Webinar: Leading Diverse Groups and People with Doug Crane and Adam Davis

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Date(s) - 03/11/2020
2:00 pm CDT - 3:00 pm CDT

Take a look around your office. Most workplaces are seeing an increase in staff diversity. Whether it is ethnic background, age, or belief and customs, leaders must find a way to bring people together. In this webinar, participants will learn:

  • Why diversity is good for a workplace
  • What EDI means and how it effects everyone on your team
  • Strategies to overcome communication challenges
  • Ways to improve teamwork across diverse groups

Doug Crane began his library career with the Toronto Public Library System, before moving to Florida and join the Palm Beach County Library System as a children’s librarian in 1998. He then served as the Electronic Resources Coordinator, a Branch Manager, and the Director of Branch Services. He was appointed Library Director in 2014 and under his direction the System has won numerous awards including an Urban Library Council Innovation Award. Doug was recruited by the Public Library Association for their first podcast in 2015. He is the author of the articles, “May I Ask You a Question? Lessons Learned from Interviewing Public Library Leaders,” in the Nov/Dec 2015 issue of Public Libraries, “Overcoming the Email Blues” in the December 2017 issue of Learning Exchange, the Newsletter of the Learning Round Table of the American Library Association, “Efficient Librarianship – A New Path for the Profession” in the Nov/Dec 2017 issue of Public Libraries, and “Go For It! Advice From Library Directors” in the May/June 2019 issue of Public Libraries. He currently serves on the State Library Council of Florida as Past Chair and is Past President of the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN). In his spare time, he blogs about office productivity and efficiency practices, admires his collection of Doctor Who sonic screwdrivers, and relaxes at home with his wife, daughter, dog and cat.

Adam Davis is the Director of System Services at the Palm Beach County Library System, overseeing the Main Library, and various outreach services including Books-By-Mail for the homebound, Talking Books for the Blind, Adult Literacy Project, systemwide adult activities, systemwide children’s services, the Bookmobile, and Book Club In a Bag. Adam received his Masters from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is a co-author of the American Library Association’s “Guidelines for the Development and Promotion of Multilingual Collections and Services” and “ Guidelines for Library Services to Spanish-Speaking Library Users.”


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For FY2021-22, 70% of the total costs for the PLAN Continuing Education program ($220,000) is supported by federal money, and 30% of this program ($92,991) is supported by state money. The total budget of the project is $312,991.