The Socially-Distanced Library: The Leadership Perspective

Sponsored by Taylor & Francis
Recorded on 07/29/2020

Posted in Library Leadership and Management

In this webinar:

In the first webinar in this four-part series, hear from Jennifer Fabbi, Dean of the University Library at California State University, San Marcos and Julie Todaro, Dean, Library Services at Austin Community College as they talk about the deliberations and decisions—some easy, some difficult—they needed to make for each of their libraries as their institutions shifted instruction online. They’ll discuss how workflows and job descriptions have changed, the changing make-up of their collections, plans for physical space renovations, budgetary shifts, and how they’re managing their libraries during a time that not only includes a health crisis, but social unrest and an economic downturn. Through it all, though, they’ll point out specific opportunities they’ve recognized to drive positive, long-term changes to the way their libraries operate.

In this series:

Choice and ACRL present a four-part webinar series that provides practical guidance for academic libraries to help their campus communities shift to online instruction and services in a socially-distanced environment. Designed for library leadership as well as front-line staff, the four webinars will address issues such as:

  • Publisher and vendor negotiations for services and content
  • How to identify opportunities in the midst of uncertainty for long-term changes to resources, services, and instruction
  • Planning for a “new mix” of scholarly resource formats
  • Programming designed to transition faculty to online teaching
  • How libraries can be proactive partners in the transition to online instruction and services
  • How academic libraries are reconfiguring their physical spaces

Check out the other three webinars in the series:


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    Jennifer Fabbi

    Dean of the University LibraryCalifornia State University, San Marcos

    Dr. Jennifer Fabbi began her tenure as Dean of the University Library at California State University, San Marcos, in August 2014. Her emphasis on engaged strategic planning has focused the Library on educational partnerships benefiting students and special collections preserving the history of the community. She is a national leader and scholar in information literacy and has worked with the WASC Senior College and University Commission to design experiences to embed and assess information literacy and critical thinking in student learning. Dr. Fabbi’s Ph.D. is in higher education leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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    Julie Todaro

    Dean of Library ServicesAustin Community College

    Dr. Julie Todaro is the Dean of Austin Community College Library Services. As Dean, she manages eleven campus libraries (two currently under renovation), Technical Services and Automation and eight open access computer centers. Her expertise includes management and leadership with a focus on communication, change, assessment and accountability, emergency management and partnerships and collaborations. Her publications include numerous articles and columns as well as monographs on emergency management, library management and mentorship. Her 2020/2021 work focuses on remote leadership and management and decision making and recovery in catastrophic times. Todaro was the 2016-2017 President of the American Library Association President and the 2007-2008 President of the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her doctorate is from Columbia University in Library Services, NYC.