A Forum for Library Leaders
The term civility embodies many universally-shared positive behaviors, yet challenges of incivility face us daily. As centers of service to our public and academic “communities,” libraries are uniquely poised to lead positive initiatives to promote civility. This forum explores definitions of civility, causes and consequences of our struggles with incivility, “best practices” for promoting civility in our libraries and greater communities and how library leaders can build the momentum.
The Libraries as Civility Leaders forum will begin with an inspiring presentation by an award-winning author and civility leader, followed by small-group discussion and sharing of ways to advance civility initiatives as library leaders. This forum is designed for library directors, deans, department heads, managers, and others in library leadership roles. It is the first forum of a new series of “Outside the Box” events for library leaders to consider differing perspectives from experts outside of the library world, and promote innovative thinking and creative solutions to conventional barriers.
About the presenter and forum leader:
Dr. Robert Watson is an award-winning author of 40 books and 200 scholarly articles, chapters, and essays. Dr. Watson is the recipient of numerous awards for his election commentary, community service, civics and civility programs, leadership against anti-Semitism and hate, and contributions to the study of the presidency. He has won several teaching excellence awards including Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University (three times) and the Faculty Service Award at Florida Atlantic University (twice) and Lynn University, and has been inducted into two sports halls of fame. He holds the title Distinguished Professor of American History and Director of Project Civitas at Lynn University, Boca Raton (FL) and serves as Senior Fellow with the Florida Joint Center for Citizenship. Full Bio
The “Outside the Box” series is brought to library leaders through a partnership between SEFLIN and the Florida Library Association (FLA).