News Release

Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

DATE: August 12, 2009
CONTACT: Celeste Bruno
Communications Specialist
1-800-952-7403 x208

Celebrating Emerging Library 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:

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.

About MBLC

The Board of Library Commissioners ( 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.

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