This panel presentation was delivered at the American Association of Law Libraries annual meeting in Washington D.C.


The nature of library work is changing. New technology, user preferences, tighter budgets, and new expectations have meant that libraries have altered and adapted the way they provide resources and services. While these changes have brought many benefits to library users, innovations in how libraries provide resources and services often have long-term implications on the skills needed from librarians and staff. Now more than ever, it's important to communicate to staff about the future of their work and their roles in the library, and to provide them with the development and training they need to transition into new roles. "Where do you see yourself in the next five years?" is no longer applicable to just those looking to move up in the profession, but also to those individuals who wish to grow within in their current position.


1) Participants will be able to identify the challenges managers face when communicating with staff about the future of their work and their role in the library.

2) Participants will be able to describe the methods for conveying vision and change to staff.

3) Participants will be able to identify resources they can use to help staff transition to new roles in the library.