Library Management Skills Institute 3:

Leading Change

Our next offering starts November 2021

Register now!

The Library Management Skills Institute 3: Leading Change (LMSI 3) is designed to equip participants with knowledge, skills and tools for immediate and ongoing application. This offering was redesigned in early 2020 as a support through the onset of COVID, and fully redesigned again in 2021 to reflect new insights gained through the pandemic.

The LMSI 3 is based on best practices in organizational change management. It is led by DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA) faculty with content and practical experience in leading change efforts within libraries and other industries.

This institute introduces and provides practical guidance for using structured techniques infused with appreciative and inclusive processes that can apply to many kinds of change, planned and unplanned, and across many kinds of leadership roles. Practical techniques for communicating, organizing, influencing up, and aligning change efforts with organizational strategy and culture will be emphasized.

Learn how to:

  • Employ agile processes to speed up learning and extend team capacity 

  • Use disruption to enable innovation and center equity, diversity and inclusion values

  • Customize communication for various audiences and convey transparency 

  • Apply strategic tools to weigh options and make effective decisions

  • Enhance employee morale, productivity, and engagement through change

LMSI 3 is ideal for:


Managers, Supervisors, and Department Heads


 Committee or task force chairs or members

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Staff development, human resources, or EDI specialists

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Communication and development officers

We are often asked if there are specific levels of leaders who would most benefit from this session. Our answer, “yes, all of us.” This offering includes resources that are for specific use at various levels of your organization. 

  • Seasoned leaders will have language for framing change communication; critical for creating shared buy-in and vision. You will have role-specific customized tools strategizing, weighing competing priorities, and effectively communicating across diverse stakeholder groups. 
  • Middle managers will benefit from a rich array of skills and tools that enhance inclusive engagement, clarify priorities and roles, and tap individual and team motivation. 
  • For those new to leading change, you will be equipped with a solid foundation of contemporary and research-based best practices for guiding yourself and others through change. 


The LMSI 3: Leading Change is fully online with both synchronous and asynchronous components. Over the course of 3 weeks, participants engage, at their convenience, with videos, readings, and practical application exercises (7 hours total). The full cohort gathers with DJA expert faculty for 4 live sessions (9 hours total) for facilitated community engagement sessions that allow participants to dive deeper into concepts and skills, apply new tools and share with each other.

Topics covered

  • What we know about change: The Research and our Lived Experience.
  • The Toll. The Tools.
  • Learning Fast, Failing Forward: Using Agile Frameworks. 
  • Communication Through Uncertainty.
  • Scenaric Thinking and Action. 
  • Strategic Alignment, Integration and Cultural Transformation. 
  • Better, Faster, Stronger Together: Leveraging Our Shared Vision.

Live Sessions

All live sessions are from 11:45am to 2pm ET:

  • Tuesday, November 2, 2021
  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021
  • Friday, November 12, 2021
  • Friday, November 19, 2021

What Makes Our Programs Unique?

"The LMSI workshops are hands down the most effective leadership training experiences I have had. I have used tools from the workshops to resolve challenges in both formal and informal situations in the workplace."

– Yale University Libraries

Our programs are designed for busy adults and respond to the needs our clients have expressed time and time again.

We are known for:

  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion – Our content integrates concepts, knowledge, and techniques necessary for exhibiting cultural competence and building this capacity in all leaders.
  • Theory in Practice – DJA knows the theory underlying our approaches, and we take a practical approach that participants can apply immediately in their day-to-day work.
  • Collaborative Learning – Participants explore strategies for implementing ideas,share best practices and resources, and learn together during and beyond our events.
  • Practical Application – Participants are introduced to the most widely and effectively used tools, and practice with them in session and with facilitator and colleague input.
  • Expert Facilitation – Our facilitators are matched to assure subject-matter experts and experience working with specific types of libraries—public, special, and academic.

Register now!

LMSI 3 will transform your leadership and how you respond to change. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Library Management Skills Institute 3: Leading Change

$900.00 USD