DeEtta Jones and Associates


DeEtta provides strategic and organizational development consulting to libraries, not-for-profits and corporations. She has twenty years of experience consulting in libraries and designing and facilitating learning events for audiences around the world. DeEtta’s areas of professional strength are leadership development, managerial effectiveness, cultural integration, and executive coaching.

She has facilitated strategy and organizational development processes for a wide range of institutions including Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences/Harvard College Library, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, University of British Columbia, Boston College, York University, Tufts University, Simon Fraser University, Discover Financial Services, United Airlines, and others. DeEtta has designed and served as a lead facilitator for nine national leadership development programs across North America including those sponsored by the National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Library (NLM/AAHSL) Leadership Fellows Program, the Association of Research Library (ARL) Leadership and Career Development Program, and the ARL Leadership Fellows Program.

Before launching DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA Consulting) in 2005, DeEtta spent ten years with the Association of Research Library, five of those years as Director of Organizational Learning Services and five as Director of Diversity Initiatives. Other previous professional experience includes Director of Human Rights Advocacy and Education for the City of Fort Collins CO; Director of Multicultural Education and Programs at Colorado State University; and Adjunct Faculty roles with Colorado State University and the University of Maryland, College Park. DeEtta has a M.S. in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University, course work in Library and information science at Catholic University, and an M.B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University. DeEtta is based in Chicago, IL.

Keynote Speech:


By DeEtta Jones


We live in a fast-paced and rapidly changing environment, where most of us find ourselves feeling stretched thin and striving to find ways to keep up with changing expectations and competing demands. More than ever we need to nurture the capacity for strategic thinking and innovative approaches to achieving our goals. Often competing with these needs are legacy practices and risk-adverse behaviors. What leaders we do to effect change?

In this Keynote Speech DeEtta will share, based on her expertise in the fields of human and organizational behavior, coupled with two decades of working with libraries around the world, some ways to reframe our roles as leaders, managers and practitioners that will unleash potential. She will encourage conference participants to think about shifts in mental models and behaviors, based on practical experience in libraries, which may yield new results.

This session will leave conference participants feeling inspired and equipped with some practical steps for having an immediate impact on the health of their organizations, colleagues and personal practice.