PLA announces two Leadership Fellows scholarship winners

Contact: Amy Sargent
PLA, Marketing Manager
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For Immediate Release
April 16, 2010  

The Public Library Association (PLA) has awarded Leadership Fellows scholarships for programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Chang Liu, Associate Director of Neighborhood Library Services for the District of Columbia Public Library, is the recipient of the PLA Leadership Fellows scholarship for the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Jennifer Wright, Assistant Chief in the Materials Management Division at the Free Library of Philadelphia (Penn.), is the recipient of the PLA Leadership Fellows scholarship for the Leading Organizational Change program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

The Leadership Fellows scholarships offer PLA members who are public library managers a chance to attend executive leadership training at some of the best universities in the United States. These university programs draw participants from various disciplines in government, non-profit, and the private sector, allowing PLA Fellows to learn leadership and change management concepts among professionals with different perspectives and experiences. PLA Fellows learn the value of representing and advocating for public libraries to a diverse group of interests.

Fellows will be asked to share their experience with PLA and contribute to the development of future leadership programming for public libraries. New skills gained through the programs will benefit their current roles and strengthen their future leadership capabilities. More information about the Leadership Fellows can be found online at http://www.pla.org/ala/mgrps/divs/pla/plaawards/Leadership/index.cfm.

PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.