Video of Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2008

For those of you who didn’t get a chance to go to ALA Midwinter 2008 in Philadelphia, here are some highlights from the symposium – conspicuously sponsored by OCLC – on “New Leadership for New Challenges”. The symposium centered on “sharing leadership, readiness for change, team structures and assigning responsibility, nurturing nonprofit networks, [and] sustaining impact”.

Speakers included George Needham (VP of Member Services, OCLC), Leslie Crutchfield (Managing Director of Ashoka), and Dr. Rush Miller (Director of the University of Pittsburgh Library System). Crutchfield is the co-author of Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits and Miller co-author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition. I have only read the latter book and, despite being rather sensationalist in diction, the authors take a progressive stance when it comes to library management.

You can stream the entire presentation here. (But only in Internet Explorer… bizarre!) George Needham, in addition to four other OCLC staff members, run the blog It’s all good. They are not mindless drones and have a pretty good sense of humor, so I suggest subscribing to it.

:: Bibliography ::

OCLC. New leadership for new challenges [OCLC]. Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Inc. http://www.oclc.org/info/newleadership/ (19 April 2008).

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2 Responses to “Video of Leadership Symposium at ALA Midwinter 2008”


  1. 1 Alice April 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the kind words and glad you like the presentation! I watched it in Firefox from YouTube, if there are any fellow Firefox devotees out there…

  2. 2 Borrower May 9, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Wow, that intro music is elevator-tastic!


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