Learning From Crucible Moments: Lessons in Crisis Leadership

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Central Time)

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Free for AALL members; Non-AALL Members - $60
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Librarians are challenged to innovate and adapt to a rapidly changing professional landscape. In an increasingly unstable and unpredictable world and workplace, one of those challenges is leading in times of crisis. Crises can come in all forms, from minor workplace dysfunction to major institutional disruptions and beyond, but effective leaders will leverage them to learn and achieve personal growth. The commonality among these experiences is being subjected to a crucible moment, surviving it and learning from that experience. In this webinar, Steven J. Bell will share insights into acknowledging our personal crucibles and offer advice for how we can learn from them to become better crisis leaders.


  • techniques to handle increasingly frequent crisis situations
  • how to recognize a crucible moment and its lessons 
  • actionable steps for leading in a crisis situation
  • leadership skills needed to support staff during crisis situations 



Steven J. Bell 
Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services 
Temple University 

Steven J. Bell is the Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University. He writes and speaks about academic librarianship, learning technologies, library leadership, higher education, design thinking and user experience. Steven is a past-president of ACRL and a co-founder of the Blended Librarian’s Online Learning Community on the Learning Times Network. He currently writes at Designing Better Libraries, a blog about design thinking and library user experiences. He authors weekly columns for Library Journal Academic Newswire, "From the Bell Tower" and "Leading From the Library". He is co-author of the book “Academic Librarianship by Design” and editor of the book “Crucible Moments: Inspiring Library Leadership”. For additional information about Steven J. Bell or links to his projects, point your browser to http://stevenbell.info.


Caren Luckie
Research Attorney
Jackson Walker LLP