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Tips & Tactics for Time Management & Organizational Skills

Getting to Yes

Feeling overwhelmed by deadlines as well as pressure from the many different demands on your time? Librarians and library staff members frequently report that they feel stressed by the need to multi-task, to keep up-to-date, and to manage tight schedules. There never seems to be enough time to get everything done on time. How can you work more efficiently and effectively and feel in control of your time? Will you ever see the top of your desk again? This workshop will provide practical strategies for gaining control of your time and setting priorities.

Goals and Objectives:

Participants will learn practical strategies for:

  • Surviving information overload.
  • Taking control of their time.
  • Getting paperwork organized.
  • Prioritizing deadlines.
  • Managing multiple responsibilities.
  • Making decisions and saying “no” based on their priorities.

You will also learn to avoid the worst mistakes people make in allocating their time and how to practice the best strategies for maximizing your productivity.

View Archived Webinar: Online

Presenter: Marie L. Radford

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: January 11, 2018

Categories: 2017 WebinarsLeadership Webinars

A Gentleman in Moscow

By: Amor Towles
Published: ©2016
Pages: 462
Total Copies: 15
Genre: Fiction | Historical Fiction | Regional, Europe

Description: A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

By: Jonas Jonasson
Published: ©2009, 2014
Pages: 384
Total Copies: 15 (Includes Reading Group Guide)
Genre: Fiction | Books Made Into Movies

Description: A reluctant centenarian much like Forrest Gump (if Gump were an explosives expert with a fondness for vodka) decides it’s not too late to start over. After a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health, and in one day, he turns 100. A big celebration is in the works, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his vodka consumption). So he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey, involving, among other surprises, a suitcase stuffed with cash, some unpleasant criminals, a friendly hot-dog stand operator, and an elephant (not to mention a death by elephant).

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Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching

Successfully Developing Employees Through Coaching

Some library organizations are seeing the benefits of using coaching with their people. Many organizations do not feel ready to have their managers take on a coaching role. In a 2016 survey of nearly 800 managers and leaders by SHRM/Globoforce, 93% of those surveyed said that their managers needed training to effectively coach their employees.

Whether you are wanting to improve communication, better explain expectations and goals, help an employee improve their performance or learn a new skill, coaching is an effective process to achieve results.

In this interactive and informative program, participants will learn about and begin to master:

  • What Coaching Is and Isn’t
  • When to Coach vs. Manage
  • The Benefits of Coaching to the Employee and the Coach
  • The Do’s and Don’ts of Coaching
  • How-To Coaching Strategies and Techniques (Including Forms to Use)

This workshop is an invaluable investment for managers and supervisors and their organizations.

View Archived Webinar: Online

Presenter: Andrew Sanderbeck

Sponsors: Utah State Library

Date: December 7, 2017

Categories: 2017 WebinarsLeadership Webinars

Before We Were Yours

By: Lisa Wingate
Published: ©2017
Pages: 242
Total Copies: 15
Genre: FictionHistorical Fiction

Description: In this poignant novel, inspired by a true story, two families, generations apart, are forever changed by a heartbreaking injustice. Based on one of America’s most notorious real-life scandals—in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country—Wingate’s riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women

By: Liane Moriarty
Published: ©2017
Pages: 479 (408 pages + Reader’s Guide, notes, bibliography, & index)
Total Copies: 15
Genre: NonfictionBiographies & MemoirsScience & TechnologyHealth & MedicineSocial IssuesWomen in History

Description: The Curies’ newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty, and wonder drug of the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War. Meanwhile, hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium-dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these “shining girls” are the luckiest alive – until they begin to fall mysteriously ill. But the factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects, and the women’s cries of corruption. And as the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America’s early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers’ rights that will echo for centuries to come.

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The Husband’s Secret

By: Liane Moriarty
Published: ©2013
Pages: 457 (Includes Reader’s/Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Mysteries & Thrillers

Description: My darling Cecilia, if you’re reading this, then I’ve died… Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.

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The Burgess Boys

By: Elizabeth Strout
Published: ©2013
Pages: 332 (Includes Reader’s/Discussion Guide)
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction

Description: Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

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My Italian Bulldozer

By: Alexander McCall Smith
Published: ©2016
Pages: 232
Total Copies: 15
Genre:  Fiction | Adventure & Travel | Love & Romance | Regional, Europe

Description: Paul Stuart, a renowned food writer, finds himself at loose ends after his longtime girlfriend leaves him for her personal trainer. To cheer him up, Paul’s editor, Gloria, encourages him to finish his latest cookbook on-site in Tuscany, hoping that a change of scenery will offer a cure for both heartache and writer’s block. But upon arrival, things don’t go quite as planned. A mishap with his rental-car reservation leaves him stranded until a newfound friend leads him to an intriguing alternative: a bulldozer. Paul accepts the offer, and as he slowly trundles into the idyllic hillside town of Montalcino, he discovers the bulldozer may be the least of the surprises that await him. What follows is a delightful romp through the lush sights and flavors of the Tuscan countryside, as Paul encounters a rich cast of characters, including a young American woman who awakens in him something unexpected.

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