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Julie Todaro has been a library manager for over thirty years and has experience in all types of libraries and library settings. She is a Dean in a community college library, consults, presents workshops, and is an author and frequent presenter at association conferences and in organizational settings. Most recently, Todaro was co-chair of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s “Libraries From Now On” Invitational Summit at the Library of Congress, May 2014 and is the author of Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and Mentoring A to Z (Neal-Schuman, 2015).

 


Julie

Education
  • D.L.S. Columbia University, School of Library Service, New York, 1984.
  • M.L.I.S. University of Texas, Graduate School of Information, Austin, l972 (including K-12 school library certification).
  • B.S. The University of Texas, School of Education. Majors: English, History, 1971.

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Work Experience - Current

Julie has been an academic library manager for over twenty five years at Austin Community College (ACC) in Austin, Texas and has served as ACC’s Dean of Library Services since 2001. In this role, she:

  • Manages nine full service campus libraries and two center libraries
  • Is responsible for operational and strategic planning, budgeting, and design of renovated libraries
  • Supervises 32 full-time librarians and over 120 other staff, including 40 adjunct professional librarians and 55 circulation staff library assistants
  • Guides campus library design, including building three new libraries for ACC’s newest campuses - Elgin (August 2013), Hays (January 2014) and Highland Mall (August 2014)

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Work Experience - Previous
  • Prior to her role as dean, Julie served ACC as the Head Librarian for the Rio Grande Campus as well as the library manager for extension services
  • In addition to her role as Instructional Resources and Technology (IRT) / Library Services Dean, she served as Associate Vice President of IRT (Fall 2012) and has served as the Director for ACC’s Honors’ Program and on numerous ACC committees and task forces
  • During her tenure, ACC Library Services received 2000 American Library Association ACRL Outstanding Community College Library of the Year 2000 and was chosen as one of thirteen libraries in the U.S. to participate in the ACRL Invitational Conference on Best Practices in Information Literacy (2002)

Prior to her years at ACC:

  • Fulltime Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Adjunct professor, University of Buffalo-SUNY
  • Adjunct professor, Texas Woman’s University
  • Adjunct professor, The University of Texas at Austin)
  • Children's librarian for seven years at Houston Public Library, Houston, Texas

Julie also holds K-12 school librarian certification.


Education   |   Professional Associations   |   Projects   |   Workshops & Presentations   |   Recent Publications   |   Consultations   |   Honors


Professional Associations
  • Co-chair of ALA President Barbara Stripling’s "Libraries From Now On: Imagining the Future, A Summit on the Future of Libraries" invitational summit
  • Co-chair of ALA President Camila Alire’s "Frontline Advocacy" initiative
  • Member then co-chair of ALA President Nancy Kranich’s "Information Literacy Partnerships" initiative
  • Member of ALA President Mary Somerville’s "Kids Can’t Wait" presidential initiative
  • Member of ACRL President Betsy Wilson’s program committee
  • Author of Camila Alire’s ACRL Presidential Initiative "The Power of Persuasion"
  • President of ACRL (2007-2008)
  • Member of the C&RL News Editorial Board (2002-2006)
  • Chair of the Council of Liaisons (1998-2006)
  • Member then co-chair of the Institute for Information Literacy (1994-2001)
  • Co-chair of TLA’s Public Relations Committee (2010-2013)
  • President of the Texas Library Association [TLA] (2000-2001)
  • Chair of TLA’s Legislative Committee (2004-2006)
  • Co-Chair of TLA’s Legislative Day Local Arrangements Committee (1998 to present)
  • Chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission [TSLAC] Committee to Develop Standards for School Libraries (2002-2003)
  • Chair of the TSLAC/TLS Committee on Public Library Development Study (2003-2005)
  • Chair of "Transforming Texas Libraries; A Call for a Statewide Visioning Process" (2007-2009)
  • Member of the Tall Texans (TALL) Leadership Implementation Committee
  • Mentor (three years) for the TLA TALL Immersion Program
  • Membership on Reforma’s First National Conference (1995-1996) planning committee
  • Membership on the steering committee for the Women in the Public Sector conference

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Projects

Since 1990, Julie has been closely involved with a variety of initiatives including:

  • Project Manager for the Texas White House Conference Program
  • Planning for ten regional conferences and one statewide conference (1989-1991)
  • Founder and member of the statewide Steering Committee for the Texas Book Festival (1995 to present)
  • Project Manager and then President of the Board of Connections: A Resource Center for Childcare Providers and Parents for Austin Community College, (1992 to 2003)
  • Chair of the Texas State Library and Texas Library Association Committee on Public Library Development Study (2003 to 2004)
  • Chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission Committee to Develop Standards for School Libraries (1998 to 2001)
  • Chair of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission LSTA Advisory Board
  • Member of the Austin Public Library Advisory Board
  • Member of the Austin Public Library Austin History Center Advisory Board
  • National Council on Aging / Texas Library Association Humanities Grant (1992-l993 & 1994-1995)
  • “TECHLinx, a print and electronic clearinghouse for Perkins projects” grant project from The Higher Education Coordinating Board of Texas (1995-1998)

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Workshops & Presentations

Julie has designed content for and presented workshops throughout the United States for the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) from 1997 to the present on topics including:

  • 21st Century Libraries
  • Collaborating, Partnering, Cooperating: The Good, the Bad and the Future
  • Staffing Issues for the 21st Century
  • Integrating Learning with Work: Designing the 21st Century Learning Library,
  • Emergency Preparedness: The Human Factor, the Organization, and Resources in a 9/11 World
  • 21st Century Organizational Effectiveness
  • Cutting Edge Redux: New and “Used” Programs and Services with a 21st Century Spin.

Julie has been a presenter for many state library agencies and has been a presenter for small public library management programs for Louisiana, Missouri, Montana and Texas, and - in Texas - has presented content for seven series over two decades covering professionalism, and general and advanced management. In addition, she has provided workshops and presentations for community colleges, universities and for public libraries and public library systems in Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, and Wyoming. She has also presented workshops and consulted (such as mentoring, customer service, and budgeting for non-profits) for a variety of state agencies, municipalities and for associations such as The Association of Fundraising Professionals.


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Selected Recent Publications

Julie has authored many articles, columns and editorials on a variety of library and information as well as general management topics. Her publications include:

  • Library Management for the Digital Age: A New Paradigm (Spring 2014) for Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
  • ALA Neal-Schuman monograph Mentoring A to Z (2015)
  • TSLAC Public Library Advisory Board Manual (2012)
  • Emergency Preparedness in Libraries (2009) with Mark Smith
  • Extraordinary Customer Service (2006)

Julie has served as the “Nothing but Net" Columnist for Community and Junior College Libraries (1996 to present,) and the "The Truth is Out There" quarterly column/columnist) for Library Leadership and Management , a LLAMA publication (1997 to the present).


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Consultations

In addition to being a manager and educator, Julie is a consultant for non-profit and not-for-profit environments. She has designed and delivered content and processes for library managers, library employees and trustees as well as non-profit managers including

  • leadership and management
  • strategic planning
  • communication
  • organizational design and effectiveness
  • change
  • facilities design
  • community partnerships
  • customer service
  • mentorship
  • marketing and advocacy
  • continuous learning

Julie has extensive experience in human resources and staff development issues, leadership, management and supervision. Recent consultations for academic environments in the Southwest, West and the Midwest include:

  • strategic planning for a community college
  • strategic planning and an information commons renovation for a private university
  • transition planning for a community college moving from independent colleges to a one-college environment
  • designing for a mentor program for a large public university development program
  • assessing organization, resources and services and 21st century planning for a large community college
  • strategic planning for two multi-type library consortia
  • strategic planning for a large public university library system

Examples of her municipal and county public libraries and systems organizational development work include projects with public libraries in Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Texas.


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Honors
  • 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, Texas Library Association
  • 1996 Librarian of the Year, Texas Library Association
  • LLAMA chose Julie’s "Staffing Issues for the Year 2000" as their 1999 National Institute
  • Julie’s column "The Truth is Out There" received the 2004 LLAMA Certificate of Recognition
  • 1999 YWCA Austin Educator of the Year Award
  • 2005 Profiles in Power Award from the Austin Business Journal

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