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Thursday, April 21 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
The Accidental Library Director

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They never planned to be library directors but when these library professionals were unexpectedly promoted after the sudden departures of their directors, they experienced a crash course in Leadership 101. Being asked or told to replace a director can be quite a career shock, especially to staff who never envisioned themselves in the director's seat. If ever there is a time to be a leader (or to cultivate new leadership skills) it's as a new director. This panel will discuss how each of them became accidental directors and what they learned about leading their libraries.If you wonder if being a library director is a path to pursue, come and hear our stories.


Melissa Kelly

Library Manager, Circulation Services, Lake Oswego Public Library

Michele Kinnamon

Library Director, Estacada Public Library
Former online and print journalist turned librarian then library director. Professional interests: Serving a rural community, community partnerships, adult program planning, online technology as it benefits library service. OLA leadership committee member. Non-fiction and periodicals... Read More →
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Mark Peterson

Library Director, Klamath Community College
Learning Resource Center Director, Klamath Community College


Thursday April 21, 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm PDT
Convention Center, Cascade C