Tuesday, October 27, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Seeking Stellar Staff at All Levels with Maxine Bleiweis
Do you agonize every time you have to fill a position? Are you sometimes disappointed in the response to your postings? Have you really considered what type of person you need for the library of tomorrow? Have you thought about the positions you really want to carry out the “new normal”?
This session will give you a new approach to finding the right people, to conducting interviews that reveal the talents you can put to work immediately, and to opening up the field to a diverse staff.
Presenter: Maxine Bleiweis
Shifting gears from directing three award-winning public libraries over a span of 40 years, Maxine Bleiweis is spreading her innovative ideas and approaches to traditional services to keep libraries relevant and ahead of the curve. In her new chapter as Maxine Bleiweis & Associates, she is being called upon to speak on customer service, coach managers, guide strategic planning and innovative thinking, and implement the newest design thinking for library buildings.
Under her leadership, Bleiweis’ libraries were awarded 5-Star Status and were finalists for the IMLS Medal of Excellence. During her tenure, she established the first major makerspace and mini maker faire at a public library and was the first to introduce humanoid robots to teach computer coding. She authored the book, Helping Business: the library’s role in community economic development. She was named the Connecticut Outstanding Librarian of the Year in 2011 and the 2015 recipient of the PLA Charles Robinson Award for Innovative Leadership.
MB&A frequently works with award-winning graphic designers and architects, grant writers, and technology futurists to bring leading edge, interdisciplinary thinking to the client.