October 18, 2004
Director, Communications & Public Information
Library Leaders Sought for Institute
Central Massachusetts Regional Library System
Library Leadership Massachusetts seeks potential leaders in all types of libraries from across the state. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Regional Library Systems plan a 3 ½ -day library leadership institute to take place June 12- 15, 2005 at Endicott College in Beverly.
Participants will include up to fifty (50) individuals from all types of libraries, including those who have a limited number of years in their fields. Applicants may be professional or paraprofessional library staff, trustees and/or Friends of libraries.
Schreiber Shannon Associates, prominent national consultants, will guide the institute. Future leaders will relate to library issues through case studies, readings, discussions, and other planned learning activities. The institute will create a structure for continuing supportive relationships among its participants.
Among the topics to be addressed are:
Assessing the environment
Standing in the future
The collaborative spirit
Empowering self and others
Bias for action
In exchange, the institute requires graduates to participate in advocacy for MA libraries through professional organizations and/or contributions to publications or newsletters.
Individuals may nominate themselves or a colleague. Since space is limited, participants will be selected through a competitive process. Applications must be submitted no later than December 1, 2004 via the application form available at http://www.cmrls.org/lead.html.
The Institute is federally funded in part by Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds through the Board.
The Board of Library Commissioners (mass.gov/mblc) is the agency of state government with the statutory authority and responsibility to organize, develop, coordinate and improve library services throughout the Commonwealth. The Board advises municipalities and library trustees on the operation and maintenance of public libraries, including construction and renovation. It administers state and federal grant programs for libraries and promotes cooperation among all types of libraries through regional library systems and automated resource sharing. It also works to ensure that all residents of the Commonwealth, regardless of their geographic location, social or economic status, age, level of physical or intellectual ability or cultural background, have access to essential new electronic information technologies and significant electronic databases.