Lead the Change | Programs | Career Roadmap


An interactive, 4-week online course via LTC Leadership Academy – Online that will help library staff at all levels learn essential skills, solve problems unique to their libraries, and put strategic career plans into action. This instructor-led program features personalized interaction over four weeks, combining real-time learning with asynchronous conversation and on-demand resources. Course facilitators will work with individuals in a coaching environment to help sort out personal challenges.

Learn New Skills. Develop an Action Plan.

As a participant, you will gain new skills, shape your vision for your career, and collaborate with fellow participants and facilitators to build an actionable roadmap for your career.

  • Collaborate with expert facilitators and fellow participants to build an actionable roadmap for your career.
  • Learn distinct competencies and skills that are valued for long term advancement.
  • Learn engagement and outreach techniques to ensure you and your library are fully connected to your community.
  • Identify individual challenges at your library and come up with innovative ways to turn them into exciting new opportunities, programs and services.
  • Reimagine new styles of programs and offerings that support creativity and promotes lifelong learning.

COURSE Schedule 

[WEEK 1] Start With Why?: Know Yourself, Grow Yourself, Be Yourself

You spend a lot of time in school and in training sessions talking about what you do and how you do it. This session will help you define your deeper purpose and help prioritize a path to clearing away obstacles and focusing on bigger picture solutions for your library, your community, your university, your school.

Weekly Assignment: Complete a career self-assessment and get direction from your coach.

Guest Speaker: Wednesday, April 22, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Peter Bromberg
Associate Director for Public Services
Salt Lake County Library

[WEEK 2] Gain New Skills and Engage Your Community

In January, 2015, we surveyed library staff members at every level in public, academic, school, and special libraries. From our analysis we concluded there is some logic to focusing on distinct competencies and skills at different stages of career development. But, more fundamentally, it shows us that there are a set of skills that are critical to you throughout your career. We’ll help you navigate this shifting ground and create a career map based on what’s important now and what you should be working on to help your library and advance your career.

Weekly Assignment: Rate your competencies and set goals for the skills you know you want to learn.

  • Guest Speakers: Wednesday, April 29, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT
  • Siobhan Reardon
    President and Director
    Free Library of Philadelphia (PA)


David Bendekovic
Lead the Change program developer
Lead instructor at the Pennsylvania Library Association Academy for Leadership Studies


Using Data to Circumvent Challenges

Analytics can position your library to better meet the needs of its patrons. Once you know exactly who is and isn’t using its products and services, you can affect change and focus outreach and collections based on real community data. Analytics On Demand blends your patron data with location, household composition, and other demographics in easy to use apps. Learn more about how you can deliver powerful insights.

DavidZiembiecGuest Speaker: Wednesday, April 29, 3:00-3:30 pm EDT

David Ziembiec
District Sales Manager & Data Analytics Expert

[WEEK 3] Shape Your Vision for Your Library and Your Career

Libraries face real challenges today. The good news is everyone can contribute to solving them. In this session, we’ll help you identify those challenges at your library and come up with innovative ways to turn challenges into exciting new opportunities, programs and services.

Weekly Assignment: Visualize the career you want and envision your library at its full potential; work with your coach to map out concrete steps you can take to achieve both goals.

Dr. Lawson

Guest Speakers: Wednesday, May 6, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson
Houston Public Library

[WEEK 4] Create Your Roadmap for Action and Get Started

With bookstores, Google and Starbucks competing for her customers, Colorado library director Pam Sandlian Smith knew she had to do something bold and dramatic to reconnect with her community. In this session, she will share how she and her team reimagined a new style of library—a place of unlimited imagination and ideas, where play inspires creativity and lifelong learning.

Weekly Assignment: Work with your coach to create an actionable career roadmap for the next 12 months.

Guest Speaker: Wednesday, May 13, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Pam Sandlian-Smith
Anythink Libraries (CO)


Online Course Features

  • Instructor-led online courses feature personalized interaction over four weeks
  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with recordings available afterward)
  • Homework assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help sort out challenges.
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums
  • Articles, videos and other resources.

Registration Info


Registration for this course has closed. Contact leadthechange@mediasourceinc.com for information.

As a registered participant, you’ll also get access to The Commons, an online alumni community where librarians can share resources, make connections, and crowdsource solutions to their challenges.

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