Park City Library director’s podcast looks at leadership
Sharing information is important to Adriane Herrick Juarez.
Every day the Park City Library director helps search for books, films, music and other resources that lie within their interests.
She also helps other librarians across the nation find ways to usher their local libraries into the future with her Library Leadership Podcast.
Herrick Juarez started the podcast, which can be found at Libraryleadershippodcast.com, iTunes or other podcast platforms, in 2017, because of her desire to share what she learns at national librarian conferences.
“We learn a lot about leadership and the future of libraries in various breakaway sessions, and I would also have amazing, inspiring hallway conversations with librarians from around the country about some of their programs,” she said.
Herrick Juarez knew there were some librarians who aren’t able to attend these conferences.
“Some librarians run libraries in small, rural towns, and have a hard time getting away, so I thought, how could I get those conversations and ideas out there to benefit them,” she said. “I wanted to make something that anyone could tune in to, and hear conversations with people who are doing amazing things in the field and learn from each other.”
The Library Leadership Podcast’s topics include management changes, relationships with stakeholders and putting together a strong staff, Herrick Juarez said.
“I also interview whoever is the new president of the American Library Association each year to find out what their leadership visions are,” she said. “I do this so libraries can hear, in a conversational format, what these presidents’ goals are.”
A recent podcast features Park City’s City Manager Diane Foster, who talked about how libraries can work with the city to serve the community, according to Herrick Juarez.
One of the upshots of that episode was other librarians saw the great relationship the Park City Library has with Park City, and that spurred a follow-up episode called “The Value of Relationships and Advocacy for Libraries,” Herrick Juarez said.
“We talked about how libraries can create relationships with stakeholders and help people understand that, yes, libraries are still relevant,” she said.
New episodes of Library Leadership Podcast episodes are released at the beginning and end of each month, Herrick Juarez said.
“Everytime I do a podcast I learn something and get inspired,” said Herrick Juarez, who records the episodes in her office. “So when I do a new show, I have these a-ha moments all the time.”
For information, visit Libraryleadershippodcast.com.
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