Target Audience: Librarians who need to be aware of succession planning in their departments
1) Participants will be able to identify and list issues, problems, and ramifications involved in successful succession planning.
2) Participants will be able to design and implement a successful succession plan for their departments and libraries.
As the professional and paraprofessional librarian population ages, new members must be recruited, hired, and trained to manage and continue to develop our public and technical services departments and operations. Staff may be retiring, or absent from work for extended periods due to maternity, medical, military, and other leave needs. Regardless of job titles or how jobs may have changed over the years, this program will focus on concerns, issues, and implementation plans as staff retires or takes extended leave and “passes the baton” to newer members of the law library community. How do you recruit and train replacements? How do you seamlessly return to work after an extended absence? What historical information do you impart about institutions and departments so that the library can continue to be responsive to its ever-changing patron community? Program speakers will address technology tools and communications necessary for smoothly managing succession to accommodate retirements and/or planned extended absences. The program will conclude with an interactive discussion among presenters and attendees.