Program Details

Title: Not All Those Who Wander Are Lost: Different Pathways to Management in Libraries


Rachel Seale, Yuma County Library District, Branch Manager - San Luis

Caitlyn Ratcliff, Yuma County Library District, Heritage Branch Supervisor

Eric Kahler, Yuma County Library District, Branch Manager - Foothills

Holly May, Marine Corps Community Services - MCAS Yuma Library, Supervisory Librarian

Date/Time: Friday, October 20, 10:45 am - 11:45 am

Room: Ballroom

Program Description

Join us at the upcoming AzLA panel presentation as we delve into our unique journeys leading up to our current positions. In this engaging sesssion, our panel of four library professionals will share insights on our management styles, pertinent training experiences, and valuable lessons we've learned along the way. Brace yourself for a captivating discussion as we divulge the do's and don'ts of effective management. Don't miss this opportunity to gain insight and inspiration from our collective expertise.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will be able to apply at least two practical strategies shared during the presentation to enhance their own management style and approach.
  • Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key factors that contribute to successful leadership, as demonstrated by their ability to outline three critical components discussed in the presentation.
  • By the end of the session, participants will be able to identify and discuss at least four effective management techniques or best practices highlighted during the presentation, demonstrating their increased knowledge and potential for implementation.

Presenter Bios

Rachel Seale is a Branch Manager for the San Luis Library Yuma County Library DIstrict. She received her MSLIS from Simmons in 2006. She has worked in libraries in Massachusetts, Alaska, Iowa, and Arizona. She loves animals, has been fostering since 2020, and has two dogs and a cat of her own. Rachel is interested in leadership and management in libraries and has been a supervisor since 2011, though she has only been in management for a year. She has participated in the DeEtta Jones Inclusive Manager's Toolkit (2019), Super Manager Training (2023) provided by Yuma County, and the Arizona State Library Leadership Institute (2023).

Caitlyn Ratcliff, an Arizona native who has demonstrated growth in her career from a Library Aide to Branch Supervisor. Along her journey, she has gained invaluable skills and knowledge, which she now plans to augment further by pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree. She is a Branch Supervisor at Yuma County Library District and has a BA in Digital Media Literacy from ASU.

Eric Kahler is the Branch Manager of the Foothills Branch Library of the Yuma County Library District. He has an MLIS from Syracuse University, an MA in American Studies from the University of South Florida, and a BA in History from the University of Tampa. New to the library field, Eric had previously worked at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Museum and Gardens and chose the perfect time to make a career change at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. When not reading you can find him lamenting his Boston Red Sox fandom.

Holly May started her library career in the Beaufort County, SC public library system while attending the University of South Carolina for her master's degree. Since 2003, she has served in the Department of Defense (DoD) Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) libraries including bases in Okinawa, Japan; Valdosta, GA; Ramstein, Germany; Brussels, Belgium; and Yuma, AZ. She also served at Headquarters level for the Navy Library Program in Washington, DC. Holly is the Supervisory Librarian at the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Station Library at the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, AZ. Her library is part of the 20-library Marine Corps system and the 200-library DoD MWR Libraries system.





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