Staff and Leadership Skills Development Committee

Community of Practice: Human Resources

Charge: To improve overall library effectiveness by facilitating and promoting effective staff development programs in order to maximize their abilities to successfully perform their responsibilities, and to provide support and educational opportunities for library supervisors, and to encourage the development of leadership skills in future library leaders.


Diane G. Klare (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Michelle V. Ornat (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Ms. Tressa J. Santillo (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Jan Waterhouse (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Kerry Ward (Staff Liaison, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022)

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Our Work


  • Propose a yearly webinar or presentation at Annual
  • Periodic development of publications, media materials, or workshops

Expected Time Commitment:

  • Eight hours per year in either virtual meetings or at ALA conferences

Desired skills, knowledge, and experience:

  • Experience or interest in library staff development, needs assessment, goals and objectives, policy statements, responsibilities of staff development personnel, program design, successful learning activities, supervision and management skills, and evaluation techniques
  • The committee membership will be representative of all types of libraries.
  • Some program planning experience preferred, but not required

Staff Contact and roles:

  • Kerry Ward,, 800-5454-2433, ext. 5036. Overall management, committee charges/appointments, budget requests, etc.
  • Fred Reuland,, 800-545-2433, ext. 5032. Webinar production, program planning and scheduling, conference support, etc.

Resources available:

  • Virtual meeting support
  • Community leaders
  • ALA Connect