Academic Libraries & Products Designed for Libraries
My 30+ years of experience in academic libraries has been exciting and incredibly fulfilling. Given the nature of my community college, I have had the opportunity to be a part of the monumental change in libraries - of course - but also the changes in higher education. This dog-year change has driven me to seek new ways of managing and leading. In addition, my association service and my consulting projects have given me opportunities to work with all types and sizes of academic institutions. Thinking back on my academic library work, I have enjoyed three things:
- The role we play in teaching and learning - both in-person and digitally - is a critical one. I always say that one of my first roles and one of my most important roles is to protect this teaching role and the faculty status of my librarians.
- Finding and growing new talent is both hard and easy. Our field has extraordinary people working for us now and coming to us out of a wide variety of settings. The diversity - at all levels and in all areas and in every sense of the word - is energizing.
- Bringing others to the realization of the changing and exciting role our profession plays in supporting and leading our student, faculty and staff constituents is a critical leadership role for academic library managers.
In my first management and leadership position at ACC, I managed one library, a number of extension sites and led the information literacy initiative across campuses. During these early years I became active in distance learning both for ACC and in ACRL. My work with distance learning services (standards, service models, supporting resources) was eye-opening and invigorating. So much was happening and so quickly and it was a struggle for everyone to keep up in our support of curriculum, faculty - and most importantly - students with print and digital content to meet their "distance" needs. During these early years I began using the phrase "dog-year" change, obviously characterizing the idea of change at a seven-to-one pace. We ALL thought things would slow down, but they never did!
I became ACC's Dean of Library Services in 2001. We have had rapid growth overall through lean times and in times with great support financially - but we have always experienced an incredible amount of respect and support from our administration for our initiatives and vision. Most importantly, what I have ALWAYS had here at ACC is an incredibly talented team of people working with me who lead with their work and their excellence every day as they strive to fulfill their vision and strive to do the very best for students, faculty and staff. (Note: When I became Dean, I had to fill very big shoes as Lee Hisle was the previous Dean.)
Currently, I am Dean over eleven full service campus libraries, Technical Services and several center libraries. I am responsible for management and leadership, operational and strategic planning, budgeting (last year we had four separate budgets to accommodate new areas), facilities issues in general, supervision of 35+ full-time librarians; and over 120 other staff including 40 adjunct professional librarians/hourly academic librarians; and 65 circulation staff library assistants. I lead the Library Services Leadership Team and library employees in information literacy initiatives, planning for new libraries, design of renovated libraries and our team "built" three new libraries (this last year) for ACC's newest campuses - Elgin (August 2013), Hays (January 2014) and Highland Mall (August 2014). It takes a village!
Our ACC Library Services team (and it truly was and continues to be a team effort) was awarded the American Library Association, ACRL Outstanding Community College Library of the Year 2000 and was chosen one of 13 libraries in the U.S. with a Best Practices for Information Literacy for 2002. Just this past fall, our information literacy tutorial series was accepted as a PRIMO site.
In my work for other types and sizes of higher education environments, I have presented on the 21st century library with a focus on shifting paradigms, designed and led strategic planning processes, customer service training initiatives, change and transitions from one type of service to another, integration of advocacy initiatives into all levels of customer service and accountability, design of accreditation-response documents and a myriad of information literacy workshops on pedagogy for in-person and digital support and redesign of information literacy programs.
I have also presented to administrators and classroom faculty who were seeking guidance on their library and information organization and processes, as well as administrators and classroom faculty designing content for their accreditation visit focus of information literacy (one of my favorite projects). In fact, leading administrators and classroom faculty to expand their horizons in their own libraries is one of my most exciting roles as a presenter and consultant. I view it as assisting people in uncovering the expertise and possibilities at home, that is, it is NEVER enough to visit an institution and sing the praises of 21st century librarianship and librarians or illustrate change in our field without leading the discussion to their own library staff, resources and services.
These resources were either designed specifically for academic libraries or for general audiences that include academic libraries. They represent selections from the master list of my resources/work products. The selection also represents resources immediately and readily available on the web; however, my full publications list in my "Experience" includes my monographs that support this work as well.
21st Century Libraries: Identifying, Assessing and Integrating Trends. ACRL/NY Annual Symposium. 2008. Podcast.
21st Century Academic Libraries in Higher Education. ACRL Paradigm Shift. 2008. Although one should always note the date, this paradigm shift can still be used as a foundation for identifying change in academic libraries. In addition, the shift has a different audience as it was created for higher education administrators.
Appendices Additions for Online Content. Rowman & Littlefield. 2014. These appendices are 20+ free pages from R & L to supplement Library Management for the Digital Age .
The Application Form. TXLA. 2011 to the present. Helpful Handouts are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
The Art of the Job Description. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Crafting Your Cover Letter. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA's placement center activities.
Culture Keepers VI: Preserving the Past; Sustaining the Future. A companion piece to "Achieving Racial and Ethnic Diversity among Academic and Research Librarians: An ACRL White Paper." ACRL. 2007.
Evaluation Instruments: More Than the Forms. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2008. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Frontline Advocacy Train the Trainer Materials. ALA. 2008. "Frontline" is an ALA webpage designed to consolidate advocacy content for librarians in the field for the purpose of training library employees, stakeholders and supporters. Content by Todaro includes: In-Person, Virtual, and/or Digital Delivery of Frontline Advocacy: Designing Training to Meet Today's Training Needs (word document linked from the "Frontline Advocacy page" and 52 Ways to Make a Difference - Library Advocacy throughout the Year).
Identifying and Conveying Transferable Skills. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Julie Todaro on ACRL Emerging Leaders. ACRL. 2008. This podcast was recorded to highlight ACRL's commitment to and role in building a cohort of academic library leaders through ALA's emerging leaders program.
Leading People You Don’t Manage. LLAMA. 2011. This 19 page handout was designed to supplement a LLAMA middle management webinar series.
The Power of Personal Persuasion: Advancing the Academic Library Agenda from the Front Lines. ACRL. 2005. This toolkit was created to supplement 2005-2006 ACRL President Camila Alire's frontline advocacy presidential initiative. Alire's initiative Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit Taskforce served as an editorial board for advice and editing. See also "Julie Todaro's Tips for Persuasion without Power" by Marc Meola.
The Power of Persuasion: Grassroots Advocacy in the Academic Library. C & RL News . 2006.
A Practical Guide for Personnel Management. TSLAC. 1993. A 60 page handout designed to supplement a series of personnel workshops for the state agency.
Preparing For Your Application Process. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
Professional Associations...Moving Past Membership into Involvement. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Promoting Our Values, Proving Our Worth Toolkit: A Realistic, Concrete Approach. TLA. 2013. This toolkit applies the values’ content available for libraries to the practice of librarianship.
"A Rose By Any Other Name." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2006. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
Thinking Outside the Hiring "Box." Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2005. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
To Supplement or Not To Supplement: Post-Interviewing. 2011 to the present. "Helpful Handouts" are posted on the TLA jobline web pages and are also used for training during TLA’s placement center activities.
Ten Do’s and Don’ts for Your First Ten Days of Work. Library Worklife . ALA-APA. 2007. APA’s HR newsletter web content offers members extensive career content.
TLA Chairs/Leader Training. TLA. 2013. This handout serves as a training document for TLA committee chairs at the TLA midyear meeting / Annual Assembly.
The Truth is Out There (LLAMA Columns). PDF’s of these columns can be found by accessing ALA’s LLAMA Publications page and choosing under "Browse the author" limiter on the right side of the page.
- "2 + 2" Vol 20, No 4 (2006)
- "911? 511? 411? 311? ...?" Vol 25, No 1 (2011)
- "As We Go to Press and into 2006 . . . What’s on My Mind?" Vol 20, No 2 (2006)
- "Community College Library Fundraising" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
- "Harry Potter and the Mediocre Manager" Vol 19, No 1 (2005)
- "Higher Ground" Vol 19, No 2 (2005)
- "I Mean it" Vol 21, No 1 (2007)
- "Is That My Garbage Can?" Vol 22, No 1 (2008)
- "I’ve Looked at Life . . . " Vol 20, No 3 (2006)
- "Juvenile Fish Transporter" Vol 22, No 4 (2008)
- "Mentoring Advice from an Expert" Vol 25, No 3 (2011)
- "No More ’Extra! Extra!’ But ’Read All about It!’" Vol 23, No 4 (2009)
- "Philosophy!" Vol 24, No 4 (2010)
- "Pimp My Library" Vol 21, No 4 (2007)
- "Six Feet from a Spider" Vol 22, No 2 (2008)
- "Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer" Vol 19, No 4 (2005)
- "Aisle or Window? Smoking or NonSmoking? Leadership or Management?" Vol 23, No 2 (2009)
- "Two Mothers" Vol 20, No 1 (2006)
- "What Goes Around . . ." Vol 19, No 3 (2005)
- "What’s New? What’s Next? Or ... What’s Not?" Vol 24, No 2 (2010)