[Libs-Or] OLA Quarterly Author Showcase: Melissa Little, Beaverton City Library

Charles Wood wuchakewu at gmail.com
Wed Jan 2 14:34:17 PST 2019

Melissa Little is the Circulation Manager for the Beaverton City Libraries.
Please download and read her latest article, “Building the Ladder:
Developing Leadership Skills Without the Title,” here:


>From Melissa’s article, “The leap to library leadership can be difficult if
you have no experience in supervision. While larger library systems may
have a deep structure that allows employees to start on step one of the
ladder and progress one rung at a time to that director position, most of
us in Oregon work for smaller libraries where there are few or no
successive steps between circulation clerk and director. In these types of
organizations, how does someone gain the experience necessary to make one a
viable candidate for the job? Because of the diversity of functions from
library to library and position to position, experience with a specific set
of tasks really does not assess someone’s success in a job. The viable
candidate, especially in supervisory positions, does not necessarily have a
specific operational skill set as much as a set of characteristics that
will help one succeed as a leader.” Please read on for a detailed
description of what it takes to be a library leader in Oregon Libraries,
from someone who knows. And to apply for LIOLA 2019, see:

Happy New Year!

Charles Wood

OLA Communications Committee Chair
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