Forty mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALAâ€™s inaugural four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders. Originally, 35 applicants were slated to be picked, but the selection committee increased the number based on the strength of the applications. The 40 participants for the August institute are: Jennifer Anders, Miranda Bennett, Maribel Castro, Szu Yu Chao, Robin Clark, Wendy Cornelisen, Chelsea Dinsmore, Aaron Dobbs, Lori Donovan, Valerie Garrett-Turner, Jody Gray, Beatriz Guevara, Patricia (Trish) Hull, Katherine Husser, Annisha Jeffries, Vincci Kwong, Andrea Langhurst, Kelly Linehan, Monica Lopez, Megan Lotts, Pearl Ly, Allison Mackley, Kerry McGeath, Janet McKenney, Patricia Mileham, Laura Morales, Maud Mundava, Natalie Nation, Elizabeth Novicki, Suzanna Panter, Michelle Perera, Terra Plato, Elsworth Rockefeller, Beth Stahr, Jay Turner, Rayburne Turner, Jamie Watson, Darlene Weber, Nikki Winslow and Julie Zamostny. To find out more about their current roles and locations, please visit the ALA Leadership Institute page.
The selection committee, headed up by LLAMA, looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special), organizational responsibility, geography, gender and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement and community or campus involvement.
Led by ALA President Maureen Sullivan and ACRL Content Strategist Kathryn Deiss, this inaugural ALA Leadership Institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. With content based on real world cases and nuanced situations, participants will explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.
Participants are expected to return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders.
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