H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant

About the H.W. Wilson Library Staff Development Grant
An annual award consisting of $3,500 and a 24k gold-framed citation given to a library organization whose application demonstrates greatest merit for a program of staff development designed to further the goals and objectives of the library organization.

Administered by:

American Library Association logo

2016 Winner(s)

Michigan Technological University Van Pelt and Opie Library

 The focus of the "Empowering Library Staff to Lead Confidently and Plan Effectively” program is to promote professional learning and foster leadership skills aligned with university goals and campus initiatives. Upon completion, staff will be fully empowered to provide service and conduct their work with the highest level of confidence and knowledge.  

This grant will allow the Van Pelt and Opie Library to develop a multi-faceted workshop series dedicated to leadership and planning skills. The program is designed to support its commitment to embed the LEAN way of thinking into their library culture by giving library staff the skills needed to be responsive, effective and innovative within their roles in the library, thus providing better customer service, job satisfaction and overall improved experiences by library patrons and university colleagues. The staff members have already undergone preliminary needs assessments and are now ready to move forward with an external training consultant who will present workshops entitled, “Influential Leadership” and “Turning Difficult Situations into Opportunities.” Upon completion, a tool-kit will be developed to build upon for future training. It is also noteworthy to mention that due to the somewhat isolated location of the university, which creates hardship for professional development travel, they will also be inviting two local libraries to participate in the program.