Library Leaders

February 26, 2007


Filed under: leadership,library profession,mentoring — wenlib @ 8:59 am

Inspired by our talk of being an aid to the next generation, I recently volunteered to be a mentor to a student at Western.  (That sudden whooshing sound is years flying by – it was stunning to realize that it’s been 17 years since I graduated from UWO! ACK!)

 I had to smile when the student asked me (in slightly woeful tones) if she really had to join associations and schmooze as she had heard at school. Although I can remember feeling the same reluctance at that point in my career, I couldn’t honestly tell her that she can cruise through her career without becoming involved in the larger life of her profession. There are *lots* of people who do (too many), but the benefits you gain from being able to share with others who share the same perspective, challenges and context are so significant that I think you do yourself and your employer a disservice if you don’t participate.

 Rob Hyndman is going to be speaking to TALL next month on Web 2.0 – I think the new technologies are fantastic, and I’m eagerly learning everything I can about them. But in the end, they are merely a new forum – a new way to transmit the impulse to share.

We need to continue to encourage that impulse, regardless of the form it takes.



February 1, 2007

Library Leadership in a World Community

Filed under: events,leadership — connie @ 12:19 pm

It’s too late for us to apply, but thought I would point out this event being hosted by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records:  Thinking Outside the Borders: Library Leadership in a World Community , February 18-20, 2007 being held in Phoenix and aimed at Mid-level to Senior Library Managers.  This three-day program is limited to 15 librarians from Arizona and 15 librarians from countries other than the U.S.   Librarians from outside the U.S. who complete the program receive a $1,000 debit card as scholarship to off-set travel costs.

The program is a pre-conference workshop to Transborder Library Forum 2007  being held in Tempe, Arizona February 20-24, 2007 by the Arizona State University Libraries.

It sounds to me a lot like Vicki’s Library Leaders Institute, with added emphasis on global thinking. 


January 8, 2007

Grooming Next-Generation Leaders

Filed under: leadership — burtond @ 1:09 pm

The recent Harvard Business School HBS Working Knowledge article entitled Grooming Next-Generation Leaders raises some interesting points that could be applicable across many organizations, including libraries. One of the points that it stresses is the need for the potential leader to see beyond their area of expertise and understand various aspects of the business.


December 13, 2006

Invitation for Comments on Mid-Career Library Leadership Training

Filed under: leadership — lauriescott @ 10:18 am

I thought this invitation from CLIR would be of interest to our library leaders group.



November 9, 2006

SLA Leadership Summit 2007

Filed under: events,leadership — anabel1 @ 7:44 pm

I want to draw your attention to the upcoming SLA Leadership Summit. It will be held in   Reno, Nevada, from January 24 to 27, 2007. The summit is primarily intended for SLA’s leaders – the presidents and presidents-elect of the chapters, chairs and chairs-elect of the divisions and SLA’s international board – but is open to anyone who is interested in developing their leadership skills. I’ve attended the last two summits and both have been very worthwhile. If you would like more information about the summit go to

I hope to see some of you in Reno.


Leaving a Legacy

Filed under: leadership — vickiw @ 11:49 am

There was an interesting review in yesterday’s Globe on a new book by Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner, “A Leader’s Legacy” The book published by John Wiley is a series of essays on the theme of legacy. The excerpt speaks of courage and standing up for our values and what we believe in. It reminds me of the conversation we had at the Institute.

November 6, 2006

C&RL Article on Leadership

Filed under: leadership — lauriescott @ 3:04 pm

There is an article in the November issue of College and Research Libraries News entitled “Cultivating your leadership skills“. Vicki, you need to write to the author and let her know about the Library Leaders Institute!


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