ABC-CLIO Leadership Grant
- Involve new members;
- Train on-going leaders;
- Prepare school librarians to be building or district level leaders;
- Encourage collaboration among organizations.
Established in 1986, the grant of up to $1,750 is given to school library associations that are AASL affiliates for planning and implementing leadership programs at the state, regional, or local levels.
Iowa Association of School Librarians
The goals of IASL’s leadership academy are to develop the leadership skills of a new generation of school librarians and to identify and engage new leaders for the association. To accomplish this, project leaders will develop a two-day academy during which selected school librarians will develop skills such as leading from the middle, advocacy and effective communication, mentoring and principle-centered leadership.
To keep new leaders engaged after the two-day academy, IASL will establish a wiki for participants to discuss and share ideas and initiatives related to leadership. IASL will also invite academy attendees to serve on an IASL or Iowa Library Association (ILA) committee. To practice their newly learned skills, attendees will also identify another school librarian in their district or area to mentor and encourage.
"The committee was very impressed with the Iowa Association of School Librarians application," said Mary Keeling, award committee chair. "The organization submitted a clearly articulated leadership development plan. Recognizing the need to prepare individuals to take the state organization into the future, IASL developed a comprehensive professional development model that identifies and develops potential leaders. The program deftly blends principles with practical action and will develop self-awareness, collaborative problem-solving and mentoring skills. "