Featured Learning Moment.

Subject: Getting the best public library board for your community

October 22, 2018 is the Ontario Municipal Election Date. Following a Municipal Election, or shortly before, the Municipal/Town Clerk will put out a call for applications for the library board in the local press and on the website.

In the next few issues we’re highlighting the Leadership by Design Module 5: Legacy and Succession. Consider asking your board members to engage in these learning (and thinking) activities:

As the election dates get closer, consider creating a Screening Matrix customized to what your community needs.

Looking ahead: to ensure continuity and to prepare the incoming board, it is important to prepare legacy documents including providing organized and up to date documents. Read more about this.

– Sincerely,

Shelagh Paterson (Ontario Library Association)
and Stephen Abram (Federation of Ontario Public Libraries)


What is Leadership by Design?

Leadership by Design is a program designed for library boards, by library boards. The online learning modules within this program will develop leadership skills for trustees and board members. The modules of Leadership by Design are designed to match the four years of a public library board term. You can skip between units to find aspects that are specifically relevant to you at any point in time, but by following through the monthly units and completing the tasks with your board as a whole, you should have a highly-effective team by the end of your four-year term.

Access Leadership by Design through LearnHQ

LearnHQ is developed by SOLS in partnership with OLA and FOPL. It is an extensive online learning resource for public library staff and board members in Ontario. After logging in, select ‘browse courses’, select ‘management/leadership’, and then select ‘board development’. Click on ‘launch class’ and browse the ‘lessons’ option to review the resource within each learning module. Please contact Mary O’Connor with any questions about this resource.