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Tamarack Federation: Coping and Thriving in the Time of COVID

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Continuing Education
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Friday, May 14, 2021 12:30 PM
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Friday, May 14, 2021 3:30 PM


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A team from the University of Montana’s Center for Children, Families and Workforce Development will facilitate an interactive workshop for library directors and trustees across Montana. This workshop, held at the Tamarack Federation Meeting, will focus on essential leadership skills and strategies to build safe and effective teams during the pandemic and beyond. Participants will receive resources to review prior to the workshop which will help prime the workshop dialogue.


Leveraging values and strengths unique to Montana’s urban and rural communities and through the use of interactive activities and discussions, participants will:

  • Learn strategies to identify, cope with, and manage pandemic-related grief and loss
  • Identify personal and professional core values and ways to lead in alignment with these values
  • Develop strategies to strengthen team morale and build a safe working environment for staff, volunteers, and patrons


The training will be led by Ryan Tolleson Knee and Kate Chapin.


Ryan Tolleson Knee, PhD, Executive Director and University of Montana Professor, has a 25-year history of building teams, teaching and training Montana’s workforce, and conducting and leveraging research to improve systems of care for Montana’s children and families. 

Kate Chapin, MSW, LCSW, is a social worker, evaluator, trainer and lifelong learner. Her training expertise centers on organizational leadership, workforce development and interprofessional teaming.



Missoula Public Library 

455 East Main Street
Missoula, MT 59802

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Continuing Education Credit(s)

Continuing Education Credits

3.0 creditsLibrary Administration
Contact Position(s)


Flick, Joann - Staff (Montana State Library)
Cook, Tracy - Staff (Montana State Library)

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