Facilitation Meets the Staffing Committee

Facilitation Rules PhotoI had a great experience (and overcame some challenges) facilitating the Omaha Public Library’s Staffing Committee meeting on October 1st.

I’d facilitated meetings with middle and high school students as a volunteer for a non-profit organization and as a Young Adult Library Specialist for my job.  I’d never facilitated a meeting where I wasn’t directly involved with the participants or the topic being discussed.  So, I was, of course, a little nervous going into this meeting. More

Facilitation Meets Youth Services

Youth Services Meeting Ground RulesI was recently invited to facilitate a meeting of our Youth Services staff.  Since my early facilitation experiences were in an informal book club setting, I appreciated the chance to facilitate a more structured meeting.  The group was meeting to reflect on the highs and lows of our 2013 Summer Reading Program and to brainstorm programs for the first half of 2014.  After receiving the agenda and time goals in advance, I planned activities and techniques that would move the discussion forward.  Since the meeting had three “phases”, I chose a slightly different mechanic for each topic. More