DATE: August 12, 2009
LLMA Coordinating Committee member
Celebrating Emerging Library Leaders
LIBRARY LEADERSHIP MASSACHUSETTS CELEBRATES 37 EMERGING LEADERS
Thirty-seven emerging library leaders graduated in July from Library Leadership Massachusetts 2009 (LLMA). Participants were practitioners of library science or library advocates with fewer than ten years in their roles. Among the grads are academic, public, school and special library staff members, with and without MLIS degrees. A list of grads is available at: http://www.llma.org/participants.htm.
LLMA 2009 was held on the beautiful campus of Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and facilitated by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, prominent national consultants. They addressed topics including the following:
- Knowing Yourself
- Assessing the Environment
- Standing in the Future
- Building Political Partnerships
- Embracing Change
- Building Confidence and Personal Power
Afterwards, one participant wrote: "I learned to move out of my comfort zone. Take risks...realize that the person is not the problem, it's often the process. [I'll try]...not to take feedback personally; it's an opportunity to grow."
LLMA ‘09 participants were the third graduating class of the institute. LLMA takes place on alternate years, with the next event planned for 2011. The Institute was federally funded in part by LSTA funds administered through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. It was implemented by the six MA Regional Library Systems with a coordinating committee of LLMA alumnae.