Thirty-eight participants selected for sixth ALA Leadership Institute

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/12/2018


JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance


CHICAGO — Thirty-eight mid-career librarians have been selected from a highly competitive pool to participate in Leading to the Future, ALA’s sixth four-day immersive leadership development program for future library leaders.

The 38 participants for the August institute are: Jeremy Bolom, Sian Brannon, Emily Brennan, Thomas Carpenter, Tara Carpenter, Jennifer Chan, Rae Cheney, Connie Chow, Shantrie Collins, Kimberly Copenhaver, Lynn Deeken, Marianna DiGiacomo, Debbie Feisst, Emily Frigo, Lindsay Hanson, Brian Hart, Rachel Hooper, Natalie Houston, Jennifer Hovanec, Heather Howard, Rona Johnson, Elizabeth Lowrey, Jackie Parker, Scott Phinney, Deeba Rehman, Katie Reineke, Kassy Rodeheaver, Alexander Salopek, Lynette Schimpf, Susan Schreiner, Cynthia Simpson, Gene Springs, Casey Van Haren, Sara Webb, Julie Wendorf, Danielle Whren Johnson, Krystle-Dawn Willing-Tiedeman, Maggie Wong.

More about their current roles and locations will be found on the ALA Leadership Institute page.

The selection committee, headed up by LLAMA, looked for a diverse participant mix based on type of library (public, academic, school, special), organizational responsibility, geography, gender and race/ethnicity, as well as demonstrated leadership potential, readiness for increased responsibility, professional achievement and community or campus involvement.

Led again by ALA Past President Maureen Sullivan and library and leadership consultant Kathryn Deiss, the ALA Leadership Institute is designed to help participants develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead, and allow them to form a vibrant learning community and network. With content based on real world cases and nuanced situations, participants will explore topics related to the greatest challenges and possibilities of leading into a future marked by turbulence and ambiguity.

Participants are expected to return to their institution with greater self-awareness and self-confidence, equipped with better skills for leading, coaching, collaborating, and engaging within their organizations and in their communities, and prepared to identify, develop, and implement solutions which will benefit all stakeholders. Previous Institute participants rated the experience and its applicability to their work situations highly.

Further information is available on the ALA Leadership Institute page.