved (SUS)

Jenn Carson, MSLIS, CYT, CCYT is a yoga teacher and positional therapist as well as the director of the LP Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, NB Canada. She is the author of Get Your Community Moving: Physical Literacy Programs for All Ages (ALA Editions, 2018) and Yoga and Meditation at the Library: A Practical Guide for Librarians (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019), as well as the creator of www.YogaintheLibrary.com. You can follow her physical literacy adventures at www.jenncarson.com.

Callan Bignoli is the director of the library at Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts. She inhabits the margins between academic and public libraries, gathering inspiration from any- and everywhere to inform user-centered practices and push the profession forward. She reads and thinks about social issues in technology and challenges students and fellow library workers to fight to create a more just and human future.

Andy Hamilton (he/him/his) is the Technology Services Manager for the Mesa County Libraries, in Grand Junction, Colorado. In this role, he is responsible for a staff of seven, as well as all aspects of the 970West Studio, a multimedia production studio available to residents of Mesa County. The Technology Services staff oversee the public computing area at the Central Library, the library district's call center, and provide classes, production support, programming, and outreach for the 970West Studio.

Jennifer Wertkin is the Director of the Wellfleet Public Library on Cape Cod. A former public interest lawyer, Jennifer brings with her a deep commitment to social justice and advocacy. She works towards these goals both inside the library and out, involving the library in Town initiatives that make a difference in patrons’ lives. Additionally, she strives to move past the static places that have kept libraries from moving forward. She works to create space that easily shifts and adjusts to meet the needs of the public, the staff, and the profession. Jennifer was formerly the Head of Public Services at Columbia Law School’s Diamond Law Library.

Anne Langley became Dean of the UConn Library in February 2017. Prior to UConn she held academic library positions at Penn State, Princeton, Duke, North Carolina State University, and University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She holds a master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Georgia State University. She is the lead author of three books in the field of academic librarianship and co-edited a book on open education resources and academic libraries. She has authored numerous articles, book chapters, and was a co-author of the first data paper published in the field (in portal). The values that guide UConn library are near and dear to her and guide how she operates as a leader every day. They are: Curiosity and Inquiry, Equity and Inclusion, Kindness and Trust, and Having Fun!

Emily Glenn is the Associate Dean for Education & Research Services at McGoogan Library of Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. Before joining UNMC in 2016, she was an outreach coordinator with the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region, a solo librarian, and archivist. Emily serves on the UNMC Wellbeing Coordinating Council and is a regular user of the campus fitness center. Emily holds a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She is a member of the National Library of Medicine and Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries 2019/2020 fellowship cohort.


Bobbi Newman is the Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist at the Network of the National Library of Medicine, where she helps public libraries meet the health information needs of their communities.

Bobbi currently serves as a member of the Let’s Move in Libraries advisory board, Information Technology Policy (ALA) advisory committee.

​She is a librarian, writer, consultant, library advocate, and an international speaker. Bobbi is the author of the award-winning blog, Librarian by Day, and in 2011 was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
11:00am - 12:30pm
Region/Office: National
Apr 22, 2020
11:00AM - 12:30PM CT
Bobbi Newman, MLIS, MA, Community Engagement and Outreach Specialist

Class Overview

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