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Do You Want to Be a Library Director? (What Does a Director Do, Anyway?)

Our popular continuing education course, “Do You Want to Be a Library Director? Knowledge, Skills, and Career Paths for Library Leaders,” will help you answer these questions, plan your career, and connect with current and future leaders and directors (including M.J. Tooey, AHIP, FMLA, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland–Baltimore, and Gabriel Rios, Ruth Lilly Medical Library, Indiana University–Indianapolis, with whom I am teaching this course). No particular knowledge or experience is needed to benefit from our course, just a desire to explore your leadership potential and possible leadership career paths.

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Academic health center and hospital library directors of the baby boom generation will be retiring in the coming years. Now is the time to begin planning to replace one of them!

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